Post-Apocalyptic Disaster Area

Today I am a-blogging over at The Waterworld Mermaids about the ultimate sacrifice a writer must make when he/she is trying to write a novel on deadline: HOUSEWORK. The house is going to look like hell, and you’re going to have to let it. Among other things. Read my bit of insanity here. (I have taken a picture of…

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Four Fathers

Dos Equis is so wrong: my father, George Kontis, is the most interesting man in the world. He’s great at parties and can talk to anyone. He speaks a little bit of every language on the planet. He tells the best jokes. He gives a tiara manly swagger. And he is the best storyteller EVER. Papa Woodcutter was a…

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Fairy Godmother Carol

…but she wasn’t a Berning yet. In honor of Fairy Godmothers’ Day, I present to you a page from the history book of one of my own Fairy Godmothers. At the age of 16, Carol traveled to Miami Beach, Florida with her family and sang “I Wish You Love” on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour show (brought to you…

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Amazon Affiliate Links

Dear friends and family: If you order any of my books off Amazon, please use these links. As part of the Amazon Associates program, I get a (very small) kickback from advertising fees. I turn that $$ into Amazon Gift Cards, which I use to purchase more inventory to have on hand while I travel (in case the bookstores…

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35 Things You Didn’t Know About Alethea’s Mom

She posts as “Mom Kontis” in blog comments. Her favorite color is red. She loves the number 35. And so, for Mothers’ Day, I asked her to write for me 35 wonderful things about herself that the world didn’t know. It was hard for her to stop at 35. LOVE YOU, MOM! xox ***************************** 35 Things People Don’t (Might…

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All In the Family

YALSA’s The Hub published an article about “Finding a Strong Family Connection in YA…Yes, It Can Be Done!” So many YA books are about kids who are orphans, or who have difficult family situations. But there do exist some–a few–which concentrate on families working together to solve problems and help on adventures. (There just need to be more families…

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No Joke!

I couldn’t post this yesterday for fear of being thought an April Fool’s joke, but my father has graciously offered to match all monies donated into Princess Alethea’s Summer Book Tour Gas Fund! Here’s the page for Take Two (though it looks like Take One is suddenly working again): http://princessaletheassbtgasfund.chipin.com/princess-aletheas-gas-fund-take-two Whichever page you end up donating to, we will…

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The Tale of The Fairy GodBoyfriend

This week over at the Waterworld Mermaids site, we’ve been telling love stories. Today is my day to contribute, and so I have offered up to the world the (very abridged) story of Princess Alethea and The Fairy GodBoyfriend. You’ve all wanted to know how we met? Well, here it is. But you have to click over to the…

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