Meadow and I have a lot in common.
- We're both goofy.
- We're both sweet (most of the time).
- We're both sprinters.
- We're both a little dim-witted:
- We're both highly food-motivated.
- But luckily, we both have fast metabolisms.
- We both have chronic back pain (here's her story).
- We both love snow, but hate when it gets all crusty.
- We both love cats, but hate when they step on our faces.
Most relevant to today's post, we've both never won a race. As you can see from Meadow's brief career, the closest she came was second.
I've never won an election or a popularity contest. Neither have my books. Sure, they've won awards, but those were always chosen by a small group of judges. Never by the masses. I've never had a best-selling novel (yet).
So when I was told that Shade had been chosen as a finalist in the DA BWAHA competition, my first thought was, Oh, cool, how flattering! I confess, I began a fist-pump.
But this happy thought was quickly chomped by: Oh God, no. Public humiliation time. My fist fell to my side, only half-pumped.
Because in the DA BWAHA, not only do books go head-to-head in a series of elimination, March Madness-type "bracketed" contests, but authors are supposed to campaign on behalf of their books. Trash-talk their opponents, bribe readers, and generally beg for votes so we can win an iPad or something.
I know, right? Seriously not my style. More like my worst nightmare.
But then I thought, hey, I'm not in high school anymore. I have tons of Twitter followers, Facebook friends, Street Team members--people who believe in me and who genuinely loved Shade. Maybe I could make it past the first round. Let's see who I'm facing there.
Oh. Nalini Singh. A hugely popular bestselling author who, from the little time I've spent with her, is ten times as sweet as I am--probably even at home, where I'm secretly a lunatic bitchface. It doesn't even matter which book of hers has been nominated, because they're all amazing (for the record, it's Archangel's Kiss, which some people are picking to win the entire competition).
"Wait, wait!" you say. "Nalini Singh isn't a YA author."
Yeah, for some reason Shade was nominated not in the YA category, but in Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal Romance (SFF/PNR). An adult category. Why? I have no idea. The world-building? The romance? Okay, but other paranormals in the YA category have those, too.
Whatever. I'm not complaining, I'm just confused (as usual--something else Meadow and I have in common).
But hey, like Meadow, I'm eternally optimistic. She, for the chance to steal cat food, and me, for the chance just once to beat the popular
So vote for SHADE in Round 1, Set 2, today from noon to midnight Central Time (that's 1pm to 1am Eastern).
Do it to be subversive. Do it to stun the world.
Do it because you love YA books, because you love Meadow, because you love me.
Do it because underdogs rock.