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dabwaha iconIt’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 2013.


The nomination slate is ready and seven out of eight books have been listed at the DABWAHA site.

Seven books? Why is one missing? Because it’s time for you to nominate the book you think should be included that isn’t listed right now.

Which book were we wrong to leave off? Fire up your browser and head on over to fill out the form to enter your nominations.

The book nominated can be digital or print, but please, wherever possible, use the ISBN number for the PRINT edition to minimize duplicate entries.

PLEASE NOTE! The book MUST have a publication date of 2013. No exceptions, no reprints. No paperback version of 2012 hardcovers.



Want to see the complete schedule? Here it is!



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, a winner will be selected at random. There are also prizes for the Second Chance Tournament, which opens on 23 March 2014.

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, from the TBR LLC, a joint venture of 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 contact Sarah and let her know what you’d like to offer!


Most Important! Most Important! Most Important!

It is pronounced dah-BWAH-ha.

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. Julia
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 12:11:05

    My first thought: Yes! DABWAHA is always so fun!

    Second thought: Oooh, FF novels! Must check these out! Oh no. Can’t afford them. *cries*

  2. library addict
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 12:25:48

    Yay, almost DABWAHA time.

  3. Jayne
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 14:14:39

    @Julia: I’m glad you noticed that the GLBT slate isn’t the usual GGGG selection of the past. We not only have some L books but a T one as well.

    Watch for sales at Bold Strokes. That’s how I’ve gotten a lot of their books.

  4. Julia
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 14:40:10

    @Jayne: Thanks Jayne! I’ll keep my eye out for sales there.

    I’m definitely excited about the trans one as well, although I thought it was unavailable now since I couldn’t find it at Amazon, BN, or Kobo. But I just found it is available through the publisher still, yay!

  5. Sirius
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 14:59:05

    @Julia: Thanks, I also tried to find trans novel at the Amazon and could not, good to know it is available through the publisher.

  6. Sirius
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 15:06:25

    Oh and yes, I usually try to wait for a sale from “Bold strokes” as well, because they seem to start every single book from 9.99, but often prices do go down eventually. But sometimes I have no patience and I think “Love by the numbers” is calling to me. If it is still calling to me tonight, I think I will get it.

  7. Darlynne
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 15:43:55

    I see that you want the 10-digit ISBN, not the 13. What do we do for digital-only titles, because the ASIN is causing an error when I try to submit my nominations.

  8. leslie
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 16:36:30

    I was fretting a bit……glad to see it’s coming soon.

  9. Jane
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 20:01:09

    @Darlynne: The form has been modified to accept ASINs. Sorry about that.

  10. cleo
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 07:48:13

    @Jayne – I also noticed the wider range in the LGBT category – yay!

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