Leanna Renee Hieber & Alethea Kontis @ KGB, March 20th

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart (Magic Most Foul) by Leanna Renee Hieber Leanna Renee Hieber is an actress, playwright and author of Gothic, Gaslamp Fantasy series such as the Strangely Beautiful saga, the Magic Most Foul saga and the upcoming Eterna Files series for Tor. She is a four time Prism Award winner and her Strangely Beautiful saga is being adapted into a musical theatre production.
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis Alethea Kontis is the bestselling author of many shiny books for children. Her debut young adult fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the 2012 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award. She lately hails from Northern Virginia, and is currently at work on Beloved, the third book in the Woodcutter Sisters series.

Wednesday, March 20th, 7pm at
KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
New York, NY

Readings are always free.
Please forward to friends at your own discretion.

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Hero Final Cover

I’ve been getting lots of questions about Advance Reading Copies (ARCs) of Hero, so I thought it would be best to answer them here.

1.) YES! I’ve just been notified that there WILL be ARCs of Hero available. I have no idea where or when, but they will definitely be made available.

2.) I am not the person to ask for an ARC of Hero. Reviewers should email my publicist, the lovely Jennifer Groves, at Harcourt. (jennifer.groves at

3.) NO, I have no idea who the model is on the cover, but it’s not Tara from Enchanted. Which makes sense, as this book is about Saturday, not Sunday.

4.) Hero will be available October 1st. This is not a “hard” street date, meaning that if bookstores get it early, they are allowed to put it out (and you are allowed to buy it!). If you preorder the book on Amazon, it will not show up at your house until October 1st, because that is the date Amazon recognizes as the street date. That’s just the way it goes.

Now…to finish up a few more things before I fly to Florida to start Beloved. But first: SLEEP!


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E is for Edward

E is for Edward, a God of Goth Pride
He wrote silly nonsense, and later he died.

Happy birthday, Edward Gorey, from the legions of young people you inspired…and me.


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E is for ENCORE!

Enchanted Audiobook, read by Katy KellgrenOnce again — not to be outdone, the ENCHANTED audiobook, read by the lovely Katherine Kellgren has been nominated for a 2012 Audie Award!

“Teen” is a super tough category this year. The nominees are:

**Enchanted, by Alethea Kontis, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, Brilliance Audio.
**The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, Narrated by Kate Rudd, Brilliance Audio.
**Dodger, by Terry Pratchett, Narrated by Stephen Briggs, Harper Audio.
**The Diviners, by Libby Bray, Narrated by January LaVoy , Listening Library/Books on Tape.
**Inheritance, by Christopher Paolini, Narrated by Gerard Doyle, Listening Library/Books on Tape.

Check out the rest of the nominees in all the other categories here.

I can’t tell you how honored I am to be among such esteemed company. But you can bet your bippy I’m going to be at that awards ceremony, bright and shiny, all ready to get my fangirl glitter all over emcee Daniel Handler’s tie.

Excuse me now, while I do a bit more freaking out.
I suspect there is NO way I’m going to sleep tonight.
*hugs everyone*


PS — For some reason, it’s almost impossible to find the audio of ENCHANTED on Amazon — all they have listed is the CD that will be available when the paperback comes out in May. But you can find it by entering the ISBN, or following this link:

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ENCHANTED Nominated for the 2012 Andre Norton Award

I’ve been hoping and wishing and praying for this moment since I bought four boxes of books from my friend back in 2004.

Now, it’s official.

ENCHANTED has made the final ballot for the 2012 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

I…I don’t even know what to say. Except maybe “thank you” to all the SFWA members who nominated me.


My little fairy book is among some great company. (To see the full list of Nebula, Norton, and Bradbury nominees, click here.)

I only hope Miss Andre — and my grandmother — are looking down on me right now with pride.

And now I have to figure out how to get to San Jose in May.
(Cue “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”)

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

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Less Than Three Anti-Bullying Conference

Hello, beautiful people!

I am home from Vermont (briefly) and desperately trying to catch up on everything while I’m here so I can leave for Mysticon on Friday with a happily crossed-off To-Do list. I have a LOT of announcements to make here this week…including the one where I tell you that tickets for Heather Brewer’s Less Than Three Conference are now on sale!

From the website: Less Than Three is a YA Lit/Anti-Bullying conference that will bring about teens, tweens, booksellers, teachers, administrators, parents, librarians, authors and more to rally against bullying. It will feature panels which focus on the various effects of bullying and positive approaches to tackling the issue. Less Than Three will bring people together, and get a dialogue going about bullying and how it affects everyone.

“Less than three” is what people type into their phones and on social media to denote a heart, which is the perfect symbol for this conference. Guest authors include keynote speaker Heather Brewer, David Levithan, Carrie Ryan, Ellen Hopkins, Mari Mancusi, and MOI. Interested? Join us on October 19, 2013 at the Spencer Road Branch of the St. Charles City-County Library in St. Peters, Missouri for a Day Full of Awesome!

Tickets are only $10 and will go FAST, so be sure to get yours now!


For more info about the Less Than Three Conference, check out their website here.

Read about bullying and the Less Than Three Conference in Publisher’s Weekly here.


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My Mysticon Program Schedule

Mysticon 2013 is right around the corner…are you ready? (I am so not ready…but I’m totally faking it really well.)

If you’re looking for me that weekend, I won’t be hard to find. I’ll have my own table (I have a new banner!) where I’ll be selling books and Wonderland Alphabet prints, and when I’m not there, I’ll be here:

Friday, 5:00pm
Ballroom C
Ender’s Game: From Printed Word to Beyond
Orson Scott Card, Alethea Kontis (Moderator)

Friday, 7:00pm
Ballroom E
YA Lit: Breathing New Life Into SF/F
Alethea Kontis (Moderator) Marcia Collette, Mike D’Ambrosio, Ysabelle Hulet, Stuart Jaffe, Zachary Steele

Friday, 8:00pm
Room 533
Children’s Bedtime Story Hour
Tally Johnson, Alethea Kontis

Saturday, 12:00pm
Ballroom E
Making Old Stories New
A. J. Scudiere (M), H. David Blalock, Marcia Colette, CJ Henderson, John Johnson, Alethea Kontis

Saturday, 2:00pm
Room 533
Koffee Klatch: Readings by Alethea Kontis & KT Pinto

Saturday, 8:00pm
Boardroom 1
Remembering Uncle Orson’s Literary Boot Camp
Alethea Kontis (M), Orson Scott Card, Steve Long, James Maxey, Gray Rinehart

Sunday, 12:00pm
Ballroom D
Collaboration Between Different Mediums
Mark Davis (M), Jonah Knight, Alethea Kontis, Peter Prellwitz, Steven Shrewsbury, Steven H. Wilson

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Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

Happy 40th wedding anniversary to my esteemed parents, George and Marcy Kontis! *big hugs*

And Happy Chinese New Year!
2013 is the Year of the Black Snake.
Gong Xi Fa Ca!

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A Loving Tribute

I can’t add all of the Dark-Hunter role players on Facebook to my friends list and I don’t have the time to play with them as much as I’d like, but the DH Origins folks have always been wonderful to me and treat me like family.

When I woke up to the usual 3am insomnia this morning, I had a present waiting for me from the Simi in the form of this beautiful slideshow video in honor of my grandmother. I’m so very touched I don’t know what to say…besides Thank You, Simi. With all my heart.


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Cherie as Saturday

Because when your sister’s velour track suit matches your book cover, this needs to happen.

Hero Final CoverCherie as Saturday

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