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+).
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?
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.
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.
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Thank you so much for having me today! I knew that I wanted my debut novel to be romance because I’m a sucker for a good love story, but I wanted it to mean more. I have some experience working with survivors of domestic violence, but I didn’t have any experience with human trafficking, other than what I heard on the news. After doing some research, I was horrified and enraged. The Rain Trilogy is my humble attempt to help shed some light on this dark issue. Even though the trilogy includes the depraving subjects of abuse and sex-slavery, hope and a beautiful redeeming love are weaved throughout the story as well.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
I began writing Saving Rain, the first novel in The Rain Trilogy, in September 2012 and had all three live by the end of October 2013. Once I began writing about the love story between Kas and Raina, I couldn’t stop writing!
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Becoming completely obsessed with the characters J Kas, Raina, Chase, and the rest of the team became like my family. I know that sounds crazy, but after thinking, writing, and even dreaming about them every day for a year, they became a part of who I am.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I LOVE writing; I’m not nearly as enthused about marketing. It’s been amazing connecting with authors, bloggers/reviewers, and readers throughout the journey so far, and that’s a part of writing that I hold close to my heart, but trying to promote my books feels a bit awkward to me.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Wow, great question! I would love to be the President for one day and one day only, but only if I could institute lasting world peace and equality. If those aren’t part of the deal, I would have a blast being a rock star instead, probably Pink, because I cannot sing at all and would love to have that gift for one day!
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Ha, I had to go look in my fridge for this question. I did have a bottle of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup that expired a month ago, but it is now in the trash.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I’m working on a completely different novel called Ash to Steele right now. I hope to be finished writing the novel and get it to the amazing beta readers by the end of December.
Thank you again!