If I was a horrible person, I'd put some auto-play music right here, with trumpets and drumrolls and all those weird noises that sound like squeaky doors that announce TENSION IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. But I'm no more a fan of autoplay music than anyone else (yuck), so I'll spare you (you're welcome!). Yet the fact remains: DABWAHA FINAL FOUR VOTING begins in less than 12 hours! At 12AM CT tomorrow, Saturday 5 April 2014, Captive … Continue reading The Countdown Begins: DABWAHA Final Four Begins in 12 Hours!
FUN PART: Second Chance Tournament! Is your bracket destroyed? Did your picks go awry? Do you find yourself tied for 500th place and full of despair? Weep no more, bracketeers, because our 2nd Chance Tourney is created just for you. We start with 16 books instead of 64, so the stakes aren't as high but the prizes are just as fine. Go forth and pick new brackets and be hopeful once again. Please note: you must … Continue reading Second Chance Tourney Up - With Rules Update
Things to announce! 1. Last call for brackets for the tournament! Bracket entries for the DABWAHA tournament will close tonight, 19 March 2014, at 11:59pm ET. Yup, entry time is extended – I misread the NCAA schedule, which we try to adhere to, and they have two days of play-in matches. We just get down to business on the first day, 20 March 2014. To fill out your bracket, go to the tournament site, and click … Continue reading DABWAHA Update: Voting and Last Call for Brackets!
Are you ready?! It's Selection Sunday for the 2014 DABWAHA. The full slate of nominees has been announced, and reader votes determined the 8th book in each category. And now: the DABWAHA bracket is ready to be filled out. You have until 3/17/2014 at 11:59:00 PM ET to enter your picks! IMPORTANT UPDATE 12:17PM 3/16: MORE IMPORTANT-ER UPDATE 2:53 pm 3/16: Hey, you know what? The internet sometimes gives you mixed up information! We have confirmed … Continue reading It’s Selection Sunday for DABWAHA 2014!
It's DABWAHA time! When we tweet and vote monger and compete for prizes and silly fun as we celebrate some of the very best romances of 2013. What's a DABWAHA? The DABWAHA is our annual NCAA-style tournament of books. 64 books are selected in 8 different categories, and readers pick brackets of which books they think will win each round. The winners of each round are determined by public voting, so it helps your cause … Continue reading It’s DABWAHA Time!
Today is the DABWAHA Championship final! Polls will open at 11amET / 10am CT and will run until 10pm CT – 12 hours of intense voting ahoy! The two finalists are: Both of these books are interesting championship finalists: both were reader nominated books, and both are contemporary romances. Plus, both have sizable fanbases behind them – so it will be a crazy final! More than just the bragging rights are on the line, too … Continue reading DABWAHA Championship Final!
Reminder! Tomorrow at 9pm we'll be hosting the Sizzling Book Club Chat discussing The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand. There will probably be intricate discussions of dessert and pastry. Ms. Florand will join us at 10pm ET for a Q&A. I hope you'll come by – book club chat nights are very fun. … I'm over at Kirkus today, continuing my series about identifying your favorite tropes and character types in romance. This week, in … Continue reading Book Club Chat Reminder, Links, and DABWAHA 2nd Chance Tournament!
At 1am Eastern, midnight Central, the voting began! Are you ready?! Round one is a big one, too, with Cecilia Grant's A Lady Awakened facing Courtney Milan's The Duchess War, and The Fault in our Stars by John Green going up against Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. And Unspoken and A Notorious Countess Confesses and… I have to go lie down now. Oy. Then, at 1pm Eastern, noon Central, the next set of polls go up! More voting! More Tweeting! … Continue reading It’s DABWAHA Voting Time!
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 … Continue reading DABWAHA Books on Sale, and DABWAHA Fun!
The DABWAHA bracket is ready to be filled out. Just click on “New” and enter your identification. Only the Nickname will show up publicly. Then click on the title of the book you will think will each match until you have only one book left as your Champion. The tie breaker is the number of reader nominations we received. Hint: it is under 1000. If you have problems, we are going to host a Google … Continue reading It’s DABWAHA Selection Sunday!
Time to announce the reader nomination winners, and the complete slate of 2012 DABWAHA nominees! The YA Reader Nominee is: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green ( A | BN | K | S) An interesting pick, and definitely one of the best books of 2012. The Contemporary Reader Nominee is: About That Night by Julie James ( A | BN | K | S) Julie James was the … Continue reading Time to announce the DABWAHA Reader Nominees!
It's time for the 2013 DABWAHA! What's the DABWAHA? It's our March Madness™- style tournament of romance novels, hosted by Jane from Dear Author and yours truly. The tournament began in 2008 which makes this our 6th annual tournament of books. Yay! What's DABWAHA stand for? It stands for AWESOMENESS. And the assurance that I should be allowed to name everything because I came up with the name. (It stands for “Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award … Continue reading It’s DABWAHA Selection Sunday!
The DABWAHA Final Four voting is on now! From midnight to noon CDT, Courtney Milan's novella Unlocked is facing down Karen Marie Moning's Shadowfever. As of right this moment, it is terribly close. Like, every time I reload the page the tally changes – so this vote totally matters. Check your bracket, drive to various WiFI spots, and use your cell phone, folks. Every last vote will matter. Then, at noon CDT, Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh wil … Continue reading DABWAHA Final Four Voting!
Last day to sign up for the Second Chance Tournament – voting on the Sweet Sixteen begins tomorrow! The voting schedule for the Sweet Sixteen is up on the DABWAHA site. The competition is fierce, hilarious, and friendly. And the audiovisuals continue: Sarah Morgan's son whipped up this bit of adorable for A Night of Scandal ( A | BN | K | S ). MelJean Brook vs. Nalini Singh and Meljean Brook vs. Courtney Milan … Continue reading DABWAHA Sweet Sixteen, and ebook Deals!
First: the DABWAHA Second Chance Tournament is up! Bracket busted? You get a Second Chance! Starting with the Sweet 16, pick your winners – and there's prizes for this tourney, too! This is a separate contest – your picks in this tourney don't override your picks in the main tourney, in other words. The winner of the 2nd Chance Bracket will receive a Kindle Fire, a $100 Amazon giftcard, and an ARC of Echoes at Dawn, … Continue reading Second Chances, Congrats, and Deals!
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 … Continue reading DABWAHA Round One Begins Tomorrow!
It's Selection Sunday for the DABWAHA! First, the reader finalists, those voted in by, well, readers, are: YA: Falling Under by Gwen Hayes Contemporary: If You Hear Her by Shiloh Walker (Bro Magnet by Lauren Baratz Logsted was a close second) Historical: A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal by Meredith Duran GLBT: Hot Head by Damon Suede Category: A Man of His Word by Sarah Anderson Novella: Once Upon a Winter’s Eve by Tessa Dare (edged … Continue reading It’s Selection Sunday!