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!

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!

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

Schedule for Sweet Sixteen

March 24, 2016

Midnight to Noon (EDT)

  • Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley v. The Deal by Elle Kennedy
  • Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh v. When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare


Noon to Midnight (EDT)
  • Suddenly One Summer by Julie James v. The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev
  • “Let it Shine” by Alyssa Cole v. “The Sport of Baronets” by Theresa Romain


March 25, 2016

Midnight to Noon (EDT)

  • A Fashionable Indulgence by K.J. Charles v. A Treasure of Gold by Piper Huguley
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell v. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Noon to Midnight (EDT)

  • Act Like It by Lucy Parker v. Taming the Legend by Kat Latham
  • A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley v. The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig

The 2016 DABWAHA Second Chance Tournament is Open!

DABWAHA-LIt’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: 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.

Voting Schedule for Round 1

Do you have your alarms set? The polls open at midnight on the 17th! All times are Eastern Standard. Gather your troops. Marshall your votes. Here is your voting schedule:

March 17, 2016

Midnight to Noon (EDT)

  • Asking for It by Lilah Pace v. Suddenly One Summer by Julie James
  • Good Time Bad Boy by Sonya Clark v. The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
  • “Craving Flight” by Tamsen Parker v. “A Pirate for Christmas” by Anna Campbell
  • “The Warlord and the Nightingale” by Jeannie Lin v. “The Sport of Baronets” by Theresa Romain
  • The Land of the Beautiful Dead by R. Lee Smith v. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James v. The Highest Tide by Marian Perera
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black v. Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Grave Phantoms by Jenn Bennett v. The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr
Noon to Midnight (EDT)
  • Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley v. Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon
  • Dirty Talk by Jane O’Reilly v. Playing by the Greek’s Rules by Sarah Morgan
  • Anticipation by Sarah Mayberry v. Lonely Shore by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jenson
  • Taming the Legend by Kat Latham v. Sleeping with Her Enemy by Jenny Holiday
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho v. One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron
  • Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer v. A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
  • Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullinan v. Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson
  • Act Like It by Lucy Parker v. Bound to the Warrior King by Maisey Yates

March 18, 2016

Midnight to Noon (EDT)

  • Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist v. Love is Red by Sophie Jaff
  • Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older v. The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig
  • Fearless by Lauren Gilley v. Playing Dirty by HelenKay Dimon
  • The Deal by Elle Kennedy v. Chase Me by Tessa Bailey
  • In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish v. Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler
  • Southern Spirits by Angie Fox v. When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
  • The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev v. Opening Up by Lauren Dane
  • Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell v. The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath
Noon to Midnight (EDT)
  • “Waiting for Clark” by Annabeth Albert v. “So Sweet” by Rebekah Weatherspoon
  • True Pretenses by Rose Lerner v. Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop
  • Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh v. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh v. Unnatural by Joanna Chambers
  • Last Chance Cowboys: The Drifter by Anna Schmidt v. Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh
  • A Treasure of Gold by Piper Huguley v. Doing No Harm by Carla Kelly
  • “Luminous” by AE Ash v. “Let It Shine” by Alyssa Cole
  • A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles v. Lady of the Imperial City by Laura Kitchell

The Final Four (10 AM to 10 PM EST)

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

Who will win? Will it come down to an Andrews v. Andrews Championship match or will Jenkins and James prevail for a J v. J finale? Only you, the readers, can decide. Vote from 10 AM to 10 PM EST on Saturday, April 4, 2015!

It Happened One Wedding by Julie James v. Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins v. Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Schedule for Elite Eight

March 28, 2015

Midnight to 10:00 PM EST

  • Just a Little Taste by Farrah Rochon v. Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
  • The Kraken King by Meljean Brook v. It Happened One Wedding by Julie James

March 29, 2015

Midnight to 10:00 PM EST

  • Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins v.  Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor
  • Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren v.  Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews