This will be a brief recap as I just returned to the blog this past week and not a lot has happened during my short duration back. It is great to be connected with everyone again, and I plan to continue forward with a goal of posting 3 times a week (more when able).
Small rant today: I will openly admit to a large amount of frustration at the number of review requests I continue to receive. Many have not bothered to read my policies or even went as far as to send emails that began with “I am sorry you are unwell and understand you are not accepting requests, however…”. I made several efforts to combat the increased influx of emails that included updating my home page to state I am closed to reviews copies (my contact form directs to my policies as well) to even including this in my vacation response. Yet, they continue to pile in. I have sadly reached the point of simply deleting them. So I am open to any suggestions. Do you respond to requests when your policy clearly states you are closed for reviews? Have you found a way to better direct requests to your policies?
Okay, end rant. Thank you for all of the wonderful support I received during my hiatus and upon my return. This community continues to amaze me in the best ways. Here is a quick look at the 1st week back on BVT.
I am going through a spell of serious mood reading, so I continue to pick up and put down titles. But here are the titles that are surviving the cut so far this week.
The Once and Future King
By T H White
Once upon a time, a young boy called “Wart” was tutored by a magician named Merlyn in preparation for a future he couldn’t possibly imagine. A future in which he would ally himself with the greatest knights, love a legendary queen and unite a country dedicated to chivalrous values. A future that would see him crowned and known for all time as Arthur, King of the Britons.
During Arthur’s reign, the kingdom of Camelot was founded to cast enlightenment on the Dark Ages, while the knights of the Round Table embarked on many a noble quest. But Merlyn foresaw the treachery that awaited his liege: the forbidden love between Queen Guinevere and Lancelot, the wicked plots of Arthur’s half-sister Morgause, and the hatred she fostered in Mordred that would bring an end to the king’s dreams for Britain–and to the king himself.
By Harold Schechter
The heinous bloodlust of Dr. H.H. Holmes is notorious–but only Harold Schechter’s Depraved tells the complete story of the killer whose evil acts of torture and murder flourished within miles of the Chicago World’s Fair. “Destined to be a true crime classic” (Flint Journal, MI), this authoritative account chronicles the methods and madness of a monster who slipped easily into a bright, affluent Midwestern suburb, where no one suspected the dapper, charming Holmes–who alternately posed as doctor, druggist, and inventor to snare his prey–was the architect of a labyrinthine “Castle of Horrors.” Holmes admitted to twenty-seven murders by the time his madhouse of trapdoors, asphyxiation devices, body chutes, and acid vats was exposed. The seminal profile of a homegrown madman in the era of Jack the Ripper, Depraved is also a mesmerizing tale of true detection long before the age of technological wizardry.
Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit
By Mercedes Lackey
Gwenhwyfar moves in a world where gods walk among their pagan worshipers, where nebulous visions warn of future perils, and where there are two paths for a woman: the path of the Blessing or the rarer path of the Warrior. Gwenhwyfar chooses the latter, giving up the power that she is born into. Yet the daughter of a King is never truly free to follow her own calling. Acting as the Â“sonÂ” her father never had, when called upon to serve another purpose by the Ladies of the Well, she bows to circumstances to become ArthurÂ’s queenÂ—only to find herself facing temptation and treachery, intrigue and betrayal, but also love and redemption..
- Tuesday I shared an update with my Ever So Slow but Happy Return to the blog.
- Wednesday was a very overdue spotlight of Sleep, Savannah, Sleep with an excerpt.
This week I will attempt to catch up on my blog visits and some shares. I am still struggling with screen time, so most days the amount of time focused on creating a post or responding to comments can drain me significantly. I look forward to setting a day or two aside to see what you have been up to! Thank you for all of the patience and understanding.
“What I’ve realized over the years is that I have some pretty good friends.”