Setting Sail on a Fairy Tale Adventure*
by Alethea Kontis
Hardcover, 304 Pages
To be published October 1st, 2013 by Harcourt Books
Rough and tumble Saturday Woodcutter thinks she’s the only one of her sisters without any magic—until the day she accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard. With her sword in tow, Saturday sets sail on a pirate ship, only to find herself kidnapped and whisked off to the top of the world.
Is Saturday powerful enough to kill the mountain witch who holds her captive and save the world from sure destruction? And, as she wonders grumpily, “Did romance have to be part of the adventure?”
As in Enchanted, readers will revel in the fragments of fairy tales that embellish this action-packed story of adventure and, yes, romance.
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published May 8, 2012
It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.
When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.
The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past – and hers?
New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a goddess, a force of nature, and a mess. She’s known for screwing up the alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, turning garden gnomes into mad scientists, and making sense out of fairy tales.
Alethea is the co-author of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Companion, and penned the AlphaOops series of picture books. Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines. She has done multiple collaborations with Eisner winning artist J.K. Lee, includingThe Wonderland Alphabet and Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome. Her debut YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in 2012 and was nominated for both the Andre Norton Award and the Audie Award in 2013.
It takes a Village
(Princess Alethea on the Justine Magazine ad)
There’s that saying that “it takes a village to raise a child” — well, in the publishing world, books are the author’s children. And it takes a village to raise them, too.
In the end, I get all the credit. Sure, I took six months or five years or whatever to write this thing, but it never would have made it from my laptop into your hands without the help of dozens of people who rarely ever get thanked. My agent, my editor, my publicist and her team, the copyeditor, the proofreader, the cover designer, the cover model, the woman who formats the Kindle e-book and her boss that makes sure every other format goes to every other location all at the same time…these people make my world go round.
Many readers see a magic book and not all the pieces, which is really the way it should be. I grew up a scientist–and an actress–so I’m one of those nerds who appreciates all the vital bits that come together to create that final production we love so much.
So when Harcourt sent me a copy of this ad set to appear in the October issue of Justine Magazine, I thought the quote they used was wonderful…and I would have bet you $100 that no one had actually told Jenna that her words were about to be printed in a national magazine (and subsequently all over the internet). Goodreads frowns upon authors commenting on reviews, but I thought it was important to seek her out and let her know.
Jenna went on to write not only a super stellar review for Hero (thank you, Jenna!), but she is also hosting a giveaway for the ARC of Hero (the one with the original cover design). You can enter until September 30th.
Now I have a new friend in Jenna…and a new hero!
Thank you, too — all of you — the bloggers on this book tour and the readers of this blog and the readers of my books and the reviewers everywhere. Thank you for spreading the word and being part of the Woodcutter family. Magic works best when shared. As far as I’m concerned you are all residents of Arilland, and I’m proud to have you! xox
Oh my goodness, where to start?
When I first signed up for the Hero tour, I had never heard of the author before, and the fact that Hero is the second book in the series, I was a little nervous. But my concerns were quickly washed away. It’s a fun, clean read with a few occurrences of profanity, but what would you expect from a Pirate Queen or a rough and tumble tomboy?
The first thing that jumped off the page at me was the author’s style. It’s playful, fun, and fresh filled with an out-of-this-world yet grounded fairy tale experience. I loved it, although, once in a while, at the beginning, I found it distracting, and had to reread a paragraph or two to figure out what was being talked about.
I was endeared to the characters immediately. Saturday, this awkward girl who is “normal” in contrast to her sisters with their magical abilities, and she supposedly with none. And Peregrine with his wish back-firing, captivity, and dreams. I loved the way the author revealed things about the characters, setting, etc through her unique style.
I never knew what to expect. There was always something new and exciting popping up in the story, but I was never confused. A three-horned mule? A brownie with teeth? Ice-bats with razor sharp crystal wings? At times it could have felt over the top with all the fantastical creatures, magical items, and magnificent locations, but the author grounded us in the reality of the characters’ predicaments, emotions, desires, etc. This is not a story that slowly unfolds, rather it plunges you into this world and whisks you away on an adventure of a lifetime. At the end, you’re left with the warm feeling of an awesome adventure filled with honor, true love, the love of family, and an impending adventure to come. Five stars for a fun, fantastical journey.
Sept 22 – Oct 17
Fairy Tale Gift Bundle: Signed copies of both Enchantment and Hero by Alethea Kontis plus swag!
Sept 22 – LAUNCH
Sept 23 – The Missing Piece at Alethea Kontis
– Review on Debz Bookshelf
– Celebration on Deal Sharing Aunt
Sept 24 – Interview with Miss Print
Sept 25 – Interview with Carina Books
– The Grandfather Pirate on Living a Goddess Life
– Meet the Inspiration on The Wonderings of One Person
Sept 26 – Review on Shannon’s Blog
– Meet the Inspiration continued on Bookmarks
Sept 27 – Meet the Sister on Leeana Me
Oct 1 – RELEASE DAY!
– Release Day at Waterworld Mermaids
– My Favorite Bit (with Cat Valente) at Mary Robinette Kowal
– Review at Library of a Book Witch
– Interview & Review at Tressa’s Wishful Endings
Oct 2 – Video Rant at http://www.geekgirlinlove.com
– The Big Idea at John Scalzi’s Blog
– My Bookshelf on Mel’s Shelves
– Did You See? on Cu’s eBook Giveaways
Oct 3 – The Missing Piece on I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
– Review at Books for Kids
Oct 4 – Podcast with Bennet Pomeranz
– Review of Hero on Colorimetry
Oct 5 – Hero LAUNCH PARTY at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA
Oct 10-15 GRAND FINALE