Fairy Tale Podcast

The Birthday Princess!Yesterday, I posted about how I am now eligible for this year’s Parsec Awards because I have been narrating stories for Cast of Wonders and Pseudopod.

Sometimes The Brain, she no work.

The podcasts I post here (also available via iTunes) are called “Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre.” The works I have that are eligible for this year’s awards are:

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

Episode 25: “The Marvelous Minstrel”:



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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):

“Ieia” (by SJ Bickley):

“Abigail” for Pseudopod (written by Hunter Gray):

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”!


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!

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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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Funky Werepig Slumber Party Rebroadcast

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone in the US!

In honor of these last few days of HERO being TMV Cafe’s BOOK OF THE MONTH, The Funky Werepig is rebroadcasting our infamous Princess Alethea Slumber Party Interview tomorrow night at 9pm!

Set your watch/phone/timer/TARDIS…and if you missed it the first time, be sure to tune in! (CLICK HERE TO BOOKMARK THE LINK)

It was a BLAST. With cookie-brownies and everything.

Much love to you all!


The Three Amigos

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“Black Hole Sun” on Cast of Wonders

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Kelli Owen and I wrote an epistolary story about two teens–best friends with complications–at the end of the world. A teen-angsty-apocalyptic-sci-fi…sort of. But I will tell you this — it makes a REALLY FUN podcast. Thank you Cast of Wonders!

The story is narrated by Graeme Dunlop and Michelle Ristuccia. Michelle enjoys slowing down time in the middle of the night to read and review speculative fiction, because sleeping offspring are the best motivation. You can find out more about her rabid love of SFF, podcasting, and raising future geeklings at her blog,, stalk her on twitter at @mrsmica, or read her reviews at Tangent Online.

Click here to listen to “Black Hole Sun.”

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“The Monster & Mrs. Blake” on Cast of Wonders

Hello, world!

I’m back in town (for a little bit) and feeling better (finally!), so now I’m catching up on all the fun news. SO MANY AMAZING THINGS HAVE HAPPENED THIS MONTH!

Worry not, I’ve been calling Mom and telling her in person for most of this, as I do when I’m not able to blog every day…or when I’m sworn to secrecy. 🙂

But I forgot to tell even Mo about this one — Cast of Wonders was so thrilled to find out that I had some podcasting talents of my own that they asked me to narrate my spooky kids story “The Monster & Mrs. Blake”!

I love this story — it was originally intended to be for a podcast that James Maxey was putting together for Codex, back before podcasting was cool…and before I had any sort of software or hardware to make such a thing possible.

So it is my extreme honor to introduce this story to the world…in the format it was originally intended! Thank you, Cast of Wonders, for making this possible!

To listen to “The Monster & Mrs. Blake”, CLICK HERE. And enjoy!

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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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The Publicity Machine Rolls On

Some really great quotes on the back...Those following on Facebook (and sometimes Twitter) know that right now publicity for the paperback of Enchanted is the LAST thing on my mind right now, as my niece undergoes a very dangerous heart surgery up in Burlington, VT.

But, as my very wise and significantly more published friends have reminded me, the publishing machine does not stop for us, or our troubles.

I appreciate all the efforts of fellow bloggers and podcasters to help further the sales of my books — I implore to you check out all of these things, and enjoy!

Meanwhile, I’m going to be over here doing more work and waiting for  updates on Alana. Stay tuned to Facebook for more. xox


* Jonah Knight invited me back to the Pros and Cons podcast while I was still in CA to chat about Nebula Awards Weekend. Have a listen here. (length: 19:00)

* The Regency Inkwell posted a fabulous interview with me about Enchanted and my writing process.  Read that here.

* I completed a very long (and very fun!) interview on Kids Books Ink…and they published it almost immediately. Thanks, guys! Check that out here.

* And just in case you haven’t purchased a paperback copy of Enchanted for yourself and your ten closest friends, you can just follow this link here and take care of that.


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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:

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Her Majesty’s Dead Robots

Okay, first…can I just say…now that I’ve written the title to this blog post, I really want to go write the short story that goes along with it. *sigh*

What the title ACTUALLY references is my guest spot on Justin Macumber’s Dead Robots’ Society podcast.

I had a GREAT time talking to Justin and Paul and Terry last night — that’s right, LAST NIGHT. Apparently, when Justin said, “I’ll get this edited and on the site right away,” what he meant was, “within the hour.”

So I don’t even really have time to waste talking up this really fun live interview (in which I talk about my birth as a writer, my fairy tale of getting published, and my hatred for being called “ALTHEA”). Let’s just skip all the hype and go straight to the main event, shall we?


Warning: I talk a lot in this one. Again. I know…the podcast interview is with ME, and the whole point is for ME to talk, and it’s better that I’m a guest who talks than one who doesn’t…but I still feel like a HUGE blabbermouth every time I finish one of these things. I promise, I will make a concerted effort in the future to let me host get a word in edgewise. Thankfully, I think Justin still loves me. 🙂

Also, check out Justin’s fabulous new book, A Minor Magic, here!