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About Alethea Kontis
New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, storm chaser, and adventurer. She has authored over 20 books and 40 short stories, including AlphaOops: The Day Z Went First (Candlewick), Enchanted (HMH) and Prince Phillip’s Birthday Waltz (Disney). Alethea is the recipient of the Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant, the Scribe Award, the Garden State Teen Book Award, and two-time winner of the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award. She has been twice nominated for both the Andre Norton Nebula and the Dragon Award. She was an active contributor to The Fireside Sessions, a benefit EP created by Snow Patrol and her fellow Saturday Songwriters in 2020. Alethea also narrates stories for multiple award-winning online magazines and contributes regular YA book reviews to NPR. Born in Vermont, she currently resides on the Space Coast of Florida with her teddy bear, Charlie. Find out more about Princess Alethea at aletheakontis.com
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In SHATTERING THE GLASS SLIPPER, fifteen talented authors take on these age-old tales and transform them into bold and brave new visions. Discover worlds where the Seattle Space Needle acts as Rapunzel’s tower; where seven princesses plot their own rescue from the fae; where a magic mirror is connected to an app on your phone…and shows you more than you may be able to handle. Get hired by a giant to climb beanstalks, each with its own problem to solve…or by the Goblin King to turn Tweets into gold. Hunt a firebird for a single feather. Use the internet to find a prince for a princess. And more!
In each of these stories, there is a thread of the familiar, spun by magic or technology into something new to achieve the improbable and, often, the impossible. Through ages past and into the future, our writers are traveling roads less traveled with characters that are light, dark, and always unpredictable. Join Marie Brennan, Lucia Iglesias, Alyse Winters, Rebecca A. Demarest, R.J. Blain, Miyuki Jane Pinckard, Rachel Swirsky, Angela Rega, Alethea Kontis, Y.M. Pang, Patricia Bray, Cat Rambo, Rhondi Salsitz, R.Z. Held, and José Pablo Iriarte as they turn Happily Ever After inside out!
Finn Kincaid is cursed. Literally. Accused of murdering his pack-brother, beaten and left for dead in the woods, he runs to Nocturne Falls to seek sanctuary with the one cousin who successfully got out of Tennessee: Ivy Merrow, the sheriff’s wife. On his way there, he’s drawn off course by a girl with no idea how much power she possesses, both within herself, and over him.
Together, Kai and Finn must find a way to break the curse and fight their fate, without destroying each other—and their future—in the process.
The Dust Wish - Alethea Kontis
A prince attempting to win the hand of a princess is helped by an enthusiastic boy, a snarky maid, and a wish-granting dust bunny.
Ashes to Ashes - Phaedra Weldon
Bounty Hunter Cynder's latest job is to hunt down a Djinn who refuses to fulfill his third wish. Not quite believing in such things as Wish Givers (especially Fairy Godmothers), Cynder's world capsizes when she discovers what that third wish is all about.
Wallina - Nikki Jefford
A beautiful orphan is adopted then imprisoned by marriage-minded trolls, sorcerers, and faeries in this magical adventure.
Wicked Winds - Kasey Mackenzie
Dorrie Gale's been a ball of anxiety since her mother was ripped away from her arms by a Kansas twister, never to be seen again. When wicked winds return over a decade later only to sweep her away, Dorrie's forced to believe that her mother's storybook tales are actually true.
The Fairest Shop of Them All - Shawntelle Madison
A tyrannical duchess makes a dark wish, for her to have the fairest hat shop of them all, but an orphan shopkeeper with mystical goods stands in her way.
Immortal Wish - Colleen Gleason
Lyla Harris lives at the bottom of the Sea in the city of Atlantis…but she knows there’s something else up there. When she makes a wish to learn more, a whole new world opens up for her.
Unseen - Christine Pope
After the end of the world, an invisible benefactor comes to Janna Sayers’ aid. But will her curiosity about her mysterious guardian be her undoing?
First Snow - Alexia Purdy
In the dead of winter, Jonna is saved from the cold by an unlikely ally. She's determined to rescue her family from the clutches of an ancient witch who rules the desolate frost lands and turns trespassers into statues of ice.
The Dreamer’s Curse - Rachel Morgan
When a wish bargain with the Godmother goes wrong, Cress winds up cursed to an eternal slumber. But a potion that gives her the ability to travel through dreams may be the key to her escape.
The Lady of the Lake - Julia Crane
What would an otherworldly creature want more than anything? To be mortal, of course. The Lady of the Lake might have bitten off more than she could chew.
The Wishing Thorn - Jamie Ferguson
Leah never believed in her Irish grandmother’s stories about trees granting wishes, but after having her life turned upside-down, she decided to see if the stories were real after all. She chose to make her wish of a blackthorn: the tree of warfare and ill omens, and the keeper of dark secrets...
Woven from Pure Starlight - Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
Caitlin’s glamour-infused hair has kept her from living a life of her own since the death of her mother. When a stranger arrives in the magical forest near her home, Caitlin gets a chance at friendship, love, and the most important thing of all: freedom.
Last Wish - C. Gockel
Once upon a time there was no death. Spirits walked among humans, and giant game sustained them. But as the world changed, something worse than death came to the world.
Fifteen tales tinged with darkness, where vampires and werewolves roam and familiar fairytales take on overtones of blood and vengeance. (Note: Some of these stories are not suitable for sensitive readers.)
The Blue Fairy Hunters Guild - Phaedra Weldon
Joining the Blue Fairy Hunters Guild is just the first step in finding the Nightshade who made him a Puppet all those centuries ago. Revenge is the goal, but lies and truths revealed show his past has a very different tale.
Silvereyes and the Three Wolves - Nikki Jefford
Werewolf reporter Justin Slinger covers the dramatic court trial of Kingdom v. Silvereyes. Will the vampire Ada Silvereyes be found guilty of first-degree burglary and property damage?
River Daughter - Annie Bellet
The tale of a woman who is the last in a long line of magical women, and the lengths a mother will go to not only to protect her child, but also her legacy.
The Girl Who Cried Vamp - Christine Pope
Hedgewitch Selena Marx is usually ready to believe six impossible things before breakfast. But even her credulity is strained when the new kid in town is full of strange stories, each one wilder than the next.
The Ugly Daughter - Donna Augustine
The Ugly Daughter follows a scarred and ridiculed girl named Winni. All she dreams of is a future where she’s accepted, but her true destiny is more than she could’ve imagined.
Spider to the Fly - Kate Danley
"'Will you walk into my parlour?' said the Spider to the Fly." The famous poem by Mary Howett gets a lush retelling by USA Today bestselling author Kate Danley. Except there's vampires.
Princess of Salt - Anthea Sharp
A daughter is cast out, but can she win her way back to forgiveness through the simple art of cooking?
The Huntress - Sara C. Roethle
When an old woman is killed, a vampire hunter is sent to find the killer. Only she isn’t hunting vampires. No, the lone vampire around wants a lot more from her than blood.
Yelf Reviews for Jaqueline’s Beanstalk Cafe - Kay McSpadden
Everyone’s a critic, especially on social media, and especially in Fairy Tale Land. Even Jacqueline’s Beanstalk Cafe lives for good Yelf reviews!
Marusia and the Monster - Jamie Ferguson
Kara never stays too long in any one place, and never allows anyone to get too close to her. It’s just too risky—she never knows ahead of time what the monster inside of her might make her do. But Kara didn’t expect to fall in love…
Twisted Cinderella - Julia Crane
Cinderella has had it with being pushed around. Instead of taking the high road, Cinderella embraces the darkness in this twisted tale.
Faefrost - Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
When her best friend is taken by a woman the wild animals call the Frost Witch, Tegan of Eile will stop at nothing to get him back.
Cat in Combat Boots - C. Gockel
Tenryu has two big problems. The solution is very small.
Blood and Water - Alethea Kontis
A faithful retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” only she’s a vampire. And there are pirates.
Breadcrumbs - Sarra Cannon
Despite trying to create a new life for herself after the disappearance of her brother, Gretel is pulled back into the dark world of vampire hunting when she catches si
But beware! Blood and revenge, creepy haunted houses, and evil magic lurk within the pages. Are you brave enough to enter?
A HUNTER’S MEMORY OF WINTER - Annie Bellet
HAUNTED - Kay McSpadden
FAERIE SONG - Anthea Sharp
FORGIVEN: A Djinn Wars Story - Christine Pope
WHAT MAGIC LIES BENEATH - Shawntelle Madison
THE GHOST OF BEILSTEIN CASTLE - Alethea Kontis
SNOW WHITE BETWEEN TIME - Julia Crane
QUEEN JOANNA.- Kate Danley
RAPUNZEL DREAMING - Yasmine Galenorn
WHAT TALES SPECTERS TELL - Kasey Mackenzie
THE DEVIL’S DUE - Melissa Marr
THE BREMEN SHIFTER BAND - Debra Dunbar
THE BANSHEE OF LIATH WOOD - Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
THE GHOST QUEEN – Nikki Jefford
IMMORTAL PORTRAIT - Colleen Gleason
TO BE REMEMBERED - Jamie Ferguson
THE SOUL CAGES - Phaedra Weldon
ELLA AND THE HAUNTED HOUSE - Sarra Cannon
THE THORN KING - Alexia Purdy
LITTLE FLAME - Devon Monk
THE GLASS MOUNTAIN - Alethea Kontis
On the way to her wedding, brave and clever Princess Sabine falls into a Glass Mountain, where she is trapped with a crotchety man she calls “Old Rinkrank.” The two form a unique, unlikely friendship while working to escape.
THE BAKERS GRIMM - Hailey Edwards
When two struggling business owners compete for the contract of a lifetime, it’s all bakers on deck. Mix in a dollop of rivalry, a tablespoon of romance, and a pinch of magic, and you’ve got the recipe for one heck of a bake-off. May the best decorator win!
GALATEA AND PYGMALION - Kate Danley
A young woman in ancient Greece is tasked with carving a new statue for Aphrodite's temple. But what happens when she falls in love with her art?
RED– Sarra Cannon
Charlotte is searching for a cure to save her sister, but what she finds in the woods is not at all what she expects...
PRINCESS CHARMING – Yasmine Galenorn
Sometimes, the road to Happily Ever After leads a girl right past Prince Charming... into the arms of his sister.
MAD ABOUT YOU – Jennifer Blackstream
Alice doesn't want to marry the Mad Hatter. Will an unexpected trip to Wonderland change her mind?
THE SEA KING'S DAUGHTER—Anthea Sharp
A mermaid gives up everything to be with the mortal man she loves – but can there be a happy ending when the Sea Witch intervenes?
ROMEO AND JULIET: THE AFTERLIFE – Julia Crane
Juliet enters the afterlife and discovers the truth behind her relationship with Romeo and Paris - and that their greatest challenge is yet to come.
SOOT AND STONE: A Fae Tale of the Otherworld - Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
Aisling, a young Faelorehn artist, finds herself falling for the son of one of the famed Tuatha De Danann. The only problem is, she’s unaware of his true identity, and her selfish uncle will do anything to keep her from realizing her dreams.
THE HUNTSMAN'S SNOW – Mandy M. Roth
Sometimes, a prince isn’t as charming as history would like you to believe. And sometimes, a princess needs an alpha male shifter to find her happily ever after.
RUMPELIMPSKIN - Debra Dunbar
An imp finds herself in a fairytale world without her infernal powers facing an impossible task. Will Sam barter away her firstborn? Will her angelic main-squeeze save her? Or will she come up with a devilish solution of her own?
THE GLASS SKY - Alexia Purdy
Star’s refusal of suitors lined up for her hand has her family in knots, but when the city is bombed and overthrown, she loses everything. After she’s rescued by a handsome stranger named Clyde, she sneaks away to save her parents but finds herself trapped in the new president’s clutches.
RUSH - C. Gockel
Misogyny is a beast.
When the incarnation of Creation gets angry at Rush for innocently stating his opinion, she curses him to find true love in two weeks … or else.
PERCHANCE TO DREAM – Phaedra Weldon
Her first love has been placed under a spell.
Shadows cannot exist without light, however, and you’ll find enough happily-ever-afters to lift your spirits in this anthology full of adventure, dark powers, and ultimately the enduring power of true love. *Volume 1 in the Once Upon Anthologies Series featuring dozens of faerie tale retellings. Don't forget to grab Once Upon A Kiss (Volume 2) and Once Upon A Quest (Volume 3).
YARROW, STURDY AND BRIGHT by Devon Monk – Sweet music cannot hide a wicked heart…
FAE HORSE by Anthea Sharp – Faerie bargains can grant any desire, but be careful what you wish for.
THE QUEEN OF FROST AND DARKNESS by Christine Pope - Her heart is the only thing colder than a Russian winter….
BONES by Yasmine Galenorn - Sometimes, your most cherished dream can turn out to be a nightmare.
MAGIC AFTER MIDNIGHT by C. Gockel – The Wicked Stepmother is about to meet her match…
DANCE WITH THE DEVIL by Donna Augustine - When the devil makes a deal with a dancer, he gets more than he bargained for.
NO GIFT OF WORDS by Annie Bellet - Never steal from a witch...
THE GRIM BROTHER by Audrey Faye – Not all walks in the wood end well…
BEAST INSIDE BEAUTY by Danielle Monsch - Happily Ever After ain't guaranteed when Once Upon a Time is here.
FAESCORNED by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson - The Morrigan, Celtic goddess of war and strife, must relive a painful memory that reminds her of what she can never have.
DRAWN TO THE BRINK by Tara Maya - Sajiana's job is to hunt down monsters brought alive from paintings. She never expected to meet one so handsome... or to need his help.
THE VARIANCE COURT by Alexia Purdy - Anna, a struggling college student, discovers a mysterious ring that turns her quiet life chaotic when the ring's magic doesn't do what it's told.
THE MORRIGAN by Phaedra Weldon – A young man discovers he has leprechaun blood – and is wanted by dark faerie forces.
ALICE by Julia Crane - A twisted tale of Alice and Wonderland. Facing madness and an ominous prophecy, Alice chooses to follow her heart despite knowing her world is about to change forever.
STILL RED by Sabrina Locke – When the Hunters come, can there be any escape?
THE FINAL STRAW by Jennifer Blackstream - To banish a gold-spinning demon, first you must guess his name...
THE UNICORN HUNTER by Alethea Kontis – Only Snow White knows what really happened in the forest…
Edited by Gaby Triana and John Palisano, this anthology of 20 short stories by some of the most terrifying names in horror is the perfect collection for a dark and stormy October night. Featuring tales to make you hide under the covers by: Jonathan Maberry, Gwendolyn Kiste, Catherine Cavendish, Tim Waggoner, Cynthia Pelayo, Jeff Strand, Sara Tantlinger, Lee Murray, Alethea Kontis, Lisa Morton & more.
ESCAPE: A Liza Roth Adventure by Anthea Sharp - A princess on the run and her feline companion find adventure - and danger - on Starhub Station in this story based on the Icelandic fairy tale Kisa the Cat.
TRUE.LOVE by Alethea Kontis - In this futuristic retelling of Sleeping Beauty, a gamer hacktivist tries to take down the world’s largest matchmaking site…and stumbles on a side quest he never bargained for.
BLOW YOUR PLANET DOWN by Shawntelle Madison - After the Wolverine Horde nearly destroyed her home world, Commander Cressida Van Der Snout is prepared to use the Horde’s greatest weapon to exact her revenge.
THE CYRANO SOLUTION: A Gaian Consortium Story by Christine Pope - The daughter of one of Gaia’s richest oligarchs gets more than she bargained for in her new husband in this retelling of “The Frog Prince” (with just a dash of Cyrano de Bergerac for good measure).
ONCE YOU WISH - Evelyn Snow
A con man who loves only what he can steal. An orphan girl with big dreams. A prince with something to prove and no fairy godmother to be found…
BY THE LIGHT OF A DISTANT STAR - Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
When Estrelle’s marriage to Prince Damryn of Kaul is thwarted by a deceitful enemy who steals her identity and leaves her for dead, Estrelle must rely on the kindness of others, and trust the courage within her own heart.
VASILILA AND THE HORSE OF POWER - Jamie Ferguson
Vasilisa finds a feather from the legendary firebird and, against the advice of her horse, takes it to the Tzar in the subterranean enclave their people have lived in for millennia. She hopes to be rewarded, but instead is given a choice between accomplishing an impossible task or certain death in the harsh, storm-swept lands aboveground.
ECHO - Nikki Jefford
Built by a handsome young mechanic, Echo is a cyborg who dreams of experiencing the world as a human in this Pinocchio inspired retelling.
DEADLY DANCE - Kasey Mackenzie
Miriana never expected to be murdered repeatedly after refusing an evil prince’s marriage proposal. Now saddled with eleven undead clone-sisters who spy for the murderous prince, she’s going to save the day with her forbidden soldier lover—or die trying—one final time.
THROUGH TIME AND SPACE: A Little Red Riding Hood Tale by Julia Crane - Neither time nor space can keep Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf from crossing paths.
THE STAR DRAGON'S CURSE by Alexia Purdy - Haunted by a malevolent celestial entity, Creedence must discover its connection to the dying forest aboard the decaying space vessel, The Star Dragon.
ZATARRA - Phaedra Weldon His enemies not only took his life and everything he held dear, they took his humanity as well.
LOXLEY- Sarra Cannon In a dystopian world where citizens log into The Realm online to escape from their dark reality, one hacker fights to make a difference as she goes in search of a rare artifact.
WEST OF THE MOON by Annie Bellet - When her twin brother sacrifices his freedom to save their starving family, Lina embarks on a quest through a magical forest to save him and restore their fortunes.
A BELL IN THE NIGHT by Evelyn Snow - For Stevie Silver, waking the beautiful boy in the glass box is only the beginning, as her mysterious past catches up with her.
MISTRESS BOOTSI by Anthea Sharp - A girl sets out to seek her fortune - and luckily, she has a clever cat for a companion…
WHITE ROSE by Phaedra Weldon - Jack Frost must find his true love and save her from the Snow Queen’s icy shards before he loses her - and his chance at humanity - forever.
THE GOBLIN AND THE TREASURE by Alethea Kontis - Out-of-work soldier Kira Kobold is handpicked by the High Wizard Zelwynn to go on a quest. Her companions? A growly ogress, a surly dwarf, a dimwitted troll, and an overly optimistic goblin. This wasn’t exactly the quest she was looking for…
THE RUINS OF OZ by Alexia Purdy - The Land of Oz was the last place Thea thought she’d find herself after falling through her mother’s enchanted mirror. If the stories she’s been told are real, why is the Emerald City in ruins?
A TOUCH OF GOLD by Rachel Morgan - When Tilly helps two strangers escape from danger, she becomes part of their quest to keep a powerful magical ability out of the wrong hands...
MAGIC AND MACHINERY by Jamie Ferguson - Maude works with machinery, not magic. Can she find a way to escape the magician’s grasp and free her beloved brother?
BLOW YOUR HOUSE DOWN by Nikki Jefford - In a brave new world, three wizards journey through wild shifter territories to find somewhere to begin anew.
BANE AND BALM by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson - When the stream providing healing water to Claire’s sick aunt dries up, she must venture into the dreaded Dorcha Forest, where she discovers a stranger willing to risk his freedom in order to help her on her quest.
CAT WHITE by Kay McSpadden - He thought he was following the music, but a white cat led him to realize life held more adventure than he’d guessed.
KING ARTHUR AND THE CHALICE OF LIFE by Julia Crane - Camelot may be at peace, but betrayal and death lurk within the mists surrounding it.
FEAR OF FALLING by Shawntelle Madison - Cast from her griffin’s nest, Ireti is forced into the cruel world of the ground-walkers below. Before she can fly, Ireti must find the strength to walk, and the key to acceptance lies in an undiscovered place—between two worlds.
THE MERROW’S GOLDEN RING by Sara C. Roethle - Ailios was taught to never believe a promise from one of the Faie, but that doesn’t stop her from doing it anyway.
TAKE MY MONSTERS by C. Gockel - In the wilds of the barbarian north, Roman slave Margusa meets a warrior enchanted and enslaved by an Elf Queen.
Featuring stories from R.L. Stine and Madeleine Roux, this middle grade horror anthology, curated by New York Times bestselling author and master of macabre Jonathan Maberry, is a chilling tribute to Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
Flesh-hungry ogres? Brains full of spiders? Haunted houses you can’t escape? This collection of 35 terrifying stories from the Horror Writers Association has it all, including ghastly illustrations from Iris Compiet that will absolutely chill readers to the bone.
So turn off your lamps, click on your flashlights, and prepare—if you dare—to be utterly spooked!
The complete list of writers: Linda D. Addison, Courtney Alameda, Jonathan Auxier, Gary A. Braunbeck, Z Brewer, Aric Cushing, John Dixon, Tananarive Due, Jamie Ford, Kami Garcia, Christopher Golden, Tonya Hurley, Catherine Jordan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Alethea Kontis, N.R. Lambert, Laurent Linn, Amy Lukavics, Barry Lyga, D.J. MacHale, Josh Malerman, James A. Moore, Michael Northrop, Micol Ostow, Joanna Parypinksi, Brendan Reichs, Madeleine Roux, R.L. Stine, Margaret Stohl, Gaby Triana, Luis Alberto Urrea, Rosario Urrea, Kim Ventrella, Sheri White, T.J. Wooldridge, Brenna Yovanoff
Consider this handbook your education. Hunter 101. And don't go thinking you got off easy just because there's not a pop quiz at the end. This is the good stuff. The real deal. In here you'll find out all there is to know about being a Dark-Hunter.
Now for the disclaimer: This book is mutable. It goes with the wind. It changes more often than the mind of a sixteen-year-old Gemini with a closet full of clothes and a date in an hour. Don't be surprised if you open it up for the thirty-five thousandth time and find something old, something new, something borrowed or. . .well you get the point.
Curl up in a comfy chair with some millennium-old scotch and feast upon the informative banquet I have prepared for your enjoyment.
Welcome to your new life.
---From the Dark-Hunter Companion