Me and My STARs Featured in Hometown News!

STAR Hometown News clipping It’s always a blast to find yourself in the local paper. Even more interesting is the perspective.

What you see here is a bunch of fun-loving romance writers whooping it up in the Great Outdoors. What I see is the Mikey Mason t-shirt I wore in honor of Mikey making some Grand Proclamation that morning to his Patreon followers…and the heart that Amy gave me after taking this photo, the one I wrote Kathryn‘s name on days later when she was going through her complicated heart surgery. I prayed she was going to make it. She did not. But I will light my candles and smile for her anyway, and dance and sing with my writing friends, because that’s exactly what she would have wanted.

The STARs were my first friends in Florida (apart from Bianca, who kidnapped me immediately and claimed me for her own BFF.) They remain some of my dearest friends to this day. THEY GET ME. It is so important to have people in your life who get you.

As I say in this article: “When I first moved here, I didn’t know anyone. The members of STAR instantly welcomed me and understood how important my career was to me. We brainstorm, share trials and errors, tips and tricks, and support one another as often as we can.”

Happy Valentine’s Day, my Best Beloveds!

Read the full article HERE.

Find out more about the SpacecoasT Authors of Romance HERE.

STAR Valentines Day Hometown News 2018

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Starred Review for ENCHANTED in Kirkus!

As promised, here’s that FABULOUS review from Kirkus! It still makes me giddy. (My favorite parts are in bold.)

Author: Kontis, Alethea

Review Issue Date: February 15, 2012
Online Publish Date: February 5, 2012
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin
Pages: 320
Price ( Hardcover ): $16.99
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-0-547-65470-4
Category: Fiction

Readers who get past the generic title and an off-puttingly generic cover will discover a fabulous fairy-tale mashup that deserves hordes of avid readers.

Sunday Woodcutter is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, living in the shadow of the memory of her eldest brother, Jack Junior, who disappeared on a cursed quest of his own. Sunday’s siblings each have their own fates and secrets. Her sisters range from twins Monday and Tuesday (Tuesday was danced to death) to Friday, who works magic with a needle; among her brothers is Trix, who is a changeling. It is Sunday, however, who becomes fast friends with a talking frog, and it is Sunday’s kiss that frees him—except she doesn’t know. Kontis has deeply and vividly woven just about every fairy character tale readers might half-remember into the fabric of her story: the beanstalk, the warrior maiden, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and some darker ones, too. She does this so seamlessly, and with such energy and good humor, that readers might miss a few references, caught up instead in Sunday’s cheer and vivacity, or in Grumble-the-Frog/Rumbold-the-Prince’s intense romantic nature (and his longing for his long-dead mother, the queen).

Absolutely delectable; if it has more fripperies and furbelows than are strictly speaking necessary, it makes up for that in the wizardly grace of its storytelling. (Fantasy. 12-18)


(Preorder ENCHANTED from Amazon here!)

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When You Wish Upon a Star

Reports have been trickling in from those folks who have a subscription to Kirkus — ENCHANTED has received a coveted STARRED book review!

The review begins thusly: “Readers who get past the generic title and an off-puttingly generic cover will discover a fabulous fairy-tale mashup that deserves hordes of avid readers.”

Now, before you all get upset about the fact that this reviewer didn’t warm to the title or the cover, please remember that: 1.) the title is always at the publisher’s discretion, 2.) the folks at Barnes & Noble loved the cover so much that they are going to support the book very nicely, and 3.) Reviewers almost always have to dislike SOMETHING. This reviewer chose the cover, found it wanting, and happily did not judge the book buy it.

YOU GUYS love the cover, and that’s all that matters in the end, isn’t it?

If the WORST thing they can say is that they don’t like the cover, SO BE IT. The rest of the review — trust me — is exceedingly kind and makes me want to buy the reviewer a bouquet of flowers. And a cake. With a sexy nude model inside it.

Unfortunately, if you don’t have a Kirkus subscription, I feel uncomfortable about spilling the beans before the publication date, so check back here on February 15th to see just what this reviewer thinks of ENCHANTED!


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My PW Star, in the flesh

Here’s the review in full.

They got my name, the title, and the ISBN right this time. AND a star. I really couldn’t be happier.


AlphaOops: H is for Halloween

Alethea Kontis, illus. by Bob Kolar, Candlewick, $15.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-7636-3966-2
In a raucous follow-up to AlphaOops! The Day Z Went First, chaos ensues when the letters of the alphabet put on a disorderly stage production about Halloween. Z insists that H kick things off, and the letters show off their costumes–G is a goblin, V a vampire–except for B, whose buccaneer and blackbird ideas are stolen by P (a pirate) and C (a crow). The letters appear in correct order along the bottom of the pages, but with a surplus of witty asides, the emphasis is on fun. Ages 4–8. (July)

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