It’s DABWAHA 2016 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 2015.

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.

This year, we’re continuing our reader nomination category! Yup, that’s right. Our 2015 categories are Contemporary, Historical, Novella, Series/Category, Paranormal/Fantasy/SciFi,  New Adult, 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 form will close Saturday, March 12th at 12pm EST.

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.

I should also mention that both Ilona Andrews (after her stunning win last year) and Beverly Jenkins (she’s on an awesome vacay!) politely requested not to be included this year. So keep that in mind while nominating!

PLEASE NOTE! The book MUST have a copyright date of 2015. No exceptions, no reprints. No paperback version of 2014 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.

New for 2015: Only one prize per person will be awarded from the first round until the Final Four, so that more people have a chance to win.

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, provided by 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!

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.

Announcing the 2016 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!

Our categories this year are Contemporary, Historical, Novella, Series/Category, Paranormal/Fantasy/SciFi,  New Adult, 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.

If you’re looking to nominate a book, fill out the form to enter your nominations. The form will close Saturday, March 12th at 12pm EST.

I should also mention that both Ilona Andrews (after her stunning win last year) and Beverly Jenkins (she’s on an awesome vacay!) politely requested not to be included this year. So keep that in mind while nominating!

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 copyright date of 2015. No exceptions, no reprints. No paperback version of 2014 hardcovers.

For those who are new to the DABWAHA madness, here’s an intro to this year’s competition!

 

Contemporary

  • The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan A | BN | K | ARe
  • Suddenly One Summer by Julie James A | BN | K | ARe
  • Asking for It by Lilah Pace A | BN | K | ARe
  • The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev A | BN | K | ARe
  • Good Time Bad Boy by Sonya Clark A | BN | K
  • Fearless by Lauren Gilley A | BN
  • Opening Up by Lauren Dane A | BN | K | ARe
  • Playing Dirty by HelenKay Dimon A | BN | K | ARe

 

Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James A | BN | K | ARe
  • The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr A | BN | K | ARe
  • Grave Phantoms by Jenn Bennett A | BN | K | ARe
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black A | BN | K | ARe
  • Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal A | BN | K | ARe
  • The Highest Tide by Marian Perera A | BN | K | ARe
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell A | BN | K | ARe
  • The Land of the Beautiful Dead by R. Lee Smith A | BN

 

Novella

  • “The Warlord and the Nightingale” by Jeannie Lin A
  • “The Sport of Baronets” by Theresa Romain A | BN | K | ARe
  • “A Pirate for Christmas” by Anna Campbell A | BN | K
  • “Craving Flight” by Tamsen Parker A | BN | K | ARe
  • “Let It Shine” by Alyssa Cole A
  • “Luminous” by AE Ash A | BN
  • “So Sweet” by Rebekah Weatherspoon A | BN | K
  • “Waiting for Clark” by Annabeth Albert A | BN | K | ARe

 

Category/Series

  • Anticipation by Sarah Mayberry A | BN | K
  • Dirty Talk by Jane O’Reilly A | BN | K | ARe
  • Sleeping with Her Enemy by Jenny Holiday A | BN | K | ARe
  • Act Like It by Lucy Parker A | BN | K | ARe
  • Taming the Legend by Kat Latham A | BN | K | ARe
  • Playing by the Greek’s Rules by Sarah Morgan A | BN | K | ARe
  • Bound to the Warrior King by Maisey Yates A | BN | K | ARe
  • Lonely Shore by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jenson A | BN | K | ARe

 

Historical

  • Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh A | BN | K | ARe
  • A Treasure of Gold by Piper Huguley A | BN | K | ARe
  • Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh A | BN | K | ARe
  • The Drifter by Anna Schmidt A | BN | K | ARe
  • A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles A | BN | K | ARe
  • Lady of the Imperial City by Laura Kitchell A | BN | K | ARe
  • Unnatural by Joanna Chambers A | BN | K | ARe
  • Doing No Harm by Carla Kelly A | BN | K

 

New Adult

  • Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullinan A | BN | K | ARe
  • Chase Me by Tessa Bailey A | BN | K | ARe
  • In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish A | BN | K | ARe
  • Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler A | BN | K | ARe
  • The Deal by Elle Kennedy A | BN | K
  • Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley A | BN | K | ARe
  • Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson A | BN | K | ARe
  • Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon A | BN | K | ARe

 

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

  • The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig A | BN | K | ARe
  • Love is Red by Sophie Jaff A | BN | K | ARe
  • Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist A | BN | K | ARe
  • Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older A | BN | K | ARe
  • A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley A | BN | K | ARe
  • Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer A | BN | K | ARe
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho A | BN | K | ARe
  • One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron A

 

Reader Nomination

  • Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell ( A | BN | K | ARe )
  • True Pretenses by Rose Lerner ( A | BN | K | ARe )
  • Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh ( A | BN | K | ARe )
  • Southern Spirits by Angie Fox ( A | BN )
  • When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare ( A | BN | K | ARe )
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik ( A | BN | K | ARe )
  • Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop ( A | BN | K | ARe )
  • The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath ( A | BN | K | ARe )

Start planning your brackets and brushing up on your trash talk!