DABWAHA Round One Begins Tomorrow!

The Round 1 Voting schedule has been posted, and voting will be intense for the next two days. The polls stay up for 12 hours each, and the trash talking and vote mongering has already begun. Then, just after the dust settles – Round 2! 

Darlene Marshall and Susanna Kearsley's elderly dogs have been trashtalking one another, and they're not up against each other (yet?). Kearsley is not messing around, either: her Twitter avatar is her dog's “Gaze of Hope,” and her teenagers not-quite-teenagers helped her book make a video for the DABWHAHA as well:

Her book is TRAINING. With RAW EGGS. I love it.  

But Marshall is up against Courtney Milan, who, as last year's runner-up, brought her own dog into the fine art of trash talking.

And Jen McAndrews/Gwen Roman, author of Trail of the Tudor Blue, has a short-but-sweet request for votes:


Meredith Duran is ready, facing down Anne Mallory at high noon tomorrow, and the battles that begin at midnight CDT are not going to be pretty either. Sarah (Morgan) vs. Sarah (Mayberry) is going to be fun, as Morgan says she has been taking trashtalking courses, and Nalini Singh vs. Ilona Andrews could get ugly in a fast hurry.

ETA: Sarah Mayberry and Karina Bliss attempted Aussie vs Kiwi style trashtalking, and the result is hilarious:

Let me go again. Now that I’m all limbered up. Because that’s what I was doing up above. Limbering up.


‘Yo, Bliss. What kind of a name is Bliss for a romance novelist, anyway? Shouldn’t it be Karina Ecstasy? Karina Climax? Karina He-Flung-Her-To-The-Stars-And-For-Precious-Seconds-She-Was-Nothing-But-Throbbing-Sensation? I mean, come on, Bliss even rhymes with kiss. Which is really…kind of appropriate, now that I think about it…”

Remember, all the voting takes place at the DABWAHA site, so steer your friends, relatives, readers, librarians, and folks off the street over to vote for the books you want to win. Plus, there are really awesome prizes for every round, including the first round. 

So, who did you pick to win it all this year? What books are you voting for tomorrow? It's going to by mayhem-tastic! Game on! 



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    Bnbsrose says:

    My final round has Courtney Milan v. Courtney Milan, so… Courtney Milan takes all!

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    Michelle W. says:

    Hilarious!!!  Love it all & keep it coming!

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    Susanna Kearsley says:

    My kids are beyond thrilled that their video made it onto your blog :-) And they’re not teenagers quite yet—my daughter and her best friend are 12, and my son and his best friend are 9 and 8, respectively. I think they did an awesome job, even if they did tire that book out…

    It’s so much fun hanging out on the #dabwaha thread in the evening, and listening to everyone.

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    Milan’s effete Brits are going down in the Historicals category. Pirates rule!

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    Kaetrin says:

    What a great video.  Well done!

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    Kaetrin says:

    @Sarah – is there Google calendar thingy (like you use for your book club chats) available for the DABWAHA?  I wouldn’t want to forget to vote!

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    SB Sarah says:

    Yup! Sure is, right here:


    The whole schedule of the DABWAHA is on that calendar. Hope that helps!

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    pur8ple says:

    The Rose Garden training video rocks!

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    Violet Bick says:

    Love that “The Rose Garden” watches “Once Upon a Time.” That is the kind of show a romance novel would watch.

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    HellyBelly says:

    Where’s the voting at? I can only see some blog pingbacks on the page??

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    HellyBelly says:

    ok, now it is up…

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    SB Sarah says:

    The voting is here: http://bit.ly/zRC6g9

    You’re not seeing the polls?

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    Tracy says:

    Eek! I missed the deadline. Guess I will have to wait for the second chance tourney… *Off to vote*

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