And the ARC Goes to…

The “Win the Goth Girl Rising ARC” Contest is officially over, with entries coming through FacebookMySpace,Twitter, and both of my web sites. And the winner is…Fanboy107. (Hmm. With a name like that, maybe it’s fate?)

How did Fanboy107 win? Well, it was all random. I got so many entries and so many people used the same quotes — I decided that the fairest way to settle this was randomly. I took everyone who submitted a valid, actual quote from Kyra and put their names into a bowl, then randomly drew a winner. (Note that I said a “valid, actual quote from Kyra.” If you listed a quote from someone other than Kyra, you weren’t entered…and some of you did.)

What’s sort of funny about this system is that not only does Fanboy107 have a VERY appropriate name for this contest, but he was also the first person to put an entry on!

Fanboy107’s quote was a favorite of MANY people in this contest:

“Other people are just… there. If they aren’t helping, they’re just in the way. Weave around them, knock them over, do whatever you have to, but get past them.”

That line — and variations on it, with people using more or less of the text around it — was really popular! Twelve people total used that line as their entry.

But the most popular Kyra quote was:

“People are stupid. People suck. Period.”

That bit — and some of the text around it in some cases — was used a total of fourteen times in the contest.

What were some of the other really popular entries?

Kyra’s sobbing speech about being broken (“Yes you would. You would. Because she’s perfect. She’s perfect and I’m broken. Just a broken piece of- Broken…”) was used six times. Her rant about how “Adults are idiots” (ending with the line about “if you have the balls to tell them to shove it, they crumble.”) was used eight times. And her scathing comments about Tinkerbell and Jean Grey at the end of the book were used five times.

With something like 100 entries scattered across two MySpace pages,, Twitter, Facebook, and, though, there were also plenty of lines used only once or twice, such as:

“Damn, you always carry ammo?””Go ahead – try to get it. Go for it. I won’t stop you.”

“Calm down, fanboy. Don’t blow a gasket ok?”

“Do I pass your test, or do I have to name the founding members of the Legion of Super-Jackoffs?”

“My sister’s a freakin’ pharmacy on spiked heels ever since she lost the kid.”

And someone even dropped in Kyra’s line from her cameo in Boy Toy:

“You seem happy coming out of there. Did he blow you, or was it the other way around?”

For the record, my favorite Kyra quote was picked by someone. This is my favorite line of hers from the first book:

“Normally I’d be pissed, but your honesty and your willingness to admit you’re an idiot has endeared you to me.”

Congrats to Fanboy107, and thanks to everyone who entered! Remember: Goth Girl Rising will be in stores in the Fall and can be preordered now!

(Oh, and if you have any mad video skillz, check out another way to win the Goth Girl Rising ARC: The Goth Girl Rising Trailer Contest!)

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