MIRA Books and Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs Invite One Lucky Reader to Dinner in Seattle

Contest Entrants Asked to Name Their Most Memorable Teacher
– (MARKET WIRE) — 03/29/2005 — To celebrate the April publication of her new book, “TABLE FOR FIVE,” New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs and MIRA Books are inviting one lucky reader to dinner and a long weekend near Susan’s home in the Pacific Northwest.

The winner of the “MIRA Books Table for Five Contest” will have the chance to spend a long weekend in Seattle with time for sightseeing in the beautiful city and for lunch on scenic Bainbridge Island where Susan has her home. The prize package includes airfare for two from a major gateway to Seattle, two nights’ accommodation at a selected hotel, transfers in Seattle and sightseeing in the surrounding area. Vacation packages with a maximum prize value of $2,500 will be booked through a MIRA-approved travel agent.

Susan’s new hardcover novel, “TABLE FOR FIVE,” brings two adults and three orphaned children together in an unlikely, but deeply loving, extended family. In telling the compelling story of the tragedy that changes their lives, the author draws happiness from heartbreak and joy from disaster as these five individuals take a leap of faith and become a family. The heroine of the book is a dedicated teacher, as was the author in her first career.

To win, entrants should tell Susan — in 100 words or less — about their favorite or most memorable teacher and explain the effect he/she had on their lives. Entrants should submit their essays to: “MIRA Books Table for Five Contest,” c/o Truth Be Told Public Relations, 88 Lexington Avenue, #14D, New York, NY 10016. Entries and all rights attached thereto must be postmarked no later than June 30, 2005, and received by July 7, 2005, and must include name, address and daytime telephone number. Entries will become the property of Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd., and may be used for publicity purposes. Entries will not be returned. Each contestant may submit only one entry.

The contest is open to all residents of the U.S. (except Colorado and Puerto Rico) and Canada (except Quebec), age 18 and over. No purchase necessary. Off-color remarks, profanity or obscene material is immediate cause for disqualification. Employees of Torstar Corporation, their affiliates, subsidiaries (and any author contracted with Harlequin Enterprises), advertisers, printing and promotional agencies and members of their immediate families are not eligible. Contest is void where prohibited and is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Taxes on the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. No responsibility is assumed for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, illegible or misdirected submissions. The decision of the judges is final. Submissions will be judged by the author and an in-house panel using the following criteria: 40% originality; 35% creativity; 25% appropriateness to subject matter. The winning entry will be selected by August 1, 2005.

To receive official rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to “MIRA Books Table for Five Contest Rules,” c/o Truth Be Told Public Relations, 88 Lexington Avenue, #14D, New York, NY 10016.

“TABLE FOR FIVE” (MIRA Books, $19.95 U.S./$24.95 CAN.) by Susan Wiggs is available in April 2005 wherever books are sold, or through www.MIRABooks.com.

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