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dabwahalogo2011It’s DABWAHA time petals (TM Laura Lee Guhrke’s Scandal of the Year).   For newcomers, DA BWAHA is a tournament that Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches and Dear Author runs during the college basketball tournament.   The college basketball tourney is called March Madness because of all the hoopla surrounding the event so please envision me throwing confetti around you while you read this post.

DA reviewers and Sarah have put together a list of finalists in 8 different categories.   These can all be viewed here.   This is where you start yelling at the referees (us) for being blind and missing the call and generally being incapable of calling a good game (if you’ve ever been to a sporting event this is de rigueur) .   BUT! there’s hope because this year the 8th book in each will be nominated and voted by you the readers.   Scoot yourself over HERE to do that until Saturday.

What comes next are the brackets. Between Saturday and midday Sunday, I will be working feverishly to seed and rank the books.   Eventually all 64 books are placed in 4 regions, pitting the 64 votes against each other.   This is the tourney site. Sunday you get to fill out your brackets.

Finally, you all vote.   We host polls over at the DABWAHA blog in 12 hour increments.   Trash talking and vote mongering is encouraged.   The point is to win. (and get prizes like a poster sized version of The Perfect Play.   INORITE?)

Confused?   I’ll be online on Sunday for two hours beginning at 8 pm CST to assist you in filling out your bracket.   You can email   me jane at or tweet me: @jane_l.

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. Sally Wilburn
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 10:59:14

    This is a lot of fun, even though I never come close to winning. I manage to do quite well during the first two rounds and after that, I’m history. I must be a glutton for punishment, I’m entering once again. Come on and be a Gleek of

  2. Christine M.
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 11:06:38

    It’s baaaaaaaack! Huzzah!

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    Mar 10, 2011 @ 11:08:33

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  4. Gina
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 11:40:05

    Okay, I have to ask… What in the world does DABWAHA stand for? My brain doesn’t handle acronyms very well, LOL.

  5. jayhjay
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 11:42:01

    Jane, are you missing one of the GLBT books? There are only six listed, but 7 for everything. Or are they getting two reader choices?

  6. Jane
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 11:47:12

    @Gina I believe it stands for Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hella Authors. Or something. LOL.

  7. Jane
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 11:48:18

    @jayhjay No we made a mistake and put a 2009 book in the bracket and rather than us putting up another book for the finals, we decided that we would fill the last two spots with reader noms.

  8. Jen X
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 13:00:58

    I’m surprised that neither Sarah Mayberry’s, THE BEST LAID PLANS nor HER BEST FRIEND were nominated. I loved them both, it was difficult to choose which one to nominate. :(

  9. Kim
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 13:24:11

    I just wanted to make sure of something. The hardcover of Mary Balogh’s novella, A Matter of Time, was released on December 29, 2009. That would be ineligible for 2010. Correct?

  10. Brian
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 13:24:45

    Didn’t La Bonne come out in 2007?

  11. Jane
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 13:27:57

    @Brian My understanding is that the print version came out in 2010.

  12. Jane
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 13:28:20

    @Kim Even though it is a 2009 date, it is considered a January 2010 release.

  13. library addict
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 15:30:24

    Looking forward to it. Hope to improve my score from last year.

  14. orannia
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 15:42:28

    I competed for the first (or was it second?) time last year and was utterly useless :) But it was such fun!

    And for a poster sized version of The Perfect Play cover – I’m so entering! My second goal is to improve on last year’s score, which I have to say was…not good :)

  15. Angela James
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 17:36:27

    So, based on La Bonne, it’s print date, not first pub date? So if we put Exclusively Yours in print this year, it could be nominated again? Ha!

  16. Suze
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 19:32:38

    Holy. I’ve read 4 of the m/m and 2 of all of the others. My goodness, how agency pricing and geographic restrictions have changed my reading selection since I got my e-reader.

  17. Jane
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 19:38:33

    @Angela James Actually next year I think we are excluding any books edited by you.

  18. Kaetrin
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 23:06:12

    I’ve read all the m/m romances on the list and they were all excellent. How to choose between them??

  19. Kaetrin
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 01:53:13

    Okay, let the pimpage begin!

    My nominations for 8th spot:

    All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins for contemporary

    In For A Penny by Rose Lerner for historical

    Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews for PNR/UF

    *I didn’t have any extra nominations for the other categories.

  20. Angela James
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 07:40:59

    @Jane: Oh snap!

    But your bracket would be so lonely without me.

  21. DianeN
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 10:06:40

    Joanna Bourne’s The Forbidden Rose isn’t in the running? Wow, that just might have been my pick to win it all. I’m definitely nominating it.

  22. jayhjay
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 15:03:34

    Ok, this is probably a stupid question, is there a difference between filling out our brackets and voting for the various winners? (is this one step or two?)

    Are we picking who we liked the best, or who we think others will vote for? I am just confused how this works.

  23. Janine
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 16:36:56

    @jayhjay: Jane can probably answer better than I can but based on my participation in previous years, you fill out your whole bracket first, and it is your prediction of which books you think will win.

    Then after that phase is over and many people have filled out brackets, comes the voting phase. I think many vote for the book they believe deserves to win, but some probably vote for the book they predicted to win.

    The voting happens in rounds and after each round, I believe, the points for the correct guesses in each bracket are tallied and the brackets ranked according to how close they came to predicting accurately.

    I also think some correct guesses are worth more points than others? Not sure about this.

    Sometimes there are prizes given along the way. At the end a big prize is awarded to the person with the most points awarded based on their correct guesses. The author whose book won the tourney also gets a prize.

    There are probably clearer explanations of all this at the dabwaha site. Try this one here:

  24. jayhjay
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 21:38:46

    @Janine: Thanks Janine, that helps. I did read the site but I wasn’t fully understanding it. I guess once I get started it will all make sense. But your explanation helped a lot.

  25. Jane
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 21:50:04

    @jayhjay: Janine essentially has it right. You fill out your bracket picking which book you think will win.

    Once everyone fills out the bracket, the voting will start.

    It’s step 1: fill out the bracket (which you can start doing on Sunday)

    Step 2: vote vote vote. (and trash talk and try to torpedo the books you didn’t pick in your bracket and get votes for the books you did pick to win).

  26. Joanne
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 15:17:16

    Here’s a chance to vote early & often: I’ll toss my votes to the first two suggestions for GLBT & YA books.

    Question: has a short story/novella ever won?
    Unanswerable question: why don’t I remember there being a short story/novella bracket before?

  27. Evanne
    Mar 07, 2012 @ 11:09:43


    Thank you, my mind bogged after the DA :)

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