of the young adult romantic Temptation Series!
~ Note from PTB. At the time of this post, we have not finished the book, so we cannot speak to the adult content of this title, but there will be a review coming soon. With that said, this is an adult Fiction/Mystery title, and may not be suitable for our younger readers. Karen’s other books have been aimed for older YA readers (15+) and so far we see this being a good cross over title for older YA and our adult readers.
Some Amish communities aren’t so cozy.
Lamb to the Slaughter is 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 corn field during the harvest.
Serenity Adams is the newly elected young sheriff in the country 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 accidently 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, who 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.
*Lamb to the Slaughter is book one of Serenity’s Plain Secrets.
PTB: Why did you want to be Sheriff? Do you still feel the same way or have recent events changed how you feel about being sheriff?
Serenity: I’ve always been ambitious. Just playing soccer in high school wasn’t enough for me. I had to be captain of the team. When I was in college, I quickly accepted the responsibility of assistant management at the retail clothing shop that I worked part-time at. It was the same for me with law enforcement. Within a few years of being on the job, I needed more challenge and responsibility. When my older sister, Laura, called to tell me that our little home town of Blood Rock, Indiana was ready for a new sheriff, I laughed at first. But then later in the night while I lay awake in my tiny apartment in downtown Indianapolis, I started weighing the pros and cons of such a crazy endeavor. I was definitely tired of city living and the day to day violence that I had to deal with as an inner city cop was beginning to wear on me.
As a matter of fact, I’d just finished mandatory counseling for an unfortunate shooting incident I’d been involved with. A teenage girl had attempted to pull a gun on my partner after she and her boyfriend had robbed and murdered a man. I had no choice but to shoot her. Still, I’d gone through a period of guilt and ‘what if’ thinking after the fact. I’d held the girl in my arms as she’d died. And I’d seen in her eyes that she was terrified. The girl’s frightened gaze still haunts me. In the end, moving back to the country, closer to family, and away from the chaos of the city won me over. And of course, once decided, I wanted to be as high up in the department as possible. And there was a real possibility of winning since my opposition, the incumbent sheriff, Tony Manning, had a few major scandals of his own to deflect.
Now that I’m on the job, the strange circumstances surrounding Naomi Beiler’s death has convinced me that I made the right decision. I’ve discovered during my short time on the job that small town America is sometimes all too willing to sweep trouble under the carpet. I’m determined to find out what really happened to the young Amish woman, and unfortunately, it seems that I’m the only person in Blood Rock willing to do so.
What’s the hardest part and the best part about being Sheriff for these two very different communities?
The hardest part of policing the Amish is that they don’t follow the same rules as everyone else. They feel it’s their God given right to take criminal matters into their own hands within the cozy constraints of their community. Unfortunately for them, I’m not about to look away and allow them to govern themselves when the law is broken. Learning their strange and secretive ways has been a challenge, that’s for sure, but each day I’m on the job, I’m becoming more and more comfortable among the Plain people. Who knows, maybe I’ll actually be trusted by them someday. Seeing the progress I’ve already made within the community is one of the better aspects of the job.
What was it like growing up next to an Amish community?
To be honest, I never gave the Amish much thought while I was growing up. I was too busy playing soccer and working at Nancy’s Diner during my high school years to pay attention to them. Although, I have to admit, there were a few times when I’d encounter a buggy on one of the busy town streets and I’d be amazed that it was there at all. And sometimes an Amish family would be seated in my section of the diner. I remember them always being very friendly, although they weren’t great tippers.
What’s your favorite book?
Since I love to read, that’s a hard one, but I’d have to say it’s a tie between Angels and Demons by Dan Brown and The Name of the Rose by Umberto Echo. I’ve always enjoyed an intellectual mystery that combines both religion and history. These are wonderful stories that raise so many questions about the eternal and fascinating struggle between good and evil, and ultimately, where humanity fits into it all.
What are three things we should know about you?
- I love to travel! In high school, I took a senior trip to Paris with my language class and later when I was in college, instead of doing the usual spring break in Florida with my classmates, I chose to take a lone trip to Australia. There are so many more places that I want to visit, but I have to say, it sure would be nice to have someone special to trek around the world with.
- Even though I don’t have any pets right now because of my insane schedule at the department, I absolutely love dogs and can’t wait for life to settle down enough that I can adopt one of my own. I grew up with German Shepherds in the family household and I spent a lot of time volunteering at the Blood Rock animal shelter on the weekends when I was growing up. I still help out at the shelter whenever I have any spare time, but it’s difficult for me. Some of dogs have really tugged at my heartstrings. Unfortunately, I just don’t have time for one right now.
- Besides reading, one of my favorite pastimes is playing chess. I’m pretty good at it too. The only problem is that lately, the only person willing to challenge me in a game is my partner Todd. He’s smarter than he looks, but a real pain in the ass. The sick thing is that he’s been irritating me since middle school.
Note from Karen Ann Hopkins
I’ve enjoyed my stop at Page Turners today! Thanks for having me! I love to hear from readers and answer any of their questions (especially the Amish related ones)! Please contact me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or visit me on my website at, www.karenannhopkins.com. I also have a special giveaway going on right now that I’d like to share with you. If you purchase Lamb to the Slaughter on either Kindle or Nook for only $2.99, you can be entered in a giveaway for a three book autographed set of the Temptation series. It includes copies of Temptation, Belonging and Forever! All you have to do is personally contact me on FB, Twitter, Goodreads or my website and let me know that you’ve purchased Lamb and I’ll get you entered. The drawing will be held on May 30th in conjunction with blog tour ending. This is a separate giveaway from the Rafflecopter below.
About the Author:
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.
The blog tour giveaway being hosted by Kismet Blog Tours is pretty awesome this time around. They are doing a couple different prize packs with prizes including:
- A $100 Amazon Gift Card
- An autographed set of Karen’s YA Temptation series
- A traditional Amish style hand stitched wall hanging/lap quilt with the lone star pattern in country colors
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