Confluence • Friday, July 25th

10520542_791033674260251_7094771712771140482_oThis weekend at Confluence we announced the winner of the RDSP Readers’ Choice Award, ODD MEN OUT by Matt Betts. Followers of our blog may recall that initially we had 15 books released in 2013 that were eligible and we used an internet poll to narrow that down to the top 8:

Cog by K. Ceres Wright
The Devil and Preston Black by Jason Jack Miller
Greenshift by Heidi Ruby Miller
Martyrs and Holymen by Larry Fondation
Odd Men Out by Matt Betts
Red Horses by Donna Lynch
The Revelations of Preston Black by Jason Jack Miller
Wraiths of the Broken Land by S. Craig Zahler

Then we had 5 readers read each work and rank them by preference. Many thanks go to Diane Turnshek for organizing the readers and keeping things non-biased. Also, thanks to our reader judges: Katherine Ervin, Jameyanne Fuller, Marina Goggin, Charlotte Merzbacher and Slade Powell. You can read their bios here.

Once the votes were tabulated we found that ODD MEN OUT was the favorite. Congratulations to Matt Betts! As our first Readers’ Choice Champion he is required to defend the RDSP honor in any necessary title bouts and will be the one to pass the belt to next year’s winner.