Friday, March 11, 2016

Introducing An Unconventional Alliance, Pam's #atozchallenge co-host Team!

I'm so thrilled to introduce you to this year's Unconventional Alliance! Why are are we the alliance? Because an alliance is like a party and who doesn't want to have a party everywhere they go? An Unconventional Alliance will be my team to help me get through the A to Z Challenge. There will be lots of partying and lots of work and lots of fun! Let me introduce you to the band team:

First up is our DJ. She'll be playing the music that will keep our toes tapping. Meet Shalini:  

Taking up the #atozchallenge for the third time in a row, I can already feel the adrenaline rush. Here's a lil' about me.

An IT Professional who decided to get married to an Olive Green and thus start a nomadic life - Began blogging only to note down the recipes she tried in her almost-burnt-down kitchen. Like any food blogger, 'Julie and Julia' is her inspiration.Music is her soul and she can be seen humming and dancing to the latest tunes played in the radio while trying out recipes in her kitchen. One day wanting to meet the one and only Gordon Ramsay, she cooks her heart out to bring a smile on her soldier's face. She is also an ardent reader and a passionate dancer. She occasionally writes poems and stories as well.
Shalini blogs at Something's Cooking  and Tale of Two Tomatoes. Her other nickname may just be Mrs. Tomato. 

Next is our lead singer Rajlakshmi.  When she's not rocking out on the mic, she might be cooking or taking beautiful photos.
A military brat hailing from Assam, I have lived in different parts of the country, experiencing the essence of various cultures in India. I often brag about the fact that I studied in 9 schools (No, I wasn’t kicked out :P ) and know 5 languages. Most days you would find me processing travel photosblogging about ‘smarty’ siblingstrying my hands at Paper Quilling or watching the world - upside down

Java Developer by profession, Sydneysider, travelling is my passion, writing keeps my creativity alive, Yoga is a part of my lifestyle and, more often than not, I end up setting off the fire alarm while cooking.

I strongly believe in Karma - what goes around, comes around. And therefore, no matter how small, I avoid negativity. 
She blogs at The Twinkle Eyed Traveler, The Poetry Wagon, and Destiny's Child. I believe in Karma too. And cake. She tweets 

No party would be complete without a dance teacher! Meet  Claire. She'll show us all the moves so we can look our best on the dance floor. Claire is also passionate about children's books, which is also my passion.   

Hi, I’m Claire Annette and am joining the A-Z Challenge for the third time Yippee! I live and write in Central California. I’m passionate about kids and books and have made my career as a children’s librarian, reading specialist, and kindergarten teacher. I get my kid fix these days as a substitute teacher - yes, I actually think subbing is fun. I am a field trip planner extraordinaire and I combine my love of travel and kids’ book on my blog. Sign your permission slip and join me at A Field Trip Life

Claire blogs at A Field Trip Life and tweets  

Here's Parul! She's the life of the party who will make sure everyone is having a good time. My teens would call her the Hype Woman because she's happy. 

HR Professional. Working Homemaker. Blogger. Wikipedian. Family Photographer. Engineer This is how I describe all that I do on an almost every day basis. I am Parul and I write for the love of expressing myself and giving my thoughts a voice.
I love my love, life, colors, watching the Sky and Sunsets. If I could get up early – Sun rises would have made it to the list. I started blogging three years ago and I wish I had started earlier. I always have personal stories to share and moments to feel excited for. I call my blog happiness and food cos I write about things that make me happy and in my posts, you will find food for thought.
If not writing, I am reading or editing Wikipedia. After work, you will find me on my couch with a cup of ginger tea and my laptop. A child at heart – I love playing games like Candy crush, Free cell, Klondike, Sudoku, Words, 2048 and every other thing. A social media enthusiast and a learner.
Taking up #atozchallenge for the second time and excited to see what it will bring this year. I am lesser prepared than last year and hence a bit nervous. Good luck everyone! 

She blogs at Happiness and Food.  She tweets at 

And, well, you know me, I'm the ring leader, partygoer who always wants cake. If you see the team around the Challenge, please say hello cuz they are here to help! Remember I'm @pamlovesbooks on Twitter. Say hello. 

And now, we dance. 


Parul said...

Yay for the introductions Pam! Happy to be o your team :)
Good luck everyone! Let's rock A to Z!

LuAnn @ BackPorchervations said...

Glad to meet y'all and thanks for helping out with the challenge!

Scarlett Braden said...

It's nice to meet you all and I look forward to bumping into you all month long.
Scarlett Braden blogging at

Heather M. Gardner said...

Awesome group of people!


Molly said...

I enjoyed meeting all of you and look forward to getting to know you better in the upcoming weeks :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nice to meet your team!
And who isn't happy with food?

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Pam and your Unconventional Alliance .. sounds like you'll all be fun to have around during the A-Z - I presume you bring sustaining drinks when you visit?! Cheers Hilary

pamlovesbooks said...

Let's rock A to Z!

pamlovesbooks said...

especially cake?

pamlovesbooks said...

of course Hilary.

pamlovesbooks said...

Stop by their blogs and show them some love!

Arlee Bird said...

What a wonderfully clever way to do your team introductions! Greetings to all!

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Claire Annette said...

I'm so excited to be a part of this team. Good times are ahead!

Claire Annette said...

I'll bring drinks.

Parul said...

Our pleasure!!

Parul said...

Hey Heather - It was a fun chat today! I will see you around :)

Parul said...

Thanks for the follow. Will see you around :)

Michelle Wallace said...

Nice to meet everybody!
I LOVE dancing.
Now, let the party begin! *shakes body & clicks fingers*

Anoosha said...

It was really so nice to meet Everyone !

Anonymous said...

What a fab team we make! Yay! Happy to be part of this challenge in the most special way! Woot..woot..!!

Rajlakshmi said...

Yaayyyy thanks for this Pam ... all set to get the party started :D