“The Scientist’s Daughter” now live on YouTube!

Back in the summer of 2009, Stephen Segal at Weird Tales started a series called One-Minute Weird Tales, in which supershort flash fiction was set to music and aired on YouTube.

At Dragon*Con that year Stephen asked me to write something for this series, and I did. I even picked out the music. But while it was an awesome Alethea Kontis story, it wasn’t quite right for Weird Tales. Stephen later left Weird Tales and moved on, I later left Tennessee and moved on…though I always had it on the backburner to put the story an music together myself and post it to YouTube.

THREE YEARS LATER, here we are. Enjoy!

(Thanks again to Ego Likeness for “Burn Witch Burn”, used with permission.)

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Hello, everyone!

You may remember back a few weeks ago, when I mentioned that a friend had emailed me, congratulating me on AlphaOops: The Day Z Went First having a cameo in The Smurfs Movie.

Sure enough, my cousin Jamie (who had the DVD on hand) took a screen shot for me — there is is, front and center!


Last night, I started getting some posts on my Facebook wall, and this morning I woke up to a slew of tweets and emails directing me to the link to CBS Sunday Morning, which ran their feature with Nora Roberts yesterday.

The interview was done this spring, when Nora hosted the Washington Romance Writers at her bookstore for the Mega Booksigning. I remember the camera crew there that day (but mostly I remember sitting next to the awesome duo of Allison Leotta and Alma Katsu).

If you watch the interview (in which Nora comes across as exceptionally articulate and the interviewer comes off as…someone not so articulate), right around 6:50 Nora takes the interviewer into the Nora Roberts Section of Turn the Page. In the middle of that section is a table featuring books from the WRW signing, and smack dab in the middle is AlphaOops: H Is for Halloween.

So both AlphaOops books have now busted into movies AND major network television.

Next: THE OVAL OFFICE! *grin*

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The Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy

This is one of those projects I contributed to so long ago that I keep forgetting about it — The Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Michael Knost.

Michael has set up a Kickstarter for the project — which has already reached its goal, hooray! — but I encourage you to click on over and check out some of the HILARIOUS horror spoof videos they made to promote it.

There’s still plenty of time to contribute to the fund (which is, effectively at this point, just a great way to preorder a copy of the book).  Some info about what the money goes to:

Levels of Participation

There are seven levels of participation, six of which involve receiving a version of the book, ranging from the eBook to a limited hardcover edition.  We invite you to look over the various levels and rewards in this campaign, the core of which serve effectively as a pre-order offer for The Writers’ Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

What does the money raised in this campaign go towards?

The money raised in this campaign goes towards paying pro-rates for collaborators, as well as cover art fees and other hard costs involved in producing this title.  It will be issued in a limited hardcover edition, softcover, and various eBook formats. 

My contribution to the piece: An interview with The Machine of Writing himself, Kevin J. Anderson.

Thanks in advance — I know you’ll enjoy it!

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On the Gelett Burgess Award

I received more shiny golden stickers in the mail for the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award — those of you who see me in person can get one to add to your copy of Enchanted! — and I was curious about the symbol they used, so I asked about it.

Here was the response from the Gelett Burgess Center:

In relation to the symbol on the face of the award, we found a brief mention of Burgess’ monogram in an online biography some years back. “He made an early mark on the world by carving his initials, in the form of a monogram based on the Phoenician alphabet, near the top of every church steeple in Boston.” (Frank Gelett Burgess) The monogram has been published in several of his books as well. We thought it would be fun to use this because it was truly one of the earliest things he designed.

Isn’t that awesome?

If anyone would like to make my initials (AMK) into a monogram based on the Phoenecian Alphabet, I WOULD LOVE YOU FOREVER. Email me. xox

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My 2012 Baltimore Book Festival Schedule

It’s the time of year again — can you believe it? Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the 2012 Baltimore Book Festival! (Sept. 28-30)

I will be making appearances on Saturday and Sunday at both the Maryland Romance Writers Stage and the Science Fiction Writers of America tent. The festival is free to the pubic (though you’ll probably have to pay to park somewhere). There WILL be books for sale. Come see me!

Saturday, September 29

Time: 12:00pm
Location: Maryland Romance Writers Stage
Panelists: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Em Gardner, Alethea Kontis, Lea Nolan, Leanna Renee Hieber
Summary: Authors will talk about what’s hot in young adult romantic fiction and share readings from their latest works.


Sunday, September 30

Time: 1:00pm
Location: SFWA Tent
Panelists: Don Sakers, Sara Beth Durst, Richard White, Jack McDevitt
Summary: Authors share inspirations for plots, characters, and settings. Nothing is too bizarre to discuss!


Time: 5:00pm
Location: Maryland Romance Writers Stage
Panelists: Kate Dolan, Natalie Damschroder, Stephanie Dray (Stephanie Draven), Laura Kaye, Alethea Kontis, Leanna Renee Hieber
Summary: Authors will talk about how to create engaging fiction based on fairy tales, folklore, mythology, and history, and how to make those old stories new, fresh, and exciting.

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Princess Alethea’s Favorite Historical Romance Novels

Hi, everybody! *waves* Miss me?

Now that I’ve finished the first draft of Hero and sent it off, I am free to catch up on ALL THE THINGS, like the link to this article which appeared on USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog (like a month ago), in which I (and a bunch of other big famous authors) shared our favorite historical romance novels.

Better late than never, right? *snort*

Here’s the link. What are YOUR favorites?

One can never read enough GOOD historical romance novels.


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Dragon*Con 2012 Pics

UPDATED: I have stolen the Fairy Godboyfriend’s photos, and Bryonna’s, Samantha’s, Kat’s…and everyone else’s as well. Thank you!

Here is the complete Dragon*Con photo journal. Just click the photo to get to the album.

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How to Cheat off Your Own Paper

I’m over at the Waterworld Mermaids today, writing about Self-Plagiarism.

“One of the questions a writer is most-often asked is whether they are a “Plotter” or a “Pantser.” We’ve talked about it here on the Waterworld Mermaids a few times. Do you painstakingly outline things, or do you just fly by the seat of your pants and just write like the wind?

I tell people I’m a Plotter, only because the NaNoWriMo goal continues to elude me. The most I’ve ever been able to write in a month is around 36,000 words. Folks who can “Fast Draft” and do something like 50,000 words in a weekend completely blow my mind…”

Read more and leave a comment here!

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