(Read this with the knowledge that I am completely zombified from lack of sleep. If I sound incoherent or...I don't know, there's probably another word that should go here, that's why.)
Heh. Um...so the other day I posted about the Team Smackdown
and promised another "Shattered" teaser if Zachary won the finals, a teaser the length of which would be determined, as it was in the first two rounds, by the number of votes he received.
Twenty-four hours ago, he was well ahead of the competition with 108 votes. It looked like he was cruising to an easy victory as he had in the earlier rounds, and I'd have a nice-size teaser to share, but nothing too huge or spoilery.
And then last night, things blew up. Some Jem fans found out about the poll and he, being from an infinitely more popular series (Infernal Devices, which I got for Christmas and can't wait to read) went way ahead, 188-108.
Team Kilt responded, as they always do, with a rally last night, and now the vote is much closer
, though Zachary is still in second place.
At press time, he has 245 votes. If things keep going this way, with the battle continuing through the weekend (voting ends Sunday at 7pm EST), you could be in for a VERY large teaser. Which is awesome for you, but for me, it might mean I got some writin' to do!
So I've decided to make things more interesting and tweet/share one "Shattered" line for every 50 votes Zachary gets. So far we've got:
Martin: "If ye sleep on yer side like that, ye need something extra firm."
Zachary: They’ve not given me a mirror--they know what it could become in my hands.
Zach: I do as Aura says. It's good personal policy.
Zachary: And if my silence can make her safe, then it can shatter me, smother me, slay me. I don’t care.
EDITED TO ADD:
“No.” My throat’s raw from need and screaming. “Don’t leave. Not yet.”
Zachary: Just like that, we're talking about It again. The last thing I wanted her to think of when I took off my shirt.
AND...a double-sized teaser for every mark he hits while in the lead:
“Am I that bad?” I ask. I expect him to reply, “Naw, I’m just taking the piss out of ya,” but he stays dead silent, which I thought impossible for Martin. “Yeah,” he says finally. “It’s bad, mate.”
Zachary, on his dad:
He hates being helped, but hates even more having to ask for help. I’ve learned to spot the tiny hesitations that tell me he needs a hand. It’s a fine line, and on either side lie rage and sorrow.
"Really?" Crap, my voice just did that Glaswegian pitch-up thing, making me sound 13 yrs old. "I mean, really?" I keep my voice warm & low. She nods & seems to be waiting for me to say or do something. Finally I realize what.
I'd no idea this was possible, this complete connection without touching. When we cast aside our fears of the past and future, and simply dwell in This. Perfect. Present.
I lie awake, hands to my face, inhaling the scent of brass on my fingertips. Reminding myself that here, metal exists.
And finally, Zach's 600-vote "Shattered" snippet of victory:
I can show them I'm still alive. I still want. I still need. They may have shattered me, but I'm not broken.
The words in these lines will be deducted from the final big teaser, which will be posted
if Zachary wins. EDITED TO ADD: he did win--thank you so much for all your support! I've written the river scene from SHIFT from his point of view.
In appreciation for your support, we have some fun in store for you.
Tonight at 9pm EST, the SHADEboys will hold a little music party where they'll share songs that remind them of each other. They'll post them on their tumblr
and of course hang out on Twitter to see your offerings. I have a hunch Fictitious Delicious might be on at the same time, and we might all be giving away some goodies. Because we like to do that. Hashtag is #SHADEboys.
And tomorrow! At 6pm EST we’ll have a SHADEboys chat with special guest Aura Salvatore. You can ask all three of them anything. I've got a stash of Shade paperbacks with the "classic" cover (for everyone) and Wicked Games (for ages 18 and up) to give away, as well as some surprises (whatever I can dig up from my bookshelf and swag box).
By holding it on a weekend we'll get to see some new faces who normally can’t make it on weeknights. Hashtag as always = #SHADEboys.
EDITED TO ADD--CHAT DETAILS:
3 Shade paperbacks
Winners: @Poochylover, @shellseeker93, @LovesBooks96
3 Wicked Game mass market paperbacks (for 18 and older--Shade will be substituted as a prize if winner is under 18)
Winners: @jderucki, @booglebum, @coldmoonviolet
Winners: @NightBookThief, @geekchic_mag
Winners: @clairehuggy, @RebekahMillet
Congrats to the winners! Please send your name, address, and the prize you won to me at jeri AT jerismithready DOT com. Thanks!
10 exclusive, collectible TeamKilt signed bookplates for Shade, Shift, or Shine. These come with all the different covers and are ONLY available at TeamKilt events. They can't be requested like regular bookplates. Winner gets a randomly drawn bookplate--no specific cover/title requests. That's what makes collecting fun, when you never know what you're gonna get!
Winners will be drawn from the people who ask a question of Aura, Logan, and Zachary. No limit to number of entries. If I run out of time and can't answer your question, your entry still counts. International entries are welcome.
The easiest way to follow the chat is using Tweetchat
, which automatically adds the #SHADEboys hashtag to your tweet. Questions without the #SHADEboys hashtag will probably not be seen, much less answered or entered into the drawing.
As I said, things get hectic, and I can only watch one stream at a time in tweeting for three characters at once.
Looking forward to seeing you all this weekend! And now, I need to go pass out for a couple hours to prepare.
Labels: SHADE series, short stories, Team Smackdown, teasers