Sarah and I actually got an earlier start on the DABWAHA tournament and thus our brackets are ready for you to fill out now. Woot! Deadline for picking your bracket is March 15, 11:59 pm CST.
To recap. DA BWAHA is a tournament of romance books. Sarah and the DA reviewers put together a list of 64 books that we think were great reads in 2010. These 64 books are broken down into categories:
- PNR/Science Fiction Fantasy Romance
- Crossover (books that have a romance plot but romance isn’t the focus)
- Series (these are category length. We may have to rethink this category for 2012)
- Novella/Short story (this is a new category to give a nod to the emerging digital shorts)
Last year we had two categories devoted to paranormal romance and UF. We had PNR/SFF Romance and a UF category. This year, we discontinued UF category and put any UF books into the Crossover category. By deleting the UF category, we were able to make room for Novellas and Short stories (anything under a category length book).
A new feature this year was allowing the 8th book in each category to be voted in by readers. When you look at the individual posts over at the dabwaha.com blog, you can see which books have been nominated by readers. You may want to remember these books as they already have supporters.
Want to know how much each book costs? Datadiva put together this spreadsheet.
How to pick your bracket:
1. Click on the tournament entry link.
2. Fill in your name and email address. You can use whatever name you like, so long as you remember what it is.
3. Make your picks. New this year are drop down boxes. Each dropdown box will give you two choices. Pick the book you think is going to win in the polls that we will start on Wednesday:
4. Keep picking until you have a champion. Pay no attention to my picks. These were chosen for illustrative purposes only.
VERY IMPORTANT: Your picks will not show up right away because these brackets have to be uploaded by Jane manually. This is done approximately 3-4 times per day. If your bracket hasn’t shown up in 24 hours, definitely email jane at dearauthor.com. Also, print out a copy of your bracket and keep it in a safe place. Just in case.
Some interesting factoids about last year’s tourney.
- Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh was picked to be the champion by the most brackets (43 times) but it was Ectasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione that ended up winning the day.
- Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville, the other book in the championship round, was picked by only one person.
Sadly last year’s tournament file has been lost but you can view the results from 2009 tourney here.
Good luck! Sarah and I will be around today but specifically for a couple of hours beginning at 8 pm CST to help you fill out your bracket.