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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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
  • SHIELD OF WINTER, Nalini Singh
  • RISKY GAME, Tracy Solheim
  • AIR BOUND, Christine Feehan, provided by Cindy Hwang from Penguin.


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.


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.


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.


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

All Romance Ebooks

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


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!


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.


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.


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

Final Four Schedule

April 5, 2014 (Midnight to Noon)

(5) Destiny’s Embrace by Beverly Jenkins v. (2) Captive Prince by SU Pacat / C. S. Pacat

April 5, 2014 (Noon to Midnight)

(7) Love Irresistibly by Julie James v. (5) Dare You To by Katie McGarry