Thursday, April 30, 2015

A to Z: Z end and Blogaversary Giveaways!

A to Z is here! And, we have reached the finish line! It's time to party! Celebrate! Enjoy!

I've part of the Muffin Commando Squad! C. Lee Mckenzie (leader extraordinaire), Carrie ButlerYvonne VentrescaDonna McDinePatricia LynneTara Tyler, andTammy Theriault. Love these ladies!!!

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My theme has been celebrations! All month long, I've celebrated authors and bloggers who have inspired me with their determination, spunk, and style.

Today's Z author: Zan Marie is a sweet, Christian blogger who writes poetry, prose, and fiction. Enjoy the shade of the cherry tree at her blog. :)
And, check out her latest book, An Easter Walk



And now, it's time to celebrate my blogaversary and the end of A to Z 2015 with short "versary" post and a Giveaway!


I started my blog in 2009 (I can't believe it's been that long!) without any knowledge of what I was doing. I didn't research. I didn't know about following or visiting other blogs. I knew nothing. 
But, I took the plunge anyway. 
I didn't have many followers for a while. 
My posts read like some doubt-filled, half-crazed writer's journal with bouts of faith and Bible study. 

This is the whole entirety of my first post
Blogging and using facebook are new to me.  I hope that I can explore my writing and create a space is encouraging to writers, Christians, friends and family online.

I'm actually amazed that I had a mission statement. 

And, it's still true to today:

I hope to explore my writing and create a space that is encouraging to others.


Somehow, I have followers. I think it's because I learned to visit other bloggers and make comments. :)

Thank you for sharing this journey with me!
I appreciate your comments, your e-mails, your kind words, and your wonderful encouragement.


And now, for the prizes/giveaways:

1. Free Eye Candy for Everyone! It's even calorie free! :)


2. Real Chocolate (Hershey's Milk Chocolate) for the first three continental US visitors with comments and e-mail addresses in the comment boxes. 

3. A first page critique for visitor #10 (with comment and e-mail address).

4. Free E-Book Copies of Champion in the Darkness with this Smashwords Coupon which is good only through May 2nd. 
Coupon Code: RZ33N


5. My usual freebies:
"The Bridge Snap" - a flash of sweet romance and photography. Kindle Nook Kobo Smashwords

"Seedling" - a super-powered, coming-of-age flash. Kindle Nook Kobo Smashwords 

Ashes Burn Season One: Ashes Away - part 1 of an experimental, micro-fiction series following the lives of three characters in a fantasy setting. Kindle Nook Kobo Smashwords


Happy A to Z Finish!

Celebrate the Small Things: I kind of went for the super-sized celebration a day early! :)

What are you celebrating today?

See you for IWSG on May 6th!









54 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I also started in 2009 with no idea what I was doing. How far we've come!

Maria Zannini said...

Well done, Tyrean! And congratulations!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Congratulations on finishing A-Z and on your blogaversary! :)

Nick Wilford said...

Happy Blogiversary and congrats on an awesome Challenge!

Julie Dao said...

Happy blogoversary to you! I too started my blog around then. It's amazing how the time flies, isn't it?!

Sarah Foster said...

Congrats on finishing the Challenge and on your blogaversary! I think most of us started out not having any idea what we were doing.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

I am so glad I met you. What a wonderful theme you've had this time. I'll put Zan on the check it list for this afternoon. Great giveaways, as always.

I always feel like I'm celebrating life when I visit here! Congratulations, (smile).

jaybird said...

Congrats T!! I have enjoyed your celebrations theme and tried to comment as much as possible throughout the challenge. Now that we are on Z, I feel like I can sign in relief. We made it.

cleemckenzie said...

Happy Blogaversary to you. Great giveaway. Great last celebration!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I didn't start blogging until 2010 and I had lots to learn just like you. Congrats on the anniversary. Generous gifts and that candy looks so good.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Susan! :)

Patricia Lynne said...

Congratulations on finishing the challenge and happy blogaversary!

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
Member of C. Lee's Muffin Commando Squad
Story Dam
Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

Misha Gericke said...

Happy bloggerversary! Congrats on finishing the challenge. :-)

Today, I'm celebrating that I'm doing a huge announcement real soon. And yes. This time it will be publishing related.

Michelle Wallace said...

Happy Blogoversary, Tyrean!
Congrats on reaching the A to Z finishing line!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Maria!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Madeline!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Nick!

Tyrean Martinson said...

It is amazing how time flies! Thanks, Julie!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Sarah!

Tyrean Martinson said...

I'm glad that I met you, too!
Thanks, Dixie!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Jaybird! Yay - we finished!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, C. Lee!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Patricia!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Glad you have a huge announcement!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Michelle!

annehiga.com said...

Happy Blogaversary! And thanks! And congrats!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks!

T. Drecker said...

Happy Blog Birthday! And congratulations to finishing A-Z! This is a huge celebration :)

Lexa Cain said...

I started a blog in 2009, and was so dreadful at it that I gave up. Luckily, I learned and tried again with a different blog. You've done fabulously with yours! Congrats on creating a positive space for writers and other bloggers! Have a great weekend. :)

Suzanne Furness said...

Happy blog birthday, you have certainly built a wonderful place. I wish you many more happy years of blogging. Congratulations on completing the A-Z too.

Karen Lange said...

Congratulations, Tyrean! It's a great milestone worthy of a great celebration! :)

Kate Larkindale said...

You tease, showing us chocolate we can't eat!

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations on completing the A to Z! And yay, I love ZanMarie's books. I reread them every year!

TheCyborgMom said...

Congratulations on finishing the A to Z! I loved that you focused on other bloggers...great theme. And congrats on your blogaversary! That's a biggie!!!
Katie @TheCyborgMom

Ranveer vishal said...

Congratulations on nailing the challenge. It was quite a journey:)

Jay Noel said...

Happy Blogaversary!!!!

And congratulations on finishing this year's A-Z Challenge.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Yay!!! You made it! That was a tough challenge, but you made it look easy. I'm too late for the coupon code, but it's all right- I already own it :)

TheCyborgMom said...

Just finished my A to Z Reflections post...gave you a mention :)
Katie @TheCyborgMom

Nate Wilson said...

To celebrate the end of a grueling month, you give away all sorts of free stuff? Very nice. Though, perhaps because you were celebrating the whole time, it didn't feel grueling at all. I bet that's it. Okay, from now on I'll only think positively and nothing will drag me down! (Oh, wait, it's still Monday, isn't it. Maybe I'll try this thinking positive thing closer to the end of the week...)

Shannon Lawrence said...

Congratulations on successfully completing the A-to-Z! Awesome prizes for your blogaversary, too!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Karen!

Tyrean Martinson said...

:)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Deniz!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thank you!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thank you, Jay!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Cool! :) Thanks, Elizabeth!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Katie!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Well . . it was May 4th yesterday - Star Wars Day - that has to count for something good, right?

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Suzanne!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Congratulations on making it to the end of A-Z Tyrean! Thanks for the eye candy. ;)

Tanya Miranda said...

Congrats on Finishing A-Z. (I should have thought of a triple post - doh! ) A-Z was awesome for me, but I didn't have enough time to visit all the bloggers I wanted to visit during the challenge because I didn't plan it well. Next year will be different.

I'm celebrating it being Friday, the end of a non-writing week, softball, soccer, springtime park outings, and a busy schedule to come for the next two months as I plan my book release. Oy vey....

Tyrean Martinson said...

Busy schedules always make life interesting!