April 25, 2014

Karen-Anne Stewart Interview: Ash to Steele

New Adult Romance
Date Published: February 13, 2014


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.

Interview with Author Karen-Anne Stewart

What inspired you to write this book?

I've always had a soft spot for bad boys with good hearts, and Breck was so much fun to write about!  Emma is a small town girl that I feel many readers can relate to.  I love her quiet strength and determination to not let her life suffocate her as she sets out on her journey to find her 'more' in this world. The idea of the saying 'opposites attract' fascinates me and has proven true countless times.  This love story is full of raw emotion where two very different people collide and fight like hell to figure out who they are inside while struggling through the intensity of their feelings for each other.  

Who are your favorite authors/books?  My absolute favorite author is James Patterson; he's amazing!  There are too many authors to mention here, but Jamie McGuire, Tammara Webber, C.S. Lewis, Charles Dickens, Janet Evanovich, and Gillian Felix are all some of my favorites. 

Do you have a favorite scene that you wrote?

My favorite scene in Ash to Steele is probably the deli scene when Breck tells Emma he wants to buy the logo she designed.  There's a mixture of emotions going on with them between their banter, Breck's total cockiness, and Emma's reactions to him.  I had a great time writing that part.   

What are you working on now?

I'm working on a paranormal romance.  I don't have the title chosen yet but the main characters are Jensen and Saige.  I hope to have it live by November. 

What is your favorite and least favorite part about writing?

I'm completely addicted to writing.  I love how even the worst day transforms when I immerse myself in my characters.  Best therapy ever!  Marketing is my least favorite part of being an author because I suck at it.  That's a continuous work in progress for me. 

How did you start writing?

I've always loved to read but I fell in love with writing in college when we were assigned to write a short story.  I knew then that I wanted to be an author one day. 

Thank you for having me!

A short excerpt:  

   His confession knocks the air out of me, just as ruthlessly as if he punched me in the stomach.  I gasp, desperately try to fill my lungs with air, “I am yours. You’ve always had me; even when I hated you, you had me.” 
All coherent thoughts disintegrate when Breck grabs my shoulders, pulling me against him.  The heat of his body radiates through my skin as his hand runs behind my head, sliding up my neck until his fingers are tangled in my hair, pulling it until my mouth is almost touching his.  The intensity of his gaze weakens me.  Steel blue phases into a stormy gray as his mouth collides with mine. 
My head spins. My knees go weak as I collapse against him, my body not able to handle the intensity of the sensations exploding inside of me.  Breck’s lips claim mine with such power, for one second, I am afraid.  I know the danger of losing myself in him, but then the fear is gone; there is no one else I would rather lose myself to. 

 His hand fists my hair as his kiss deepens, his tongue pushing, probing, demanding access.  Opening my mouth, I kiss him back.  The feel of his lips conquering me, the taste of his tongue as it slides over mine, colliding, taming, plundering, sends the sweetest shivers down my spine.  His teeth graze my bottom lip, nipping and lavishing as his tongue tastes my lips, then plunges inside again, breaking me to his will.  I need him with such desperation, I cringe at my weakness but allow him to tame me.


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. 

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  1. Thank you for allowing me to stop by today to answer some questions about Ash to Steele! I hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

  2. Thank you!!! Have a good weekend also!