I posted the following on your comment page for the plugin but thought it may get an answer here also and help anyone else that may be useing the plugin.
OK, I thought I'd give the plugin a try. Everything seemed to be fine. Uploaded, activated, selected 5 posts to display and inserted the code in my sidebar.
The results can be seen in my sidebar under "Classic Full Throttle." (http://cranialcavity.net/fullthrottle/wp/)
The only thing displayed is my h2 header and a list of 1 through 5 numbers. In trouble shooting I attempted to place a "description" field in a selected post with no effect on display. (I assume the "description" is like a title attribute for a link)
Secondly, I noted one improvement that should be considered. In selecting the five posts to be highlighted I chose 5 that were spread out over several months.
When going back to check because of the faulty display I had to search through all those posts again, and remember which ones they were.
It would be much easier if a page were added to the admin area with all the selected posts and any configuration for each.
Thanks for your time and look forward to solving this issue.