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Friday, May 27, 2011

BROMANCE THROWDOWN with Kendare Blake: Win $20 Gift Card!

We have a treat today! ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD author Kendare Blake has been hitting the blogosphere with these fantastically fun Throwdowns! We're thrilled to be included! And it's an awesome Bromance


Throwdown! With Kendare Blake #3
Aragorn & Legolas 
Harry Potter & Ron Weasley

Bromances. That special relationship of loyalty and love, that exists between two special dudes. It’s not a student/mentor relationship. It’s not a father/son relationship. It’s something really special. Dr. House and Dr. Wilson. Damon and Affleck. Ace and Gary. These guys are more than friends. They’re Friend of Friends. 

Welcome, Teens Read & Write readers, to the third and final Throwdown! In previous installments, we’ve learned who would come out on top in a vampire matchup between Lestat de Lioncourt and Edward Cullen (Cullen) and in a werewolf matchup between Michael Jackson in Thriller and Jacob Black (Black). The Twilight boys were hoping to go 3 for 3, but I don’t think there are any Bromances in Twilight, unless you count Bella’s dad and that old Indian, which would just be weird. So here we go, with the boys who fight to destroy The One Ring facing off with the boys who fight to destroy He Who Must Not Be Named. Vote for your favorite set in the comments for a chance to win a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card. Now let’s get it on!

The Bromances
One is a filthy human, the other, a cuticle-cleaning elf. Aragorn and Legolas, the future King of Men and his faithful immortal friend, have been together for years untold. Their devotion is obvious, though perhaps a bit one-sided: Legolas often follows Aragorn blindly into dangerous situations with very small odds of success or survival. Maybe that’s because he’s immortal and has a really skewed concept of death. Or maybe that’s just how strong their man-love is. “There’s nothing sexual about it,” Legolas says with a smile of elfish innocence. Which if you’re familiar, is the dirtiest kind of innocence there is.

Legolas: The Shadow moves.
Aragorn: So do my pants when you wear that little cloak.
Legolas: Aragorn, focus.
Aragorn: It’s a nice color, is all I’m saying. It’s a good dude’s cloak. But yeah. The Shadow moves. We should do something about that crap.
It’s worth noting that Bromances in Middle Earth are a dime a dozen. Between Sam and Frodo, Merry and Pippin, and Gandalf and Saruman (don’t deny it), there’s so much guy solidarity that women spend most days looking around uncomfortably. It should also be noted that this is a Bromance, not a romance, and is therefore not exclusive. Which is good, because:
Harry & Ron
This is really pushing the definition of Bromance. These guys, though close, are at odds with one another almost as often as not. Sirius and Remus might have been a better choice. But let’s see what Harry and Ron have to offer.

Harry, like Aragorn, gets into more than his fair share of crap. And there by his side, ever faithful, however generally close to wetting his pants, is Ron. Always ready to defend his friend, always ready to dive into danger, be it by going up against a million fafillion angry spiders or putting his entire family at risk by harboring a kid with a target on his chest, Ron is there. Sometimes jealously. Always clumsily. But he’s there, I guess is my point. And Harry, in return, got Ron onto the Quidditch team, where a young Edward Cullen tried desperately to school him in the ways of lady-getting…and failed.

The failure? Not Cullen’s fault.

The Throwdown
Sword and bow against wand and wand. I foresee a future where Legolas is screaming with bogies the size of bats flying round and round his face while Aragorn fights a jelly legs hex by dragging himself toward his opponents using nothing but his teeth, growling, “There’s no such thing as a jelly tooth hex, Bitches!” 

Harry and Ron would certainly get their licks in, but I think we all know who the real killers are. Harry and Ron, for all their flash and entertainment value, stop short of being truly lethal. And I don’t think Expelliarmus works on Anduril (I totally had to Google that). The only thing that might save the Hogwarts duo: In a surprise move, Harry takes off his glasses, and Aragorn mistakes him for Frodo.
Yes, we look alike. It's been pointed out once or twice.
But this doesn't have to be a Throwdown to the death. There are lots of ways to judge who is the best. One way? Who is the prettiest?!!

Don't be absurd. I'm obviously the prettiest.
Look, Legolas, I think you need to take a minute and check yourself-

Actually, Legolas is the prettiest. Look at those cheekbones. And that skin.
That's what 400 years of cucumber eucalyptus scrubs will do for you.
Fine, whatever. Harry? Ron? What do you have to say? On second thought, why don’t we just let Harry handle this one, okay?

Holy naked wizard!
Not bad. But it becomes less appealing when you realize that the horse is Dumbledore in Animagus form.
Well, there it is. The last Throwdown. Thanks to Alyssa and the guys at Teens Read and Write for letting the Bromances thrash it out on their blog. Vote for the winner in order for a chance to win a $20 BN gift card, and some Personal Demons swag in honor of fellow Tor author Lisa Desrochers’ Original Sin, releasing in July!
Check back next week to see who wins and read the winner’s gloat post.

Isn't she a screech! And ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD sounds awesome. Love the premise. And the cover is uber gorgeous! Below you can check out the summary and trailer along with the contest details! Leave a comment with your vote and fill out the form for a chance to win a $20 BN gift card.

release: Aug 30
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.

Kendare Blake is an import from South Korea who was raised in the United States by caucasian parents. You know, that old chestnut. She received a Bachelor's degree in Business from Ithaca College and a Master's degree in Writing from Middlesex University in London. She brakes for animals, the largest of which was a deer, which sadly didn't make it, and the smallest of which was a mouse, which did, but it took forever. Amongst her likes are Greek Mythology, rare red meat and veganism. She also enjoys girls who can think with the boys like Ayn Rand, and boys who scare the morality into people, like Bret Easton Ellis.

Giveaway Details:
  • Fill out the form
  • Leave a comment with your Bromance vote 
  • Must be 13 years or older
  • Enter by June 5


debbie said...

I have to say Legolas and Aragorn. Hey, at least with all the bromances, guys night out, would be fun.

Keira Gillett said...

In terms of bromance - Harry Potter and Ron Weasley

Hunky good looks - Aragon and Legolas

Badass moves? Aragon and Harry - the new bromance coming to you next summer. ;)

Anonymous said...

Harry & Ron! I love those boys!

Sassy said...

Legolas and Aragorn all the way!!!

Lyssa Anne said...

Harry and Ron, cuz I love them more. Haha.

Aydrea said...

Hmm both are good choices, but I will go with Legolas & Aragorn because they are hotter & more badass!

Btw the post was hilarious!

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Definitely Legolas and Aragorn. Every time I watch the LOTR trilogy, I swoon over Legolas!

Great post!

Tran D said...

Harry and Ron!!!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Legolas and Aragorn. Has to be!! :)

Joanna said...

Legolas and Aragorn... all the way!
Handsome guys... yum! :)

Misha said...

I LOVE Aragorn, but not Legolas so much. So I choose Ron and Harry :)

titania86 said...

I think there's a bigger bromance between Gimli and Legolas, so I''ll have to go with Ron and Harry.

Small Review said...

That was hilarious! I so cannot wait for Anna Dressed in Blood to come out.

Amy (ArtsyBookishGal) said...

There's totally something going on with all those LOTR characters, but I vote for Frodo/Sam.

Amy // amyismyfriend at aol dot com

Unknown said...

Totally Aragorn and Legolas, I mean, hoestly, Aragorn is one of the hottest movie/book heroes ever and with a cute elvish arrow-shooting, oliphaunt slaying Orlando Bloom tagging along...who can beat that? :)

heykiddego said...

Personally, I think the best bromance of all time is Beavis and Butthead, lol. But I'll cast my vote in for Harry Potter & Ron Weasley

Allie said...

I vote for Harry and Ron!


Ren said...

I laugh so hard when read this "bromance" post!! LMAO

But,I must vote. Vote for the prettiest! Legolas-Ron (Ron is pretty when he wear that old grandma dress to prom)

Wrong answer, okay, vote for prettiest-hottest combination, and you got my vote Legolas-Aragorn ;)

sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

Krystal Larson said...

I would agree with Harry Potter and Ron Weasley...GFC Krystal Larson

Vivien said...

Harry and Ron :)

Unknown said...

Aragorn and Legolas all the way!

throuthehaze said...

Harry and Ron :)

Tore923 said...

Harry and Ron.

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

LOVE this post and Kendare Blake. I have to go with Aragon and Legolas, maybe partially because Legolas is so, so pretty. And Kendare's captioning? Hilarious. :D

The reason I'm not going Ron and Weasley is partly because they don't seem to mesh together as well and partly because they went through puberty... sigh.

Carol M said...

Definitely Legolas and Aragorn! They are hot!
mittens0831 at aol dot com

andrea b said...

my vote is for Legolas and Aragorn :)

Laura Grace said...

Awesome! Personally I'd go for L
egolas and Aragorn

Jen said...

The definite bromance would be Harry and Ron. However I do love me some Legolas and Aragorn they are way too hot!

April X said...

Harry and Ron :) Those two are awesome! Legolas is pretty hot though hahaa XD

Book Butterfly (Kim) said...

Harry and Ron definitely. I grew up with them!


SiNn said...

could i chose one of each lol no for real

I will go with Legolas & Aragorn because they are hotter and just awesome

Erica said...

Aragorn and Legolas for sure! Though, in those particular movies Sam / Frodo have the better bromance imo :D But I love Aragorn and Legolas more

Sophia said...

I vote for Harry and Ron!

Aik said...

I'd vote for Legolas and Aragorn!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

latishajean said...

I would have to say vote for Harry and Ron! Thanks for the great giveaway!

June M. said...

I would definately vote for Legolas and Aragorn, the others would make an older person feel like a pedophile.

Tiffany Drew said...

Legolas and Aragorn, no doubt about it!

Steph @ The Caffeinated Reader said...

I vote for Harry and Ron!

T.B. said...

I totally go far Legolas and Aragorn. Haha, that little dialogue you did was so funny! This is an awesome guest post btw. Thanks for the giveaway!

Margaret said...

Oh, most definitely Harry and Ron! That was the first bromance to pop into my mind :D
Thank you for the chance!!


Texas Book Lover said...

Harry & Ron get my vote!


Christie said...

Definitely Ron and Harry!

Jenny said...

Absolutely hilarious. You made me spit out my soda all over my computer screen. No good:) I just love Harry and Ron, I'll be so sad when the final movie is over! I can't wait to read Anna Dressed in Blood, it sounds amazing and that cover just makes me happy!

Andra Lyn said...

OH MY GOD!!! BAHAHAHAHAH I literally laughed out loud, spitting my coffee all over my computer and cat. That has to be THE best post I've seen in MONTHS!!! ahahahaha

I have NO clue who to vote for now...I am a Harry Potter fanatic hands down, but Legolas is so pretty...I think theres more of a Bromance between Legolas and Gimli though...sooo

Harry and Ron are my winners!

Miranda Grissom said...

LOL...Harry and Ron! That is a great post!

Anonymous said...

While I love Harry and Ron, I have to go with Legolas and Aragorn!

Leah Rae Miller said...

Even though Aragorn/Legolas are a classic example, Harry/Ron get my vote.

motherlovinbooks at gmail dot com

Literary Winner said...

I vote Ron and Harry!
Maggie at tethered mommy dot com

TerryLynnJohnson said...

This was hyterical! I'm so pumped about this book coming out!
Legolas and Aragorn of course!

Sakira said...

Aragon and Legolas!!

Gaby said...

Harry & Ron!

Sarah said...

As much as I love the bromance between Harry and Ron, I think Aragorn and Legolas totally win this one!

two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I have to say it think the elf and man thing is extreamly hot!!!!!!!!!!!! I would love love love to vote for Aragorn and Legolas. UMMMMMMMMMMM two hotties

Sherry said...

My vote is for Legolas and Aragorn.

sstrode at scrtc dot com

IngaSilberg said...

Legolas and Aragorn would be my pick!


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Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Even though I love me some Legolas and he and Aragorn have quite the bromance (and are a deadly duo), my vote goes to Harry and Ron. Because they're HARRY AND RON.

The commentary here was hilarious and nearly had me swinging my vote, but I have to stick with my HP boys :)

Kat said...

Yep, there are definitely more bromances in LOTR than actual romances! I mean, there's like two chics... three if you count Galadriel, which is generous, in the entire series. I feel torn between my two favorite fandoms, but judging sorely on the strength of the bromance, I'm going to have to go with Legolas & Aragorn.

Awesome guest post-- Kendare, you are hilarious!

Kaity said...

Gotta go with Harry & Ron on this one.

Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

harry and ron!

Meredith said...

Harry and Ron!!!

Anonymous said...

Harry and Ron are good but my favorite bromance has to be Aragon and Legolas!

IdentitySeeker said...

Bromance- Harry and Ron!:)

Anonymous said...

Aragorn and Legolas for sure!

Liss Martz said...

Aragorn and Legolas!! I love a man who knows how to fight!

Stephanie A said...

Definately Legolas and Aragorn.

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Anonymous said...

Potter and Weasley, of course! I'd vote for them any time. This post of yours was so amusing to read. You should do it more often! I'd love that! (:


Kiery said...

Of course it's HP & Ron!

Best bromance!

Miss Lauren said...

I vote for Harry & Ron! Thanks for the giveaway!

Miss Lauren

CJ said...

Harry & Ron!



Kimmel Tippets said...

I love Harry Potter, but the winners would be Legalos and Aragorn hands down!


Rachel Singer said...

harry and ron

Missie, The Unread Reader said...


I've got my money on the filthy human and the cuticle-cleaning elf!

Team Aragolas all the way!

Or if you prefer...

Team Legorn!

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Aragorn & Legolas get my vote.

Poison said...

Aragorn & legolas

Poison said...

Aragorn & Legolas (he's just too pretty)

Eternal Night said...

I vote for Harry and Ron.

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