A Lovely Weekend To You

I’ve had a busy week and lots on my mind for new posts series starting soon at Layered Pages! As many of you know I posted about two giveaways and they are still open. Please don’t miss your chance to enter them. They are fabulous!

Gradie BirdieI’ve stared reading a southern story-Gradle Bird by J.C. Sassen- and I have fully embraced with the soulful sentiment in this story that reaches the core of a person’s heart. I am journaling passages that are making a profound impact on my journey reading this story. A story that touches you so…

So far, I am highly recommended this book. Hopefully I will be able to publish a review of the story soon. This will be part of my southern author’s series that I mentioned in a previous post. I was hoping to get a review up this week but yet again, it did not happen. I know my followers expect to see my book reviews and I need to be better at posting them. There is just not enough time in the day to get everything done!

Paper for book marksI’m also working on another project. I’ve got my paper selected for the 36 handmade bookmarks I’m making for a wonderful group of ladies. Can’t wait to see how they turn out! Bookmarks are so much fun to make. Normally I use scarp paper to make them but these I want to go all out. The ladies I am sending them to read Historical Fiction and I know these patterns are perfect for the genre.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend and thank you for visiting me today! See you on Monday.

Stephanie M. Hopkins

 

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Cover Crush: Seasons of the Moon by Julien Aranda

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I am not a cover designer but I can agree that cover layouts play an important role in the overall presentation of stories and I must admit, often times I first judge a book by its cover.

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Flashlight Commentary.

Seasons of the MoonSeasons of the Moon by Julien Aranda, Roland Glasser (Translator) 

Paperback, 242 pages

Published September 26th 2017 by AmazonCrossing 

At the close of World War II, a chance encounter sets the course for one man’s destiny…

During the Nazi occupation, fifteen-year-old Paul Vertune, the sensitive son of wheat farmers, prefers gazing at the ocean and contemplating life’s mysteries over toiling in the fields of the Brittany coast. One fateful day, Paul’s life is spared by a compassionate German soldier with eyes as blue as the sea. When Paul’s village is liberated, an angry mob turns against their occupiers. The German soldier, near death, asks Paul to promise him one thing: find his daughter and tell her that her father loved her.

As Paul becomes a man, he fulfills his childhood dream of sailing the world, even as twists of fate steer his life in unexpected directions. But through it all, Paul never forgets his promise.

Beautifully moving and deeply profound, Seasons of the Moonevokes a sense of wonder at the mystery of human connection and the powerful ripple effects of kindness.

My thoughts:

I love the design of this cover and the colors used. The different phases of the moon is a nice touch.

Stephanie M. Hopkins

Other great book bloggers who cover crush:

Heather @ The Maiden’s Court

Magdalena @ A Bookaholic Swede

Holly @ 2 Kids and Tired Books

Colleen @ A Literary Vacation

Meghan @ Of Quills & Vellum

A $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway & A Book Giveaway!

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Happy day! I’m just going to dive right in about these fabulous giveaways. Novel Expressions is giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Amazing! To enter click HERE on Novel Expressions Facebook Page. You have until December 15th to enter and be sure to read the rules to qualify. So, what are you waiting for? Go on now….

Over at the Layered Pages Facebook there is a book giveaway for The Value of You: The Guide to Living Boldly and Joyfully Through the Power of Core Values by Christopher D Connors HERE. You have until December 15th to enter and like I said above please be sure to read the rules to qualify.

The Value of You

Where are you going? Where have you been? What are you doing about it NOW? As you think through these questions, I encourage you to make your move and reclaim the life you’ve always dreamed about. It’s yours if you really want it. But you’ll need more than just a burning desire. You need a game plan that is built on a rock-solid foundation of core values. Our generation has lost its way. In the fast-paced, instant-gratification world we live in, we’ve lost our direction. It is values that provide us direction and purpose on the journey to living the life of our dreams.

Values like confidence, faith, courage and hard work are key to living life on your terms. Know this my friend—it’s not only about the end goal. It’s the journey you take to get there. Because it is the journey that defines us in the end. The Value of You is a journey into the core values that give light to our human experience. Values lead us to interior freedom, peace of mind, happiness and success. Each chapter is filled with creative stories of famous people like J.K. Rowling, Simone Biles, Captain Charles “Sully” Sullenberger and Amy Schumer, as well as lesser known, yet remarkable heroes such as Dr. Liviu Librescu, Chris Singleton and Welles Crowther. Each chapter is a core value that describes the core features, explains obstacles to living the value, results of living the value and a personal game plan with practical guidance to help you make the value your own. We live in an ever-changing world with adversity and challenges. Values are the constant that position us for happiness and success. Values are a way of life. Start your journey today!

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Thanks for visiting Layered Pages today and please help spread the word about these giveaways!

Stephanie M. Hopkins

The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd

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Yesterday I talked about what I did over the weekend and there were two book events being held at the same time at two different book shops, so I had to choose which one to go to! That was a tough decision, let me tell you… Since I missed meeting Natasha Boyd-author of “The Indigo Girl-I at FoxTale Book Shoppe, I asked Gary to save me a sign copy.  From the picture I saw on their Facebook Page, it looked like it was a great event! Below are pictures of the book I got and a couple pictures of the book event.

Stephanie M. Hopkins

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The Indigo GirlAn incredible story of dangerous and hidden friendships, ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice.

The year is 1739. Eliza Lucas is sixteen years old when her father leaves her in charge of their family’s three plantations in rural South Carolina and then proceeds to bleed the estates dry in pursuit of his military ambitions. Tensions with the British, and with the Spanish in Florida, just a short way down the coast, are rising, and slaves are starting to become restless. Her mother wants nothing more than for their South Carolina endeavor to fail so they can go back to England. Soon her family is in danger of losing everything.

Upon hearing how much the French pay for indigo dye, Eliza believes it’s the key to their salvation. But everyone tells her it’s impossible, and no one will share the secret to making it. Thwarted at nearly every turn, even by her own family, Eliza finds that her only allies are an aging horticulturalist, an older and married gentleman lawyer, and a slave with whom she strikes a dangerous deal: teach her the intricate thousand-year-old secret process of making indigo dye and in return — against the laws of the day — she will teach the slaves to read.

So begins an incredible story of love, dangerous and hidden friendships, ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice.

Based on historical documents, including Eliza’s letters, this is a historical fiction account of how a teenage girl produced indigo dye, which became one of the largest exports out of South Carolina, an export that laid the foundation for the incredible wealth of several Southern families who still live on today. Although largely overlooked by historians, the accomplishments of Eliza Lucas influenced the course of US history. When she passed away in 1793, President George Washington served as a pallbearer at her funeral.

This book is set between 1739 and 1744, with romance, intrigue, forbidden friendships, and political and financial threats weaving together to form the story of a remarkable young woman whose actions were before their time: the story of the indigo girl.

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Southern Charm: Art Festival & A Book Event Weekend!

Weekndd event iI had a really great weekend with two events on Saturday. I attended an art festival and a book event- that included four southern authors. At the art festival I was delighted to see so much local talent. My good friend Elizabeth and her husband had a booth there to sell their Knits & Prints. I admire their work! Big fan here. I also met a new artist who I will be talking about more in a later post. Saturday was the perfect day for an outdoor festival. A neighborhood in Marietta, Georgia-close to the square- holds this event every year called the Cherokee Heights Arts Festival for those of you who are interested. Everyone there was friendly and full of enthusiasm and charm.

 

Weekend evet IIAfter that event I headed over to The Book Exchange for a four-author event of southern writers. When they talked about their books and read excerpts from their stories, I was completely captivated by these extraordinary writers and what they have written about.  Recently I have been thinking about showcases southern writers and they have inspired me to go ahead with this project. Each week I will be showcasing a southern author and will be talking a bit about their work. The authors at this event were Deborah Mantella, Bren McClain, Sheryl Parbhoo and J.C. Sassen. Be on the lookout for those posts. I highly recommend these ladies stories.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and thank you for visiting Layered Pages!

Stephanie M. Hopkins

Vintage Art & Historical Fiction

 

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This week’s vintage art collage/card turned out great! I had a lot of fun with this project and reflected on its meaning for my life and the lives of others. The month of November is one of my favorite times of the year and this piece shows much of my creative side. Many of you will recognize the mix-media I used for this craft. Among the supplies are Tim Holtz products and The Paper Studio. The background is heavy card stock and pattern paper I punched out into small squares. As you can see, I used layers and added metal and brads.

By Gaslight

I’m not sure I will have time for art this weekend. I have several social functions to attend to and I want to get a little bit more through, By Gaslight by Seven Price. This story has over seven hundred pages! Ahem, that is a lot of pages for someone who has a backlog of reviews a mile long and has a millions other things going on.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thank you for visiting Layered Pages this week.

Stephanie M. Hopkins

 

Cover Crush: Becoming Mrs. Smith by Tanya E Williams

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I am not a cover designer but I can agree that cover layouts play an important role in the overall presentation of stories and I must admit, often times I first judge a book by its cover.

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Flashlight Commentary.

Becoming Mrs. SmithBecoming Mrs. Smith by Tanya E Williams

Paperback, 110 pages

Published October 10th 2017 by Rippling Effects Writing & Photography

Not all of war’s destruction takes place on the battlefield.

Violet’s heart flutters from the scarlet fever she survived as a child, and it beats faster at the sight of John Smith, the man she plans to marry. America is entrenched in WWII, and when John enlists, Violet is certain she won’t ever forgive him for dashing their dreams. As the realities of war slowly overtake her life, Violet’s days are filled with uncertainty and grief. She struggles to maintain her faith in John, as the world as she knows it, crumbles.

Becoming Mrs. Smith is the inspiring, and at times, heartbreaking story of a woman’s struggle to reclaim what she lost. War stole the man she loves, and childhood illness weakened her heart—perhaps beyond repair. While guns rage in Europe, the war Violet faces at home may be even more devastating.

My thoughts:

I usually go for sharper colors in my cover crushes but every once in a while I come across softer colors I like. I love this cover and observing the cover before reading the book description, I feel immersed in the era already. Oh and the fact that there is an image of letters drew me in…

Stephanie M. Hopkins

Other great book bloggers who cover crush:

Flashlight Commentary’s latest cover crush HERE 

Heather @ The Maiden’s Court

Magdalena @ A Bookaholic Swede

Holly @ 2 Kids and Tired Books

Colleen @ A Literary Vacation

Meghan @ Of Quills & Vellum

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