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Heroine Tourney: Kaylee’s Round Two Match + Giveaway

Well, Kaylee made it to the second round. I’m so proud of everyone who helped her make it through a very difficult and extremely close first round match against Aura. I had a crazy day at work and I know she couldn’t have done it without all of your help. I’m sad that she had to beat Aura to make it to round two, but unfortunately that’s the way the nomination votes lined up.

Aura had an amazing army advocating on her behalf, so it wasn’t an easy or stress-free victory. And if the match had lasted even ten more minutes, I think Aura would have won. But, Kaylee had her own amazing group of supporters that kept on tweeting when I couldn’t, kept on spreading the word when I was too busy to do so and kept me from going completely crazy during the madness!

Thank you

So, thank you all so much. Especially Ina, Jessica, Maricar, Melinda and Alba who all went way beyond to support our girl Kaylee in the match.

But, of course that means….

It’s Not Over…

While it’s great that Kaylee made it past round one, it just means that the battle will be that much tougher in round two. Why? Because she’s going up against Tessa of Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Prince. Yes, that Tessa. The one with the balcony scene. The one with those two hotties – Will and Jem. And the one with a ginormous fan base and an author who loves to support her characters.

…Until It’s Over

This does not mean that I will admit defeat. It’s not like Kaylee doesn’t stand a chance. And while her chances may not be the best, or that it won’t mean having to fight for every single vote versus sitting back and having the votes roll in by the hundreds, I will be fighting for her every step of the way.

Even though the match begins at 9 p.m. on Christmas Day for me.

Even though Monday is the only day off I have this week and I would have preferred to spend it with my family.

Even though the likelihood of victory is slim.

Why?

Because she deserves it. She has shown over the many books she’s been in that she has been heroic and brave and loyal and selfless and good.

That’s not to say that Tessa isn’t awesome, or won’t continue to be awesome, but Kaylee has proved herself for just a bit longer, over a few more books.

And…

While I love all of Cassandra Clare’s characters, especially Clary, I’d hate to see this come down to an all Cassandra Clare tournament, as fun as a match between Clary and Tessa might be. But, having three characters by one author, especially one who’s so actively involved in the tournament, does weight the balance against all the other participants.

Even Katniss, who apparently is quite the heavy favorite, without her author’s support, hasn’t had nearly the number of votes as any of the TMI or TID characters.

And…

While I love the fact that the wonderful advocates of Team Clary, Team Tessa and Team Izzy are working together to support one another, if Tessa does beat Kaylee, and Izzy does beat Karou, Tessa will be going up against Team Izzy and, well, I think I know the guaranteed outcome of that match.

So…

For anyone who’d love to see a final match other than Clary v. Tessa, or would love one of their favorite heroines – Katniss, Alex, or either Izzy or Karou – have a fighting chance at making the finals, help support Kaylee in her match, which starts at 12:01 a.m. Eastern on December 26 or at 9 p.m. Pacific on December 25th (today).

Because if Tessa beats Kaylee, she will be going up against one of them next!

How to help

If you’d like to support Kaylee…

VOTE for Kaylee when her match goes live HERE.

SPREAD THE WORD on Twitter, Facebook, email friends and family.

VOTE AGAIN. Find a different device, a different computer, a cell phone, an iPad, a Kindle Fire. As the politicians say, EVERY VOTE COUNTS.

GRAB one of the four buttons above and change your avatar or profile picture.

ADD a button to your blog – code can be grabbed in the sidebar.

And…

As much as this is a competition, KEEPING THINGS FRIENDLY is the best way to help. I love Tessa. I love Cassandra Clare’s writing and her books. They are among my favorites. And Tessa’s advocate Avery is an amazing blogger and reviewer that I adore.

So, as much as I’d love for Kaylee to beat Tessa, I’d only like it to be because she’s a worthy heroine and her fans and supporters are just as awesome as she is.

You may have read recently on Rachel Vincent’s BLOG, that Never to Sleep comes out in eBook format on January 1, 2012, but that it won’t be free.

However, the amazing author has agreed that all royalties from sales of this eBook novella for the first six months will go to a wonderful charity.

So, to help out the charity and to pass along this AMAZING novella to as many people as I can, I will be giving away, to Kaylee supporters, 25 Kindle eBook copies to be gifted on January 1 as Amazon doesn’t allow pre-order Kindle gifts.

What’s up for grabs:

A kindle eBook of Never to Sleep to be gifted on January 1, 2012 to 25 winners.

The deets:

1. One entry per person.

2. There will be twenty-five (25) winners.

3. You must be 13 or older.

4. Giveaway is to anyone who can accept Kindle eBook gifts.

5. Giveaway ends at 9:00 p.m. Pacific on December 26th.

6. Winners will be chosen by Random.org and announced on December 27th in this post.

7. Winners will be gifted the Kindle eBooks on January 1 to the email they provide in the form.

There is no requirement to like or follow this blog, but this is a thank you for Kaylee supporters so you must have helped support Kaylee in one of the ways on the form.

To enter, fill out the form below:

Thank you so much everyone for all your support for Kaylee today. Although she didn’t win, I’m so happy to see everyone tweeting and sporting her AVI.

I can’t wait to see what questions Tod and Nash answer on Rachel Vincent’s blog tomorrow. Because Kaylee reached her 750 vote milestone they’ll be answering a few. I, of course, am hoping for a few more.

I will be running the names through Random either later tonight or tomorrow and notifying the 25 winners by email tomorrow. And I will be posting the winner’s names here in this post, though it probably wont’ be a screenshot as it will be such a long list.

All gifts will be sent directly from Amazon on January 1 just as soon as I wake up and hop on my computer.

Stay tuned….

Jen @ Midnight Book Thief
Suzanne Waligora
WendyL
Kimberley Sanches
Lecea
Angie H
Hiba008
latisha depoortere
Alba Solorzano
Melissa Robles
Alaiel Kreuz
bakerette
Denise Z
Melissa Simmons
Mariam Manghat
Ina Warren
Suzan Lacey
Heather Robbins
Kalynn
Erin O’Malley
Sharon J.
Ashleigh Logan
Jennifer Morrell
Crystal Fulcher
Jen @ Fictitious Delicious

I am terribly sorry for not posting the winners names earlier! I chose the winners, and then forgot to email them to let them know not to buy the book as I’d be gifting it on January 1. I then emailed them all just a couple days ago and forgot to post the list on the blog. I’m so sorry!

As it’s not yet January 1 here, I can’t order the books, but if I’m up for it tonight, I’ll start gifting all 25. But it will be more likely that I’ll be gifting it tomorrow morning.

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