Series: The Ferryman + The Flame #1
By: Rhiannon Paille
Published: October 2nd, 2012 by Createspace
How far would you go to save everything you ever loved?
Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn't listen, and because of what she is-- a Flame-- one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.
She didn’t wake up as the dream faded away, however, she felt her eyes open, the scene around her completely changed.
His eyes were different; one shone gold, the other a rich brown. She traced the patterns in the irises, noting their intricate architecture. There was something about him she recognized, but all she could concentrate on were those eyes. A gold band wrapped around his forehead, a headdress attached to it, golden snakes hanging off it. It resembled a chandelier, aside from its obvious use as a crown. He had olive skin and a narrow nose. His mouth was drawn up in a bright smile. His warm hand was on her shoulder. She tried to tear her gaze away from him. Something begged her to look at the sun, but her eyes were locked to his. Nausea kicked in and her heart raced.
Something is wrong! she thought.
Kaliel tried to move, but his grip and his focus on her sharpened. His eyes pleaded with her, imploring her not to look up. She closed her eyes; there was no way she could let it go. She felt the chalice in the other hand. There was water in it. She had drawn this scene over and over in her journal. She fought to lift her head to look at the sky.
“We have fulfilled our purpose.” His voice was even and calm. She feared that he caused the reasons for her distress.
“What purpose?” she asked.
“The war is over,” he said.
Why would that scare her? She fought to gain control of her emotions, but her knees buckled and heat rose up around her feet. It burned, sending pain shooting into her torso. She cried out and tried to pry her eyes open.
“Relax, my love. It will be over soon,” he said.
“Nay, they call me the Ferryman.”
She tried to fight, but the fire was intense. It wrapped around her body, threatening to crush her insides with its intense heat. There was something else, though, a barrier between herself and the heat, a shield. She felt the violet aura surrounding her. It spiked off the edges of her body in its own wisps of flames, protecting her from the final axe of destruction.
“And you are the Flame.” There was no compassion in his voice.
The flames engulfed her face in their fury and she forced herself to look up. Smoke covered the sky. Flame-laced pieces of molten rock rained down on them. She gasped and tried to fight it, but with his hand on her shoulder, and his eyes on her, they seemed lost in their own world. She looked at him, his body engulfed in flames, only his mismatched eyes staring into hers through the waves of heat. “It’s over.” His smile faded as fire licked away his flesh.
“Kaliel!” A new voice. “Kaliel!”
Her eyes opened. She was drenched in sweat, her body trembling uncontrollably.
“What did you see?” Mallorn demanded.
She put a hand to her head, trying to shake away the horrendous images that stung. Her mouth moved, trying to form words, but her tongue was dry and her throat was scratchy. She longed for water. The waters. She needed to go to the lake. She pushed the covers aside and shook her head. She refused to explain what she saw, anything to keep him from knowing her dark secrets.
“I can’t stay here,” she said as her feet found the ground.
Mallorn had his hand on her arm, but she wrenched it away and ran out of the cabin into the night.
Can you share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘Surrender’ with us?
Once again we’re really digging deep because Surrender was finished in 2009, then rewritten once in 2010, and again in 2011 and was then edited a lot and in 2012 I added some deleted scenes, illustrations, a map, and an alternate ending (for fun)
1. Caught Myself - Paramore
I listened to this song on repeat while finishing the first draft of the last part of Surrender. I’m always about the lyrics and the cadence of a song, this one had what I needed to finish the book.
2. Setting Sun - Eskimo Joe
Again, I was looking for songs at the time that could help me plow into the emotions of my characters. So this song was great for that.
3. My Number - Tegan and Sara
All time favorite Indie Rock Duo. I love their older stuff because of how raw and original it was.
4. Satellite Heart - Anya Marina
I suppose the whole Twilight Soundtrack was being played around this time but the songs on this soundtrack were amazing because of the Indie Rock quality to them and the fact that the movie was considered an Indie Film so really just a great time for this to come out for me.
5. Holy Toledo - Crystal Bowersox
I loved this girl when she was on American Idol because damn could she sing. So of course I downloaded her songs and made constant patronage to them while writing.
Title: Lantern & Poison
Series: The Ferryman + The Flame #1.5
By: Rhiannon Paille
This is SURRENDER from the villain's POV.
Hadwen is no more. The Daed have no choice but to travel to Avrigost to awaken Crestaos. They're thrown into a whirlwind quest for the Flames, not knowing how ruthless and sadistic Crestaos can be.
Can you share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘Lantern & Poison’ with us?
Lantern & Poison was written around the same time as Surrender, then was extracted from the original novel and so trying to come up with a playlist for this novella alone is really hard! I’m flipping through songs I used to listen to around 2006 - 2009 when it was written and here’s what I got!
1. Spesso Sprofondo by Emma Shapplin
Emma Shapplin’s entire Greatest Hits Album was something I was listening to a lot during this time. The haunting vocals, the dark tones to the music really pulled me in.
2. Gamen by Garmarna
One of the classic Celtic bands out there and if you haven’t heard this song you need to. I found this song in high school when our modern dance teacher played it in class. Years later I managed to find the song again, so it was definitely inspiration for me.
3. Heavy in your arms - Florence and the Machine
The first Florence Welch song I fell in love with. I have since listened to alot of Florence for inspiration.
About the Author
Rhiannon is an up and coming Indie Author that writes Young Adult Fantasy books and some non fiction. She has a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology. When she’s not writing books she’s reading minds, singing karaoke, burning dinner and sipping iced cappuccino despite her allergy to coffee. Some day she’d like to own a unicorn—as long as it doesn’t eat her. She's sold over 25,000 copies of her books worldwide.