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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Game on! NAKED EDGE a DA BWAHA finalist



I logged in to check my e-mail a few minutes ago and discovered that Naked Edge, voted Favorite Romantic Suspense by AAR readers in their annual poll, is a finalist for the 2011 DA BWAHA contest that’s run by Dear Author, Smart Bitches, and The TBR LLC.

Is there something in the drinking water? Or is there something in the book? This is what I ask myself late at night.

If you know anything about DA BWAHA, you know it’s modeled after March Madness, an event pertaining to basketball. Call it basketball playoffs if you want. Teams are arranged into brackets and compete until there’s a single champion. (Can you tell I’m not a sports reporter?)

Naked Edge is one of eight finalists in the Contemporary category. But unlike basketball teams, novels can’t actually face each other down. Imagine the chaos in bookstores if they could! Flapping pages in the aisles, paper flying, broken bindings.

But that’s where readers come in, voting on brackets that are sent in and tabulated. Put simply, if you participate enthusiastically and all of you who love Gabe vote for Naked Edge, it just might win. The competition is stiff. The other finalists are wonderful novels written by extremely talented authors. But I believe in you as much as you believe in me!

The cool thing for readers is that this competition is loaded with prizes. Berkley, my publisher, is giving away an ARC of Breaking Point and a number of other novels. There are other cool prizes, as well, not just books. (But what’s cooler than books?)

Motivated? Head over to the DA BWAHA website to read more about how to play, to see a list of prizes and finalists — and to get your game on.

Please spread the word among other I-Team fans and Team Gabe members!

So thanks to Dear Author, Smart Bitches and The TBR LLC for choosing Naked Edge as a finalist.

And thank you for your support!

Team Gabe members will want to stick around. Next week, we have our chat about Naked Edge.

14 comments:

sonomalass said...

The competition is always stiff -- but so is Gabe, right?

I was excited to see your book in the finals; it's a tough category this year. Good luck!

Hi, SonomaLass — Thanks for the good wishes! I've never been in the contest before, so it feels quite exciting just to have been named one of the eight finalists.

And LOL about Gabe being stiff! I think he's up for a good competition.

:-)

June M. said...

Congrats and best of luck!

Scorpio M. said...

Yay!! I am a Gabe girl so you bet I'll be voting for NE.

Amy said...

Congrats!! As you already know, I'm a Naked Edge/Team Gabe fanatic LOL! Definitely voting :D

Ronlyn said...

That's so awesome!! Congratulations PC!! I'll head over and see if I can figure out how to vote.

RitaSV said...

Golly, Pamela! You are rockin' hot in the awards world lately! Hope the nomination ultimately leads to an award for you. Your writing is stellar and you absolutely deserve it. =]

Mary G said...

Such a special book - belongs in its own category. Best of luck.

KayH. said...

Oh Yes !! Naked Edge All the Way !!
Congrats once again Pamela ! Keep the awards coming.
Best of Luck !

Doreen said...

EEEK! I'm going right over to vote! Gabe is next! Congrats Pamela!

Doreen said...

OK..looks like they're starting the whole process March 13th.I'll check back later to see what's up.

Thanks for letting us know that, Doreen. March 13, huh?

OK, well, I guess we'll be ready. LOL!

Maybe I can figure out a contest to go with it, though I suppose I ought to read the rules...

In the meantime, June, Jennifer, Amy, Ronlyn, Rita, Mary, Kay and Doreen, thank you so very much for stepping up.

Yes, Rita, it has been a pretty exciting time with the awards lately, hasn't it? And the biggest ones lie ahead.

And that's to say nothing of journalism awards. That's about to heat up.

The fiction awards matter far more to me, however, if I were to be honest.

Anonymous said...

I participate every year in the DA BWAHA awards. They're always fun, even though I never come close to winning! You know I'll be rooting, and voting, for NE. Good luck Pamela!

Heather

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