Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Zachary Moore Greased Up & Shirtless (+ SHINE giveaway!) portrayed by Groundskeeper Willie.

But now that I have your attention and you're cursing my name for playing such a dirty, dirty trick on you, it's time to get serious. Over the last several weeks, Team Kilt has been putting up a HELL of a fight. And constantly coming out on top, mind you. Mad props to the plaid! Now we've gotten down to the nitty gritty and our beloved Zach is facing his toughest opponent yet: Jace Wayland.

I'll be honest with you guys. When I first heard about the YA Crush Tourney (hosted by The YA Sisterhood), I snickered just a little bit. I thought it was leaning towards silly and didn't have much intention of voting. But when I found out that one of my favorite characters from one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors was in the running? YES, PLEASE. I fell absolutely in love with Shade and Shift. These books need to be international best sellers. The emotion, the characterization, the heart and mother effing SOUL that Jeri Smith-Ready puts into her characters is awe-inspiring (and quite painstaking for her readers. She's not afraid to put her beloved creations through absolute hell.) Not to mention that her interaction and appreciation for her fans seriously makes me want to tear up. There are authors out there who sit atop their fame castle, receiving tons of fan mail, emails, @ replies on Twitter and completely avoid fan interaction. NOT JSR. Thanks to her, I had my very first author-squee moment when she commented on a post I did about Shade. And it's not just me! Every single day, she dedicates time to interacting with her fans, discussing her books, and just being generally awesome. Honestly guys, I've never seen such devotion to a fanbase before. She is that awesome.

Now that my JSR fangirling is out of the way, let me tell you all the wonderful things that will come of you voting for Zachary in the YA Crush Tourney. These are taken verbatim from Jeri's blog:
1. If Zachary gets 5,000 votes, I will write lyrics to "Forever," the song Logan sings to Aura in her sleep the night before his testimony near the end of Shade. The scene that makes everyone, including me, bawl their eyes out. I've never written a song before, except the chorus of the song in Requiem for the Devil that I probably can't name without getting this blog post blocked by obscenity screens (my friend Greg wrote the verses). So it might take more than a few days. But I'll have it done in time for the release of Logan's story "Bridge" in the Enthralled anthology that comes out September.

2. If Zachary gets 10,000 votes, I will list every Team Kilt member's name in the acknowledgments of SHINE. That's right--not just a short story like in the last round, but a print book released by a major publisher. Your name could be in it, but 10,000 votes is a very high goal--the last two rounds had 10,000 votes combined between the characters.

3. If Zachary wins, you will all get to see what's under the kilt.


Technically, the age of majority in Scotland is sixteen, which he is even in the beginning of SHADE. But I'm going by American standards here. In SHIFT and most of SHINE, he's still seventeen.

But during SHINE, he and Aura turn Ballyrock Castle. I've written a scene that will most likely be left out or trimmed due to excessive hotness, but either way, I promise you'll get to read it, either in the book or as a deleted scene, once SHINE is released.

And ye shall know what's under the kilt...


4. If Zachary wins, I will fly to Minneapolis for a booksigning and get-together with Amy, Jen, and any Team Kilt member who can join us. We can call it TeamKiltCon and get the convention rate at a hotel or something. Details will be worked out later, but I will absolutely buy every member of Team Kilt the drink of their choice. Yes, even single-malt Scotch, if you're old enough.
*fans self* IF THESE ARE NOT ALL INCENTIVE, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS. The promise of lyrics to Forever alone are enough to make my tear ducts tingle. You can check out Jeri's Team Kilt updates on her blog HERE, as well as look at a bunch of SHINE teasers and updates from Team Kilt's past efforts.

I can't think of a more deserving author or character, so go forth and vote. Use your wi-fi. Then use 3G network. Use your neighbor's wi-fi. Use the coffeehouse's wi-fi down the street. Make sure you vote using Facebook, Twitter, and your internet browser of choice. DO ANYTHING YOU CAN.

But wait, there's more.

YOU CAN WIN A SHINE PREORDER. And it will be personalized.

Contest Information

Leave me a comment below after voting, telling me why you chose Zach over Jace. Please include your email address!

Please read my Contest Policy

Must be 13+ to enter.

One person per entry, please.

US & CA Residents only.

Winners will be chosen using and I will contact you via e-mail, as well as announce on the blog, if you win. I will need the winner's mailing address within 48 hours. If I don't receive it within that timeframe, I will pick a new winner.

Contest deadline is August 12, 2011 at midnight EST.


  1. I LOVE ME SOME JERI!!! << that is why I am voting for Zachary today & not Jace (which keep in mind was VERY hard not to do! I love me some Jace too). Seriously though.. this author has blown me away by her books, and then how she reaches out to her fans & makes every conversation so personal? LOVE THAT. She rocks my world!

    You are amazing Jen for supporting this :-) and YES please to the SHINE pre-order!!

  2. I love Jace, he is one of my all time favorite characters...BUT I voted for Zach for two reasons: One I've always always always wanted to go to Scotland, its my number one travel destination, so of course I have to vote for Zach. And two Jeri's post about how Amy and Jen deserved to win was totally true!

    I vote for Zacharay because (besides the obvious reasons: HOT!) he is the most realistic character of the two. He doesn't have insane amounts of supernatural powers to make him better skilled at certain things. Zach just IS. He is a good person all on his own. And because he's from Scotland. And hot. =)

    I also am voting for him because of how awesome JSR is. BOOM!

    #teamkilt #tildeath

  4. I'm in...and of course I voted for Zachary--who wouldn't!

    And why Zach over Jace?
    Two words: River Scene.

  5. I voted. And I did it for you. :P And Jacinda & for Lindsi. I haven;t read either set of books yet, but was swayed by the love from my online buddies. :)

    Also, because I like the Scottish...

    basicallyamazingbooks [at]

  6. Aww, I love this post. I voted for Zach for all the reasons you said. He's an awesome character and Jeri is an awesome author who deserves more attention for her awesome books. I also voted for Zachary because I'm sick of Jace winning all kinds of other crush competitions by a landslide.


  7. Ummm...The accent? I think that's all the reasoning I need...Yum!


  8. Well, like I told Jeri the other day on Twitter (@Kimberdee), which she retweeted (can't help but feel smug), I broke up with Jace. It was hard to do. He'll always have a special place in my heart. But, after reading Shade (I'm reading Shift right now), both Zachary AND Logan stole my heart. I fell in love with the both of them instantly, thus making me Team Both- we've decided to call it Team Moorely (Zachary Moore-Logan Keeley). I owed it to Jace to tell him the truth and ended our 1.5 year bookmance. He'll always have a special place in my heart. But, Team Moorely captured my heart like you wouldn't believe. And that Zachary- mmm mmm mmm! I'll eat that boy up like a piece of shepherd's pie! Which, is why I'm #TeamKilt and supported him in the #YACrushTourney.
    Thanks for the giveaway & promise I'm not psycho from this comment! - Kimberly Callegan

  9. I voted for Zach because he defines the meaning of Crush-worthy. The fantabulous video made by the awesome @FictishDelish alone can make your heart melt and that's not even close to what actually reading the books will do to you. Not to mention that JSR is just utterly amazing! No Contest! :) evilqueen21(at)hotmail(dot)com

  10. I voted for Zach because I suspect he is a bit of an underdog versus Jace, who is getting a movie! I have also read the Mortal Instrument books and I did not really care for the guy at all. Also because kilts are hot and Scots are too!
    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

  11. Your post is fantastic! I adore JSR as well, so I was nodding the whole time.

    Don't get me wrong, Jace is great, but Zach has a HEART that just shines (sorry, had to be said). I am a sucker for the good guy and the way Zach waits for Aura as she's grieving Logan is enough to make me stick with him through thick and thin.

    Go #TeamKilt !!!

    cynditefft at gmail dot com

  12. I loved Shade and Zach over Jace was a no-brainer for me. I absolutely voted #TeamKilt. I would love to see Zach win!

    Donna @ The Happy Booker
    ahappybooker at gmail dot com

  13. It was a hard choice for me especially because I do love Jace and Cassandra Clare. And I haven't read Shade [copy is on the way!] yet but I love #TeamKilt. The amount of work that is being put in and Jeri Smith Ready is just being so awesome about the whole thing. I <3 Zach and I haven't even gotten to meet him yet!

  14. I'm Team Kilt, so I need no incentive. But I'm happy to have more than a few. I voted, I've been tweeting, have the button, and I'm following along. Team Kilt-ers are in it for the long haul, so we can still do it :)


  15. Voted Zach.. after having the little dot thing on Jace's name for like 10 minutes, staring at the screen because I couldn't make up my mind. I haven't read either series, so I was searching the net and everyone's blogs for why to vote for each. The poems for Zach definitely made me think TeamKilt meant business... and on Twitter I think 90% of my feed right now is TeamKilt, so I figured it'd be fun to join the underdog team... and quite frankly, Jace was already ahead, he didn't need my vote.. Zach needs all the votes he can get.

    Jess @ The Midnight Bookworm

  16. Do I really NEED a reason to choose Zach over Jace? TeamKilt is just so much more awesome. I didn't even finish the Mortal Instrument Series yet...

    :) Erica

  17. Even though I like Jace, I am not completely in love with him. (Team Simon FTW! lol). Voted for Zachary and will continue to do so because I think he is a bit more realistic than Jace as far as fictional teenage boys go.

  18. Go Zach! Of course I voted for him. Now, dont' get me wrong, I love me some Jace. But Zach is so real, and sweet, and yea ok, he made some mistakes in SHIFT, but damn that boy made up for it. So, my heart belongs to my kilt-wearin', Scottish talkin', Aura lovin' Zachary. 'Nough said. :o)

  19. Zachzachzach!! First off: why wouldn't I vote for Zach? But really, I have a thing for Scottish men, so my vote goes to Team Kilt!!
    Thanks Jen!!

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  21. Voted for Zach today, because Team Kilt is awesome. :)

    Chose Zach over Jace because I just never liked his character or really got into the books after reading the first one.


  22. I voted for Zach because he's Scottish and I'm Scottish. Pretty simple. Oh and cos he's HOT!

    Lesley1567 (at) gmail (dot) com

  23. I voted for Zach because he's the underdog. When faced against Jace... who happens to be great... it's the little things that Zach does that makes the readers swoon.

    Team Kilt!


  24. Why did I vote for Zach instead of Jace? Uh, because Jace is a jerk & Zach seems like a sweet bit of Scottish honey! I'm also a fan of the underdog and I think Jace has had his time to shine (for some girls)... time for the nice guys to be in the spotlight! AND I voted for Zach because the ladies at Fictitious Delicious are the best advocates I've seen in the whole tourney... talk about dedication!

    Go #TeamKilt!!


  25. I love Jace too, but he doesn't have a Scottish accent!! :) #TeamKilt


  26. I love Jace.... like a lot.

    And I love Zachary... a lot.

    What ultimately pushed me toward voting for Zach is the amazingness that is #TeamKilt.

    I've voted with them every match until now, and I couldn't stop, not even for Jace.


    Go Zachary!

    YA Sisterhood

  27. I am definitely Team Kilt because of his accent (so I of course also love Jamie Frasier from Outlander)! I just read Shift this weekend (in one evening) and wrote a review Monday stating that I am Team Kilt!

    I can't wait until Shine and am sad we have to wait until May. Thanks for the giveaway!

    escapingthroughbooks (at) gmail (dot) com


  28. Oh I definitely voted for Zachary because he is hot, has an accent, and he is just plain awesome! Go #TeamKilt!!!!

    danceislove27 At gmail DoT com

  29. I love Jace. A while ago I used to tell people that he is perfect, and I want someone just like him.

    Er, obviously, that was before I read Shade & Shift.

    Now it's Zachary FTW! But I didn't vote for him just because he is smart, smoldering, and a Scot. I voted for him also because of the support of Team Kilt. Amy & Jen (Fictitious Delicious) and all the other members of TeamKilt just blew me away with their support and dedication. They deserve a vote, for Zach, because of Zach, and also because this is the goal/prize they should receive.


  30. I voted for Zach for 3 reasons: he's sexy, he's scottish and he has a sexy scottish accent.

    chelleyreads AT gmail DOT com

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  32. I voted because Zachary is much more charming!! He wore a kilt to prom!!!!

    Voted for Zachary!!!!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com