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Touched by an Alienby Gini Koch
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"...I was hooked from the first page, and felt downright resentful of dinner for making me put the book down." —Tempting Persephone
Marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt had just finished a day on jury duty. When she stepped out of the Pueblo Caliente courthouse, all she was thinking about was the work she had to get caught up on. Then her attention was caught by a fight between a couple that looked like it was about to turn ugly. But ugly didn't even begin to cover it when the "man" suddenly transformed into a huge, winged monster right out of a grade Z science fiction movie and went on a deadly killing spree. In hindsight, Kitty realized she probably should have panicked and run screaming the way everyone around her was doing. Instead she sprinted into action to take down the alien.
In the middle of all the screeching and the ensuing chaos, a hunk in an Armani suit suddenly appeared beside her, introduced himself as Jeff Martini with "the agency," and then insisted on leading her to a nearby limo to talk to his "boss." And that was how Kitty's new life among the aliens began...Touched by an Alien is the thrilling first installment of the Alien novels.
"Koch's derivative debut piles on the comic book clichs. Katherine 'Kitty' Katt's orderly world is shaken when she sees a man on the street turn into a monster. After she manages to kill it, secret agents whisk her away and explain that these 'superbeings' are humans mutated by alien parasites. The agents are aliens themselves, visitors from Alpha Centauri who are tracking a particularly powerful superbeing that has taken over the mind of a terrorist leader. Handsome agent Jeff Martini instantly becomes obsessed with Kitty, who unaccountably finds it sexy and romantic when he acts like an aggressive stalker. The plot moves quickly and Koch's prose shows promise, but the action scenes drag a bit, and the constant erotic overtones of Jeff and Kitty's banter are painfully intrusive." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Despite not having run for office, nor wanting to remain in office, Representative Jeff Martini is being wooed as the vice presidential running mate for a charismatic senator who seems likely to win the campaign. While the Diplomatic Corps has to deal with the pressures of a political campaign sure to uncover secrets they dont want shared with the world, Ambassador Kitty Katt-Martini has other worries—handling the reemergence of her most potent nemesis, thought dead and buried.
Life in the White House isnt easy. Kitty Katt-Martinis husband, Jeff, has been elected vice president, and their lives are more complicated than ever.
After Kitty accidentally offends the Australian prime minister, both Jeff and Kitty must scramble to make amends. The consequences if they fail? Jeff will be forced to resign, and the A-C community will be forced to leave the planet. Its a mistake that could cause World War III.
But the process of saving her planet yet again is violently interrupted when Kitty is thrown into an alternate reality. She finds herself in a universe where aliens dont exist, and even stranger, shes been married to Charles Reynolds for years. To add to the chaos, the alternate-reality Kitty has taken her place back home.
Can they both save their respective worlds before its too late to return to their own universes? Or will one Kitty decide to keep the others life forever?
About the Author
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. Touched by an Alien, the first in her Alien/Katherine "Kitty" Katt Series, received a starred review from Booklist and was named one of Booklist's Top Ten adult science fiction and fantasy novels of 2010. Alien Tango released December 7, 2010, with Alien in the Family releasing April 5, 2011, and Alien Proliferation in Winter 2011. Gini started writing as an excuse to stay up late playing on the computer while listening to rock music and mooning over pictures of hunky men. She's thrilled all that drooling has finally paid off. She can be found at ginikoch.com.
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