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My 2019 DragonCon Schedule

My 2019 DragonCon Schedule, now available in a handy-dandy graphic!

Hope to see you there! xox

Alethea Kontis DragonCon 2019

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May Roundup

DSC_0190Here’s what happened on Patreon in May:

Adventure Level

— #SmileMail Monday

— #FriendlyFriday

The Little Witch and Wizard Book Trailer (narrated by Alethea)


Essay Level

— “The Ticking Clock” — my new method for Massive Productivity…and how to deal with the possible side effects

Sideshow Support / Exclusive Level

—  SIDESHOW VIDEO: Leanna Renee Hieber (PATS 2018)

Sneak Peek Level

— Early May NPR Reviews

Rainbow Chaser Level 


Treasure Box Level

—  Princess Sarah’s Star Wars Celebration Swag (I cannot tell you how excited I was to RECEIVE MY OWN TREASURE BOX this month! Freaking AWESOME!!!)

Sideshow VIP Level 

—Join before July 31 to receive the ALL-STAR benefits of this level!

THANK YOU ever and always for supporting me and my work! I couldn’t do it without you!


~Princess Alethea


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April Roundup

Here’s what happened on Patreon in April:
Adventure Level
— #SmileMail Monday
— #FriendlyFriday
— In Which Alethea Narrates ALL THE THINGS
— “The Pros and Cons of Stage Directions” featured in this month’s Apex Magazine
— “As the World Burns,”on IGMS, Apex Magazine, and Notre-Dame
— #StormySaturday (Did you see the new Rainbow Level?)
Sideshow Support Level — LAUNCHED
Essay Level
—  “It’s All Fun and Games” — How being a gamer can give you an edge in this game called Publishing
Exclusive Level
—   Video: Weekends with Princess Alethea – Update
Sneak Peek Level
GAME ON! Anthology Early Cover Peek 
The Little Witch and Wizard full cover and book launch information!
Rainbow Level — LAUNCHED!
Treasure Box Level
—  ICFA Treasures #2
Sideshow VIP Level — LAUNCHED!
THANK YOU ever and always to my Patrons for supporting me and my work! I couldn’t do all this without you! 
~Princess Alethea
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In Which Alethea Narrates All The Things

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Remember how I mentioned that I was in the studio for a week straight recording short stories for folks? Well, they are all live now. Crazy, right?? And ALL of them were insanely fun to read!
Instead of sending you to a bunch of different places to go find them all, here are all the links that go straight to the source! All you have to do when you get there is press PLAY.
Then, as Kate says, “Sit back, relax, and let Princess Alethea tell you a story…”
“And Yet” by A.T. Greenblatt, narrated by Alethea Kontis. (2019 Nebula nominee!): Escape Pod Episode 674 
“26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss” by Kij Johnson, narrated by Alethea Kontis (2009 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction): Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 150 
“The Thing With the Helmets” by Emily C. Skaftun, narrated by Alethea Kontis: Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 150 
“The Future is Blue” by Catherynne M. Valente, narrated by Alethea Kontis: Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 150  
Happy listening!
And if you see me post about them on social media, do please share! 
Princess A
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March Roundup

March Lee 2019

Oh my gosh…WE SURVIVED THIS MONTH! (Honestly, I’m not totally sure how I did it…but YAY!)
Two cons back-to-back, one major copyedit (that is still not done), four new audio stories recorded (announcements coming soon!), one Top Secret Pitch, one NPR review, and TEN NEW AGENTS QUERIED! Whew!
Here’s what happened on Patreon in March:
Adventure Level
— #SmileMail Monday
— #FriendlyFriday
Essay Level
—  “This Is How She Does It” – How The Invincible Princess Alethea Gets Sick (and Gets Better) at Cons
Exclusive Level
Sneak Peek Level
Treasure Box Level
THANK YOU to my Patrons, ever and always for supporting me and my work! I couldn’t do it without you! 
Remember: Next month we launch new SIDESHOW LEVELS!
~Princess Alethea


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February Roundup

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Here’s what happened over on Patreon in February:

ADVENTURE LEVEL (known for 5 seconds as the “Holiday Card Level.”)

— #SmileMail Monday

— #FriendlyFriday

— New Narrations: EscapePod Episode #666

— First Quarter NPR Review Links

— Happy Book Birthday ONCE UPON A STAR!

—  IGMS 67: The Antepenultimate Issue (feat. Alethea x 2)

Essay Level

—  “This is My Brain on Poetry”

Exclusive Level

—  “Dialla Saves the World” —  original flash fiction

Sneak Peek Level

— Top Secret Promo Video

— “Witch’s Star” from the upcoming Do Not Go Quietly anthology (the super nerdy “Heroic Octave Crown” poem, where each connected verse is also an acrostic. I LOVED WORKING ON THIS PROJECT SO MUCH!)

Treasure Box Level

— A CD of Adam Ezra’s new solo album Find a Way!

THANK YOU ever and always for supporting me and my work! I couldn’t do it without you!


~Princess Alethea

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OSC’s IGMS: Issue 67

I’m in this month’s IGMS twice! My romantic wolf tale “Sweetheart Come,” and my narration of Leah Cypess‘s beautiful “The Cost of Wonder.”

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Some of you may have heard that June will be the last issue of IGMS. As someone who has been part of the IGMS team since its inception, I have feelings about this. I’ll try to post an essay on Patreon about it soon.


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New Release: ONCE UPON A STAR ⭐️

Once Star FINAL

I am so excited to announce that our next ONCE UPON anthology, ONCE UPON A STAR, is now LIVE! Best of all, it’s specially priced for release week for just $0.99!! That’s right, all 14 stories for just a dollar…starring my long-awaited SF tale ““!

From the bestselling authors of the award-winning Once Upon Anthologies, the next fabulous volume is here! Revisit your favorite faerie tales, masterfully retold in science fiction settings with delightful, and sometimes chilling, twists. These fourteen tales will entertain and inspire you, and you’ll never see your favorite faerie tales quite the same way again. Grab your copy of Once Upon A Star, and don’t forget the other anthologies –Once Upon A Curse, Once Upon A Kiss, and Once Upon A Quest–for more magical retellings!

Get Once Upon a Star now, at these fine retailers!

Amazon US

Amazon UK






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January Roundup

Here’s what happened over on Patreon in January:$1 Level (I’m going to start calling this the Holiday Card Level, since I send cards to EVERYONE in December, for sure. Make sure Sarah and I have your mailing address!)

#SmileMail Monday


Birthday Camera Fund Announcement (this is still live if you want to jump in!)

Essay Level

“On the Promise of Short Stories”

Exclusive Level

“Interview with Alexia” video #5 (final episode–I love that girl!)

Sneak Peek Level

“” from the upcoming Once Upon a Star anthology

Treasure Box Level

— SCBWI swag: stickers, postcards, bookmarks, cards from all the illustrators displaying their portfolios at the conference!

THANK YOU ever and always for supporting me and my work–you all literally make my life worth living. I couldn’t do it without you!


~Princess Alethea

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Princess Alethea’s 2018 Publications

2018 Releases

Besphinxed — YA paranormal rom com, original short novel/novella set in the Nocturne Falls Universe

“The Goblin and the Treasure” — original fantasy adventure, featured in the Once Upon a Quest anthology

The Glass Mountain: A Tale of Arilland — fairy tale chapbook (story originally featured in 2017’s Once Upon a Kiss anthology)

The Unicorn Hunter: A Tale of Arilland — fairy tale chapbook (story originally featured in 2011’s Demons anthology)

Beauty and Dynamite — memoir (revised edition, Kindle only. Originally published in 2007)

Get these (and more) inscribed and autographed!

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