Guest blogger & giveaway with Gini Koch

Top 10 Ways to Tell if Your Parents Are Actually Leading Secret Lives

By Gini Koch

 Katherine “Kitty” Katt-Martini thought her parents were average. Mom was a consultant and Dad was a history professor. Right. Turned out that her mother was in charge of a high-level, super-secret anti-terrorism unit reporting directly to the President, and her dad actually worked for NASA in their Alien Encryption department. Which worked out, because once Kitty discovered aliens were actually living on Earth, she got to find out these secrets and a whole lot more.

In honor of the release of Kitty’s latest exploits, chronicled in Alien in the House, here’s her good go-to list for how to figure out if your parents are hiding their true callings.

10. Does your mom travel a lot for business? It’s a sham. Oh sure, she’s traveling, but she’s spending time on Air Force One. Snoop around and really take a close look at those airport baggage tags.

9. Your dad’s a professor? But he has his TA’s teach all his classes? Sure tip off that he’s not an academic. See if you can find where he hangs out. It won’t be his office, at least not his office at the university. He’ll be hanging out with NASA or one of the other Alphabet Agencies.

8. Your mom always knows when you’re lying. Always.

7. Your dad is infinitely suspicious of any guy (or girl) you bring home. He claims it’s because he doesn’t think they’re good enough for you. In reality, the background check hasn’t come back yet.

6. Your mom suggests you take a martial art and other self-defense classes, participate in track and field, and can best you at all of these.

5. Your dad gives you and all your friends psych evaluation tests “for fun”.

4. Your mother is a better shot with a gun than Annie Oakley.

3. Your father does encryption decoding as a hobby.

2. Your mother telling someone to back off means they not only do it, but they wet themselves at the same time.

1. Your parents learn you’ve discovered aliens are living on Earth and that you’re dating one of them and instead of freaking out, calmly add this to their list of things they think sets you apart as a great daughter.



Gini Koch lives in Hell’s Orientation Area (aka Phoenix, AZ), works her butt off (sadly, not literally) by day, and writes by night with the rest of the beautiful people. She writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series for Musa Publishing. As G.J. Koch she writes the Alexander Outland series. She also writes under a variety of other pen names (including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch), listens to all kinds of music 24/7, and is a proud comics geek-girl willing to discuss at any time why Wolverine is the best superhero ever (even if Deadpool does get all the best lines). She speaks frequently on what it takes to become a successful author and other aspects of writing and the publishing business. She is also the Lead Editor at Raphael’s Village, an online, nonpaying ’zine. Because she wasn’t busy enough, Gini’s added on featured guest columnist, reviewer, and webcaster for Slice of SciFi and It’s Comic Book Day. She can be reached through her website at




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25 Responses to Guest blogger & giveaway with Gini Koch

  1. Kassandra May 14, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    Thank you for the chance!!


  2. nurmawati djuhawan May 14, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    i want to collect all gini koch alien’s series..
    thx u so much for the chance to win one of them…;)

  3. Nora-Adrienne May 14, 2013 at 7:31 am #

    Hi Gini,
    I’ll follow you around the world for the chance to win the complete set of books, one contest at a time. I do love the series and am very thankful that at least one of the nearby county libraries carries your books.

  4. Victoria Zumbrum May 14, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I would love to read these books.

  5. miki May 14, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    oh yes the complete signed collection one step at the time Nora had a great idea there ^^
    i’m glad my parents were “normal”… or were they…

  6. Viki S. May 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    What a cute list :) – Thank you.

  7. Sharon Stogner May 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    You have the bestest covers! Would love a postcard collection of all of them :)

  8. Giedre May 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    This is my favorite series! I love Kitty :)

  9. Jessica Subject May 14, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    I’m not worried about my parents. LOL Though, I can totally relate to numbers 7 and 8.

  10. Edward Cammarota May 14, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    I hope this series never ends…….& I hope major movie execs. see all your fans

  11. Eva Millien May 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    I think my parents must lead secret lives. Thanks for tip! Please don’t end this series any time soon. Thanks for the chance to win one of your books. I really need book 2.

  12. Chelsea B. May 14, 2013 at 4:26 pm #


  13. Anne May 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    I got plain, old, boring parents. Mine can’t do any of the 10 (thank goodness not #8…I may not have made it to adulthood ; ) )

  14. Elizabeth V. May 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    Well, my Mom had (has!) #8 down to a science – which has just made me very good at the verbal two-step where you tell carefully selected segments of truth 😉 But luckily(?) they don’t show any signs of the rest of the list!!!

  15. Leanna May 14, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    I always wonder why authors have more than one name that they write under. Do you pick the nsme or does your publisher?

  16. Pamk May 14, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    love her books and thanks for the chance to win.

  17. bn100 May 14, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    Do you have a favorite alien movie?

  18. Jesse May 15, 2013 at 1:50 am #

    I love this series! One of my fav sci-fys! Actually, this series is what got me into sci-fy, more or less….

  19. Janhvi May 15, 2013 at 5:22 am #

    Gini! This list is making me super suspicious of my parents! I can’t lie to save my life from them! lol :)

  20. Filia Oktarina May 15, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    I love all cover books!! I wanna know, do this series still going, are new book will coming again?

  21. Rebe May 15, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    These books are so hilarious!!! And I love the fast pace, too.

  22. Selwyn May 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    My sons think I’m a superhero crime fighter of some sort, mostly because I drive a forklift for work. Thanks to Kitty, my constant music playlist for any occasion has been elevated from quirk to ‘extra sign of awesomeness’!

    I can’t wait to read the latest Kitty and Co shenanigans. I do have a question for Gini – what ‘relaxing’ (i.e. not kicking alien/monster- butt) music do you (or Kitty) listen to? Also, which book have you read lately that has made you laugh out loud?

  23. Jen B. May 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    I am SO glad I didn’t discover my parents had secret lives! I think my mother would have lost her mind if I had fallen in love with an alien! I love the list! Kitty’s parents are actually way cool!

  24. Sarah May 17, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    Brilliant top 10 Gini, although I have to say my mum was always an expert at number 8 and my dad (who was a fireman until he retired) was really good at scaring boys away iof he didn’t think they were suitable LOL

  25. Barbara Elness May 18, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    I love this series so much and I’m always ecstatic to see a new book coming out. I can’t wait to read Alien in the House. 😀

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