Thursday, July 12, 2012

Crush Tourney Round 1 results and giveaway winners!

You did it--you came through for Zachary and gave him the win in Round One in YA Sisterhood's Crush Tournament!

Thanks to all of Team Kilt and especially to Zach's advocates Fictitious Delicious, who put up a hilarious-but-sincere defense, raised $170 in donations for the Tartan Army Children's Charity, and ran a "Video Game" in which the Loch Ness Monster got gussied up for a special Big Date.

A special nod goes to Emily at Falling for YA, who gave Alex from Delirium the excellent defense and fight he deserved.


Because Zachary got 1500+ votes, that means I'm giving away 5 illustrated print versions of "Shattered" and 1 annotated SHADE trilogy.

The winners are as follows...drum roll...
"Shattered" winners:
Caitlin (comment #65)
Amy (#32)
Dizneeee (Lisa) (#30)
Krazzyme (Young Readers) (#26)
Aydrea (#16)

And the winner of the annotated SHADE trilogy is... jware (#28)!

The annotated SHADE trilogy will be mailed probably by the end of this month, and the "Shattered"s will be mailed some time after the novella is finished, obviously.

Please email your mailing address to melissa AT jerismithready DOT com and tell her which prize you won. And thanks again for taking part in Zach's Excellent Adventure.


As promised, Zachary's outrageous best mate, Martin Connelly, will be joining Twitter for a #SHADEboys chat (with Zach and Logan) on Thursday, July 19, at 8pm ET. He will also join Zachary and Aiden MacRae (the Highlander hottie from Cyndi Tefft's Between series) for a #FakeScotsmen chat, on a date to be determined.

LOGAN'S POV scene:

The votes are in! By the tiniest of margins, you chose Logan and Aura's first kiss as the scene I should write from his point of view:

I hope to write this on Monday and post by Wednesday.


Since so many of you offered good wishes for Meadow on last week's post, I feel I should update you here. Meadow passed away around 4am Friday morning after we took her to the ER for her intractable pain. The vet said that her symptoms indicated she most likely had a brain tumor, which was why the meds for what we thought was disc pain (which was going to be confirmed with MRI this week) just weren't enough anymore. It was a horrible, heartbreaking experience to see her suffer and then to lose her unexpectedly.

I spent most of Friday during the tourney in a numb fog at best. Your tweets for Zach and good wishes to me were my sanity's one salvation. That's all I can bear to say right now, but I'll have a special post honoring her within the next few days.

Until then, the SHADE fan site,, is offering handcrafted Team Kilt/SHADEboys keychains to the first 20 people who donate $10 or more to Greyhound Welfare, Inc., in Meadow's memory. See their post yesterday (Item #1) for details. Greyhound Welfare will be the official Team Kilt charity for the second round of the Crush Tourney, so hopefully we'll be able to raise lots of funds for this organization that gave me and my husband Chris the greatest gift we've ever received--the joy of Meadow in our lives.


...will begin at 12:01am Wednesday, July 25. Zachary's opponent will be the inimitable Will Herondale from Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and the forthcoming Clockwork Princess).

Will is the #1 seed in the entire tournament. His advocates are the fabulous (and fabulously huge) fan sites Mundie Moms and TMI Source. According to the latter, Will "routed" his Round One opponent.

With competition like this, it's time for Team Kilt to get SERIOUS. No more fun and games, no more men-in-kilt avis, no more Loch Ness Monsters, no more--

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Okay, I can't keep a straight face. Team Kilt couldn't be serious if our lives depended on it. We will always have fun and games, men-in-kilt avis, and Loch Ness Monsters (and possibly zombies, we're still deciding). We will have them today, tomorrow, on July 25, and on every day in between. And every day after.

After all, Team Kilt is about more than one tournament, or even two or three tournaments. It's a community of fun-loving--and just plain loving--folks who welcome everyone with open arms.

If you'd like to join, to help out and get some nice wee bits of swag, sign up here (scroll down to form--it's funny, you'll like it).

Some may say winning Round 2 is impossible, that Will is fated to win this entire tournament because of the sheer numbers of his fan base.

You know what? It is impossible for Zachary to win--but ONLY IF we give up now and accept defeat. Don't forget what one of his heroes, David Beckham, once said:
'Impossible' is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. 

As for fate, I think Zach's countrywoman Princess Merida has a few words on that subject:

Team Kilt, you are the bravest folk I know. 

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Waaaa, congrats to the winners!! those are amazing prizes!! *w*

C'mon Team Kilt, I'm sure we are capable of great things, we can do this, let's give our best!!

Posted by: Blogger Gaby Pendragon at 7/12/2012 6:58 PM

TEAM KILT is capable of ANYTHING! So proud to be undoubtedly Team Kilt!

Posted by: Blogger Lynn Marie at 7/12/2012 7:19 PM

Congratulations to all the winners! We have our work cut our for us on Friday July 25th , but I believe Team Kilt can do it! Zach FTW!

Posted by: Blogger cristina at 7/12/2012 8:17 PM

Holy crap I can't believe I won a print copy of Shattered, I'm so excited!

Team Kilt FTW, we can do it guys!

Posted by: Blogger Aydrea at 7/12/2012 11:54 PM

thanks so much!!! YAY!!! #teamkilt 4 life!!!

Posted by: Blogger jware at 7/13/2012 2:39 PM

Congrats to all the winners! We are definitely going to have a blast next round! :)

Go Team Kilt!!!

Posted by: Blogger Litza at 7/14/2012 11:38 AM

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