In Which Princess Alethea Inspires You

Princess Alethea, Jan 2014I was invited by the Magical Words folks to write four inspirational blog posts, each one posted on a Monday in the month of January.

Missed any or all of them? Here are the links for your convenience. Enjoy!


Jan 6th: The Danny Ocean Moment — “Next time you’re stuck in a situation you can’t get out of, put on your Danny Ocean Hat.”

Jan 13th: The Fiction of a Writer’s Life — “Being a full time writer means that I don’t have business hours anymore. There is no longer a time I “normally” get up or go to bed. I have no sense of weekdays or weekends. There is only “working” and “feeling guilty about not working.””

Jan 20th: The Year Without A Book — “I might have a whole year, but it’s not like I have all the time in the world or anything. I think a year is enough. A year in which I refuse to disappoint my fans…or disappoint myself.”

Jan 27th: I Have No Bad Guys — “Write what you know. Be true to your characters. Be true to your world. Be true to yourself.”

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Princess Alethea Rants About “Riffraff”

New Fairy Tale Rant! Please share with all your friends!


In Which Princess Alethea rants about the Grimm’s fairy tale “Riffraff.”
And no…she’s still not home yet.

WARNING: This fairy tale makes no sense at all. But it’s short, which is always a bonus for something that makes no sense at all.

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School Library Journal Loves HERO

It’s odd for a major review like this to appear so long after the book’s release…but better late than never! Also, I wholeheartedly support comparisons to the TV show Once Upon a Time.

Some of us little people should benefit from The Giant Hammer of Disney, right?


Hero, October 1, 2013KONTIS, Alethea. Hero. Bk. 2. 304p. (Woodcutter Sisters Series). Houghton Harcourt. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780544056770. LC 2013003895.

Gr 6 Up–This sequel to Enchanted (Houghton Harcourt, 2012) follows a different sister in the Woodcutter family. Saturday seems to have no magical talents of her own, but instead relies on an enchanted sword given to her as a gift. Shortly after the novel begins, her “cousin-brother,” Trix, runs away from home when he receives bad news about his biological mother. Saturday vows to bring him back. The heroine and her mother set sail with Thursday, the pirate sister. While onboard, Saturday is captured by an enormous bird and taken to a cave on the highest mountaintop where an evil witch resides. There, the teen meets Peregrine of Starburn, who was cursed and forced to pretend to be the witch’s daughter, and his companion Betwixt, a chimera. Saturday, Peregrine, and Betwixt undertake a fast-paced adventure to keep the witch from casting a spell that will open a portal to the demon realm and destroy their world. Fans of the television show Once Upon a Time will definitely enjoy this fractured fairy tale that references many well-known stories.

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Princess Alethea Rants “The Cunning Little Tailor”

A new Fairy Tale Rant is live today from Baltimore — guest starring Mom & Dad.

Please share the love!

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Today Is My Birthday!

I rang in my birthday with the Adam Ezra Group serenading me in full Rocking Style, with glitter on my face and a tiara on my head. I slept in, all cuddled up to my warm giant, who took me out for a breakfast gyro before I got in the car (blech) and drove back to Baltimore to pick up my parents from the airport.

Now I’m back at Aunt Theda & Uncle Dave’s (YOU KNOW THEY MISSED ME). I’ve had an epic present-opening session, and now Dad and I are being treated to a fabulously posh dinner.

The weather may be dismal here, and I may be missing my Fairy Godfamily something mightily..but all in all, it’s been a pretty darn magic day.

Love you all! xox

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Princess Alethea Rants About…Stuff

On Today’s Youtube Fairy Tale Rant episode,  have chosen to rant about “The Fox and The Geese”, a very short fairy tale…because I am very exhausted.

I also vent about what made me really, really angry this morning. So if YOU end up being angry about this news…trust me. I’m upset enough for all of us.

Just know I will never let you down. Not this year. Not EVER.

Love you guys!

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DoaMSGG JanetJust what it says up there: Janet Lee and I had a very limited number of the very first edition of Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome available at Comic Book City Con in Greensboro in October.

This edition was a trial run — we plan to repeat this same format on future editions, but we will be using a different publishing method.

The rest of the books we had left after the convention are now available via Janet’s Etsy Site HERE. As a bonus, Janet will be signing and numbering every one.

I am seriously not kidding when I say get them now, because they WILL go fast, and there will not be any more available until we find a better publishing/printing model.

Ready? Set? GO.

“In a world where monsters and fairies roam the backyard, one gnome seeks to save his true love from an experiment gone terribly awry!

You will find within the pages of this book the diary entries of one Dr. Harry Gnome, mad scientist. Here there be sock monkeys! You have been warned!”

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Princess Alethea, Strolling About the Web

Today feels like the TRUE first day of 2014 for me — yesterday was an exhausted flurry of getting Soteria out of the hospital and then working my aunt’s New Years party for 82 hours, so this is my day to jump back in swinging.



First up: I have a blog post today over at Waterworld Mermaids, where I explain what exactly happened over Christmas, details of The Emergency Surgery, and Why My Packing Karma is Strong. Click here to read “There and…Still There.”


Next, hie yourself on over to BOOM! Studios, where I am interviewed as part of a featured series about being a woman in the comics industry. Please take extra special note of my favorite part, which introduces both me and about my publishing background. “Alethea Kontis, a writer who has worked on The Wonderland Alphabet for Archaia as well as numerous other books for others!”

That’s right…OTHER BOOKS FOR OTHERS. Like that one that hit the New York Times List.. Twice Or that other one that got selected for World Book Night 2014. Or that other one that sold 65,000 copies through Scholastic in one month. But really, the only one that matters for this article is THE ONE WE PUBLISHED. (*rolls eyes* *blows New Year’s horn*)

But you know what? AT LEAST THEY SPELLED MY NAME RIGHT. And that’s something.


Lastly, the awesome crew at TBF (Rochester Teen Book Festival) that I am VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS YEAR (is it May yet?) posted a really superfun interview with MOI over on the TBF site. Mom, you’re going to love the color red they use. Click here to read the interview!


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Give the Gift of Reading

Hero, October 1, 2013Would you like a book personalized & signed by Alethea? Contact One More Page Books in Arlington at 703-300-9746 or via email to place your order.

Online affiliate links for Alethea’s books can be found HERE.

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