Wednesday, April 10, 2019

THE WINGS OF WAR Series Blog Tour

About the Books:
Title: EMBERS (The Wings of War #1)
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Pub. Date: March 15, 2015
Publisher: Karen Ann Hopkins
Formats: Paperback, audiobook, eBook
Pages: 394
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Audible, B&N, TBD

READ FOR FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED!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.

“An impending apocalypse provides a compelling backdrop for romance in this page-turning first installment of a new YA series. Hopkins expertly weaves her plotlines together in this compulsively readable teen romance story…Hopkins delivers many successful elements of young-adult romance—appealing lead characters, high-voltage chemistry, repressed sexuality—which will win her ardent followers." Kirkus Reviews

“Embers is the start of an action-packed paranormal YA series. Ms. Hopkins draws the reader immediately in with her richly drawn prologue that introduces the lurking evil in a breath-taking manner. A must-read for YA, paranormal, fantasy and suspense fans. Make that a delight for any reader!" Morgan Stamm, Ind'Tale Magazine

Title: GAIA (The Wings of War #2)
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Pub. Date: July 26, 2015
Publisher: Karen Ann Hopkins
Formats: Paperback, audiobook, eBook
Pages: 294
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Audible, B&N, TBD


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.

Title: TEMPEST (The Wings of War #3)
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Pub. Date: January 22, 2016
Publisher: Karen Ann Hopkins
Formats: Paperback, audiobook, eBook
Pages: 268
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Audible, B&N, TBD


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.

Ember’s POV

Revelation 9:11

And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.

My head rested on Sawyer’s muscled arm and his body curved around me protectively. The occasional chirping of a whip-poor-will outside the cabin intermingled with the hushed voices of Sir Austin, Youmi and Horas in the other room. I knew Insepth was already asleep on the couch. I’d tried to reach him in my mind earlier, but had been greeted with his rumbling snore.

My Watcher sense drifted out the bedroom window into the crisp autumn darkness. I found Ivan stalking the woods behind the cabin in wolf form. Lutz was with him. The bear’s heavy steps on dry leaves crunched loudly and I smiled into the pillow. It was difficult to imagine the giant bear sneaking up on anyone successfully.

I stopped when I found Eae. He was still sitting on the ground at the edge of Ila’s garden. A shard of moonlight sliced through the night down on him. His head was bowed, his eyes tightly shut. Was he praying? I wasn’t sure, but it bothered me that he had been rooted in the same place for hours.

I contemplated disengaging from Sawyer’s gloriously warm body to talk with the Angel again. When I’d visited him before, he’d sat as stoically as he was now, listening to my bombardment of questions, but answering none of them. He had replied, “I’m sorry. I will explain these things to you in time. I’m severed from my homeland. I do not feel God’s touch anymore.” I had reached out to touch his shoulder, but he’d flinched away.

I held my breath as Sawyer stirred against me. When he didn’t wake, I exhaled slowly. Eae had refused my offer to help, preferring to suffer his wounds while they went through the natural and gradual process of healing. It was some sort of penance, I was sure. I was at least thankful he’d allowed Ivan to rub some of Ila’s herbal salve over the wounds, even though it bothered me that the Angel trusted a Growler more than the person he guarded.

I could hardly blame him for his feelings after what the Watchers had done to him, but I wasn’t Insepth, Sir Austin or Youmi. I was different from them. It would take time to prove to Eae that we were on the same side, though. Which side was that? I shook my head in the darkness. I still didn’t know, and the obsessive questioning of myself was one of the things keeping me awake. The other was Piper. I kept seeing her round, laughing face every time I closed my eyes.

I sniffed, pushing the memories of my friend away and scanning the meadow with my inner sight until I found Cricket. She lifted her head from the dew-soaked grass and nickered. The nearest goats scattered when the black horse stomped her hoof. She was displeased. Cricket didn’t like when my mind dipped into hers. I never doubted her affection for me, but she was fiercely independent and didn’t bother to hide her resentment when I spied on her. My previous glimpses into her mind told me that she thought horses were superior to humans.

Cricket snorted into the cold air and a jet of mist shot from her nostrils. It was her way of telling me to go to sleep.

The mare trotted after the goats and something wet touched my hand. I opened my eyes to find Angus staring at me. I sank my fingers into the German Shepherd’s fur and he thumped his tail on the floor. With my hand still resting on his head, he sank down beside the bed. Sleep, Angus said. Perhaps it was just my crazy imagination creating the communication in my mind, but it might have been real. I could no longer deny the possibility of such a thing in this world of magic, monsters, Angels, and Demons I’d come to know. Anything and everything was possible.

I closed my eyes, forcing deeper breaths into my lungs, until I slipped into the muddled, dark place of almost sleep. I embraced the wobbly feeling. The Watchers and Growlers were keeping sentry. I was safe to go to that place of nothingness for a little while at least.

But when the cool dreamland breeze brushed my skin and I saw wide-trunked trees rising up into the starless sky, I realized with a pounding heart that I wasn’t safe at all.

Then I saw the glowing red eyes. How stupid of me, I thought, as my bare feet dug into the slippery, decaying leaves and I broke into a run.

I knew this place. Burned and broken boards jutted angrily from the scorched ground, and nothing stirred beneath the bare branches.

The wooden wall of the compound no longer stood, but I was still trapped.
Title: ETERNITY (The Wings of War #4)
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Pub. Date: December 10, 2017
Publisher: Karen Ann Hopkins
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 264
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonAmazon KindleB&NTBD

The final battle has begun, and Sawyer fights for the enemy. Will Ember be able to save him?

Lucifer has broken free from his bonds as the Angels gather their armies for the battle of Armageddon. Ember and her friends must tread carefully as they unravel the truth about the final judgment and the chaos that is coming. Can they stop the apocalypse from happening? The battle between good and evil isn’t as straight forward as Ember had hoped, and now that her lover fights for the enemy, does she even want to take part in the war to come?

Eternity is the breathtaking conclusion of the epic Wings of War Series, where loyalties will be tested, lives shattered, and prophecies fulfilled.
1 winner will receive one set of signed print copies of the entire 4 book series, open to US, Canada, Australia, and Great Britain.
Tour Schedule:
Week One:
4/1/2019- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
4/2/2019- Introvert BookloverExcerpt
4/3/2019- Lisa Loves LiteratureSpotlight
4/4/2019- BookHoundsInterview
4/5/2019- Lone Tree ReviewsExcerpt

Week Two:
4/8/2019- Novel NoviceExcerpt
4/9/2019- Books Coffee and RepeatGuest Post
4/10/2019- Reese's ReviewsReview
4/11/2019- Savings in SecondsReview
4/12/2019- Taking It One Book at a timeReview

Week Three:
4/15/2019- Bookroom ReviewsGuest Post
4/16/2019- Book-KeepingReview
4/17/2019- Viviana MacKade- Excerpt
4/18/2019- Kelly P's BlogExcerpt
4/19/2019- Tyto ForestExcerpt

Week Four:
4/23/2019- Smada's Book SmackReview
4/24/2019- D. Books and ReviewsReview
4/25/2019- Treestand Book ReviewsReview
4/26/2019- Novel Nerd FactionReview

Week Five:
4/29/2019- 100 Pages A DayReview
4/30/2019- Lady Amber's ReviewsReview

About Karen:
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 homeschooling 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 the story of the star-crossed lovers, Rose and Noah. Their story continues in Belonging, where their families and cultures threaten to tear them apart, and with Forever and Deception, where we find out once and for all if love is enough for them.

Lamb to the Slaughter, the first book in Serenity’s Plain Secrets, is Karen’s newest Amish endeavor, opening up the darker, grittier and more secretive lives of Amish society. It’s a story about the intertwining lives of three unlikely people in an Indiana Amish Community and the devastating results when a rebellious teenage girl is found shot to death in a cornfield during the harvest. Serenity Adams is the newly elected young sheriff in the rural town of Blood Rock, and besides dealing with the threatening behavior of her predecessor, she now has a dead Amish girl on her plate. At first glance, the case seems obvious. The poor girl was probably accidentally shot during hunting season, but when the elders of the Amish community, and even the girl’s parents, react with uncaring subdued behavior, Serenity becomes suspicious. As she delves deeper into the secretive community that she grew up beside, she discovers a gruesome crime from the past that may very well be related to the Amish girl’s shooting. Serenity enlists the help of the handsome bad-boy building contractor, Daniel Bachman. He left the Amish when he was nineteen and has his own dark reasons to help the spunky sheriff solve the crime that the family and friends who shunned him are trying desperately to cover up. Serenity’s persistence leads her to a stunning discovery that not only threatens to destroy her blossoming romance with Daniel but may even take her life in the end.

Karen’s YA paranormal/urban fantasy series, the Wings of War, is an epic story about Ember, whose normal life ends abruptly when her parents are killed and she discovers she’s a descendant of angels. Still coping with her strange powers, Ember finds herself — and her heart — in the middle of a centuries-old war in this “compulsively readable” novel (Kirkus Reviews).

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.

Karen is currently working on her bestselling Amish mystery series, Serenity's Plain Secrets, along with the YA paranormal/fantasy series, the Wings of War. Karen is also excited to announce there will be more books in the Temptation series.

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