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DABWAHA Time Is Here


It’s spring and that means it is DABWAHA time. DABWAHA is the Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors. We know. All blame can be pinned on Sarah. We don’t allow her to name things anymore.

The tournament began in 2008 which makes this our 6th annual tournament of books. Yay!

This is how the tournament works. We put together a selection of great books published in 2012 in eight different categories. The books are pitted against each other. Envision a cage match between books. Your votes determines who wins. The books compete until only one book is left.

You, the player, win by guessing which book will win each match. The person who makes the most correct guesses will win an iPad.

Dear Author and Sarah at Smart Bitches put together 56 of the 64 titles but readers, authors, fans can nominate the last book in each category. This way if you think a book was excluded unfairly, you can nominate it and get all the other fans of that book to join the nomination.

Vote haggling, trading, trash talking, and all sorts of competitive behaviors are encouraged. “Lean in” readers. It is #DABWAHA time.

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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. Laura Florand
    Mar 10, 2013 @ 21:34:19

    Thank you! I’m really honored that you picked THE CHOCOLATE THIEF. And prepared to practice bribery with chocolate, voters. BETTER chocolate than my rivals, I promise. They might try to lure you in with false promises of chocolate themselves, but really, what do they know? :)

    Thanks so much! This is such a fun contest, and it’s exciting to be a part of it.

  2. LeeF
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 00:13:07

    This year I finally feel that I have read enough to be able to play and pick some winners- yea!

  3. Stephanie Doyle
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 08:13:21

    Oh Geesh! Laura Florand, Molly O’Keefe, Ceilia Grant, Courtney Milan… does it get any better than this!!!!

    Can’t wait to start voting!

  4. Laura Florand
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 09:04:30

    Wait! What’s this I hear on Twitter about NO BRIBERY? That ruins my whole plan! Seriously…you really don’t want chocolate bribes offered? Are you sure??

  5. Stephanie Doyle
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 13:39:26

    Laura – I’ve been friends with Molly O’Keefe for years… but my vote can totally be bought for chocolate… we’ll just keep it on the down low :)

  6. Estara
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 14:40:06

    After having had such good feedback on my recommendation here at Dear Author, I’ll be nominating Andrea K. Höst’s And All The Stars in the YA Romance category – it has at least as much romance as Seraphina. And it’s sf, where Seraphina is fantasy.

    I hope the nomination form can deal with umlauts ^^

  7. Molly O'Keefe
    Mar 12, 2013 @ 09:00:08

    Steph…this isn’t the down low….

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