Yes, today's the big day for Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by G.J. Koch. If you didn't get a pre-order, get an early release copy at Phoenix Comicon, or score a free copy somewhere during the first part of the Blog Tour, now's the time to get those ebooks or head to the bookstore to get your copies!
But as my Hook Me Up! subscribers already know, there's more going on than just the release of Alexander Outland: Space Pirate. Much more, as a matter of fact.
For those of you on Goodreads, Member Buddy Reads is starting Touched by an Alien this month. And for those of you on Library Thing, check out what Roni 'ncats Relishes is reading and has read for 2012.
Speaking of new releases, My Bookish Ways has a good listing of books releasing this month.
Speaking of older releases, Long and Short Reviews is having a contest for the book that sounds the best from their reviews done in March, April and May. The Disciple by Jemma Chase (yes, as with G.J. Koch, that's moi) is trailing a distant third *sniffle* so if you can spare a moment to go over and do your girl a small solid by voting, it'd be most appreciated.
Now it's time for my Phoenix Comicon roundup. The con was, in a word, awesome. I was on 8 panels, and they were all well attended with really interesting and involved folks in the audience. My favorite was probably Evening Erotica, which I did with Jordan Summers, because we played The Euphemism Game and it was so much fun, with a really involved, fun, and funny audience.
The Balancing Humor and Action panel was also fun, but I'll let the gang over at I Smell Sheep tell you all about that one. I also quite liked the audience participation in the Beyond the Fangs panel (and I must give a wild shout out to our Official Gangsta Fairies, Edward and Joseph, whose quick wit and reactions really made that panel for me).
The Space Pirates panel with David Lee Summers was also very fun. And if you haven't checked out David's space pirate books, you really should. I got to panel frequently with Jordan, my BFF Marcy Rockwell, and Kris Neri, hey, 8 panels means you get to hang with your homegirls, which was a lot of fun for us and for those in the audience. I also got to meet and panel with totally fun dude Joe Nassise for the first time.
Marcy and I also participated in a critique session that was really great -- some awesome aspiring authors read from their works and got us basically saying they were, um, pretty darned awesome. LOL It was a real joy to see how good everyone's pieces were, and how professionally they accepted constructive criticism. There will be some great new voices coming up in SF/F in the not-so-distant future.
There were tons of great costumes, too many to list here, but the con has them all and more besides at the website and Facebook page. And it was awesome to see so many of the Alien Collective -- including but not limited to Adrian, Lisa, Raul, Terry, Hal, Dee, Rachel, Shannon, "Hundred Dollar Bill", Heidi, Joanne, Mariann, Colette, "Delicious", Saul, Joel, Casey, and so many more I'm not able to list them all without making this double in size, but love you ALL and so glad you came and stopped by the booth, attended my panels, and hung out! And extra special love to all of you who bought books (oh, so many books!), swag, and Royal Poofs (who are all very pleased with their new homes).
To sum up, I'm going to let the chicklet, via 2DrinkMinimumShow tell you all about it. (Yes, she is a chip off the old block!)
UPCOMING IN PERSON REMINDERS: June 12, Queen Creek Writer's Group, Queen Creek, AZ: SF Worldbuilding, 5-8pm June 20, Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, San Diego, CA: Split Personality Summer Solstice Signing, 7:00-8:30pm July 11-15, San Diego Comic-Con, San Diego, CA: Saturday, July 14, Guerrilla Marketing, 8pm, Room: 9 Sunday, July 15, Stunted Fools and Scary-Ass Clowns, 10:00-11:00a.m., Room: 25ABC Sunday, July 15, BOOK SIGNING, 11:30am-12:30pm, Room: Under the Sails (final location TBD)
Whew! That's it for today, but never fear, more's always on the way. So, get those copies of Alexander Outland: Space Pirate, and enjoy the reading!