A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

5 Book Giveaway!!! Contest!!

Well, it has been a while since I had a contest, hasn't it? I've been going through my shelves and donating anything acceptable to my local library. I've decided I don't need to hold onto every copy of every book I have any more.

I'm only keeping books I will definitely read again, will use for reference, are somehow of special or sentimental value, are part of a two bookcase home library for my son or are part of a collection of keepers set aside for future grandchildren. That leaves quite a variety of other books around that need homes and this is where the contests will comes in. First thing I've decided is I'm going to giveaway all ARC's that don't fit into my keeper categories above!!

This contest will end Aug.5.

Please check requirement #1. Not everyone is reading this. I don't like deleting your entries!

1. You must be a follower to enter. That's it! I do check.

2. Leave ONE comment with the name of the book(s) you'd like to be entered for to win. You can enter for more than one book, but you can only WIN one book. So we will have FIVE individual winners, each receiving ONE book. Make sense? OK!

3. If you leave more than ONE comment, extras will be deleted. Winners will be picked randomly. Winners will be listed sometime after Aug. 5. Hopefully the next day :-)

4. These are the books; each is an advanced reader's copy though they may be called by different names such as bound galley, advance uncorrected galley, uncorrected proof, etc. If you've never seen one of these before, they look like trade paperbacks.

5. Open to US/Canada residents only. Sorry, but I can't afford overseas postage.

6. Make sure you leave an email in your comment or already have it listed in your profile. You can't win if I can't email you!

Take Your Pick:

Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth
Leaving Gee's Bend by Irene Latham
Fallen by Lauren Kate (ARC cover is not as shown, just basic blue, no picture)
Wanting by Richard Flanagan
Pieces of My Heart: A Life by Robert J. Wager (ARC does not include photos)


  1. I would like to win Fallen.

  2. I would like to win Wanting or Land of Marvels.

    cwilliams127 at gmail dot com

  3. I am a follower and would like to win Land of Marvels.

  4. Pieces of My Heart: A Life by Robert J. Wagner (even though it doesn't have photos)


  5. Please enter me to win Fallen! Thanks for the contest.

    I am a follower on gfc

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  6. I would like to be entered to win Fallen please. ashleywintters@gmail.com

  7. I hope I win Fallen! :)

    arallison at gmail dot com (I forgot my email address last time)

  8. Please enter me for Leaving Gee's Bend. Thanks!
    laura at laurafabiani dot com

  9. I'd like to win Fallen. Thank you for the giveaway!

    ekta.p7 [at] gmail [dot] com

  10. Leaving Gee's Bend by Irene Latham. :D

    muchdeepmeaning @ gmail . com

  11. I'm a follower and would like to win Leaving Gee's Bend. Thanks for the contest.


  12. I am a GFC follower and these are the books in order of which I am most interested:

    1. Leaving Gee's Bend
    2. Land of Marvels
    3. Wanting
    4. Fallen
    5 Robert Wagner


  13. No need to enter me, babe. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

  14. I'm a follower via GFC.
    I'd like to read Land of Marvels.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    mtakala1 aT yahooo DOT com

  15. Please enter me! I'd love to win Fallen.

    kayla3194 at gmail dot com

  16. Please enter me to win:

    1)Leaving Gee's Bend
    2)Land of Marvels

    saemmerson at yahoo dot com

    Sarah E

  17. Ooh I REALLY want to win Fallen!!!!

    I'm a follower

    Thanks for the chance to win one of these great books


  18. I follow and I would love to be entered for
    1. Land Of Marvels
    2. Fallen
    3. Wanting

    bmweida at yahoo dot com

  19. I'd love a shot at Leaving Gee's Bend. Thank you!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  20. I definitely want to read Pieces of My Heart. I have always been a huge fan of Natalie Wood, as well as RJ Wagner, and saw him interviewed about this book in which he finally discusses their life & her death. (OMG, I remember that day . . . I lived in LA and it was all over the news for several days. So unbelievably sad.)



    jhsmail at comcast dot net

  21. I'd like to read Leaving Gee's Bend. Please enter me!


    (I am a follower now! :))

  22. I am a GFC follower. I would love to enter for Leaving Gee's Bend.
    dianarod23 at gmail dot com

  23. i would like to win leaving Gee's bend

  24. I would like to win Leaving Gee's Bend. Thanks. Im a follower.
    caliblue7 at gmail dot com

  25. I would like to enter for Fallen and Leaving Gee's Bend. Thanks! If I won either one I'd be happy.
    shishito85 at gmail dot com

  26. I am a new GFC follower (Dakota). There are three that seem like books I would want to read. Please enter me for these and I listed my preference order.

    1. Fallen
    2. Wanting
    3. Leaving Gee's Bend

    Thanks so much!

  27. I will only enter for fallen, leaving gee's bend, and wanting.

    Thanks for the 5 book giveaway.
    ocnwaves32 at gmail dot com

  28. Enter me for these books(Leaving Gee's Bend,Fallen, Wanting, Land of Marvels), but not the Robert Wagner one. Thanks.

    pinkpeonyblossom at gmail dot com

  29. I would like to be entered to win Fallen. Thanks so much!

  30. I'll try for these, thanks:
    Leaving Gee's Bend

  31. I would like to win Fallen! Thanks for the giveaway!

    I am a follower


  32. I would like to win Fallen.
    Allison T.

  33. I would like to win Fallen :)

  34. I want FALLEN! I'm a GFC follower. Thanks so much for hosting. :D

  35. Neat giveaway. The ARCs that I would want are Fallen. That would be my #1 choice. Then Leaving Gees Bend would my second. Thanks.

    abkreader at gmail do com

  36. I follow via Google Friend Connect and I would love to win Fallen by Lauren Kate. emilyjoymitchell(at)gmail(dot)com.

  37. I'm a new follower and would love to win "Fallen"!


  38. Im a follower. Sign me up for Fallen and Wanting. Thanks.

    johnnystruckwash at gmail dot com

  39. Sign me up for Fallen please. Thanks.
    pumachk at gmail dot com

  40. I'll go for Leaving Gee's Bend thanks!
    kstarzrock at gmail dot com

  41. I am a gfc follower. Great giveaway. I will enter for fallen. If I don't win this one then enter me for leaving gees bend too.
    violetvortexkm at gmail dot com

  42. i am a new gfc follower. i would love to win fallen.
    orlie13 at gmail dot com