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It’s the Final Four Dudettes! DABWAHA Style

sidebarlogoWe are at a crucial juncture in the Final Four at the DABWAHA.   Who will survive to the Championship Round?   You decide with your votes. (cue ominous music).

Will it be urban fantasy tear jerker, Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs?   Possibly contemporary favorite, Blue Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas.   Or historical breakout The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne (would she rather win the DABWAHA or the RITA?).   Maybe Maya Banks’ polyamorous tale of love between one woman and three men (yes, shocking isn’t it?) will be the surprise darkhouse winner.

Here’s the voting schedule

Voting Schedule:

  • Iron Kissed v. Blue Eyed Devil, 12 PM EDT, April 3, 2009, to 12 AM EDT, April, 4, 2009
  • The Spymaster’s Lady v. Be With Me  12 PM EDT, April 4, 2009, to 12 AM EDT, April, 5, 2009

What is DABWAHA? It’s the Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors or DA BWAHA. For newcomers, this is a tournament of books that mimics the March Madness tournament of basketball. We’ve picked a slate of 64 books in 8 different categories to compete against each other through the next few weeks. We’ve whittled the group down to 4!!

Special thanks to our sponsors.

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  • Author Maya Banks is offering up a great prize to the last place bracketeer: $50 GC to online bookstore, Godiva chocolate basket, and ARCS of Sweet Persuasion (June 09) and Sweet Seduction (Oct 09). Perhaps this prize might affect some voting behavior?

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. Darlynne
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 16:01:25

    Hey! “Urban fantasy tear jerker”? Tear jerker? That just sounds so small and pejorative for a story about a strong and honorable character. Yes, OK, there were tears, but there was enormous heart and courage; there was Mercy. The best book of the year, in my opinion.

    Guess you can tell where my vote’s going.

  2. Janine
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 16:11:37

    I don’t think of “tearjerker” as a pejorative term. To me, it is actually a compliment.

  3. Darlynne
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 17:00:20

    @Janine: For me “tearjerker” is right up there with “bodice ripper” and “chic lit:” all are ways to pigeon-hole and dismiss this beloved genre, which is not the case here on DA, certainly. I was practicing my trash talk and, as you can tell, I have no game.

  4. Janine
    Apr 03, 2009 @ 19:09:37


    LOL. I think of “tear jerker” as indicating that the author was skillful enough to move me to tears.

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