Sunday, August 19, 2012

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins | Author Guest Post + Giveaway

Hello there!  
Today I have the great pleasure to bring you a guest post from author Karen Ann Hopkins. She is the author of the debut novel Temptation published by Harlequin Teen. Karen has given me a copy of her novel for review, which I am super excited to read. She has also offered to giveaway a copy to one lucky reader, open for everyone to enter. 

So please help me in welcoming Karen Ann Hopkins!
Thank you for being here today.


Temptation
by Karen Ann Hopkins
Published June 26th 2012 by Harlequin Teen

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.
 When I moved to the Mays Lick Amish community four and a half years ago, I was both excited about making friends with my new neighbors and intimidated. I was somewhat prepared for the cultural differences, having done some prior research, but I was mostly going on a lot of the same pre-conceived notions that many people do about the Plain people.

I’ve done several guest posts lately, where I talked about the Amish young people, their lifestyle, and my experiences with them, but today, I’d like to discuss another aspect of being Amish that most outsiders rarely consider—the inherent danger of being Amish.

One of the first times I drove down my road I came upon several buggies in front of me. The terrain here in northern Kentucky is gently rolling, and if you’re driving in a car, you hardly notice the small hills, but as I slowed behind the buggies, it soon became apparent to me how hard the horses were working to pull their charges up the roadway.

Being a horse-person myself, I was in no hurry, and settled into a snail crawl behind the line of buggies whose horses were now walking up the incline, unable to continue at the trot. The driver of the car behind me wasn’t as patient. The white minivan stayed right on my backside until we crested the hill and then passed me and the buggies in a burst of speed. The van was able to pull ahead of the first buggy just before the blind curve in the road.

We were lucky. There wasn’t any oncoming traffic on that day, but the people in my community have experienced many accidents, some with tragic results, due to the juxtaposition of buggies and motorized vehicles sharing the roadway.

Even though there are several bright green neon signs posted on the surrounding roads in my neighborhood, there have been several accidents involving buggies since I moved in. An Amish man was taken by ambulance to the local hospital after his buggy was hit by a car. He refused to leave the scene of the accident until he shot his horse himself, putting the pure animal out of its misery. He broke several bones, including his pelvis. In another accident three young girls were ejected from the buggy, one suffering a broken wrist, when a small car rammed their buggy. The horse was lucky in that case, running home without injury. Then there was the episode in front of my own home when a young, newly trained horse, pitched a fit in the roadway causing the woman and her small children to scramble out of the buggy to safety before the horse’s hooves struck them.

Each of the above incidents were frightening, but the one buggy wreck that sends shivers down my spine each time I think about it took place in Indiana about a year before I moved to Kentucky. An Amish family living up the road from me was in the process of moving their family from Indiana to Kentucky at the time. Some of their older children had remained in Indiana to finish up the move while the parents were settling here in Kentucky when a terrible tragedy occurred.

Three teenagers were in a buggy on their way home from an Amish youth event when their buggy was hit by a semi-truck going at a fast rate of speed. The girl and her boyfriend were killed and the girl’s brother was paralyzed from the waist down in the accident. The sister and brother were my neighbor’s children. They rushed to Indiana to be with their son and daughter, not making it in time to say goodbye to their daughter. The truly shocking part of this sad story is that several other buggies filled with teenagers came upon the wreckage before the emergency personnel arrived. The images will always be in their minds of that fateful day.

I personally have ridden in open buggies several times and as long as the roadway is clear, it’s exhilarating, but the second I hear the rumble of an engine, my body tightens with tension. The Amish accept the dangers of sharing the road with cars, believing that whatever happens to them is God’s divine purpose. Most of them certainly don’t worry as much about it as I do, but I’ve noticed that the family who lost their daughter, hire drivers to take them to town and events more often than the other Amish families.

The dangerous roads are just one more hurdle that the Amish cross each and every day in their lives. I don’t even have to ask them if the lifestyle choice is worth the risk, it’s apparent in their smiling faces as they wave at me when I meet them on the roads—their perfectly content with the risk.
 Images are taken from Karen Ann Hopkins amish neighborhood.




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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.


Thank you Karen for being here today AND offering a copy of your book to one of my readers. :) She is giving away ONE print copy of Temptation. Everyone is can enter!

Details:
Giveaway is open from August 19th-Sept 1st.
OPEN to EVERYONE!
Use rafflecopter form to enter.
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22 comments :

  1. What a great post. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. Awesome guest post feauture hun! Temptation is a book ive been speculating about for a while now ;) thank you for the giveaway as well!

    Shreya
    Chocolate Coated Reviews

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  3. Great post.
    Too bad the Amish get hurt by their choice of living.
    Great post.

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  4. This book sounds amazing! Thanks for the giveaway

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  5. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    I love learning more about new cultures, and I have to say I never thought about this when it came to the Amish.

    Thank you:)

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  6. My husband and I were in Pennsylvania once. We were woken up very very early with sounds of the Amish Farmer across the street singing while plowing his fields. Even though we had planned on sleeping in, it was a beautiful voice and site as we watched him. I did feel a little guilty just gawking at the whole scene.

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  7. Thanks for the giveaway, great post! :D

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  8. It is a shame that the Amish and English can be hurt due to the buggys vs. cars on the roads. I enjoy reading books about the Amish.

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  9. I know that TEMPTATION is going to be a heartfelt story. Two worlds colliding.

    A fabulous post thank you. So much to learn & appreciate.

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  10. Quite an interesting post. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. I have not read a book with Amish story yet, maybe this one would be my first. :)

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway. The Amish community isn't one that I'm all that familiar with but this story sounds adorable.

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  13. I haven't read a story with Amish community in it yet, so I don't know what to expect. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  14. What a lovely cover ;)
    Look forward to read this!

    ladymilano

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  15. I love book cover,, really love it, and make me want to read that book

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  16. i always curious abou the amish..how they fall in love...how they interact with parents and friends...
    this book is very interesting for me..
    thx u for the chance of win :)

    -nurma-

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  17. I Can't wait to read Temptation

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  18. I've always been obsessed with the Amish community! My guilty pleasure is Christian Amish Fiction...not Christian Fiction...Christian AMISH Fiction. :)

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  19. Thanks a lot for the giveaway.
    Feel like I will love the story..

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  20. The Amish have always interested me! Their lifestyle is so hard. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  21. I want to know what happens with Noah and Rose.

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  22. Great guest post! I watch a lot of documentaries on the Amish Community and their lives fascinate me! I don't think I've ever thought of the danger that comes with riding in a buggy.Thanks for the insight!
    Great giveaway :D

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