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AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER–The Unicorn Hunter: A Tale of Arilland

So I tied Bianca to a chair and forced her to listen to “The Unicorn Hunter” on audio…okay so maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but not much. It *is* still one of my favorite stories. That night, Bianca went to work her shift at Cafe Tu Tu Tango and she started the painting that would become the cover for the second chapbook in the Fairy Tales of Arilland series!

I present to you the AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS The Unicorn Hunter...now available for preorder!

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Release Date: April 24, 2018

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Once upon a time, a princess was born with hair as black as ebony, lips as red as blood, and skin as white as snow.

After the huntsman and before the dwarfs—while she was all alone in that great forest—the princess met a demon. He was hunting unicorns. And what bait could better snare his prey than the fairest of them all?

This is the secret tale that the princess never shared with the world.
This is the true story.

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You can own your very own print of Bianca’s The Unicorn Hunter cover art–order here: http://biancaart.storenvy.com/products/23186775-the-unicorn-hunter-8×10-print

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NEW RELEASE ALERT–The Glass Mountain” A Tale of Arilland

Happy book birthday to The Glass Mountain! The first in a long line of books for both me and Bianca to sign at conventions…

On the way to her wedding, brave and clever Princess Sabine falls into a Glass Mountain, where she is trapped with a crotchety, smelly man she calls “Old Rinkrank.” The two form a unique, unlikely friendship while working to escape.

Alethea Kontis’s take on this classic Grimms’ fairy tale is a dark, yet optimistic novelette of magic, mystery, and love.

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Preorder e-book and paperback: Amazon | Nook | Kobo | iTunes

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In Which Professor Blake Posts My Homework Assignment on the Internet

threeIt’s true: Professor Theodosia Blake, Head Witch of Harmswood Academy in my Nocturne Falls Universe series, was named after my dear friend Deborah Blake.

Deborah is a witchy professor in her own right–she’s written multiple books for Llewellyn on the subject. She also penned a fantastic series based around the mythology of the legendary witch Baba Yaga.

In fact, I first met (read: fell in love with) Deborah when we sat next to each other on a panel at Coastal Magic and she began talking about her series. I thought to myself, 1.) She absolutely knows what she’s talking about when it comes to fairy tales 2.) I need to get this series and 3.) I bet we’d be friends.

Turns out, she was thinking much the same thing! Oh, yeah. KINDRED SPIRITS.

Deborah is going to be part of the cast of Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow when it makes its debut at Coastal Magic this year, so Deborah and I were having an email chat. At which point she asked me if I would like to be a guest on her blog.

“Sure!” I said, because Besphinxed was coming out–it’s the witchiest of all my Nocturne Falls Universe books so far, so it felt entirely appropriate.

“Great!” she said. “Write me 500 words on the nuances of retelling fairy tales from different points of view and have it on my desk by Monday.”

So I did. You can read it HERE.

Yeah, I know…I’ve always been a teacher’s pet. What can I say? I LIKED SCHOOL.

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NEW RELEASE ALERT: Once Upon a Quest (Fairy Tale Anthology)

The “Once Upon” series has been so much fun to be a part of…I’m honored to have been included since the first volume. We’ve done Curses and Kisses…this time, it’s all about Quests!

And THIS COVER! Christine shared the art she was going to use before I started writing my story, and I was so incredibly inspired that the character Kira Kobold was 100% based on our cover model. Like, I’m not even kidding. The way I set up my computer screen, “Kira” stared at me with all that warrior-like intensity the entire time I was writing.

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When adventure calls, the bold of heart will answer…

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LIMITED TIME: 99 cents across all platforms!

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Contains Alethea’s short story “The Goblin and the Treasure,” a fairy tale retelling of Hans Christian Andersen.

Out-of-work soldier Kira Kobold is handpicked by the High Wizard Zelwynn to go on a quest. Her companions? A growly ogress, a surly dwarf, a dimwitted troll, and an overly optimistic goblin. The goal? To find the Lost Treasure of Zelwynn, misplaced long ago somewhere in the Great Mountains. This wasn’t exactly the quest she was looking for…

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Faerie Freebies for Fairy Day!

 

Need to feed that
Faerie Tale addiction?
Get 9 Faerie Tale
Books FREE
June 24th
July 1st only!
 
Click on the following links to claim your free books:
 
War of the Fae Book 1 By
Elle Casey
Faelorehn: The Otherworld Series
Book 1
by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
Tales of Arilland by Alethea
Kontis
Falling For Fire by Talia
Jager
Dark Promise by Talia Jager
Feyland: The Dark Realm by
Anthea Sharp
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Today’s Blog Offerings

HERO landed in bookstores today, and exploded all over the intarwebs in a big way!

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At the Waterworld Mermaids, I blog about my spectacular, almost supernatural ability to pull off things at the Last Minute. Includes a few stats on Beloved, the first draft of which I finished last night around 11pm. (Click here to read and enter to win the Blog Tour Basket!)

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Over at Mary Robinette Kowal‘s blog, I talk about “My Favorite Bit” of HERO and its Shakespearean origins. I absolutely LOVE this essay. It’s possibly my favorite entry of the tour. (Click here to read!)

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The gorgeous Ms. Book Queen has posted her own review of HERO today, in conjunction with a chance to win a signed copy of Enchanted. (Click here to read and enter!)

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HERO is Justine Magazine‘s Most Fun Fairy Tale for Teen Read Week! Click here to read some really fun Spark Girl reviews!

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Another fabulous review at Library of a Book Witch…by someone who *gets* the old-school fairy tale references!

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A really fun interview with MOI over at Tressa’s Wishful Endings! I talk about damsels in distress and my all-time favorite fairy tales.

Hero Birthday!

 

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Music Monday (Fairy Tale Edition)

Every Monday while I’m on book tour for Enchanted, I’m going to share a fun music video that features love, fairy tales, magic, or my inspirations.

Today’s song is “Presto” by Rush.

Back in the late 80’s, my best friend Casey and I heard a song on the radio with the lyrics: I am made from the dust of the stars and the oceans flow in my veins. We loved this so much that we wrote the quote on every notebook we owned and attributed it to Anonymous.

You can imagine my joy, many years later, the day a friend played this song in his car.

This video only a visual of the album cover, but the sound quality is decent.

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 21

Episode 21: “The Golden Key” (1:16)

This should hardly qualify as an episode of the podcast, as the tale of The Golden Key is little over a minute long. The tale itself is just as disappointing…with sort of a “Lady and the Tiger” ending. It makes me wonder why the Grimm Brothers would have included it in their folk tales at all. Any boy who finds a key — golden or otherwise — and a box is going to try and open the box. Right??

 

 

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 14

Episode 14: “Cinderella” (16:20)

I meant to post this famous fairy tale last week for Mother’s Day. Of all the fairy tales, I feel this one most epitomizes a mother’s love for her daughter. (If it hadn’t been for those angelic pigeons, Cinderella would have been royally screwed.) Upon reading it again, I noted two things: 1.) Cinderella is a total crybaby and 2.) Cinderella’s father is a complete jerk. Wow. Seriously. Listen and tell me what you think.

“Cinderella” by the Brothers Grimm, read by Alethea Kontis

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