From this point on, and certainly for most of what I have reviewed in the past, assume that a book I review has been sent to me by a publisher, publicity agent, or author. I do not write good reviews for either of those entities because I get a free book, and in fact I have ripped into some books in the past that failed epically. But, since it might be of interest to everyone, I want to make it clear that I do get books for review, and that most of the books I review have been sent to me, free of charge, by someone responsible for that book.
This should also be a note to anyone wanting to send me books: I do not give nice reviews just because you buttered me up or gave me free bookmarks or whatever. Crappy books are crappy books, and my readers, I hope, expect me to be honest with them in regards to my reviews. Anyone who knows anything about book reviews, however, will also know that even a negative review can sell books. All publicity is good publicity, as they say.
And that's that!