Apr 1, 2012


A is for A- Z blogging, but A is also for ANNOUNCEMENT!
And I have a big announcement. All through March, if you purchased MY ZOMBIE DOG from Amazon,  or if you blogged about the book, you could enter my competition to WIN a KINDLE!!! Yep, and if you're lucky enough to be in the US, that's a KINDLE FIRE. For the rest of the world it's a KINDLE 3G. So now all I have to do is generate a random number from random.org:
And that lines up in my spreadsheet with...

TAMMY MARTIN is the lucky winner! And Tammy is a US resident so she gets the KINDLE FIRE!
I'm actually jealous because Amazon doesn't send the Kindle Fire to Australia.
I'm not sure if Tammy reads this blog, so I'll email her about the good news.

A-Z Blogging
Tips for posting everyday (with one day's rest a week) in April:
  • Short and Sweet - save the long detailed posts for later. Bloggers have a LOAD of posts to read through. 1 simple message for each day.
  • Turn off Word Verification - seriously, you don't need it and it takes more time for people to comment. With so many blogs to visit, I won't have time to persevere with word verifications.
  • Visit lots of new blogs - No one expects you to get to all the blogs every day, so mix it up a bit, try some new blogs you've never visited before.
  • Be Positive - Leave encouraging remarks, don't nitpick because someone posted their letters out of order or missed three days. Support each other and enjoy the support you get in return!
There were 'rules' floating about that you need to post to a specific schedule and everyone must take the same days off. Not gonna happen here folks. I will post 26 times this months, every letter of the alphabet in order, but I'll take off a day when I need it and post on a Sunday if I feel like it - schedules just make things too complicated to be fun. And it should be fun, so if you get behind and just post 3 letters at once - I'll cheer you on!


  1. Great way to kick off the letter A. And good reminders for all of the bloggers out there. Have a great April.

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  2. And we're off and running! (did you notice my comment started with the letter 'A')? ;-) Good luck, Charmaine! Thanks for the tips.

  3. Well said Charmaine, it's all about having fun and connecting with people! We all have too many demands on us in life!

  4. A great prize, congratulations, Tammy.

    Good A post!

  5. Great post. I keep wondering how many people will have to ask for the word verification to be turned off before everyone will just do it. New follower :)

  6. She's going to love her Kindle! Enjoyed my visit, so joined your blog. See you again during the AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

  7. Congratulations to Tammy. I like that you've started the challenge with some fun!
    I added you to my blogging circle on G+
    Monica, Older Mommy Still Yummy

  8. Congrats to Tammy. New follower.


  9. He he, love the sound of your book. I have a waggy tail myself - well, not me personally, but my dog, she owns a waggy tail! looking forward to reading more from you, Liz.

    I might have to post as anon as Blogger doesn't lie my identity for some reason! So I'll post it in this box.


  10. Yay for Tammy! And thanks for showing how you used the Randomizer - I'll be hosting my first book giveaway soon & wanted to use this method for determining the winner.

    Check in with BooksYALove soon as my cat interviews the lead feline in a funny new YA book - and a lucky blog commenter will win the book!

    Looking forward to seeing what other fascinating things you blog on in April.

    **Katy M
    Recommending YA books beyond the bestsellers at http://BooksYALove.blogspot.com
    Follow me on Twitter @BooksYALove

  11. Congratulations to Tammy! May she enjoy that Kindle :)

    Also, cheers to you Charmaine for starting the A to Z off with a nice reward & surprise for one of your lucky readers and customers.

    Blog: The Madlab Post
    @MadlabPost on Twitter

  12. Congratulations Tammy! And thanks for reminding everyone that this is about fun, Charmaine :-)

  13. Rules are made to be broken, right? lol

    Nice of you to give away a Kindle Fire. I am sure she will be thrilled to have it.

    The rule concerning Sundays don't take into consideration different time zones in the world. Tsk Tsk

  14. Great way to kick-off the 2012 A to Z Blogging Challenge!

  15. Thank you for the encouraging tips for the Blogging from A to Z. This is my first time participating. I enjoyed reading your blog today! www.dianeweidenbenner.com

  16. Looks like you've got a good month planned for us.

  17. Congrats to Tammy (awesome giveaway) and great A-Z tips!
    Great start to the A-Z for sure!

  18. Great announcement. Congratulations. Hi, nice to meet you.

  19. Congratulations to Tammy!

    And Charmaine, thanks for the nice tips!

  20. Hello everyone, I'm so excited to be getting my new Kindle Fire! We downloaded "My Zombie Dog" as one of the first books for my teen son to read on his new Kindle Fire (but he is not good at sharing with his mom). Thanks for all of the congrats!