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2014 Parsec Awards

Hey guys! The Parsec Awards are kind of new to me. Now that I’ve been doing more on the narration front, I’m eligible! How exciting!

This year’s eligibility window is May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014.

The stories I have narrated are:

“The Monster & Mrs. Blake” (written and narrated by Alethea Kontis): http://www.castofwonders.org/2013/09/episode-97-the-monster-mrs-blake-by-alethea-kontis/

“Ieia” (by SJ Bickley): http://www.castofwonders.org/2013/07/episode-86-ieia-by-s-k-bickley/

“Abigail” for Pseudopod (written by Hunter Gray): http://pseudopod.org/2014/04/04/pseudopod-380-abigail/

I encourage you to give them all a listen and vote for your favorite…but if you can’t decide, I’d love for you to pick “The Monster & Mrs. Blake”!

CLICK HERE TO PLACE YOUR NOMINATION: http://www.parsecawards.com/2014-parsec-awards/nominate-a-podcast/

The nomination window is open until May 31st, 2014, so spread the word on whatever social media platforms you like. Both Cast of Wonders and Pseudopod are eligible in the “Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast” category and I’m sure they’d also love your support.

Thank you!
xox

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Alethea Reads “Abigail”

Yup…I can already tell this month is going to be insane, and all of my best laid plans are…well…I’m just going to have to allow them to go astray if and when they need to.

In the meantime, I still have many fun things for you! Like this one — i which I read Hunter Grey’s horror fantasy story “Abigail” for Pseudopod. Listen here: http://pseudopod.org/2014/04/04/pseudopod-380-abigail/

Warning to my YA fans — this is a Horror story, and not a YA tale. Beware of language and adult situations.

Other than that, please enjoy while Alethea attempts to catch up with her regularly scheduled life…

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 25

Episode 25: “The Marvelous Minstrel”

The Marvelous Minstrel…or perhaps the PSYCHOPATH MINSTREL, because seriously…this guy is a jerk. The ASPCA would *not* approve. And, quite frankly, neither do I.

Check out Princess Alethea’s Rant about this fairy tale HERE.

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 24

Episode 24: “The Companionship of the Cat and The Mouse”

 

A fairy tale in which…well…cats will be cats and mice will be mice, and that’s just the way of the world.

Check out Princess Alethea’s Rant about this fairy tale HERE.

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Anything Goes

I certainly hope Mom & Dad weren’t up at 11pm last night listening in to my podcast interview on ANYTHING GOES…and if you were happily in dreamland too, worry not! You can still listen to the interview in its 30-minute entirety HERE:

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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: http://www.audiobooksync.com/free-sync-downloads/

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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Friday Bonus!

Happy Friday, everyone!

A special bonus for you folks today (and for Mom, in case she doesn’t see this until Saturday) — I have been asked to do some narration for Cast of Wonders!

So, from time to time, you’ll be able to pop on and hear me read a fabulous young adult fantasy story handpicked by some very fine people. (Maybe even some of my own–hint, hint!) I’ll be sure to let you know when they go live.

Like…now! Listen to me read “Ieia” by S.L. Bickley HERE!

I had a lot of fun with this piece — tried a new setup, and realized upon listening some things that worked and things that didn’t…but overall I think it is a successful piece. (It was also a very quick turnaround, so I didn’t have the luxury of going back and recording the whole thing again.)

We’re moving to a new apartment next month, and I already have a space picked out in our walk-in closet to have a little table where I can create a small space just for podcasting. I’m so excited!

And yes…hopefully this will ultimately mean more episodes of PRINCESS ALETHEA’S FAIRY TALE THEATRE!

It’s all very exciting. xox

(PS — And tell me…is it just me, or does sometimes my recorded voice sound like Morena Baccarin?)

 

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“Small Magics” Available at Cast of Wonders

“Small Magics”, one of the very first short stories I ever wrote (and published), is now available on audio through Cast of Wonders. narrator is the wonderful Danielle Daly.

Listen here: http://www.castofwonders.org/2013/05/19/ep-80-small-magics-by-alethea-kontis/

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E is for ENCORE!

Enchanted Audiobook, read by Katy KellgrenOnce again — not to be outdone, the ENCHANTED audiobook, read by the lovely Katherine Kellgren has been nominated for a 2012 Audie Award!

“Teen” is a super tough category this year. The nominees are:

**Enchanted, by Alethea Kontis, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, Brilliance Audio.
**The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, Narrated by Kate Rudd, Brilliance Audio.
**Dodger, by Terry Pratchett, Narrated by Stephen Briggs, Harper Audio.
**The Diviners, by Libby Bray, Narrated by January LaVoy , Listening Library/Books on Tape.
**Inheritance, by Christopher Paolini, Narrated by Gerard Doyle, Listening Library/Books on Tape.

Check out the rest of the nominees in all the other categories here.

I can’t tell you how honored I am to be among such esteemed company. But you can bet your bippy I’m going to be at that awards ceremony, bright and shiny, all ready to get my fangirl glitter all over emcee Daniel Handler’s tie.

Excuse me now, while I do a bit more freaking out.
I suspect there is NO way I’m going to sleep tonight.
*hugs everyone*

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PS — For some reason, it’s almost impossible to find the audio of ENCHANTED on Amazon — all they have listed is the CD that will be available when the paperback comes out in May. But you can find it by entering the ISBN, or following this link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1469202891/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1469202891&linkCode=as2&tag=wwwaletheakon-20

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Once and Future Princess

This week I had the privilege of being featured on my good friend Anton Strout’s “The Once and Future Podcast.” We got very writerly in our discussion — folks looking to hear about the struggles of writing life…and writing sequels…and writing under stress…and writing while over committed…will LOVE this one.

Just click on the image below!

This week I talk with author Alethea Kontis about her latest young adult book Enchanted, Alpha-Oops!, Dragon Con, fangirlism, Mad Scientist Garden Gnomes, fairy tales, how we hate THE MUSE, and just how hard it is out there for Disney’s lost princess!

 

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