My 2012 Baltimore Book Festival Schedule

It’s the time of year again — can you believe it? Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the 2012 Baltimore Book Festival! (Sept. 28-30)

I will be making appearances on Saturday and Sunday at both the Maryland Romance Writers Stage and the Science Fiction Writers of America tent. The festival is free to the pubic (though you’ll probably have to pay to park somewhere). There WILL be books for sale. Come see me!

Saturday, September 29

Time: 12:00pm
Location: Maryland Romance Writers Stage
Panelists: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Em Gardner, Alethea Kontis, Lea Nolan, Leanna Renee Hieber
Summary: Authors will talk about what’s hot in young adult romantic fiction and share readings from their latest works.


Sunday, September 30

Time: 1:00pm
Location: SFWA Tent
Panelists: Don Sakers, Sara Beth Durst, Richard White, Jack McDevitt
Summary: Authors share inspirations for plots, characters, and settings. Nothing is too bizarre to discuss!


Time: 5:00pm
Location: Maryland Romance Writers Stage
Panelists: Kate Dolan, Natalie Damschroder, Stephanie Dray (Stephanie Draven), Laura Kaye, Alethea Kontis, Leanna Renee Hieber
Summary: Authors will talk about how to create engaging fiction based on fairy tales, folklore, mythology, and history, and how to make those old stories new, fresh, and exciting.

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My Mysticon 2012 Schedule

At long last I have it: My Mysticon 2012 schedule!

Mysticon is a sci-fi, fantasy, & horror convention held February 24-26 at the Holiday Inn – Tanglewood (4468 Starkey Road, SW) in Roanoke, VA. Author Guest of Honor is the lovely Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Artist Guest of Honor is the fabulous Ursula Vernon!

A couple of things not to be alarmed about: 1.) Yes, once again, my signing is first thing on Friday night, before I’ve been on any panels or gotten to meet anyone at the convention. PLEASE come see me — I’ll have lots of special goodies with me!  I’m also happy to hook you up with purchases whenever I have free time — just pull me aside and let me know. (And I do take major credit cards, thank you Square.)

2.) I will not be appearing on Sunday, because I need to head home first thing in the morning. I do hate leaving so early — especially on the rare occasion that I get to see Sherri! — but the 26th is both the Fairy GodBoyfriend’s and Fairy Goddaughter the Younger’s birthday. I CANNOT MISS THIS. I would lose all my Fairy Godmother points.

It’s also the Fairy GodBoyfriend’s DOUGLAS ADAMS BIRTHDAY (42, of course), so missing that would throw the universe into some sort of improbability chaos…and we can’t have that, now, can we?

Friday, February 24th
5:00 PM
Signing Table
Alethea Kontis Signing

8:00 PM
Boardroom 1
How To Be a Dark Hunter
Determined to vanquish evil in the night. Join Sherrilyn and our other panelists as they discuss how you too can be a dark hunter and protect humanity from things that go bump in the night.
Saturday, February 25th
5:00 PM
Boardroom 1
Staking It All on Vamps
Why are vampires so popular? Is anything likely to rival them? Werewolves? Zombies? If so, what? Whose vampires are the best and why?
8:00 PM
Children’s Bedtime Story Hour
Getting close to bedtime? Bring your pillow and curl up by the fireplace for tonight’s bedtime stories.
10:00 PM
Dogwood 1
Horrors Unknown
You’ve probably heard of Lovecraft, Stoker, and Poe. Now learn about some of the other past masters of terror tales as panelists discuss favorite horror writers and their works.

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Pencil Me In?

Because I know some of you book your social calendars MONTHS in advance, here’s the heads up: I will be a guest (along with Sherrilyn Kenyon!) at Mysticon in Roanoke Feb 24-26th.

Holiday Inn – Tanglewood
4468 Starkey Road, SW
Roanoke, VA 24018

You have been warned!

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My Dragon*Con 2011 Schedule (Redux)

Because you might have missed it, here it is again. Write it down!

And be sure to attend PRINCESS ALETHEA’S TRAVELING SIDESHOW! Readings! Dancing! Singing! Puppets! Rubber duckies! Zombie Haiku! Free FABULOUS swag bags for the first 48 people! Fun for the whole family! You don’t want to miss it!

Convention Dates are Fri(9/2/11), Sat(9/3/11), Sun(9/4/11), and Mon(9/5/11)

Title: Reading: Alethea Kontis
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: Edgewood – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)


Title: Parade!
Time: Sat 10:00 am Location: The streets! (Look for me with the Dark-Hunters)

Title: Interview with Sherrilyn Kenyon
Description: Q&A with the bestselling author of the Dark-Hunter series.
Time: Sat 02:30 pm Location: Regency VI – VII – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel

Title: Dragon*Autographs
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: M301 – M304 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Scary Fairy Tales
Description: Fables and fairy tales in dark fantasy literature.
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)


When I am not at these locations (and not walking in the Parade – Sat, 10am), I will most likely be found at JANET LEE’s table in Artists Alley. I will do my absolute best to bring some books to sell…but airplane luggage charges being what they are, coupled with the fact that I sold out quickly last year, please remember that it is always best if you bring your own copies of books for me to sign.

Now I’m going to check out some more Dragon*Con TV and make a grocery list. Granola bars, tea, beef jerky, baconnaise…CHECK. See you soon!

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Dragon*Con Schedule

My schedule is light this year, which is kind of nice. Means I get to do more walking around and sightseeing. Woohoo!

Also, don’t forget, I’m always in the parade Saturday morning at 10am, walking with the Sherrilyn Kenyon Vampire Squad. What we vampires are doing AWAKE at 10am is another discussion entirely…

Title: Interview With Sherrilyn Kenyon
Description: An hour with the author of the “Dark-Hunter” and “The League” series. There will be a special appearance by Kinley MacGregor.
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: Regency VI – VII – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel

Title: Dragon*Autographs
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: M301 – M304 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: The Beast Within
Description: Werewolves and other shapeshifters.
Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: Cairo – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

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Hypericon 6 Pics


(just click the cute girl)

Eddie took about half the pictures (while I was on panels and whatnot) so there may me more photos soon (or more links to his…) xox

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Hypericon Schedule

It’s crazy…I have SO many things I’d like to post about, but my sister worked me like a Draft Horse when I was in Charleston last week, and now I’m in TN with a very short time in which to pack up my entire house…oddly enough, there may be more posts during Hypericon this weekend, when I am forced to sit down and BREATHE.

Speaking of Hypericon, here’s my schedule:

15-MINUTE READINGS: Friday 11:00pm

Saturday 10:30am:
Authors discuss how to create the supernatural or man-made baddies for your work – monsters, ghosts, aliens, anything not quite the guy next door.

Saturday 1:00pm
Protagonists and Antagonists would be bored and lonely if there weren’t others around to save or terrify. Writers discuss tips on preventing your work from being filled with cliches and cardboard cutouts.

SIGNING: Saturday @ 2:15pm

Saturday 6:00pm
These writers and editors will discuss anthologies from both sides – how to put one together, how to find and submit to them, what editors are looking for and how they are different from magazines.

SIGNING Sunday @ 10:30am

I will also be showing art at the art show (woohoo!!!!), and for those of you curious about all those awesome hairsticks my sister and I painted last week, those will be on sale at the Apex Table.

See you soon!

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Brownie Points

In Scottish folklore, brownies are hobgobliny imps that will do housework for you (and things like keep your milk from turning sour) if you treat them well and leave them proper tributes like bowls of porridge and honey. In America, Brownies wear chocolate miniskirts and beanies and sashes with nifty patches sewn on them by overwrought mothers. They go door to door with their little red wagons (or, at least, they used to before they set up a folding table in front of the Wal-Mart) and hock their cookies (they used to be called Peanut Butter Patties) and go to a camp (where they did not practice archery or learn how to make fires or rockets or model airplanes, because that is what BOY Scouts do). Easy or not, these little brown ducklings yearn to one day be green.

I never made it that far. And green is my favorite color.

Due to a series of unfortunate events at Summer Camp — which my mother never forced me to return to and we shall never speak of again — I quit Brownies after one fateful year (just long enough for Della to catch lice from trying on my beanie, apparently). It’s a shame — I was at an age when I really could have used a place to belong. Honestly, had Girl Scouts been a little more like Boy Scouts, I think I would have fit in a lot better. I’ve heard a lot of things have changed in the last…um…27 years (holy CRAP I’m old). For instance, Girl Scouts now have TALENT SHOWS. And the local troops here in PA have graciously asked me to be their MC. I said yes, of course. I sort of feel like I owe them.

The talent show is tonight at the Red Lion Junior High School, 200 Country Club Road, Red Lion, PA 17356-8637, 6:30 p.m.  Cost is $5.00, and all proceeds are being donated to the Family Partnership Campaign for Red Lion troops (aids in Girl Programming, Camp upkeep, etc).  EVERYONE is welcome to attend.

Performing will be: Troops 20443 and 20508 from St. John’s UCC in Red Lion, Troop 21027 from Bethany UMC in Red Lion, Troop 20692 from Bethany UMC in Red Lion (with special accompaniment on the drums by a troop dad),  Troop 20491 from Zion UMC in Red Lion, and Troop 20692 from Bethany UMC in Red Lion.

There will also be a silent basket auction…and you know those baskets are always full of some really cool stuff.

If you’re in the area, please join us!

(…and so help me god, if there are no Tagalongs, I may just walk right out. Again.)

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Fabulous First Friday

According to the York Dispatch, this month’s “Girl’s Night Out” First Friday was a rip-roaring success. Hooray!

Check back for an upcoming Genre Chick interview with local PA poetess Barbara Decesar! (Hint: If you go to her website, click on the stars below the quotes for more information. If you try to click on the bee, you’ll just sit there forever. Guess how I know.)

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2009 Southern Festival of Books (with pics)

The Young, Fanged, & Undead panel — David MacInnis Gill, Daniel Waters, Melissa de la Cruz, and me. We had a TON of fun. I love making new friends (barring David, whom I’ve known like forever). There are a few more pics here.

BFFs: The Soul-Seller, the Necromancer, the Vampiress, and the Princess

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