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.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

CONTEST: The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott

In honour of my 100th Anniversary Titanic Reading Challenge, Random House Canada has been generous enough to offer this Titanic themed new-release title as a prize for me to offer.  I have one copy of The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott to give away!  You do not have to be a participant in my challenge to enter the contest but participants will have more chances to win!

Contest open to US & Canada mailing addresses only.

Just in time for the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic comes a vivid, romantic, and relentlessly compelling historical novel about a spirited young woman who survives the disaster only to find herself embroiled in the media frenzy left in the wake of the tragedy.

Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes.

Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat. Tess’s sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to Lady Duff Gordon’s questionable actions during the tragedy. Others—including the gallant Midwestern tycoon—are not so lucky.

On dry land, rumors about the survivors begin to circulate, and Lady Duff Gordon quickly becomes the subject of media scorn and later, the hearings on the Titanic. Set against a historical tragedy but told from a completely fresh angle, The Dressmaker is an atmospheric delight filled with all the period's glitz and glamour, all the raw feelings of a national tragedy and all the contradictory emotions of young love.

Leave a comment below with your name and email for each of the following conditions met and you will receive one entry for each time you leave a comment:

+1 leave your name and email to enter
+1 do the above and tell me you are a follower (this means I click your name and see my blog listed under your "Blogs I Follow")
+1 do the above and tell me you are a participant of the challenge (sign ups are here)
+1 do the above and have already posted a review of a book or movie for the challenge, must be current (reviews go here)

That's a total of four possible entries!  Good Luck!  Contest ends Feb. 29.

I have a copy of the book for myself too and am looking forward to reading it!


  1. oh, this sounds like a wonderful book.
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    Lisa Otis

  2. I would love to read this! I am now following as well.

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