Under the Influence

Tomorrow night is the SFWA Nebula Awards ceremony where the Andre Norton Award will be announced. Only half of the nominees are able to be present (six out of twelve is a pretty good turnout), but it’s definitely going to be a night for me…in particular…to remember.

For now, I have one last day of being the shiny, almost-got-it nominee…and I’m living it up in style.

I’m also talking about this experience–and my personal relationship to the Andre Norton Award on the USA Today’s Happy Ever After site today.

I encourage you all to check it out (if you haven’t already)…and keep your fingers crossed for me for tomorrow night!

Princess Alethea, from San Jose

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My MISTI-Con 2013 Schedule

For those up here in lovely New Hampshire at MISTI-Con:

3:45pm — Literary Reading (Gunstock)

10:00am — Meet The Authors (Gunstock)
4:00pm — So You Wanna Be a Writer (Gunstock)

3:00pm — The State of Young Adult Fiction (Gunstock)
4:00pm — Author Signing (Tent)
7:00pm — Masquerade

Enchanted will be available for sale in paperback after every event, as well as at the Main Author Signing. I have only a few copies of AlphaOops and The Wonderland Alphabet with me — those are only available while supplies last.

Now, Zoraida and I are off to practice some magical arts by the lake…and see if we can’t summon a mermaid or two…

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483rd Time’s the Charm

…at least, that FEELS like how many HERO cover reveals I’ve had to date. But this one is For Real and For True…and already up via publisher feed at Amazon UK. (But don’t ask me why the UK seems to have a December release date — I don’t know that answer yet.)

One again, Art Director Christine Kettner has hit it out of the park.

But my favorite part might possibly be the tagline.


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Saturday May 4 — Loudoun Local Authors Fair

Come one, come all!


Local Authors Fair
Cascades Library
21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling, VA
Saturday, May 4, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
This is your opportunity to meet and talk with many authors from our area who will discuss their latest works, chat with you, and sign books.  All ages, all day!
Of course, like many such events, I’m having a heck of a time trying to find 1.) a list of authors and 2.) a list of when those authors are reading. So far I’ve found this:
10:15-10:25am   Sofie Couch
10:25-10:35am   Robert Sanábria
10:35-10:45am   Bette McNicholas
10:45-10:55am   Pamela Kinney
11:10-11:20am   Lane Stone
11:20-11:30am   Kelly Philbrick
11:30-11:40am   Mark Katz
11:45-11:55am   Lisa Schaefer
11:55am-12:05pm K. Victoria Chase
12:05-12:15pm   Sue Vijh
12:15-12:25pm   Bud Orr
12:30-12:40pm   Deborah Parker
12:40-12:50pm   Sharon Burtner
12:50-1:00pm    Richard Lowry
1:00-1:10pm     Sandra Kovacs Stein
1:15-1:25pm     James Hackley
1:25-1:35pm     Phyllis Langton
1:35-1:45pm     Matt Iden
1:45-1:55pm     Leonard GreenbergPretty Princess Alethea…and then if you’re a children’s author (LIKE ME), your reading is in the Children’s Story Room:

11:45am-12:00pm Jennifer Chambers *
12:00-12:15pm Suzanne Walls *
12:15-12:30pm Clara Bowman-Jahn *
12:30-12:45pm Onjeinika Brooks *
12:45-1:00pm Alethea Kontis *
1:00-1:15pm Val Muller
1:15-1:30pm Fran Orr
1:30-1:45pm Bobbi Carducci
1:45-2:00pm Sharon Solomon

The star by my name means that I will be reading during my scheduled author time, so the lovely Fairy GodBoyfriend will be in attendance to help me set up & take down & watch the table while I’m away.

I am technically supposed to take down my table the minute I’m finished my reading, but if people want books signed, I WILL STAY TO SIGN BOOKS. We’ll figure something out.

I will have lots of free swag, copies of all my books, and art prints from THE WONDERLAND ALPHABET. I accept cash and credit cards. I will be dressed in full princess regalia and am happy to take pictures with anyone and everyone.

Looking forward to a great time!

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A HERO for Heroes

Hero First Pass CoverYou want a copy of HERO *waaaaay* before October?

Day 7 Item #4: Author Alethea Kontis

The Write Stuff for Boston Auction Day 7
Item #4: ARC of HERO and limited edition swag from Author Alethea Kontis
You are bidding on:
·         ARC of HERO
·         Limited edition swag

About HERO:  Rough-and-tumble Saturday Woodcutter thinks she’s the only one of her sisters without any magic—until the day she accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard. With her sword in tow, Saturday sets sail on a pirate ship, only to find herself kidnapped and whisked off to the top of the world. Is Saturday powerful enough to kill the mountain witch who holds her captive and save the world from sure destruction? And, as she wonders grumpily, “Did romance have to be part of the adventure?” As in Enchanted, readers will revel in the fragments of fairy tales that embellish this action-packed story of adventure and, yes, romance.


About Write Stuff for Boston

Beginning on April 25th, 2013, The Write Stuff for Boston auction will be held to benefit the victims and families of the Boston Marathon bombings that happened April 15, 2013, with all proceeds going to The Boston First Responders Fund and The One Fund.  This tragic event took the lives of 4 people and injured over 177 others (these numbers include Officer Sean Collier of the M.I.T. Police and others injured during the massive manhunt that followed).  As a born-and-raised Bostonian, I could not sit idly by while my home was rocked to its core.  So with the help of some wonderful people, I put the word out to fellow writers/authors, agents, editors and artists to collect donations in order to raise money for these worthy causes.  This auction could not of happened without these incredible people, and I’m forever grateful to each and every one of them (and to each bidder, as well).

Together as 1, we are BOSTON STRONG.

Find out more about Write Stuff for Boston HERE.

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Her Majesty’s Dead Robots

Okay, first…can I just say…now that I’ve written the title to this blog post, I really want to go write the short story that goes along with it. *sigh*

What the title ACTUALLY references is my guest spot on Justin Macumber’s Dead Robots’ Society podcast.

I had a GREAT time talking to Justin and Paul and Terry last night — that’s right, LAST NIGHT. Apparently, when Justin said, “I’ll get this edited and on the site right away,” what he meant was, “within the hour.”

So I don’t even really have time to waste talking up this really fun live interview (in which I talk about my birth as a writer, my fairy tale of getting published, and my hatred for being called “ALTHEA”). Let’s just skip all the hype and go straight to the main event, shall we?


Warning: I talk a lot in this one. Again. I know…the podcast interview is with ME, and the whole point is for ME to talk, and it’s better that I’m a guest who talks than one who doesn’t…but I still feel like a HUGE blabbermouth every time I finish one of these things. I promise, I will make a concerted effort in the future to let me host get a word in edgewise. Thankfully, I think Justin still loves me. 🙂

Also, check out Justin’s fabulous new book, A Minor Magic, here!


Waterworld Mermaid Day

The Little MermaidYes, boys and girls, it’s a brand new month — that time when Princess Alethea is swimming with the Waterworld Mermaids.

Today in the lagoon I’m discussing Jude Deveraux, fairy tales, and things that happen in life that are, literally, stranger than fiction.

Have you ever said to someone, “Man, you can’t write this stuff.” Well…I happen to subscribe to that theory.

Come on over and share your experiences!

And Happy May Day to you all! xox

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