The champion of the DABWAHA has been decided!
Congratulations and confetti to Abigail Roux, winner of the 2013 DABWAHA, with her book Stars & Stripes!
Special awesomeness: in celebration, Riptide Publishing is offering 30% off backlist titles, and 50% editor's choice titles from today until 19 April, so if you're curious about the winning book, or any of their other titles, stock up now!
Congratulations to the author, and to Riptide, who promoted the hell out of the final, and to our DABWAHA Bracket Champion, Vi!
Vi had the mostest-correctest bracket of all, predicting not only the winning book, but the championship duel, and three-quarters of the Final Four with a 79% accurate pick percentage. Vi, got any lottery numbers?
Did you read Stars & Stripes? The publisher's warning of “explicit violence” warned me off, but I'd love to know what you liked about it.
Thank you to everyone who played along, and we'll see you next year for DABWAHA 2014.
Also worth celebrating? This piece of awesomeness from Ron Charles at the Washington Post. Charles is the editor to whom I report when I submit my romance roundups for the Post's book section. I feel like I'm working with a freaking rock star now. Get a load of this, sent to me by Pam G:
I don't quite know what to do with myself. I didn't think he could top his EL James Person of the Year video, but wow.
Now I want bacon.
The schedule has been published for the 2013 BEA Book Blogger Con, so if you're a book blogger and you're headed to BEA, I hope you'll join in.
I'm part of a panel at 11:15 titled “Adult Book Blogging Pros: Successes, Struggles and Insider Secrets,” with Jim C. Hines, Mandy from Smexybooks, and Rebecca Schinsky from Book Lady's Blog. I hope Jim comes in heels. HE BETTER. I mean, it IS called “ADULT book blogging, right?”
Jane from Dear Author is on the advisory board for this year's conference, and the schedule looks really spiffy. It's enough to tempt me to enter the Javits Center, and that takes quite a lot of enticement. The Javits is like hell made of cement.
Are you going to BEA? Are you going to the blogger con? I hope you'll introduce yourself if so!
io9 posted an amazing collection of photographs of Abandoned Antarctic Whaling Stations and Bases that are completely freaking eerie. The best part?
Quality Poor to fair
It was obvious from our first few minutes in the room that the housekeeping staff had not been by since the departure of the last guest. There was only one towel in the bathroom, which had the consistency and odor of an unlaundered beaver pelt. The minibar was stocked with plenty of Moir's Minced Beef, a serviceable-enough snack… but with no microwave in the room, how do they expect us to eat it?
Let this be a lesson to everyone: NOTHING is immune from reviews. Not Bic for Her pens, and not abandoned Antarctic huts from 1909. To quote Macklemore, “This is fucking awesome.”
I love you, The Internet. Let's be friends forever.