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2017 Releases–A Complete List

This list is for those Princess Alethea completists out there. And for me, on those days when I feel like a complete failure for not producing enough.

Books

The Truth About Cats & Wolves: A Nocturne Falls Universe NovelThe Truth About Cats and Wolves (Jan)
When Tinker Met Bell (Sept)
The Simi’s ABCs (Dec 19th)

 

Short stories/novellettes

“The Glass Mountain” (novelette, fairy tale–Jan, Once Upon a Kiss)
“Grim Repo” (short story, noir comedy–Nov, Hardboiled Horror)
“The Meddlesome Misadventures of Merri and Bright” (novelette, pnr romantic comedy–Nov, Merry & Bright)

 

TalesofArilland AudioAudiobooks / Audio Short Stories (written by me)

Tales of Arilland (narrated by Gabrielle Baker)
The God of Last Moments” (narrated by Michael Sanguinetti)
Red Lantern” (narrated by Michael Sanguinetti)
Counterclockwise” (narrated by Danielle O’Farrell)
The Giant & The Unicorn” (narrated by Lara K. Crawford)
Messenger: Dearest, Chapter 20” (narrated by Alethea Kontis)

 

Audiobooks / Audio Short Stories (read by me)

“Old Spice Love Knot: A Nova Scotia Ghost Story” by Steve Vernon (Audible)
“Below the Serapeum” by Kelsey Dean (Cast of Wonders)
“Given Sufficient Desperation” by Bogi Takács (Escape Pod)
“In the Woods, My Voice” by Rati Mehrotra (IGMS)
“After the Matilda Briggs Went Down” by Michael D. Winkle (IGMS)
“A Century of Princes” by H.L. Fullerton (IGMS)

 

Essays

Another Word: What Authors Owe Us” (Clarkesworld)

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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: http://www.castofwonders.org/2013/05/19/ep-80-small-magics-by-alethea-kontis/

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Uh-LEE-thee-uh

People are always wondering how to say my name. Every so often, I have to make a post and remind them.

Thanks to clever Audacity and the fabulous microphone on my Powerbook, I can say it for you aloud so there is no misunderstanding. READY?!?

Say it with me: ALETHEA KONTIS

Now I’m going to stick this on my FAQs.

Hooray for technology!

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 15

Episode 15: “The Little Folks’ Presents” (5:41)

Yet another cautionary tale about the dangers of greed. You know, I really wish karma worked this well and this swiftly in real life.

 

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 9

Episode 9: “The Old Woman in the Wood” (5:27)

This is a really fabulous tale–it’s a wonder why it’s not more popular. It’s got all the great elements: a stranded serving girl, murdering thieves, benevolent wild birds with keys, trees full of food and clothes and beds, and an old witch that the serving girl must defeat by following specific rules. CLASSIC fairy tale stuff. So why isn’t this one a “classic?” Because the girl’s not a silly princess? Harumph.

 

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 7

Episode 7: “Rumplestiltskin” (6:30)

Lucky Number Seven and St. Patrick’s Day can only mean one thing: today’s the day for our favorite little fairy tale elf, Rumplestiltskin.

For once, the original version of this tale is pretty much the version everyone knows. I have, however, given Rumpy a bit of brogue in honor of the day.

And, as the Irish say:
“May the best day of your past
Be the worst day of your future.”

Check out Princess Alethea’s YouTube Rant about this fairy tale HERE.

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 6

Episode 6: “Rapunzel” (8:20)

In which the prince is blinded, Rapunzel gets knocked up, and the tears of true love save the day.

“Rampion” is indeed another word for rapunzel. It is a flowering plant native to Europe and western Asia. Its flowers are usually purple, but can also appear blue, white, or pink.

The “ell” is a unit of measurement, roughly the length of a man’s arm. The length of an ell varies from country to country. A rough estimate puts “twenty ells” at about 60-75 feet high.

[Edited with thanks to Brian Dolton, who fixed my bad math.]

Check out Princess Alethea’s YouTube Rant about this fairy tale HERE.

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 4

Episode 4: “The Giant and The Tailor” (4:42)

One of the less-popular Giant Tales, those of you with difficult employers will definitely appreciate this one.

It also illustrates one of my favorite writing quotes from author James Maxey: “Swagger when you lie.”

 

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 3

Episode 3: “Sweet Porridge” (1:34)

The moral of this story is that you should always read the instructions first. Especially when dealing with an Enchanted Object.

Hope you’re hungry!

Check out Princess Alethea’s YouTube Rant about this fairy tale HERE.

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Audio: “A Multiple Choice Love Story”

The July issue of Apex Magazine is now online for your reading pleasure!

I had a BLAST reading this month’s audio fiction: “A Multiple Choice Love Story” by Terra LeMay. It was a fun read, because of all the parenthetical inserts and possible alternatives as the story goes on — it was a challenge to read aloud that I took up immediately. I had to decide what voices I was going to read the parenthesis in…a different enough voice so that the listener would still have the same awesome experience as reading all the grammatical paradigms, but not an accent that would be too distracting.

Click HERE to give it a listen. Let me know what you think.

Don’t be too confused when you click over — the title listed is “Shrödinger’s Pussy.” When you click to play the audio, you’ll hear me tell you it’s “A Multiple Choice Love Story.” Such is the way of ever-shifting titles in publishing…we just like to keep you on your toes.It’s our was of thinking outside the box.

Enjoy!

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