Weekend Shenanigans & Manic Monday

me-iiAs we all know Mondays can be pretty manic and generally I look forward to Monday’s nonetheless. This weekend was mighty interesting…not just because it was a start of a new year but because of seeing some people’s thoughts on 2016 and seeing authors speaking out against a person and how they feel his book should be censored or what they consider his speech “hate”. I have very strong feelings about censoring books and what people call “hate speech” because they don’t agree with you. That word is misused and abused often.

Anyhow, I’ve got some interesting and thought-provoking articles I’ve written coming to Layered Pages soon. The premise pertains to American History and what many call, The American Civil War. I’ve also come up with some new ideas about other posts. They involve our constitutional rights and freedoms-such as reading and writing what one strongly believes in and whether it should be censored or not by government or anyone for that matter. This is something I feel very passionate about because my love of books and the freedoms we have today can easily be taken from us and we know it happens. It is a reality in many countries.


By limiting or denying freedom of speech and expression, we take away a lot of potential. We take away thoughts and ideas before they even have the opportunity to hatch. We build a world around negatives – you can’t say, think, or do this or that. -Jill McCorkle


Now that I have gotten that off my chest, let’s talk books!

I sort-of lost my reading mojo this weekend by reading two books back to back that were not good in my opinion. I am really hoping to get back into the swing of things this week. Meanwhile, I want to share with you a few books I recently acquired on NetGalley to review: Here is hoping to better reads!

the-night-markThe Night Mark

From Tiffany Reisz, the international bestselling storyteller behind The Bourbon Thief and The Original Sinners series, comes an enthralling new novel about a woman swept away by the tides who awakens to find herself in 1921, reunited with the husband she’s been mourning for four years. Fans of Kate Morton and Diana Gabaldon will fall in love with the mystery, romance and beauty of an isolated South Carolina lighthouse, where a power greater than love works its magic.

hunter-of-sherwood-hoodHunter of Sherwood: Hood

It’s Guy of Gisburne’s final stand against a killer and fraud: Robin Hood.

The vendetta with Robin Hood has cost too much: blood shed, lives lost, friendships severed. Guy of Gisburne, knight and agent of the crown, has had enough, and wishes to enjoy a little quiet on his own land. But Hood grows ever more troublesome, and if the barons of the North will not convince Guy to resume the hunt – nor even the rightful King Richard, returned from long imprisonment – then perhaps the simple plea of a missing daughter’s father, and a promise to restore a good man’s name, will.

Hood has gathered an army: the insidious Friar Took, the giant John Lyttel, the cutthroat Scarlet Will, the brilliant and unhinged Alan O’Doyle, among others. Guy will need an army of his own: the redoubtable de Rosseley, the deadly Lady Mélisande, the resourceful Asif ibn Salah, even Guy’s former enemy, the ferocious Tancred… and his old friend and squire, Galfrid.

The stage is set: Sherwood, long a home to both men. The final confrontation begins…

the-girls-next-doorThe Girls Next Door

One warm spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive.
Six months after the stabbing of sixteen-year-old Deanna Barker, someone is coming after the teenagers of Stockleigh, as a spate of vicious assaults rocks this small community. Revenge for Deanna? Or something more?

Detective Eden Berrisford is locked into a race against time to catch the twisted individual behind the attacks – but when her own niece, Jess Mountford, goes missing, the case gets personal.

With the kidnapper threatening Jess’s life, can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter…?


If you are looking for great books that have been vetted, check out indieBRAG. It is their mission is to discover talented self-published authors and help them give their work the attention and recognition it deserves. Their primary focus is fiction across a wide range of genres; however, they selectively consider non-fiction books as well.


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Thank you for visiting Layered Pages today and please be sure to come back tomorrow!

Stephanie M. Hopkins


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