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DABWAHA Reader Nominees


Each year, we leave the last slot in each DABWAHA category for the readers to nominate a book that they believe belonged in the tournament. Today we are announcing the the reader nomination winners and the complete slate of 2012 DABWAHA nominees. Head on over to DABWAHA to view the seedings and the full slate. Once you’ve done that, feel free to head on over and start filling out your brackets.

Email me or tweet me (@jane_l) if you have any questions.

The YA Reader Nominee is:

Book The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

( A | BN | K | S)

An interesting pick, and definitely one of the best books of 2012.


The Contemporary Reader Nominee is:

Book About That Night - Julie James

About That Night by Julie James

( A | BN | K | S)

Julie James was the runner up to last year’s tournament, and with reader support behind her she may go equally far this year.


The Historical Reader Nominee is:

Book CoverThe Duchess War by Courtney Milan

( A | BN | K | S)

This book won by a good margin, so this book clearly also has some fan support behind it. Excellent!


The GLBT Reader Nominee is:

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Stars & Stripes by Abigail Roux

( A | BN | K | S )

This book took the lead early in the reader nominations, and stayed permanently ahead of the other books in the results. But I also wanted to point out that one of the second place books, Country Mouse, by Amy Lane and Aleksandr Voinov, collected a good number of votes in the last few days, too.


The PNR/SF Reader Nominee is:

Book Blade Song JC Daniels

Blade Song by JC Daniels

( A | BN | K | S)

Never doubt that enthusiastic campaigning can work in a book’s favor – this book had nearly twice as many votes as the others behind it.


The Series Reader Nominee is:

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The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh by Ros Clarke

( A | BN | K | S)

Again, many more votes than the next runners-up, likely a result of campaigning online.


The Novella Reader Nominee is:

Book Turning Up the Heat - Laura Florand

Turning Up The Heat by Laura Florand

( A | BN | K | S)

This one was a very close race – a lot of good novellas with a lot of reader support!


The Crossover/SRE Reader Nominee is:

Book A Risky Proposition - Dawn AbbonizioA Risky Proposition by Dawn Addonizio

( A | BN | K | S)

Campaigning: it does a DABWAHA book good.

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. cs
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 15:08:56

    Country Mouse? Really. Well I’m glad Abigail Roux’s book managed to keep the lead. Great series and a very fun book. Congratulations!

  2. Ros
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 16:49:35

    It’s true, I harnessed the power of the online knitters! I had no idea what sort of numbers of votes you get for nominations, so I really didn’t think I had much chance, and this was a huge shock. I am beyond excited to be nominated, though given that I’m up against Sarah Morgan in round 1, I don’t expect to get far!

  3. Laura Florand
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 19:41:26

    Personally, I think no one could resist typing “Her Sexy Sheikh”, because, I mean, who doesn’t want to type that? :)

    I’m very flattered and proud to have readers choose Turning Up the Heat. A bit perturbed to see its opposition, but enjoying the moment nevertheless. Thank you!!

  4. LeeF
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 20:10:05

    You have to love the back and forth banter and the “clarification” of the bribery rules

  5. Shiloh Walker/J.C Daniels
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 20:26:32

    AWESOME!!! Whee!!! I can bribe and I can beg and I’ll dust off the old trash-talking boots… if I can find them.

    I’ve posted my first bribe, too. :)

  6. Julia Broadbooks
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 21:22:05

    Excellent suggestions added! Even a couple that I haven’t read. Yet.

  7. Karen E.
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 00:28:51

    I actually enjoyed Country Mouse. I would have voted for it to be included.

  8. cleo
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 11:50:06

    @Karen E.: I liked it too – I even nominated it. I think it might have made more sense in the novella category, but I’m glad it was a contender in the lgbt category.

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