Prepare to fight! It’s time for Alpha Showdown nominations [Giveaway]


ALPHA SHOWDOWN | Vampire Book ClubOK, I don’t expect you to fight. But we need to determine who’s making it into this year’s battle to be the ultimate alpha. Last year, Jericho Z. Barrons won. Rightfully. However, JBZ can’t be in the running this year. Leaving things open for other kickass characters to claim top honors.

This is where you come in, dear readers. We’re doing open nominations this year. (And bribing your participation with a giveaway.)

What is this Alpha Showdown?
If you weren’t a reader of VBC last May (welcome!), you missed out on two weeks of insane fun in our 2011 Alpha Showdown. We bust out a March Madness-style bracket of 16 alpha characters (both male and female). Book bloggers champion for their alpha — trying to convince you he or she should win it all — and each day we have a new poll. Readers vote. One alpha advances. Last year there were plenty of author bribes (excerpts and the like) and many chances to tell the world why you love a certain character.

Basically, it was a ton of fun. And we’re doing it again.

What are the rules?
To be in the 2012 Alpha Showdown the character must be from a book published between June 2011 and May 2012. This is why Barrons can’t win. Shadowfever came out in January 2011.

The character can be male or female. Darian from Shaedes of Grey, for example, is definitely a female alpha badass. In that same count, I highly suspect we’ll see Terrible and Lothaire make it to the bracket.

…but that’s up to you.

Nominations and a Giveaway
You can nominate up to three alpha characters for the Showdown. Simply fill out the form below — which will also enter you to win any book from our Recommendations section — and list your nominees. Feel free to bait your friends to nominate the same characters. Use the comments here to pitch. It’s all fair game.

The 16 characters with the most nominations will be put in the bracket for the 2012 Alpha Showdown, which will happen this May.

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Want to help?
If you are a blogger and would like to champion for one of the alphas, reach out to me via email. Once we have the alphas selected, I’ll contact all those interested.

Also, we’re welcoming author involvement. If you want to know how to you can participate on the author end, just ask me.

168 Responses to “Prepare to fight! It’s time for Alpha Showdown nominations [Giveaway]”

  1. Liza says:

    Eric Northman, Nix (IAD), Lothaire (IAD)

  2. Maria says:

    Hawke Snow, Charles Cornick, Zacarias de la Cruz

  3. Margaux says:

    Eric BAMF Northman 😀

  4. Lenna says:

    The Immortals After Dark gang all the way… Lothaire, Ellie, and Nix are my choices.

  5. rihano says:

    Darian of Shaedes of Grey

  6. lostime4me says:

    My vote goes for Lothaire.

  7. lostime4me says:

    I forgot to add: Micha in Lord of the Abyss & Dayn in Lord of Wolfyn. Those two really got to me.

  8. Vikki says:

    Gin Blanco, Cat Crawford and Tohrment 🙂

    Vikki @ V’s Book Life

  9. JanArrah says:

    Mwfanwy Thomas from The Rook, Atticus O’Sullivan from Tricked, and Verity Price from Discount Armageddon 😛 They win for me

  10. Aneso says:

    I nominate Ethan Sullivan&Merit from Chicagoland vampires series and Adrian Ivashkov from Bloodlines series!

  11. barbara says:

    Dimitri from Archangel’s Blade (Guild Hunter)
    Bones (Night Huntress)
    Lothaire (IAD)

  12. Debbie Bussie says:

    I nominate Bones , Cat and Dragos!

  13. Megan says:

    I nominate Bones, Dorian, and Charles Cornick. All hotties with the best bodies.

  14. glamored says:

    I loved the Showdown last year, and it helped shape my reading list since then, so I am so excited that it is nearly Alpha Showdown time, again!

    My nominees are Bones from Night Huntress, and Merit and Ethan from Chicagoland Vampires.

  15. LKC says:

    Eric Northman, Ethan Sullivan, Vlad

  16. Merit says:

    I vote for:Ethan&Merit from CLV,Bones from GH and Rhiannon Murphy The Renfield Syndrome (Rhiannon’s Law #2),could add some more easily.

  17. Maggie Katz says:

    I have a few favs but I will vote for:

    Malkolm – House of Commare – By Kristen Painter
    Chase – Midnight Breed – Lara Adrian

  18. JessS says:

    Definitely Terrible!

  19. Jess F. says:

    I can’t wait to see who wins!

  20. Jess F. says:

    Ash from the Iron Knight!

    Micah from Lord of the Abyss!

    Sam from Getting Familiar With Your Demon!!

  21. Carolanne says:


  22. Christina M says:

    Hawk – Psy/Changling
    Dimitri – Guild Hunter
    Lothaire – Immortals After Dark
    Thanatos – Lords of Deliverance
    Elizabeth – Immortals After Dark
    Sienna – Psy/Changling
    Lady Cossair – Iron Seas
    Limos – Lords of Deliverance

  23. Nicole Miller says:

    Lothaire and Bones.

  24. Saji says:

    Charles Cornink (Alpha and Omega – Patricia Briggs)
    Hawk (Psy/Changelings – Nalini Singh)

  25. I know Charles McCornick is a popular choice, but what about Bran? 🙂

  26. Reyes, Terrible & Gin all the way!

  27. La Mala says:

    Xhex (BBD)
    Terrible (Downside Series)
    Declan Chase(IAD )
    Regin (IAD)

  28. Vicki says:

    I nominate…

    Atticus O’Sullivan from Iron Druid
    Reyes from Charley Davidson
    Riley Poe from Dark Ink Chronicles

  29. Chloe says:

    Saba from Blood Red Road
    Dmitri from Guild Hunter Series
    Lothaire from IAD

  30. Raina says:

    Charles Cornick

  31. Candace says:

    After reading Oracle’s Moon, I’ve got to nominate Khalil. And I second and third the nominations for both Cat, Bones and Lothaire:)

  32. Love Hawk, Bones, and Dimitri!!! Thanks for the chance to win. New follower!! 🙂

  33. Elisa says:

    Terrible, Curran, Dimitri ( VA ), Bones and Ethan

  34. Suzi Hopkins says:

    Lothaire & Nix!!!

  35. Janna says:

    Curran, Bones, Rune

  36. TERRIBLE! And Raffe from Angelfal. And another vote for Terrible!

  37. Bones of course!!! Curran and I wanted Adam Hauptman (Mercy Thompson)but last book was released in march 2011…So I will say…Gin Blanco!!

  38. Allison says:

    Bones, Curran, Tohrment. nuff said.

  39. Jessica says:


  40. Tiffaney says:

    Can’t wait to see who wins, I’m betting on Lothaire!

  41. Lilian says:

    Girls don’t forget about our ACHERON (He appers on Retribution – August 02, 2011), Vote on him!!!!!!!

    There is Bones, Charles Cornick, Ethan Sullivan, Dmitri (Guild Hunter Series – Archangel’s Blade), Vishous, Rhage, Eric Northman, too…

  42. Jenn Watts says:

    Terrible from Downside Ghosts 🙂

  43. Mel says:

    Ted Forrester/ Edward – Anita Blake Series
    Anita Blake – Anita Blake Series
    Adam Hauptman – Patricia Briggs
    Samuel Cornick – Patricia Briggs
    Bran Cornick – Patricia Briggs
    Charles Cornick – Patricia Briggs
    Lord Maccon – Gail Carriger
    Smokey – Yasmine Galenorn
    the harvest lord – Yasmine Galenorn

  44. catslady says:

    Lucan – Midnight Breed – Lara Adrian
    Cat Crawford


  45. I added my hunky men into the mix including Four

  46. Heather says:

    There are just too many. I love me some Eric.

  47. Z says:

    I would like to Bran, Charles, and Adam from Patricia Briggs. All 3 are bad ass.

  48. Mariya says:

    Damn. No Barrons this time! Hehehe! ;))

  49. Sandy Lion says:

    I voted last year for JZB all the way. This year my vote would go for Reyes from the Charley Davidson series- son of Satan and all.

  50. ForeverReading1 says:

    Bones, Terrible from Downside Ghosts, Raphael from Guild Hunter Series, and Curran

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