Endangered Princess

I write books about people who sometimes fall in love at first sight. Like most writers, I base this on my own personal experience, because I tend to fall in love with people at first sight all the time. It’s one of the things I love best about people: how awesome they are.

I also write books about teenage girls who fall in love with frogs and swans. This is not based on experience, but upon years upon years of fairy tale research.

Sometimes, these two things happen IN THE SAME BOOK.

Guess which one readers are more likely to believe?

Yes, despite both science and Real Life Experience, it’s amazing how many young people today do not believe in Love at First Sight and constantly whine and moan about books that feature “insta-love.”

GAH. If I hear that made up word used one more time, I might punch something. So I wrote an essay for Clarkesworld explaining why I am a proud member of what seems to be an increasingly endangered species.

Click here to read & comment.


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KIRKUS Loves Hero!

Hero, October 1, 2013HERO
Author: Alethea Kontis

Review Issue Date: September 1, 2013
Online Publish Date: August 14, 2013
Pages: 304
Price ( Hardcover ): $17.99
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-0-544-05677-0
Category: Fiction

The cover is terribly wrong—again—but Kontis’ return to the Woodcutter family is still mightily entertaining.

This story focuses on Saturday Woodcutter, whose sister Sunday from Enchanted (2012) is now queen. Saturday is a big, strong girl who has not figured out her magic, except that the ax she was given as an infant has turned into a sword that strengthens and heals. Tossing away a magic mirror endangers her whole family, especially her changeling brother, Trix, and she goes off to find and save him. She’s mistaken for her lost brother, Jack Woodcutter, by a blind witch whose eyes he stole and who imprisons Saturday. The witch also keeps captive a man named Peregrine, magicked by the witch’s daughter into taking her place. Peregrine does his best to keep busy and sane, while dressing as a woman and trying to both serve and outwit the witch. Peregrine and Saturday are a wonderful couple, as they spar, miss signals and exchange roles, aided by Betwixt, a chimera also held by the witch. There is hardly a fairy-tale or gender trope that Kontis doesn’t turn on its head, and readers don’t need to know about Hercules cleaning out the Augean Stables to find Saturday’s impossible task of cleaning the witch’s bird’s nest both hilarious and revolting.

Whether Kontis tells the tales of other Woodcutter children or not, readers will await her next with joyful anticipation. (Fantasy. 11-18)

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LoC Info

Here is the flyer for my talk at the Library of Congress next week!

It’s 12:00pm on Tuesday, in the Madison Building (across the street from the main (touristy) LoC building. Go to the 6th floor and head for the Cafeteria. The Room of Requirement — I mean — the Staff Multipurpose Room is just off the cafeteria.

The walls are all glass…so you can’t miss us.

If you’re in the DC area, I hope to see you there! xox



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Today’s The Day!

ENCHANTED is now FREE on audiobook, starting today!

For one week only (Aug 8-14), you can download both ENCHANTED and THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS through the SYNC program:

If you prefer reading, ENCHANTED is still $1.99 on Kindle for the rest of the month…I’ll remind you at Dragon*Con in case I forget!

Please share this information with everyone you know who might be interested — I know funds are limited, so please take advantage of it while it’s available!

And here’s the FABULOUS audiobook trailer I created — many thanks to the beautiful and talented Jennifer Lee and Katherine Kellgren! (If you want to just share the YouTube trailer, all the links are in the description.)

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Alethea’s 2013 Dragon Con Schedule

Hello, everyone!

Here’s my schedule of appearances for Dragon Con. When I am not at these things (or asleep), you can find me at Booth 2205/2304 (it’s a big booth with multiple authors) on the second floor of the Merchandise Mart. (It sounds like this is where all the exhibitors will be this year.)

I will not have HERO, of course, but there will be copies of ENCHANTED, THE WONDERLAND ALPHABET, and THE DARK-HUNTER COMPANION…as well as TWA prints and some ALPHAOOPS. I also have some really awesome HERO-themed Dragon Con swag to sign for you…so be sure to come see me!

Also, be sure to spread the word about Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow — this year we will be giving away goodie bags to the first 40 people that will contain copies of both ENCHANTED and THE PRINCESS BRIDE!

Title: Reading -Alethea Kontis
Description:  Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow, featuring Alethea Kontis, Gray Rinehart, Leanna Renee Hieber, Diana Peterfreund
Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: Edgewood – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: YA Short Fiction
Description: Often short stories fill the gaps in between novels, or offer new character insights. Here’s how YA authors craft these bite-sized tales.
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: An hour with Sherrilyn Kenyon
Description: An interview with one of today’s bestselling authors, followed by an audience Q&A.
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Peachtree Ballroom A-F – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel

Title: Folklore in Fantasy
Description: Some stories are timeless, pervading the folklore and mythology of every culture on Earth; fantasy literature is no exception.
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: Embassy C – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Autograph Session
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: International Hall South – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Beyond Grimm and Campbell: Folklore, Fairy Tales and Mythology in UF
Description: Much of urban fantasy has a basis in some of the older tales and myths from cultures all over the world.
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: International BC – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: The Fae: Friend or Foe?
Description: Authors discuss various portrayals of the Fae in literature and their own works
Time: Mon 01:00 pm Location: International BC – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

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The 2013 YA Summer Reading Flowchart

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You Are Cordially Invited

The Little MermaidHappy August, everyone!

I’m in LA at Vidcon this weekend…where are you?

Since it’s a brand new month, I’m over at the Waterworld Mermaids, talking about…er…something…

I may need your help with this one.

Follow this link over for details…

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