To celebrate the fact I'm almost at 400 followers (two away at this very moment), I decided to clean off my book shelf and pass along some books.
Since the number 4 is my favorite number of all time, I decided to give away four books.
Why I love the number 4: (I sucked at taking the ACT test. My first two times, after studying my butt off, I received a total score of 12 and the second time a 13--not good. So I signed up for third time. BUT, the college of my choice accepted me with my 13 ACT score and so I really didn't HAVE to take the ACT a 3rd time. My mother made me go anyway since she forked out the $$$. I took the test, but I didn't take it seriously. I finished the math section in 10 minutes by circling any answer that had a 4 in it--or any number that could be divided by four--16, 8, ect...--guess what? I upped my score to a 23 by "guessing". How's that for studying for ACT's? I love the number 4).
I wish I could give away 400 books (my husband wishes I'd give away 400 books--he's always complaining of my book addiction), but as much as I love my followers, could you imagine the cost? I'm a poor, lowly writer--not even published yet--so as you can guess, my pockets contain lint and not much else. So, 4 books it is.
The first book is WAKE by Lisa McMann.
Book description: 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....
The second book is THE HOURGLASS DOOR by Lisa Mangum
Book Description: Abby's whole life has been planned: she is dating the "boy next door," whom she met shortly before she turned four, her parents are organizing the same bowling birthday party they've thrown for her for 14 years, and she and her best friend plan to be college roommates. Then Dante, a tall, dark, and handsome Italian foreign-exchange student, arrives at her high school, and everything gets turned upside down. Suddenly, she is having passionate feelings for him that she never had for her boyfriend, and she is willing to entertain possibilities that she never before considered. The closer she gets to Dante, the more her life spins out of control. Dante has secrets: He always wears leather gloves that cover his wrists, he disappears for days, and time literally stops when Abby is with him. The more she finds out about Dante, the more danger she is in.
The third book, CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER by Gregory Maguire
Book Description: Gregory Maguire's chilling, wonderful retelling of Cinderella is a study in contrasts. Love and hate, beauty and ugliness, cruelty and charity--each idea is stripped of its ethical trappings, smashed up against its opposite number, and laid bare for our examination. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister begins in 17th-century Holland, where the two Fisher sisters and their mother have fled to escape a hostile England. Maguire's characters are at once more human and more fanciful than their fairy-tale originals. Plain but smart Iris and her sister, Ruth, a hulking simpleton, are dazed and terrified as their mother, Margarethe, urges them into the strange Dutch streets. Within days, purposeful Margarethe has secured the family a place in the home of an aspiring painter, where for a short time, they find happiness. But this is Cinderella, after all, and tragedy is inevitable. When a wealthy tulip speculator commissions the painter to capture his blindingly lovely daughter, Clara, on canvas, Margarethe jumps at the chance to better their lot. "Give me room to cast my eel spear, and let follow what may," she crows, and the Fisher family abandons the artist for the upper-crust Van den Meers. (You can read more at Amazon--big description).
The fourth book is THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson
Book Description: Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one. But she is also the younger of two princesses. The one who has never done anything remarkable, and can’t see how she ever will.
Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.
And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior, and he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.
Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young. Most of the chosen do.
So how can you possibly receive one of these four books? It's easy. I don't do points or "tweet about it" or "write a blog." I keep it simple, all I ask is leave a comment below. It would be pretty dang awesome is you followed my blog, too. But that is up to you. I won't force you--free agency. Do it because you really, really want to.
And that's it. Comment and say, "Give me one of those books!" That's it. And maybe, just maybe, it will be yours.