It all started with giving away a copy of Deader Still by Anton Strout (review here). After reading Ghosts of War by Ryan Smithson (review here), I was inspired to do something for our troops overseas. Specifically those in a combat zone.
So I figured a giveaway fit perfectly. But I ran into a snag, well two really. The first was timing. I wanted to get it out the door and in the mail by the Fourth of July. But alas, I was on vacation that week. So I pushed it to this week for a ship date. The second issue was participation. I know of exactly two people serving overseas. One is a friend in Japan (my wife and his wife were co-workers at one point). The other is the fiance of an online friend serving in Afghanistan. So I called out to the friend for help and was pointed to a great website, AnySoldier.com.
And since I had no other entries, I decided to randomly pick a soldier from the site and send the care package to them. By now, the package has grown from one book to several as well as a small stack of magazines (you can see the full list below). And the random winner?
PFC G. M. Frigon of Colorado
He was just one of 626 soldiers requesting books and just one of thousands asking for help. I'll keep everyone posted if I receive any return mail from the winning soldier. And if anyone else would like to save some books for Christmas, I plan on doing this again later in the year.
Goodie Box Contents:
- 5 various magazines
- The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
- Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
- Deader Still by Anton Strout
- The Year the Cloud Fell by Kurt R. A. Giambastiani
- The Tower of Shadows by Drew Bowling