Friday, August 10, 2012

And the Winners are.......

And the Winners are …….  all of us, getting these stories to read.

The banners were made by the fabulous DazedRose. She has been just awesome about making these (and working with a graphics challenged person like me).   She created a theme for the banners.
(Sorry in advance that my fonts in this post are all over the place.)

Judges  1st place winner:  ‘Trigger Happy’   by Ooshka
Trigger Happy by Lloyd Cole,   Youtube link:

Author’s teaser- Eric Northman – bar-owner, husband, and father – is a man under pressure. And his night is about to get worse. Just how trigger happy is Victor Madden, anyway?.

Judges 2nd place winner:   ‘Andrew in Drag’    by esquilo-negligenciadas 

Author’s teaser - When his friend signs up for amateur drag night at a Bourbon Street club, Eric tags along for the entertainment value, but his evening (and his life) is quickly turned on its head as "Sookie" takes to the stage..

Virgin winner:  ‘Winds of Change’        by Alyanne1375
Winds of Change by Scorpion ,  Youtube link: 

Author’s teaser - Sookie has been struggling to make ends meet when Gran comes up with an idea that could change everything. AU

Multi-chapter Fic winner:  ‘Sempre Fi’      by InLoveWithEric
Sempre Fi by Trace Adkins ,  Youtube link:

Author’s teaser -  Sookie has taken her job as the cheerleader for Jason's squad stationed in Afghanistan very serious over the last two years. What happens when they receive a new Staff Sergeant only eight months before they are due home? He is a hard to read, no nonsense Marine with no time for fun, games, women and anything else, well human. That is until he receives his "Welcome Package" from one of his men's sister. What will happen when that small gesture causes a chink in this man's armor? Will it help him be a better soldier or could having his mind on other things than his men put them all in danger. Follow these two as they learn about one another and fall in love while living life on two separate sides of the world. AH – NC-17 for later.

Public vote 1st place winner:   ‘Yellow Ledbetter’     by Evenflo78
Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam,  Youtube link:

Author’s  teaser - One truck driver, a flat tire, and a rain-drenched girl. Drifting hearts don't always have to be lonesome. AH/OOC

Public vote  2nd place winner:  ‘Heart’s a Mess’       by Moxiemo
Heart’s a Mess by Gotye  Youtube link:

Author’s teaser -   Trouble's brewing as vampires gear up to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Great Revelation. What will happen when Sookie runs into Eric at a meeting several years after he left for Oklahoma? "Canon" to follow Deadlocked.

Northwoman’s pick

This is a horrible task as there are so many stories I enjoyed, for different reasons, in diferent styles. I started with rereading some favorites and then selected one.

I also want to thank everyone who helped us so much; the authors, the judges, the readers, and awesome graphics from DazedRose.  I had help from many people who had previously hosted contests with information on hosting, and judging & scoring. I thank you all so much as it wouldn’t have been possible without you. 

Of course, it all started with an idea from my best buddy, Alison (Northman Maille) who had such a great concept with music..

I couldn’t just announce my host pick without acknowledging all my favorite stories from the contest.  There were so many good ones that I enjoyed so much.

My top favorites from the entries:
From top 10:  Yellow Ledbetter, Leave Me Alone, Heart’s a Mess, really they are all good.

And these stories, that I also loved,  were in the 11-17 range, so close to the top 10:
  • Iron, a story where Eric and Sookie are together and I always think she should at least consider being turned.
  • Undressed, where Eric is so adorably clueless which is totally out of character for him.
  • Figure It Out, Sookie see the potential in Eric in so many ways.
  • Semper Fi, which is an AH story with good character development and an interesting theme.

 I decided I couldn’t pick from the top 10 as they already earned recognition. I took a different approach and just picked something that was FUN and yanked at my heart.  I did this starting as a child and also as an adult.  The song will make it clear – LOVE the song - boats tied together, people drinking and swimming and grilling on the lake or river.  Sookie in an itty bitty bikini,  Eric with a bare chest - yum. So…  I chose … Redneck Yacht Club by InLoveWithEric.  

Anne’s pick:  ‘’Redneck Yacht Club’  by InLoveWithEric
Redneck Yacht Club  by Craig Morgan,  Youtube link:

Author’s teaser: Eric has come to Bon Temps to go into business with his best friend from college, Alcide. Summer has just begun and he is initiated into what is fondly called by the locals, the "Redneck Yacht Club." But Eric gets a much bigger eye full then just some interesting characters and tricked out boats. A certain blond haired beauty might make this move the best decision Eric has ever made. M, AH.

Thanks again to everyone!!  Congratulations to the winners and all the wonderful authors who participated.


  1. Congrats to the winners!!!! And thanks again Northwoman for a wonderful contest!!

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