Alpha Showdown 2015 Nominations are Now Open!


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownCan you believe it’s already time to start talking about the Alpha Showdown? We’re ready to start playing favorites, are you?

For those uninitiated—hi, new subscribers!—every may VBC hosts a little battle royale with your favorite alpha characters with tons of giveaways and lots of fun.

Here’s how it works: VBC readers nominate their favorite characters who exemplify alpha status—male or female, leaders, warriors, general badasses—and we place the top 16 vote-getters into an NCAA-style bracket. We’ll have bloggers champion for the different characters and matches will be posted on this site where readers will get to vote on which character advances.

Previous Alpha Showdown champions have included Darynda Jones’ Reyes, Karen Marie Moning’s Ryodan, Ilona Andrews’ Curran and Moning’s Jericho Z. Barrons. So, we expect this year’s alphas to bring it.

Last year we modified the rules to allow characters to be nominated from any book regardless of publication date. VBC readers seemed to like that, so we’re keeping the new rule. That means you’re welcome to nominate anyone provided they’re from a novel with paranormal or supernatural elements (a.k.a paranormal romance and urban fantasy, mostly).

Also, every step of the Showdown will include giveaways. It’s our fifth year hosting this super fun event, so expect some stellar books and prizes to be offered. We utilize Rafflecopter widgets to handle nominations (below!) and the actual voting when the Showdown happens.

To kick off the giveaway action, we’ll pick three people who nominate characters for the Alpha Showdown 2015 to receive their choice of any book VBC has listed in a new release post (all linked here for your prize perusal). Not too shabby, right? (And, yes, it’s open internationally provided the Book Depository can ship to your location.)


  • You can nominate up to three characters.
  • We’ll accept nominations through April 2, 2015.
  • Comments are encouraged (convince people to nominate your favorites), but do not count as nominations. Only those submitted via the Rafflecopter form will be considered.

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167 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2015 Nominations are Now Open!”

  1. sarah says:

    I know its to late to nominate but if i could it would be Bones from Night Huntress, Jericho Barrons from Fever, and Cat from Night Huntress

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