Mailbox Monday #261

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at To Be Continued, formerly The Printed Page, has gone through a few incarnations from a permanent home with Marcia to a tour of other blogs.

Now, it has its own permanent home at its own blog.

To check out what everyone has received over the last week, visit the blog and check out the links.  Leave yours too.

Also, each week, Leslie, Vicki, and I will share the Books that Caught Our Eye from everyone’s weekly links.

Here’s what I received:

1. The Other Half by Sarah Rayner, which came unexpectedly from St. Martin’s Press.

Maggie appears to have it all.  She’s beautiful, a talented writer, and has a gorgeous husband. But something’s not quite right: his job as a magazine publisher is keeping him in the city until late most evenings, and some nights he doesn’t come home at all…

Told in the alternating voices of the mistress and the wife, this story of an affair is a sharp, seductive take on modern love.

Who, if anyone, comes out unscathed?

2.  Incendiary Girls by Kodi Scheer for a TLC Book Tour in May.

“Incendiary Girls” explores our baser instincts with vivid imagination and humor. In these stories, our bodies become strange and unfamiliar terrain, a medium for transformation. In “Fundamental Laws of Nature,” a doctor considers her legacy, both good and bad, when she discovers that her mother has been reincarnated as a thoroughbred mare. In the title story, a mischievous angel chronicles the remarkable life of a girl just beyond death’s reach.

In Scheer’s hands, empathy and attachment are illuminated by the absurdity of life. When our bodies betray us, when we begin to feel our minds slip, how much can we embrace without going insane? How much can we detach ourselves before losing our humanity? Scheer’s stories grapple with these questions in each throbbing, choking, heartbreaking moment.

3. Born and Bred by Peter Murphy from Story Plant for review in May.

Danny Boyle was a born angel.

At least that’s what his granny used to say, and she should know she raised him after his parents proved incapable. When she becomes ill, Danny is reunited with his parents but they do not get to live happily ever after, as the ghosts of the past haunt their days. And when the old woman dies, all of her secrets come to light and shatter everything Danny believes in.

In the turmoil of 1970’s Ireland, an alienated Danny gets into drugs and is involved in a gangland killing. Duped by the killers into leaving his prints on the gun, Danny needs all the help his friends and family can muster. Calling in favors from bishops and priests, police and paramilitaries, God and the devil, the living and the dead, they do all that they can. But even that might not be enough.

What did you receive?


  1. Your books look interesting – different. I hope you enjoy!

  2. The Other Half looks good.

    ENJOY all of your books.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday
    Elizabeth´s last blog post ..My Father – March 11, 2014

  3. The Other Half seems to be quite popular this week! I hope it’s one you enjoy!
    Shoshanah´s last blog post ..To Be Continued…

  4. The other Half sounds interesting. Enjoy your new books!
    kay´s last blog post ..Wordless Wednesday – Knitting Winter into a Rainbow

  5. Incendiary Girls sounds interesting, and I LOVE the cover. My sister used to have a white Palomino.
    Vicki´s last blog post ..Review: Bones In Her Pocket by Kathy Reichs

  6. Looks like three good reads. Enjoy!

  7. Love the cover of The Other Half. Sometimes unexpected books turn out to be great, hope that’s the case for you 🙂

  8. The Other Half sounds good. Hope you love it!
    Mary´s last blog post ..Sunday Post (a day late)

  9. Looks like I’m not the only one who thought The Other Half looked interesting.

  10. Born & Bred sounds interesting, with the 1970s Ireland setting. Happy reading!
    Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)´s last blog post ..Review: The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose

  11. The Other Half looks great. I’ve also been seeing Born & Bred around a lot lately.
    Cheryl Malandrinos´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday – March 10

  12. The Other Half looks like it would be a downer, but probably a good read.
    stacybuckeye´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday – March 10

  13. The Other Half looks enticing. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.
    Laurel-Rain Snow´s last blog post ..AUTHOR’S HOME PAGE

  14. The Other Half sounds very interesting! Enjoy your new books!