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…


Hero, October 1, 2013

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ENCHANTED now in Paperback!

I am proud to announce the birth of MY VERY FIRST NOVEL OUT IN PAPERBACK today!

Please buy ten copies for yourself and a few for all your friends. Make sure your local library has one, and your school library, and your kid’s classroom. Then tell everybody you know.  WE CAN HIT THE NEW YORK TIMES, PEOPLE!

Also, the book is GORGEOUS.

The paperback of ENCHANTED makes its pre-release debut!

...and a REALLY great quote on the front.

Some really great quotes on the back...

Get Enchanted in paperback on Amazon now for only $8.00!

If audio is more your style, don’t feel left out: the Audie Award-nominated Enchanted audiobook is now only $8.99!

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YALSA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults

From the YALSA site:

Each year, YALSA presents the Best Fiction for Young Adults list after ALA’s Midwinter Meeting. This year’s list of 102 books was drawn from 200 official nominations. The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list comprises a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, science fiction and novels in verse.

In addition to the full list, the Best Fiction for Young Adults committee also created a Top Ten list of titles from the final list, denoted here by an asterisk.

(and then, further down the alphabetical list…)

*Kontis, Alethea. Enchanted. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Harcourt Children’s Books, 2012; ISBN 13: 9780547645704; $16.99.

Sunday’s child may be able to find her story with the help of ….a frog.


I cannot express my sheer amount of joy and overwhelming love I have for librarians right now. Thank you all so very much!!!

For the full list of REALLY GREAT BOOKS, click here!

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis


Edited to add: Not to be outdone, ENCHANTED on audio also made the Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list!

I am having a very, VERY good day.


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SALE: Two Book Deal with Harcourt for ENCHANTED Sequels!

You know I’ve been working on it, and those of you who saw me on book tour this summer got the scoop, but the stars have finally aligned and I can officially make the announcement: Harcourt has signed me on to do two more books in the Enchanted series!!!

And there was much rejoicing.

*snoopy dance*



Alethea Kontis, New York Times bestselling co-author of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Companion and bestselling author of the AlphaOops! series of picture books, saw her debut novel, Enchanted, launch early this May and instantly garner the coveted Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award. Hot on the heels of Enchanted‘s breakout success, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt offered Kontis a nice, two-book deal to further the fairy tale adventures of the Woodcutter sisters. The books, tentatively entitled Hero and Beloved, will follow the lives of sisters Saturday and Friday, respectively. HMH plans to release the titles in the fall of 2013 and 2014.


Ideally, of course, there will be seven book in the series, one about each sister. PLEASE KEEP BUYING THEM SO I CAN STAY IN PRINT!! xox

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Enchanted at Barnes & Noble

I am officially on bookstore shelves around the country!


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It’s my first novel ever. And it’s really real.


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Why I Am Giddy This Morning

My friend Brian Hardin scanned this in for me and posted it on FB this morning.
There isn’t a squee big enough to convey exactly how much this means to me.


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She’s Back, Baby!

That’s right — I’m back from Dragon*Con, the Internet is back up, and now my website is cooperating so I can post again!

Of course, I still have that pesky bookstore day job (and Fairy Goddaughter the Elder’s Birthday) so you won’t get all the info at once…but you’re okay with that, and I thank you for your patience.

Here’s a seriously great interview that K. Tempest Bradford did with Leanna Renee Hieber and me the Saturday of Dragon*Con between the Yule Ball and the Time Travelers Ball (that’s right–we were ball-hopping). In it, Leanna and I chat (in more of a conversation-chat than a Q&A presentation, which is lovely) about the wonders and difficulties of being SF fans and pros at the same time. I also make a secret announcement about an as-yet-unannouced project I am very squeeish about. You can check it out here.

Not only Dragon*Con happened over the weekend — on Friday, the only other Books-a-Million in the area announced its closing–on top of the Borders closing–so over the holidays our tiny little store is going to be the only game in town.It’s not even Halloween. Yes, I am scared. But only so many customers can fit in our store at a time, so I’m not *that* scared…

But I may need to start looking for another job. Like, yesterday.

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They Won!!!

Janet & Jim just won the Eisner for Best Graphic Album (New). Squeeeeeeee!! Let the happy dancing commence.

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Sale: SUNDAY (the novel) to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Here it is, everybody, the big announcement you’ve been waiting for! It’s official: my debut novel SUNDAY has been bought by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for publication!

From Publisher’s Lunch:
NYT bestselling co-author Alethea Kontis’s Young Adult novel debut, SUNDAY, about the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, youngest sister to the other six days of the weeks, who writes stories that may or may not come true, and the enchanted frog/prince who asks her about those stories and may or may not be falling in love with their author, to Reka Simonsen at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s by Deborah Warren of East/West Literary Agency, LLC. (World excluding audio)

Right now, the proposed pub date is 2012…but don’t fret, my chickadees. 2012 is right around the corner. And worry not, for I have many other new and fun things in store for you to whet your appetite until then! I’ll keep you posted!

But in the meantime….PARTAY!!!! WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!

*Princess Happy Dance*

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