Today we celebrate the release of Rhiannon Frater’s second season of her serial horror series In Darkness We Must Abide! I have the cover for the last episode in the series, a guest post, and a blitz-wide giveaway to share! So if you love old school gothic horror with a new twist or just love Rhiannon Frater, then please stick around and check it out!
Episode Ten: Betrayal
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So what do you think of the cover? I personally love it. I love the purple tone and the fire, because it definitely captures the way the series is going right now. Even the title is making me anxious!
A Modern Horror with a Gothic Romance
By Rhiannon Frater
In Darkness We Must Abide is a very unique experience for me as a horror writer. Not only is it a continuing serial with three planned seasons, but it’s also a story driven by the relationship between my two leads, Armando and Vanora.
Growing up, I loved gothic romance. Jane Eyre continues to be my all-time favorite novel. I used to gobble up Victoria Holt novels like candy. I loved the complications of a gothic romance. The characters were flawed, but somehow had dynamic chemistry. The endings were not always happy, but the couples were always fascinating to read about. It’s that type of romance I’ve infused into my serial.
Armando and Vanora are not perfect people. Armando is a 400-year-old vampire with many, many secrets. The Spanish vampire is often torn between his service to his mysterious, dangerous vampire Master and the feelings he has for Vanora and her family. Vanora is an albino, and the world is not always kind to her. Orphaned at a young age, she’s been raised by older siblings. To make matters even more complicated, Vanora has inherited her mother’s sixth sense and when she first meets Armando she senses danger. Despite all their difficulties, both characters’ actions are heavily influenced by their feelings for each other, in both good and bad ways.
When our story begins, Vanora is ten years old when her life changes forever, when her brother brings home their ancestors from Romania to be interred at their estate in Houston, Texas. When Roman has one of the old coffins unchanged, he unleashes an evil that threatens not only his life, but that of his two half-sisters, Alisha and Vanora.
A few years later, a mysterious stranger, Armando, enters her life and Vanora develops a mad crush on the charismatic Spanish vampire. All is not what it seems with Armando, and he is a keeper of many secrets that can potentially adversely affect her life. Through the first four episodes we witness Vanora growing up and becoming a strong young woman. By the end of episode four, The Gift, Armando has taken note as well, which leads to the dramatic and heartbreaking events in episode 5, The Vampires.
Because Armando doesn’t fully enter the story until episode 3, The Arrival of Armando DeLeon, I was had to find an inventive way to let the reader know about his impending arrival. I already knew from past beta readers that he is a huge draw to the story. That is how the prologues were born. Each episode starts in the “present” time period, where an adult Vanora is interacting with Armando, then flashes backwards in time. Each prologue hints at terrible events happening in the present time period and hints that something passionate once happened between Armando and Vanora, though they appear estranged.
At the beginning of Season 2, we get to see the aftermath of the events in the season one finale. Vanora fled Houston to Austin and believes she’s escaped the darkness, but over the course of Episode 6 and 7 it becomes increasingly apparent that she has a legacy that was hidden from her and can’t escape. Magic becomes a more pronounced element in her development, and, of course, Armando is never very far away even if she can’t see him. At the beginning of Episode 8 the readers get to see events in the previous prologue from Armando’s point of view, which was a lot of fun to write. Season 2 finally brings the two timelines together in Episode 8, but in a very heartbreaking way. What happens in Episode 8 has a massive fallout in the final two episodes of the second season.
Armando and Vanora continue to be at the core of the story as they face the ultimate evil that’s coming to destroy their lives. As always, the dynamic between the two characters is very intense and their relationship evolves in a way that I believe will make many of the fans happy. Armando is a complicated guy and though people love him, they don’t always trust him. In the second season we get to see into the core of the vampire and his true thoughts and motivations.
Season two is also filled with elements of horror, adventure, drama, and gothic romance. There may even be a sexy scene or two. The events in this season definitely build on the first and set the stage for a very exciting, dramatic, and intense Season 3.
Of course, whether or not Vanora and Armando get a happy ending has yet to be seen, but they’re both very determined characters that will fight until the very end.
In Darkness We Must Abide is the epic saga of one young woman caught in the dangerous world of the creatures of the night.
Vanora is haunted by the night her faith in those she loved was shattered. After fleeing Houston, she takes refuge in Austin and creates a normal life with her roommate Rhonda. Despite her newfound happiness, Vanora is tormented by dreams and visions of an enigmatic and dangerous albino vampire.
When her world starts to fall apart and Armando comes back into her life to warn her that her brother is in danger, Vanora realizes that she can’t escape her destiny. Evil threatens her family, and she must venture into the darkness to save everyone she cares about.
As she seeks to uncover the truth about the terrifying albino vampire and her purpose in his schemes, Vanora starts to realize that the man she loves most may be her greatest enemy. Rhiannon Frater delivers a chilling adventure once again with this multi-part epic serial with a dynamic cast, old school vampires, bloody action, a smoldering forbidden love, and a terrifying villain set against the backdrop of a modern day vampire war.
This book includes all five episodes of the second season of the serial.
US and Canada
Rhiannon is holding a blitz wide giveaway for a paperback of both Season 1 and Season 2! If you haven’t had the chance to check this series out this is the perfect opportunity!