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It’s been a busy week leading up the Florida move (I say, from a balcony window seat currently overlooking Niagara Falls) — I’ve posted lots of things all over the intarwebs, but I’ve been remiss about linking them on the blog.

So here you go!

Last Monday’s Fairy Tale Rant (remember, if you’d like to pitch in and donate $1 or more for every Fairy Tale Rant that gets posted, head over to my Patreon site and become a Patron of the Arts!)

I’ve also updated the Official ENCHANTED Book Trailer, so that it’s not just for last year’s SYNC program anymore. Please enjoy and share with new friends and fans!

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Princess Alethea Rants “Clever Gretel”

Happy Monday — a new fairy tale rant is live!

Today, Princess Alethea rants about the Grimms’ tale “Clever Gretel.” Watch, enjoy, and share! xox

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Princess Alethea Rants About “Briar Rose”

A new fairy tale rant for you!

No, the original title was NOT “Sleeping Beauty”…

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Fairy Tale Video Monday

Here’s your treat for today, from my reading at Capclave this past weekend!

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Princess Alethea Rants About Rumpelstiltskin

Debz BookshelfGood morning, my darlings!

On this lovely first day of the HERO BLOG TOUR (*fanfare*), we bring to you the awesomeness that is one of Princess Alethea’s Classic Fairy Tale Rants.

Deb from Debz’s Bookshelf requested specifically that I rant about one of her favorites, “Rumpelstiltskin.” And I had so much fun, I once again thought, “Hey…I should really do more of these…”

But first, I have a book to write. In the meantime, check this out! xox

Hero Prism Tour

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Un-Oopsing the Alphabet

In this cute YouTube video, a young fan reads all of the AlphaOops letters…in order.

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ENCHANTED Book Trailer

This one wasn’t made by me — it was done by a fan, completely without my knowledge. Which is why you always need to sign up for Google Alerts…because THIS IS EPICALLY AWESOME.

I encourage you all to visit YouTube and tell her how much you love it too!

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“The Scientist’s Daughter” now live on YouTube!

Back in the summer of 2009, Stephen Segal at Weird Tales started a series called One-Minute Weird Tales, in which supershort flash fiction was set to music and aired on YouTube.

At Dragon*Con that year Stephen asked me to write something for this series, and I did. I even picked out the music. But while it was an awesome Alethea Kontis story, it wasn’t quite right for Weird Tales. Stephen later left Weird Tales and moved on, I later left Tennessee and moved on…though I always had it on the backburner to put the story an music together myself and post it to YouTube.

THREE YEARS LATER, here we are. Enjoy!

(Thanks again to Ego Likeness for “Burn Witch Burn”, used with permission.)

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MoA&A Interview #31: Zoraida Córdova

So here we are…the very last day of July’s Month of Artist & Author interviews! It’s been another super-fun ride. I’ve been honored to host such amazing creators. As always, I encourage you to check them out.  If you missed any, don’t worry, you can still find them all on the Interviews Tab.

I was *this* close to letting Elaine Isaak close out this month yesterday with just an overview today…but I can’t skimp on you guys. YOU DESERVE THE WHOLE MONTH!

So when my YouTube digest came in with the newest Vlog from my gorgeous new author friend from NYC Zoraida Córdova, I knew I had to drop her a line. Zoraida was one of the women who performed with me at the May Lady Jane’s Salon reading, and I later joined her at her own launch party for her novel The Vicious Deep. If you’re a fan of mermaids (like I am), you need to be into this book. The sequel, The Savage Blue, releases in January of 2013.

Zoraida, darling, much love to you and your incredibly supportive family. Thank you so much for being my finale!

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Author or Artist?
Artist!

Who are your professional role models?
My MOM. Also, Libba Bray, Holly Black, and Ryan Lochte because he is a professional merman.

What’s your favorite writing/sketching weather?
Thunder with a chance of rain.

Set your current playlist/musical device to “shuffle all” and hit PLAY. What’s the first song that comes up?
18 & Life – Skid Row (don’t judge me.)

If you could win any award, which would it be?
The best hair award

Would you rather have magical powers, or a spaceship?
Magical powers.

What was your favorite book as a child?
The Little Leftover Witch

What thing do you wish you could go back in time and tell your 10-year-old self?
Don’t wear the pink lycra.

What’s your favorite constellation?
I don’t really know any. I just like looking up at the stars.

What’s your favorite fairy tale?
Errrr….. “The Little Mermaid.”  [LOL Raise your hand if you’re surprised! ~Alethea]

What thing are you most proud of?
My family. We all left everything to come to America in pursuit of better things.

The Colin Harvey Memorial Question: Name 3 things on your List of Things to Do Before You Die.
1. Travel — Greece, Italy, England, Denmark, Egypt, Ireland, Scotland, Australia.
2. Write the best novel I possibly can.
3. Be loved.

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Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where she learned to speak English by watching Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker on repeat. Her favorite things are sparkly like merdudes, Christmas, and New York City at night. You can find Zoraida online at http://www.zoraidawrites.com. Watch her vlog on her ZoraidaLand YouTube Channel.

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10 out of 10!

While I was doing the YouTube research on my Making Money blog post yesterday, I came across something very fun.

Out of curiosity, I typed “Alethea Kontis” into the YouTube search function to see if any of my videos or deleted scenes (or interviews at Dragon*Con, or fan videos of various panels) came up first.

Surprisingly, what came up first — with almost 600 views! — was this video review of Enchanted from the incredibly cute girl at Reading Rhino. (“Oh, I’m a girl…in a forest…” LOL) Happily and wonderfully, ReadingRhino gives Enchanted a 10 out of 10!

*happy dance*

Thank you, ReadingRhino!

Check out the SUPERCUTE review here for yourself!

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