Update ~ Extended Hiatus This Month

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*I hate to insert this here, but please do not send review requests without seeing my policies. I am spending more time than necessary filtering emails for requests that I am not currently accepting. 

It is with a very heavy heart that I must announce a temporary break for the month of August for medical purposes. I plan to continue on the new medications and hope to return by the end of the month.

If you currently have a pending spotlight, interview or review with BVT, I will be contacting you directly via email and greatly apologize for the inconvenience. I will continue to be available at booksvertigoandtea@gmail.com (contact form) and via my Goodreads profile. I will be refraining from social media but checking emails weekly.

Thank you again to all of you who have continued to follow and support me through this past year. This was a very difficult decision that I am saddened to make. But in the end health and life must come first and I know you would tell me the same. You guys truly are the best!

Please feel free to email or add and message me on GR. I look forward to returning in better health!

Danielle ❤

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Life is Happening

 

And Keeps Happening LOL

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So life has been throwing multiple curve balls and I happen to be a terrible catcher! Many of you have probably noticed I take more and more breaks of late. It happens and I know you understand. I thank you dearly for that! Seriously, the amount of support and strength I draw from each of you is the best pick-me-up a gal could ask for! Every message, comment, email and care package is a simple reminder of why I miss it all so much when I am unable to be active. I care not what anyone else says, the book community is the best community!

So this is not one of those “I am sorry I cannot keep up” posts (although we know I am and don’t bother telling me not to be, it is who I am 😉 ). This is a brief update and play on what put the “V” in BVT.

Many of you are aware that I made the decision to wean off of my current seizure medsCrazy Pills.png (with medical advice of course). I was on a rather hefty dose and found that my tremors had returned and the brain fog was overwhelming. I mean when you are mid sentence and have to stop and ask yourself what you were saying or cannot remember something that happened 5 minutes ago.. something has to give. Since symptoms were returning and an increase is not advisable, I decided to try life without my little morning, evening and afternoon pill. Considering that I receive a new pill nearly every time I visit a specialist, I am sure there will be no shortage of meds to experiment with. But for now, I am tired of feeling groggy and over medicated. I also evicted the Valium from my med cabinet.

So as it stands I am trying to adjust to tremors and some symptoms in my hands and feet that are causing pain while living with vertigo. What can I say? I am an attention whore. Go big or go home haha. Totally kidding. I honestly hate it when people notice me. Yes, I know, I blog. But I like this behind the screen outlet. It is much easier than life on this side at times. I am still learning to accept my new body and the weird but sometimes entertaining things it seems to do. I am also learning my walker is a better friend than the floor and life goes on even if you look like some shoved a quarter up your arse while trying to meander through a bike shop (which was certainly not a purchase for myself, but now I know where to go for a snazzy helmet should the need arrive!).

But maybe the most important part of this post that I have yet to mention is how happy I am. Truly. That is typed with no underlying sarcasm. During the last two years I have tackled an entire line of challenges I never imagined and I am winning. Ok.. physically I need some work. But here is what the last two years have handed me:

  • The ability to recognize that I have the world’s best support group, period
  • My nonhusband would follow me to the end of the Earth and back and love me at my worst
  • My kids are full of compassion and strength that they will always use to better our family
  • My employers are the finest.. seriously they have went above and beyond
  • I am stronger than I ever knew and comfortable saying that now

Long story short, my time online will fluctuate and I may not always be as solid of a presence as I would like, but it is all okay. Know that I am ok. Life is good and I have so much more to be thankful for than I will ever have to complain about.

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”
Arthur Rubinstein

You are all the best! Much Love to You All!

Danielle ❤

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You Choose, I Read: 1st Selection Is…

You Choose,I Read

This is my first selection for my new feature! I am pleasantly surprised to find that it is a title that has been on my TBR for a while! So without further ado..


Selection #1

Thank you Stephanie @TeacherofYa for selecting this retelling!

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Goodread Information Here

I have already downloaded the title and hope to begin it shortly. Once I have completed The Bear and the Nightingale I will post a review and share a bit more about Stephanie and her wonderful bog!

Thank you for making this first drawing so fun! Have you read this title? What are your thoughts on Stephanie’s selection?


Next Selection

After my review is posted, I will host another drawing for the next selection. Please feel free to enter the same title over and over if you wish! The idea is to explore as many of your favorites as possible (or maybe least favorites 😉 ).

Cheers!

Danielle ❤

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