Nominations for Alpha Showdown 2014 are Now Open!


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownYou read that headline right. It’s time to start playing favorites here at VBC. The annual Alpha Showdown will be back in May, and we need to know who you want to see in the event.

If you haven’t experienced Alpha Showdown before, it gets a little crazy. Here’s the gist: 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 Karen Marie Moning’s Ryodan, Ilona Andrews’ Curran and Moning’s Jericho Z. Barrons. So, you know, mega alphas.

We’re changing a couple things up this year. While previously we limited nominations to characters in books published the 12 months prior to the showdown, it’s hard to determine who counts as a lead character in long-running series. So, this year it’s your favorite regardless of publishing date. 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).

The other is we’re going to make everything a giveaway. Who doesn’t like that part? We’ll be utilizing Rafflecopter widgets to handle nominations (below!) and the actual voting when the Showdown happens. As a matter of fact, we’ll be picking three people who nominate characters for the Alpha Showdown 2014 to receive their choice of any book VBC has reviewed—hundreds of choices! 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 March 31, 2014.
  • 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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138 Responses to “Nominations for Alpha Showdown 2014 are Now Open!”

  1. Ooooh OK! I nominate:

    1. Malkom Slain from Demon from the Dark (Kresley Cole)
    2. Zacharel from Wicked Nights (Gena Showalter)
    3. Ares from Eternal Rider (Larissa Ione)


  2. Jordan says:

    Kaleb Krychek – Psy-changling series – Nalini Singh
    Gabriel from The Chocolate Rose – Laura Florand
    Aryal/Quentin from Kinked – Thea Harrison

  3. Amy says:

    Gin Blanco – Elemental Assassin, Jennider Estep
    Dorina Basarab – Dorina Basarab, Karen Chance
    Kate Daniels – Kate Daniels, Ilona Andrews

  4. #1 alpha nomination: Carter from SILENT HEART

    #2 alpha nomination: Benjamin from SILENT MADNESS

    #3 alpha nomination: Carlisle from TWILIGHT

  5. Robin vonKleist says:

    1) Acheron Parthenopaeus from STYXX & ACHERON

    2) Wrath from THE KING

    3) Lucian from DARK GUARDIAN

  6. Cameron MacCabe from Down London Road by Samantha Young
    Reyes Farrow from the Charlie Davidson Series by Darynda Jones.

  7. Rebecca says:

    Reyes – Charlie Davidson series (Darynda Jones)
    Zsadist – Black Dagger Brotherhood series (JR Ward)
    Trent – The Hollows series (Kim Harrison)

  8. Alisha says:

    Barrons-The fever series
    Reyes-The Charley Davidson series
    Curran-Kate Daniels series

  9. Charly says:

    Curran – Kate Daniels
    Clayton Danvers – Women of the Otherworld
    Eric – Southern Vampire Mysteries

  10. Tye says:

    Curran- Kate Daniels series
    Judd Lauren- Psy-changeling series
    Charles Cornick- Alpha&omega series

    (My 4th would be Venom in the Guild hunter series,then Bran, Barrons, Zsadist, Hawke, Ryodan, Bones, Clay Danvers etc etc………….)

  11. Bea says:

    Reyes – Charley Davidson series (Darynda Jones)

    Bradwell – Pure series ( Julianna Baggott)

    Four – Divergent series (Veronica Roth)

  12. Lynn Antley says:

    Tynan, The Vengelys Series by Aedan Byrnes
    Ryodan, Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
    Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon

  13. Raquel says:

    Barrons-The fever series
    Reyes – Charley Davidson series (Darynda Jones)
    Ryodan, Fever series by Karen Marie Moning

  14. Terri says:

    1. Tynan Vengelys from the Vengelys Series by Aedan Byrnes
    2. Rigor Vengelys from the Vengelys Series by Aedan Byrnes
    3. Kane “Tack” Allen from the Dream Man series, Kristen Ashley

  15. Katie says:

    Barrons-The fever series
    Reyes-The Charley Davidson series
    Ryodan-The fever series

  16. Terri M-T says:

    Tynan – Vengelys Series by Aedan Byrnes
    Rigor – Vengelys Series by Aedan Byrnes
    Kane “Tack” Allen – Dream Man Series by Kristen Ashley

  17. Kira S says:

    Reyes – Darynda Jones First Grave series

    Zsadist- JR Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood series

    Brock or Teegan – Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series

  18. Dyane FLowers says:

    1. Reyes Farrow. Serie CHarley DDavidson by DArynda JOnes
    2. Remy trilogia REal. By Katy Evans

  19. Day Underwood says:

    1. Reyes Farrow-Charley Davidson Series
    2. Four-Divergent Series
    3. Katniss-The Hunger Games

  20. Gabriela says:

    Reyes Farrow – Charley Davidson series

  21. 1. Kate Daniels – Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series
    2. Curran – Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series
    3. Myfanwy Thomas – Daniel O’Malley The Rook

  22. isabel says:

    reyes farrow- the charley davison series- darynda jones

  23. ysabella bugallo says:

    reyes farrow- the charley davison series- darynda jones

  24. Claudia says:

    1. Reyes Farrow – Charley Davidson
    2. Jude Lauren – Psy/Changeling Series
    3. Kaleb Krychek – Psy/Changeling Series

  25. Celia says:

    Curran- Kate Daniels
    Rhage- Black Dagger Brotherhood
    Jude Lauren- Psy/Changeling

  26. Ezisen says:

    1. Ryodan – well, unkillable monster thingy with unparallelled strategic ang talking skills

    2. Lothaire (Immortals After Dark) – 3 millenia old vampire who looks like sin reincarnated, and with a mind so complicated only a half deity can truly understand him

    3. Cal Leandros – one of the last remained auphe, because he killed all the original born to kill monsters, on the top of saving the world as we know it, he is funny, too

    Three of the most brutal and cunning of the fantasy worlds. Who could rule over them?

  27. Annie says:

    My entry went wrong somehow. Anyways, I would have wanted to nominate:
    October Daye from Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series.

  28. SymanthaK says:

    1. BONES!!!! Bones is yummy!!! (night huntress series – Jeaniene Frost)
    2. Vlad! Also very yum!!! (Night Prince series – Jeaniene Frost)
    3. Reyes (Charley Davidson series – Darynda Jones)

  29. Page says:

    Zsadist. J.R.Ward, Black Dagger Brotherhood #3, Lover Awakened

    …And my reason for this nomination is :

    “I… What are you saying, Zsadist?” she stammered, even though she’d heard every word.He glanced back down at the pencil in his hand and then turned to the table. Flipping the spiral notebook to a new page, he bent way over and labored on top of the paper for quite a while. Then he ripped the sheet free.His hand was shaking as he held it out. “It’s messy.”Bella took the paper. In a child’s uneven block letters there were three words: I LOVE YOUHer lips flattened tight as her eyes stung. The handwriting got wavy and then disappeared. “Maybe you can’t read it,” he said in a small voice. “I can do it over.” She shook her head. “I can read it just fine. It’s… beautiful.””I don’t expect anything back. I mean… I know that you don’t… feel that for me anymore. But I wanted you to know. It’s important that you knew.” ― J.R. Ward, Lover Awakened

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