Well, around about that time, I came into a second ARC. So I am naming TWO winners:
First, I chose Count Dracula, who was nominated by this week's first winner,hersheekiss358. She made a strong case that it's too easy to take the original Big Bad for granted, that he's still pretty terrifying today, that we owe almost all of our current yummy vamps to him, and that really, we should be a little scared not to name him the greatest ever.
Second, I chose Carlisle Cullen, who was nominated by our second winner, towerofwisdom. She pointed out that misguided moral righteousness can be scarier than bloodsucking, and that Carlisle's attempts to reconcile his vampirism with religious faith make for some very complex storytelling.
So, congrats to hersheekiss358 and towerofwisdom! As soon as I get their mailing addresses, their ARCs will be on the way.
Thank you to EVERYONE who entered. If you didn't win, there is still hope for an ARC -- read on.
Now, for Evernight Contest #4:
As readers of this LJ must know, I am a big fan of the work of Elizabeth Scott, who writes wonderful YA novels such as Bloom and Perfect You. Well, she has another book, Stealing Heaven coming out soon -- on May 27, the same day as Evernight So we decided to hold a cross-promotion; she's giving away one of my Evernight ARCs, and I'm giving away one of hers. As my rules are a little harder, I'm also sweetening the deal: Not only will you win Stealing Heaven, but you will also get an advance copy (not an ARC -- an actual hardcover) of Evernight and a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.
The rules: Stealing Heaven is about a girl who's been raised by a career-thief mom, and her efforts to make her own choices in life. Pretty far cry from my vampire novel, right? Not if you look at it this way: Both novels are about romances that involve deep, dark secrets. So, I want you to Tell me your favorite "secret love" in fiction. Books, plays, movies, TV, you name it -- tell me those two people who loved each other despite all the obstacles in the way, far away from the world's prying eyes, and I'll pick one winner to get the whole prize package.
Ready, set, go!
By the way, I got to visit with a lot of great people at Floral Park Memorial last week -- I'll post more about it as soon as I have time to get the pics off my camera. What's kept me so busy? Finally finishing revisions to the third book in the series, Hourglass, which is with the publisher as of this morning. Whew!