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If you haven't noticed, it seems today it's all about the Aliens and the 'gators. So can you guess who I managed to lure to the blog? Hm? Yes!!
The amazing Gini Koch is here to spread the Alien love and tell us about some secrets! So please give it up for Gini and if you have a question you'd like to ask her, please do, I always love to learn more about the Alien universe and the Kitty team (I can just see Christopher glare at this.. *sighs*)
So without further ado please give the warmest welcome to
Planning any wedding is hard enough, but Katherine “Kitty” Katt and Jeff Martini have a lot more to worry about than seating arrangements, because multiple interstellar invasions, Alpha Team in mortal peril, and inter-alien conspiracies are all on the guest list -- and the gifts they’ve brought explode.
Kitty and Martini should be happily finalizing their wedding plans. Kitty’s biggest worries should be about winning over Martini’s mother, finding the right dress, and lining up her bridesmaids. But protecting the Earth from assorted alien threats seems to keep getting in the way.
The discovery that Martini is actually a member of the Alpha Centaurion Royal Family carries additional news -- emissaries are on their way to see if Kitty’s royal bride material. And they’re not the only things coming from the Alpha Centaurion system.
Amazonian assassins, spies, alien beasties, shape-shifters, and representatives from the Planetary Council, combined with a tabloid reporter who’s a little too on the mark, create a deadly situation for Kitty and the rest of Alpha Team. When the assassins strike far too close to home for anyone’s comfort, Kitty realizes it’s going to come down to more than flowers -- she’s going to have to face an entire planetary consciousness and dethrone a monarch in order to make it to the church on time.
GK: I love all my characters, even the villains and the bit players. Also a bit player in one book can come into later books in a big way and stick around (like Chuckie, for example). I also don’t find my characters hard to write. If they’re hard, then there’s something wrong with them -- either how I’ve written or conceived them. Too hard, and they’re cut to make way for a character that WILL work within the whole. I basically find writing a joy, so when it isn’t, it’s an indication that something’s wrong. Usually when it’s wrong I’ve contradicted a plot line or have written someone doing something out of character without intending to.
Of what I consider the main supporting characters, I love Reader and Chuckie the most. I mean it, I LOVE them. They’re two of my fave characters and I love writing them, particularly in how they interact with Kitty.
So, while I do write novels under this name, so far, Anita’s only published in short science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Among those are two stories in two DAW anthologies that are currently on the shelves -- “Wanted” is in Love and Rockets, a science fiction romance collection, and “Being Neighborly” is in Boondocks Fantasy, a rural urban fantasy collection.
Her interests include seeing how often she can ask, "So, have I told you about this plot twist yet?" of her husband before he goes insane, going to rock concerts with her daughter, and training her pets to 'bring it'. Gini started writing to have an excuse to stay up late playing on the computer while listening to music and mooning over pictures of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
Now she's expanded her thinking -- she moons over a wide variety of hunks in order to keep the visual creative juices flowing. So to speak.
You can reach Gini at her website, blog and Twitter.
Oh and if you can't wait or cannot put everything on the favours of Mr. Random, do check out the fantastic Alien merchandise here.
Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on Friday 11 March 2011.