Blog Tour – Excerpt/Playlist/Giveaways: Surrender, Lantern & Poison‏ by Rhiannon Paille


Title: Surrender
Series: The Ferryman + The Flame #1
Author: Rhiannon Paille
Published: October 2nd, 2012. by Createspace
About the Book
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.
Krishani tried to turn away, escape into the courtyards, but as the dance floor cleared, Kaliel came into view. She was a vision. She wore a deep purple linen gown that clung to her body and a purple mask edged with silver tear drops. She twirled with the last of the kinfolk and her white hair danced around her. She smiled and laughed, but when she saw him, she stopped, letting her hands drop from those of the kinfolk. She nodded for them to go to the tables and ran her hands down her dress, trying to smooth out imaginary wrinkles. As the song hit a sorrowful lull she stepped towards him.
“Krishani.” She sounded surprised and confused.
Krishani searched the crowds beyond her for Benir. The scent of her was like freshly-cut herbs and grass and apples. Beautiful, he thought. Knots formed in his stomach as he longed to pull her into his embrace. He knew she would protest. “I apologize. I didn’t mean to interrupt.”
“It’s fine,” she said. Her eyes had a pleading look to them, like she wanted something else but couldn’t say it. Krishani thought she must have seen the Brotherhood arrive. They were intimidating with their full robes and ignorant attitudes.
Krishani let out a sigh. He knew how much it might hurt, but he couldn’t take the tension any longer. He wanted to hold her closer, to smell her hair, and to feel her body pressed up against his. “Would you . . .” he began.
She stared at him, curious, her green eyes meeting his. They were cloudy and full of despair.
Krishani let out a nervous sigh as he took her eyes in. He cleared his throat and tried again. “Would you like to dance?”
She glanced over at the kinfolk at the tables. Krishani followed her gaze. One of the elvens had her hands full with them and none of them seemed to be paying attention to her. She took a deep breath. “Aye.”
He caught her hand and pulled her into his embrace, rocking back and forth to the song. At first she was inches away from him, but as the song swelled he found himself against her tight, her head buried in his chest. It seemed so natural that everything but her faded away. Whatever the Brotherhood would say didn’t matter to him. He only hoped it was the same for her, that her kinfolk wouldn’t notice her dancing.            Krishani carefully moved his feet in a small circle as the song reached its climax. The only question he wanted to ask pounded at the front of his mind.
“I’m afraid,” she whispered as though he had spoken his thoughts aloud. Krishani wound his fingers through her hair, caressing her neck and sliding them down her back. He wanted the moment to last forever. The song neared its end, the notes dwindling down. He opened his eyes and pulled. As the last notes were struck, he twirled her under his arm once and dropped her hand.
She pulled back and took a wide step away from him. “Thank you,” she said with a wan smile.
Krishani went to speak, but she turned and fled towards the lower west wing. He looked to his right to see the elven girl staring at him with a fiery blaze. He passed it off and looked towards the exit. Benir had taken off in that direction, the Brotherhood’s table was on the other side of the fountain. He took a deep breath and walked towards the west wing, determined to face Kaliel in private.
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.
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Author is giving away a signed paperback set of “Surrender”, “Justice” and “Vulture”, along with a Print Package. Open to US only. (This is 2 separate prizes)
Title: Lantern & Poison
Series: The Ferryman + The Flame #1.5
Auuthor: Rhiannon Paille
Published: December 11th, 2012.
About the Book
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.
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.
Author is giving away a signed paperback set of “Surrender”, “Justice” and “Vulture”, along with a Print Package. Open to US only. (This is 2 separate prizes)