I'm so excited to be apart of this amazing release day blitz! I've read the first three books in Karen's Temptation series and I absolutely loved them! So grab some pop corn, enjoy the interview and don't forget to enter Karen's amazing giveaway!
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Amish
Release Date: May 8th, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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Growing up Amish is difficult…but leaving it behind is even harder.
Noah was Amish...Rose wasn't. Being together should have been impossible. But somehow they found a way to make it work. They are finally a family, but their happily-ever-after is still a long off. Will Rose and her friends be able to force real change?
Karen Ann Hopkins returns with a gripping new book in the YA Temptation series. The powerful family saga continues with Rachel's Deception, as events spiral out of control in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview. And Rachel Miller has her own secrets to hide. Noah’s younger sister has been living a double life. That is, until Justin Cameron, Rose's little brother, catches her in the act. Rachel is not the obedient Amish girl that her sister was, and her rebelliousness takes her to a very dangerous world. A world that only her true friends can help her escape from.
As Rachel questions all she has been taught about love, family, and commitment, Rose discovers what it really means to be shunned. And an evil shadow looms on the horizon, threatening not only Rose, but everyone she holds dear.
Stopping by the blog today to talk about her upcoming book, we have the lovely Karen Ann Hopkins, author of the young adult romance series, Temptation! Let’s begin with the interview, shall we?
1. After you finished writing Forever, did you think you were going to add another book to the series or was it a spontaneous decision?
Yes, I was absolutely certain that I wanted to have a fourth book in the series. Ideas and plotlines were already planned in my head, too. As I was finishing up Rose and Noah’s love story, I realized that there were several other characters in Meadowview that seemed to be crying out for their own stories to be told. I couldn’t resist, really.
2. What was the most difficult part in writing Rachel’s Deception?
The easiest part of writing Rachel’s Deception was revisiting the characters and setting that I loved so much. The most difficult part in writing this book was the research I had to do from the first three books to make the fourth book cohesive with the others, especially in regards to all the many Amish community members, and their family relations. It can be daunting to remember the little details when dealing with so many characters.
3. Are there any parts of the story you feel particularly close to?
I really enjoy writing about the angst that so many of the young people in an Amish community experience before they finally settle down into married life. Having lived among the Amish myself, and had close relations with so many of the teenagers who came to visit my horse farm on a weekly basis, assisted me with riding lessons, babysat my young children and hung around with my own teenagers, I’ve seen my fair share of disgruntlement among the kids. Oftentimes, they outgrow their rebelliousness, begin courting and marry in only a few years’ time. But I’ve also witnessed several teenagers running away to the outside world. It’s always a heart wrenching scenario when that happens. Those young people have to learn a whole new way of life, and without the love or support of their families. The entire process fascinates me, and that’s why I’m so inspired to write about it in my books.
4. Do you have any projects that you are working on now? If so, can you give us a little sneak peak?
Thank you so much for asking! I have three ongoing series at the moment. The first is the Temptation series: Temptation, Belonging, Forever & Rachel’s Deception. I’m drafting the fifth book, Summer’s Song at this time. As long as the characters in the fictional Meadowview community continue to inspire me with new and tantalizing ideas, I’ll persist in writing more books in the series.
Lamb to the Slaughter and Whispers from the Dead are the first and second books in my adult Amish mystery series, Serenity’s Plain Secrets. It’s a lot of fun to branch off with a series in the adult forum. I have more freedom in expressing the realities of Amish living. I’m also being able to add some spice into the characters’ romantic relationships. This series is thrilling, suspenseful, romantic and shocking. Secrets in the Grave, the third book, will be available this fall. This series has several more gripping stories to tell.
My most exciting project thus far is the YA paranormal, Wings of War series. The first book is Embers and it’s already released. Gaia, the sequel, will be arriving in September. This series is the epic tale about angels, demons and the approaching apocalypse. It was really nice to escape the harsh realities of Amish world for a while, to create my own fantasyland. Although, you never know, the Amish might just pop up somewhere in this series, as well. There will be five books all together, and I’m already plotting the third one.
5. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog, Karen and congratulations on your new book! :)
Thank you so much, Talina, for having me! If any of your followers would like to know more about my books, or contact me, please send them to my website: www.karenannhopkins.com. I’m also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Happy reading!
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 when she turned 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. Karen is currently working on her Amish mystery series, Serenity's Plain Secrets, along with the YA paranormal/fantasy series, The Wings of War. Karen is also excited to announce the Temptation series has been optioned for TV by Pilgrim Studios and is available on Audible. More books in the Temptation series are in the works.
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