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Monday, October 7, 2013

Character Interview: Saturday Woodcuter from Hero by Alethea Kontis + giveaway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

A Troubadour Interviews Saturday Woodcutter

By: Alethea Kontis

Troubadour: I’m here today with Saturday Woodcutter, sixth of the seven Woodcutter daughters, and sister to the Queen of Arilland. Princess Saturday, could you tell me--

Saturday: Call me "princess" again and I punch you in the face. 

Troubadour: Oh! Er...yes... my

Saturday: "Saturday" is fine.

Troubadour: Thank you, Saturday. Tell me, what's it like being the legendary Jack Woodcutter's sister?

Saturday: I've heard he looks like me. Only shorter. And fatter. But he's still the one who gets to go on all the fabulous adventures while I'm stuck here felling trees in the Wood with Papa and Peter. Jerk. 

Troubadour: Surely you're destined for adventures of your own...

Saturday: I'm destined for something. I just hope it's something fun.

Troubadour: Well, you're certainly surrounded by the family for it. Your younger sister the queen writes stories that come true, and your older siblings include an Empath, a Sorcerer, and several Fey...what's your magical talent?

Saturday: My fairy godmother gave me a magical sword with which I can magically separate the heads of annoying troubadours from their bodies.

Troubadour: Indeed! Well! Actually that's interesting...the stories say your fairy godmother gave you an ax on your name day. 

Saturday: She did. Dumb present for a baby, right? Appropriate when one is a woodcutter, I suppose. Earlier this year, after I helped Papa chop down a monster beanstalk my troublemaking little brother grew, the ax turned into a sword. That was pretty cool.

Troubadour: I imagine so! Did the ability to use the sword come with the weapon?

Saturday: Not as much as I'd like. I still have to take lessons up at the guards' training grounds. Duke Velius and Erik have been teaching me what they can. 

Troubadour: Are they good teachers?

Saturday: Probably. I'm just a horrible student.

Troubadour: What's a typical day for you like?

Saturday: I get up. I go to work in the Wood. I train with the sword at the palace. I come home and go to sleep.

Troubadour: Wow! Every day? That's dedication. What are some things you like to do in your spare time?

Saturday: What's "spare time"?

Troubadour: Let me try a different angle then: What are some things you hate doing?

Saturday: Answering stupid questions.

Troubadour: Fair enough. What scares you?

Saturday: Being normal. Forever. And stuck here. Forever.

Troubadour: I assure you, my dear, you are nothing like "normal."

Saturday: Really?

Troubadour: Really. I hope when you come back from the grand adventures you're destined for that you look me up, so I can write songs about your heroic exploits.

Saturday: It's a deal! But I warn you, I'm a horrible storyteller.

Troubadour: No worries at all. Just leave that to me! Thank you so much for your time, princess. I

Saturday: Just because I like you doesn't mean I still won't punch you.

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, ro

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?
Alethea Kontis
About the Author:
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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.

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 9 - Enchanted Inkspot
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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  1. Oh my pumpernickel, I love Saturday already. She sounds like she's going to be so much fun! "Just because I like you doesn't mean I won't punch you." Priceless!

    Thanks for the interview! I can't wait to read Hero!

  2. I loved the interview. The princess, er, Saturday, sounds like quite a fun young lady. I would love to read about her wonderful adventures, as well as the adventures of her Sister, married to the Frog Prince. I so love fairy tales!

  3. Share something of my family...we love fairy tales. I had two stepsisters for awhile. One was very, very wicked. One was very kind. She was sort of a Cinderella herself, along with me, in the family. It was an interesting time. Now, I make up stories for my children on occasion, read wild tales to them at other times, and entertain myself by reading the rest of the time. Thanks for the glorious interview.

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