Several books nominated for the DABWAHA are on sale, or free, which is awesome, because reading!
Kensington has dropped the price on Laura Florand's The Chocolate Thief, nominated for the DABWAHA in the Contemporary Romance category. The price is $3.99, or $3.49 if you're Amazon.
Breathtakingly beautiful, the City of Light seduces the senses, its cobbled streets thrumming with possibility. For American Cade Corey, it's a dream come true, if only she can get one infuriating French chocolatier to sign on the dotted line. . .
Melting, yielding yet firm, exotic, its secrets are intimately known to Sylvain Marquis. But turn them over to a brash American waving a fistful of dollars? Jamais. Not unless there's something much more delectable on the table. . .
Whether confections taken from a locked shop or kisses in the dark, is there anything sweeter?
After eleven years of marriage, Léa Laurier knew her husband. Knew how he could take on responsibility for a world-famous restaurant, a wife, and her two teenage siblings at nineteen years old and never falter, never tire. Knew his drive and his ambition, that took him to the stars. Knew how brilliant his gray eyes looked when they met hers for just one moment across a host of cameras. She didn't know why she was so tired. She didn't know why she needed to just get away. For a while. Maybe a week or two. A month. She'd be back.
After eleven years of marriage, international superstar chef Daniel Laurier knew his wife. Knew how she could lavish caring on everyone, her siblings, his staff, and most especially him. Knew the way her face lit up when he won yet another television contest, and the way she hugged him for it. Knew how her hair smelled when he sank into bed exhausted at one in the morning. He didn't know what to do when he came home from a consulting trip to find she'd disappeared to remote South Pacific island: I just needed to get away for a little while. A week or two. I'll call you.
As the whole solid world under his feet turned into a sandcastle in the tide, Daniel knew only one thing: whatever was wrong with his marriage or his wife, he wasn't losing her. So as a top chef, he did the one thing he always knew how to do: turn up the heat. (A novella of 30,000 words.)
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In addition, the DABWAHA fun has begun. Sarah Morgan, whose book Once a Ferrara Wife is nominated, is working on a video with her son, and sent me the following behind the scenes peek:
Behind the scenes of the Dabwaha 2013 video for Once a Ferrara Wife.
son: What do you want it to say in this frame?
me: A man hopelessly in love with his beautiful wife…
son: You mean wives
me: No, I mean wife. WIFE. Why would you say wives??
son: because there are three different women in this video.
me: Oh no, I used different book covers. How can you tell?
son: Er…because one of them is blonde the other one is brunette. We could put 'a man hopelessly in love with his wife and two other women.'
me: Definitely not. I suppose I could delete the brunette
son: No!! She's the really hot one.
me: You're not supposed to know whether a woman is hot.
son: I was 15 a month ago. I know when a woman is hot. She's hot. Leave her in.
me: Maybe no one will notice they're three different women. Just leave it and add this roaring sound to illustrate the alpha male….
son: that doesn't sound like roaring. It sounds like a donkey barfing
I'm totally anticipating that video!
And speaking of videos, the teasing and trash talking have begun. Jeannie Lin has the following teaser video to tempt you into voting for her book My Fair Concubine:
Link! I love how it ends with “You WANT to see what happens next.” WHOA TEASE.
There's also a GoodReads Listopia list of all the nominees – thank you to whomeever compiled it, because you're awesome.
If you're confused about what the DABWAHA is, or need help filling out your bracket, please join us tonight at 8:30 EDT for a Google hangout with me and Jane. We'll answer questions and help you fill out your brackets.