The winner of the Four Score & Friday 20 giveaway is Amy S., who should e-mail me at LynnViehl@aol.com with your full name and ship-to info so I can get these books out to you.
Something I've always liked about the holidays are surprises. My sister-in-law Jeanne was the mother of five children, and one of the most generous people I've ever known. She loved to throw parties for her kids, grandkids and the rest of the family. Because she worked in hotel catering and was used to cooking for a small army at home, she made even the most ordinary get-together into a banquet.
Twelve years ago this week, Jeanne pulled off the granddaddy of all surprises for me and my husband. She asked me to bring my husband over for his surprise birthday party (and swore me to secrecy), and asked my husband to bring me over for my surprise baby shower (and swore him to secrecy.) We walked into a small riot of his, mine and our friends and family yelling Surprise! Jeanne kept her word to both of us and held two parties simultaneously on either side of the house.
We lost Jeanne to heart disease a few years ago, but I catch a glimpse of her whenever my daughter is happy (she has her aunt's big smile.) Jeanne inspired me to be more giving in my own life, and I never have a party without feeling her there with us, celebrating in spirit. To honor my sister-in-law, and the love and happiness she brought into the lives of so many others, I'm making the fifth very cool book of December the winner's choice.
For a chance to win today's giveaway, in comments to this post tell us the title of the book you most want (or, if you can't think of a title, just throw your name in the hat) by midnight EST on December 9, 2006. I'll draw one name from everyone who participates and give the winner a bookwish* and Talyn by Holly Lisle. Giveaway open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something here at PBW in the past.
*A bookwish is any book of the winner's choice available for order online and that costs up to a maximum of $30.00 U.S. dollars (I'll cover any additional shipping costs involved.)