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Alethea’s GEN CON Schedule!

That’s right, everyone — I will be at Gen Con this year! Here’s my schedule:

Friday

11:00 AM Boston Revising Your Story
12:00 PM Boston Young Adult, Growing Up
3:00 PM Boston Dark Stories for Kids and Teens

Saturday

12:00 PM Atlanta Support Systems for Writers
1:00 PM Austin How Can Authors Get Reviews?
4:00 PM Boston The Ins and Outs of Patreon

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And as a bonus, here’s a schedule of all Mikey Mason‘s concerts (where I may very likely be as well)

Thursday COMEDY ROCK GEEK MIKEY MASON 9-11pm Lucas Oil Meeting Room 4
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Friday FIREFLY DRINKING SONGS WITH MARC GUNN (Mikey will be performing a song or two.) 8-9pm Westin Grand IV
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Friday MIKEY MASON’S BROWNCOAT SHOW 9-11pm Westin Grand III
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Saturday COMEDY ROCK GEEK MIKEY MASON 9-11pm Lucas Oil Meeting Room 7
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AK April Appearances

Hello, everybody!

I’m trying to squeeze everything in before I hie myself back to Florida at the beginning of May…so if you can make it to any of these VA/MD appearances, I would *love* to see you!

14 — WBN reception, Cascades Library, 7pm
16 — WBN reception, One More Page Books, 7pm
17 — Maryland Romance Writers meeting (special guest Kimberly Kincaid!)
22 — World Book Night USA event, Gum Springs Library, 7pm

Beyond that, it’s Teen Book Festival in May (more hugs for Jordan!) and BEA…and then not a peep from me until RWA Nationals! xox

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Princess Alethea’s Book Tour Diet

First of all, I want to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who stopped by here and shared their love, as well as my friends on FB and Twitter. I am a Princess who cherishes her Brute Squad proudly…and I know that Mom for one will be thrilled to see such an outpouring of support here on my site. xox

In light of yesterday’s post-fat-shaming rant, I thought it might be a good idea to chat about things I do and don’t eat while on book tour, and why. It’s an informal list I keep in my head, though–like everything else–it’s probably a good idea that I officially write it down somewhere. (This way, too, I can always go back to it and edit and add things I forgot.)

Now, every person is different, so I don’t recommend these ideas for everyone…but hopefully this list might give you some things to consider that you might not have before. And do I adhere to this strictly? Man, I wish. But yes, when I am out of town, I am very aware of everything I put in my mouth…for better or worse.

Since I am prone to migraines (they are not food induced, but certain foods can raise or lower my tolerance) I tend to focus more on protein while I’m on the road. I am not a vegetarian (and I’m okay with that). I prefer fish to steak, but I can’t always afford it.

Like many folks, I am on a budget. I have to promote myself throughout the year on what I make on my royalties. I get to write it all off as a business expense later…but I still have to pay for it up front. I got my advance for Book Two and Three last year. Book Two just released in October, so I won’t get those royalties until next year. All I’ve had to live on this year are hardcover sales of Enchanted and the first month it was out in paperback. THAT’S IT.

I do not smoke, nor do I drink alcohol. This helps with the budget (as well as the migraines).

According to my nutritionist, I need to be eating 672 small meals a day. This has been the most difficult part of my journey so far.

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THINGS I EAT:

–Protein bars. These aren’t just the over-the-counter bars, they are supplements supplied by my nutritionist. They are hella expensive, but they pack the most protein punch (and vitamins) for the least amount of calories. (I used to carry granola bars, but they weren’t staying with me long enough, and the headaches still came.)

Along with protein bars I have other protein snacks and shakes…though the shakes are chalky and kind of horrible unless you mix them properly with a submersible blender. Not something I carry on the road. These help me eat more often and stave off migraines. I survived Dragon Con this year living off protein bars & snacks…and I also lost 5 pounds.

–Water. Carry a bottle with you at all times. Refill it at every water station or fountain. Keep it in your hand, especially if you are a social drinker. Staying hydrated is SUPER important.

–Vitamins. Okay, technically I’m not eating these, but I’m never without my daily multivitamin, and possibly Vitamin C and D. Joe and Leanna will tell you that if you’re rooming with me, I will probably force them upon you as well.

–Tea. I carry a travel bag of various teas with me all the time. Black tea, green tea, and chamomile. I even bring honey and my own travel mug to Dragon Con.

–Protein. My preferred protein is seafood, though that can get expensive. Chicken is okay, but often is dry when grilled by a substandard chain restaurant (and dangerous when undercooked). Steak is okay, but can also get expensive. So when I’m on the road I typically go for a hamburger. Most places make a decent burger, and standard cooking temp is medium well, which cuts down on the possibility of illness.

–Vegetables. Good veggies are hard to get on the road. Salads at restaurants are typically overpriced and sub par (notice how your hamburger toppings are higher quality than your salad?). Veggie side-dishes are usually bland (carrots, broccoli) and over- or under-cooked. But if there’s asparagus or sweet potato or plantains or Brussels sprouts (!), I go for it.

–Apples. I love stealing these from the continental breakfast and saving them for later. Bananas are also great, but have a much shorter shelf-life.

–Oatmeal. Also something I toss in my travel bag & keep with me. I carry dried fruit, nuts, and cinnamon as well. What I most often forget is THE SPOON.

–Rice noodles. Rice is another things that’s typically improperly cooked at restaurants…but rice noodles are made of awesome. If Thai is an option, I’ll happily go for it. Bonus: Cold pad thai is great for breakfast, if my room happens to have a fridge.

–Sushi. This rice is cooked properly. It has to be. And other than the expensive part, it’s just SO fabulous.

–Greek Food. Because I was raised on it.

–The Local Cuisine. If a place I’m in is known for something famous (Memphis ribs, Beignets at Cafe du Monde), then I will absolutely try it, even if it’s on my “don’t” list. I just won’t overindulge, if possible.

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THINGS I AVOID:

–Coffee. This stinks, but it’s true. I’ll let myself off the hook and sneak in a coffee when I’m dying for a hit of caffeine…and then regret it later when I’m stuck in the bathroom with an upset stomach. It doesn’t happen all the time, but I’d rather take a couple of Excedrin than tempt fate with that crapshoot.

–Salads. If it’s spinach greens, beets, goat cheese, and salmon, sign me up. In the last six weeks, I saw this option on ZERO menus across the US. Salads are usually iceberg lettuce, a handful of tomatoes, a couple of cucumbers…and it all tastes funny because it’s been pre-refrigerated and/or covered in preservatives. My stomach doesn’t react well to preservatives. We’re talking food poisoning-like symptoms.

–Spicy foods. I *love* spicy foods. The Fairy Godfamily does not, so eating spicy stuff when I’m out is a treat. Eating spicy stuff while I’m hyped up on adrenaline after a performance = bad news.

–Pasta & Bread. Apart from making me feel sleepy and bloated, I try to stay away from most carbs, dairy, and sweets because it makes getting a migraine a lot easier.

–Sweets. Desserts, like magic, are best when shared. The sugar is just too high a spike and too hard a crash. This includes candy of any kind, which I will often hoard and then never eat. If I have to snack, I prefer nuts.

–Eggs. Oh my gosh, I’ve had some HORRIBLE experiences with eggs. Enough that you think I’d know better by now. No more eggs on the road for me.

–Continental breakfast. The stuff they have at most hotel breakfasts is terrible. Eggs (see above) and proteins full of nitrates (sausage, bacon)…if there is protein at all. Sometimes it’s just wafflemakers or sugary danishes or what I like to call “three-mile muffins” (because I have to run 3 miles to burn off that many calories). If this is an option, I will often select a peanut butter bagel or english muffin…or oatmeal. Most of the time, though, I’ll just eat a power bar in my room and steal an apple for later.

–Pizza. OMG no pizza. Like, ever. I’m not even a fan in the first place. I know, I know…I’m a weirdo. And I’m comfortable with that.

–Sodas. I will have a Coke Zero when I fly, because I get sick when I fly (migraines are so much fun!). Otherwise, it’s water and tea for me, and I’m fine with that.

 

Any recommendations, folks? For or against?

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My FaerieCon East 2013 Schedule

Yes, indeed, the rumors are true — I will be in attendance at FaerieCon East in Hunt Valley, MD this weekend!

Here’s my schedule of events:

Friday:
3:00-3:45 Meet the Authors (Salon A)
5:00-6:00 Author Tea and Meet and Greet (Writing Workshop Room)

Saturday:
1:15-2:15 A Little Bit of Everything with Princess Alethea (Writing Workshop Room)
3:00-3:45 Autographing (Bookstore)

Sunday:
11:00-11:30 Autographing (Bookstore)
2:00-3:30 Author Tea and Meet and Greet (Writing Workshop Room)

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LoC Info

Here is the flyer for my talk at the Library of Congress next week!

It’s 12:00pm on Tuesday, in the Madison Building (across the street from the main (touristy) LoC building. Go to the 6th floor and head for the Cafeteria. The Room of Requirement — I mean — the Staff Multipurpose Room is just off the cafeteria.

The walls are all glass…so you can’t miss us.

If you’re in the DC area, I hope to see you there! xox

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My MISTI-Con 2013 Schedule

For those up here in lovely New Hampshire at MISTI-Con:

FRIDAY
3:45pm — Literary Reading (Gunstock)

SATURDAY
10:00am — Meet The Authors (Gunstock)
4:00pm — So You Wanna Be a Writer (Gunstock)

SUNDAY
3:00pm — The State of Young Adult Fiction (Gunstock)
4:00pm — Author Signing (Tent)
7:00pm — Masquerade

Enchanted will be available for sale in paperback after every event, as well as at the Main Author Signing. I have only a few copies of AlphaOops and The Wonderland Alphabet with me — those are only available while supplies last.

Now, Zoraida and I are off to practice some magical arts by the lake…and see if we can’t summon a mermaid or two…

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Nora Roberts MEGA-SIGNING at Turn the Page Friday!

Turn the Page WRW Signing 2011I’ll be at the Washington Romance Writers Retreat/Conference until next Tuesday, so don’t look for me online much. HOWEVER, I will be making an appearance with Nora Roberts and MANY OTHER FABULOUS WRW AUTHORS at the Pre-Retreat MEGA-SIGNING in Boonsboro, MD!

(This is the one that was filmed for CBS This Morning last year…who knows what media outlets will be around this year!)

Scheduled to attend: Mary Burton/Mary Ellen Taylor, Shiloh Walker, Darynda Jones, Dorien Kelly, Jane Porter, Sarah Wendell, Grace Burrowes, Sally MacKenzie, Alethea Kontis, Allison LeottaHope Ramsay,
Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Christine Trent, Willa Blair, Rebecca York, P. J. O’Dwyer

Full details can be found here at the Turn the Page website. See you there!

xox Alethea

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IF YOU WOULD LIKE A BOOK SIGNED BY ME: Turn the Page is taking orders for the signing tomorrow — they will have me sign it while I am there and ship the book to you. If you are interested, please contact them!
E-mail: info@ttpbooks.com
Call: (301) 432-4588

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Misti-Con 2013 Registration Opens Today!

Are you a Harry Potter geek in the New England area? If so, this is the convention for you!!!

Registration for Misti-Con 2013 opens today!

Guest authors for the convention include:
Princess Alethea Kontis
Lady Leanna Renee Hieber (aka Narcissa Malfoy)
Zoraida Cordova
Cecilia Tan
Amanda Havard
John Granger
Janet Scott Batchler

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Leanna Renee Hieber & Alethea Kontis @ KGB, March 20th

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart (Magic Most Foul) by Leanna Renee Hieber Leanna Renee Hieber is an actress, playwright and author of Gothic, Gaslamp Fantasy series such as the Strangely Beautiful saga, the Magic Most Foul saga and the upcoming Eterna Files series for Tor. She is a four time Prism Award winner and her Strangely Beautiful saga is being adapted into a musical theatre production.
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Enchanted by Alethea Kontis Alethea Kontis is the bestselling author of many shiny books for children. Her debut young adult fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the 2012 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award. She lately hails from Northern Virginia, and is currently at work on Beloved, the third book in the Woodcutter Sisters series.

Wednesday, March 20th, 7pm at
KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
New York, NY

http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/

Readings are always free.
Please forward to friends at your own discretion.

Source Article from http://www.matthewkressel.net/2013/02/25/leanna-renee-hieber-alethea-kontis-march-20th/

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Jan 26th SFWA Music & Authors Event

Here’s the official flyer for the Jan 26th SFWA event at Mad City Coffee in Columbia, MD — if you’re in the area, I hope you’ll join us. I promise to have some HERO swag!

(I also hear their hummus is to die for. Must remember to bring after-hummus breath mints.)

SFWA Jan 26th 2013 flyer

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