"It can be so very difficult to pick my favorite as all the authors on here are very talented. Thank you for bringing them to the forefront!"
"Very difficult choice, here! Both well-researched and well-written, and in the end could only be subjective by picking my favorite subject and going with the one I would read first. But both will get a reading from me for sure."
"I'm so proud of both authors! Tough thing to put yourselves out like this, but you've got new fans, no matter what happens."
"Wonderful excerpts, and kudos to both authors. I'm loving this contest!!"
"I like both these authors - these Clashes make it hard on the reader! Hee hee, keep up the good work, ladies :-)"
"They are both worthy. I think a reader responds to written words based on where their emotions are on any given day."
"An impossible choice! Both authors are obviously skilled wordcrafters, and worthy of being a finalist. Whatever the outcome, congratulations to both of you!"
May I just echo that last comment? Congratulations to both authors!
All four excerpts this week were worthy to be winners, and I wish we could move them all on to the next phase. To the three of you who will end your Tournament journey today...THANK YOU for participating! We've loved walking this road with you.
And now, without further delay...
The author who will join Marianne Evans as a finalist for the COTT Laurel Award is: