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ENCHANTED Book Trailer #2

Inspired by the previous trailer and not to be outdone, Lady Hannah has contributed an ENCHANTED book trailer of her own for your viewing pleasure!

I love all the music and the images used here. So wonderful…it’s like a trailer for the whole series!

Thank you, Lady Hannah! xox

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Another TOP TEN for Enchanted!

From the YALSA website:

Happy Celebrate Teen Literature Day! Every year, YALSA sponsors this event, which “seeks to showcase some award-winning authors and books in the genre, as well as highlight librarians’ expertise in connecting teens with books and other reading materials.” Celebrate Teen Literature Day is when the Teen Read Week website is launched … and when the Teens’ Top Ten nominations are announced!

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list where every title is nominated and voted on by teens. The 2013 nominations have been posted on the YALSA website so that teens across the country can read them all summer; voting will take place Aug. 15 – Sept. 15 via YALSA’s brand new Teens’ Top Ten site for teens at www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens, and the winners will be announced during Teen Read Week in October.

YALSA encourages librarians and library workers to visit the Teens’ Top Ten site to access resources, such as a free Teens’ Top Ten Toolkit, that will help them promote the titles all summer long to their teen patrons, so the teens are ready to vote in August.

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Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012; 9780547645704)
Sunday loves to write stories; the only problem is that when she reads them aloud, they tend to come true. So when a frog claiming to be a cursed human comes along, he asks her to do two things: to read a few stories that won’t harm anyone and to kiss him. When you kiss an enchanted animal — or in this case, a frog — the enchanted will return to his true self. What Sunday doesn’t know is that if she kisses him, her life will change forever.

Click here for the full list of nominated books!

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Nora Roberts MEGA-SIGNING at Turn the Page Friday!

Turn the Page WRW Signing 2011I’ll be at the Washington Romance Writers Retreat/Conference until next Tuesday, so don’t look for me online much. HOWEVER, I will be making an appearance with Nora Roberts and MANY OTHER FABULOUS WRW AUTHORS at the Pre-Retreat MEGA-SIGNING in Boonsboro, MD!

(This is the one that was filmed for CBS This Morning last year…who knows what media outlets will be around this year!)

Scheduled to attend: Mary Burton/Mary Ellen Taylor, Shiloh Walker, Darynda Jones, Dorien Kelly, Jane Porter, Sarah Wendell, Grace Burrowes, Sally MacKenzie, Alethea Kontis, Allison LeottaHope Ramsay,
Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Christine Trent, Willa Blair, Rebecca York, P. J. O’Dwyer

Full details can be found here at the Turn the Page website. See you there!

xox Alethea

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IF YOU WOULD LIKE A BOOK SIGNED BY ME: Turn the Page is taking orders for the signing tomorrow — they will have me sign it while I am there and ship the book to you. If you are interested, please contact them!
E-mail: info@ttpbooks.com
Call: (301) 432-4588

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Princess Unbound

I have another fun and quirky interview today — my hosts are the lovely bloggers at Pages Unbound.

I also get to answer my favorite question: the “is there anything we forgot to ask you?”, or what I like to call The Blank Check.

What did I decide to ask myself on this particular occasion? There’s only one way to find out!

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Rants: The Frog Prince

It’s here! It’s here!

As promised (for sooooo long), here is my inaugural video blog (aka: “vlog”) entry in which Princess Alethea Rants About Fairy Tales!

These rants may not always be about the Grimms’ tales, but as I’m a Grimm Girl, and there is CERTAINLY enough fodder in the Complete Grimms’ Tales, this is probably the best place to start.

Enjoy! xox

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ENDER’S WORLD Now Available!

Ender's World Quote - Alethea Kontis

ENDER’S WORLD, with my essay “Mirror Mirror” (about the fairy tale tropes in Ender’s Game) is now available for purchase!

 

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ENCHANTED Book Trailer

This one wasn’t made by me — it was done by a fan, completely without my knowledge. Which is why you always need to sign up for Google Alerts…because THIS IS EPICALLY AWESOME.

I encourage you all to visit YouTube and tell her how much you love it too!

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Pics from KGB

For those of you not lucky enough to enjoy my and Leanna’s EPIC performance at the KGB reading series, there are some great photos up on Matthew Kressel’s Google page.

Just click the photo to enter!

Lee & Lea at KGB

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The Pros and Cons of Princesshood

Musician Jonah Knight and I met at this year’s Mysticon in Roanoke. I immediately fell in love with Jonah after finding out that he wrote a musical score for James Maxey’s novel Nobody Gets the Girl. Jonah reciprocated this awkward affection by offering me a feature spot on his “Pros & Cons” podcast with Mikey Mason.

“Pros & Cons” discusses topics specifically related to and concerning conventions in particular, so our conversation sticks to the topic of marketing and self-promotion within convention appearances. I say “conversation” lightly, since I feel like  talked WAY TOO FREAKING MUCH during this podcast. Only…I guess that’s the point, right?

And I suppose I didn’t do too badly, since Jonah called this week’s episode one of his favorite so far. SCORE!

Will it be your favorite too? Click here to have a listen. Enjoy!

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The Girl Who Cried “Covers!”

Huge hugs and many thank yous go out to everyone who helped me with yesterday’s EPIC April Fool’s prank, which I have hereby dubbed the “HERO 4.1 April Fool’s Day Project.”

Like all the best jokes, this one began with a seed of truth: There WILL indeed be a 4th version cover of HERO, as-yet-to-be-released (but I promise, you folks will be the first to know. For realz). I was notified about this roughly a week before April 1st, so I took the opportunity (with the blessing of my esteemed publisher) to have some fun and…well…make lemonade, if you will.

Of course, since my favorite artist BFF got struck down with Wretched Eye Gunk From Mars, I scrambled to find other artists willing to pony up in only a few days time.

Here are those  wonderful, amazing artists who came through for me in such a short time, as well as the locations where their covers popped up yesterday around the internet. You can also view the full HERO Variant Covers Album HERE.

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HERO: Deadpool / Artist: Marc VuletichMarc Vulteich (HERO: Deadpool)
When Marc Vuletich is not leading the ranks of Deadpool’s Zombie Army to world domination, he spends his free time drawing comics. Marc has an undying love for everything comics, movies and video games which helps to motivate and inspire him to pursue his goals in the comic book industry. Marc currently resides in the beautiful city  of San Diego, CA.

Marc’s art illustrates webcomics written by Emily S. Whitten for news sites such as MTV Splash Page and ReelzChannel and collected at http://askdeadpool.com/comics, and more of his art and webcomics can be seen at Vulture34.deviantart.com and scarletvulture.deviantart.com.

I was so awed by Marc’s gorgeous artwork that I didn’t even notice the Deadpool nod at first. HA! Marc’s cover of HERO was featured on Goodreads (split the day with Bradley), as well as A Backwards Story and I Smell Sheep.

*HERO Hooping / Artist: Bradley Powers (10 years old)

Bradley Powers (HERO Hooping)
Bradley is a very good friend of mine, whose art I’m proud to say hangs in a place of prominence in my house: on my fridge.

10-year-old Bradley decided to use herself as the model for this particular HERO cover, changing Saturday Woodcutter’s infamous sword into a hula hoop for her hip-swaying pleasure.

Bradley’s illustration was featured on Goodreads (she split the day with Marc). as well as A Backwards Story and I Smell Sheep. She is also still my Facebook profile picture.

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Quinn Conner (HERO Collage)

HERO Collage / Artist: Quinn Conner (6 years old)Quinn is six years old, and already poised to be Queen of Everything. She’s possibly the only person I know with more natural go-juice than the Energizer Bunny.

Quinn–who also has a permanent art installation on my fridge–has lately been into collage work.

She and her fabulous mother Lesley (hi, Lesley!) composed this piece together…yet it was I who ultimately slapped it into the Spoof Template and added the tagline.

A labor of love AND a collaborative effort, all in one!

Quinn’s cover was the cover photo for my Facebook Fan Page all day yesterday.

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Hero Wars: A New Hope / Artist: Avery FlynnAvery Flynn (Hero Wars: A New Hope)

Fellow Waterworld Mermaid sister Avery Flynn was the first of my friends to jump forth into the breach and therefore inspire many more covers in her wake.

Avery and I have a history of silliness together, as evidenced by this impromptu video interview we put together last year at the WRWDC Writing retreat. (I still have no idea why it seemed to have filmed in mirror-image.)

You can find out more about the fabulous Avery Flynn, her antics, and her latest sexy book releases at her website: http://averyflynn.com/

Avery’s cover was revealed in the crossposted blog entry that appeared on the Waterworld Mermaids blog.

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Real Herowives of ArillandAlethea Kontis (The Desperate Herowives of Arilland; HERO: A Fabulous Boy and His Sandwich)

Some of you might remember–back in February, after my grandmother’s funeral, I stayed with my sister Cherie and we took this picture of her, posing like Saturday Woodcutter in her velour tracksuit of the same color as the dress on the cover.

The second after I came up with this April Fool’s prank, I knew that I wanted to use the Cherie image for my HERO spoof cover. I dusted off my photoshop skills to add multiple Cocos (Cherie’s toy shih-poo) and change the title, in honor of the vapid crap my big sister actually made me watch. *sigh*

But as the day went on yesterday, I had so much fun revealing all the covers in all their various locations that I decided to make another one. I incorporated an idea the Faory Godboyfriend had along with a picture of my brother West I had been saving and…VOILA. The Boy and His Sandwich was born.

Hero: The Fabulous SandwichI am only sad I didn’t end up making a cover that featured Soteria as well.

The Cherie cover was featured on this website yesterday as the new cover reveal.

The West cover was featured on the Books page of my bibliography (where the placeholder image for HERO is now.)

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I hope you all had as much fun as I did hunting down all these different covers yesterday. And to the one or two folks who might have thought any of these covers was serious, I sincerely apologize. HERO 4.2 will be coming, and it will be amazing.

IN THE MEANTIME…are you sad you missed out on the fun? Are you jonesing to make YOUR VERY OWN SPOOF COVER OF HERO? Well, now’s your chance.

Using the HERO Spoof Cover Template (or not), create your most gorgeous and/or hilarious image and send it to me (akontis at gmail). I will post all of the covers on Facebook in the HERO 4.1 April Fool’s Day Project Album. Whichever one has the most “Likes” by the time I leave for WRWDC (let’s see…we’ll call that April 18th), the artist will receive A SIGNED COPY OF THE HERO ARC.

Here’s your template:

HERO 4.1 Spoof Template (courtesy of Harcourt Books)

Go forth and make good art!

 

 

 

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