Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ze Big Announcement - Incentives for Zachary's YA Crush Tourney FINAL

As I mentioned Tuesday morning during my homage to Team Kilt, Zachary is in the final round of the YA Crush Tournament against his most formidable foe yet! Voting begins at 9am eastern and continues for 24 hours.


Win or lose, we will be partying hard. I'll be posting SHINE snippets, music videos, movie clips, and any other Zachary-related inspiration I can think of, all day and all night, on the #TeamKilt hashtag. Several people have promised to post their Zach-inspired playlists, trivia questions, and pictures of guys in kilts. Why wouldn't you want to be a part of that?

Later, Zach's outstanding advocates at Fictitious Delicious are hosting an online Slumber Party tonight, so go to their Team Kilt Hub to keep up with the latest festivities as they're updated during the day and night.

But winning is the most fun of all, so let's make it happen!

Beginning at 8am eastern, an hour before voting begins, check out For What It's Worth's giveaway hop to see the prizes to be had when Zachary reaches different vote increments. Signed books, agent critiques, concert T-shirts, DVDs, and more! To enter, just show Zachary some love in the tournament-post comments after you vote (FOR HIM, yes). If you're a blogger who wants to hold your own giveaway, just link to it at the bottom of the giveaway hop post using Mr. Linky.

Second, consider pledging a donation to the Tartan Army Childrens Charity. We raised over $1200 in the previous two rounds, so let's keep helping out the weans!

Third, beginning at 9am eastern, VOTE VOTE VOTE! Spread the word, to friends, family, enemies, bosses, underlings, and random strangers in the street. (One vote per browser per device. Probably.)

And now, what you've probably skimmed down here to read...INCENTIVES

I've given you four SHINE teasers, including the now-infamous shower scene, plus 20 SHINE snippets. I'll continue to tweet/Facebook snippets through the final round's voting, but I've run out of non-spoilery scenes to share.

So here's what I'll do:

Logan fans have been incredibly generous with their time and passion on behalf of Zachary, which means so much to me, considering many of them probably wish Zachary would become a ghost himself (I'm looking at you, Brooke!).

So for them, something I've been asked for many times but was too chicken to try....

1. If Zachary gets 5,000 votes, I will write lyrics to "Forever," the song Logan sings to Aura in her sleep the night before his testimony near the end of Shade. The scene that makes everyone, including me, bawl their eyes out. I've never written a song before, except the chorus of the song in Requiem for the Devil that I probably can't name without getting this blog post blocked by obscenity screens (my friend Greg wrote the verses). So it might take more than a few days. But I'll have it done in time for the release of Logan's story "Bridge" in the Enthralled anthology that comes out September.

2. If Zachary gets 10,000 votes, I will list every Team Kilt member's name in the acknowledgments of SHINE. That's right--not just a short story like in the last round, but a print book released by a major publisher. Your name could be in it, but 10,000 votes is a very high goal--the last two rounds had 10,000 votes combined between the characters.

In the event he reaches 10,000 votes and you'd like to have your name in the acknowledgments, let me know you voted for him by sending an email to jeri AT jerismithready DOT com and using the subject line "TeamKilt." This'll be on the honor system, so BE HONORABLE.


Um...this one requires some explanation...

A couple weeks ago, during Round 3, several people asked Zachary on Twitter if he would reveal "what's under the kilt" if he won. He cheekily (and foolishly) said that would be the prize for winning Round 5, the final round.

Boys. *sighs* Whaddya gonna do?

Obviously, he didn't think he'd even reach Round 4, much less Round 5, much less have a chance to win. He underestimated the power of Team Kilt.

So...*drags feet*

3. If Zachary wins, you will all get to see what's under the kilt.


Technically, the age of majority in Scotland is sixteen, which he is even in the beginning of SHADE. But I'm going by American standards here. In SHIFT and most of SHINE, he's still seventeen.

But during SHINE, he and Aura turn Ballyrock Castle. I've written a scene that will most likely be left out or trimmed due to excessive hotness, but either way, I promise you'll get to read it, either in the book or as a deleted scene, once SHINE is released.

And ye shall know what's under the kilt...


Happy? Good.

Real-life, non-fiction incentive

I've grown to know and love the members of Team Kilt over the last month. New people have joined at every round and kept me laughing through each nail-biting contest. When Fictitious Delicious said they were having a Team Kilt Slumber party for the final round, I thought, "Aww, I wish I could come. It would be great to meet everyone."



4. If Zachary wins, I will fly to Minneapolis for a booksigning and get-together with Amy, Jen, and any Team Kilt member who can join us. We can call it TeamKiltCon and get the convention rate at a hotel or something. Details will be worked out later, but I will absolutely buy every member of Team Kilt the drink of their choice. Yes, even single-malt Scotch, if you're old enough.

So there you have it. These things I offer, not because I have to, but because they're fun and I love you.

But to get them you have to go vote at 9am eastern! Vote like the wind! (No, not like the wind, because the wind doesn't vote. Vote like a person who really wants to vote!)

And if you're on Twitter, stay tuned to #TeamKilt for shenanigans and #SHINEline for snippets.

Support our boy, and most of all, have fun!

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We love you Jeri! Oh and I guess we love Zach, too :) You are simply marvelous to offer these incentives. Not that we need them to support you and the man of the hour, I'm sure we'd all do it any way.

Just remember "These colors don't bleed!"
A vote for the Scott means a win that is hot!

#TeamKilt let's get ready to rock!

Posted by: Blogger Marissa at 8/10/2011 2:09 AM

I just voted! 11 votes each. I hope it stays tied for a while so Zach has a chance to win!

Posted by: Blogger Jess (The Cozy Reader) at 8/10/2011 9:04 AM

*innocent eyes* I have NO idea what you're talking about Jeri! Me and Zach are like best friends!! :P

Also, i decided that WHEN Zach wins the whole tourney, you have to sing 'Forever' at TeamKiltCon! I'm sure once we all have a scotch or two in us, you'll sound quite lovely! BAHA!!

Now i'm off to go pimp our boy!!

Posted by: Blogger Brooke at 8/10/2011 9:30 AM

This is pretty amazing! SOOO glad I live in Minneapolis (minneapolis bloggers are pretty cool ;)) Can't wait until Zach wins!

Posted by: Blogger Delilah (Del) at 8/10/2011 10:04 AM

Voted for Zach ! continuously voting and tweeting !

#TeamKilt !!!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 8/10/2011 11:38 AM

Haha, we get to see what's under the kilt, huh? WHEN Zach wins, I think I'll be tempted to fly out to Minneapolis to attend TeamKiltCon too. I bet it would be a blast :)

#TeamKilt all the way!

Posted by: Blogger Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) at 8/10/2011 12:50 PM

Here's hoping I can fly to Minneapolis when Zach wins! :)

Posted by: Blogger Brittany Howard at 8/10/2011 7:47 PM

A TeamKiltCon?? How stinking fun!!! We definitely need to win this thing!!

Posted by: Blogger Courtney at 8/10/2011 9:27 PM

I can't express enough how truly cool I think you are. Your generosity of spirit and ability to turn strangers instantly into friends are so inspiring to me and do more than you'd think to restore my faith in humanity.

Proud member of #TeamKilt here!

Posted by: Blogger Heather at 8/10/2011 9:41 PM

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