Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It's Mah Blogoversary!!!

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 √Čtienne 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!!!



  1. Congrats G!!!!!! ::throws confetti:: I love youuuuuuuu

  2. Thank you kk! I looooove you too!!! *makes heart shape with mah hands*

  3. ::makes heart shape with mah hands back at you:: MUAH!

  4. Happy Blogoversary! I'm not a big commenter, but I love reading every morning before work. You always start my day off with a smile! :)

    Lots of good books to pick from (I've read 3 of the 5!), but I would love to check out Soulless. Sounds like something I would enjoy!


  5. Would love to read Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate book 1) by Gail Carriger

  6. Happy Blogoversary! You have consistently made me smile for a full year now...thank you!
    Big hugs and kisses!!

  7. Happy blog-o-versary~!

    I'd like Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, please put me in for that one!!

  8. thanks for the laughs Happy Blogoversary :)

  9. Ginger!!! I lerve this blog!! I will be forever grateful for your book review of "Once a Witch" by C. McCullough...I bought it and loved it!! Anyhoo, we need some purple champagne to make this day complete. I'll slip some into my coffee mug since I'm at work...sigh. Ok, I would REALLY love book #3, "Anna and the French Kiss", as it sounds like it would hold my interest well.

  10. Well, good morning and happy Blogaversary, Ginger! Glad to bring the snacks. ;) And I did spike the punch! These all look like great books, but if I have to pick just one it would have to be Wake. Looks creepy, interesting, and very cool!

    So here's to many more years of Gingersnaps in the Morning (raising glass of purple frothy punch). Congrats on a great blog!

  11. Happy blogoversary! It's so much fun to reach milestones like that!

    I would love to read "soulless" - sounds seriously interesting, without being one that might give me funky dreams!

  12. Merry Blogoversary!!!! Can't bring spike purple punch because I am on meds. Raised by Wolves would be my book of choice. Enjoy ur day!!!

  13. Happy Blogoversary!! *releases purple balloons*

    I am SO happy to have met you this past year, G! You are full of more awesomesauce than I can consume! <3

    I would love to read WAKE. I totally identify with that because ALL my dreams are weird. (You don't even want to know!)

    Congrats on a year of success, sweetie!! xo

  14. Happy blog-o-versary! Thanks for brightening up our mornings!

    I'd like to win Anna and the French Kiss. Fingers crossed!

  15. Happiest of Blogoversaries!!!! I'm sure they're will be many more! There better be... I mean, hooray! :)

    And hooray for giveaways! I would love to read Anna and the French Kiss!

  16. Happy blogoversary!!!! I would LOVE Paranormalcy by Kiersten White!!

    ourbookblog at gmail dot com

  17. Yay! 1 Year!! How exciting :-) I feel guilty for entering another one of your contests, but you're giving away such fab stuff! I REALLY want to read Paranormalcy :-)

  18. Congrats on the blogoversary! *throws confetti* These are some really great books. Please enter me for Raised by Wolves :)

  19. Eeep! How do I choose just one? Although I really want the first one, I'm going to pick Paranomalcy. (EEK!) Congratulations on your one year!

    brenna dot braaten at gmail dot com

  20. Congrats on one year!

    I really, really, really want to read Anna and the French Kiss. John Green (!) recommended it, so you know it's good.


  21. Happy one year anniversary! Hooray!!! :)

    I'd love to win Paranormalcy! I have yet to read it!

    Amy // amyismyfriend at aol dot com

  22. Count me in for Paranormalcy.

    Cure my "Sanctuary" fix for a while. :)

  23. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White



  24. Happy Blogoversary! I'd love to win Anna and the French Kiss. Thanks for the giveaway!

    -Erin L.

  25. Happy Blogaversary!!!!!! So glad I found you, you make me laugh so much!! and...I guess its ok that the giveaway is for the U.S only..though now i'm gonna have to write down the books and look for them here..sigh..more books..my family is gonna kill me!

  26. Hey Ms Ginger its @justkarenjoyce (really! Karen Joyce) Soooo happy to have discovered you and your blog! Congrats! You are my hero in so many ways (and that's not just shameless sucking up - you've given me a lot of positive inspiration in a very tough year.) I'd looove to get my hands on "Wake" if I could. Happy Blogaversary again. Xo KJ

  27. happy blogaversary! i think i would fall into the lurker catergory, but every post i have read made me laugh out loud. congrats! :)

    also, i think this book looks very interesting: Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate book 1) by Gail Carriger

  28. Happy Blogoversary!! I don't comment but I love this blog!

    Put me down for Paranormalcy by Kiersten White :)

  29. Happy, Happy Blogoversary!!

    You have such a wonderful selection of books here.... I can't believe I haven't read any of them! So I think I would have to choose...

    Runs With Wolves by Jennifer Barnes

    Have a lovely day!

  30. Congrats!! I would love to win Paranormalcy! Thanks!! :)

    rosashah (at) gmail (dot) com

  31. Ohhh! I do love a giveaway! Especially for such a festive occasion! Congratulations on your first blogiversary!

    I would like to win Soulless. (hard to chose between them, especially because I've loved every book you recommended, ever.)


  32. Happy Happy Blog Day to you!!! I love how you always keep life entertaining and fun, fun, fun! esp. with this great giveaway. Looking at Paranormalcy, it seems to be a cross between Veronica Mars and Fringe - both of which I love - so please put me in for that one *crossing fingers, eyes and toes*
    Thank you, Sweet Friend! ^_^

  33. Happy blog-o-versary~! Ive been following you around the blog-world since Twilight-Headed. I love your blog, it makes me laugh everyday!
    I would LOVE to read/win Paranormalcy. Thanks!!

  34. Happy Blogoversary! I would love to win Anna and the French Kiss. Thanks for the giveaway!


  35. Happy Blogoversary... I would like to try for raised by wolves please 

  36. Happy Blogoversary!!!! Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win Anna and the French Kiss!

  37. Happy Blogoversary!! I would love to win Raised by Wolves!
    -Patty Kalogeroudis

  38. GINGER!!!!! Congrats on the blogiversary!! I think I've been here from the beginning! Well, since the switch to Gingersnaps in the Morning...Forgive me for my Lurkiness the past few weeks! Craziness has been my life. But I always read the blog! : )

    ANNA is seriously one of my FAVORITE books. Amazing. And I also own it already.

    So...I'm thinking Paranormalcy by Kiersten White for the giveaway! I've been reading her blog too. Hysterical!!

    Thanks so much for the laughs this past year! You rock the blog-o-sphere. That wasn't supposed to rhyme... ; )

  39. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I would lovee to win Anna and the French Kiss :)


  40. PARANORMALCY!!! omg! I've been wanting to have this! Happy blogversary to you! thanks for the nice giveaways!


    email: fallendream03(at)gmail(dot)com

  41. OhMyGoodness. AWESOME. That's all I can say. I am DYING to read Anna and the French Kiss or Paranormalcy!!!
    I wish you another great year of HAPPILY BLOGGING. :) hehe
    With a bunch of AWESOMENESS. :D

    I go by the name
    Cathy T :)

  42. Happy Blogversary! I'd love to win Raised by Wolves :)

  43. I would want to win Anna and the french kiss. nice giveaways.

    email: rakista_basurera3@yahoo.com

  44. Happy Blogoversary! I'd love to win Raised by Wolves


  45. Coming out of lurking to tell you publicly that I love you, I am proud of you and this blog, and The Spank and Ginger Show was amazing because of your vision. I was a sidekick and I am so awed by what you did with this random idea over a phone call one night.

  46. Happy anniversary! Love reading your blog and following your tweets we've tweeted a few times (@Swt_N_Lw) Anyway would love to read Wake sounds like my kind of book! Thanks. *Raises my purple champagne glass* to many more Ginger filled years! Rachel Hernandez.

  47. Happy Blogoversary!!! It's hard to choose. I think my pick would be between Raised by Wolves & Anna and the French Kiss. Thanks!!


  48. Happy Blogaversary. Paranormalcy sounds bueno. Amy @ bookgoonie at yahoo

  49. woohooo! Happy Blogoversary.

    I'm crossing my fingers for Anna and the French Kiss :)

    Name: Sophia Chang

  50. Happy Blogaversary!! I normally lurk but I would love to read Wake!! Thanks for the laughs and the awesome give-away.

    Vickie Oliver

  51. OnthebrinkofdisasterMarch 29, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    I am coming out of regular lurkdom to post!! I've REALLY wanted to start reading Soulless, that would be my pick. Happy Blogaversary! How awesome! Congratulations!

  52. OnthebrinkofdisasterMarch 29, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Oh, right. My name is Melissa Jepson. I'm also a little slow.