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Prism Tour: Hero!

Posted by on September 22, 2013
Launching on our adventure!!
On Tour with Prism Book Tours


Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2)Hero

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.



My favorite fairy tale writer, Alethea Kontis, pulls off another slam dunk with HERO, the second of her stories about the Woodcutter sisters. HERO is a gender-bending, swash-buckling tale…  Saturday is a strong and willful girl with plenty of heart (plus some added snark). Alethea has a knack for reminding readers why many of us love fairy tales to begin with. In this entry we are once again given a delightful story with some obvious (and some not-so-obvious) nods to classic tales…  but her overlying story and characters… are wholly unique and distinguishable – not to mention they have so much more personality.Jenna {does} Books Giveaway of ARC ’til Sept 30!
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…
 readers will await her next with
joyful anticipation. – 
Kirkus Review

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1)

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?

Alethea Kontis

Alethea KontisNew 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.

Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea now lives in Northern Virginia with her Fairy Godfamily. She makes the best baklava you’ve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.
Sail Away on the 
Fairy Tale Adventure Tour*
*Family Welcome

Sept 22 – LAUNCH

Sept 23 – The Missing Piece – Althethea Kontis

 – Video Rant on Debz Bookshelf

 – Celebration on Deal Sharing Aunt
Sept 24 – Interview with Miss Print 
Sept 25 – Interview with Carina Olsen  

 – The Grandfather Pirate on Living a Goddess Life

 – Meet the Inspiration Part I on The Wonderings of One Person

Sept 26 – Review on Shannon’s Blog

– Meet the Inspiration Part II on Bookmarks

Sept 27 – Families in Lit on Leeana Me 
Sept 30 — USA Today Happy Ever After interview

 – Review of Enchantment on Colorimetry


 – “Release Day” at Waterworld Mermaids 

 – “My Favorite Bit” guest essay (with Cat Valente) – Mary Robinette Kowal
 – Review at Libraryof a Book Witch

 – Interview & Review at Tressa’s Wishful Endings

Oct 2 – Video Rant Geek Girl In Love 
  – “The Big Idea” John Scalzi’s blog 

  – My Bookshelf on Mel’s Shelves

  – Did You See? on Cu’s eBook Giveaways

Oct 3 – Hightlighting 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 7 – Character interview with Saturday Woodcutter at I Smell Sheep

 –  Craft “Stealing from the Best” on Romance Writers of America & Fantasy Futuristic &Paranormal Chapter
Oct 8 – “A Twist in the Tail” at A Backwards Story

 – Review at JL Mbewe

Oct 10-15 – GRAND FINALE


Tour-Wide Giveaway

Sept 22 – Oct 17

Fairy Tale Gift Basket (US only): Signed copies of both Enchantment and Hero by Alethea Kontis plus swag!

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13 Responses to Prism Tour: Hero!

  1. Susan Heim

    Our family quirk is buying way too many gifts at Christmas!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Oh, I love giving gifts! And receiving too. I think that is an awesome quirk. 😉

  2. Shelby Mead

    I don’t know if it’s a family “quirk” but me and my little one love to dress up as princesses and have tea parties. It’s a must, at least once a week!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hey Shelby! I so have to do that with my little girl. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Molly

    That’s so cool! I love the author’s bio! These books look so cool. I always loved these types of fairy tales 😉

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Molly! Thanks for stopping by. I agree, I love the author’s bio too.

  4. Jan Hall

    I am from a military family. My dad and stepdad were in the service. My 3 brothers my sister and I were all in the service and all but 2 of our spouses were in the service.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      My grandparents and uncles were in the military, but I’ve not experienced it first hand. Thanks for sharing! AND thanks for serving! 🙂

  5. Meghan Stith

    Well, my family is very close and every single one of us, even the one who married in, is a musician. My father is a music professor, my mother is a pianist, my sister has a degree in music education and is an accomplished singer and percussionist, my brother is classically trained in trumpet, guitar and piano and he is a professional musician and I am classically trained in french horn, piano and voice. Our dog is even named Gershwin after a famous composer. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      wow, you have a very musically talented family! I’ve taught myself guitar, used to play the flute, and tried to learn the piano. 😉 My hubby’s the musical one. One of my dreams would be to learn the violin. Thanks for sharing!

  6. sarahtps

    Ooh! I loved Enchanted; I can’t wait to read Hero!

    Something about my family: we like to go ‘cabin camping’. Or, in other words, we go up to the mountains, rent a cabin for a week, and do all the things you’d normally do if you were camping, like hiking, shooting, campfires, etc. It’s awesome.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hey Sarha! Thanks for stopping by! I’m reading Hero right now! I used to go camping all the time. I look forward to the day when we can go as a family, now that I’m married and have two kiddos. 🙂

  7. Rebecca

    I loved Enchanted and am thrilled the adventure continues in Hero! Hurrah!

    During Christmas vacation my family has a board and card game marathon! Some of the games, such as Risk and Monopoly can last for more than 2 days while other games such as Poker, Clue and etc will just be played almost every 4 hours haha Everyone is a pretty good loser because its mainly the fun of being together over the holidays that matter most than being the winner of the game.
    Thank you for your generosity in having a book giveaway! Can’t wait for Hero!

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