Today is the day I announce the winners (one US, one international) of Death Wishing by Laura Ellen Scott! They are (as chosen by

US: Lisa G!

International: Carol Thompson!

Both winners have been notified by email and have 72 hours to respond. Thanks to all who entered! I urge you to check out Death Wishing — it’s a great novel. For a little more about it, check out my review from last week.

As part of the giveaway, I asked entrants to answer a question. In Death Wishing, certain people have the power to make a wish for the world with their final breath. One person eliminated cancer; another wished away housecats. Many more such wishes are fulfilled between the covers of Death Wishing. Here’s what some of the contest’s entrants would wish for a world without them:

  • Death Wishing by Laura Ellen Scott“A better preservation of the world’s natural resources.”
  • “An absence of sickness and pain.”
  • “For my friends and family to find peace and comfort in life without me.”
  • “An end to poverty.”
  • “No more hunger.”
  • “For my children to know nothing but happiness.”
  • “Literacy for all.”
  • “An immediate end to animal cruelty in any manner, shape or form.”
  • A ban on “drive-through windows and cursing.”
  • “For the Library of Alexandria to magically reappear. Imagine how history would change.”
  • “As cliched as it sounds, peace between the countries. I would love no diseases, but that’s all part of nature, while terrorism so isn’t.”
  • “A free pumpkin spice latte for everyone at the beginning of fall!”
  • “That the whole world would recognize and value the pleasure of reading!”
  • “World peace, of course!”
  • “That sexual assault would no longer be perpetrated.”
  • And two people reinstated housecats!

I really enjoyed reading the responses of everyone who entered. I suppose, to be fair, I should share my own wish, huh? Since poverty, hunger, peace and other big issues have already been tackled above, I’ll wish that everyone would find the book that, in all the world, speaks best to them, at the time they need it most.

Laura Ellen Scott runs a site where she posts wishes from people all over the world. Check it out, and maybe even submit a wish of your own!

If you haven’t participated yet, what would you wish?

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    1. I know, I’m going to have to get one of those lattes myself! If you have a Kindle (or Kindle app, I’m guessing), Death Wishing will be available for free for a short time starting on October 11.

  1. Congratulations Lisa G and Carol Thompson! I hope you enjoy the book. And many thanks to Erin for shining light on my work.

    What a great list of wishes. I shall endeavor to reinstate cats with my next novel. I know my own two cats would like that.

    And for those of you who did not win–on October 11, the Kindle version of Death Wishing will be available for free download for a limited time.

    1. Yes, lots of people were upset by the disappearance of housecats! I may have wished it myself, had not a few readers already taken care of it. There’s an idea for the next novel: what happens when all the wishes are reversed, and people must readjust to life as they knew it… 🙂

  2. Thanks again Erin! I’m really looking forward to reading the book and I love the compiled list of wishes! (And now I want to go get a Pumpkin Spice Latte too….)

    1. Congrats, Lisa! I hope you enjoy Death Wishing as much as I did. I loved how broad a spectrum was covered by the wishes…and now I want one of those lattes, too!

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