Nora Roberts MEGA-SIGNING at Turn the Page Friday!

Turn the Page WRW Signing 2011I’ll be at the Washington Romance Writers Retreat/Conference until next Tuesday, so don’t look for me online much. HOWEVER, I will be making an appearance with Nora Roberts and MANY OTHER FABULOUS WRW AUTHORS at the Pre-Retreat MEGA-SIGNING in Boonsboro, MD!

(This is the one that was filmed for CBS This Morning last year…who knows what media outlets will be around this year!)

Scheduled to attend: Mary Burton/Mary Ellen Taylor, Shiloh Walker, Darynda Jones, Dorien Kelly, Jane Porter, Sarah Wendell, Grace Burrowes, Sally MacKenzie, Alethea Kontis, Allison LeottaHope Ramsay,
Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Christine Trent, Willa Blair, Rebecca York, P. J. O’Dwyer

Full details can be found here at the Turn the Page website. See you there!

xox Alethea


IF YOU WOULD LIKE A BOOK SIGNED BY ME: Turn the Page is taking orders for the signing tomorrow — they will have me sign it while I am there and ship the book to you. If you are interested, please contact them!
Call: (301) 432-4588

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WRW’s Marlene Contest Now Open for Entries!

It’s that time of year again! And yes, before you ask, I completely support this contest and have no qualms about it having an entry fee. There needs to be a limited amount of entries, and all entrants will receive feedback on their manuscripts.

If you look closely, you’ll see that YOURS TRULY is the celebrity prize critiquer for the YA category, and my fabulous Fairy Godmother Editor at Harcourt Children’s Books is the celebrity judge!

Effectively, you will get what you pay for in this contest. So don’t delay!


‘Tis the season, not just for Santa, but for your chance to have your unpublished manuscript seen, critiqued and (for the finalists) win wonderful prizes, including evaluation by some of the top editors in the romance genre.  Three of our 2012 winners received book contracts, two of them as a direct result of the contest.

The Marlene Awards competition runs until midnight EST, January 15.  Complete information can be found at (, but let’s cut straight to the good stuff.  The finalist judges and prize critiquers in each category are:
Series Contemporary
Judge: Johanna Raisanen, Harlequin
Critique Author: Darlene Gardner

Single Title
Judge: Esi Sogah, Avon
Critique Author: Susan Donovan

Judge: Latoya Smith, Grand Central
Critique Author: Darynda Jones

Judge: Leah Hultenschmidt, Sourcebooks
Critique Author: Kieran Kramer

Romantic Elements
Judge: Rhonda Helms, Carina Press
Critique Author: Mary Burton

Young Adult
Judge: Reka Simonsen, Harcourt Children’s Books
Critique Author: Alethea Kontis

The winner in each category also receives a pendant in honor of her (or his) achievement.  All finalists receive certificates, and everyone who enters gets at least three fresh sets of eyes on their manuscript–a prize all by itself.

What are you waiting for? Enter today!

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After Lame, There is Only Awesome

a magical interview in which Avery Flynn and I are super punchy and MASSIVELY CUTE.

Also, I have no idea why it filmed backwards.

Oh  yeah…and you could win a copy of ENCHANTED!

Click on over to Avery’s blog & leave a comment. Be silly. Tell her I sent you. xox

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