Stewart, Karen-Anne: The Rain Trilogy
The Rain Trilogy
by Karen-Anne Stewart
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
***Disclaimer: Due to sensitive issues of abuse, human trafficking, and adult scenes, The Rain Trilogy is intended for readers 18+***
Synopsis, Saving Rain, book 1:
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?
Synopsis , Healing Rain, book 2:
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.
Synopsis, After the Rain, book 3:
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.
It is my pleasure to interview Karen-Anne Stewart, author of the Rain Trilogy. Welcome to Room With Books.
First, let me give you some background on Ms. Stewart.
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.
Tell me a little about your books and what inspired you to write them?
Thank you for having me today! The Rain Trilogy is a powerful story of abuse, human trafficking, and beautiful redeeming love. I knew in college that I wanted to become an author one day but didn’t make that dream a reality until I started writing my debut novel, Saving Rain. It was a no-brainer for me to want to write a romance; I’m a sucker for a love story with a hot hero and a strong female character. I have some experience working with domestic abuse survivors and their courage is astounding, but I didn’t have experience with human trafficking. It’s been all over the news and, when I did research, I knew I had to include this in the trilogy.
When you start writing do you have the story outlined or do your characters dictate what will happen?
A little of both. Personally, I can’t sit down and write from beginning to end; I bounce when creating my novels. I had parts of After the Rain, the final novel in the trilogy, written while I was still writing Saving Rain. I had the general plot in my head but the characters grew with the story and I let them, which did impact the direction of the novels. I’m a firm believer in listening to your characters; after all, they are those voices in your head that prompted the story in the first place ;).
Have you ever had arguments with your characters and if yes, who usually wins?
YES! But only at first, then I stopped being an idiot and listened to them. I’ve also been so mad at my characters at times, too, especially when they make horribly destructive decisions. I tend to fall in love with my characters as well after thinking and dreaming about them for so long.
What is one thing about you your readers would be surprised to know?
I used to be painfully shy. The type of shy where I would hide behind my mother’s skirt and wouldn’t talk when I was a kid. I’m still fairly shy, but I promise I’ll talk to you now! I also embarrass incredibly easy. My friends will mention certain scenes in my novels (especially my new novel) and my face will immediately flame. They love to torture me ;).
If you could write with any other author who would it be any why?
James Patterson! He is my favorite author of all time. Patterson is a genius, getting you inside the head of the hero and the villain at the same time! I’ve been reading his books for years and I would be thrilled just to be able to meet him in person one day.
What do you remember that you want to be when you grew up, besides a writer?
I wanted to be a social worker, which I did do for almost five years.
What age were you when you began writing and what prompted you to begin?
I would write poems when I was in high school but never really showed them to anyone. In college, I took a class where we had to write a short story and I fell in love with writing! The professor suggested I submit my short story but I never did. It wasn’t until many years later that I began my debut novel, Saving Rain. I started writing The Rain Trilogy in September of 2012 and had the third book published in October of 2013.
What music inspires your writing?
I listen to music all the time, especially when writing. I love a myriad of groups, but my ‘go to’ ones for the trilogy were Daughtry, Matchbox Twenty, Nickelback, and Imagine Dragons.
What is your favorite breakfast? Egg McMuffin and COFFEE!
What is your favorite color? I have to choose two: Pink and green.
What is your favorite movie? Chasing Liberty
What is your dream car? A jeep. I want one of the older styles of jeeps with the convertible top you can remove and go four wheeling!
Thank you again for having me today, Patricia! A huge thank you to the readers as well; I hope you fall in love with Kas and Raina!