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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Belonging Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway!

I left everything I knew behind.
But it was worth it. He was worth it.
No one thought an ordinary girl like me would last two minutes living with the Amish, not even me. There are a lot more rules and a lot less freedom, and I miss my family and the life I once had. Worst of all, Noah and I aren't even allowed to see each other. Not until I've proven myself.
If I can find a way to make it work, we'll be NOAH & ROSE
together forever.
But not everybody believes this is where I belong.

About Karen Ann Hopkins
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.

Excerpt from Belonging, A Wild Night, Amish Style
“Did you hear that?” Miranda whispered.
            Dead silence filled the room after her words.  I craned my neck to listen for any sounds, turning my ear in the direction of the doorway that Suzanna had said led to the stairway.
            “Was it coming from up there?” I pointed at the black opening in the wall.
            Miranda shook her head, “Outside.”  She spoke so low that it was as if I were lip reading to understand her.
            The four of us moved closer together until our arms were brushing.  Summer reached out taking my hand into her sweaty ones and held tightly. 
            I was not usually a scaredy-cat sort of person, but at that moment my heart was pounding madly against my chest.  The sudden dawning that here we were, four teenage girls out in the middle of the woods in a broken down old spook house, sent an adrenaline rush coursing through my veins.  My sharpened senses caught the scraping against the outside wall, followed by a wailing sound that sent the image of a cat having its heart carved out past my vision. 
            Instantly, our arms all tangled around each other and I could feel Summer shaking beside me.    Her face was hiding against my shoulder. 
            I was afraid, but I was also pissed off.  We were supposed to be having a fun girl’s night out, but instead we’d ended up in a Halloween sequel.  I was not going to let whatever was out there, ruin my evening—or kill any of us.
            I disengaged from Summer about the same time the loud stomping could be heard on the front porch.  Quicker than I thought my fear frozen legs would carry me I had the long skinny board that was beside the fire in my hand and I was in the shadow of the doorway.
            I didn’t have to wait more than a second when the door flung open to reveal three dark figures crashing into the room.  I wasn’t sure if the screaming was coming from the intruders or the girls, but either way it was too loud to think.  That’s when I swung the board as hard as I could manage.  The thud of hitting something solidly jolted my arm, causing some pain, but I didn’t care about that.  The human sob that followed my well placed blow brought me to my senses.
“Damn it. I’ve been attacked.  I think I’m bleeding.”
            The voice was mildly familiar.
            “Oh, you poor dear,” Suzanna cooed to the psychopath, wrapping her arms around him as she led him to the fire.  Her voice changed to a shrill yell when she addressed me. “What are you, Rose, one of those Amazon women Summer’s always talking about?”
            Everything happened rather fast at the point she said my name.  Before Suzanna had even finished her sentence, I was being swept up into a bone crushing embrace—by Noah.  
I knew his arms, his chest, and his scent. 
            I squealed in delight as he picked me off the floor and swung me around, my face buried in his neck.  When he stopped, his mouth found mine and the urgency of the kiss left me breathless.  This was turning out to be a better night than I could have ever imagined.

Happy reading!


  1. sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing! Grrr... for me to give all that up... I don't know!

  2. I'm not sure. I would hope with love there might be room for some compromise.
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  3. No, I think you should find a balance.

  4. Idk I might...depends. But I don't think it would be wise.


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