You are all awesome -- what a fabulous response to the SHINE giveway! The fact that so many of you spread the word and expressed your support for Lauren and SHINE is a remindes that the universe is actually a pretty decent place.
And the winner is...Ruth Knafo Setton! Ruth, if you can email me your address, I'll pop both copies of SHINE in the mail on Monday, when I gather up my strength to face the post office again.
And if any of you are looking for more complete coverage of the entire situation, here are the links I've found most useful:
And for good measure, here's the link to the Matthew Shephard Foundation's statement; Lauren strongly suggested that the NBF make a donation after this whole debacle, so that some good could come out of the situation. Because again, she is a class act and an inspiration. (As stated on their website, the Matthew Shephard Foundation tries to raise awareness and promote human dignity for everyone by engaging schools, corporations, and individuals in dialogues.)
Thanks again, everyone, for being involved. I truly believe that, as horrible as this situation was, great good will come out of it as the word about this novel and its message continues to spread.