Check it out here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyevera
Release date is TOMORROW! You guys all have your copies of Hero preordered, right? RIGHT???
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!
I'm so happy to be a part of the Hero by Alethea Kontis blog tour! It's been more than a year since I read Enchanted. But I loved it so much. And I remember most of it. But I will still re-read it before reading Hero, which is coming out on October 1st :) I cannot wait! Alethea has written an amazing fairy tale series. And I cannot wait to read the next books in this series. Since the first was so amazing I'm excited to read how awesome the next ones are ;p Anyway. I'm really happy to be a part of this blog tour. You can see the rest of the tour schedule here. For my tour stop I'm having an interview with the author. Thank you Alethea <3 You are amazing. Hope you all like the interview!
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INTERVIEW, COMMENT, AND ENTER TO WIN!
Author: Alethea Kontis
Review Issue Date: September 1, 2013
Online Publish Date: August 14, 2013
Price ( Hardcover ): $17.99
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-0-544-05677-0
The cover is terribly wrong—again—but Kontis’ return to the Woodcutter family is still mightily entertaining.
This story focuses on Saturday Woodcutter, whose sister Sunday from Enchanted (2012) is now queen. Saturday is a big, strong girl who has not figured out her magic, except that the ax she was given as an infant has turned into a sword that strengthens and heals. Tossing away a magic mirror endangers her whole family, especially her changeling brother, Trix, and she goes off to find and save him. She’s mistaken for her lost brother, Jack Woodcutter, by a blind witch whose eyes he stole and who imprisons Saturday. The witch also keeps captive a man named Peregrine, magicked by the witch’s daughter into taking her place. Peregrine does his best to keep busy and sane, while dressing as a woman and trying to both serve and outwit the witch. Peregrine and Saturday are a wonderful couple, as they spar, miss signals and exchange roles, aided by Betwixt, a chimera also held by the witch. There is hardly a fairy-tale or gender trope that Kontis doesn’t turn on its head, and readers don’t need to know about Hercules cleaning out the Augean Stables to find Saturday’s impossible task of cleaning the witch’s bird’s nest both hilarious and revolting.
Whether Kontis tells the tales of other Woodcutter children or not, readers will await her next with joyful anticipation. (Fantasy. 11-18)
For one week only (Aug 8-14), you can download both ENCHANTED and THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS through the SYNC program: http://www.audiobooksync.com/free-sync-d
If you prefer reading, ENCHANTED is still $1.99 on Kindle for the rest of the month...I'll remind you at Dragon*Con in case I forget!
Please share this information with everyone you know who might be interested -- I know funds are limited, so please take advantage of it while it's available!
And here's the FABULOUS audiobook trailer I created -- many thanks to the beautiful and talented Jennifer Lee and Katherine Kellgren! (If you want to just share the YouTube trailer, all the links are in the description.) http://youtu.be/SFiLH6K2ZOM
I am working on behalf of SCBWI in the mid-Atlantic Region to collect traditionally published picture books for the Sandy Hill Elementary School Book Drive. If you have any picture books to donate, please send me an email (akontis at gmail) and I'll give you the address where you can send them. Thank you all in advance...and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
(PS -- yes, you are welcome to purchase new books from Amazon and have them shipped straight to the Mid-Atlantic coordinator, but that person is not me. Drop me a line and I'll get you her address.)
Alethea Kontis – author of “Enchanted” (recently listed on Kirkus Reviews among the “Best Teen Books of 2012“), the award-winning “Alpha-Oops” series, and so much more – is a passionate and informed storyteller. Her diverse background includes, among other things, a love and respect for the theater and of the rich heritage of folklore and fairy tales, both of which informs her work and infuses it with authenticity and magic. Justin Macumber (co-host and founder of the Dead Robots’ Society podcast) joins me in a rousing 20(ish) minutes as Alethea waxes rhapsodic on the allure of fairy tales, who she writes for, her revision and editing process, and much more. The Fairy Queen is in the house people… woot! (and come back for more writerly goodness in Alethea’s Workshop Episode airing Christmas Day! It’s our present to you.)
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.
Happy Yule, everyone! xox
On Saturday night, Dark-Hunter posse member Maggie Mae Short was watching fireworks. She posted about it on Facebook. Apparently, her town had a bunch left over from the 4th of July, so they were setting them off in honor of some local event. She looked out her window, was surprised by a professional light show in rainbow colors, and shared that magical moment with us.
This morning I woke to find friends posting that Maggie Mae was gone.
I hope to be able to say a little something about this before the Hour With Sherrilyn Kenyon at Dragon*Con next Friday, but we don't always have that lovely block of time beforehand in which I can put on an impromptu Princess Alethea Preshow, so I wanted to make sure I said this here.
It is still strange to me when one of my friends passes away, but it is no longer strange for me to mourn someone I barely (or never) knew in person, but with whom I conversed online almost daily.
Being a writer is odd, in that you constantly wobble back and forth over the line from infamy to obscurity (until you're someone like Sherri or J.K. Rowling). I decided back when my friend Andre Norton passed away that I would always strive to make as many friends as possible, even if that meant crying like my heart was broken every time one left. It was worth it. It's always worth it. That was the origin of that thing I always say: Strangers are just best friends I haven't met yet.
Nobody says that authors and fans can't be friends. I'm a person. You're a person. We met because we like the same things. Seriously--I still go to Sherrilyn Kenyon book signings because they are like three-hour cocktail parties during which I meet the most fun people. I keep in touch with those people. They make me laugh with the things they say, and they stop by to leave a hug when I'm feeling down. When I feel passionate about something, they're part of the conversation. We hang out together at conventions. Sometimes we even play Words With Friends at 2am.
Some of the Dark-Hunter fans are closer to me than members of my own family. They cheer me on and inspire me from every corner of this globe. Some are new (Britany) and some are old (Lisa). Some I met simply because they recognized me and screamed "Oh my god, I love you!" in a crowded food court full of people (Sammi). Some I met because they simply showed up, with their red hair and lovely accents (Bernadette). Some I got to know because we just kept meeting at Dark-Hunter signings from the beginning of time (Marie, Kat, Dee, Afifa, Penny, Judy, Eddie...the list goes on). We make the effort to stay in touch.
Sometimes, that's all friendship is.
I can't tell you how many people in my life have said to me, "Remember me when you're famous!" and then never spoken to me again. I do remember those people. I have nightmares about them. We were closer than sisters and we don't talk anymore. I send emails and texts and get nothing in return. It's incredibly sad. People will come into your life and leave it because they choose to. There's nothing you can do about that.
But it makes us treasure the people who DO make the effort even more.
Maggie Mae was always part of my global conversation. She was pleasant and shiny (and a breath of fresh air when some people who post comments have no social skills). I am sad that she will never know what seeing her there all the time meant to me.
I know I'm not great about being on the internet. I try to comment when I can--it's like the luck of the draw if something comes across my news feed in the ten minutes I sign online to see if there are any old-world synonyms for the word "gnome." But I would like everyone who posts on my FB wall, and on my blog, and who messages me on Twitter to know that I see you there. I'm listening. I'm smiling, or laughing, or following a link you just sent me. I appreciate the hell out of you, you mean the world to me, and--above all--I consider you a friend.
It really is just that easy.
I will miss you, Maggie Mae, and I will think of your smiling face the next time my night sky lights up with pretty colors. Thank you for being my friend. xox