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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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TRIXTER Now Available on EBook!

Hello, everyone–I am pleased to announce today that my fairytale novella TRIXTER is now available in e-book!

Trixter is Book 2.5 of The Books of Arilland (Enchanted is 1, Hero is 2, Dearest is 3) and Volume 1 of The Trix Adventures. The cover was designed by the amazing Rachel Marks.

TRIXTER by Alethea KontisSome handy-dandy links for you to share:

Amazon

Nook

Kobo

Google Play

iBooks

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List of Fairy Tales Referenced in Enchanted

Because I get asked this so many times–and because I have the audiobook to refresh my memory–here’s a handy-dandy list for you. I am sure this is incomplete, but at the very least, these are all the stories I meant to include ON PURPOSE.

List of Fairy Tales, Nursery Rhymes, and Classic Fantasy Novels Referenced in Enchanted (in order of appearance…mostly)

Madeleine Lemaire - Les fées (1908)1. “Monday’s Child is Fair of Face” (Nursery rhyme)
2. Seventh son of a seventh son (trope)
3. Cu Chulainn (Irish myth)
4. “The Foundling” (Grimm)
5. “The Frog Prince” (Grimm)
6. “Snow White & Rose Red” (Grimm)
7. “The Red Shoes” (Andersen)
8. “The Princess & the Pea” (Andersen)
9. “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” (Grimm)
10. The Princess Bride (Goldman)
11. “Rumpelstiltskin” (Grimm)
12. “Rapunzel” (Grimm)
13. “There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe” (Nursery rhyme)
14. “Jack & the Beanstalk” (Grimm)
15. Robin Hood (English folklore)
16. “The Fairies” (aka “Diamonds & Toads”) (Perrault)
17. “Sleeping Beauty” (Grimm)
18. “What Little Boys are Made Of” (nursery rhyme)
19. “Cinderella” (Grimm)
20. “Snow White” (Grimm)
21. “Simple Simon” (Nursery rhyme)
22. “Fitcher’s Bird” (aka “Bluebeard) (Grimm/Perrault)
23. Comte de Saint Germain (French history/legend)
24. “One for Sorrow” (Nursery rhyme)
25. Tam Lin (Scottish ballad/legend)
26. The Darkangel (Pierce)
27. Beauty (McKinley)
28. The Secret Garden (Burnett)
29. “The Emperor’s New Clothes” (Andersen)
30. “The Goose Girl” (Grimm)
31. The Book of Three (Alexander)
32. “The Female of the Species” (Kipling)
33. “Sick” (Silverstein)
34. Anne of Green Gables (Montgomery)
35. Peter Pan (Barrie)
36. “Little Red Riding Hood” (Grimm)

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Princess Alethea Rants “The Twelve Huntsmen”

I’ve gotten Mom hooked on the show Orphan Black. We’re all caught up now, so every time a new one comes on it’s a big event for us.

When I uploaded my “The Twelve Huntsmen” rant yesterday, my friend Cris pointed out that this was pretty much a Grimm Brothers version of Orphan Black.

OMG THIS IS SO TRUE! See what you think:

As always, please watch, like & share…and if you are so inclined, support Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Rants for as little as $1 per rant!

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 25

Episode 25: “The Marvelous Minstrel”

The Marvelous Minstrel…or perhaps the PSYCHOPATH MINSTREL, because seriously…this guy is a jerk. The ASPCA would *not* approve. And, quite frankly, neither do I.

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

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Princess Alethea Rants About “The Marvelous Minstrel”

It’s Monday!

Happy New Fairy Tale Rant Day!

As always please watch, enjoy, share, and click on all the ads. 🙂

xox

 

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Princess Alethea Rants About “The Wolf & The Seven Kids”

A new fairy tale rant is live! Enjoy and share!

Morals of this story: Chew your food. And always hide in the clock box.

Caveat: The Fast Forward TV interview isn’t up yet — I’ll add the link in the video as soon as it is! xox

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 24

Episode 24: “The Companionship of the Cat and The Mouse”

 

A fairy tale in which…well…cats will be cats and mice will be mice, and that’s just the way of the world.

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

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Princess Alethea Rants About “The Fir Tree”

Now that I’ve run away for Christmas (decided on the Solstice to drive 9 hours down to Charleston SC to spend some of the holiday with my little sister & my parents), I am SUPER glad that I recorded this video last week. Hooray! (Now the challenge is going to be making sure I get one out *next* week…)

Without further ado, I bring you Princess Alethea’s Rant about “The Fir Tree.”

Happy Holidays! xox

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Princess Alethea Rants About “The Companionship of the Cat & Mouse”

Your fairy tale rant for today: “The Companionship of the Cat & Mouse”

WARNING: THIS ENDS BADLY.
Proceed with caution.

…and enjoy!

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