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DABWAHA Schedule and Deadlines

This is the last day to fill out your bracket.   Voting will begin at midnight tonight (CST) and will run in 12 hour blocks.    Voting takes place at the blog.


This year, we had 8 books (1 in each category) nominated by readers and the top nominations in each category filled out the 64 books in the tournament.   We have had requests for what other books were nominated.   Here are the top ten books, with the finalist and the nine runners up as nominated by readers in each category. An asterisk denotes a tie.

1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Finalist)
2. Matched by Ally Condie
3. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
4. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
5. The Duff by Kody Keplinger
6. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
7. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
8. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
9. Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
10*. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
10*. Forget You by Jennifer Echols


1. Her Best Friend by Sarah Mayberry (Finalist)
2. A Little Consequence by Amy Knupp
3. Marrying the Royal Marine by Carla Kelly
4. LA Cinderella by Amanda Berry
5. The Admiral's Penniless Bride by Carla Kelly
7. The Vampire's Kiss by Vivi Anna
7*. America's Star-Crossed Sweethearts by Jackie Braun
7*. His Virgin Acquisition by Maisey Yates
7*. Poisoned Kisses by Stephanie Draven
7*. A Bride for Jericho Bravo by Christine Rimmer


1. Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews (Finalist)
2. The Last Queen by Christine McKay
3. Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
4. Touched By An Alien by Gini Koch
5. Lover Mine by JR Ward
6. Warrior by Zoe Archer
7. Scoundrel by Zoe Archer
8. Play of Passion by Nalini Singh
9. Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie
10. Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole


1. Storming the Castle by Eloisa James (Finalist)
2. The Ice Princess by Elizabeth Hoyt
3. Deep Freeze by Merline Lovelace
5. Midnight Assignment by Victoria Dahl
6. Unwrapped by Jaci Burton
7. Honeybone by AJ Llewellyn
8. Friendly Fire by Megan Hart
9. Little to Hex Her by Janet Mullany
10. Midnight Confessions by Robyn Carr


1. Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Cready (Finalist)
2. Embers by Laura Bickle
3. Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
4. City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane
5. All Clear by Connie Willis
6. The Native Star by MK Hobson
7. 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter
8. Stay by Allie Larkin
9. Changeless by Gail Carriger
10. Truly, Madly by Heather Webber


1. All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins (Finalist)
2. The Search by Nora Roberts
3. Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
4. Slow Heat by Jill Shalvis
5. The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks
6. Backstage Pass: Sinners On Tour by Olivia Cunning
7. Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas
8. Just One Taste by Louisa Edwards
9. The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins
10. Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts


1. The Forbidden Rose by Joanna Bourne (Finalist)
2. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
3. The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig
4. Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas
5. Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas
6. Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt
7. The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig
8. Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn
9. The Heir by Grace Burrowes
10. A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James


1. Double Blind by Heidi Cullinan (Finalist)
2. Keeping Promise Rock by Amy Lane (Finalist)
3. Duck! by Kim Dare
4. Life After Joe by Harper Fox
5. Starting from Scratch by Georgia Beers
6. The Angel of 13th Street by Eden Winters
7. Somebody Killed His Editor by Josh Lanyon
8. The Pearl by Geoffrey Knight
9. The Gentleman and the Rogue by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon
10. ePistols at Dawn by Z.A. Maxfield

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. lucy
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 11:12:09

    Wow, I wasn’t even close. I don’t even remember seeing most of those titles.

  2. Kristi
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 11:13:08

    If my name is NOT under the pulldown for ‘Enter your Picks’ but IS on the Current Standings list, I’m good right? I submitted it on Sunday night.

    Thanks :)

  3. jayhjay
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 12:02:33

    Thanks for posting this! I was one of the people who asked for the lists so I appreciate you all releasing them. Now off to add to my TBR pile!

  4. Jane
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 12:08:40

    @Kristi Yep so long as it shows up on the player listing.

  5. Chelsea
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 12:36:44

    How many times can we vote? And is it possible for people not participating in the tournament to vote also?

  6. Jane
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 12:40:34

    @Chelsea vote once per IP address and anyone can vote, even those who didn’t fill out a bracket.

  7. jayhjay
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 17:07:58

    Help, how do I change/update my picks before the deadline? I can see myself on the list of participants and i can see my bracket, but i can’t figure out how to update it. Any ideas?

  8. Jane
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 17:18:03

    @jayhjay: You need to submit a new bracket under your same email address. Use your old bracket as a reference point, if you so desire.

  9. jayhjay
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 17:22:49

    @Jane: Got it, thanks! So what happens to the old one?

  10. Jane
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 17:27:50

    @jayhjay: It gets overwritten by the updated one.

  11. HollyY
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 18:36:44

    No erotic romance category? How RWA of you.

  12. Jane
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 19:01:29

    @hollyY we discontinued a separate erotic category and integrated the ER into the appropriate categories. I.e. There are four ero romances in the novella/short story alone.

  13. library addict
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 20:40:24

    Jane, I send you an email. Somehow my bracket got changed from yesterday.

  14. Kim
    Mar 17, 2011 @ 12:33:06

    I posted this over on DABWAH, but I’ll post it here, too:

    Is there something wrong with the Tournament summary. When I click on the pencil, it says His at Night had more votes, but Trial By Desire advanced. Here’s what the vote tally says when you click on the pencil:

    His at Night
    #5 seed
    Picked by 719

    Trial by Desire
    #12 seed
    Picked by 632

  15. Kim
    Mar 17, 2011 @ 12:44:56

    I should have said it’s listed under Tournament Rsults.

  16. Kristi
    Mar 17, 2011 @ 12:51:04

    Pretty sure that just means how many people picked those books in their selections. Not the votes. If you look at the voting pages, Trial got more votes.

  17. Kim
    Mar 17, 2011 @ 13:01:50

    I’ll check it out. Thanks.

  18. Jane
    Mar 17, 2011 @ 14:21:57

    @Kim HI Kim. I answered over at dabwaha but just in case any one else wants to know, the Tournament Summary page shows how many times a book was picked to advance to the next round. The Tournament Results page shows the actual winner as do the closed polls at the dabwaha blog.

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