Terrific Tuesday to you all, my little gingersnaps! Today is my one year blogoversary!! *throws purple confetti*
One year ago today, this blog morphed from The Spank and Ginger Show into Gingersnaps in the Morning. First and foremost, I'd like to thank Laura (the artist formerly known as Spank) for helping me get this idea for a blog off the ground, and then for supporting me to continue on solo when she could no longer commit to the blog. She rocks, I love her, and this blog would just be an idea without her.
Secondly, I'd like to thank all my faithful readers. Even you lurkers, but especially you faithful commenters. Your comments make me laugh, snort, move me to tears and most certainly make my day!
I'd also like to thank Verbenabeth for bringing the cyber snacks to our little party. Thank you for spiking the punch!
But a celebration isn't a celebration without giveaways. That's right, my friends... I chose 5 books to give away to you awesome peeps. This time I tried to pick awesome books I love that aren't as well known as they should be. With that criteria I narrowed it down to 15 books, and then pulled my hair out while I whittled the list down to 5.
1. Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate book 1) by Gail Carriger
"Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history. Prickly, stubborn 25-year-old bluestocking Alexia Tarabotti is patently unmarriageable, and not just because she's large-nosed and swarthy. She's also soulless, an oddity and a secret even in a 19th-century London that mostly accepts and integrates werewolf packs, vampire hives and ghosts. The only man who notices her is brash Lord Conall Maccon, a Scottish Alpha werewolf and government official, and (of course) they dislike each other intensely. After Alexia kills a vampire with her parasol at a party—how vulgar!—she and Conall must work together to solve a supernatural mystery that grows quite steampunkishly gruesome. Well-drawn secondary characters round out the story, most notably Lord Akeldama, Alexia's outrageous, italic-wielding gay best vampire friend. This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans." -Publishers Weekly
2. Wake (Wake Series book 1) by Lisa McMann
"Not all dreams are sweet.
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody- notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant...." -Editorial Review
3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
"Anna Oliphant has big plans for her senior year in Atlanta: hang out with her best friend, Bridgette, and flirt with her coworker at the Royal Midtown 14 multiplex. So she is none too happy when her father sends her off to boarding school in Paris. However, things begin to look up when she meets Étienne St. Clair, a gorgeous guy–with a girlfriend. As he and Anna become closer friends, things get infinitely more complicated. Will Anna get her French kiss? Or are some things just not meant to be? Perkins has written a delightful debut novel with refreshingly witty characters." -School Library Journal
4. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
"First in a trilogy, this clever, must-have debut focuses on sassy Evie, 16, who calls the International Paranormal Containment Agency home. Armed with her unique ability to see through all paranormal “glamours” and her trusty pink taser, Evie bags, tags, and helps IPCA track and contain a variety of familiar creatures. Despite her unconventional life (no origin story, mermaid best friend, werewolf colleagues, etc.), she considers herself to be pretty normal–until shape-shifting elemental and extremely cute Lend breaks into IPCA looking for answers and ironically becomes one of the agency's latest puzzles. The more pressing concern: Who's been murdering paranormals?" -School Library Journal
5. Runs With Wolves by Jennifer Barnes
"Jennifer has taken her experience with pack behavior and added a love of strong heroines (a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and her strong sense of romance. The result is a story that Raised by Wolves is, quite simply, the most compelling YA werewolf book out there." -Melissa Marr, author of Wicked Lovely Series
Please choose one book you'd like to win, and list it in the comments, along with your name. One entry per person. Sorry, (I'M REALLY, REALLY SORRY) but U.S. Residents only. Giveaway is for TODAY ONLY! The winners will be announced TOMORROW! Each winner has 48 hours to email me and claim their prize or I will draw another winner. (sounds so technical, doesn't it? Rules suck.)
Best of luck to everyone who enters!!! YAY!!! Let the party begin!!!