Buckle Up for 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: all of the winners should have been emailed within the last 48 hours, so check those spam folders! Also, keep in mind that many authors and individuals are traveling to RT next week. If you don’t hear from them by the end of next week, reach out to Sarah or I (Amanda).

I’d also like to mention that Kanoko asked that we drop her to third place and allow the second and third place finishers to move up in the final standings because she won last year, and wanted to give someone else a shot at the championship prize. Thank you to Kanoko for being awesome.

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: Kanoko

Winner’s choice of an iPad Mini 4 (64GB wifi) or Kindle Fire HD 8 (16GB wifi plus a $300 Amazon gift card) provided by Shannon Stacey. Her latest release HEAT EXCHANGE is out now! ( A | BN | K | ARe )

2nd Place in Final Championship:  Sukari

$250.00 Amazon gift certificate from author, Jaci Burton. Book eleven in the Play by Play series, UNEXPECTED RUSHwas just released this February! ( A | BN | K | ARe )

Championship Winner: LucyP

A 16GB iPad Air 2 with WiFi, courtesy of Smart Bitches Trashy Books, LLC and Dear Author Media Network, LLC!

Wooden Spoon prize for the worst bracket: Cocokiki

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 box of chocolates from Artisan Confections (US shipment only, due to customs and also chocolate) from author Laura Florand. CHASE ME by Laura Florand is out this April! ( A | BN | K )

2nd Chance Tournament Winner: ClementineL

The full set paperback trilogy of Heidi Cullinan’s books featured in past & present tournaments (Love Lessons series: LOVE LESSONS, FEVER PITCH, LONELY HEARTS), and a Kindle Fire preloaded with all 24 of her books, provided by author Heidi Cullinan! CLOCKWORK HEART was just released this February from Samhain! ( A | BN | K | ARe )

2nd Chance Tournament 2nd Place: TheoLibrarain2

$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. If the winner already has a copy, Kearsley is willing to replace it with another book. A DESPERATE FORTUNE ( A | BN | K | ARe ) is out now, and look for her next book, BELLEWETHER, sometime in 2017.

Random Middle Brackets:

  • A $20 Amazon gift card from author Jennifer Estep.  Squeezy
  • Print copies of COLD BURN OF MAGIC and DARK HEART OF MAGIC from the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series, courtesy of author Jennifer Estep– Miss B. Have
  • Print copies of SPIDER’S TRAP and BITTER BITE from the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series from author Jennifer Estep– Brandy
  • A signed copy of the historical romance anthology A GENTLEMAN FOR ALL SEASONS, a signed copy of my historical romance A GENTLEMAN’S GAME, and a $20 gift certificate to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner’s choice), provided by author Theresa Romain. FORTUNE FAVORS THE WICKED is out March 29th! ( A | BN | K | ARe– Erin Books
  • A Pile o’ Books from Penguin including an ARC of Christine Feehan’s SHADOW RIDER ( A | BN | K | ARe ), provided by Cindy Hwang! – Katiechlum
  • A signed set of the first four Dare Island books (CAROLINA HOME, CAROLINA GIRL, CAROLINA MAN, and CAROLINA BLUES) – and a pound of Virginia Kantra’s special organic Deadline Brew coffee, provided by Virginia Kantra. The fifth Dare Island book, CAROLINA DREAMING, is in stores now! ( A | BN | K | ARe– Bechedor79
  • A double signed copy of HIM from authors Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy– Smexys_Sidekick
  • Nalini Singh Contemporary Pack, which includes signed paperback copies of ROCK ADDICTION, ROCK HARD, and ROCK REDEMPTION, from author Nalini Singh. ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR is out this June from Berkley! ( A | BN | K | ARe– Snuggles
  • Three random middle brackets will win a signed set of MAGIC STARS, CLEAN SWEET, and SWEEP IN PEACE, courtesy of author Ilona Andrews. MAGIC BINDS ( A | BN | K ) comes out this September and the Innkeeper Chronicles 3: One Fell Sweep is currently being posted chapter by chapter as a free serial! – Nomad, Vasha, and Ljdmmom
  • The FIT TRILOGY, courtesy of Rebekah Weatherspoon! FIT is currently out now! ( A | BN | K– Stella K
  • A mass market paperback copy of THE SECOND LIE (Immortal Vikings #2) and a $20 gift card to Amazon or B&N, winner’s choice. Plus, Anna Richland will coordinate with the winner to name a secondary character in the sequel to HIS ROAD HOME. This could be one of Rey’s classmates as he goes back to school, the barista where he and Grace buy coffee, or one of Grace’s science-tastic co-workers – no villains, alas! You can decide if you want to bundle that with the book and the gift card, or separately. Check out FIRST TO BURN by Anna Richland! ( A | BN | K | ARe– Violet B
  • Copies of RODEO DREAMS and ONE RODEO SEASON, print or digital, plus Ever After Romance Box o’ the Month is offering a 1-box gift certificate, courtesy of author Sarah M. Anderson– Meatball’s Mom
  • An Off the Grid Apocalypse Survival Kit: first aid kit, flashlight, multi-tool, survival legumes (a.k.a., peanuts), and Tiger Balm for easing your muscles after miles of trekking through the wilderness (or boning hot survivors you meet along the way), provided by author Alyssa Cole! MIXED SIGNALS is out now! ( A | BN | K | ARe– LangraF
  • A pound of Anchorhead coffee, a signed book, plus another surprise to be determined from author Julie Brannagh! Be sure to check out the first book in her Love & Football series, BLITZING EMILY! ( A | BN | K | ARe– Malin
  • Book(s) up to $20 (US) total from Book Depository from last year’s winner, Kanoko! – KatieF
  • A Ripped Bodice tank top, bookmark and a $25 gift certificate to The Ripped Bodice, from Bea and Leah at The Ripped Bodice! – Leigh723
  • All the books in the 49th Floor series from the e-retailer of your choice, plus an ARC of book four, courtesy of author Jenny Holiday! HIS HEART’S REVENGE, book 4 in the 49th Floor series (and its first m/m story), is out June 20th from Entangled’s Indulgence imprint! – Nicchic
  • A Bawdy Bookworms March box containing a romance book and everything you need for a fun night in! (Will ship to US addresses.) This prize is from Kim at Bawdy Bookworms, where every smart, sexy woman deserves a happy ending. – DarkReader
  • Two random middle brackets will receive books by some of the Mills & Boon nominated authors, courtesy of Ailsa Floyd at Mills & Boon! – Mmburns and Tammyho
  • A London Legends prize pack, including all five London Legends e-books, a tote bag and fun swag, provided by author Kat Latham!  Check out her current and previous DABWAHA nominees, TAMING THE LEGEND ( A | BN | K | ARe ) and UNWRAPPING HER PERFECT MATCH! ( A | BN | K )  – Bubz
  • A Wild Montana Nights prize pack, including all three e-books and a Tule Publishing bag from author Kat Latham! THREE NIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS is out now! ( A | BN | K– Bekah
  • A 15cm x 15cm handmade notebook with coptic stitching from Kajsa at Green Dragon Books– LibraryLife101

And the Winner of the 2016 DABWAHA is…

A Desperate Fortune by Susanna KearsleyCongratulations to Susanna Kearsley for winning the 2016 DABWAHA with A Desperate Fortune! It was a valiant battle to be crowned champion.

We’re doing the final calculations for prize awarding, so stay tuned – and thank you again for making the 2016 DABWAHA so much fun for everyone!

Championship Round 2016 (10:00 AM to 10:00 PM EST)

Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

The 2016 DABWAHA Championship: Nalini Singh v. Susanna Kearsley!

We’re about to enter the final round of our 2016 DABWAHA Tournament! It’s Nalini Singh’s Shards of Hope battling against Susanna Kearsley’s A Desperate Fortune! Both polls were so close, with both books edging out their competition by a mere eleven and nine votes, respectively.

The championship will take place 10am ET to 10pm ET tomorrow, 4 April 2016.

It’s been a crazy ride with I’m sure a lot of bracket upsets. I’d prefer not to talk about mine unless you want to hear a good and thorough griping for a good twenty minutes. But luckily for everyone who is in the same boat as I am, 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 get your clicking fingers ready as a paranormal romance takes on a good, ol’ fashioned time-slippage!

Final Four (April 2 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM EST)

The Deal by Elle Kennedy Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

 

Act Like It by Lucy Parker A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight Winners!

It’s time to announce the winners for our Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight rounds!

Book Sizzle A Naughty Neighbors Collection Olivia AycockOur Sweet Sixteen winner is: CelineB!  Aw yeah! 

You’ve won a fantastic prize donated by Olivia Aycock, whose book Sizzle: A Naughty Neighbors Collection seems perfect for spring break and summer reading! ( A | BN | K | ARe )

Your prize: An Amazon Fire, plus $25 a gift card!

Book Suddenly One Summer Julie James

Our Elite Eight winner is: Team Win! Perhaps your name rubbed off on your bracket!

You’ve won a most excellent prize donated by Julie James! Her latest book and 2016 DABWAHA nominee, Suddenly One Summer, is out now! ( A | BN | K | ARe )

Your prize: A Kindle Paperwhite WiFi 6″ ereader and a $50 Amazon gift card!

Thank you to our prize donors, and congratulations to the winners of our Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight rounds! Get ready because our Final Four showdown starts tomorrow! 

The Final Four Opens Tomorrow!

Welcome to the Final Four! 64 books started the tournament and over forty polls later, we are down to only four books.

Who’s going to make it to the championship? Will it end in a Singh v. Kearsley championship throwdown or will one of our contemporary-set romances make it to the final? Maybe both of them will battle it out! Only you, the readers, can decide. Vote from 10 AM to 10 PM EST on Saturday, April 2, 2016!

The Deal by Elle Kennedy v. Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Act Like It by Lucy Parker v. A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

Elite Eight, Round 2 (March 27 12:00 AM – 10:00 PM EST)

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

 

A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles Act Like It by Lucy Parker

Elite Eight, Round 1 (March 26 12:00 am – 10:00 pm EST)

Suddenly One Summer by Julie James The Deal by Elle Kennedy

 

Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Schedule Elite Eight

March 26, 2016

Midnight to 10:00 PM EST

  • Suddenly One Summer by Julie James v. The Deal by Elle Kennedy
  • “Let It Shine” by Alyssa Cole v. Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

March 27, 2016

Midnight to 10:00 PM EST

  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell v. A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
  • A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles v.  Act Like It by Lucy Parker