Friday, June 4, 2010

And the Winning Rat Name is...errr...still don't know! YOU DECIDE!

Okay, so first I have to tell you my news! Nightshade City will officially be in hardcover in one week! We've run out of ARC's, so my publisher decided the rest of the Advanced Reading Copies will be in the form of the actual finished bound book, which is so exciting! All that hard work and editing is done! I'll have the real deal hardcover in my hands before Father's Day and since the book is dedicated to my husband, you can only guess what he's getting!

Now, onto the rat naming contest, so you guys totally ROCKED the name game! So much so, that I had a terrible time deciding what name are little friend will have! For those whose names are not on the list below, don't feel like I didn't like your name--please! I've entered character naming contests before and have never come close to winning! The names I chose were not just interesting names, but names that go along with the feel of Nightshade City. Below are my top picks in the order of the entries, not ranked in any way. Since I love them all, I'd like you guys to decide! The top pick will be our loveable, although not too brilliant rat's permanent moniker to be published in next year's book! Since I'm leaving it in your capable hands, I've reposted our friend's description below for reference. Please only vote once and anyone can cast a vote, not just people who entered the first time around.

I'll leave the voting open all weekend, announcing the winning name on Monday, so lots of time to drum up some support for your favorites!

Our John Doe:
He's a sweetheart through and through, but let's just say he's not the sharpest knife in the block. He's the kind of rat who knows not to give out a secret, but can be easily swindled into giving it up without even realizing it. He looks up to grown rats like him, but sees them more as parents than equals. He's lanky, with a gawky build, long necked and unkempt brown fur. He's chews on his claws quite a bit and pulls on his ears when he's nervous. His favorite food is a very sour root called Waterchip and he's been known to fall asleep in the strangest of places!
So I ask you...what is his name????

Milo

Rooney

Cotter

Rixford

Owain

Coriander

Snug

Topher

Stilton

Snicket

Garrick

Finley

Finnegan

39 comments:

  1. LOL, Coriander FTW!

    Glad to see you got such a good turn-out.

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  2. It was too hard to choose! I really loved so many!

    xoxo -- Hilary

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  3. I like Finnegan, although Milo is my son's name....

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  4. Add another one to the "Topher" camp...

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  5. Great list of names! I'd have a terrible time choosing too!!

    My vote goes for Snug! He just sounds so huggable!

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  6. Right now Coriander, Topher and Milo are tied!

    xoxo -- Hilary

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  7. I'm voting for Topfer!!!!!!!

    Do the possums get a vote? They vote for Topfer too! Don't deny the possums!!!

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  8. Well, I have to vote for Milo, just because.

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  9. I cast a vote for Cotter. :)

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  10. man, hard to choose...but Milo fits the little rat in my head. :-)

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  11. Think about the rest of your rat characters. I think Snug sounds like this guy, unless there's a real sweet homebody rat character in the book that should be called Snug. I think I might go with Milo, because it sounds like this guy without being a descriptive name like Snug.

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  12. OMG! Rick Riordan reviewed/plugged your novel and you are gonna do a guest post on my blog about it next week?!?! Woo hoo! I can't wait to tell my kids about this.

    Congrats BTW.

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  13. MILO!!!

    though they're all good.

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  14. I'm biased against Rooney because it will always make me think of Andy Rooney, but that's me.

    My fave would be Cotter, my second, Snug.

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  15. That is a great list! What fun! I like Finnegan and you can nickname him Finn.

    Just in case there is a tie Snug is my second ;)

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  16. You do know that Milo was the name of the CAT in Otis and Milo....
    Cotter sound like a leader, after looking at all the names on the list I like Finnegan the best ... even more than the one I picked. Topher isn't bad and the other rats could change it to Dopher to tease

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  17. So exciting about the hardcovers, Hilary!!

    I like Rooney!

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  18. Well... I was going to say Finley... but since no one else has chosen that one, I say Milo!;)

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  19. Hurrah for the underdog! I say Finley.

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  20. I like Cotter - all cotter pins hold things together.

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  21. Julia Peters6/05/2010

    I'm in the Topher camp!

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  22. Milo, Topher and Rooney seem to be neck and neck!

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  23. I like Milo, though that name always make me think of The phantom Tollbooth.

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  24. Anonymous6/05/2010

    Topher!

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  25. Coriander jumped out at me.

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