Given the response to my own giveaway, I'll definitely be doing this again the next time Amazon sends me a gift certificate, though I'll probably do it a little differently next time. (So if you're planning to shop at Amazon, doing so through one of my links will also help someone else win a free book.)
Looking through the entries and the supporting votes, I narrowed it down to five popular finalists:
ruralwriter: "I've given copies to two of my friends, but have never kept one for myself."
cedunkley: "Well, since my only source for forming an opinion on Goblins stems from their presentation by Tolkien in The Hobbit, I imagine I'm in desperate need of some proper Goblin Re-education.
crinklequirk: "We can't afford things like this (we are trying to keep our house) - anything extra usually goes into bills, groceries, or homeschooling supplies (exciting stuff, like printer paper); It looks like fun! ... It would be really nice to win something, even nicer if it were a book ... And I promise to read it to my kids!"
sarramaks: "I would like to win a copy to read (as I read your blog but haven't as yet read any of your novels) and then to place it in the school library where I teach (ages 11-16). It's a secondary school in the North of England and we have quite range of sci-fi and fantasy as lots of our pupils enjoy the genre."
betsywhitt: "Also, I'll cry "tight finances" since I'm finishing up an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and my husband is halfway through his Masters of Divinity from Denver Seminary (he reads fantasy, too! Pick me for both of us!) ... Oh, and did I mention that I have a fabulously cute dog?"
As always, this was harder than I expected. 'Twould have been nice to get a $500 gift certificate from Amazon so I could give books to everyone. So congrats to the finalists. From here, I went with the highly scientific process of having the kids pick a number between 1 and 5. (So if you're a finalist and didn't win, blame it on the children!) And the winner is...
...crinklequirk! Congratulations! Could you please e-mail me your mailing address at jchines42 -at- hotmail.com?
Thanks to everyone who entered. Keep an eye out for future contests, and don't forget about the dawbooks giveaway!