Mailbox Monday & What I'm Reading

I use Grammarly's plagiarism detector because while imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, to some it's also the most respectable form of thievery.

If it's Monday, then it must be time for Mailbox Monday, a weekly meme that provides a virtual gathering place for bloggers (and readers) to share the books that came their way over the past week. Originally hosted by Marcia, of To Be Continued..., it has since become something of a book tour, with a new host each month. This month's host is Gilion @ Rose City Reader.

No review titles again this week, but gift cards & holiday sales have done a lot to stock my shelves:

The Influence by Bentley Little
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Cemetery Dance Publications 

Everything is about to change...

When Ross Lowry moves into his cousin's guest house in the small community of Magdalena, Arizona, he expects nothing more than breathing room and a brief respite from his economic woes.

But something is not right in the desert.

After a raucous party on New Year's Eve, the luck of the attendees undergoes an immediate U-turn. The rich and successful suddenly find themselves facing catastrophic failure while the less well-off are unexpectedly flush with good fortune.

This is only the beginning...

Soon the citizens of Magdalena are experiencing unnatural desires.

Next their children begin to disappear and freakish creatures emerge from the surrounding wilderness.

The community is unraveling at a frightening pace.

But these are merely the early warning signs of a showdown with a powerful force of darkness that could obliterate the world forever, and only Ross Lowry sees the danger that lurks ahead...

Torchwood: Exodus Code by John & Carole E. Barrowman
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by BBC Books 

It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. People being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. And the world is starting to notice - the number one Twitter trend is #TheLoco. Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there's not much of Torchwood left. Captain Jack has tracked the problem to its source: a village in Peru, where he's uncovered evidence of alien involvement. Back in Cardiff, Gwen Cooper has discovered something lurking inside the Torchwood software - something alien and somehow connected to Jack. If the world is to be restored, she has to warn him - but she's quickly becoming a victim of the madness, too!

Mirage by Clive Cussler & Jack Du Brul
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Putnam Adult 

In October 1943, a U.S. destroyer sailed out of Philadelphia and supposedly vanished, the result of a Navy experiment with electromagnetic radiation. The story was considered a hoax—but now Juan Cabrillo and his Oregon colleagues aren’t so sure.

There is talk of a new weapon soon to be auctioned, something very dangerous to America’s interests, and the rumors link it to the great inventor Nikola Tesla, who was working with the Navy when he died in 1943. Was he responsible for the experiment? Are his notes in the hands of enemies? As Cabrillo races to find the truth, he discovers there is even more at stake than he could have imagined—but by the time he realizes it, he may already be too late.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey, and one that's focused on what's actually in your hands, as opposed to what's been added to your shelf. Currently I've got reviews coming up for:

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. Ooh, The Influence cover is beautifully creepy. It sounds like my cup of tea. Thanks for sharing :)
    My Stacking the Shelves

  2. Oh I agree! The Influence has a creepy, yet stunning cover! Hope you enjoy all your new reads!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. THE EMPEROR'S BLADES seem intriguing to me, Bob! And maybe even THE IRON WOLVES depend what genre it is

    1. You'd like Iron Wolves, Dez. Dark but fun pulp sort of epic fantasy.

  4. The Influence cover is beautiful. I hope you enjoy your books this week :-)

  5. Wow! They look seriously epic! I hope you have a good time reading them. ;) My StS!

  6. Never heard about any of these books but I hope you enjoy all of them.

    Happy reading and advance Merry Christmas!

    Charlotte @ Thoughts and Pens

  7. Nice haul! It's been a long time since I read anything by Bentley Little but The Influence sounds great so I might have to track down a copy.

    Enjoy your new books and happy reading!

    1. Yeah it's been a while since I read any Little but he's always a good read.

  8. I've yet to get Torchwood: Exodus Code, but as a Whovian and Torchwood fan I'm really eager to get hold of it at some point in the near future.

    Please check out my haul at

    Enjoy your reads.

    1. Yeah, I'm eager to see what Captain Jack can do with the story.

  9. ENJOY your books and your Christmas week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  10. I haven't heard of some of these but they look great! Hope you enjoy these & Happy Holidays!

    Check out my STS this week!

  11. All are new to me. They all sound interesting!


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