The Promotion Notion: Winners & Awesomeness (i.e. everyone)

So the time has come to announce the winners and display the entries for the Promotion Notion.

sirael wrote and performed A Song For Nick. (‘I’ll be that flame for you, burn my life down to the ground.’ Isn’t her voice beautiful!)

altogetherisi gave two copies of Lexicon to a teacher and a teen, and promoted Surrender at bookshops.

hrh_taliesin made a gorgeous detailed talisman.

moraglee, in a supreme example of How My Fans Are Smarter And Awesomer than me, translated parts of Demon’s Lexicon into Brāhmī, Aramaic, and Runic (Seriously. Really. I can’t believe it either.)

Sabine drew a beauteous picture of Nick and Mae in a scene from Demon’s Covenant (I always like to see those two crazy kids) Those two crazy kids. Doing a… crazy thing.

serena_mcmurray wrote fifty notes about Demon’s Lexicon to tuck into books she loves and also made an awesome fanvid.

elvenjaneite made an illuminated and calligraphytastic manuscript

playwithfyr made three fantastic Demon’s Lexicon desktop backgrounds

jaded_grave threw a Demon’s Lexicon themed party which I badly want to go to. ‘I’m Nick Ryves. I have no feelings.’ ‘I’m Mae Crawford. I have feelings all over the place.’ ‘Don’t touch me… Let’s make out.’

imagined_away made sure I reached dizzy heights of fame I have never thought to aspire to, in that she made a tumblr

orexisbella made a flyer to go with Book Club discussion points I wrote

elwenstarmaid made the US Surrender cover her default icon and shared the banner.

Mrs Z reviewed Demon’s Lexicon here.

katelinnea made Demon’s Lexicon her book of the month, with many posts here.

The YA Bibilophile tweeted, did a giveaway, put the banner up on her blog and made an awesome book trailer.

Ruby of Ruby Reads elected Nick her number one book boyfriend.

cyanide_sparkle put up the banner on her livejournal.

Sandy created this fantastically funny vid of Demon’s Lexicon deleted scenes It is possible the Nick shower scenes are my favourite.

Julia created 8 CHARACTERS FROM THE DEMON’S LEXICON-VERSE, IN ALCOHOLIC FORM.

GERALD

1. Pour 1 oz Irish whiskey and 1/2 oz Sailor Jerry (ha, ha, bad pun semi-intentional) Spiced Rum into a highball glass or tumbler.
2. Add ice.
3. Top up with ginger beer.
4. Garnish with a slice of lime & serve.

For Gerald, I wanted something that was normally pretty innocuous and unremarkable, like a whiskey and ginger, that packed an unexpected punch. I think I succeeded–the spiciness of the rum blends pretty well with the ginger.

LIANNON

1. Fill half a chilled shot glass with ice cold vodka.
2. Fill the remainder with crème de menthe, but leave some room to…
3. Add a splash of absinthe.
4. Down in one.

I figured the demons had to be shooters, because shooters fuck you up, and so do demons! Anzu and Liannon are sort of fire and ice themed, with Liannon being ice. This one is actually surprisingly refreshing, which was unintentional, but it is strong, which was the point. This also is where I started using running themes with particular types of liquor; starting here, absinthe=demons. Also, all ingredients should be cold, but as I learned while making this, don’t try to put crème de menthe in the freezer as you would vodka–it will actually freeze.

ANZU

1. Fill half a shot glass with chili pepper vodka.
2. Fill the remainder with tequila, but leave some room to…
3. Add a splash of absinthe.
4. Down in one.

In case you’re wondering, I made the chili vodka by poking a bunch of holes two jalapeño peppers with a fork, then letting them sit in a pint of Smirnoff for two days. I think they have commercial varieties as well, but why bother? This is cheaper. But don’t forget to take the peppers out after two days, or I promise you the stuff will be undrinkable. And, as your burning throat will tell you, Anzu is fire.

NICK

1. Combine 1 oz gin, 1/2 oz absinthe, 1/2 oz lime juice, and 1/2 oz sugar syrup in a a mixing glass.
2. Shake ingredients thoroughly with ice in a cocktail shaker.
3. Strain, pour into a chilled cocktail glass, and serve.

Nick was hard–he is perhaps one of the few I’m not happy with, and were it not a little before noon here I’d probably try and fix it again. At any rate, he was based on the idea that he should have two strong, conflicting flavors that don’t necessarily sit well together. I meant that to be the absinthe and gin, but the gin actually blends really well into the absinthe. However, the lime stands out, almost to the point of being too sharp, so I think I succeeded after all–everyone knows there’s something off about Nick, and there’s definitely something off about this drink.

JAMIE

1. Pour 1 oz gin, 1/2 oz peach schnapps, 1/2 oz sugar syrup, 1/2 oz lemon juice, and a dash of bitters into a tumbler or highball glass.
2. Add ice and top up with soda water.
3. Garnish with a twist of orange rind (squeeze it so it releases the oils into the drink) and serve.

Jamie was the first to take a lot of mistakes to get right, but I’m really happy with the result. Fruity, bubbly, light, but complex. And definitely delicious.

ALAN

1. Pour 1 oz bourbon, 3/4 oz Frangelico, 1/4 oz ginger syrup and a dash of bitters into a tumbler or rocks glass.
2. Add ice and a splash of soda water.
3. Garnish with a twist of orange rind and serve.

Oh, Alan. You turned out far differently from what I expected. The original idea was to make something comforting, but extremely and unexpectedly potent (because Alan is very soothing but a lying liar); I was thinking something like a hot toddy. But I was working on Jamie, had come to the conclusion that he needed soda water, which I didn’t have, and I was frustrated and needed some whiskey. So Alan kind of turned into my tribute to the Old Fashioned, which is one of my favorite drinks. At first there was way too much bourbon, which I realized would be comforting to no one except me. So I changed the proportions a bit and added the soda the next night, and it turned out well, I think. Oh, and ginger syrup… um, boil some peeled ginger with sugar water, basically. I can find you a recipe if you want, I have a bunch of it as a by-product of making candied ginger.

MAE

1. Combine 1 1/2 oz white rum, 1/4 oz white crème de menthe, 1/4 oz peach schnapps, 3/4 oz grenadine, and 1/4 oz lime juice in a mixing glass.
2. Shake ingredients thoroughly with ice in a cocktail shaker.
3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a twist of lemon rind, and serve.

Mae’s essential ingredient was grenadine, in order to obtain something like pink–so make sure all other ingredients are clear and especially don’t use green crème de menthe. Aside from that, it’s a strong drink that bears some kinship to Jamie’s in that they both require peach schnapps.

SIN

1. Combine 1 1/2 oz spiced rum, 1/2 oz lemon juice, 1/2 oz grenadine, and three whole cloves in a mixing glass.
2. Shake ingredients thoroughly with ice in a cocktail shaker.
3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with another clove and a twist of orange rind, and serve.

You have my partner to thank for this one. I had appointed him taster in chief for the evening, despite the fact that it was midnight and he was falling asleep and needed to be awake at 6 am, and he said “I think Fever Fruit should be Sailor Jerry, grenadine, and cloves.” And I said “That sounds like Sin, not Fever Fruit,” and so it was, with the addition of lemon juice. Bold and spicy. Grenadine was supposed to be the exclusive property of Mae, but it worked in this case. Again, not what I expected with Sin–I was planning on using Kahlua–but it definitely works.

In terms of promotion, I employed at least five people as tasters, and got at least one of them to put you next on her list of books to read. Also I probably mentioned the contest to anyone who asked me what I was doing lately, and recommended you to my aunt, whose 12 and 13-going-on-14 year old daughters are meant to be reading a certain number of books per month. And I want to have a party where I serve ALL OF THESE. But, best of all, I have provided you with new and fabulous ways to get drunk. I suppose this is not an efficient way to promote your books to teenagers–but then, maybe it is. Not that, as a bartender, I endorse underage drinking in any way, shape, or form. Um. No. Not at all.

Lea and Alev intrepidly promised their English teacher a date with me (I’d object, but I constantly try to get my brother to promote my books via a kissing booth in the bookshops) in order to get to do a presentation on the Demon’s Lexicon.

They also braved many dangers to put up a Demon’s Lexicon poster in their school.


ariss13 wrote a blog post entitled Alan Ryves, World Peace Ambassador

scrtkpr had Demon’s Lexicon as her book for her book club.

Naseoul put up a banner, wrote a poem AND made a vid on the history of demons in Demon’s Lexicon

Miss Regina Star wrote http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2437639/Miss_Regina_Star and wrote
Take You Down- By Miss Regina Star (Alias)

There’s been a lot of confusion, honey,

‘Bout what you’re doin’ here, doll,

There’s been a little misconception, sweetie,

Because baby you’re going to fall~

Let’s you down, to my level,

Let’s take you down, on my turf,

Let’s take you down, for good time’s sake,

Let’s take you down, for what it’s worth.

LET’S.

TAKE.

YOU.

DOWN.

You’re in with all the good guys,

I see that’s the way it is,

Epitome of a leader, Please?

You’re just doing this for kicks!

I see you walkin’ down my pathway, honey,

With that demon by your side, doll,

Your hair’s formin’ a pink halo, sweetie,

But that won’t save you from the fall~

Let’s you down, to my level,

Let’s take you down, on my turf,

Let’s take you down, for good time’s sake,

Let’s take you down, for what it’s worth.

LET’S.

TAKE.

YOU.

DOWN.

You’re cute and you’re feisty,

But that is really all you are,

You make a pretty good comet,

But remember, I’m the STAR!

You like the glimmering lights, honey,

The beautiful wonders amidst, doll,

You don’t wanna be part of the background, sweetie,

But the higher you climb, the farther you fall.

Let’s you down, to my level,

Let’s take you down, on my turf,

Let’s take you down, for good time’s sake,

Let’s take you down, for what it’s worth.

LET’S.

TAKE.

YOU.

DOWN.

Let’s you down, for good time’s sake,

Let’s take you down, for what it’s worth,

Let’s take you down, to my level,

Let’s take you down,

On my,

Own,

Turf.

Priya made a


Anne wrote and sung a song called The Market. (lamps like stars entangled in the trees/Fruit laid in gleaming rings on silver grass/While muffled drumming calls me to the dance)

So AS YOU CAN SEE, there were countless amazing and wonderful entries. I was at my absolute wits’ end. ‘It’s a promotional contest,’ people said to me wisely. ‘So choose based on promotionalness… AND awesomeness.’

They also said, ‘Your fans are so awesome. I wouldn’t like to make that decision.’ I laughed a hollow laugh!

So, the winner of The Demon’s Surrender for promotion, awesomeness and showing others a good time… jaded_grave and the Demon’s Lexicon themed party!

Other Prizes as detailed here

A special prize for moraglee‘s amazing translation of parts of Demon’s Lexicon into Brāhmī, Aramaic, and Runic – an advance copy of an anthology called Enthralled, of which more before it releases in September, but it has a new story about a possibly-familiar vampire boyband from me, and stories by many authors from the Smart Chicks tour.

For serena_mcmurray who made a vid and wrote FIFTY notes, a special prize of the Truth & Dare anthology, just out, about which I will make a post tomorrow!

The Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls to imagined_away for her amazing tumblr

For elvenjaneite‘s illuminated and calligraphytastic manuscript, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy

For Julia and her Demon’s Lexicon cocktails, The Girl Who Played With Fire

For Sandy and the Demon’s Lexicon deleted scenes, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy

Naseoul’s banner, poem AND awesome vid gets The Girl Who Played With Fire

Lea and Alev, for their intrepid presentation on the Demon’s Lexicon. and school poster, are awarded The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy

Winners, please contact me at sarahreesbrennan@gmail.com, and please feel free to say ‘But I have read that story/haven’t read Suzanne Collins/seen the Vampire Diaries/really want this other thing.’

And wow, I wish I had prizes for you all, because you deserve them. I hope you guys had half as much fun with this as I did!

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