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

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

Round 1 and Round 2 Winners!

This is my favorite part. It’s time to announce the winners for Round 1 and Round 2!

Book Mr and Mr SmithOur Round 1 winner via use of the tiebreaker is: kalbert405!  Way to go! 

You’ve won a most excellent donated by HelenKay Dimon, whose latest book is Mr. and Mr. Smith which releases May 24th!A | BN | K |ARe )

Your prize: $50 gift certificate at your choice of B&N/Amazon/iTunes, plus copies of Playing Dirty, Falling Hard, and Facing Fire. 

Book Headed for Trouble Shiloh Walker

Our Round 2 winner is giving me some deja vu: it’s Kanoko, who was last year’s winner, and who donated a prize to this year’s tournament – isn’t that cool?

Congrats, Kanoko – and do you by chance have lottery numbers for tomorrow? Would you be our psychic friend? We won’t call you TOO too much…. Not really.

We promise.

You’ve won a prize of high awesomeness donated by Shiloh Walker! Her latest book, Headed for Trouble, is out now! ( A | BN | K | ARe )

Your prize: Your choice of a Kindle Fire 6″ or a Kobo Touch, and a signed copy of Headed for Trouble!

Thank you to our prize donors, and congratulations to the winners of Rounds 1 & 2! I hope you had a fun and festive weekend of voting. The Second Chance tournament is up now, and we’ll get back to voting on Thursday! Happy DABWAHA!

It’s Bracket Selection Sunday for the 2016 DABWAHA!

DABWAHAAre you ready?! It’s Bracket Selection Sunday for the 2016 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.

UPDATE: You have until 3/16/2014 at 12:00pm/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. NOTE!!! If you played last year, you’ll have to start from scratch.
  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.The tie breaker is the number of reader nominations we received. Hint: it is under 1000. Another hint: it is higher than 2.
  3. 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 sh can help you complete your bracket. She can do over the phone, or can coordinate a time via Skype, but we want you to be able to participate. Don’t be shy! She’s very friendly and promises not to bite!

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.


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:


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?


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.


Want to see the complete schedule? Here it is!


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!



  • 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



  • “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



  • 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



  • 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!

Prizes Prizes Prizes! Time to Award some 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: we will be emailing each person individually within the next 48-72 hours (there are a lot of you!) so you absolutely will hear from us with information on how to collect your excellent prize winnings.

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: NikkiBee

Winner’s choice of an iPad Mini with Retina (16GB wifi) orKindle Fire HDX 8.9″ (16GB wifi). Winner will also receive advance digital copies of UNDER THE LIGHTS (Book one in the Boys of Fall series from Berkley) and HEAT EXCHANGE (Book one in the Boston Fire series from Carina Press), provided by Shannon Stacey

2nd Place in Final Championship:  Deanna

$250.00 Amazon gift certificate from author, Jaci Burton. Book four in the Hope series, LOVE AFTER ALL, will be released in March by Berkley! ( A | BN | K )

Championship Winner: Kanoko

A 16gb iPad, WiFI, provided by To Be Read, LLC.

Wooden Spoon prize for the worst bracket: Zoya

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 chocolate heart from Christophe Artisan Chocolates (US shipment only, due to customs and also chocolate) from author Laura Florand. For international winners, Laura suggested artisan caramels from a local chocolatier. ONCE UPON A ROSE by Laura Florand is on sale now! ( A | BN | K)

2nd Chance Tournament Winner (Determined by tiebreaker): meb1012

Fire HD 6 Tablet and a set of Vivian Arend books donated to the library of the winner’s choice, provided by author Vivian Arend. The third book in the DreamMakers series, DON’T WALK AWAY, will be released in April! ( A | BN | K )

2nd Chance Tournament 2nd Place: Erin K

$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. A DESPERATE FORTUNE will be out this April! ( A | BN | K )

Random Middle Brackets: 

  • A $15 Amazon gift card and a print copy of Cold Burn of Magic, the first book in the Black Blade young adult series, from author Jennifer Estep. COLD BURN OF MAGIC will be released in April! ( A | BN | K ) — hannepa

  • A $15 Amazon gift card and print copies of Poison Promise and Black Widow, the eleventh and twelfth books in the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, from author Jennifer Estep. – MellyBean

  • A $15 Amazon gift card and print copies of Midnight Frost and Killer Frost, the last two books in the Mythos Academy young adult series, from author Jennifer Estep. — jamewrites

  • Signed copies of the three Matchmaker historical romances (It Takes Two to Tangle, To Charm a Naught Countess, Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress) and a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift certificate (winner’s choice), provided by author Theresa Romain. SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS is on sale now! ( A | BN | K) – Sara S.

  • A Pile o’ Books from Penguin, provided by Cindy Hwang – glamant

  • A signed set of all 3 Dare Island novels – Carolina Home, Carolina Girl, and Carolina Manand a Dare Island mug, provided by Virginia Kantra. The Dare Island novella, “Caroline Heart” will appear in the ASK ME WHY anthology this July! ( A | BN | K ) – AuntieKristin

  • London Legends prize pack from author, Kat Latham, including: All five London Legends ebooks (Knowing the Score, Playing It Close, Tempting the Player, Unwrapping Her Perfect Match, and Taming the Legend, which is out this May! A | BN | K ) A London Legends tote bag Chocolate bars from two British specialty chocolatiers: a bar of Spotted Dick from Montezuma’s and a bar of Venezuelan Gold from Willie’s Cacao A $50 gift certificate to Amazon, B&N or iBooks — KB

  • A paperback copy of Falling From the Sky (will ship internationally) and some Gravity series swag from author Sarina Bowen — KellyS

  • Psy-Changeling Starter Pack : Books 1-6 of the series, plus Wild Invitation, provided by author Nalini Singh. Books can be signed and personalized, if the winner chooses. Book fourteen in the Psy-Changeling series, SHARDS OF HOPE, will be out in June! ( A | BN | K ) – Josie

  • Three random middle brackets will win signed copies of the Night Shift anthology, Magic Breaks, and Burn for Me, plus a tiny Curran, courtesy of author Ilona Andrews — LiW, CrazyGirl68, and almondeyes
  • $25 gift card (winner’s choice: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or iTunes) and signed print copies of two historical romances: NEVER TOO LATE and ALWAYS A STRANGER, from author Amara Royce — JennaK

  • Mass market paperback (or digital, if preferred) of Anna Richlands’s FIRST TO BURN, the “origin story” for Sergeant Rey Cruz in HIS ROAD HOME, mass market paperback of a full-length book in Amy Raby’s HEARTS AND THRONES world; a print copy of Amy Raby’s THE FIRE SEER, gourmet chocolate made in Seattle, and a baby orca – soft plush type! Donated by author Anna Richland — cambrite

  • Complete set of the Men of the White Sandy books (Mystic Cowboy, Masked Cowboy, Nobody), plus a hand-made beaded jewelry set in lovely turquoise colors, courtesy of author Sarah M. Anderson — Alisonh

  • $25 gift card (winner’s choice: Amazon or Barnes and Noble), courtesy of author, Lexxi Callahan — sayyestobooks

And the Winner of the 2015 DABWAHA IS…..

Well, we have no idea. HA! Kidding!

Magic BreaksCongratulations to Ilona Andrews, and to Kate and Curran, for winning the 2015 DABWAHA with Magic Breaks! 

And congratulations to our tournament winner, Kanoko, who had a truly splendid bracket!

We’re doing the final calculations for prize awarding, so stay tuned – and thank you again for making the 2015 DABWAHA so much fun for everyone!

The 2015 DABWAHA Championship: Ilona vs Ilona!

So that happened!

It’s Ilona Andrews vs. Ilona Andrews in the final of the 2015 DABWAHA. I am now imagining all her characters trash talking each other. Oh, that would be funny. I bet Kate Daniels is a terrific at it.

We also have a winner for the Final Four – Kanoko again! Congratulations, Kanoko! You’ve won a $100 gift certificate to AllRomance, courtesy of!

And now, it’s time for the championship, which will take place 10am ET to 10pm ET tomorrow, 6 April 2015.

If your bracket is like mine, and in… 836th place (GO ME!) do not lose hope! Don’t give up! Because 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 while this is a strange and silly final, everyone is still eligible for the random bracket prizes. Get ready for a battle of the ages, with Ilona Andrews battling herself for the DABWAHA Championship!

Final Four Opens Tomorrow!

The DABWAHA Final Four opens tomorrow at 10am (EST) and what an interesting semi-finals we have! Did anyone peg Ilona Andrews having not one, but two books in the Final Four? I know I didn’t, but my bracket was shot to hell a long time ago.

The remaining authors also had a few things to say to their awesome readers!

Beverly Jenkins:

Being in the Final Four along with my MSU Spartans is a blast. My thanks to my awesome fan base, their friends, my graphics crew and my very worthy opponents. Upward and Onward – I hope. LOL

Julie James:

How exciting that IT HAPPENED ONE WEDDING made it to the Final Four! (And especially with such tough competition.) It’s so much fun to see readers rallying in support of the book, and I appreciate people taking the time to vote. For me, one of the coolest things about DABWAHA is discovering new books . . . and it’s also a good excuse to tweet pics of hot guys while trash-talking other authors. Go Team IHOW!

Ilona Andrews:

Normally our books get eliminated in the early rounds, but this time we have two in the final four.  That is pretty crazy.  Thank you so much for all of your votes and thank you to the fellow authors who participated. Whatever happens in the final, we had a ton of fun.

Could Beverly clinch the victory this year? Will It Happened One Wedding take the DABWAHA crown? Or will we see an Ilona vs Ilona face-off in the finals? Don’t forget to cast your votes! Polls will be open until 10pm (EST).

Elite Eight, Round 1 (March 28 12:00 – 10:00 PM EST)

The Kraken KingIt Happened One Wedding

Burn For MeJust a Little Taste