I am surprised to report that Avempartha has survived its second round in the BSC Tournament and is now one of the remaining “sweet sixteen.” With all the recent reality tv shows, I almost imagine all these books being forced to live in one drama-filled house as they compete daily, and forced to undergo bizarre challenges. There aren’t too many literary-based reality tv shows however, probably a reason for that.
Now, Avempartha is up against Cherie Priest's Boneshaker.
This matchup is particularly rough as I recently bought Boneshaker for my daughter who was interested in Steampunk. I chose it because I thought it sounded great, the first few pages were wonderful, and because of the numerous positive reviews. So this is a real good book. Just to add to the challenge my daughter informed me I might be in trouble because Boneshaker has zombies.
Voting is open and will remain open until 8:00 PM EST on 3/31.
So you have a little less than a week to decide to go with Steampunk zombies or Sword & Sorcery thieves.
While this contest has been great fun, as it consists of people voting for books and expressing why they liked them, and to an author that’s pretty nice to see, it has mostly come down to exposure, which is unfortunate. In a head-to-head matchup, people most often vote for the book they read and against the one they did not. At least in my matchups, only a rare few have read both. I expected this, but I expected to be slaughtered in the first round because all the other books have a much higher profile than mine. These are all big books, and big name authors released through major publishers. How I’ve survived this long is bewildering. Bewildering, but nice--very nice. Even if this is where I get voted off, the exposure has been great, and I can’t complain about the company. (Can you believe that Gathering Storm lost in the first round?)
Thanks to everyone who has supported me, and to BSC for including my little book.