Mailboxes, Shelves, and What I'm Reading

Stacking The Shelves and Mailbox Monday are a pair of weekly memes that are about sharing the books that came your way over the past week, and which you've added to your shelves - whether they be physical or virtual, borrowed or bought, or for pleasure or review.

I managed to behave myself this week and keep the towering TBR pile in check with just a few additions:

Sheepsquatch by I. Ronik 
Published June 9th 2014 by Streetlight Graphics Publishing

In the hills of West Virginia, a legend comes to life...

Becky Gayle always thought her granddaddy's tales about the mythological Sheepsquatch were just that, myth. But one dark and stormy night, she and her soon-to-be-ex boyfriend are caught outside by the beast, and she learns the hard way that all the stories were true.

Duncan's been in love with Becky from afar for years, but thanks to the truth about his nature, he's always been afraid to profess his feelings. When he learns a secret about her boyfriend, he has to step in to save her from the danger she isn't even aware she's in. And in doing so, he risks his heart and his very life.

"Sheepsquatch" is a horror romance parody, featuring shape-shifting, bawdy humor, murder, mayhem, and legendary folklore. A short story coming in around 12,000 words, it's best not taken seriously.

Max Cutter and The First Black Book by Jacob Tate
Published April 6th 2014 by NCB Publishing

Join Max Cutter in this action-packed, laugh out loud, adult fantasy thriller from Amazon Dark Fantasy & Horror Occult Best Selling Author, Jacob Tate. Max Cutter is one of the world's most influential supernatural and paranormal experts. The bulk of his time is spent traveling across the globe in search of video and image evidence of myths, legends, ghosts and demons. Using his print magazine and website, Supernatural Pudding, to publish his exclusive findings, Max has developed a dedicated fan base that spans six continents and hundreds of countries. Over the years, Max's perilous encounters have included run-ins with goblins, zombies, and aliens, to name just a few. But when an entrepreneur and his daughter from Wales contact Max to ask him to help retrieve The First Black Book, a timeless text whose words hold incredible power, Max finds himself thrust into the middle of a deadly war between an ancient evil and a handful of warriors of good.

Filled with traditional horror, supernatural monsters and tons of adult humor as seen through Max's eyes, The First Black Book sets the stage for an exciting new series that anyone with a taste for Sci-Fi, horror, paranormal monsters or an occasional 80's joke will love.

The Apex Book of World SF 3 by Lavie Tidhar
Expected publication: July 8th 2014 by Apex Book Company

These stories run the gamut from science fiction, to fantasy, to horror. Some are translations (from German, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Swedish), and some were written in English. The authors herein come from Asia and Europe, Africa and Latin America. Their stories are all wondrous and wonderful, and showcase the vitality and diversity that can be found in the field. They are a conversation, by voices that should be heard. And once again, editor Lavie Tidhar and Apex Publications are tremendously grateful for the opportunity to bring them to our readers.


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is another weekly meme, this time focused on what books are spending the most time in your hands and in your head, as opposed to what's been added to your shelf.

With an eye towards my scheduled reviews for the next few weeks, I'm currently turning pages with:

• Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin
I don't generally read a lot of urban fantasy, but I have high hopes for this one. 

• All Those Vanished Engines by Paul Park
A three-part alternative history sci-fi novel sounds rather ambitious, but I really like the sound of this one.

A Turn of Light by Julie E. Czerneda
I always keep one title on hand that I'm reading simply because I want to, not because there are any review commitments. Absolutely stunning - I don't mind taking my time with it at all.

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. Good thing that first one is done as a parody - would never work straight!

    1. Sometimes I like a little literary nonsense - something about the blurb just tickled my funny bone. :)

  2. OOoh nice! More new to me reads but I hope you enjoy them all!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. no history or epic fantasy for Dezzy today.....

    1. Not this week, Dez, but I've got some big epic fantasy titles up for review next month.

  4. I always enjoy seeing what you get as we have some tastes in common. Thanks for visiting.

  5. I was like completely hypnotized by the Sheepsquatch book when I saw it up on Netgalley. COMPLETELY HYPNOTIZED. Just couldn't stop. Staring. At. That. Cover. And. Title.


    1. Same here. Complete deer in the headlights feeling. I had to give it a shot. :)

  6. I've got a few scheduled reviews this week - one of my books I think will have a character turning into a mermaid! Otherwise, straight historical fiction for me this week.

  7. All of these are new to me. I hope you enjoy them. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  8. I seriously enjoyed A Turn of Light. I thought it was a bit longer then it needed to be but I still really enjoyed the depth of character building she went to.

  9. Deadly Curiosities looks like a good one, I hope you enjoy it!
    Thanks for stopping by my It's Monday post!
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  10. Max Cutter sounds like it might be the beginning to a very good series. Happy Reading!
    Here are my newest additions.


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