Be forewarned that I am very, very tired still so parts of this post may be rambling in nature or outright incoherent.
So #TeamKilt - we made it though the 24 hour #TeamKiltAThon that was the Summer YA Crush Tournament hosted by The YA Sisterhood.. We came blazing in on a wave of silly, fun and sexy plaid and sailed through the night as we passed into #TeamKiltAfterDark. (we also apparently now speak fluent #kilthashtag)
Now we could all be depressed that we didn't claim the BIG prize but honestly I don't see how we can look at this as anything other than a victory.
We were up against the very popular, very sexy Shadowhunter named Jace Wayland. That's an uphill battle at best.
But there was no stopping us #TeamKilt'ers! We banded together and made Zachary Team Kilt Tribute videos (Ficticious Delicious), hilarious #TeamKilt dancing videos by The Reading Housewives of Indiana & Books, Sweets, and Other Treats and wrote Vote for Zach poems (Erin @evstout) View all of them HERE at Ficticious Delicious's Team Kilt Hub.
Many bloggers pitched in with contests as incentives for voting for Zachary. We were seriously a force to be reckoned with!
All through the night we kept voting and pushing each other on. I went back through my Twitter stream and I just want to say THANK YOU everyone and I had so much FUN!
@FictishDelish @jsmithready @readingangel002 @jenduffey @eveningreen @FearofLung @madhousemirror @emberchyld @lindsiking @makeshiftjen @Twinklesmile023 @DBetweenthepages @samk52 @iokijo @MarrisaOdom @mistye_1 @tamsbookramble @hefollowedme @librarygalreads @GReads @1of2chicksonbooks @luarroyave @Kimberdee @mistye_1 @Twinklesmile023 @BooksOverBoys @Neri0724 @precious_shusky @LitzaLou @idabosita @manyoceans @cyntitefft @Ginger_Clark @ReadingWifeJac @arnoldjamie13 @IsaBookSoulmate @ZoeRainDasherBenji @SmashAttackAsh @Lena1xoxo @aprilmom00 @lindsiking @3fixedhearts @idabosita @jware29 @Brookeworm33 (<--the wifey) @keeley_logan
I know I missed a few people so give me a shout out in the comments if I did! I hardly recognize y'all anymore without your kilt avi's. LOL
All night I kept getting tweets and email from people saying they were inspired by the outpouring of support for Jeri and Zachary and that they had just ordered Shade to see what all this craziness was about and asking how they could help.
When 7am rolled around I started getting tweets from people *STUNNED* that not only had we made it through the night but we GAINED ground and were still wide awake (by that I mean just barely conscious). We made it past our goal of 20,000 votes and we get our TeamKiltCon meet up with Jeri in Minneapolis!
I just can't think of any other group of people who could have accomplished that much with that level of enthusiasm!
Congratulations to Team Jace - you are indeed YA Crush Worthy! And congratulations to author Cassandra Clare who rewarded her fans with one smoking hot club scene with Jace & Clary!! Whew!! Cold shower needed!
I just wanted to mention a few things before I go.
I had several giveaways for each voting goal met and here are a list of the winners:
For reaching 500 votes in the first hour - Jacinda won a Gerard Butler DVD and signed audio CD of Shift
1500 votes - Samantha won a Punk Hello Kitty and a signed Shade bookmark
3000 votes - Julie won a signed copy of Enthralled and a Keeley Brothers button
5000 votes - Sniffly Kitty won a signed copy of both Shade & Shift and Between by Cyndi Tefft (Thanks for donating the book Cyndi!)
7500 votes - Lynn Marie won my own personal ARC copy of SHINE
10,000 votes - Kelly B won a critique of a query letter by Jeri's Literary Agent Ginger Clark or a book from from Ginger's personal collection (Thank you Ginger!)
Signed Shift Audio CD MP3 - Brooke Reports
Women's Death Cab For Cutie T-Shirt - Melissa
Medium Death Cab For Cutie T-Shirt - Marissa
Thank you Jeri for donating several of those items to my giveaway!
Amy & Jen from Ficticious Delicious deserve a shout out so loud that it might shatter the computer screen. You took Zachary Moore from the bottom seed to the finals with an amazing amount of creativity and dedication!
Jeri - You know I love ya! And I am so obviously not alone. You make us laugh with your sense of humor, you make us cry (SOB - BAWL - DROWN in TEARS) with your beautiful writing and you were right there with us every step of the way. You are generous in so many ways. With your time, with your characters, in the way you always connect all that you do to helping others. I have said this before but you are truly inspiring to me.
Charity! In Rounds 3 and 4 of the YA Crush Tournament, Team Kilt raised $450 and $770(+20 pounds) for the Tartan Army Childrens Charity, a group that helps needy children in Scotland and in other countries where the national football (soccer) side (team) supporters (fans) travel to support their boys.
For the finals pledges have reached $275.00! There is still time to donate - check out Jeri's fundraising pledge post here.
Someone asked me to put a linky up for Team Kilt contest winners posts. If you held a giveaway and posted the winner either link it below or just tweet me (@teamsheltie) and I'll do it for you. Some people lost track of all the giveaways & wanted a central location to find the results.
A REWARD FOR YOU TEAM KILT!
SHINE is up for pre-order now! As a reward for all of you guys who were part of this incredible team, I'm going to giveaway one copy of Shine from Constellation Books - a small indie bookstore in Jeri's neck of the woods - MD. The book will be personalized to you and shipped once it comes out in 5/2012!
To enter leave a comment with a highlight or your favorite moment from #TeamKilt mania. Don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you - email or Twitter handle.
I'll pick a winner Saturday 8/20!
It was great to meet so many of you!
See you next year?
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
The winner of SHINE is Daisy!