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USA Today Interviews MOI!

In which Robin Covington interviews me for USA Today…today…and I discuss girl power, magic swans, and my undying love for Jude Deveraux.

Check it out here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2013/09/29/alethea-kontis-interview-hero/2893915/

Release date is TOMORROW! You guys all have your copies of Hero preordered, right? RIGHT???

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Today’s Quote from HERO

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As Gifts Went

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My 2013 Baltimore Book Fest Schedule

ACK! Too many things going on!

I will only be appearing at the Baltimore Book Festival one day: this FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH.

Here’s my schedule:

3:00-4:00pm YA Paranormal/Romance
Location: Maryland Romance Writers Pavilion

4:00-5:45 Workshop: What’s New in Young Adult Fiction: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal
Location: SFWA Pavilion

I will be around all day (or, as soon as I can arrive) to sign books (I’ll bring as many copies of HERO as will fit in my suitcase). It doesn’t look like there will be much time between my panels, but fear not — I will definitely stick around until everyone has gotten their books properly defaced by MOI!

#SFWApro

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Carina Books Interviews Alethea!

Today’s stop on the HERO book tour takes us to Carina Olsen’s book blog, where she has posted a really fun interview with MOI!

From Carina:

I’m so happy to be a part of the Hero by Alethea Kontis blog tour! It’s been more than a year since I read Enchanted. But I loved it so much. And I remember most of it. But I will still re-read it before reading Hero, which is coming out on October 1st 🙂 I cannot wait! Alethea has written an amazing fairy tale series. And I cannot wait to read the next books in this series. Since the first was so amazing I’m excited to read how awesome the next ones are ;p Anyway. I’m really happy to be a part of this blog tour. You can see the rest of the tour schedule here. For my tour stop I’m having an interview with the author. Thank you Alethea <3 You are amazing. Hope you all like the interview!

CLICK HERE TO READ THE INTERVIEW, COMMENT, AND ENTER TO WIN!

Thanks, Carina!

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Today’s Quote from HERO

I’ll be posting one of these a day for the tour.

If you want to peek and see them all, follow me on Tumblr.

One True Wish

 

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The Princess and Miss Print

Today’s bit of the blog tour takes us over to Emma Carbone’s award-winning Miss Print site, where we have a really fun interview posted.

CLICK HERE to visit!

Be sure to check it out, comment, and enter to win the Blog Tour Fairy Tale Basket!

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Princess Alethea Rants About Rumpelstiltskin

Debz BookshelfGood morning, my darlings!

On this lovely first day of the HERO BLOG TOUR (*fanfare*), we bring to you the awesomeness that is one of Princess Alethea’s Classic Fairy Tale Rants.

Deb from Debz’s Bookshelf requested specifically that I rant about one of her favorites, “Rumpelstiltskin.” And I had so much fun, I once again thought, “Hey…I should really do more of these…”

But first, I have a book to write. In the meantime, check this out! xox

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No Thank YOU!

An author doesn’t just write a book. An author writes a story, gives it to her editor, and her editor comes back with a page (or three) of editorial comments that need to be dealt with. The author revises. The editor comes back again (on track changes, if you’re lucky) for more fixes. The author revises. Then a copyeditor comes through to fix things, which goes to the editor, which then gets passed to the author for review. Then a proofreader comes through to fix more things, which goes to the editor, which then gets passed to the author for review.

It is not rare, in the course of getting a novel to publication, that the author (and editor) reads the same book six times. And yet still, after all that, there will inevitably be one or two mistakes in the finished book. To err is human, and I am 100% human (despite the overwhelming fairy tendencies).

So when that gorgeous box of finished books shows up at an author’s door, she revels in it. Smells it. Dances with it. Takes a picture and posts it all over the intarwebs. And then she takes the jacket off and really gives the book that one, final, too-late-to-fix-this-time inspection and hopefully doesn’t find anything.

And that’s exactly what I found! Nothing. Right where the Acknowledgements were supposed to be.

Oops.

Here’s the thing — Enchanted was a five-year labor of love, and in that time, I had a lot of people to thank. My editor cut it way down and then begrudgingly printed it in 2-point font on the very last page of the book…but I was so glad it was there. (Others were not — reviewers have gone so far as to give me crap about my acknowledgements. I promise not to chuckle when *they* get musicked off the stage at the Oscars for going on too long.)

Because of this, I was hesitant to write acknowledgements for Hero. I was also reluctant because I knew I would have to address the death of my maternal grandmother this year, to whom the book is dedicated.  The dedication was written while she was still alive.

Ah, publishing.

As we got nearer the end of the process, my editor contacted me and told me that there would be extra pages in the back of the book, if I’d like to put a bio and write some acknowledgements. I was even welcome to go on at length this time. Ha!

So I wrote them. And I cried. And I sent them in. And my editor was touched. And then somewhere between then and publication, they fell through the cracks.

These things do happen.

In the twenty-first century, however, there are a few things we can do about this. First off, the acknowledgements will be included in the second printing of Hero, thus officially making the first printing a collector’s item. (How ’bout them apples?) The acknowledgements will also be included in the e-book versions of Hero (along with a couple of other minor corrections–NO, I will not tell you what they are or you will only see the blemish). And, because I have the power to do so, I can publish the acknowledgements here–complete with links and pictures–so nothing is lost.

On top of that, now I have several blank pages in the back of my new book in which to doodle pretty things if I have time. BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT I’M LIKE. *grin*

So that’s the story of the Hero snafu. Not so bad, in the grand scheme of things. And now, without further ado, I bring to you:

 

Acknowledgements - Alethea Kontis

Publishing is an interesting exercise in time compression and expansion. For instance, it took me almost five years to write Enchanted, but it took many of you less than a day to read it. Similarly, in between writing the dedication for Hero and the writing of these acknowledgments, my beloved grandmother, Madeleine DeRonde, passed away.Madeleine DeRonde

Much like Peregrine’s father, Memere suffered from Alzheimer’s disease—a terrible, horrible thing that sneaks up on you too gradually to notice until it’s too late. By the time my first book was published in 2006, Memere no longer remembered who I was. I still love her with all my heart and miss her every day. I know she would be proud of my silly, shiny books; I only regret not being able to share them with her in this life. So I am here to tell you all right now: Thank those heroes in your life, every single one, as soon and as often as you can.

I would first like to thank the female athletes of the London 2012 Summer Olympics and my sword-wielding angel Lillie Rainey for being personal inspirations for Saturday. Thanks also go out to the staff of Luray Caverns in Virginia—I would not have been able to write about the Top of the World without you!

Big hugs to everyone who made my 2012 Summer Book Tour a reality—I am lucky to have so many friends that I consider family, and I’m honored to be the recipient of your support. Thanks once again to Adam, Turtle, and Josh of the Adam Ezra Group for seeing me off in style, and my undying love to Drew and Laura Williams, Edmund and Terry Schubert, Casey Cothran and Todd Muldrew, Soteria Kontis and Charles Nadolski, Vicki and David Castrucci, Cris Garrick, J. P. and Wendy Stephens, Darra Cothran and Bob Gahagan, Tillman and Laurie Smoot, Cherie Priest, Ken and Marilyn Harrison, David B. Coe, J. T. and Randy Ellison, and Chuck and Lillie Rainey for opening their homes to me as I went about my travels.

Janet Lee, whom I will always admire—thank you and Mike for letting me be your Comic-Con buddy. Thank you to all the members of my convention families, new and old—I would never be able to live without you. And thanks to my dearest Heather Brewer, Kate Baker, Mary Rodgers, and Leanna Renee Hieber for keeping my soul intact during dark times.

Huge mountains of gratitude also go to my crack team at Harcourt—especially Reka Simonsen and Jennifer Groves—for understanding my subversive sense of humor and putting up with all my emails. Nor could I have done all this without Deborah Warren, the best Fairy Godagent a princess could ask for, and Katherine Kellgren, who brought my characters to life in such a way that I fell in love with them all over again.

Last but not least I must thank the members of my very large family. Memere would be happy knowing that she brought together not only a plethora of cousins and friends I might otherwise have never met, but also the four Kontis siblings: Cherie, West, Soteria, and me. I hope the planets align again sooner than seven years from now. And to Joe, Kassidy, and Ariell—my Fairy Godfamily—thank you for keeping my feet tied to the ground while I reach for the stars. You are my heart, and I love you all more than these humble words can say.

The Kontis Siblings -- West, Soteria, Cherie & Alethea

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GAH.

Once again, I have found that the emails being sent through my site have been forwarding to spam.

I’ve saved them all and added a new filter…again…but if you’ve tried to email me in the past month via this site, please be patient with me.

I’ll try to get to your messages as soon as I can.

xox

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The Adventure Begins!

Hero starts shipping from the HMH warehouses TOMORROW. Eep! So you know what that means!

(Yes, I know it means I have to shut up and write more Beloved.)

But what it also means is that it’s officially the launch of the Hero Blog Tour!

Hero Prism Tour

This year I’m being helped by the good fairy Laura from Prism Tours to put together a stellar lineup of fun and exciting content to whet your appetite for much fairy tale goodness. There will also be a FAIRY TALE BASKET GIVEAWAY (US residents only) that includes a signed copy of Enchanted, a signed copy of Hero, and a ton of other fun fairy tale swag from yours truly!

Here’s Laura’s post with the schedule (so far) of goodness to come).

And here’s the FB link to the rafflecopter giveaway, complete with all the ways to enter.

A HUGE thank you to everyone taking part in the tour. It’s going to be AWESOME!

Much love! And good luck!
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