March Madness, Romance Style: DA BWAHA
Every year, thanks to my guy, my house becomes a den of basketball insanity during March Madness, the NCAA College Basketball Tournament: Basketball is on our television at every opportunity. Most of his conversations begin, “Did you see that . . . shot (player, call, coach, etc.)” He checks his Treo obsessively when we’re out of the house, looking for game scores. He prints out his NCAA tournament bracket, and then over the weeks of “March Madness” scribbles on it, muttering to himself.
Well, this year it’s my turn, baby!
. . . 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 welcome all participants regardless of whether you are an author, reader, reviewer or someone who doesn’t even have an interest in romance books. We encourage authors who have books in the tournament to fill out a bracket and pick yourself to win. There’s no hubris here. Only fun.
This year, the Tournament has its own home at DA BWAHA . From today thru Wednesday, you can fill out your own bracket and be entered to win cool prizes for each round, with the ultimate prize, a Sony Reader, going to both the top scoring bracket sheet of the tournament and the winning author.
Last year, it was lots of fun to vote for my picks and root for them to make it to the finals. I was thrilled when Colleen Gleason made it all the way to the championship with The Rest Falls Away, though it ultimately went down to Nora Roberts’ High Noon. ETA: Correction, I misremembered. Colleen Gleason did win.
My 2009 bracket is filled out and I’ll be following the action as the voting commences. Head over to the DA BWAHA site had have some fun!