Prizes Prizes Prizes! Time to Award some Prizes!

Seriously, this is the most fun part of the tournament – selecting the winners for all the most excellent prizes provided by all the most excellent people. It’s Prize Time! WOO!

I’m going to list the prize, and the winner in bold before each individual item. Please note: we will be emailing each person individually within the next 48-72 hours (there are a lot of you!) so you absolutely will hear from us with information on how to collect your excellent prize winnings.

Thank you again to everyone who provided a prize, and also to everyone who entered the tournament! Ready? Here we go!

3rd Place in Final Championship: NikkiBee

Winner’s choice of an iPad Mini with Retina (16GB wifi) orKindle Fire HDX 8.9″ (16GB wifi). Winner will also receive advance digital copies of UNDER THE LIGHTS (Book one in the Boys of Fall series from Berkley) and HEAT EXCHANGE (Book one in the Boston Fire series from Carina Press), provided by Shannon Stacey

2nd Place in Final Championship:  Deanna

$250.00 Amazon gift certificate from author, Jaci Burton. Book four in the Hope series, LOVE AFTER ALL, will be released in March by Berkley! ( A | BN | K )

Championship Winner: Kanoko

A 16gb iPad, WiFI, provided by To Be Read, LLC.

Wooden Spoon prize for the worst bracket: Zoya

All of Laura Florand’s former DABWAHA books, in honor of the books fallen in battle. That’s THE CHOCOLATE THIEF, TURNING UP THE HEAT, THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH, and SNOW-KISSED, ebook or print per preferences and a chocolate heart from Christophe Artisan Chocolates (US shipment only, due to customs and also chocolate) from author Laura Florand. For international winners, Laura suggested artisan caramels from a local chocolatier. ONCE UPON A ROSE by Laura Florand is on sale now! ( A | BN | K)

2nd Chance Tournament Winner (Determined by tiebreaker): meb1012

Fire HD 6 Tablet and a set of Vivian Arend books donated to the library of the winner’s choice, provided by author Vivian Arend. The third book in the DreamMakers series, DON’T WALK AWAY, will be released in April! ( A | BN | K )

2nd Chance Tournament 2nd Place: Erin K

$100 shopping spree at an Independent Bookstore of their choice, though digital retailers can also be worked out. And a signed copy of A DESPERATE FORTUNE, provided by author Susanna Kearsley. A DESPERATE FORTUNE will be out this April! ( A | BN | K )

Random Middle Brackets: 

  • A $15 Amazon gift card and a print copy of Cold Burn of Magic, the first book in the Black Blade young adult series, from author Jennifer Estep. COLD BURN OF MAGIC will be released in April! ( A | BN | K ) — hannepa

  • A $15 Amazon gift card and print copies of Poison Promise and Black Widow, the eleventh and twelfth books in the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, from author Jennifer Estep. – MellyBean

  • A $15 Amazon gift card and print copies of Midnight Frost and Killer Frost, the last two books in the Mythos Academy young adult series, from author Jennifer Estep. — jamewrites

  • Signed copies of the three Matchmaker historical romances (It Takes Two to Tangle, To Charm a Naught Countess, Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress) and a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift certificate (winner’s choice), provided by author Theresa Romain. SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS is on sale now! ( A | BN | K) – Sara S.

  • A Pile o’ Books from Penguin, provided by Cindy Hwang – glamant

  • A signed set of all 3 Dare Island novels – Carolina Home, Carolina Girl, and Carolina Manand a Dare Island mug, provided by Virginia Kantra. The Dare Island novella, “Caroline Heart” will appear in the ASK ME WHY anthology this July! ( A | BN | K ) – AuntieKristin

  • London Legends prize pack from author, Kat Latham, including: All five London Legends ebooks (Knowing the Score, Playing It Close, Tempting the Player, Unwrapping Her Perfect Match, and Taming the Legend, which is out this May! A | BN | K ) A London Legends tote bag Chocolate bars from two British specialty chocolatiers: a bar of Spotted Dick from Montezuma’s and a bar of Venezuelan Gold from Willie’s Cacao A $50 gift certificate to Amazon, B&N or iBooks — KB

  • A paperback copy of Falling From the Sky (will ship internationally) and some Gravity series swag from author Sarina Bowen — KellyS

  • Psy-Changeling Starter Pack : Books 1-6 of the series, plus Wild Invitation, provided by author Nalini Singh. Books can be signed and personalized, if the winner chooses. Book fourteen in the Psy-Changeling series, SHARDS OF HOPE, will be out in June! ( A | BN | K ) – Josie

  • Three random middle brackets will win signed copies of the Night Shift anthology, Magic Breaks, and Burn for Me, plus a tiny Curran, courtesy of author Ilona Andrews — LiW, CrazyGirl68, and almondeyes
  • $25 gift card (winner’s choice: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or iTunes) and signed print copies of two historical romances: NEVER TOO LATE and ALWAYS A STRANGER, from author Amara Royce — JennaK

  • Mass market paperback (or digital, if preferred) of Anna Richlands’s FIRST TO BURN, the “origin story” for Sergeant Rey Cruz in HIS ROAD HOME, mass market paperback of a full-length book in Amy Raby’s HEARTS AND THRONES world; a print copy of Amy Raby’s THE FIRE SEER, gourmet chocolate made in Seattle, and a baby orca – soft plush type! Donated by author Anna Richland — cambrite

  • Complete set of the Men of the White Sandy books (Mystic Cowboy, Masked Cowboy, Nobody), plus a hand-made beaded jewelry set in lovely turquoise colors, courtesy of author Sarah M. Anderson — Alisonh

  • $25 gift card (winner’s choice: Amazon or Barnes and Noble), courtesy of author, Lexxi Callahan — sayyestobooks

And the Winner of the 2015 DABWAHA IS…..

Well, we have no idea. HA! Kidding!

Magic BreaksCongratulations to Ilona Andrews, and to Kate and Curran, for winning the 2015 DABWAHA with Magic Breaks! 

And congratulations to our tournament winner, Kanoko, who had a truly splendid bracket!

We’re doing the final calculations for prize awarding, so stay tuned – and thank you again for making the 2015 DABWAHA so much fun for everyone!

The 2015 DABWAHA Championship: Ilona vs Ilona!

So that happened!

It’s Ilona Andrews vs. Ilona Andrews in the final of the 2015 DABWAHA. I am now imagining all her characters trash talking each other. Oh, that would be funny. I bet Kate Daniels is a terrific at it.

We also have a winner for the Final Four – Kanoko again! Congratulations, Kanoko! You’ve won a $100 gift certificate to AllRomance, courtesy of!

And now, it’s time for the championship, which will take place 10am ET to 10pm ET tomorrow, 6 April 2015.

If your bracket is like mine, and in… 836th place (GO ME!) do not lose hope! Don’t give up! Because there are amazing and wonderful Random Bracket prizes still to be won, including the Wooden Spoon prize for the worst overall bracket – a fine, fine prize to be sure.

So while this is a strange and silly final, everyone is still eligible for the random bracket prizes. Get ready for a battle of the ages, with Ilona Andrews battling herself for the DABWAHA Championship!

Final Four Opens Tomorrow!

The DABWAHA Final Four opens tomorrow at 10am (EST) and what an interesting semi-finals we have! Did anyone peg Ilona Andrews having not one, but two books in the Final Four? I know I didn’t, but my bracket was shot to hell a long time ago.

The remaining authors also had a few things to say to their awesome readers!

Beverly Jenkins:

Being in the Final Four along with my MSU Spartans is a blast. My thanks to my awesome fan base, their friends, my graphics crew and my very worthy opponents. Upward and Onward – I hope. LOL

Julie James:

How exciting that IT HAPPENED ONE WEDDING made it to the Final Four! (And especially with such tough competition.) It’s so much fun to see readers rallying in support of the book, and I appreciate people taking the time to vote. For me, one of the coolest things about DABWAHA is discovering new books . . . and it’s also a good excuse to tweet pics of hot guys while trash-talking other authors. Go Team IHOW!

Ilona Andrews:

Normally our books get eliminated in the early rounds, but this time we have two in the final four.  That is pretty crazy.  Thank you so much for all of your votes and thank you to the fellow authors who participated. Whatever happens in the final, we had a ton of fun.

Could Beverly clinch the victory this year? Will It Happened One Wedding take the DABWAHA crown? Or will we see an Ilona vs Ilona face-off in the finals? Don’t forget to cast your votes! Polls will be open until 10pm (EST).

Elite Eight, Round 1 (March 28 12:00 – 10:00 PM EST)

The Kraken KingIt Happened One Wedding

Burn For MeJust a Little Taste

Second Chance Tournament 2015!

It’s time for the 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 press the NEW button. This is an entirely new tournament setup.

Also please note: check the list of nicknames, and please do not choose an existing nickname. For folks who have already entered their second chance tourney picks, please double check that the web entries match the email verification. If not, email the verification to Jane and she’ll square it away.

And you can keep up with the tournament results, check your bracket, and your neighbor’s bracket HERE.

A Brief Update for 21 March 2015

Voting carries on as normal! Vote and bribe and celebrate! However, we have a brief note:

Standings in the tournament (as in, where your bracket stands against the others) will not be updated until after 9pm ET, due to Jane being deposed today. Big fun, yes. So vote and have fun for her, k?

Enjoy the tournament! Thank you for making it so enjoyable for us and for everyone!

It’s Bracket Selection Sunday for the 2015 DABWAHA!

DABWAHAAre you ready?! It’s Bracket Selection Sunday for the 2015 DABWAHA.

What does that mean? It means the full slate of nominees has been announced, including the eight books nominated by readers.

And now: the DABWAHA bracket is ready to be filled out.

You have until 3/18/2014 at 12:00/noon ET to enter your picks!

How do you do that?

Easy! You can follow the instructions step by step at the DABWAHA site. The essential steps to enter your bracket:

  1. Click on “New” and enter your nickname. Only the Nickname will show up publicly.
  2. Click on the title of the book you will think will win each match until you have only one book left as your Champion. Note: you are not only trying to predict which book will win, but also which author/fandom/community can best gather votes to back their favorites. Yes, it’s tricky. That’s why it’s fun.
  3. The tie breaker is the number of reader nominations we received. Hint: it is under 1000. Another hint: it is higher than 2.
  4. When you hit submit, you’ll go back to the DABWAHA page – do NOT be alarmed! Also: your entries will not show up immediately. They have to be manually uploaded in batches, so they don’t show immediately. If you don’t see yours within a few hours, please email Jane.

Important note for visually impaired readers: if you’re using a screen reader and having problems with the bracket selection page, please email Sarah and I can help you complete your bracket. I can do over the phone, or we can coordinate a time via Skype, but I want you to be able to participate. Don’t be shy! Contact me, please!

What’s the point of all this?

Fun! Mayhem! The newfound knowledge of connecting your wireless device to all the free WiFi in a three mile radius so you can vote repeatedly!

Also, there’s prizes. OH YES. The prizes have been posted. We have a ton of awesome prizes donated by many splendid individuals including reading devices, gift cards, books, and chocolate. Plus, there are prizes for middle of the road brackets, the worst bracket and for winners of each round. Just by picking a bracket, you’re entered in the tournament.

So what do we do now?

Right now: pick your bracket. Have a look at the books, and ask yourself, What awesome book in each category is most likely to win each round? Then, once you’ve picked your bracket, we begin voting.


Yup. The winner of each round is determined by reader voting. Polls open, and voting commences! There’s vote mongering, trash talking, and compliment wars on all forms of social media during the DABWAHA, too, so there’s a lot of goofy fun to be had.

Here are the Important Links:


Announcing the 2015 Nominees!

We are now ready to announce the 2015 DABWAHA (Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors) Finalists as determined by the posse at SmartBitches and the gals at Dear Author.

This year we have eight books in seven categories!

New this year: a reader nomination category! Yup, that’s right. Our 2014 categories are Contemporary, Historical, Novella, Series/Category, Paranormal/Fantasy/SciFi,  YA/NA, and Novel with Strong Romantic Elements.

The eighth category will be filled with the top eight books as nominated by you. Yup. You nominate the books you think should be included that aren’t listed right now.

And here are the Reader Nominations!!

Reader Nominations

  • Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid | A | BN | K
  • Beverly Hills Demon Slayer by Angie Fox | A | BN | K
  • The Kraken King by Meljean Brook | A | BN | K
  • Rogue Spy by Joanna Bourne | A | BN | K
  • A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong by Cecilia Grant | A | BN | K
  • Ten Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti | A | BN | K
  • Triple Threat by Regina Kyle | A | BN | K
  • Fair Play by Josh Lanyon | A | BN | K



  • It Happened One Wedding by Julie James | A | BN | K
  • Vanished by Carter Quinn | A | BN | K
  • Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins | A | BN | K
  • Maybe This Christmas by Sarah Morgan | A | BN | K
  • A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev | A | BN | K
  • Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane | A | BN | K
  • Between the Sheets by Molly O’Keefe | A | BN | K
  • Bad Behavior by KA Mitchell | A | BN | K

Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire | A | BN | K
  • Champion of the Scarlet Wolf by Ginn Hale | A | BN | K
  • Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett | A | BN | K
  • Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster | A | BN | K
  • Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost | A | BN | K
  • Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews | A | BN | K
  • Highfell Grimoires by Langley Hyde | A | BN | K
  • Assimilation, Love and Other Human Oddities by Lyn Gala | A | BN | K


  • His Road Home by Anna Richland | A | BN | K
  • Archer’s Sin by Amy Raby | A | BN | K
  • Misbehaving by Tiffany Reisz | A | BN | K
  • Apples Should be Red by Penny Watson | A | BN | K
  • Just a Little Taste by Farrah Rochon | A | BN | K
  • Indecent Exposure by Jane O’Reilly | A | BN | K
  • His Fair Lady by Kimberly Gardner | A | BN | K
  • Unwrapping Her Perfect Match by Kat Latham | A | BN | K


  • All I Have by Nicole Helm | A | BN | K
  • Coming in from the Cold by Sarina Bowen | A | BN | K
  • Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor | A | BN | K
  • Never Trust a Cowboy by Kathleen Eagle | A | BN | K
  • As Hot as it Gets by Elle Kennedy | A | BN | K
  • Satisfaction by Sarah Mayberry | A | BN | K
  • Salvation by Noelle Adams | A | BN | K
  • Rodeo Dreams by Sarah M. Anderson | A | BN | K


  • The Jade Temptress by Jeannie Lin | A | BN | K
  • Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean | A | BN | K
  • My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry Thomas | A | BN | K
  • The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan | A | BN | K
  • Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare | A | BN | K
  • Think of England by KJ Charles | A | BN | K
  • Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins | A | BN | K
  • The Lover’s Knot by Erin Satie | A | BN | K

Young Adult / New Adult

  • Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen | A | BN | K
  • Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Laurens | A | BN | K
  • Fever Pitch by Heidi Cullinan | A | BN | K
  • The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine | A | BN | K
  • The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen | A | BN | K
  • The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan | A | BN | K
  • Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White | A | BN | K
  • Live For Me by Erin McCarthy | A | BN | K

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

  • The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters | A | BN | K
  • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan  | A | BN | K
  • Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal | A | BN | K
  • The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison | A | BN | K
  • Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen | A | BN | K
  • Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews | A | BN | K
  • A Forbidden Rumspringa by Keira Andrews | A | BN | K
  • Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop | A | BN | K

It’s DABWAHA 2015 Time!

DABWAHA - an open book with the word DABWAHA below it and yes I made that word up because reasons 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 2014.

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 to promote the books you want to win each round.

That’s the short explanation of the tournament. You can get the full explanation on our How to Play post or you can ask us! We’re always around during tournament time, so if you don’t understand, comment, tweet or email us, k?


The nomination slate is ready. This year we have eight books in seven categories, and they have all been listed at the DABWAHA site.

New this year: a reader nomination category! Yup, that’s right. Our 2014 categories are Contemporary, Historical, Novella, Series/Category, Paranormal/Fantasy/SciFi,  YA/NA, and Novel with Strong Romantic Elements.

The eighth category will be filled with the top eight books as nominated by you. Yup. You nominate the books you think should be included that aren’t listed right now.

Which books were we wrong to leave off? Fire up your browser and head on over to fill out the form to enter your nominations.

The book nominated can be digital or print, but please, wherever possible, use the ASIN or ISBN number for the PRINT edition to minimize duplicate entries.

PLEASE NOTE! The book MUST have a publication date of 2014. No exceptions, no reprints. No paperback version of 2013 hardcovers.


Want to see the complete schedule? Here it is!


Yes, of course there are prizes! There are prizes for each round of the tournament – whomever has the most perfect bracket after each round wins a prize. If there are multiple perfect brackets, tiebreakers are built into the software (see our FAQ). There are also prizes for the Second Chance Tournament, which opens once most of us (myself included) have busted our brackets irreparably.

Then, at the end, we award random bracket prizes to many different excellent random brackets, plus the much-coveted Wooden Spoon prize for the worst bracket of the entire tournament.

The winning bracket and the author of the winning book each will receive a 16gb WiFi iPad, from the TBR LLC, a joint venture of Smart Bitches Trashy Books LLC, and Dear Author Media Network, LLC. Awww yeah.

Would you like to contribute a prize to the tournament? Awesome! Please fill out this form and let us know what you’d like to offer!

ETA: Forgot something!

The tournament software is not always accessible to visually impaired users who use a screen reader. I don’t know of any tournament software that would work so I apologize. If you are having problems when the tournament software goes live, please contact me and I’ll help you out, k? (I’ll make this announcement again when the software is live).


Most Important! Most Important! Most Important!

It is pronounced dah-BWAH-ha.