I’m always amazed at the support these authors generate. This month is no different. I’m getting used to each month’s first round outdoing the month before it, but I’m more impressed this month. In about half the time, your readers helped shatter the record for first round votes. You generated 2,250 votes, which is 502 more than ever before. What makes me happiest is that every match had more than 110 votes. So all your readers came out to show support, and they were kind enough to show that support to all of you. Please thank them for me.
This month didn’t have a lot of close calls, but the votes were coming in so fast and furious (really hate that term these days) that I had to wait for the next round to start before I could finalize this post. One match had a lead change just while I was typing this post out. (Well fought Michael J. Sullivan and Frank Dorrain!)
Let’s go over some numbers:
The Closest Contest:
The above shoutout should have been the hint. Michael J. Sullivan had a late (like 11:30 p.m. late) surge and took the match by three votes (just 51% of the total votes). That makes Age of Myth vs To Brave the End the closest contest no matter how you slice it. Sullivan just won’t go away. He consistently finds a way to win (except for that pesky final match).
The Largest Victor:
World, meet Neo Edmund and his outstanding cover Fate of the Big Bad Wolf. He beat Malevolent Mind by Misty Harvey by 64 total votes, which is 74 percent of the matches’ 132 total votes (No, it’s not the most voted on contest. Like I said, you all had a TON of support!)
Most Voted On Contest:
For my money, the most voted on match was the most fun match to watch. It had a lot of lead changes and was always close. Waters of Salt and Sin by Alisha Klapheke managed to beat Restitution by Kristen Martin by just 8 votes (one of the three closest matches). This match dominated in terms of total votes with 188. I saw both authors tweeting and sharing away. It was great to see their participation and touching to see how many readers showed up to vote for them.
Least Voted On Contest:
For the first time since I started this, I really think we had max participation in that every match had a significant number of votes. Yes, the above match had some 20 votes more than the others, but everyone got some love. However, someone usually gets the fewest. This round, the match between by Darkborn by Carrie Summers vs The Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski received the fewest votes (120). Summers took the match pretty handedly though (by 46 votes).
Usually, the winner of the most voted on contest also earns this distinction. Not so this month. Joe Hart’s The First City received 100 votes. There were a lot of books that received more than 90 votes, so it’s just a testimony to how much love voters showed all of the contests.
So now it’s on to the Sweet 16! This round will last until May 7. That’s 3 days to pick which 8 will move on.
Head over here and vote!
Thanks for reading,