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Princess Alethea Rants "Clever Gretel"

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Happy Monday -- a new fairy tale rant is live!

Today, Princess Alethea rants about the Grimms' tale "Clever Gretel." Watch, enjoy, and share! xox

A Sad Day

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AlphaOops: The Day Z Went FirstI am sad to report that after eight happy years, Candlewick is finally putting ALPHAOOPS: THE DAY Z WENT FIRST out of print in hardcover.

There are only about 50 left in existence at the publisher -- if you've ever wanted one--for you or as a gift for a friend -- now's the time to pick one up. You guys get whatever you want, and then I'll buy the rest.

I still hate that this is happening before AlphaOops: Christmas ever had a shot. There is a sadness in my heart, deep down, and I'm not sure it will ever go away. <3

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0763627283/wwwaletheakon-20

DABWAHA Round Two!

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VOTE FOR HERO, from now until midnight CST tonight!
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photo credit: EternaLegend via DeviantART
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There are only 90 minutes left, and as of now, only six votes separate HERO and the competition. It's been neck and neck for almost 12 hours straight. GAH!!!

Voting ends at 12am CST tonight. Please click on over and help HERO make it to the next round!
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In Which Princess Alethea Inspires You

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Princess Alethea, Jan 2014I was invited by the Magical Words folks to write four inspirational blog posts, each one posted on a Monday in the month of January.

Missed any or all of them? Here are the links for your convenience. Enjoy!

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Jan 6th: The Danny Ocean Moment -- "Next time you’re stuck in a situation you can’t get out of, put on your Danny Ocean Hat."

Jan 13th: The Fiction of a Writer's Life -- "Being a full time writer means that I don’t have business hours anymore. There is no longer a time I “normally” get up or go to bed. I have no sense of weekdays or weekends. There is only “working” and “feeling guilty about not working.”"

Jan 20th: The Year Without A Book -- "I might have a whole year, but it’s not like I have all the time in the world or anything. I think a year is enough. A year in which I refuse to disappoint my fans…or disappoint myself."

Jan 27th: I Have No Bad Guys -- "Write what you know. Be true to your characters. Be true to your world. Be true to yourself."

The Golden Band (HSE) Update

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Hello, everyone!The Golden Band: High School Edition, by Alethea Kontis

Finished reading HERO? Wish there was something else you could sink your teeth into? Well...how about this?

Now that Book Three has been revised, line edited, and is off to the copyeditor, I'm free to do WHATEVER I WANT! (mwahahahahahaha) "Whatever I Want" right now can be defined as continuing the saga that is serializing The Golden Band, my very first novel.

There are so many things going through my mind as I transcribe this from the notebook where it has lived for over 20 years. Namely:

1.) Man, when I taught myself to write neatly, I WROTE NEATLY. Thank you, self.

2.) I *really* wasn't that bad a fiction writer. I reviewed stuff as a copyeditor that was on par...and sometime even slightly worse...than this. It kind of makes me mad that it took me so long to get serious about writing...but to be honest, I'd been submitting to venues for a long time, so technically I was serous about writing. I just hadn't quite thrown my heart and soul and sinew into it. And when I did, it was rather remarkable how quickly everything progressed from that. I mean...three years after Orson Scott Card's Boot Camp I was published by two major houses, and in the fourth year, I hit the New York Times list.

3.) I'm about to teach a bunch of Young Authors how to do this stuff....and I'm still a little clueless on what to say. You think I'd be rolling my eyes at this whole manuscript, but I'm really not. Sure, there's a bit of Head-Hopping (where a scene shifts to another character's point of view in the middle), and there's a massive amount of Stage Directions (what I call "turning" and "looking" and "nodding" and such)...but there's just not a lot of glaring stuff. I'd love to read my own work in front of these kids to tear it apart...and so far I haven't found a section that breaks enough rules to do that.

4.) I used to love this. As I type through this, I remember that romantic, overwhelming feeling that happens when a world takes over you. You don't have looming deadlines, you can just play around in a world for as long as you want. You can take forever on the intro...because really, it's your director's cut and no one's there to critique you if you don't want it.

There is a definite loss of romance when writing becomes a J-O-B, and I feel like I'm always looking for that again. In many ways, hidden between the awkward sentences, I find that here.

I hope you all share this link...especially with young writers that you know, to encourage them to never stop doing what they're doing.

So far, each section is only about 1000 words, which should only take you about 5 minutes to read. I'm up to section 8 right now. I'll update you again when I've made another significant amount of updates.

In the meantime, HAPPY READING! xox

(click the cover or HERE to begin)

Princess Alethea Rants About "Briar Rose"

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A new fairy tale rant for you!

No, the original title was NOT "Sleeping Beauty"...

...and because the Embed isn't working, here's the link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_Fl2YAoNyQ

Happy Book Birthday, Dear HERO!

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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

USA Today Interviews MOI!

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In which Robin Covington interviews me for USA Today...today...and I discuss girl power, magic swans, and my undying love for Jude Deveraux.

Check it out here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2013/09/29/alethea-kontis-interview-hero/2893915/

Release date is TOMORROW! You guys all have your copies of Hero preordered, right? RIGHT???

My 2013 Baltimore Book Fest Schedule

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ACK! Too many things going on!

I will only be appearing at the Baltimore Book Festival one day: this FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH.

Here's my schedule:

3:00-4:00pm YA Paranormal/Romance
Location: Maryland Romance Writers Pavilion

4:00-5:45 Workshop: What’s New in Young Adult Fiction: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal
Location: SFWA Pavilion

I will be around all day (or, as soon as I can arrive) to sign books (I'll bring as many copies of HERO as will fit in my suitcase). It doesn't look like there will be much time between my panels, but fear not -- I will definitely stick around until everyone has gotten their books properly defaced by MOI!

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