Who I am and all I believe is marred with just one glance into angry, steel blue eyes. He seems to control my air, my ability to breathe. He makes me crave everything I know is a sin. Pure becomes tainted and lines are blurred. It’s my fault; I’m the one who isn’t strong enough. I’ve been damaged…broken. Breck’s words haunt me…’There’s a consequence for every choice you make.’
I’ve had so many women I can’t even remember over half of their names, but none of them are mine; I make damn sure of that. I take what I desire and never look back. I don’t need or want anyone, ever…not until I met Emma. Those eyes bore into what’s left of my soul and her touch sears me, weakens me. I want to hate her for that. She is my ruin…my sweetest hell.
Disclaimer: Intended for readers 18+ due to strong language, mature scenes, and some violence.
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, and the newly released stand alone novel, Ash to Steele. 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 RONE Awards to be held July 2014.
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.
Guest Post from Karen-Anne Stewart:
Authors Who Have Inspired Me.
There are too many authors to include in this post who have inspired me in way or another throughout my life and writing journey so I will list the authors who have etched a permanent place inside my heart. I’ve loved books from an early age, even before I was able to read and would snuggle in bed listening to my mom or dad reading to me. The following authors have all been huge inspirations!
James Patterson: My absolute favorite author of all time! There is something undeniable with Mr. Patterson’s talent and overall greatness in how he can make words swirl to life. The way he sucks me into his stories and throws me inside the head of the hero and villain fascinates me. Even though it creeps the hell out of me at times, James Patterson writes in such a powerful way, I can actually see the villain’s point of view and rationalize why he/she is doing such horrible acts. Regardless of knowing how wrong the villain is, and, trust me, I’m totally not for the villain’s evil plots succeeding, Patterson can make me see through their eyes.
William Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet, Midsummer’s Night Dream, Hamlet…enough said! Shakespeare was brilliant and his quotes are used daily (people don’t even realize they are using his quotes half the time). I have a Shakespeare saying in each book of The Rain Trilogy. I was one of the few students in high school that loved studying his works.
Jamie McGuire: I fell in love with Jamie McGuire’s writing with Beautiful Disaster. The way she repeatedly wrung my emotions left me literally crying and in such angst with how amazing she unapologetically wrote Travis and Abby’s love story. Their love was raw, real, and full of pain and beauty. That book stayed with me for days.
Charles Dickens: My favorite book of all time is Great Expectations. Dickens is a master at weaving such depth into his intricate stories. Miss Havisham is my favorite villain; the way Dickens made her so eccentric, vindictive and cruel, yet redeemable, was magnificent.
Janet Evanovich: If I need a laugh, I read the Stephanie Plum series; I love, love, love those books and find myself laughing out loud every time I read one.
C.S. Lewis: My imagination was inspired at an early age by this author and his The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe novel. One of my favorite childhood memories is having my dad read this story to me before I was able to read myself.
I will always be grateful to these authors and numerous others for their wonderful stories and talent!
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