If you hear someone in the greater Chicagoland area humming “We are the Champions,” make sure it’s not Julie James because Something About You is the winner of the DABWAHA by a decided margin. Congratulations to Julie James, and to Courtney Milan for making the championship round a lawyer-vs-lawyer trash talking spectacle. Motions were filed. Motions were made. Hell, movies were made.
But in the end, it comes down to one champion, so big congrats to Julie James and Team SAY.
And now, it is PRIZE TIME. Please email Sarah at sarahATsmartbitchestrashybooksDOTcom with your contact info (your mailing address, specifically) so we can start getting the prize mania started!
To Julie James: a brand new 16gb Wifi iPad. Woo hoo!
To the winner of the DABWAHA with the best bracket: Shawntelle Madison, 635 Points with a 63% pick percentage. Interestingly, she did not pick the champion correctly. Shawntelle also wins a brand new 16 gb Wifi iPad. Way to go!
Shawntelle was also the winner of the Final Four – her bracket was unbeatable in the end. For the Final Four prize, donated by Cindy Hwang and Berkley, Shawntelle will receive ARCS of
DRAGON BOUND, Thea Harrison;
BREAKING POINT, Pamela Clare;
THE CHASE, Erin McCarthy;
CHOSEN BY BLOOD, Virna DePaul;
SUMMER AT SEASIDE COVE, Jacquie D’Alessandro;
FOLLOW MY LEAD, Kate Noble; and SAVAGE NATURE, Christine Feehan,
Plus she will receive ALL the Berkley Sensation and Heat March titles as a prize:
PRIMAL BOND, Jennifer Ashley,
HIDDEN AWAY, Maya Banks,
A LOT LIKE LOVE, Julie James,
SWEET AS THE DEVIL, Susan Johnson,
WICKED SEDUCTION, Jade Lee,
DEVIL’S OWN, Veronica Wolff,
ACCIDENTALLY CATTY, Dakota Cassidy,
PLEASURE ME, Monica Burns,
DEAD ON DELIVERY, Eileen Rendahl,
ANY WICKED THING, Margaret Rowe,
and SURRENDER TO ME, Shayla Black.
We have a Wooden Spoon prize for the worst, most brokenest bracket. Congratulations to Jora Jacobi, who only had 2 picks right. Way to win a kickin’ prize!
The Wooden Spoon prize for the worst bracket is really awesome this year. Author Stefanie Sloane has donated a prize that is most soothing: a $25 iTunes gift card, sinfully scented Tocca Stella candela, 12 piece box of Fran’s Chocolates assorted truffles, and a tin of Harney & Sons gourmet tea set the mood for you to relax and enjoy a signed copy of Sloane’s debut book, The Devil in Disguise. Thank you to Stefanie Sloane, and congrats to Jora for winning!
The winner of the Second Chance tourney: Frances McDermott, who had 446 points with a 93% pick percentage. She also picked the champion correctly and only had one pick wrong (she picked Dark Road to Darjeeling over Cold Magic).
For winning the Second Chance tourney, Frances wins a Kobo reader, and a $50 gift card to the Kobo store, courtesy of the fine, fine folks at Kobo. Frances will also get to pick which color reader she’d like. Congrats to Frances and thank you, oh fine, fine Kobo Folks!
The worst bracket of the Second Chance tourney belonged to Veronica Desangles, who had a 7% pick percentage and 10 points. You also get a prize! From Laura Baumbach and MLR Press, a MLR Bag with five print titles – Notturno by ZA Maxfield, These Haunted Heights by Ally Blue, Conquest by S.J. Frost, Mexican Heat by Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon and Death by Misfortune by AM Riley, along with a plastic trade paperback book cover and some fun swag items. Plus, you also receive a copy of print title OUT THERE IN THE NIGHT along with a tote bag, t-shirt and mouse pad that go with it.
But wait, there’s more! We have a few prizes to give away for random bracket entries and for folks who did a supreme job of helping us promote the DABWAHA to the point where people we didn’t know asked what the hell it was.
To Cara McKenna, a fine prize from author Jennifer Estep: $50 Amazon gift card, copies of SPIDER’S BITE, WEB OF LIES, VENOM, along with an e-ARC of TANGLED THREADS in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, and an e-ARC for TOUCH OF FROST, the first book in her Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series that comes out on July 26.
To Kwana Jackson, a prize collection from authors Marie Sexton and Theresa Meyers. From Sexton, a copy of her latest ebook, and from Meyers, a copy of her new book The Truth About Vampires, and a mug filled with chocolates to go with your reading adventures.
To Elyssa Papa, Kate Elliot, Amy Atwell, Romancing Rakes, and Silver James: we have items of inspiring quality for you: a poster-sized version of the cover for Jaci Burton’s “The Perfect Play” courtesy of Berkley. Let us know where you put YOUR Jed Hill: the kitchen? The laundry room? The gym?
Thank you to our intern, Lillian, who was an incredible help to us for the entire tournament. Big huge thanks to our sponsors this year: Avon Romance and Carina Press.
Mad props go to Jane for being the database mastermind and bracketologist.
And most of all, thank YOU for making the DABWAHA so much crazy fun this year. You’re awesome. We’ll see you next year for the 2012 DABWAHA – until then, happy reading!