Thursday, October 27, 2016

Morning-ish all!

Just stopping by all quick like to let you know, there's new, easy way to subscribe to the Hook Me Up! Newsletter on the Gini Koch: Hairspray & Rock and Roll Facebook fan page.  If you take a look-see at the side menu, you'll now find a lovely Subscribe to Hook Me Up! option.
You know you want to get all the latest news and be ready for the return of the contests! Click the link, give Gini your email and enjoy Hook Me Up! for news and exclusives from the Giniverse.

Catch you on the Flipside...

P.S. No I don't really sleep. Good for you, not so much telemarketers I talk to on extreme caffeine

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

IBook Sci-fi Romance Sale Starts Today!

iBooks readers! Starting October 25 (TODAY) through November 8, beef up your iPad, or iPhone library with great sci-fi romance e-books on sale now, courtesy of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade!

Your girl Gini's Alien series book one - Touched By an Alien - is part of the sale, and you can pick it up right now for $1.99.  At that price, tell your fellow iBooks readers you know will love it!


Head over to the iBooks Store now and check out all the great titles included:

Alien Attachments by Sabine Priestly
Abducted by Evangeline Anderson
Anja's Star by Lyn Brittan
Keir by Pippa Jay
Outbreak by Veronica Scott
Trapped by Alison Aimes
Atrophy by Jess Anastasi
Grim by MK Eidem
Prophecy by Lea Kirk
Rege's Rescue by Dena Garson
River's Run by SE Smith
Stranded with the Cyborg by Cara Bristol
Assigned a Mate by Grace Goodwin
Hope's Folly by Linnea Sinclair
The Champion of Baresh by Susan Grant
On a Rogue Planet by Anna Hackett
The Key by Pauline Baird Jones
Dark Runner by Cathryn Cade
Pets in Space by various 
Breathing Vapor by Cynthia Sax
Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch 

Your electronics will thank you.

NOTE For PC Users: You can find and buy the books, too, but the url will not take you directly to them. The url will take you to download iTunes, so if you don't have it already, now's your chance (it's free). If you already have iTunes, head over to it, choose Books, then the Romance category, then look for the SciFi Romance: Limited Time Pricing selections and go wild! - 

Happy Shopping!...because books
- Ro

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Pre-orders...they're kind of a Big Deal

Calling All Alien Collective Members:

We need to have a family meeting - don't worry no one's in trouble so no need to fear hearing your full name during roll call...
*shudders at the internal echo of mom's stern voice*

I'm sure many of you've noticed the increased publicity blitz in anticipation of book releases on the interwebs. You've also probably noticed these book campaigns kicking off earlier and earlier. 

Why you ask? -- fine, so you didn't but I'm gonna throw some knowledge at you anyway.

Publishers, retailers, vendors, media sources - heck even other readers - not only want to know who's waiting with baited breath (alright that's probably an exaggeration) to get their hands on an author's next book but who's ready to put their money down right then, and there.  

ok it may be just me who gets like this when
I get a book release date notification.
The push is to coax readers to pre-order new books as soon (and as much) as possible. 

They know authors (hopefully) have faithful followers and they know these fans are a book-buying mad bunch of bibliophiles. 

Why does this matter so much you ask?  -- ok, you didn't but I'm still gonna put you in the know: 

Pre-orders are the great predictor, the magic eight ball, the magic mirror on the wall if you will - and their importance is greatly increased in the publishing world.   

As a writer Gini's gotta bring the words and the worldbuilding; as author with publishing deals, Gini needs to bring in the book pre-orders, too. 

Why else does it matter you ask? (obviously you sense my theme by now...)

Robust pre-sales can impact:
  1. How may books a vendor initially orders and whether they make subsequent orders - print runs determine whether a title can make the USA Today or New York Times Bestseller lists...or not 
  2. What format a publisher decides to make a book in - trust me getting a physical book is not guaranteed  
  3. If an author gets a contract extension or even gets to complete their existing contract 
We want Gini's publisher to know we're excited about the next book so they keep the Gini writing giving us new books.  

Pre-order sales, along with the books sold at first release, count towards the first week sales numbers. 

Maximizing initial sales establishes bestseller contenders (wouldn't it be great to push Gini up on the lists?) and can impact the fate of future books. 

The next Alien/Katherine "Kitty" Kat book, Alien Nation, is set for release on December 6, 2016.  It is available for pre-order at major and independent bookstores and online book retailers now:
The Poisoned Pen

Gini releases two books in the Alien series a year - that means the pre-order cycle can be fast and furious. So let's help her by getting those Alien Nation pre-orders in and to wave that banner to her publisher that the book's on our radar

We want the Giniverse to keep the lights on. 

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Gini Koch, Featured Faculty Member

I don't know about you, but October equals watching Hocus Pocus and finding ways to work "dead man's toes" into conversation. It's a moral imperative because HALLOWEEN!!

annnny-hooo the leaves continue to turn and the moon does its waxing and waning thing, Gini heads out to spend this weekend in Richmond, Virginia. 

If you've ever wanted to get writing advice from Gini - she's part of the Faculty for the 14th Annual James River Writers Conference - so here's your shot. 

Going to be in the Richmond area or up for a weekend visit? Check out the learning opportunities and sign up to a class or two! 

Come, learn things...Gini's Conference Schedule 
Friday, October 14th
11:15am-1:15pm, Workshop: Building Characters, aka the Most Important Part of Any Story
2:00-4:00pm, Workshop: World Building – Creating a full world without info dumping, aka Don’t Bore the Reader 

Saturday, October 15th

10:00-11:00am, Panel: Suspending Disbelief – the Art of World Building11:15am-12noon, Panel: Sweet Nothings: Insight, Secrets, and Intimate Details of Romantic Fiction

3:30-4:30pm, Panel: Writing Faster and Smarter: Habits, Apps, and Ideas for Today’s Writer 

Sunday, October 16th
11:30am-12:30pm, Panel: Sing It From the Mountaintops: the Fine Art of Promotion 

Be not afraid, Gini thought of all the non-conference goers out there: 

Gini's set up a signing on Sunday, October 16th at 3:00 pm ET at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond Virginia. 

This signing is open to the public so bring your friends, come make new friends, and see your author-friend! 

Ask some questions, get your copy of the latest from Alien series: Camp Alien -- or any over her titles -- signed and chat. There's a Food With Fans event immediately after, so bring your appetite and plan to have a meal with your girl Gini!

If you've preordered (and you should totally preorder) Alien Nation, bring your receipt -
Gini's bringing bookplates to personalize. 

This post a drive-by to let you know Gini is on the move! 

- Ro 

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Come out and see the Gini!

Calling all Cali members (and those always up for a roadtrip) of the Alien Collective! The time to meet and mingle with Gini is upon us.

I know, dramatic much?...whateva I has flair.

This weekend the Gini (and her signature hat) will be in Victorville, California! If you're going to be in that neck of the woods -- or you could direct your wanderings in said direction -- stop by and spend some time with the lady herself and pick up something awesome from the Giniverse:

September 30, 3 pm to 7 pm - Barnes and Noble in Victorville Mall - Gini will speak and sign copies of the most recent release from the Alien series: Camp Alien. This event is free to the public

October 1, 10 am to 4 pm - High Desert Book Fair - Gini will be signing in the Barnes and Noble adults area from 12-1pm (and possibly more!) and will also give a Main Tent presentation with Q&A at 1:30 pm. A Main Tent book signing follows directly after.  Be sure to sign up for your FREE TICKETS to Main Tent presentations!

Robots, Water and Death Kickstarter makes its initial production goal 60 hrs left to pledge!

The Robots, Water and Death Anthologies meets its production goal! Don't miss out on this great Zombies Need Brains campaign and its opportunity to get two more stories from our author gal Gini. 
There's still an opportunity for Tuckerizations available for Gini's story in Submerged as well as some pretty sweet backer rewards. Take a look, pledge some dough help bring new stories to the world! You'll feel better, I promise.

Supporting the folks who support Gini:

If you're a podcast listener/Gini-news follower, then you (should) know that Gini's been featured on Creative Play and Podcast Network before. As the road of fandom love is a two-way street, please consider supporting their fundraising efforts on Indiegogo. They're hoping to make Season 3 the best it can be.

Ever wanted to name a role-playing game character or give voice to a a role? Interested in being a Show Sponsor or Producer? Just want a shout out and a thank you for a mini-interweb moment of awesome?

Now's your chance to help keep the gaming and adventure going!

Heading to the movies? 

Check out Gini's joint review with her Slice of SciFi/Pop Culture Geeks editor, Summer Brooks, of The Magnificent Seven and plan your own movie night.

Stay tuned for more Gini-news!


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Gini, Coming to a Book Festival near...Victorville

Hail and well met members of the Collective! You have some great opportunities to see the Gini, speak with the Gini, and buy new works by the Gini coming your way.

See, I know what's's the Giniverse and our sassy author friend in a signature pink cowgirl hat.

Quickly Approaching Opportunities To See Gini in 3D:

Join Gini at the Barnes and Noble in Victorville Mall on Friday, September 30th, 3 pm to 7 pm. She'll be speaking and signing copies of the latest release from the Alien series: Camp Alien - as well as all of her other book-shaped offerings.

If you can't make it to the mall - or you just feel the need to capitalize on all chances of a Gini sightings - you should stick around and head out to the inaugural High Desert Book Fair on Saturday, October 1, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm also in Victorville.

Gini will be a Main Tent Speaker with Q&A at 1:30 pm, followed by a Main Tent book signing. Have no fear, Gini will be around all day signing and giving out hugs in grand Gini-style.

And don't forget that Gini's ONLY East Coast appearances this year will be in Richmond, VA, at the James River Writers Conference, October 14-16, and at Fountain Bookstore, October 16. If you're even close to nearish to the area, don't miss out on your only chance to see our girl up close and in person!

New Releases featuring stories by Gini:

 Zombie Needs Brains produced anthologies Alien Artifacts and Were- released in trade paperback and ebook on September 15th

If you missed out on supporting this Kickstarter, here's your chance to nab these books. Alien Artifacts stories are about humanity discovering what aliens have left behind, and  Were- is about were-creatures other than werewolves.

 If you've devoured these stories already please do our author a solid post a review on goodreads, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

Gini's story in Artifacts is an Alien series short, "Alien Epilogue", that goes into what happened to the folks in Bizarro World after "the switch." Gini's story in Were- is her very first YA, "Missy the Were-Pomeranian vs. the Masters of Mediocre Doom". You know you want them, so get them, now!

Spread the word; book-pushing is a kindness...really, friends don't let friends miss great stories. 

10 days left to support Robots, Water and Death Anthologies!

The latest Zombies Need Brains Kickstarter to fund 3 new science fiction fantasy anthologies: Submerged (stories set underwater), All Hail Our Robot Conquerors! (stories with robots harkening back to the 50's/60's), and The Death of All Things (stories with Death as a character) is $4197 away from its initial production goal. 

Don't miss out on the opportunity for a new J.C. Koch horror story in Submerged and a new short story set in the universe of the Alien series in All Hail Our Robot Conquerors!  AND, don't miss out on a chance to be a character in one of Gini's stories -- there are still tuckerizations left for her story for Submerged, so check it out and get your name in lights. So to speak.

Also don't forget to check out the different rewards for backing this project. There are zombie goats as a prize available people; ZOMBIE GOAT PLUSHIES.

Gini's excited to write new stories for two of the anthologies and let's not forget it's another opportunity for you to have yourself written into the Giniverse. So stop on by check out the campaign and become a backer! 

A new place to nab a piece of Alien series inspired artwork:

If you're anything like me - god help you if so I'm a wee bit nutty - then you've tried to picture what characters from stories look like while you're reading. One of my favorite things to do is surf the interwebs for fan art. 

Ever wondered what the Peregrine species from the Alien series might look like?  Well, talented artist and the Head of Team Gini Lisa Lingenfelter Dovichi has made her imaginings of Bruno the Peregrine available for purchase in her new Esty store PrintsCharmingbyLisa. Check out Bruno and her other artwork - it's: "Where Watercolors and Zentangles Collide."

Last but not least, remember that now's the time to be sure that you pre-order Alien Nation from your favorite bookstore or online retailer. More and more, pre-orders matter to publishers and, therefore, to authors and, by extension, readers. We want the Alien series to go on forever and ever, right? Then pre-orders are a must! So, do our girl a solid and get those pre-orders in pronto!

Now, if anyone knows who's got the 2016 remote, let me know because I really should be the operator.


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Friday, September 2, 2016

Alien Nation Cover Reveal

Happy End of the Week!

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend planned, and a special whoo hoo to those who get a long Labor Day weekend -- enjoy and be good to each other out there, especially those working retail and such!

Just a fast one to share that the cover for Alien Nation is up at the website. Head over to my Premieres page and let me know what you think of it! And remember to do your girl a solid and pre-order that puppy from your favorite brick and mortar or online bookstore!


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