We have winners...
WOW—we had so many great entries, I’m glad this was random. It would have been impossible to choose based on content. So after numbering the entries, throwing them in a hat for each category (and believe me that wasn’t easy considering some of you lumped heros and villains together) and allowing for multiple entries (here’s a case where more was definitely better) our winners are:
: Brooke Reviews who chose Freddy Krueger. If I'm not even safe in my dreams, where am I safe?!
Brooke email Mario at MarioAcevedo dot com with your snail-mail address
: AtticusRex whose winning entry (from many submitted) included:1. Chuck Yeager
2. T.E. Lawrence
3. Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt
4. Charles Lindberg
5. Audie Murphy
Whilst you also mentioned Sigorney Weaver's Alien character what about Linda Hamilton from the Terminator movies? Or TV's Zena Warrior Princess or Buffy? Or heck even two lasses from Thelma and Louise... heroines for their generation.
Atticus email Jeanne at JeanneStein dot com with your snail-mail address
The prize assortments contain all sorts of stuff we picked up at Romantic Times. Hope you have fun with the goodies. And props to Mario who amended his article about heroes to include an equal number of females. It only took gentle persuasion on my part...
We here at Biting edge love contests so it won’t be long until we’ve come up with some other way to get you talking.
Speaking of chances to win, there’s still time to bid on our gift basket at Brenda Novak’s auction
to Benefit Diabetes Research. The bidding is up to $155.00 for a great assortment of books from 7 Denver authors. You have a week left.
News that’s probably not:
If you’re a Whedon fan, you already know that Fox has renewed Dollhouse. From a WhedonInfo article
:In a stunning move, sources say Fox has renewed Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse” for next fall…The low-rated series was last seen given up for dead by the media in a field somewhere.But the show’s DVR numbers are huge (averaging a 40% bump), online streaming is strong. It’s a sci-fi show, which tend to bring in strong ancillary revenue such as DVD sales for sister-company studio 20th TV. And it’s said that Fox execs rather like the series, especially the latter half of the season. Besides, a show airing in the fall on Fox is a bit like running in midseason on most networks — it’s not the network’s strongest part of the year and maybe ... maybe ...
And about the DVD
set available July 28: along with the 12 episodes aired this season, the "Dollhouse" DVD will include the original unaired pilot "Echo" in addition to the never-before-seen standalone episode "Epitaph One."
Loved the Dollhouse Season Finale.
And if you are a Nathan Fillion/Castle fan: ABC has renewed
it for a second season. What I want to know, though, is what happened to the poker games with all those big time authors that were supposed to be included in the episodes? I can only remember one.
Want to be a real life sleuth? Over at Lee Lofland’s Graveyard Shift, he’s posted
an “Identify the Evidence and Help Us Solve a Real Crime.” In 1990, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston was robbed of half a billion dollars worth of art, including paintings by Rembrandt and Manet. The art has never been found. Neither have the two men who pulled off one of the greatest heists in art history.
Here is the clue:
Any idea what those keys fit? If you do, go to the link, submit your idea, and you might just collect part of the FIVE MILLION DOLLAR reward being offered.
This seems to be contest central this week. Several months ago, I posted the Amazon and Penguin Groups call for entries in this year’s Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Here are the finalists:Ian Gibson, Victoria, B.C., for Stuff of Legends, "a comic fantasy about heroism and celebrity, where a 15-year-old boy's fondest wish is granted and he is teamed with his idol, warrior hero Jordan the Red, to defeat villains, monsters and demonic armies."
James King, Wilton, Conn., for Bill Warrington's Last Chance. "In the novel, Bill Warrington tries to reestablish ties with his estranged children after he is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. After several attempts at a reunion fail, he decides to kidnap his 15-year-old granddaughter, April, so that his children will be forced to talk to each other--and to him--as they attempt to 'rescue' April."
Brandi Lynn Ryder, Napa, Calif., for In Malice, Quite Close. "The novel opens in 1979 San Francisco, where an unlikely relationship forms between 15-year-old Karen, who longs to escape her abusive father, and wealthy art collector Tristan Mourault. Tristan gains Karen's trust and she soon adopts a new identity as his daughter, sending the two on an extraordinary odyssey that spans 15 years and two coasts."
Through this Thursday, May 21, the public can read excerpts of the books as well as critiques by a panel of publishing professionals and then vote for their favorites on amazon.com/abna. The panelists were authors Sue Grafton and Sue Monk Kidd, literary agent Barney Karpfinger and Penguin Press editor-in-chief Eamon Dolan.The Grand Prize winner, who receives a publishing contract from Penguin and a $25,000 advance, will be announced in New York on Wednesday, May 27.
From Shelf Awareness: Publishing stats that may or may not be of interest--Traditional book production in the U.S. declined 3.2% in 2008, but the on-demand category showed dramatic growth at "462% above levels seen as recently as 2006," according to Bowker, which compiled the statistics from its Books in Print database.
Bowker projected that U.S. title output decreased to 275,232 new titles and editions in 2008 from 284,370 in 2007, based on preliminary figures from U.S. publishers.
Phenomenal growth in the on-demand books sector was reflected in Bowker's projections that 285,394 on-demand books were produced last year, a 132% increase over 2007's 123,276 titles and 462% above 2006 levels.
Bowker reported that the top five categories for U.S. book production in 2008 were fiction (47,541 new titles), juvenile (29,438), sociology/economics (24,423), religion (16,847) and science (13,555).
Fun stuff: Horror Blips did a best bloodsucker movie poll
—hop on over and see if you agree with the picks. Them make your own here for the scariest, sexiest and funniest vamp movies.
Something sweet to close with. Friend Charlaine Harris made the NYT—not only with her #1 spot on the best seller list for Dead and Gone, but with this article
. She mentioned on a loop that the author of the article, Motoko Rich, actually flew down to spend the afternoon with her at her home in Arkansas. There’s a really nice pic of Charlaine at her writing desk. Check it out.
So, what’s going on in your world? Looking forward to summer? Trips planned? What?