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Spooky Legends: Gini Koch (Guest Post & Giveaway)

Gini Koch is here today with some out of this world characters as we continue with the  Spooky Legends event.  Gini’s upcoming release is Alien Tango, which is the second book in the Katherine “Kitty” Katt series.

You can read an excerpt from Touched by an Alien here.  Gini is here to tell us all about the Aliens on Earth urban legend and giveaway an autographed copy of TOUCHED BY AN ALIEN.  As always, details are listed below.

Author Bio:

Gini Koch lives in the American Southwest, works her butt off (sadly, not literally) by day, and writes by night with the rest of the beautiful people. The first book in her Alien series, Touched by an Alien, released April 6, 2010 from DAW Books, receiving a starred review from Booklist as well as other excellent reviews. Touched by an Alien has also been named by Booklist as one of the Top 10 adult SF/F novels of 2010. Alien Tango releases December 7, 2010, and Alien in the Family will release April 5, 2011, with Alien Proliferation following later in 2011.

**Visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Spooky Legends Guest blog with Marta Acosta and a chance to win HAUNTED HONEYMOON**

Aliens on Earth: Fact vs. Fiction

By Gini Koch

There are many rumors about aliens landing on Earth, possibly even living amongst us, protecting the world and endangering it, too. I’m here to tell you…all the rumors are true.

I’m Katherine “Kitty” Katt, and I narrate a true-life series that explains the truth behind all those Area 51 rumors. And let me tell you, the rumors don’t do reality justice. At all.

I realize this gets explained somewhat in “Touched by an Alien”, but I figured, hey, you don’t get ALL the facts. I pondered on the best way to share the truth, since it’s totally out there, and decided going to the source would be the best bet.

So, to help me separate fact from fiction, I’ve assembled a panel of crack alien experts. Jeff Martini, Head of the Field for Centaurion Division, all around hunky dude, super-empath, and the alien I’ve personally given the most study to. Richard White, Supreme Pontifex of the Alpha Centaurions, aka A-Cs, here on Earth, and master of the dry, sly dig. James Reader, former top international male model, human Centaurion agent, and the coolest guy in any room. Claudia, gorgeous Dazzler who’s as good with a scalpel and sub-genetic mutations as she is with a rocket launcher. And last, but in no way least, representing the Fugly Monster side of the house, all around bad guy Mephistopheles (deceased).

Martini: Hi all.

White: Ah, Miss Katt, you continue to astound with your way around an introduction.

Reader: Girlfriend, really, Tim and the flyboys are whining for panel opportunities.

Claudia: I’m so excited that I get to be on this panel. Lorraine got to be on the last one and I was kind of jealous.

Mephistopheles: Again, I have no drink! I was promised a drink, and yet, once again, there is no drink!

Kitty: Mephs, really, you’d think you couldn’t make it through an hour without a cocktail. Someone give ol’ Fugly Face a beverage. Mister White, I’m ignoring that backhanded compliment. James, Claudia, how many times do I have to say that there’s a panel limit?

Reader: Christopher’s whining, too.

Kitty: Blah, blah, blah. Before anyone else gets in on the whiner act, let’s move on to what readers really want to know — are there aliens on Earth and, if so, are they all gorgeous?

Wait. I can answer that one. Yes, and totally.

Martini: Yes, you think we’re all hot. I point to good ol’ Mephistopheles over there, though, and mention that sometimes we’re not.

White: True. When an alien parasite —

Kitty: Intergalactic jellyfish thing.

White: Yes. Thank you. When an alien parasite hits a human host, the parasite instantly turns said host into —

Kitty: A big fugly monster. Like Mephs here, who looks like a humongous version of Tim Curry in that old Tom Cruise movie about elves and woodland creatures.

Martini: You mean “Legend.”

Kitty: Yeah, that’s the one! I can always count on you for the old movie or TV shows.

Martini: I’d like to think you can count on me to protect the Earth and all its inhabitants, too.

Kitty: Oh, sure. Absolutely. And for the great sex. But that’s not what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about the parasites and how they make humans into their own images. All different, all fugly. All scary, too, when you think about it.

White: Thank you again. I don’t know what I’d do if I got to finish an entire thought without your help, Miss Katt.

Kitty: You got it. Carry on.

White: You’re sure? Well then…once the human host is infected, they lose all control and the alien parasite takes over —

Mephistopheles: Not in all cases. In a select few, the human host was properly able to join with its superior parasite, to create an in-control superbeing. We were the ultimate combination.

Kitty: Operative word being “were”, ‘cause you’re all fugly stew these days. So, let’s get to the real heart of the alien rumors — Roswell.

Reader: The original aliens to land on Earth weren’t from Alpha Centauri. They were what we all call the Ancients, and they came from a planet near the Galactic Core. They were shape-shifters, and we figure they visited our planets more than once, but it’s their last visits that matter the most in terms of alien invasion theories, since they happened in the last century for both Earth and the Alpha Centauri system.

White: I note that neither Miss Katt nor our reigning in-control superbeing felt the necessity to interrupt you, James. Why is that?

Reader: No idea. You want to add in, though?

White: I tremble at the idea.

Claudia: I’ll add in! Okay, so from what we can tell, the Ancients crash-landed, had issues with the atmosphere in modern times, and died. Humans found their remains, hid them, and then, when we arrived to help, we used the afterlife of their power sources to generate invisibility and protective shielding, and a superior transference system, as well as ensuring your satellite, microwave and cellular systems were more advanced.

Kitty: So we have the Ancients and A-Cs to thank for the blogosphere and Twitter?

White: In a way.

Kitty: Awesome, aliens rock! So, back to the rumors — is the U.S. Government covering up alien activity on Earth?

Martini: Of course. And not just the U.S. government. Governments worldwide will disavow all knowledge. We’re a clandestine operation. People would panic if they knew we were here and what we were protecting everyone from.

Kitty: Yeah, well, considering how drop-dead gorgeous you all are, I think there’d be a bigger risk of a stampede to see who could make an A-C love connection first, rather than widespread panic.

Claudia: Well, that would be fine with me and all the rest of the A-C girls. Preferably the smart people, though. We love the smart ones.

Kitty: You mean like Bill Gates?

Claudie: He’s so dreamy.

Kitty: And Stephen Hawking?

Claudia: He’s even dreamier.

Kitty: So, nerds in general?

Claudia: I’ve never met a brilliant human who wasn’t just the dreamiest thing ever. And all the rest of us agree.

Kitty: Nice to know. I note that the male A-Cs don’t have the same intelligence demands in their potential dating choices.

Martini: Oh, we do. Just not to the, ah, degree the women have. I’m attracted to your brains at least as much as to your looks.

Kitty: Isn’t he sweet? James, your thoughts?

Reader: Hey, I may have been a male model, but I’m not exactly an idiot, either. Paul likes me for more than my looks, too.

Kitty: Okay, so love connections require some intelligence. Is it because your race is so much smarter than ours?

White: I wouldn’t put it like that, Miss Katt. More that we appreciate intelligence more than any other trait. And, let me express my shock that you didn’t interrupt me.

Kitty: Dude, it’s not like you, as the religious leader of our Earth A-Cs, don’t get everyone’s attention riveted on you all the time. Speaking of which, let’s go for the juicy — at any one time, how many evil alien attacks are focused on Earth?

Martini: To our knowledge, none.

Kitty: You’re lying. I can tell you’re lying, in part because none of you can lie effectively and because you’re looking anywhere but at me. How many attacks are centered here?

Martini: A few.

Kitty: A few? How many is a few? A few is for sure more than two.

Martini: I assume you mean aside from the parasites, so, we don’t really know.

Claudia: Earth’s out in the middle of nowhere, space-wise. Makes it hard to get to but a great spot to run tests.

Kitty: Tests? What kind of tests? Are we talking anal probe kinds of tests, genetic theory kinds of tests, or world destroying weapon kinds of tests?

Claudia: Yes.

Kitty: Wow, I feel so secure and all. But, we’re protecting the Earth from all of that, right?

White: As and when the threats appear, Miss Katt, yes, we do our best to work with the U.S. and world governments to handle the situations.

Martini: The rest is classified. That’s all you’re getting on it.

Kitty: I have the high level security clearance.

Martini: The readers don’t.

Kitty. Oh, fine. Okay, so let’s talk about the grossest, most potentially dangerous aspect of working with Centaurion Division — namely, that all the gates, aka that transference system Claudia mentioned, deposit you in airport bathrooms around the world. Having exited into some really awful bathrooms, into places that make you wonder just how broad the definition of “lavatory” is around the world, I just have to ask the big question: Why?

Reader: Because most people aren’t paying a lot of attention to other people in the bathroom. They go in, they do their business, they go out. Most security cameras aren’t focused there, either.

Kitty: Gross but effective, gotcha. Moving on, what’s the scariest thing you’ve ever faced, and how did you handle it? Jeff?

Martini: Your mother, the crack shot, former Mossad agent. I went for charming.

Kitty: Oh, Mom’s not that scary.

Martini: Right. Right after her was your father, when he discovered us after we’d, ah, spent the night together.

Kitty: Yeah, you handled that one by trotting off to your room and letting Mom calm him down.

Martini: As you like to put it, whatever works.

Kitty: True enough. Mr. White, scariest thing you’ve ever faced?

White: The C.I.A. And I have no idea if we’re handling them well or not.

Kitty: No bet there. James?

Reader: Bigots who hate gay people. Really, just haters in general. I went with living well and ignoring them as the solution.

Kitty: You rock as always! And I’m so with you on how to handle morons like that. Claudia?

Claudia: Well, you said we can’t talk about what’s coming in “Alien Tango”, so I’ll have to go with facing all the in-control superbeings in the desert and riding on the Pachyderm during the middle of a huge battle with lots of bullets, boiling water, and disgusting body parts flying around. I handled it by getting off and into a jet with a dreamy pilot.

Kitty: Yeah, I sold the footage of you and Lorraine on that bucking bronco-ish thing to “Girls Gone Wild” — it’s really helping pay the bills quickly. Mephs, you ARE the nightmare dude. So, what could possibly scare you?

Mephistopheles: You, actually. And, unfortunately, I handled our encounter by dying.

Kitty: But it was an impressive death scene, Mephs. I hear psychos and megalomaniacs everywhere cried.

So, one last question for each of our panelists. What’s the monster or scary legend that freaks you out the most?

Martini: The sewer alligators thing. Because, after what went on in “Alien Tango”, I don’t think I want to face a mutated alligator, ever.

White: The whole “government is controlled by the oil barons” idea. I believe that, in reality, what controls the world governments is —

Reader: Mad Annie.

White: Excuse me?

Reader: That Mad Annie/Blair Witch thing always gets me. I don’t believe it’s real, but it still freaks me out.

Claudia: I’ve always found the idea of fairy godmothers to be particularly frightening. If you have that much power, who’s to say you’re going to use it for good, you know?

Mephistopheles: If I had that much power, I’d certainly use it for MY good.

Claudia: That’s my point.

Kitty: Mephs, what’s your scary monster freakout? Aside from every time you look in the mirror, I mean.

Mephistopheles: Hilarious. Actually, the urban myth that manages to give me some unease is the whole Hook Man at Lover’s Lane.

Kitty: Seriously?

Mephistopheles: Yes. In my human form, I made out with a lot of women. The idea that some creepy human with an iron hook could have killed us at any time freaks me out.

Kitty: Wow. Seriously, I have nothing to add to that other than, one really never knows, do one?

Claudia: What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever faced, Kitty?

Kitty: Hmmm. A pack of in-control superbeings? Handled. Killer alligators? Sweet, really. Psychos and megalomaniacs galore? All in a day’s work. No, I think I have to go with the thing that truly frightens me more than anything else.

Having to say “the end”.

That’s it for our panel, folks! Enjoy the rest of the awesomeness that is the Spooky Legends event!

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15 Responses to “Spooky Legends: Gini Koch (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Ruth ThompsonNo Gravatar

    Thank you for Touched by an Alien!

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  2. JoAnna BNo Gravatar

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to read this series.

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  3. ParaJunkeeNo Gravatar

    That was great! I can’t wait to read Alien Tango.

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  4. Lisa DovichiNo Gravatar

    I loved Touched by an Alien and it was great to “see” the gang again. Can’t wait for Alien Tango! Don’t sign me up, I’ve already got a copy of Touched by an Alien and really a book that great needs to spread the love around. :)

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  5. AmburNo Gravatar

    Thanks for the chance to win :D

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  6. Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy]No Gravatar

    I really love the concept behind this series & the covers are flat out gorgeous!

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  7. Stela (Ex Libris)No Gravatar

    Sorry, still fanning myself, just the sight of Martini made me all hot and fainthearted ;-)

    And Claudia, LMAO, what a brilliant idea to find fairy godmothers creepy!! LOL :-D

    Can’t wait for Alien Tango Gini!!! :-)) Thanks for the great funny panel!

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  8. Judy CoxNo Gravatar

    Your books look very good. Thanks for the chance to win.


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  9. Gini KochNo Gravatar

    Thanks everyone, I’m glad you enjoyed the panel!

    And, Stella, Claudia says that she’s totally thrilled you liked her comments and hopes this means she’s on more panels in the future.

    Oh, and Martini says he’s got an autographed pic heading your way. Kitty shares that he’s fully clothed, however, because while she’s a nice girl, well, she’s not THAT nice. :wink:

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  10. Lynn PauleyNo Gravatar

    @Abigail — I’m with you — the covers are great.

    Have heard nothing but good things about Touched by an Alien on the blogs that I visit. It is on my To Be Bought list when I get some extra money.

    Really enjoyed the post and thanks for the giveaway.


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  11. Joanne de BiasiNo Gravatar

    So very entertainment tonight! The hook hand story, haven’t thought about that in years….LOL Thanks Gini. Can’t wait for the next book

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  12. Amber ScottNo Gravatar

    I love spoiled evil brat Mestiphiles’ responses! Totally crackin’ me up. I loved Legend, too. And I agree with everyone’s scary things. When’s the next panel?

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  13. Becky B.No Gravatar

    Thought I left a comment before must have forgot to press enter of something.

    I would love to win my very own copy of this book instead of borrowing it from the library again.

    @Gini, I believe we all would love autographed pictures of Martini:)

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  14. Amber ScottNo Gravatar

    @Becky: Yes. Yes, we would. I’ll take my pillowcase, too. :)

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  15. Smash AttackNo Gravatar

    I’ve heard so much about this series!! :)

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