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.

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:

GAME ON!

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

 

Contemporary

  • 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

Novella

  • 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

Category/Series

  • 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

Historical

  • 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?

Nominations!

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.

Schedule!

Want to see the complete schedule? Here it is!

Prizes!

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.

Winners, Champions, and Prizes!

It’s all over but the prize awarding and some additional shouting.

Captive Prince

Congratulations to CS Pacat and the many, many readers who adored Captive Prince, as it’s our 2014 DABWAHA winner!

And a round of applause for Julie James and Love Irresistibly, and all the books nominated in this year’s tournament!

Graceful curtseys to Penguin, for being our sponsor this year!

Most of all: thank you to everyone who participated! This is fun for us because of how much y’all enjoy it, so thank you for being part of DABWAHA 2014.

Ready for some prizes? OF COURSE YOU ARE! Let’s do this!

 

The Final Four winner and the Tournament winner is: Mimi!

Mimi wins a Kindle Paperwhite, and a $50 Amazon gift card to buy some books to go with it, provided by author Julie James!

Book It Happened One WeddingJulie would like y’all to know about her upcoming release, It Happened One Wedding:

 After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, she’s thrown in to close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are…

Special Agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed.

So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without…

You can learn more about It Happened One Wedding at Julie James’ website.
 

 

 

Mimi also wins a 16 GB WiFi iPad, provided by To Be Read, LLC, a joint venture of the Dear Author Media Network, LLC and Smart Bitches Trashy Books LLC. (In other words, from Jane and Sarah). Yay, congratulations, Mimi!

Ready for more? Hold on to your beverages because we have a LOT of prizes to award!

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The Second Place winner is: DKB!

DKB wins a a 16 Gb Ipad Mini with Retina Display & Wi Fi , provided by author Jaci Burton!

Book It Happened One WeddingJaci would like y’all to know about her book, Hope Ignites.

 Logan McCormack likes his isolated life on the ranch, until a movie crew starts filming there.

When actress Desiree Jenkins blows into his life, she wrecks it harder than the Oklahoma winds with her brutal honesty and soft touch. Des knows this is a temporary stay, but she loves the open freedom of the land, and for the first time in her life, Des feels like she might have found a place she can call home, with a man she might be falling in love with.

But Logan’s heart is tougher than the soil beneath them—can she convince him that they belong together?

You can learn more about Hope Ignites at Jaci Burton’s website.
 

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The Wooden Spoon winner is: Zoya!

Zoya wins a signed set of the 6 Chocolate books and a chocolate heart from Christophe artisan chocolates, provided by author Laura Florand!

Book Chocolate TemptationLaura would like y’all to know about her book, Chocolate Temptation.

She hated him.

Patrick Chevalier. The charming, laid-back, golden second-in-command of the Paris pastry kitchen where Sarah worked as intern, who made everything she failed at seem so easy, and who could have every woman he winked at falling for him without even trying. She hated him, but she’d risked too much for this dream to give up on it and walk out just so he wouldn’t break her heart.

But he didn’t hate her.

Sarah Lin. Patrick’s serious, dark-haired American intern, who looked at him as if she could see right through him and wasn’t so impressed with what she saw. As her boss, he knew he should leave her alone. The same way he knew better than to risk his heart and gamble on love.

But he was never good at not going after what – or who – he wanted.

He could make magic out of sugar. But could he mold hate into love?

You can learn more about The Chocolate Temptation at Laura Florand’s website.
 

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The Second Chance Bracket winner is: ByTheWay!

ByTheWay wins Winner’s choice of an iPad Mini With Retina (16GB wifi) or Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ (16GB wifi) with the 9 Kowalski books, provided by author Shannon Stacey!

Book Taken With YouShannon would like y’all to know about her book, Taken With You .

Hailey Genest has seen most of her friends marry and have babies, and she’s happy for them, but it was a lot easier before she hit forty. She’s spent her entire life in Whitford, Maine, and if she hasn’t found her Prince Charming by now, she has to accept she’s probably not going to. When a new friend suggests they go on an adventure and embrace being single, Hailey agrees.

Surviving in the woods is game warden Matt Barnett’s idea of a relaxing vacation. But when he meets two women in need of help, he leads them back to safety – a task that proves more fun than expected, thanks to a certain hot blonde. He can’t resist pushing her buttons, even though she’s made it clear that the rugged, outdoorsy type just isn’t for her.

Hailey is glad to see the back of her tempting-tour-guide-slash-pain-in-the-ass. When he shows up in her life again, she’s determined to avoid him, no matter how good he looks in his uniform. But that’s easier said than done in Whitford, especially when he’s renting the house right next door.

You can learn more about The Taken With You at Shannon Stacey’s website.
 

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The winner of a Random Middle Bracket Prize is: FurryMonster!

Furry Monster wins A $10 Amazon gift card and print copies of Touch of Frost, Kiss of Frost, Dark Frost, Crimson Frost, Midnight Frost, and Killer Frost, the sixth and final book in the Mythos Academy young adult series, provided by author Jennifer Estep!

Book The SpiderJennifer would like y’all to know about her book, The Spider .

 The tenth book in the bestselling and “outstanding” (Romantic Times) Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series finally reveals for the first time the origins of Gin Blanco’s career as the deadliest of assassins.

For the first time, the origins of Gin Blanco’s career as the deadly assassin “the Spider” are revealed in full. In a story that pre-dates the other nine books in the series, Gin Blanco goes through her paces to become the most feared assassin in the Ashland.

You can learn more about The Spider at Jennifer Estep’s website.
 

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The winner of a Random Middle Bracket Prize is: Angel Graham!

Angel Graham wins A $10 Amazon gift card and print copies of Widow’s Web, Deadly Sting, Heart of Venom, and The Spider, which is book 10 and the latest in the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, provided by author Jennifer Estep!

Book The SpiderJennifer would like y’all to know about her book, Killer Frost.

I’ve battled the Reapers of Chaos before–and survived. But this time I have a Bad, Bad Feeling it’s going to be a fight to the death … most likely mine.

Yeah, I’ve got my psychometry magic, my talking sword, Vic–and even the most dangerous Spartan on campus at my side, in Logan freaking Quinn, but I’m no match for Loki, the evil Norse god of chaos. I may be Nike’s Champion, but at heart, I’m still just Gwen Frost, that weird Gypsy girl everyone at school loves to gossip about.

Then someone I love is put in more danger than ever before, and something inside me snaps. This time, Loki and his Reapers are going down for good … or I am.

You can learn more about  Killer Frost at Jennifer Estep’s website.

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The winner of a Random Middle Bracket Prize is: Vampirelala!

Vampirelala wins Blade Song, Night Blade & Broken Blade, provided by author Shiloh Walker!

Book Burn for MeShiloh would like y’all to know about her book, Burn for Me.

 Scarred long ago by the disappearance of his mother, Nichole, Tate Bell aches to spend his days and nights with Ali Holmes, a woman he’s loved for years. But while Ali’s heart pines to be with Tate, her head has reservations…

Ali knows that Tate has never forgiven his father for the fight he had with Nichole right before she left the house—and was never heard from again.

Ali thinks that Tate’s unresolved anger is a force to be reckoned with…even though the heat that blazes between them is undeniable.

Now both Tate and Ali are left to wonder: Can love really conquer all?  

You can learn more about  Burn for Me at Shiloh Walker’s website.

 

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The winner of a Random Middle Bracket Prize is: Amy Kathryn!

Amy Kathryn wins a Pile o’ Books from Penguin – at least 10 different titles, plus bound galleys of

  • SINCE I SAW YOU, Beth Kery
  • GHOST SEER, Robin D. Owens
  • ARREST, June Gray
  • THE GUILD, Jean Johnson
  • GIVING IN, Maya Banks
  • THE VIRGIN’S GUIDE TO MISBEHAVING, Jessica Clare
  • SHIELD OF WINTER, Nalini Singh
  • RISKY GAME, Tracy Solheim
  • AIR BOUND, Christine Feehan, provided by Cindy Hwang from Penguin.

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The winner of a Random Middle Bracket Prize is: MakeKay!

MakeKay wins signed copies of the first three Holiday Pleasures romances (SEASON FOR TEMPTATION, SEASON FOR SURRENDER, SEASON FOR SCANDAL) and $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift certificate (winner’s choice), from author  Theresa Romain !

Book To Charm a Naughty CountessTheresa would like y’all to know about her book, To Charm a Naughty Countess.

 Caroline, the popular widowed Countess of Stratton, has no wish to remarry. But when the brilliant, reclusive Duke of Wyverne—her counterpart in an old scandal—returns to town after a long absence, she finds herself as enthralled as ever.

Michael must save his family fortunes by wedding an heiress, but Caroline vowed that she would never sell herself in marriage again. The only way she can keep him near is to help him find the wealthy bride he requires.

As she guides him through society, Caroline realizes that she’s lost her heart again. But if she pursues the only man she’s ever loved, she’ll lose the life that she holds dear. And if Michael, who has everything to lose, ever hopes to win her hand, he must open his long-shuttered heart.

You can learn more about  To Charm a Naughty Countess at Theresa Romain’s website.
 

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The winner of a Random Middle Bracket Prize is: pophyn!

pophyn wins A signed set of all 3 Dare Island novels – Carolina Home, Carolina Girl, and Carolina Man – and a Dare Island mug., from author  Virginia Kantra !

Carolina ManVirginia would like y’all to know about her book, Carolina Man.

 Marine Luke Fletcher is determined to do his duty—first to his country and now to his ten-year-old daughter, the unexpected legacy of a high school girlfriend. But his homecoming to Dare Island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks challenges his plans for the future and forces him to face everything that’s missing in his life. He wasn’t prepared to lose his heart to this child he never knew. Or to fall hard for coolly reserved small town lawyer Kate Dolan.

Former military brat Kate knows Marines can make lousy fathers…and she’s got the scars to prove it. Giving her heart to a man who’s bent on leaving seems one sure way to have it broken.

Now, no matter what it takes, Luke must prove to Kate and to his daughter that Semper Fi is more than a motto—and to himself that there’s more than one way to be a hero.

You can learn more about Carolina Man at Virginia Kantra’s website.
 

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The winner of a Random Middle Bracket Prize is: Julie Doe!

Julie Doe wins A “Carpe Librum” bracelet from “A Likely Story” with earrings to match, and a personalized signed copy of any of her books, from author  Susanna Kearsley !

The FirebirdSusanna would like y’all to know about her book, The Firebird.

 Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird—the mythical creature from an old Russian fable.

Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna into the past who leads her on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

You can learn more about The Firebird at Susanna Kearsley’s website.
 

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The winner of a Random Middle Bracket Prize is: JCL!

All Romance Ebooks

JCL wins a $100 Gift Certificate to AllRomanceEbooks, from  AllRomanceeBooks!

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The winner of a Random Middle Bracket Prize is: Pamelia!

Pamelia wins all the March 2014 books from Carina Press, including the nominated titles in this year’s tournament, from Carina Press:

  • · Murder Comes Ashore by Julie Anne Lindsey
  • · The Epherium Chronicles: Embrace by T.D. Wilson
  • · Dial M for Ménage by Emily Ryan-Davis
  • · An Heir of Uncertainty by Alyssa Everett
  • · Helmut Saves the World by Matt Sheehan
  • · Slam Dance with the Devil by Nico Rosso
  • · Dark Deeds by Anne Marie Becker
  • · Dancing with Dragons by Lorenda Christensen
  • · Up in Knots by Gillian Archer
  • · Improper Proposals by Juliana Ross
  • · The Submission Gift by Solace Ames
  • · Fatal Jeopardy by Marie Force
  • · Dangerous Angel by Stacy Gail
  • · At Star’s End by Anna Hackett
  • · Death’s Daughter by Kathleen Collins
  • · Taken with You by Shannon Stacey  — from  Carina Press!

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The winner of a Random Middle Bracket Prize is: Jen Twimom!

Jen Twimom wins $25 gift cards to AMZ or Barnes and Noble winner’s choice., from  Lexxi Callihan !

Solving for NicLexxi would like y’all to know about her book, Solving for Nic.

 Now that Lizzie Sellers is twenty one, Nic Maretti can’t think of a single reason why he has to stay away from her any longer.

When he sees her again at Stefan and Jen’s wedding, he decides he wants her.

And what Nic wants, Nic gets.

He just gets a whole lot more than he bargained for with Lizzie…

You can learn more about Solving for Nic at Lexxi Callahan’s website.
 

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The winner of the Second Place Prize for the Second Chance Tournament is: Winnie!

Winnie wins 64GB iPad Mini., from  Abigail Roux!

Touch and GeauxAbigail would like y’all to know about her book, Touch & Geaux.

 After having their faces plastered across the news during a high-profile case, FBI Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett have become more useful to the Bureau posing for photo ops than working undercover. Just as Zane is beginning to consider retirement a viable option, Ty receives a distress call from a friend, leading them to a city rife with echoes from the past.

New Orleans wears its history on its streets, and it’s the one place Ty’s face could get him killed. Surrounded by trouble as soon as they land, Ty and Zane are swiftly confronted with a past from which Ty can’t hide—one with a surprising connection to Zane’s.

As threats close in from all directions, both men must come to terms with the lives they’ve led and the lies they’ve told. They soon discover that not all their secrets are out yet, and nothing lasts forever.

You can learn more about Touch & Geaux at Abigail Roux’s website.
 

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Thank you for another terrific tournament, everyone. Happy reading to you all!

Winner, Round 3 and 4!

Time to announce the winners of DABWAHA Rounds 3 and 4!

As has happened in the past, one person won both rounds!

The winner after Round 3 and 4: Jess F.! 

Jess wins a Psy-Changeling Starter Pack, including books 1-6 of the series, plus Wild Invitation, provided by author Nalini Singh!

Book Shield of WinterNalini would like y’all to know about her upcoming release, Shield of Winter:

 Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.

For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…

Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to suffocate her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…

You can learn more about Shield of Winter at Nalini Singh’s website.
 

 

 

Jess also wins a Kindle Paperwhite WiFi from author Kate Pearce!

Tempting a SinnerKate would like y’all to know about Tempting a Sinner, her upcoming release coming out in July 2014.

Known only to a select few, these inscrutable men are bound by dangerous desires and enigmatic pasts. They are the Sinners Club. . .

Within the circles of British intelligence, Benedict, Lord Keyes, is known for his cold brilliance and strict military demeanor. Yet this icy exterior masks a man of smoldering passion and scorching sexuality who will do anything to keep his past a secret. . .

Miss Malinda Keyes refuses to be intimidated by Lord Keyes. In fact, she enjoys a good battle, especially one of erotic wiles and carnal cunning. Determined to expose his lordship’s past, she will use every wanton weapon in her arsenal to tease and tempt this sinner into the ultimate sensual surrender. . .

You can learn more about Tempting a Sinner at Kate Pearce’s website.

 

 

Congratulations to Jess, and thanks to Nalini Singh and Kate Pearce. Good luck in the upcoming rounds of the tournament, everyone!

Winners: Round 1 and Round 2!

Ok, this is the fun part. WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!

No, I don’t think there are any chicken dinners among the prizes, but we do get to announce the winners of round 1 and round 2, based on excellent bracket selection and use of our trusty tie-breaker.

The winner after Round 1: Lisle! 

Lisle wins a $50 gift certificate at her choice of B&N/Amazon/iTunes and copies of RELENTLESS, LAWLESS and TRACELESS, the April, May and June Harlequin Intrigue releases from author HelenKay Dimon!

Book RelentlessIn addition, as a thanks for offering a prize, we asked each donor what they’d like to share with the DABWAHA folks.

HelenKay would like y’all to know about her April release, Relentless:

 Branded a traitor for exposing high-level corruption, former NCIS agent Ben Tanner needs to redeem himself. When the hot new operative saves nurse Jocelyn Raine from a brutal attacker, he embarks on his most challenging mission yet: discovering who’s after the strong, sexy woman–and trying his best not to fall for her. She has, he learns, something in her past she wants to remain hidden.

But when the attacks on Jocelyn continue, Ben takes her on the run to protect her. Sparks ignite and tension is high as their options dwindle. It’s possible Jocelyn’s secret has endangered them both. Now it’s Ben’s job to see they survive the fallout.

You can learn more about Relentless at HelenKay Dimon’s website.

 

The winner after Round 2: Rissatoo!  

Rissatoo wins a Kindle paperwhite 3G from author Vivian Arend!

Copper KingVivian Arend would like y’all to know about Copper King, a novella that’s part of the Alphas After Dark boxed set, coming April 1 (no, that’s not an April Fool’s joke!).

Three things make billionaire Jim Halcyon’s to-do list: women, work…and more women. It’s a perfect agenda for a rich shifter who has no problem letting his inner grizzly out to play. From the bright lights of Vegas, to the sophisticated action of New York—he’s got the money and the power to do anything he wants.

Anything, except resist the lure of Lady Luck, an ancient copper coin he gambles yearly to possess. Jim is determined to regain control of the pretty penny, and damn if he’ll let any bit of eye candy distract him from his goal. Not even the mesmerizing woman in the middle of the casino floor with the shimmering hair and enormous green eyes.

With a life-changing move ahead of her, Lillie’s finagled a temporary layover en route to her future. She’s got five days to soak in new experiences, and while Vegas is too big and shiny and loud for her shy bear self, she’s eager to do this up right. It’s the last chance she’s got to let her hair down.

Until his challenge begins, Jim is more than willing to oblige Lillie’s wish for a final fling. Only Lady Luck has some twists of fate planned for them both…

You can learn more about Copper King at Vivian Arend’s website.

 

Congratulations to Rissatoo and Lisle, and many thanks to Vivian Arend and HelenKay Dimon. Good luck in the upcoming rounds of the tournament, everyone!

Second Chance Tournament & Rules Update

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 press the NEW button if you are entering for the first time. 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.

NOT FUN PART:  A Rules Update 

During the first few rounds of tournament voting, we were alerted to some shenanigans involving readers encouraging others to use IP-reloading browsers to enable unlimited voting. And polls that had around 2000 votes were alongside polls with more than double that amount.

BIG SIGH. 

Please don’t do that. It’s one thing to use your phone, your laptop, your mom’s phone, the free McDonald’s WiFi down the street and your school library hookup, then going to get your grandpa’s cell phone.

It’s another entirely to reload your browser and vote endlessly over and over. One is effort (and also hilarious). The other is exploiting a loophole.

It’s a fine line, yes, but it’s there. Please don’t do that.

After analyzing the vote patterns, we can see where reloads were happening. If we see that pattern again, we will suspend the polls immediately and disqualify both books. Yes, that’ll fuck up the tournament. Yes, it disqualifies both books when only one may be breakdancing in the loophole.

But silly and happy participation is what makes this fun. Strategic exploitation of a loophole is not.

Thanks for being awesome.

Let the tournament continue!