Letter to My Child, Alethea

Yes, Sweetheart, I AM your biggest fan (don’t tell Dad!) When you were little and they told us you were a gifted child we were so worried that we would somehow let you down as parents. It’s hard enough knowing what to do with a normal child but a gifted one?? What they didn’t tell us was that we…

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A Loving Tribute

I can’t add all of the Dark-Hunter role players on Facebook to my friends list and I don’t have the time to play with them as much as I’d like, but the DH Origins folks have always been wonderful to me and treat me like family. When I woke up to the usual 3am insomnia this morning, I had…

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Madeleine DeRonde (November 7, 1927-February 3, 2013)

Madeleine DeRonde passed peacefully surrounded by loved ones on February 3rd 2013. Madeleine was born at home in Montpelier during the Great Flood of 1927 to Emile and Augustine Gagne. She spent the entirety of her life in Montpelier, attending St. Michael’s Catholic School and St. Augustine’s Church. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America,…

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10 Things You Can Do On My Birthday

Today is 1-11, the day we celebrate PRINCESS ALETHEA’S MAGICAL BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA! I do hope you have marvelous things planned for today. I do! If you don’t have some marvelous things planned, here are ten suggestions for how I would love you to spend MY FRABJOUS DAY. ********************** If you have a few extra dollars: 1.) Order some of…

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Rainbow Sun

I meant to post this the other day, when I accompanied FGB into DC to help him with some work. I was looking out the window for a street sign and the sky took my breath away. There was a full, perfect rainbow all around the sun. I thought this a fitting magical image with which to wish my…

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SCBWI Sandy Hill Book Drive

Hello, friends & family– I am working on behalf of SCBWI in the mid-Atlantic Region to collect traditionally published picture books for the Sandy Hill Elementary School Book Drive. If you have any picture books to donate, please send me an email (akontis at gmail) and I’ll give you the address where you can send them. Thank you all…

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Princess Monday

Happy Monday, everyone! This is a very special Monday, as it’s also the birthday of my beautiful older sister Cherie, the inspiration for Monday Woodcutter. People always ask authors if any of their characters are based on real people. As a general rule, the characters in books are always based on some facet of the author him/herself. But sometimes,…

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