Before I tell you, let me say this:
These were all really good, guys, and as a new author whose book won't be out for another nine months it is sometimes difficult to get people to enter contests. I decided after my first contest, that I wasn't going to require people to follow the blog to enter my giveaways. One, because that's kind of like bribing people to be your friends, which is pathetic, no? And two, because I read all fifteen of those blogs over there *points at sidebar* and I am not an 'official follower' of any of them.
So anyway, thanks for taking the time to come here and share your writing with me. You guys rock, you know? Readers make it possible for writers to sell books. Sure we dedicate stuff to our parents and boyfriends and occasionally our fluffy assistants who are currently knocking things off the table and trying to walk on the keyboard and in general making us second-guess our decision to adopt pets, but in the end, it is all about you.
Okay. There were two entries that really blew my mind. First, Jeni's. It is so evocative and sensory and I went 'oooh' when I read it. The words paint a visceral picture. I love the ending, the blood falling like rose petals.
Second, Erinn's. I'm not a big fan of rhyme, but I know how hard it is to pull it off without ending up sounding like Dr. Seuss and I think Erinn's poem is stellar.
I flipped a coin and Jeni won. Email me your mailing address, Jeni, and I will send you the autographed copy of Bloodrose!
Erinn, I peeked at your figment page and it looks like you're a writer. If you would be interested in a partial MS critique, a query critique, or for me to read and review something of yours on my blog (this can be later, after my books comes out and more people actually read my blog) shoot me an email and we can set something up. Jeni the same deal goes for you, though I peeked at your blog (Fiona=super-stalker!) and it doesn't look like you are a writer. Which is just fine, as long as you keep reading :)
Everyone else: Thanks again for entering. If you're interested, I will be having Venom ARC contests in the next few months, some of which will be international. But no worries: I will love you whether you love Venom, hate Venom or never even peek at the back cover. (OMG the back cover is going to be so spooky-cool!)