So, uh, the problem with not being Miss Johnnie on the Spot is that uh, sometimes things happen and you have to, uh, you know, do other stuff… So, that, dear readers is a fumbling apology wherein I missed zesty, insightful commentary on Round 3, Region 1, Part 2, whichis wherein Nora went dow-ohhhn!!! I checked the Times today, but it did not make the news, and I thought to myself, have the cutbacks got so bad?
Anyway, uh, in Round 3, Region 1, Part 1 action, Iron Kisssed knocked out Grimspace, so Briggs advances to fight again another day. In the magic Burns vs. The sharing Knife, Magic Burns won, in what should be considered an upset of Bujold proportions….
And then, there was Part 2. Paranormal, SF, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction against Contemporary Romance. The ten-thousand pound gorilla that is Blue Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas was up against Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione. The numbers show this as tight race. BED winning with 338 votes against PU with 313 votes.
The second round was a true surprise to me. Although I didn’t think Tribute would go all the way, like the United States Marine, you just don’t bet against Nora Roberts. However, Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs pulled it off. The vote was close, less than 20 between them, but in the end, it was Briggs that walked away.
Next year, Nora will be back, with the gleam of death in her eyes, and she’ll be bringing the ultimate secret weapon with her. A straight contemporary romance trilogy centered around a wedding service. Be afraid, fellow authors, be afraid. Nora is bringing the goods.
The next vote is not posted, but it’s scheduled for today, and it’s going to be another nail-biter. Your Scandalous Ways, by sentimental favorite Loretta Chase against Delicious by young new-comer Sherry Thomas. Never underestimate Thomas. Delicious is smart, wily, and knows how to move. Tune in folks. Should be… uh, delicious.
The other match in the Region is Spymaster’s Lady against Price of Desire. I had originally thought there’s only one book in this field that can ravage the Spymaster’s Lady and that’s Blue-Eyed-Devil with it’s silver-tongue and charming Southern drawl. However, with Briggs out there, two books still in the pack, I’m going to have to rethink that think.
There’s the smell of napalm in the morning air. Ladies and gents, I think we gut us a rip-roaring, romance battle royale. Welcome to the jungle.