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Random Thoughts: The Readers Have Spoken

As some of you know, I’ve had one or two contests here on the blog. And for my first few attempts at using Google Forms I’d get a lot of spam entries. So, I thought I’d add in a question to help keep the spam at bay.

And believe it or not, but I did read each and every answer to the questions. Maybe not immediately at Midnight as I was trying to tally the results and cut apart those tiny slips of paper or curse Random for its stubbornness, but I did read them.

Some required a specific answer and some simply asked for the entrants opinion. Well, the readers have spoken. And here are a few of those results along with some of my favorite responses.

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My Lipstick Laws Giveaway

Q. Did you ever have to jump through hoops for a mean girl in your school?

Favorite Answer: “No, but I did stab one with a letter opener.”

My Answer: I guess I was fortunate that in my school we didn’t really have any mean girls. Mean people yes. Dangerous people, a few. But “mean girls” not really any to speak of.

My CoFA Pre-order Giveaway

Q. What is your favorite Cassandra Clare book? (Asked prior to release of CoFA)

A. City of Glass. City of Bones was a close second, followed by Clockwork Angel, then City of Ashes.

My Answer: City of Bones only because I love when I get to first meet the characters. As torturous or epic as the series may get, there’s always something about meeting them for the first time that I love most. Besides, CoB was a-mazing.

My White Cat, Red Glove Signed Giveaway

Q. If you could be a curse worker, what would your ideal power be?

As not everyone read the books in the series, there were a few answers that lay outside the realm of the powers bestowed upon curse workers.

A1. Curse Workers readers: Memory Worker, followed closely by Transformation Worker, Emotion Worker, Luck Worker and Dream Worker. Not too many people wanted to be a Death Worker, especially as the blowback is so disastrous.

A2. Curse Workers newbies: Mind Control/Persuasion, followed closely by Mind Reader.

Favorite Answer: “I would be able to control chickens, because chickens can be scary. o.o”

— Yes, chickens can be scary, but turkeys can be even scarier. (Speaking from personal experience involving a turkey with a vendetta.)

Most Unusual Answer: “Make them clean poo.”

My Answer: Death Worker. Don’t know that I’d ever use it, but I’d rather have the power than know that someone else had it and could use it against me at any time.

My CoFA Giveaway #1

Q. If you could meet any character in The Mortal Instruments series, who would it be and why?

A. Jace. Although Clary and Magnus came in a close second and third, respectively.

Favorite Magnus answers: “Magnus – for fashion advice!” and “Magnus Bane… coz I’VE always wanted to meet a warlock : P”

Favorite Clary answer: “I want to meet Clary so I can smack some sense into her. She acts like a dumb bunny too many times.”

Favorite Jace answer, with a hat tipped to Magnus: “Ummmmm… Jace obviously! Why? Because he is hot. And angsty. And emotional. And all around bad-ass. And Magnus is a close second! Because he is all sparkly…”

— Yes, Magnus is all sparkly. It’s one of the reasons so many of us looooove him!

Simon didn’t do too bad for himself. Which is much more than we can say for him in the first three books in the series.

Favorite Simon answer: “Probably Simon, I have a weird lust for the male friend that the main character decides she doesn’t want ‘that way’. So I have an especially large jones for Mr. Simon Lewis.”

Two characters I was surprised anyone would want to meet were the Seelie Queen and Valentine.

My Answer: Magnus Bane. He is the oldest. He is the coolest. Hands-down. Jace may be hotness personified, but he’s Clary’s Jace and no one else’s. But Magnus, he’s just awesomesaucetastic.

My CoFA Giveaway #2

Q. What was the weirdest thing you had to do to win a contest for a book? How many hoops did you have to jump through?

(Had a favorite answer, but couldn’t use it here as it involved certain details that are not appropriate for a PG-13 audience, but was hysterically funny nonetheless.)

Favorite answer that I can post on the blog: “I once dressed myself and my sisters up as book characters in order to win a copy of Breaking Dawn. It was mortifying… and all the more fun for it!”

— I would have loved to see that picture!

Runner up favorite answer: “I once had to make a video of myself doing a ‘crazy’ dance in order to try to win Beautiful Darkness…needless to say it was just a video of me spazing out and dancing horribly..i didn’t win but it was still fun =)”

— I would have loved to see that video!

My Answer: Have done so many contests with hoops – blog posts, tweets, likes, follows. But my favorite, and yet most embarrassing hoop involved writing rhyming couplets about an author to win an advance copy of their book. Needless to say, I did not win. I did manage to embarrass myself, though. But in the end, I did get an advance copy. So, it was worth my utter humiliation.

My CoFA Giveaway #4

Q. What was the last book you read and loved?

A. Every answer was different aside from one book – Anna and the French Kiss.

My Answer: I am answering this much later than those who entered the contest, but I will have to say Wildefire by Karsten Knight. (And no, I have not read Anna and the French Kiss.)

My Meant to Be Giveaway

Q. I asked the author this question, but how about you – Do you believe there is a dream boy or girl for everyone?

A. “Yes” – by a landslide.

Favorite Answer: “Yes. ‘Cause like Tiffany, I’m a hopeless romantic too! I believe that somewhere in this world, there’s the perfect match (soul mate) for each and every one of us.”

— Awww. That hopeless romantic’s answer is sooo romantic. I love it!

My Answer: Yes. Of course. I met mine.

My Lunarmorte Giveaway

Q. Who is your favorite heroine in fiction (books or movies)?

A. Katniss from The Hunger Games. A close second goes to Rose from the Vampire Academy series.

Favorite Answer: “Usually the bad guy (hero..not female does that count?) who has potential to be good but you just know that at any given moment, he will do something bad after doing something good. I am just twisted that way!”

— So am I! Those are my very favorite types of heroes!

My Answer: This is really tough! I have plenty of heroes, but heroines are much more tricky. (I haven’t read The Hunger Games so can’t weigh in on whether Katniss is a killer heroine.) I’ll take the easy way out and go movies. Old school: Ripley from the  Alien movies. Modern Day: Selene from Underworld or Alice from Resident Evil.

My Dead Reckoning Giveaway

Q. What is your favorite Sookie book?

A. Dead to the World. Dead Until Dark was the only one that came even close.

My Answer: I’d have to say All Together Dead was my favorite. There was just something about that scene at the Summit where Eric swoops in and rescues Sookie and the two become blood bonded.

My Debut Giveaway

Q. What is your favorite debut book of 2011?

A. Unearthly took the win. Followed closely by Wither.

Favorite Answer: “none *sniffle*”

My Answer: Oh I can’t answer this. It’s way too tough. I’ve read too many to choose favorites. I’ve loved them all. I could probably narrow the list down to, oh, I don’t know, say, twenty, but then again I’ve only read twenty 2011 debuts. So….

My Shift Giveaway

Q. Team Logan or Team Zach?

A. Team Zach 3-1

Favorite Answer: “LOGAN!! (sorry Zach feels more like a rebound guy)”

— As a Team Logan member, I can’t help but hope this is true.

Second Favorite Answer: “Team ‘undecided'”

— I totally sympathize. This is not one of those easy or obvious decisions.

My Answer: Team Logan. I was all for Zach during most of the first book, Shade, but once I read that ending it was Logan all the way.

My Blogiversary Giveaway

Q. Guess my favorite Jace quote:

–“My hair is naturally blonde… Just for the record.”

–“I am a man,” he told her, “and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone woman, and bring me something brown.”

–“Not everything is about you,” Clary said furiously. “Possibly,” Jace said, “but you do have to admit that the majority of things are.”

–“There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then.”

–“Well, I’m not kissing the mundane,” said Jace. “I’d rather stay down here and rot.” “Forever?” said Simon. “Forever’s an awfully long time.” Jace raised his eyebrows. “I knew it,” he said. “You want to kiss me, don’t you?”

My Answer: “There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then.”

Most guessed correctly. I gave a hint that it should be easy to guess by just looking at the quotes.

I loved all five quotes, but only one of them wasn’t Jace being sarcastic. It was the only one unlike the others. And it was my favorite. It was the die-hard romantic one. Yes, Jace does have a heart underneath all that sarcasm.

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