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The Sweet Sixteen Voting Has Begun #DABWAHA

The Sweet Sixteen Voting Has Begun #DABWAHA

dabwaha iconYour brackets may be busted but that’s okay because we still have you covered.  There are prizes donated for the worst bracket and even a few middle of the road brackets (picked randomly).  Even better, you can still vote which may help your bracket’s chances of diving toward the bottom or climbing upward.  Maybe you want to play spoiler or white knight. Whatever your reason, head on over to and vote.


Prizes for this year’s tournament

Prizes? Heck, yeah, prizes! Readers and authors are in the running for fabulous prizes. That’s right: anyone who fills out a bracket is eligible to win the grand prize. And the author of the winning book will also win a prize. And there’s prizes for worst finishing bracket, random brackets in the middle, and 2nd place finishers, too.

Here are some of the prizes we have this year. This list will be added to as more prizes come in, so stay tuned! Thank you to everyone who volunteered to offer a prize. You are made of awesome.

Round 1:

A digital copy of No Turning Back and a $50 Amazon or B&N giftcard, winner’s choice, donated by HelenKay Dimon.

Round 2:

A pile o’ books from Penguin/Berkley donated by Executive Editor Cindy Hwang.

Sweet 16:

A signed paperback set of the Guild Hunter series, including Angels’ Flight, donated by Nalini Singh.

Elite 8:

A Jane Eyre scarf, a beaded reading bracelet, and an ARC of Firebird, donated by Susanna Kearsley.

Final Four:

A Kindle Paperwhite, donated by Julie James.

2nd Place in Final Champtionship:

A Kindle Fire 8.9″ 32GB, donated by Jaci Burton.

Championship Winner:

A 16gb iPad, Wifi

The author of winning book will also receive a 16GB iPad, provided by To Be Read, LLC.

Wooden Spoon prize for worst bracket:

A $50 LUSH gc, a $50 TeaForte gc, signed copies of MelJean Brook’s Iron Seas series, including print anthologies (Burning Up, The Iron Duke, Heart of Steel), trade copies of Riveted and upcoming Enthralled Anthology (available in July) , plus Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter, by Jessica Sims, and Girl’s Guide to Man Hunting, and Care & Feeding of an Alpha Male by Jessica Clare, donated by MelJean Brook and Jessica Clare.

Random Middle Brackets:

Three random brackets will be given prize packages (TBA) donated by Jennifer Estep:

  • A $20 Amazon gift card and a signed set of the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy books
  • A $20 Amazon gift card and a signed set of the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy books
  • A $20 Amazon gift card and signed copies of Karma Girl and Hot Mama (trade paperback versions) in the Bigtime paranormal romance series

One random bracket will receive a set of the Colbana books – Blade Song & Night Blade – ebook or print, reader’s choice & $15 GC to Amazon or BN, from author Shiloh Walker/J.C. Daniels.

Two random brackets will receive $25 gift cards to Dawn Addonizio’s jewelry store.

One random bracket owner will receive all of Carina Press’ March 2013 releases: Bonds of Need by Lynda Aicher, The League of Illusion: Prophecy by Vivi Anna, Hunger Awakened by Dee Carney, A Fine Romance by Christi Barth, Tactical Strike by Kaylea Cross, Magick by Moonrise by Laura Navarre, Lethal Business by W. Soliman, Soul of Kandrith by Nicole Luiken, Cards & Caravans by Cindy Spencer Page, Most Likely To Succeed by Kate Davies, Pooka in My Pantry by R.L. Naquin, and Lord of Secrets by Alyssa Everett. Plus, the bracket owner will also receive the Carina Press titles nominated for the 2013 DABWAHA, all provided by Carina Press.

One random bracket will win a prize pack from author Vivian Arend that includes signed trade copies of the first three books in the Six Pack Ranch series and a $100 Amazon or B&N giftcard, winner’s choice.

One random bracket owner will receive the Kickass Historical Romance Prize Pack, provided by Sara Lindsey, last year’s DABWAHA winning bracketologist, Tessa Dare, and Courtney Milan. The prize pack includes:

  • A signed paperback set of Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series, including 2012 RITA Winner A Night to Surrender, DABWAHA 2013 Nominee A Lady by Midnight (plus signed card for free download of the Spindle Cove novella and Tessa Dare STICKERS!)
  • A signed paperback of Sherry Thomas’s 2010 RITA Winner Not Quite a Husband
  • Courtney Milan’s The Novella Collection, including DABWAHA 2013 Nominee The Governess Affair, and DABWAHA 2013 Nominee The Duchess Wars (winner’s choice of digital format)
  • Signed paperbacks of Sara Lindsey’s Weston family novels
  • And a Romance Novel Magnetic Poetry Kit to write your own naughty interludes and happily ever afters

2nd Chance Tournament Winner:

An iPad mini (16GB wifi) with digital copies of the Kowalski series, donated by Shannon Stacey.

2nd Chance Tournament 2nd Place:

A Kindle Fire, donated by Jen Frederick.

DABWAHA 2nd Chance Bracket Is Up

DABWAHA 2nd Chance Bracket Is Up

dabwaha iconLast night’s voting was crazy competitive between Kristen Ashley’s Motorcycle Man and Julie James’ About That Night.  James was down by some 100 votes around the 8:00 pm mark when she came storming back and ultimately won by a little under 100 votes.  Another nailbiter was between Jeannie Lin’s My Fair Concubine and Sarah Morgan’s Once a Ferrara’s Wife.  Lin won by a single solitary vote.

So what does that mean?  Brackets are shot to hell.  77 people picked Motorcycle Man to win it all.  The book didn’t make it to the sweet sixteen.  BUT!

Never fear.  The 2nd Chance Bracket is here. Yup, you get another chance and this time you only have 16 books to choose from. And the prizes are just as sweet for the 2nd Chance bracket.  Shannon Stacey is sponsoring a iPad Mini as the prize for the winning bracketologist in the 2nd Chance Pool (translated your bracket is number 1 at the end of the tourney having guessed the most matches correctly).

Read more about the prizes here and give a little visit or shout out when you can to the authors who donated.

In summary, won’t you join us for the 2nd Chance pool? It’s free and fun.  Enter here.  You must get your bracket in by Wednesday midnight.  (11:59 CST)