Thursday, September 3, 2015

GAIA Blog Tour - Guest Post, Review & Giveaway

(The Wings of War, #2)
By Karen Ann Hopkins

  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.

 (The Wings of War, #1)
By Karen Ann Hopkins

There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them. And she may be the only hope mankind has as the rapture approaches and evil rises.
Embers is an epic paranormal adventure about an eighteen 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 finds out that she's a Watcher, a descendant of angels. While Ember learns about her heritage and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two young men who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it is cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war—one 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 also might be one of the few champions who will make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.
Embers is a dark and gritty YA novel that’s the first book in the series, The Wings of War.

Check out my review of Embers HERE


My Rating:


My Review:

I loved the cover for Embers and GAIA is just as gorgeous if not more.

It will be a year ago on the 4th of September that I finished the last page of Embers and was left completely blown away and begging for more. It was the best feeling opening my kindle app and seeing this ready for me to start and devour!

From the first page we're swept back into the world of Angel's, Demons & Watchers. A war is brewing and Ember seems to be right in the middle of it being forced to choose a side. Will she choose the right one? You'll have to read to find out. ^_^
 I love watching Ember's character grow and learn to weld her powers, she's sharp-witted, strong and so easy to connect with. She's fast becoming one of my fave heroines.

Hopkins has written another brilliant page turner, with twists and turns, vivid details and captivating characters, you'll be sure to get caught up like I did. I can not wait for the next book!
 If you haven't started these books yet, then I highly recommend picking up Embers and starting now, you won't regret it. ^_^


 Guest Post

• My favourite scene from GAIA or Ember & why

Gaia was an incredibly fun story to write. I’d already developed my main characters and setting in Embers. To me that’s the most difficult aspect of writing a series. Once the foundation is laid, I can focus on propelling the story forward, and that’s exactly what I did in Gaia.

There’s several scenes in this installment that will take your breath away, but the one that was extra special to me involved taking Ember and her friends to an Amish community in search of a powerful Watcher who was hiding there. It was fun to infuse a little Amish writing into my paranormal series, and I’m sure my Amish fiction fans will really enjoy these chapters.

I think it’s meaningful for authors to write from their personal knowledge and experience. It makes their words ring truer for the reader.

Thank you for being a part of Gaia’s blog tour! I love to connect with readers on my Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram or at Please be on the lookout for the release of SECRETS IN THE GRAVE, the third installment in my mystery series, Serenity’s Plain Secrets, in early September! Thanks for reading!

Karen Ann Hopkins

 About the author

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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Wednesday, August 26th

Thursday, August 27th

Friday, August 28th
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Monday, August 31st
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Tuesday, September 1st
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Wednesday, September 2nd

Thursday, September 3rd
Sassy Book Lovers (Review/Guest Post)
Fire and Ice (Interview)

Friday, September 4th
Read by Amanda (Review)

Monday, September 7th
A Book Addict's Bookshelves (Review/Interview)

Tuesday, September 8th

Wednesday,September 9th

Thursday, September 10th
Book Lovers Life (Guest Post)
So Bookalicious (Review/Interview)

Friday, September 11th

Monday, September 14th
the bookdragon (Interview)
God's Girl, Books and Coffee (Review/Interview)

Tuesday, September 15th
Jessie Marie Reads (Review/Guest Post)
Sassy & Dangerous (Guest Post)

Wednesday,September 16th
Mortal Moments (Review/Guest Post)
Roxy's Reviews (Review/Guest Post)

Thursday, September 17th
Hearrs Reading (Review/Interview)

Friday, September 18th
Literary Meanderings (Guest Post)



  1. Thanks for reading, reviewing and participating in the blog tour! Thrilled you love the series. Next book, TEMPTEST, arrives February 2016!

  2. Great post! Thank you for sharing, I'm looking forward to reading this series :)

  3. I havent read this yet. Looks great!


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