Cast Ryder Maddox-The Winner is….

I had no idea how close this ‘casting’ race would be…therefore, I had no idea how much it would freak me out!  Josh Duhamel and Eric Dane were neck and neck the whole way!  Poor Channing Tatum just didn’t come close for the character of Ryder where voting was concerned!  (I hope he’s not too offended!  And fear not…he’s up for other roles that I think fit him better!)  The first time I tallied the votes (which were overwhelming in number, I might add) Josh and Eric were literally dead even!  I couldn’t believe it!  I had to show Kevin because I couldn’t believe it!  But now that there’s a winner…I’m totally stressed!  I know one ‘team’ will be disappointed!  Don’t get mad at me, okay…because this is all in fun!  AND we are only pretending to cast the movie!  I know that in truth no actor can fill Ryder’s boots for any of us!  So let’s just keep pretending and whichever ‘team’ doesn’t win…know that your guy WILL be cast in a Marcia Lynn McClure hero position at some point…of that there is no doubt!

So, at the risk of provoking hate mail, a flogging or something else…here’s the result of the “Ryder Maddox” voting contest… (don’t get mad, okay?)…the winner…and I mean only by a nose (it was seriously so close I can’t even tell you!)…is Josh Duhamel!

For those of you who voted for Eric Dane (and don’t worry…he’s up for a TON of hero parts) and are disappointed, let’s highlight Josh’s good characteristics:  Tall, handsome, fabulous smile, able to portray a great sense of humor and wit, great voice, charming…okay?

I’ll put Josh’s photos on Ryder Maddox’s bio page (as the actor who won the casting contest), and then what do you say we all take a breath and break before we vote on someone else!  It’s emotionally taxing!  Casting is such a hard job!  Who knew?

Thank you so much to everyone who voted!  It was such a blast, wasn’t it?  I enjoyed watching the votes roll in via blog comments, Facebook and e-mails…LOVED the extra comments of ‘why’ a vote was cast!  I hope this was fun for you…even if your guy of choice didn’t win!  I had a ball!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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16 Responses to Cast Ryder Maddox-The Winner is….

  1. Dawn Sherman says:

    Hahaha…sorry this was so stressful for you because it was great fun for us! I LOVE the photo here. Perfect! And I voted for Eric but this photo fits the part! 😉

  2. Becki K. says:

    No hate!! We all love you Marcia!! My vote didn’t win, but Josh IS good looking too. He will never be as good looking as how I imagine Ryder to be in my head though, so I will just have to keep picturing that! LOL It is so hard to read a book and picture a character a certain way and then try to change it. Love you Marcia! Happy Valentine’s Day!! ???

  3. Stacey says:

    Even though I am Team Eric, I still Like Josh! This was so much fun to see how “passionate” your readers all are about your characters! It just goes to show how much we love you and your books, and how REAL they are to us! Thanks for the fun, Love you!

  4. kari says:

    as it should be~ I really don’t think Chan is all that upset. We’ll get him for another. I’m thinking Johnny Tabor (the war soldier who was tall and skinny… but after replenished was nice and studly like Chan) – or even Brockton Thorton. (love that man).

  5. Tiffani says:

    I am so sorry that this was so emotionally hard for you, Marcia! I am so sad that you have to worry about people’s reactions. I voted for Eric but will willingly admit that the picture of Josh fits Ryder woderfully. Thanks for letting me have the fun of voting. Love you and your books!

  6. Lisa says:

    Perfect! He looks just like the perfect guy who would say “Dusty Britches”…just fabulous!

  7. Emily Wardle` says:

    Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

  8. Mandy says:

    I voted for Eric but sure had a great time seeing everyone’s votes! I’ll just imagine my hubby as Ryder instead. 🙂

  9. Deborah says:

    I voted for Eric but I love Josh just as much. So much so that I wanted to see him as Tom Evans (one of my favorites). But you can’t go wrong with Josh in any role. Thanks for having the vote it was fun.

  10. Heather D says:

    Noooooo….Errrriiiicccc. Ha ha. Fun voting. I kind of have my own dreamed up version of Ryder anyways. Funny that Kari should mention that Channing Tatum should be Johnny Tabor because I just finished rereading that one and thought Channing would fit the part perfectly.

  11. Alyssa says:

    Team Eric…but still content with the choice. Really, how can you not be? They are all fabulous…

  12. Cyndi says:

    I think Josh looks REALLY good for the part. But Eric will be in my dreams!

  13. Amber says:

    I am totally happy with your pick! Those two were neck and neck for me as well but in the end something about Josh just fit better. They are both very dreamy though! Thanks for the fun!

  14. Emily says:

    OK even though I voted Eric it was neck and neck for me too and I am so glad Josh won because he is TOTALLY the right choice. Especially the pic above and his playful personality. Yay!

  15. Bronwyn Y-H says:

    I am so sorry Marcia! I totally agree that there is no man that can fill the shoes of the men in your books! But I definitely agree that Josh is super gorgeous and could pull it off. I’d love to see him in a pair of Wranglers.

  16. Cami says:

    I admit I didn’t vote because it was too close in my mind. I decided to reread the book instead. The more I read the more I thought Josh would be my choice but I only got halfway through the book last night. What a fun way to choose pictures for the characters. We love your books so much Marcia. Thanks for letting us be a part of “fleshing out” the characters.

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