Round 2, Set 2: (March 19 12:00 – 11:59 pm EST)

Act Like It by Lucy Parker Playing by the Greek's Rules by Sarah Morgan

 

Suddenly One Summer by Julie James The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

 

One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James

Round 2, Set 1: (March 19 00:00 – 11:59 am EST)

Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullinan Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley

 

Craving Flight by Tamsen Parker The Sport of Baronets by Theresa Romain

 

Anticipation by Sarah Mayberry Taming the Legend by Kat Latham

 

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black Grave Phantoms by Jenn Bennett

Round 1, Set 4: (March 18 12:00 – 11:59 pm EST)

Waiting for Clark by Annabeth Albert So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon

 

True Pretenses by Rose Lerner Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

 

Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh Uprooted by Naomi Novik

 

Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh Unnatural by Joanna Chambers

 

The Drifter by Anna Schmidt Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh

 

A Treasure of Gold by Piper Huguley Doing No Harm by Carla Kelly

 

Luminous by AE Ash Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole

 

A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles Lady of the Imperial City by Laura Kitchell

Round 1, Set 3: (March 18 0:00 – 11:59 am EST)

Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist Love is Red by Sophie Jaff

 

Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig

 

Fearless by Lauren Gilley Playing Dirty by HelenKay Dimon

 

The Deal by Elle Kennedy Chase Me by Tessa Bailey

 

In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler

 

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The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev Opening Up by Lauren Dane

 

Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath

 

 

Round 1, Set 2: (March 17 12:00 – 11:59 pm EST)

Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley Jefferson Blythe by Josh Lanyon

 

Dirty Talk by Jane O'Reilly Playing by the Greek's Rules by Sarah Morgan

 

Anticipation by Sarah Mayberry Lonely Shore by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen

 

Taming the Legend by Kat Latham Sleeping with Her Enemy by Jenny Holiday

 

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Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

 

Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullinan Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson

 

Act Like It by Lucy Parker Bound to the Warrior King by Maisey Yates

Round 1, Set 1: (March 17 0:00 – 11:59 am EST)

Asking for It by Lilah Pace Suddenly One Summer by Julie James

 

Good Time Bad Boy by Sonya Clark The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

 

Craving Flight by Tamsen Parker A Pirate for Christmas by Anna Campbell

 

The Warlord and the Nightingale by Jeannie Lin The Sport of Baronets by Theresa Romain

 

The Land of the Beautiful Dead by R Lee Smith Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

 

The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James The Highest Tide by Marian Perera

 

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal

 

Grave Phantoms by Jenn Bennett The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr

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

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.

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:

GAME ON!

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!