Touched by an Alien (Katherine

Touched by an Alien (Katherine "Kitty" Katt Series #1)

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by 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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Marlyn Beebe
In the first two chapters of Touched by an Alien, protagonist Katherine Katt (known to her friends as "Kitty") is released from jury duty, kills a large knife-winged alien on the way back to her car, and is "rescued" by a group of what appear to be unusually handsome federal agents in black Armani suits. They are actually refugees from Alpha Centauri who have chosen to live peacefully on Earth rather than submit to religious genocide on their own planet. At the same time, evil aliens from yet another planet begin to appear. These superbeings, attracted to strong negative emotions such as hate and anger, take over the bodies of humans experiencing such feelings. It is one of these beings that Kitty kills on the street. The A-C's (as the Alpha Centaurians call themselves) perform damage control on such incidents, making the aliens look human, and disposing of the bodies when they are able. Kitty's ability to handle the situation, rather than panicking, prompts them to invite her to join their team. Kitty's evolution from marketing manager to member of a secret government unit is amusing and interesting. To her surprise, she also discovers that both her parents are government operatives. For their protection, they are brought to the A-C's secret desert compound, and the Katt family becomes instrumental in the fight against the superbeings. Deliberately silly and derivative, the story turns into a hilarious romp in the vein of Men in Black or Ghostbusters. The plot is needlessly complex, and the erotic interludes between Kitty and her A-C paramour are unnecessarily graphic and jarring. This is suitable for older teens who are fans of Piers Anthony or Douglas Adams. Reviewer: Marlyn Beebe
Publishers Weekly
Koch's derivative debut piles on the comic book clichés. 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. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"This delightful romp has many interesting twists and turns as it glances at racism, politics, and religion en route. It will have fanciers of cinematic sf parodies referencing Men in Black, Ghost Busters, and X-Men." —Booklist Starred Review

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756406004
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Series:
Katherine "Kitty" Katt Series, #1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
142,378
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"This delightful romp has many interesting twists and turns as it glances at racism, politics, and religion en route. It will have fanciers of cinematic sf parodies referencing Men in Black, Ghost Busters, and X-Men." —Booklist

"...a fun romp reminiscent of an extended X-Files episode. There are, of course, the Aliens mentioned in the title, a big bad guy, an ordinary-yet smart and capable woman thrust into unusual circumstances, humor, a spicy bit of romance...All make for a truly enjoyable read." —BookMom

"Trust me when I say, Koch makes it work. This book never tries to take itself too seriously; instead it’s all kinds of fun, and pokes a sharp finger at pop culture moments..." —Tempting Persephone
"...a fun, fast-paced and sexy read..." —ALPHA Reader

Meet 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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