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It’s An Honor to be Nominated…Again!

I’ve had a really strange experience with contests in the RWA (Romance Writers Association).

The year Enchanted came out, I asked my publisher for a box of books so that I might submit them to a bunch of RWA Chapter contests. I mean, Enchanted won the Gelett Burgess Award right out of the gate, so it was a shoe in for any others, right? I wanted to win them all. I especially wanted the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal (FF&P) Chapter‘s coveted PRISM award, since my bestie Leanna had walked away with TWO the previous year.

Leanna Renee Hieber: Award Winning Goofball Whom I Love to Death

I spent a LOT of money in shipping and contest entry fees. I submitted to about six Chapter contests. Enchanted finaled in only one of them.

Le sigh.

Even worse, in the confusion my publisher assumed I had taken the reins completely and was sending books and fees in to every RWA contest…which meant Enchanted completely missed being submitted to the RITA for consideration at all.

Le double-sigh.

This year, I saved my time and money. I did not enter any of the RWA Chapter contests. Hero was submitted for the RITA by my publisher, per usual. Due to some new rules-wrangling, the RITA Awards won’t even have a YA category this year.

Le triple-sigh.

HOWEVER…I lied. I did submit to one Chapter contest. I didn’t tell my publisher about it. (Heck, I don’t even think I told the Mermaids about it.) At the very last second, the 11th hour, last-call for submissions, I entered Hero into the PRISM. And then, as always, life got crazy and I just forgot about it…

…until now, when I just opened the email telling me that Hero is a finalist for this year’s PRISM Award, to be presented at RWA Nationals in San Antonio. And I just so happen to be attending Nationals this year because Kerri Mermaid talked me into being her roommate.

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks, Kerri.

Now if I win that darned thing, I promise to take a picture just like Leanna’s. 🙂

Hero Paperback Cover

 

 

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Alethea’s BEA 2014 Schedule

Signing at FaerieCon East 2013For those friends attending BEA — here’s where I’ll be:

May 29-June 1
BEA
New York, NY
* Thursday May 29, 11am signing at SFWA Booth
* Thursday May 29, 7pm Audie Awards
* Friday May 30, 2pm signing at SFWA booth
* Saturday May 31 10am signing at RWA Booth

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So far, for side activities I also plan to attend the BAEN party on Friday night, and Lady Jane’s Salon on Monday evening (I’m not performing, just attending).

Also, it looks like I will be signing HARDCOVER COPIES OF HERO during all of these signings. My publisher made it sound like there won’t be enough (or any?) DEAREST ARCs available…but last year I signed about four boxes of HERO ARCs for five hours that weren’t supposed to be there either. So you never know. I won’t hold my breath, and just hope to be pleasantly surprised.

Hope to see you there!

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My DABWAHA Starts…NOW.

VOTE FOR HERO!

Starting right now — 12:00pm CST — you (and all your friends!) may vote for my bracket in the DABWAHA. Click here: http://dabwaha.com/ , vote for Hero, and do it quick! Voting for this bracket ends at midnight tonight.

Thank you all so much…to me you are all BIG DAMN HEROES.

HEROES VOTE FOR HERO!

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Fairyleaks

You would be amazed the the number of things we, as professional authors, are not allowed to announce to the public. Book deals, cover art, bestseller list placement and awards…just to name a few.

In this Age of the Intarwebs, however, it’s tough to keep things under wraps. So it actually *thrills* me when someone leaks something (especially cover art), because at that point I am (usually) allowed to announce it, without taking any of the blame on myself for forcing the information to go viral.

With that, I give a hearty thanks to the Librarian and Artist who recently posted the cover for DEAREST and the cover art for the paperback of HERO.

Aren’t they GORGEOUS?!?!? xox

Dearest, coming Feb 3, 2015

HERO paperback, coming Jan 2015

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School Library Journal Loves HERO

It’s odd for a major review like this to appear so long after the book’s release…but better late than never! Also, I wholeheartedly support comparisons to the TV show Once Upon a Time.

Some of us little people should benefit from The Giant Hammer of Disney, right?

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Hero, October 1, 2013KONTIS, Alethea. Hero. Bk. 2. 304p. (Woodcutter Sisters Series). Houghton Harcourt. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780544056770. LC 2013003895.

Gr 6 Up–This sequel to Enchanted (Houghton Harcourt, 2012) follows a different sister in the Woodcutter family. Saturday seems to have no magical talents of her own, but instead relies on an enchanted sword given to her as a gift. Shortly after the novel begins, her “cousin-brother,” Trix, runs away from home when he receives bad news about his biological mother. Saturday vows to bring him back. The heroine and her mother set sail with Thursday, the pirate sister. While onboard, Saturday is captured by an enormous bird and taken to a cave on the highest mountaintop where an evil witch resides. There, the teen meets Peregrine of Starburn, who was cursed and forced to pretend to be the witch’s daughter, and his companion Betwixt, a chimera. Saturday, Peregrine, and Betwixt undertake a fast-paced adventure to keep the witch from casting a spell that will open a portal to the demon realm and destroy their world. Fans of the television show Once Upon a Time will definitely enjoy this fractured fairy tale that references many well-known stories.

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HERO on the Web Today

This weekend’s launch was FABULOUS…pics to come soon!

In the meantime, I’ve got some GREAT stuff out there on ye olde intarwebs today:

Carrie S. reviewed HERO for Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. The book received a hard-earned B+ from this exceptionally tough review site, and I’m honored! Click on over to see if you agree with her assessment.

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I Smell Sheep is hosting an exceptionally fun character interview with Saturday Woodcutter. I had so much fun doing a character interview with Sunday last year, that I really wanted to do it again, and Sharon was all too happy to host my “punch first and ask questions later” heroine. Click here for much amusement.

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Also falling under the category of “things that will make you laugh on a Monday”, I wrote a craft piece for the RWA’s Future, Fantasy & Paranormal blog about how dating some really big jerk helped me learn how to become a better writer…by stealing. Click here to read “Queen of Thieves.”

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And there’s more…on the way soon! xox

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Hero Book Tour Calendar

Where HERO will be appearing in the next week!

Oct 3 – Hightlighting The Missing Piece on I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
Review at Books for Kids
Oct 4 – Podcast with Bennet Pomeranz
Review of Hero on Colorimetry
Oct 5 – Hero LAUNCH PARTY at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA
Oct 7 —  Character interview with Saturday Woodcutter at I Smell Sheep
Oct 8 – “A Twist in the Tail” at A Backwards Story
Review at JL Mbewe
Oct 10-15 – GRAND FINALE

 

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Geek Girls and Big Ideas

Today on the HERO Book Tour, we have:

My “The Big Idea” essay, hosted by John Scalzi, in which I talk about…well…the big idea behind HERO. Which is always fun! ANd John is a particular hero of MINE, so it’s an honor to have an essay on his site.

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Another one-of-a-kind Fairy Tale Rant Video for www.geekgirlinlove.com, in which I rant about Petronella and “Master Maid,” the original fairy tales behind HERO (the ones fewer people are apparently familiar with). Click here to watch!

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I talk about “The Book Shelf I Can’t Live Without” over at Mel’s Shelves, complete with picture and accompanying list of titles I’d be surprised if you’ve heard of.

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And today’s quote…since I’ve been remiss about posting the quotes (but you can always find them all on Tumblr)

A Sword and a Destiny

 

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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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Happy Book Birthday, Dear HERO!

There will be a lot more from me on the intarwebs later, now that I’ve finished the manuscript for Beloved (*fanfare*), but first I’m gonna relax a bit. Right after I say…

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY, HERO!

Hero, October 1, 2013

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