Blog Tour: Gaia by Karen Ann Hopkins Guest Post + Giveaway

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Gaia

Title: Gaia
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Series: Wings of War #2
Publication Date: July 26th 2015
Blurb:

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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A Music Playlist that Goes Along the Book

I don’t listen to music while I write, finding it distracting. But I do hear songs on the radio, especially while I’m driving, and find them playing as background music in my mind to certain scenes in my novels.

Here is a list of music that I can relate to Gaia. As you can see, the songs span decades and represent several different types.

*Centuries by Fall Out Boy is the perfect theme song for Gaia. There’s an epic feel to this song that matches the growing scope of book two in the Wings of War series.

*Love Runs Out by One Republic is a great song for Ember and Sawyer. They love each other, but don’t know how long they will ultimately have. I love the energy of this one.

*Santana’s Evil Ways fits well with the darker side of the story. I like that the music has a smooth and slippery feeling, almost masking its true intention.

*Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones plays for a scene when evil is rising up around the characters, but it hasn’t touched them yet. Eventually, Lucifer will make an appearance in the story, and this song reminds the reader of that in an almost humorous way.

*Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin has a spot on the list because this is a story about angels and demons, and the gates of heaven opening for the rapture. It’s a haunting song that can be played in the later part of Gaia.

*Whenever I think about the Wings of War series in a musical sense, Annie Lennox’s Into the West song from the Lord of the Rings trilogy plays in my mind. Of course it’s a grand song in many ways, but the sadness and hopefulness it invokes in the listener is really perfect for this series.

*Ember is a descendent of angels. When I hear Beyonce’s Halo, I think of her and her relationship with Sawyer.

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 http://www.karenannhopkins.com. 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:

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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 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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