Tuesday 5 July 2016


Title: Embers
Series: The Wings Of War
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Genre: Dystopian, Paranormal, Young Adult
Release Date:; 15th March 2015

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There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them.
Embers is an epic paranormal adventure/romance about a seventeen year old girl who discovers that she’s immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. Following a violent episode with her aunt’s boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember’s exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she learns that she’s a Watcher, a descendant of angels.
While Ember is instructed about her heritage and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two teenagers who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the young men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it’s cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war that’s been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil, and the grayness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realizes that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She may be one of the few champions willing to make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.
Embers is the first novel in the dark and gritty YA paranormal romance series, The Wings of War.

Title: Gaia
Series: The Wings Of War
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Genre: Dystopian, Paranormal, Young Adult
Release Date: 26th July 2015

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Watchers and Angels are at war. Which side will Ember choose?

Humankind is on the precipice of the apocalypse. 

As the Demons grow bolder and the walls between the planes of existence weaken, Ember is forced to develop her powers as quickly as possible, and she seeks out a powerful earth Watcher to continue her supernatural lessons. Her glimpse of the future demands she fight the dark forces spreading across the earth.

But her new mentor has his own agenda, making her question everyone and everything she ever trusted.

When Ember is thrust into the world of the Watchers, she learns of their plans—ones that defy the scripture and make them enemies of the Celestial Host. Ridding the world of evil gets complicated when it becomes impossible to take sides. 

As Ember struggles with morality, she soon discovers that there’s something more frightening than anything she’s faced before.

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Title: Tempest
Series: The Wings Of War
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Genre: Dystopian, Paranormal, Young Adult
Release Date: 22nd January 2016

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Ember must stop the apocalypse from happening, but at what cost?

The Angels of destruction have arrived, and only Ember stands in the way of their mission to carry out God’s wrath and annihilate His enemies.

When the barrier between celestial creatures and humans beings is broken and Angels descend to Earth, Ember soon learns there’s a fine line between good and evil. As she faces a world full of monsters and magic, a terrifying darkness rises and threatens to destroy everything she’s fighting for.

In the riveting third installment of The Wings of War series, Ember and her friends embark on an epic journey, where unlikely allies are forged and age-old beliefs crumble to dust. And just when Ember accepts love in her life, it’s ripped away from her in the most terrifying way possible.

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Karen Ann Hopkins resides in northern Kentucky with her family on a farm that boasts a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats. Karen's main job is home schooling the kids, but she finds time to give riding lessons, coach a youth equestrian drill team, and of course, write. She was inspired to create her first book, Temptation, by the Amish community she lived in. The experiential knowledge she gained through her interactions with her neighbors drove her to create the story of the star-crossed lovers, Rose and Noah. 

Karen grew up about a mile from Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. She was bitten by the horse bug at the age of five, and after diligently taking riding lessons for several years, was rewarded with her first horse at the age of eleven. The feisty horse's name was Lady, a Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred cross, who became Karen's steadfast companion. Through the years, the constant force in her life was horses. Eventually, she found her place as a riding instructor herself. Before accepting her fate in the barnyard, she worked a short stint as a paralegal, traveled abroad, and guided tourists on horseback riding tours in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. 



Ivan spoke with an excited voice. “Do you hear it, Ember?”
I tilted my head and listened. It was faint, but there was a low rumble in the distance. As we walked forward the sound grew.
“Yes. Is that the falls?” I asked.
He nodded his head. “We’re almost there.”
Soon the noise was a deafening roar, vibrating in my ears. When we stepped out of the cover of the trees, I was astonished. Raven Branch Falls was much larger than I expected. The water dropped from nearly seventy feet into a dark pool. Giant boulders jutted out below the pool to create smaller falls, which led into a rapidly flowing rocky creek bed.
My gaze was drawn to a tree leaning out from the side of the falls where a large grey owl was partially hidden in the foliage. There was something familiar about its eyes, and the way it was looking at me gave me the distinct feeling that I knew the bird. Could it be the same owl I saw racing through the air the day of my arrival? 
Ivan grasped my arm and tugged me closer to the falls. He held my arm tightly as we stepped onto the boulders beside the deep water hole. Spots on the enormous rocks were wet and slippery from the spray of the falls and I was grateful for his help. He led me out to the farthest point we could go, where a carpet of soft moss blanketed the surface of a particularly large boulder. Ivan gestured for me to sit, which I did, and then he bounded off, climbing along the boulders until he was a little ways downstream.
I watched him go, thinking what a nice boy—or wolf, he was.
Without looking, I knew Sawyer was behind me. The movements of my stomach and heart gave him away.  He sat down very close. 
“Where did you come from?” he coaxed softly.  
For a second I saw the boy from my dream.
The breath caught in my throat. I gazed at him. 
He doesn’t seem evil to me.

Dream casts are always difficult to come up with because I tend to imagine my characters with very specific looks. Basically, I create a completely new person in my mind. But sometimes I see an actor or model that reminds me of one of my characters. The following are a few picks I made.

*Helen Mirren ~ Ila

I would be so thrilled to have her play Ember’s magical mentor. She’d be perfect!

*Zoey Deutch ~ Ember

Her hair color would need to be altered a bit, but otherwise, she looks a lot like how I imagine Ember. She also has an earthy quality about her that I think would fit well with Ember’s character.

Alex Pettyfer ~ Sawyer

If his hair was darkened and grown out, he has the charisma and enough bad-boy persona to portray Sawyer—I think, maybe.

Maia Michell ~ Piper

She is Piper in my mind.

Scott Eastwood ~ Insepth

Insepth is a larger than life character, but Scott has the right looks and confidence to pull it off.

Anson Mount ~ Eae

I’m a huge fan of the TV show Hell on Wheels and if I had to crush on someone, Anson Mount would be the guy. If anyone could live up to angelic-looking standards, he could ;)

Ivan ~ ??

Do you have any ideas who would be a great pick for Ember’s Russian born shape shifter friend? If you do, let me know. I’d love to hear them!


Karen is currently working on her Amish mystery series, Serenity's Plain Secrets, along with the YA paranormal/fantasy series, The Wings of War, and the continuation of the Temptation series. Karen is also excited to announce the Temptation series has been optioned for TV by Pilgrim Studios and is available on Audible.

"I loved joining Rose and Noah during their journey in the Temptation series by Karen Hopkins."-Katie McGarry, acclaimed YA author

My Thoughts On The Temptation Series
I have to say totally fell in love with the brilliantly written characters in this book. The plot kept be enthralled throughout the whole series. I was so disappointed when I thought Karen Ann Hopkins had finished Noah and Rose's story, so in Forever, so I was so happy when she released Rachel's Deception and would dearly love to read more from these multi-dimensional characters and their families as well as the fascinating Amish culture. So simply put I highly recommend this series, it's not just for the YA Audience! ~ Jeanz

Temptation Series
Temptation ~ Goodreads Link ~ My Review
Belonging ~ Goodreads Link ~ My Review
Rachel's Deception ~ Goodreads LinkMy Review

My Thoughts On The Serenity's Plain Secrets Series
I have read the first two books in this series so far and do plan to read more of it when time permits. Again this series is set within the Amish culture showing both the good points and not so good points of it in equal measure. The main character is the sheriff Serenity Adam's, she has the difficult task of investigating a local Amish community. In fact she shows so much respect for their culture that she is asked to look into another case in another Amish community. Serenity begins this series as a bit of a loner, and perhaps seen as the underdog, and looked down upon a little as though a mere woman could not possibly do her job. I think Serenity earns the Amish trust and respect the hard way, little by little. I found reading about the blossoming relationship of Serenity and Daniel (a man who left the Amish way of life) irresistible. Again I guess put simply I am saying I certainly recommend the two titles in this series that I have read so far. ~ Jeanz

Serenity's Plain Secrets Series
Lamb To The Slaughter ~ Goodreads Link ~ My Review
Whispers From The Dead ~ Goodreads Link ~ My Review
Secrets In The Grave ~ Goodreads Link ~ Not yet read
Hidden In Plain Sight ~ Goodreads Link ~ Not yet read

This is a Blitz Wide International Giveaway
The Prize = $25 Amazon Gift Card
& books 1,2, & 3 (Embers, Gaia & Tempest)

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