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Win an ARC of ENCHANTED! (International)

I almost don’t even need to advertise this giveaway — Soumi from the Pages from my Thoughts blog posted this giveaway yesterday, and OVER 3300 PEOPLE from all over the world are already signed up to win it!

Are you? Why not? You never know…

The drawing will happen two weeks from now, when Soumi hosts me on her blog along with a review and interview. I’m so excited! I’m curious as to just how far and wide we can spread the word about Enchanted.

Worldwide? Now that really IS magical.

Go on, click here and enter. And please be sure to thank Soumi again for me!

Long live YA bloggers!! *hiphiphooray*

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Preorders: Get the WORD Out!

Want a signed and personalized copy of ENCHANTED? Do it right here.

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Alethea Kontis will be coming to WORD in Brooklyn to sign copies of her newest book, Enchanted!

Pre-order a signed (and even personalized) copy and we’ll ship it out to you to arrive the week of Enchanted’s release! Just tell us if you’d like it signed (and, if you want it personalized, to whom the book should be signed) in the comments section when you check out, and we’ll take care of the rest.

To receive a personalized book on or near the release date, place your order by 5/5. Books shipped via UPS Ground and USPS Priority Mail can be expected 2-3 business days after shipping; books shipped via media mail cannot be guaranteed by a certain date but tend to arrive 1-2 weeks after shipping, often sooner.

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There are only about 2000 books left of the first printing of 10,000. Order yours now, and please help get the WORD out!

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IGMS Awards Antho FREE on Amazon!

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen — from Saturday, March 24 through (and including) Monday, March 26th, the e-book version of the InterGalactic Medicine Show Awards Anthology, Vol. I will be absolutely positively FREE ON AMAZON.

This anthology contains a cast of writers I’m honored to be among…and I’m not just saying that. I honest-to-god LOVE these people. I’ve roomed with them at conventions. I’ve invited them into my home. I have shared in their triumphs and disasters, and one day maybe I’ll be half as good a writer as they are. Aliette deBodard, Eric James Stone, Eugie Foster, James Maxey…if you are not fans of these folks already, you really, really should be.

The story I have featured in this anthology is the infamous “Blood and Water”, the retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” where the mermaid is a vampire. There are also pirates. It’s not available anywhere else free online.

Here’s your chance to check out all of these great authors–and me!–FOR FREE. What are you waiting for? Just click on the book cover.

And please — spread the word!

Share the love. And the awesomeness.

Have a great weekend!
xox
Princess Alethea

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Raffle Necklace Stats

This gorgeous necklace Soteria and I are raffling off contains faceted chunks of light and dark Amethyst with sterling baby chains, complete with sterling clasp and extendable chain.

Measures from 16 1/2-19 inches on your neck (more chain can be added if necessary).

Want to win it? Click here and Chip In a couple of bucks!

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Win This Necklace!

[Edited again to add: Now that Paypal is fixed, Chip In seems to be broken, and the widget with the button for donating money has vanished.

You can always contribute to the fund straight to me through PayPal. My address is my email: akontis at gmail dot com.

You may also try the alternate Chip In page I have just set up here.]

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Yesterday morning, on the way home from the gym, my sister called to tell me she had emailed me the picture of the necklace she will be donating on behalf of Dixie Dunbar’s Studio for the “Chip In for Gas on Alethea’s Summer Book Tour” raffle.

By the time I got home to check my mail there was another email, informing me that Paypal had “temporarily restricted” my account pending a series of verifications, password changes, and proofs of ID.

I’ve heard horror stories about this sort of thing in the past. I won’t lie: I was worried. I asked that no one contribute any more to the fund for the time being, and told Soteria that I would postpone posting the picture of the necklace until the issue was resolved.

Happily, late yesterday afternoon, the issue was resolved. We will speak no more of this.

We will, however, speak of this absolutely gorgeous necklace.

You can win this fabulous, unique, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted, purple necklace for as little as $1. That’s right, any amount, no matter how small, will get you entered to win this fantastic piece of artwork.

All you have to do is pop on by and Chip In a buck or two for gas money for my book tour through the Southern US this summer. That’s it! It’s just that easy!

Again, I thank you all so much in advance for whatever you are able to contribute. Believe me–right now I am possibly more aware than I ever have been before of just how much every little bit helps.

xox

[Edited to add: If the winner of this raffle is a gentleman who would prefer a necklace for himself instead of a wife/girlfriend/etc, Soteria is willing to swap out this item for a man’s necklace. No other substitutions or exchanges are applicable.]

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Treasured Tales for Young Adults: Interview with Sunday Woodcutter

Entered the Goodreads Contest for ENCHANTED already?

Gone on to Amazon and read the excerpt from Chapter One a hundred times?

Desperate to know a little bit more about Sunday Woodcutter before the book comes out?

Over at Treasured Tales for Young Adults today, there is an interview with Sunday Woodcutter herself!

I’ve found that these character interviews are HUGELY fun to do, and add a little extra spice to the book that you normally wouldn’t experience.

If you’ll remember, the troubadour interviewing Sunday in this particular piece also interviewed The Princess Formerly Known as Snow White regarding the story “The Unicorn Hunter.”

I’m kind of liking this troubadour guy. I’m thinking he needs to end up in the novels somehow. Don’t you? Hmmm…

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I Am Team Katniss

My mini-rant on WaterWorld Mermaids today:

“What the Hunger Games is NOT, is a trilogy of romance novels. Sure, there are romantic elements in it, but there are more romantic elements in Castle, and that still qualifies as a Crime Drama. The Hunger Games is dystopian science fiction fantasy. Horror, even. It’s a story of surviving your teenage years–which the majority of us seemed to manage without 23 other people desperately trying to kill us (despite how it felt sometimes).”

Read more and comment HERE.

 

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Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir

And now…the March reviews!

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
EAN: 9780312641894

It is so incredibly wonderful when a delicious book comes along that you gobble up in less than a day . . . and so disappointing when that book doesn’t end.

Cinder was described to me as “Cinderella meets The Fifth Element,” so I was on board from page one. Well, to be totally truthful, I was on board from page -4, where the frontispiece listed the titles of the next three books in this series and their release dates (well done, Marissa!). But I have to say, knowing that there are more books in the series should not give a book permission to end without tying up more loose ends than it creates. Especially if it goes to all the trouble of making you an enormous fan first.(Read more)

 

Title: Glamour in Glass
Author: Mary Robinette Kowal
EAN: 9780765325570

I’ve been waiting and waiting to review this book, and finally the day has come! Its official release date is April 2012, so I didn’t want to jump the gun too soon. I believe I said it before with Shades of Milk and Honey and I’ll say it again for Glamour in Glass: If you are a fan of Jane Austen, you will enjoy the novels of Mary Robinette Kowal without disappointment.

While so many in literature try to resurrect Austen’s characters and carry on beyond where her stories end, Kowal breathes life into Austen by donning the clothes she might have worn and writing in words she might have used. Anyone who follows Kowal on a social network knows how much blood, sweat, and research goes into the writing of her novels. She maintains the utmost respect for both the era and the writers who made that era famous. (Read more)

 

 

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Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir

There was a snafu last month with the February reviews — everything is fixed now, and they have been posted simultaneously with the March reviews. The IGMS book reviews for February are:

Title: Witchlanders
Author: Lena Oakley
EAN: 9781442420045

Take all the classic elements of fantasy and swirl them around (stirred, not shaken), and you have Witchlanders. There’s nothing particularly unique about the world that Lena Oakley has created in this novel, but she does not trivialize those tropes we love so dearly, ultimately making Witchlanders a thoroughly pleasurable read. (Read more)

 

Title: Shadow Ops: Control Point
Author: Myke Cole
EAN: 9781937007249

The day that John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars hit the stands, I dropped everything and read it straight through (thus putting my novel-in-progress and the fate of this column in jeopardy for a few days). Unfortunately TFIOS is not remotely science fiction or fantasy, and as I’ve already slipped a biography in here at the end, I won’t expound on it at the moment. Suffice it to say that I do not recommend it if you are not already a John Green fan (start with Looking for Alaska). I also suggest that you have some seriously adventurous Max Mayhem-style mass market fiction on hand to dive straight into when you finish drying your tears. (Read more)

 

Title: Happy Accidents
Author: Jane Lynch
EAN: 9781401341763

I had no idea what to expect of Jane Lynch’s memoir when it showed up, but I liked the title: Happy Accidents. I didn’t understand the fascination with Sue Sylvester until I became a fan of Glee, but I had been a fan of Jane Lynch in general, from her work in Christopher Guest’s projects Best in Show and A Mighty Wind to her surprise (for me, anyway) cameo appearance as Meryl Streep’s sister in Julie & Julia. I cracked the spine of Happy Accidents mostly wondering whether the tone would be more “Sue Sylvester” or “Dry Biography Written by Someone Else.”  To my surprise, Happy Accidents was neither. (Read more)

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I’ll post the March reviews tomorrow. xox

 

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Chip In for Gas!

I love this day and age when you can wish for something AND IT ALREADY EXISTS.

Why, just the other day, I was wishing there was a place like Kickstarter where I could set up a page and ask my friends if they’d like to help chip in for gas money on my Book Tour this summer.

Not half an hour later, I had my very own CHIP IN page, and $110 already in my gas fund. (THANK YOU, MY DEAREST FRIENDS!)

I estimate that gas will be about $500 for the trip. If this fund goes over $500, I will use the money to buy EVEN MORE SWAG to give away at my booksignings.

Soteria has also sweetened the pot this morning — anyone who Chips In a bit of cash — even if it’s only a couple of bucks — will be entered to win an original necklace from Dixie Dunbar Studio.

So what are you waiting for? Throw a few bucks in the tip jar. And I’LL SEE YOU THIS SUMMER!!

xox

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