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Blog Tour | Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

[amazon_image id=”037321054X” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Temptation (A Temptation Novel)[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”037321054X” target=”_blank” ]Temptation (A Temptation Novel)[/amazon_link]

Harlequin TEEN | June 26, 2012

[amazon_link id=”037321054X” target=”_blank” ]Paperback[/amazon_link] | [amazon_link id=”B007UNC27E” target=”_blank” ]Kindle[/amazon_link] |B&N | Indiebound

Today I’m pleased to be the last stop on the [amazon_link id=”037321054X” target=”_blank” ]TEMPTATION [/amazon_link]by Karen Ann Hopkins Blog Tour!

My review of Temptation.

There are TWO giveaways so read through this post to find out the details!

Author Guest Post

Karen Ann Hopkins describes Amish tradition, since her debut novel TEMPTATION explores the Amish community:

 Interestingly, not all Amish Communities are alike. They all share certain traditions, such as using horse-and-buggies as their mode of transportation and the lack of modern technology within their homes, but some dramatic differences can be seen from community to community. For example, I tailored Noah’s Meadowview church after the Mays Lick community that I have had the most interaction with, but the Poplar Grove community, which is about five miles away from my home, has a very different Ordnung. My community members enjoy indoor plumbing and closed buggies, while the Poplar Grove families rely on outhouses and are forbidden to drive buggies that are covered. The members of this rustic community live a more grueling lifestyle than those in my own community, who, surprisingly enough sometimes look down upon their primitive counterparts, because of their choice to live even more isolated from the mainstream population of America. But, raising my eyebrow high, I learned that the rustic communities tend to be more lenient regarding social issues, allowing the observance of rumspringa, a rite of passage for some Amish youth to experience the ‘real’ world before joining up with their local church. The men in these communities are allowed to smoke cigarettes and even drink alcohol on occasion.

Summary (Goodreads)

Your heart misleads you.  That’s what my friends and family say.  But I love Noah. And he loves me.  We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other’s arms. It should be  ROSE & NOAH forever, easy. But it won’t be. Because he’s Amish. And I’m not.

About Karen Ann Hopkins

 website, Facebook, Goodreads
A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.

Blog Tour Stops

Monday,June 25th – Ravenous Reader
Tuesday, June 26th – Xpresso Reads
Wednesday,June 27th – Harlequin Paranormal blog
Friday, June 29th – Page Turners

Monday,June 2nd – Evie Bookish
Wednesday, July 4th – I Like These Books
Friday,July 6th – The Cozy Reader

Giveaway

To enter the following giveaways, simply fill out the below Rafflecopter widget!

Details

Giveaway #1

This is a daily giveaway to win a paperback of TEMPTATION!

Entries for the daily giveaway also count towards the grand prize giveaway!

Giveaway #2

Grand prize Harlequin Romance prize pack consisting of:

Grand Prize Harlequin Romance Prize Pack
  • 1 copy of TEMPTATION by Karen Ann Hopkins
  • 1 copy of SPEECHLESS by Hannah Harrington
  • 1 copy of INSIDE by Maria V. Snyder
  • 1 pair Harlequin socks
  • 1 red Harlequin bag
  • 1 large Harlequin notebook
  • 1 small Harlequin notebook & 1 pack of 3 Harlequin notepads

 

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Posted in Gena Showalter, Harlequin Teen, I'm Quoted!

I’ve Been Quoted! My First Quote!!!!

I’ve been quoted!

I couldn’t be more happier today after opening the long awaited package from Harlequin Teen!

Way back in early March Natashya of Harlequin emailed me to ask permission to use a quote of mine from my UNRAVELED review. Um, YES! Please!

I was so excited at that point but that had nothing on today’s excitement.

My 8 year-old daughter thought I’d gone crazy and my 14 month-old son danced along in his high chair.

Without further ado here’s the first page of the ARC edition of Gena Showalter’s ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND!

My Quote in ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND

A shout out to long time fellow blogger, Jessica at a GREAT Read on her quote too!

You’ll want to grab a copy of this when it comes out in September!

[amazon_image id=”0373210582″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Alice in Zombieland (Harlequin Teen)[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”0373210582″ target=”_blank” ]Alice in Zombieland (Harlequin Teen) (September 25, 2012)[/amazon_link]

Summary (Goodreads)

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I’d tell my sister no.
I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I’d tell them I love them.
I wish… Yeah, I wish.

Posted in Book Reviews, Harlequin Teen, Publisher

Quick Review | The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles, #2) by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles, #2) by Kady Cross

Harlequin Teen (May 29, 2012)  | 416 pages

$12.23 (Amazon, Hardcover) | $9.99 (Kindle)

Procurement

eARC from Harlequin Teen via NetGalley.

Overall

A fabulous follow up to a great first installment of a unique YA steampunk paranormal romance with amazing secondary characters.

If you read and enjoyed the first book of this series then you’ll surely love this follow up. While I wasn’t a fan of the actual girl that was in the clockwork collar, Mei, I just loved the plot and the advancements that happened between the main characters of Finley, Jasper and Griffin.

I can’t wait to see what book three has in store of us!

Series

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (Steampunk Chronicles, #0.5)

The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1)