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

Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight Winners!

It’s time to announce the winners for our Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight rounds!

Book Sizzle A Naughty Neighbors Collection Olivia AycockOur Sweet Sixteen winner is: CelineB!  Aw yeah! 

You’ve won a fantastic prize donated by Olivia Aycock, whose book Sizzle: A Naughty Neighbors Collection seems perfect for spring break and summer reading! ( A | BN | K | ARe )

Your prize: An Amazon Fire, plus $25 a gift card!

Book Suddenly One Summer Julie James

Our Elite Eight winner is: Team Win! Perhaps your name rubbed off on your bracket!

You’ve won a most excellent prize donated by Julie James! Her latest book and 2016 DABWAHA nominee, Suddenly One Summer, is out now! ( A | BN | K | ARe )

Your prize: A Kindle Paperwhite WiFi 6″ ereader and a $50 Amazon gift card!

Thank you to our prize donors, and congratulations to the winners of our Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight rounds! Get ready because our Final Four showdown starts tomorrow! 

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!

Winner, Round 3 and 4!

Time to announce the winners of DABWAHA Rounds 3 and 4!

As has happened in the past, one person won both rounds!

The winner after Round 3 and 4: Jess F.! 

Jess wins a Psy-Changeling Starter Pack, including books 1-6 of the series, plus Wild Invitation, provided by author Nalini Singh!

Book Shield of WinterNalini would like y’all to know about her upcoming release, Shield of Winter:

 Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.

For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…

Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to suffocate her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…

You can learn more about Shield of Winter at Nalini Singh’s website.



Jess also wins a Kindle Paperwhite WiFi from author Kate Pearce!

Tempting a SinnerKate would like y’all to know about Tempting a Sinner, her upcoming release coming out in July 2014.

Known only to a select few, these inscrutable men are bound by dangerous desires and enigmatic pasts. They are the Sinners Club. . .

Within the circles of British intelligence, Benedict, Lord Keyes, is known for his cold brilliance and strict military demeanor. Yet this icy exterior masks a man of smoldering passion and scorching sexuality who will do anything to keep his past a secret. . .

Miss Malinda Keyes refuses to be intimidated by Lord Keyes. In fact, she enjoys a good battle, especially one of erotic wiles and carnal cunning. Determined to expose his lordship’s past, she will use every wanton weapon in her arsenal to tease and tempt this sinner into the ultimate sensual surrender. . .

You can learn more about Tempting a Sinner at Kate Pearce’s website.



Congratulations to Jess, and thanks to Nalini Singh and Kate Pearce. Good luck in the upcoming rounds of the tournament, everyone!

Winners: Round 1 and Round 2!

Ok, this is the fun part. WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!

No, I don’t think there are any chicken dinners among the prizes, but we do get to announce the winners of round 1 and round 2, based on excellent bracket selection and use of our trusty tie-breaker.

The winner after Round 1: Lisle! 

Lisle wins a $50 gift certificate at her choice of B&N/Amazon/iTunes and copies of RELENTLESS, LAWLESS and TRACELESS, the April, May and June Harlequin Intrigue releases from author HelenKay Dimon!

Book RelentlessIn addition, as a thanks for offering a prize, we asked each donor what they’d like to share with the DABWAHA folks.

HelenKay would like y’all to know about her April release, Relentless:

 Branded a traitor for exposing high-level corruption, former NCIS agent Ben Tanner needs to redeem himself. When the hot new operative saves nurse Jocelyn Raine from a brutal attacker, he embarks on his most challenging mission yet: discovering who’s after the strong, sexy woman–and trying his best not to fall for her. She has, he learns, something in her past she wants to remain hidden.

But when the attacks on Jocelyn continue, Ben takes her on the run to protect her. Sparks ignite and tension is high as their options dwindle. It’s possible Jocelyn’s secret has endangered them both. Now it’s Ben’s job to see they survive the fallout.

You can learn more about Relentless at HelenKay Dimon’s website.


The winner after Round 2: Rissatoo!  

Rissatoo wins a Kindle paperwhite 3G from author Vivian Arend!

Copper KingVivian Arend would like y’all to know about Copper King, a novella that’s part of the Alphas After Dark boxed set, coming April 1 (no, that’s not an April Fool’s joke!).

Three things make billionaire Jim Halcyon’s to-do list: women, work…and more women. It’s a perfect agenda for a rich shifter who has no problem letting his inner grizzly out to play. From the bright lights of Vegas, to the sophisticated action of New York—he’s got the money and the power to do anything he wants.

Anything, except resist the lure of Lady Luck, an ancient copper coin he gambles yearly to possess. Jim is determined to regain control of the pretty penny, and damn if he’ll let any bit of eye candy distract him from his goal. Not even the mesmerizing woman in the middle of the casino floor with the shimmering hair and enormous green eyes.

With a life-changing move ahead of her, Lillie’s finagled a temporary layover en route to her future. She’s got five days to soak in new experiences, and while Vegas is too big and shiny and loud for her shy bear self, she’s eager to do this up right. It’s the last chance she’s got to let her hair down.

Until his challenge begins, Jim is more than willing to oblige Lillie’s wish for a final fling. Only Lady Luck has some twists of fate planned for them both…

You can learn more about Copper King at Vivian Arend’s website.


Congratulations to Rissatoo and Lisle, and many thanks to Vivian Arend and HelenKay Dimon. Good luck in the upcoming rounds of the tournament, everyone!