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Beautiful by Gaslight

The lovely, haunting book trailer for Leanna Renee Hieber‘s Darker Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul, coming in November!

Want more? Read the first 30 pages here!

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Some Divine Tree

I passed this sight coming home from the gym this morning…then backed up and took the picture.

This tree looks exceptionally important.

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Alpha Oops: H is for Halloween (Alphaoops!) by Alethea Kontis

Alpha Oops

by Alethea Kontis

Giveaway ends October 27, 2010.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Cool.

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10.10.10

No matter which side of the pond you live on, today was 10.10.10.

FGB and I didn’t *need* to drive past this road today on our way home from our friends’ wedding in NC, but it wasn’t too far out of the way. And this picture needed to happen.

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Why, yes, thank you.

I would love some Freaking Magical Unicorn Gum!

It’s a by-product of unicorns farting rainbows, apparently, and ThinkGeek has it on sale here. It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas, folks! (Dear Santa, don’t forget my UniCORN holders either, please.)

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Cool Stuff, Stumbled Upon

It’s nice to trip over something like this in a really obscure Google Alert about some search results done on a health website. Apparently, www.childrensbooksguide.com did a Top 100 Children’s Books of All Time. AlphaOops didn’t make Top 10 on their ABC book listing (DARN YOU, CHICKA CHICKA BOOM BOOM!), but it did make the Honorable Mention. I’m cool with that.

AlphaOops!: The Day Z Went First: If you have a kid who enjoys thinking outside the box then this title is sure to please! Illustrator Bob Kolar joins forces with author Alethea Kontis for a group of twenty six of the most unruly letters any alphabet has ever seen. Picture a classroom of disobedient and belligerent kids (complete with repeated requests for bathroom breaks, second turns and more) and you have a pretty good idea of what you are in store for with this wonderful book. A sure fire hit with anyone whose name has them commonly delegated to the end of any list, this time the end of the alphabet demands first position!
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Adding to The List

I’ve remembered a few items that I need to add to The Princess List:

22. Be in Mexico for Dia De Los Muertos (and see a parade)
23. Be in England for Guy Fawkes Day
24. See the sun set into the Pacific Ocean (July 2007)
25. Own a Hope Chest
26. See the D.C. Cherry Blossoms
27. Flush the toilet in the Southern Hemisphere

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The Princess List

I’ve been meaning to do this forever–and have been asked by countless people to do it–so without further ado, here it is: Princess Alethea’s List of Things to Do Before She Dies. I’ve had this list in my head since I was a very little girl, and I will try to remember as much as I can. I reserve the right to add to or alter things as I remember/do them. (I will simply strike through the ones I’ve accomplished.) Feel free to steal any of these things and put them on your own list.

And no, I will NOT call this a “bucket list.” In the Kontis family, buckets are something you throw up in.
“Daddy, I feel sick.”
“Do you need the bucket?”
The “bucket” wasn’t always an actual bucket–sometimes it was a trash can or other similar receptacle–but it was always referred to as the “bucket.” This is a list of my life goals. This is not a list I would like to associate–in any way, shape or form–to vomiting. (Except for the one about Deep Sea Fishing, which is explained via the link.)

1. Be published by the time I’m 30. (Apex Magazine/AlphaOops/Elemental – 1996)
2. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower. (1984)
3. See the Pyramids in Egypt
4. Climb the Castle at Chichen Itza (I’m not sure folks are allowed to do this anymore.)
5. See the Grand Canyon (1998)
6. Hug a tree in the rainforest
7. Stand on a iceberg
8. See a whale (in its natural habitat)
9. See the aurora borealis
10. See the sun *not* set on midsummer (somwhere in a polar circle)
11. See the redwood forest
12. Go deep sea fishing (I’m leaving this one unchecked, since my first attempt at deep sea fishing was such a disaster)
13. See the space shuttle launch (2007)
14. Go up in a hot air balloon
15. Go to the top of the Sears(Willis) Tower (2009)
16. Hit the New York Times bestseller list (The Dark-Hunter Companion – 1997)
17. Learn to sail
18. See a volcano (Oregon 2008 — I also saw the Goonies house & Haystack Rock!)
19. Ride a trolley in San Francisco (2008)
20. Run in a 5K race (2009)
21. Visit the Azores
22. Be in Mexico for Dia De Los Muertos (and see a parade)
23. Be in England for Guy Fawkes Day
24. See the sun set into the Pacific Ocean (July 2007)
25. Own a Hope Chest
26. See the D.C. Cherry Blossoms (2014)
27. Flush the toilet in the Southern Hemisphere
28. Win the Andre Norton Award (nominated: 2013, 2014)
29. Have a four-poster bed
30. Visit Niagara Falls (2014)

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Don’t Forget!

There’s still time to vote for this!

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Click on over to the first annual Apex Magazine Story of the Year Award and cast your ballot.

I do have a story on the ballot — “Poor Man’s Roses”, which appeared in October.

Voting will continue through January 30th. The story receiving the most votes will be announced on February 1st. The author of the Apex Magazine Story of the Year will receive a trophy and the unique distinction of being the best Apex had to offer during 2009.

…and we thank you for your support.

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AlphaOops: H is for Halloween is a Junior Library Guild Selection!

SWEET.

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