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On the Road to the Final Four

Vote!If you haven’t noticed, DA and SBTB were merged in hostile friendly takeover which took the form of a book against book tournament. We slated 64 books in 8 categories which netted 8 winners. (imagine that 8 winners in 8 categories, we are like math geniuses or geni or whatever).

The current leader is Cecilia T. You can see the whole slate of brackets here. We held a second chance pool and the current leader is Marci S. The entire slate of the 2nd chance brackets are here.

The Elite Eight was winnowed down to the Final Four with only one number one seeding surviving: High Noon by Nora Roberts. On Saturday, April 5, SB and DA will feature the Final Four battle between dark house and thirteen seed, The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason against the Historical favorite, number 3 seed, The Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

On the other side of the bracket is a death match battle between Fairyville by Emma Holly (also a 13 seed) and the prohibitive favorite, High Noon by Nora Roberts.


Since we’ve made it to the Final Four, we have some prizes to award! To the authors whose books achieved Final Four status, we have graphics – woo hoo! And hot pink bad ass ostrich feather quill pens. Please right-click and save the graphic, and paste that bad boy all over your websites. Hey, put it on your next book cover. Nothing says “take me seriously” like a tournament named “DA BWAHA” drenched in
flaming hot pink, right?

I will be contacting you to ask for shipping info for your flaming pink feather of power, but if you’d like to before I get to you, feel free. Congratulations!

Vote early. Vote often. Click on the links to our sponsors to let them know that you actually are paying attention to the contest. It’s for a good cause (not really, but the words “good cause” usually gets people to do things that they wouldn’t ordinarily do).


Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. janicu
    Apr 02, 2008 @ 11:56:53

    I am doing worse in the second chance pool than in the real pool! OK, goal is to be in the top 100. *crosses fingers*.

  2. Jia
    Apr 02, 2008 @ 13:57:49

    I stink at this bracket thing.

  3. Jayne
    Apr 02, 2008 @ 14:56:44

    Jia I stink more. My brackets bombed after day 1. At least my real live team is still in the running!

  4. katiebabs
    Apr 02, 2008 @ 15:15:48

    It seems I am in good company because I couldn’t crack the top 100! But tons of fun. Come Saturday, bring it on!

  5. Jia
    Apr 02, 2008 @ 16:38:05

    See, even my real live team is out too!

    Obviously, I just don’t understand the art of picking brackets.

  6. Marci S.
    Apr 03, 2008 @ 15:38:28

    Holy Crap!! I didn’t think my second chance bracket made it in. I hit send but then my browser went down. AWESOME!

    This has been so much fun. I was following along and voting all week, even filled out a bracket the first day and was crossing things off as the polls closed. I was so excited when the second chance poll went up. Saturday should be a fun one. La Nora HAS to win. She’s the Queen.

    Thanks ladies for letting me play!!

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