Meet Your 2018 Alpha Showdown Contenders!


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownEvery year VBC’s Alpha Showdown celebrates the Biggest Book Badasses in the supernatural world. But it occurs to me that since last year’s event, we’ve seen a lot of powerful people abusing their positions IRL. And I worry that they may have given “alphas” a bad name. So I want to reclaim that word.

When we talk about Alphas here, we’re really talking about heroes—characters who accept the great responsibility that comes with their power. These men and women use their positions to uplift their families, werewolf packs, vampire clans. And often avert an apocalypse in the process. They entertain us with their fighting skills and inspire us by fighting for a cause.

Here are your 2018 Alpha Showdown contenders. Thank you to everyone who helped us select them. You nominated over 150 different characters—angels, shifters, vampires, at least eight different members of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. (You guys have good taste!) But only the top 16 make it to the Showdown.


  1. Connor Rogan
  2. Kate Daniels
  3. Griffin Sinta 
  4. Ryodan 
  5. Barrons
  6. Cat Fisa 
  7. Curran Lennart
  8. Mercy Thompson
  9. Jane Yellowrock
  10. Archangel Raphael
  11. Reyes Farrow
  12. Charles Cornick
  13. Adam Hauptman
  14. Secret McQueen
  15. Ethan Sullivan
  16. Rhysand

Round one begins on May 29. Get ready. 

19 Responses to “Meet Your 2018 Alpha Showdown Contenders!”

  1. MaggieD says:

    Is that meant to read Charles Cornick?

    • Mary Rusnak says:


    • Chelsea says:

      I’d bet Margaret’s autocorrect doesn’t know the Alpha & Omega series like we do. 😉 I’ve updated the post to correct it, though!

      • Margaret says:

        I did actually have a conversation with the iPad that went something like, “He’s a werewolf not a game hen, you stupid thing!” Apparently it didn’t believe me.

  2. Mary Rusnak says:


  3. LyannaStark says:

    Yay!! There are 7 characters I’m excited about 😀

  4. Tania Smith says:

    Archangel Raphael is my choice.

  5. Sanet Steyn says:

    Hmmm, now one has to track down the names you don’t know to compare to those you do…. So gonna be out of sleep for a few weeks 🙂

  6. Angi Hoagland says:

    8 members of the Black Dagger Brotherhood were nominated but not a single one made the cut? Seriously?! But both Ryodan and Barrons are on there?

  7. Sandy says:

    Reyes Farrow

  8. DC says:

    Connon Rogan is coming for you all. Expect me to stan in all of his match ups. Other faves be darned lol

  9. Cheryl Sacripanti says:

    Ethan Sullivan

  10. Ethan Sullivan,Archangel Raphael,Reyes Farrow

  11. Beth says:

    Aargh. Once again, so many favorites, so hard to choose!

  12. Trina Nycol Brown says:

    Reyes Farrow all the WAY!

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