Sunday, December 18, 2011

Heroine Tourney Wrap-Up

As I mentioned on Friday, Aura lost her first round of the Tournament of Heroines to a very worthy opponent, Kaylee Cavanaugh of Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series. But tons of fun was had, and we raised $470 to help keep open the Baltimore Poe House and Museum, a featured setting in Shade and Shine.

Obviously it would've been nice to win if for no other reason to keep raising funds for the Poe House. (And it would've been nice to keep Aura on Twitter for a few more weeks. But she'll be back for special events with Logan and Zachary.)

So until the Poe House either shuts down permanently or until it's rescued by the city, state, or a private enterprise, I will donate ten percent of author royalties from the Shade series to the fund to keep it running. At my last royalty check in August, Shade was $28 from earning out, so I know I'll be getting a check from S&S in February. And eventually from other publishers who've bought audio and translation rights.

This isn't a big deal--I donate ten percent of Eyes of Crow royalties to Conservation International and ten percent of Wicked Game royalties to VH-1's Face the Music (both of which will get their checks by December 31). I'm not a bestseller by any means, so the amounts are modest, but they do add up over the years. I'd been looking for a charity appropriate to the Shade series, and now I've found it!

Back to the tournament. My favorite part of the whole day was the "celebrity endorsement" pics that people posted. It started when @idabosita put a "Vote for Aura" sign up in front of a cardboard cutout of Lebron James:

and then a Public Service Announcement from Justin Bieber:

And finally support from a guy who really knows how to run a campaign:

These pics cheered me up as Aura started to fall way behind and I got sad face (not just about the vote--there was a sort of family emergency thingie going on at the same time that held most of my attention for most of the last two weeks, including the day of the tournament. Everything's good now, though, so yay!).

To keep me laughing, I asked people to post more "Celebrity Endorsement" photos, and they came pouring in:

From @Kimberdee:

And @MandieBaxter:

And @idabosita again:

And @jderucki:

And @dirtybrit, going for the youth vote:

They say politics makes strange bedfellows. @3fixedhearts proved this with a mix of real-life and fictional characters (Bieber, Barbie, Edward):

Speaking of storybook characters, @librarychickD found this guy, who unsurprisingly was taking the low road:

@JessLeake tried to play on voters' emotions:

While @jware29 appealed to American patriotism...

...@Kimberdee came back with an appeal to, um, Scottish pride:

After seeing the Will Ferrell photo, I really wanted to see one of my favorite fictional figures, Derek Zoolander, ask for votes for Aura, so I put out a special request and got these really really really good looking works of Photoshop:

Like this one from @jware29:

or another from @idabosita:

and finally, from @jenduffey:

There aren't enough ways to thank the Shade readers. I hope that being the best fans in the world is reward enough. I love you all!!!

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I'm sad Aura didn't win (so close there at the end! gah!!), but at least it was to an awesome character like Kaylee and to an author who is your friend. And yay for the donations to Poe House! It's so sad how historical places like that struggle so much.

Posted by: Blogger Ashley @ Book Labyrinth at 12/18/2011 7:26 PM

Aw I'm sorry I was sick and missed all the fun! It's sad that Aura didn't win but I'm glad money was raised for Poe House. :) I love hearing about everyone banding together over our favorite *coughfictionalcough* heroes and heroines. ESP. the Shade guys and gal!

Posted by: Blogger Marissa at 12/19/2011 12:45 AM

The heroine tourney was a blast... and Aura will always be a winner in my eyes. You rock for your generous donations, your writings, your tweeting... Aw hell... you JUST ROCK PERIOD ;)

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly Callegan at 12/19/2011 10:02 AM

Thanks, everybody! :)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/19/2011 10:34 AM

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