SCBWI Sandy Hill Book Drive

Hello, friends & family– I am working on behalf of SCBWI in the mid-Atlantic Region to collect traditionally published picture books for the Sandy Hill Elementary School Book Drive. If you have any picture books to donate, please send me an email (akontis at gmail) and I’ll give you the address where you can send them. Thank you all…

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Happy Christmas Workshop Episode 43

In the midst of the traveling and the three Christmasses I didn’t have the chance to post about this yesterday — part two of the fabulous Roundtable Podcast that started with the 20-minute interview. Now, we get into the much longer, nitty-gritty of live-workshopping a fellow author’s work in progress… ************ Alethea Kontis – author of the award-winning “Enchanted“,…

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Princess Alethea’s Next Big Thing

I was tagged by my dear friend Alma Katsu to participate in this infamous NEXT BIG THING meme that’s going around. I was asked to answer the following questions about the book I was working on at the time, and then tag more people at the end. Want to know a little more about Hero? Here are my answers:…

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WRW’s Marlene Contest Now Open for Entries!

It’s that time of year again! And yes, before you ask, I completely support this contest and have no qualms about it having an entry fee. There needs to be a limited amount of entries, and all entrants will receive feedback on their manuscripts. If you look closely, you’ll see that YOURS TRULY is the celebrity prize critiquer for…

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20 Minutes with Princess Alethea at The Roundtable Podcast

What better way to celebrate the world NOT ending that listening to a very fun interview with me, hosted by the Roundtable Podcast?  (I certainly can’t think of anything.) Alethea Kontis – author of “Enchanted” (recently listed on Kirkus Reviews among the “Best Teen Books of 2012“), the award-winning “Alpha-Oops” series, and so much more – is a passionate…

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Miss Andre and The Norton Award

(This blog is part of the SFWA Norton Award Blog Tour.) ************* I don’t really get nervous speaking in front of crowds anymore. Public speaking is one of those skills that can be exceptionally difficult to learn, but well worth braving that initial terror to get to the other side. The biggest benefit is that when someone in an…

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Happy Holidays 2012

Here is your Track Listing for the Happy Holidays 2012 CD! 1.  Preaching The End Of The World — Chris Cornell 2.  Christmas Is Just Around The Corner — Barry Manilow 3.  Ol’ Saint Nicholas — Doris Day 4.  Holly Leaves and Christmas Trees — Elvis Presley 5.  It’s Gonna Be A Cold Cold Christmas — Grant & Forsythe…

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Santa is my Guy

The Waterworld Mermaids have a special feature we call “Guy Day.” This month for Guy Day I’m interviewing the one…the only…SANTA CLAUS. Please stop by and tell the jolly old man what you’d like in your stocking! (Featuring holiday art by Carol Berning)

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“Blood from Stone” now live at Apex Magazine

Issue #43 of Apex Magazine is now live! Featuring: Fiction “Blood from Stone” by Alethea Kontis “Labyrinth” by Mari Ness “Relic” by Jeffrey Ford Nonfiction “Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Editor-in-Chief” by Lynne M. Thomas “You’re Not Supposed to Write That: Taboos in Speculative Fiction” by Vylar Kaftan “An Interview with Alethea Kontis” by Maggie Slater Click the…

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Killing Them Softly

I’m discussing the Killing of Darlings today over at the Waterworld Mermaid site. “So…I didn’t end up completing NaNoWriMo. Again. And let’s be honest–I didn’t really try. I finished my third pass of revisions by November 10th or so, but sometimes a body just gets SO EXHAUSTED that it’s like getting the flu. Everything shuts down, emotionally and physically,…

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