And the winners are…


Good Afternoon everyone,

It’s been a while since I wrote to you and I feel terrible for being so absent during this month, April did not go exactly as I thought it would.

This month started really well for me because I took some days off and went to a Comic Con in Belgium with my husband and 2 friends who live in Paris. I loved spending these days with them but the main reason I went to this Comic Con was to have a chance to meet Gillian Anderson.

I don’t know if many of you know this, but if there is something I love more than JAFF, it is The X-Files! I grew up watching the show, it was an important part of my teenage years and it continues to be very close to my heart. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen every single episode of the 11 seasons but it has certainly been more than 5 times, so meeting Gillian Anderson, and having the opportunity to be with her at the VIP Meet & Greet was an unforgettable experience to me 🙂

I already liked Gillian Anderson, but I left Belgium loving her! She is a very interesting person who has been focusing her energy in the fight for women’s rights and equality lately. She wrote a very interesting book called We – A Manifesto for Women Everywhere which I highly recommend. I am very lucky to have a signed hardback copy of it thanks to Mira Magdo from Obsessed With Mr. Darcy who was a sweetheart and offered it to me a few months ago, but the book is  also available in other formats such as kindle and audiobook, if this is a theme that interests you, you should check it out.

Gillian Anderson also wrote a trilogy called the EarthEnd Saga which is a thriller starting with A Vision of Fire and ending with The Sound of Seas but I don’t think you will like the genre.

After returning from Belgium time flew by! I had a surgery scheduled for last week so I pretty much spent my time working hard trying not to leave any pending items for my colleagues in the office, and before I knew it, I was already home recovering from the surgery.

The first days have been a bit rough, and I’m still recovering, but I’m keeping positive thinking that the worst has passed and that it can only get better from now on.

I hope to be able to catch up with you and resume my regular posts twice a week at From Pemberley to Milton, and the first step for it is to announce the winners of the giveaways I hosted last month, so without further ado, the winners are:


*** The Assistant ***

Joan Rye


*** The Ladies of Rosings Park ***

Christina Boyd

Pam Hunter


*** The Journey ebook ***

Lúthien 84


*** The Journey – Winners choice of ebook or  paperback signed copy***

Maureen C.


Girls please contact me at ritaluzdeodato at gmail dot com so we can send you your prizes.

Until next time….Happy reading everyone!


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9 responses to “And the winners are…

  1. Sophia Rose

    Yes, you did have a busy month. Neat that you got to travel, see friends, and go to Comic Con. How fun that Gillian was all that you could want and impressed you more in person. Didn’t know you were having surgery, but I’m glad it went well and recovery is going well, Rita.

    Happy Reading to all the winners. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • She really impressed me Sophia. I was expecting her to be humble and nice, but she surpassed all expectations I had 🙂 I thought about you while writing this post because I believe you may be one of the few who would actually like the genre of books she has written 🙂
      Thank you! I’m doing my best to be fully recovered ASAP 🙂


  2. My son-in-law goes to Comic Con every year. He and my daughter are very active in gaming. He has created a board game which gained some recognition.

    Congratulations to the winners. Hope they enjoy their prizes.


  3. Jan Hahn

    Heal quickly, Rita. Sorry you had to have surgery, but glad it’s over.


  4. J. W. Garrett

    Hope your recovery goes well. Glad you were able to travel to Comic Con and got to meet your hero… what fun. Your photos are amazing… as usual. Thanks for this post and congratulations to the winners.


  5. Mary


    Glad to hear that your surgery went well. Hope you feel a little stronger with each passing day and that before you know it,you feel like your old self again!!

    Delighted to hear you got a chance to meet up with a lady you admire so much! It must have been so fantastic to chat with Gillian and have some photos taken. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    Take care,☕️🍰

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you Mary! The recovery was harder in the beginning but hopefully next week I’ll be completely recovered 🙂
      The meeting with Gillian was unforgettable!!! I would not say a dream come true because it wasn’t something I had been aiming to do my whole life, but once it happen I wanted to have repeated int eh near future… That won’t happen of course, but it’s a pity because she is really an interesting person from whom we can learn a lot 🙂
      Thank you for the good wishes Mary!!!


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