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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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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 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
    Kimberley Sanches
    Angie H
    latisha depoortere
    Alba Solorzano
    Melissa Robles
    Alaiel Kreuz
    Denise Z
    Melissa Simmons
    Mariam Manghat
    Ina Warren
    Suzan Lacey
    Heather Robbins
    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.


    Heroine Tourney: The Incentives – Rachel Vincent Style

    I hope everyone’s getting excited for Kaylee’s match in the YA Sisterhood’s Tournament of Heroines that starts in less than two hours, at Midnight, Eastern and runs for ONLY 24 hours.

    My post on their site, as well as here on the blog, will be going live when the match starts, with links to the YA Sisterhood’s blog so you can cast your vote – hopefully for KAYLEE.

    During the summer YA Crush Tourney, Author Rachel Vincent allowed her character Tod to be interviewed by me.

    [If you’d like to hear what Tod had to say, just click on the image, below.]

    The Incentives

    Well, to make it more exciting, this time around, as an incentive to get you to VOTE and to help spread the word to those who will VOTE KAYLEE, YOU get to ask the questions – though I may sneak in a question or two of my own.

    And it won’t just be one character this time… Well, as long as Kaylee reaches certain milestones in the voting, which will be determined based on just how the voting goes, that is.

    For this tournament, Rachel has agreed to allow Sophie, Sabine, Emma, Nash AND Tod to be interviewed. IN THAT ORDER. So, if you want to hear from the boys, let’s make sure to get those votes in for KAYLEE!

    Each character will be asked FIVE questions, selected from the questions that YOU leave here on THIS POST.

    Starting NOW, you can ask your questions for Sophie – whose novella Never to Sleep will be coming out next month – by leaving them in the comments.

    Your questions can contain spoilers, but if they do, please alert any readers that they do by writing SPOILER QUESTION in front of your question.

    Once the first milestone has been reached, I’ll stop taking questions for Sophie and I’ll make my selections. So be sure to get your questions in EARLY to guarantee that they’ll be up for consideration.

    There will be a post for each character that is interviewed here on the blog. So be sure to check back to see whose questions were chosen and to find out what each character had to say!

    After that first milestone is reached, stop back to leave your questions ON THIS POST for the next character in the list – Sabine. Then do the same for Emma, Nash and hopefully Tod as Kaylee reaches each of her voting milestones.

    Both Rachel and I – and our favorite reaper Tod – are super excited for Kaylee to be in this tournament. And we hope to see her in the next round against the winner of the Tessa vs. Luce match.

    If you’d like to show your support, feel free to grab the VOTE FOR KAYLEE AVI to use on Twitter or Facebook.

    Also, as an added incentive – like you’d need more than a character interview – I will be giving away a Rachel Vincent BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository to FIVE people who leave a question in the comments section, below.

    If you stop by to leave a question after each milestone is reached, you will get an additional chance to win with each question. So if Kaylee reaches all five milestones and you’ve left five questions in the comments, you’ll have five entries into the giveaway.

    Thanks so much for stopping by! And thanks, in advance, for all the support for Kaylee and for the awesome questions for the characters!



    And if you’d like to follow the craziness on Twitter over the course of the match, follow @rachelkvincent or @fiktshun or #HeroineTourney.

    Thanks so much to everyone who asked a question and left a comment! I’ve run the 39 entries through Random and Random chose….

    If the winners left their email in the hidden details for the post entry, I’ll be reaching out by email, otherwise, please email me or leave a comment here with your details so I can email you for your book selection and address!

    Thank you for all of your support! And be sure to head over to Rachel Vincent’s blog to leave a question for Tod or Nash!