After seven rounds and one final, immense battle between the best of the brightest of my secondary characters, we have a winner! Champions, the most favorite secondary characters who won with a whopping 185 votes are…Cagney and Dooley of Little Selkie!
In a very close second place with 174 votes was Puss of Puss in Boots. Phile the Robber Maiden of the Snow Queen Series snagged third with 160 votes, and Sir Kay of King Arthur took fourth with 142 votes.
In honorable mentions we have: Seer Ringali, 116 votes; Oskar, 99 votes; Lady/Queen Linnea, 95 votes; Zerah and the First Regiment of the Dragon Army with 90 votes; Harrison with 83 votes, the Lady of the Lake, 77 votes; and Hunter 74 votes.
There was a grand total of 1,918 votes–which means approximately 480 of you cast a ballot. It was pretty interesting to observe, because the winning characters’ vote counts weren’t as high as the winning characters of the various heats were, but that was because all the characters received a great amount of votes, and the competition was really fierce. (This is probably because we were pitting the most beloved against the most beloved.)
It was especially fun to see the different series represented in the winning characters and the honorable mentions. I wasn’t too surprised Cagney and Dooley took first–I knew when I put them on the same entry that I was stacking the odds in their favor–but I was especially glad that Puss gave them a serious run, particularly as there is only one puss and two of them! Phile, Sir Kay, and Seer Ringali ruling the other top places were a very fun surprise. (It’s a good sign when I have characters from other series landing in the top, and that the Timeless Fairy Tales didn’t completely trash everyone!)
A big thank you to everyone who voted–this was a really fun way to pass the summer and the perfect close out to the season.
In equally exciting news, right now I’m running a K. M. Shea Reader Survey. The survey is pretty short and asks you a few questions (ie: are you a KU subscriber, how did you find me, etc) that should only take you a few minutes to finish. It will help me learn more about the Champions as a group and will impact future marketing decisions and the general direction I decide to go in as an author. Naturally, I would really appreciate it if you would fill it out!
As a thank you for completing the survey, everyone who fills it out gets an unedited sample chapter (in a PDF) of the next Timeless Fairy Tale I’m currently writing! (And no, it’s not the 12 Dancing Princesses that will launch in December, but that unnamed fairy tale I’ve been teasing you guys with for a few weeks.)
If you want the sample chapter, fill out the survey, and then click submit at the bottom of the form. The next page–a short little thank you message–will pop up once your survey has been successfully submitted. The link to the PDF is in that thank you message!
I want to close out with another thank you to everyone who participated in the Secondary Character Poll. It was so fun to see how all the different characters were loved and appreciated. I hope you fill out the survey and enjoy the sample chapter! (I’ve been dying to discuss it!) Thanks for reading, and have a great day!