Monday, December 30, 2013

Interview with Author Karen-Anne Stewart

Welcome mom and author Karen-Anne Stweart

Hi!  Thank you for having me on your site today :-).  I am the mom of a wonderfully creative daughter that keeps me on my toes.

If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

It is a juggle being a mom, wife, working full time, and being an author.  I’ve learned the importance of managing my time over the past year, but I’m loving the wild ride!

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to? 

Hope!  Even though Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain have dark issues of abuse and human trafficking, hope and beautiful, redeeming love is weaved throughout the trilogy.  Strength is also a huge part of the story.  Despite Raina’s past and her fears, she is such a strong character that is determined to overcome and survive.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I’m quite shy in person.  When I began writing Saving Rain, I found out what I was meant to do (I know that sounds like such a cliché, but it’s true J).  I come alive when I write and my shyness disappears.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Kas is my favorite character.  I love how fiercely Kas loves and protects Raina and how he is willing to do anything to save her.  Readers will see his struggle with trying to protect Raina without controlling her throughout the trilogy, especially in the final novel, After the Rain.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

The Rain Trilogy is a powerful story of abuse, human trafficking, and beautiful, redeeming love.

Saving Rain focuses on the developing relationship between Kas and Raina while delving into her dark past. The Ghost, the elusive leader in the largest trafficking ring in modern history, is introduced in the first novel of the trilogy.   There are no full blown sex scenes in Saving Rain, although, there is some serious sexual tension.

Healing Rain goes deeper into the powerful love shared between Kas and Raina while introducing a new character that knocks them to their knees.  Raina goes undercover again, knowing that her life is at risk, but she is blindsided when it’s her heart that is in danger of a mortal blow.  Healing Rain does have intimate scenes that are written more as a psychological parallel and a form of healing rather than for erotic purposes.  The Ghost comes face to face with Raina, leaving her determined to end his reign of terror and leaving Kas willing to do anything to protect her.   

After the Rain gets a bit hotter with the intimate scenes and is full of explosive action! The reader gets to see inside the head of the Ghost while learning more about the funny, intimidating, and very protective group of FBI team members that are hell-bent in taking down the handlers involved in human trafficking.  Lives are put in danger, lost, and forever changed in After the Rain. 

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

I’m currently working on a completely different novel, Ash to Steele.  I hope to have this stand alone written by the end of December so I can get it to the amazing group of beta readers!

Saving Rain
The Rain Trilogy 
Book One
Karen-Anne Stewart

Genre: New Adult Romance Suspense

ISBN:  978-1491810866

Number of pages:  240
Word Count: approx. 87,000

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Book Description: 
Raina has tried to forget her past, forget the pain, but when she finds herself staring straight into the fury blazing in her ex-boyfriend's eyes, her dark past comes rushing back. Furious with herself for actually having chosen someone like her father, she uses that anger to her advantage and fights for her life...and for her future that she prays will involve the man she can't seem to get out of her head.
Kas is a natural leader, a fierce fighter, the type of man you send in when you need to get the job done. He is a courageous hero who is used to risking his own life to save others, but can he save the one who has captured his heart from her horrific past and the men who are hell-bent on destroying her?
As Kas and Raina try to navigate through the twists and turns of a deviously intelligent human trafficking group, they find solace in each other's arms. Can they infiltrate the trafficker's tight ring, saving the innocent lives from imminent danger before it's too late?
Healing Rain
The Rain Trilogy
Book Two
Karen-Anne Stewart

Genre:  New Adult Romance Suspense

ISBN:  978-1481770477

Number of pages:  236
Word Count:   approx 87,000

Book Description: 

Shattered when Raina runs after his marriage proposal, Kas is hell-bent to find her and bring her home, where she belongs. He will bend every law necessary to do so, willing to do anything to protect Raina from her demons and the men who haunt her, going as far as placing his career and life on the line to save hers. Raina will give up everything she has worked so hard to achieve, even flee the country to keep Kas from the wrath and powerful reach of her abusive father. 

In the midst of the FBI team closing in on the Ghost, another ghost from Raina's past taunts her, promising that she will be his. Meanwhile, a different trafficking ring is gaining strength in New Jersey. Michael solicits Raina's help, needing her smooth, sultry voice to win the audition for the new singer in the ring leader's swanky night club. Raina knows her life is in jeopardy with the dangers of being undercover, but she is blindsided when she discovers that it's her heart that is threatened with a mortal blow. 

Raina tries to heal from the nightmares of her dark past as the grisly bodies of innocent victims surface when the team gets closer to discovering the identity of the man responsible for the infuriatingly clever and powerful slavery ring. When Raina finally comes face to face with the Ghost, he quickly engulfs her in a twisted game of cat and mouse, delivering a veiled threat as he slips through her fingers. As the ghosts of her past and present ensnare her in their deadly web, Raina realizes the danger has just begun.

After the Rain
The Rain Trilogy
Book Three
Karen-Anne Stewart

Genre:  New Adult Romance Suspense

ISBN: 978-1491824719

Number of pages: 243
Word Count:  approx 87,000

Book Description: 

Finally able to put her harrowing past to rest, Raina looks forward to her future with Kas, but the Ghost has other plans. As the FBI team gets closer to taking down the largest human trafficking ring in the modern world, the Ghost begins a wicked game, making Raina the pawn and the target. Never before encountering a worthy adversary, he’s fascinated by Raina and is enjoying the refreshing challenge of her intellect. 

The danger ignites to a blazing new level, and Kas struggles between the need to finally exorcise the Ghost and his need to protect his wife. Tension mounts as an internal battle wages, tormenting Kas as he watches Raina put her all into taking down the man responsible for horrific sex slavery and gruesome deaths. When a new player takes control, Jefferson orders the end of the Ghost’s game with Raina, which results in one final, devastating act, leaving Kas desperate and willing to do whatever it takes to save her…by whatever means necessary. 

About the Author: 

Karen-Anne Stewart has always adored reading and has now fallen in love with writing. Her written works are The Rain Trilogy: Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain. Her debut novel, Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, was a nominee for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards and is a nominee for the 2013 RONE Awards. 

When Karen-Anne isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and visiting new places. She fuels her addiction of creating new stories by her only other addiction, caffeine, and listening to a myriad of musical genres. Tucked away near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karen-Anne lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and their cat. She plans on writing new adult romance as long as her fingers maintain dexterity. 

The Rain Trilogy is a powerful story of abuse, human trafficking, and beautiful, redeeming love (intended for readers 18+). 

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for allowing me to stop my your wonderful site for an interview about The Rain Trilogy today, Wenona!