So my Last ARC contest was probably the coolest thing I’ve ever done on this blog – not because it was inherently cool or anything, more because YOU people are fucking cool and did some incredibly cool stuff for it. I’ve sent out Β a bunch of loots to folks in order to say thanks, but I wanted to give a special shout out to the top three entries, mostly because a lot of people have been asking who won.
Two honorable mentions (and some bonus ARCs courtesy of the awesome folks at Dunne/SMP) were Ashley who did this awesome special edition cover for STORMDANCER (terrifying that my signature is so easily acquired on the internets…):

And Anah who wrote me a FRACKIN SONG.
Sadly, there could only be one winner, and that was Su, who did this awesome Yukiko cosplay/photoshoot thing. The effort she went to kinda blows my mind:

Thanks to everyone who entered and gave their time and energy to this thing. I was totally blown away by your creativity and passion for this thing.
You all rock. πŸ™‚


19 Responses to β€œAwesomeness”

  1. Yay congrats to all those people!! πŸ™‚ I’m kind of a little scared of that song. O_O *inches away* You know, the whole, “Hey, I want to be a singer when I grow up” but I can’t write songs for my life. Well, the piano part. -.- So yeah, should probably start rethinking that. But I still love the song. πŸ˜€ It’s all so good, ack. Everybody did such a fantastic job! I really do love that cover and the photo shoot, too. πŸ™‚

    • I was blown away by the amount of awesome. I’m still kinda amazed anyone other than my mum wants to read this book, so having people do all this awesome stuff was truly mind-blowing πŸ™‚

  2. LK says:

    Ohhh me likey the Thunder Tiger Editon <3 Congratz to the winners!
    How many signatures do you have? I have 2 signed items and they both look different. o.O

    • My signature is kinda multi-personality disorder at the best of times. Plus, i was nervous as hell signing all the early stuff, so those sigs probably suffer from trying too hard, lol.

  3. Those are really awesome!! I am not a very artistic or creative person and can barely use photo shop. (okay, I kinda can’t even really use phot shop lol) I love seeing all the cool stuff people do for different contests. Congrats to the winner and the honorable mentions!!

  4. Wow, those are seriously cool. You must be beyond thrilled. And how much do I love the font for Stormdancer? If I saw that cover in a shop I would buy it without even reading the back or the first sentence.

  5. X52495 says:

    What kinds of special features does this “Thunder Tiger Edition” provide? I get it for DVDs and videogames and what not, but printed media? That’s a little… strange.

  6. michelle A says:

    Hey Jay,
    Amazzzinggg!!! When I saw the top one on the girls blog I was blown away. I told her in her comments how wow it was! That is when I went, stick people will not rule in this comp! Her book cover interpretation, is very stunning, I see a novella cover here. The song , how cool is that! I’m not asian, would have come in handy for the bottom one, lol!! WOW brilliant!! You judged well!
    Oh be afraid of what will be so easily acquired on the internet, lol!!
    Congrats to winners!! Such clever people!!! With really good brains!!! hehe!!
    p.s. Just checking have you posted the package back to me – Novels On The Run. No pressure , just making sure to be on lookout. My postie is a surfie dude who bends things or throws them behind letterbox or throws them at the door. I watch him like a hawk when I hear his badass postie bike coming down the road and I jump him. He is getting better:S

    • Will be posting the package this Saturday, Mich. RL work is just CRAZY busy atm, and I can’t get to the post office during the day. But it will be in the post this weekend, I VOW IT ON MY LIFE.

      • michelle A says:

        No problems Jay, just making sure my surfie dude postie hasn’t hurled it into my hedge plant thingy that I can’t find. It can be like find the parcel with him sometimes . So now I can relax and not be ready to jump him for a couple days. Thanks again for doing that, much appreciated. I was a bit scared my uber spesh proof copy may get lost. it’s rather spesh to me:D:D:D

  7. hrose2931 says:

    I would not have wanted to be you choosing the winners because I’m sure you got some awesomely creative and artistic things. Those three examples are just amazing!! Countdown getting close to zero. Have an awesome time!! I always post my reviews close to the release date which here in the US is the 18th which I’m sure you know. Not as if I think you’re waiting for my review with that Kirkus STAR!

    • I made my wife judge the final winners. I was too conflicted, lol.
      Countdown getting closer, yes! Scary!
      I always like reading nice reviews. Can’t wait to read yours (presuming you don’t tear me a new one) πŸ˜€

  8. To quote Darth Vader, “Impressive. Most impressive.”

  9. Dear Mr Kristoff
    I am now officially a very big fan, to say the least. I just finished reading and reviewing your book and it blew my brains out especially since the weather in London complied and provided me with the perfect soundtrack of storm and thunder. Here is the link [] if you want to check it out, you don’y have to.
    I realise you are a very busy man, what with realising an awesome book and all but it would be an amazing honour if you would do a short little interview with me for my blog. If you can.
    Either way i am a fan and can’t wait for the next book πŸ˜€

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