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Winner of the Kindle Fire for December 2011

Random Kindler Fire Winner
The winner of the December electronic reading device is DM.

The first commenter in December was Jia (334792) and the last one was Anonymous (342603). According to mysql database, the comments started at number 334792 and ended at 342603. Using and those numbers, the winning comment number was 337694 and that was a comment made by DM on The Villian:

A good villain is the hero of his own story. There’s no reason we can’t have nuanced villains in romance–other than the time and effort it takes to create them. Quite simply, they are harder to write. You can’t just throw them against the hero and heroine time and time again–you have to figure out exactly why they are doing what they are doing–and why they continue to do it. What is their goal? The hero and heroine must stand in the villain’s way. If they don’t, then why is the villain hunting them across the country or hatching ever more elaborate plots to kill them? The problem with Snidely Whiplash villains is that the reader knows on a deep and instinctive level that the danger they pose is not real.

Random Kindle Fire DM Winner

We are going to continue to give away one device on month.  Do you guys like having one random commenter picked? I feel like it rewards the regular visitors but if you have other ideas, I’m open to them.

We do the giveaway as a thank you for using our affiliate links.  There are links in the sidebar and I added an Amazon search bar for your convenience.  The links at the bottom of each review post serve as affiliate portals as well.  We appreciate you using those links for your purchases.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Renda
    Jan 01, 2012 @ 12:01:25

    I like having the Amazon search bar there. Thanks for adding it.

  2. MaryK
    Jan 01, 2012 @ 12:52:22

    Congrats, DM! I actually remember that comment because I liked the villain description.

    I’ve been kind of skeptical of affiliate links because I can’t see them working. Sometimes, you can see the affiliate name in the Amazon address bar, but not always. Then awhile back, I used the affiliate link in the sidebar, because it was convenient, to mention a book in the comments; and it ended up on the SBDA(?) best seller list. So cool!

  3. Danielle D
    Jan 01, 2012 @ 19:14:29

    Congratulations and enjoy!

  4. Janine
    Jan 01, 2012 @ 20:59:46

    Congrats, DM!

  5. library addict
    Jan 02, 2012 @ 07:09:26


  6. Lakaribane
    Jan 02, 2012 @ 09:33:28

    Congratulations to DM. I am very jealous. And for that same reason, I vote in favor of a monthly drawing of a random commenter on a specific post. That way everyone gets a chance to win.

  7. DM
    Jan 02, 2012 @ 10:04:25

    Thank you!

    I have been dying for a Kindle Fire. Turns out Snidely Whiplash has his uses after all…

  8. Kim
    Jan 02, 2012 @ 11:06:49

    I used the (BN) affiliate link for the first time in December and it showed in the address bar. I found that helpful in confirming that the portal purchase was credited your site.

  9. Jane
    Jan 02, 2012 @ 11:18:31

    I auto generate these links based on an author/title search and Sony doesn’t have an affiliate program and I don’t think the Kobo title/author search works but the Kobo one in the sidebar does seem to work.

    I recently redid the BN one and I think that does work. The Amazon ones almost always work because AMZN makes it very simple.

    In any event, I really appreciate it.

  10. Ros
    Jan 02, 2012 @ 16:01:54

    @Lakaribane: Huh? If Jane includes all the comments in a month as she currently does, everyone has a chance to win. Limiting it to a specific post means that only people who comment on that post have a chance to win.

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