DABWAHA is a tournament patterned after NCAA March Madness—but this one is a tournament of books, hosted by the awesome folks at Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. I was surprised and honored to discover that The Fallen Queen was selected as a DABWAHA finalist in the Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Science Fiction category.
TFQ is up against the following fabulous titles:
- Cat’s Tale: A Fairy Tale Retold by Bettie Sharpe
- The Darkest Surrender by Gena Showalter
- Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews
- Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook
- Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh
- Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
- Radiant Desire by Inara Scott
Apparently, the next step is something called "brackets." I am totally out of my element here, so I'm afraid I can't really explain it, but from the DABWAHA website:
We’ll put out a slate of 64 picks. 8 categories and 8 books in each category. In each category, the books are seeded 1-8. The books then face off against one another with book 8 going up against book 1, book 7 going up against book 2, book 6 going up against book 3. And so on and so forth.
The books compete against each other through the use of a poll and readers pick which book is going to win.
Before the books start competing against each other (I know, it sounds weird), readers fill out a bracket, picking who is going to win.
Bracket selection starts today and runs through midnight on March 13 (or 14th...this part isn't clear to me as the tournament form says 13th, but everything else says Wednesday), and voting begins on March 15. I'm not sure whether you have to fill out a bracket in order to vote, but I'm guessing you do, so hustle on over to the tournament page and make your selections:
What's in it for you? Well, in addition to the fun and madness, there are a ton of amazing prizes. And don't forget to vote for The Fallen Queen, up against Meljean Brook's Heart of Steel in Round 1 on March 15. (You know, the ides. Something bad will happen if you don't vote for TFQ on the ides.) ;)