When I was sixteen, a man walked into my imagination and wouldn't go away. He was a young doctor with desperate eyes and gentle hands. I knew little about the wide world at the time. I lived in an isolated rural town in Eastern Oregon. But over the years, I imagined a far-reaching story around this man and the girl he came to love - a girl who was not exactly like me but who I could understand. She could be as real as anyone I knew. 

For years I was afraid of my fantasy people - the strange, intense doctor and the girl who carried the seed of hope in a world without hope. And the pain involved was more than they or I could bear. I never told anyone about them.

For more than twenty years, the story and the characters persisted, even when I tried to banish them, Their story grew as I became a journalist and learned about the inner workings of international politics. Then one day last fall, I decided that the story came for a reason. Perhaps it is a reflection of something important about the modern world. But maybe it is just a damn good story that needs to be told. 

This isn’t ordinarily my genre but, after one chapter, I was hooked. I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters when I wasn’t reading, as if they were dear friends of mine. I can see why Arie had to write it. When I finished the trilogy, I grieved because I missed the characters and the emotional connection. I felt like no other book could live up to this one.
— Petra Luber, editor

I wrote it in one amazing winter. I can't hardly say I wrote it alone. I love writing and yet this was writing like nothing I ever knew before. The story is alive. The people are ready to walk out of the computer and take up residence in the living room. Now I'm working on a way to publish it. 

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The Story

It's a lie. Doctors say sixteen year-old Aranka Miko is sick. Then they say she's evil. They imprison her in a sinister warehouse, where her body changes to resemble a creature out of fantasy. Her fellow prisoners are killed, one by one. It's only a matter of time before it is her turn.

This too is a lie. You look around and the world seems the same, mundane and sometimes unfair but just as it always was. That's an illusion. A massive force controls the wills of the powerful, whether in high school cliques or in international politics. Those who won't conform must be crushed to preserve the appearance of free will.

There are those who fight back, but they are pitifully few. Kenyen, a young doctor, knows the truth. World governments would call him a spy and a terrorist. 

All he wants is to save one life. In the process he uncovers "the Seed," the first flicker of hope in a thousand years.

This one grabs you so that you wish you could jump through the ink into their world. The Kyrennei Trilogy makes my scalp tingle just to think about the premise and all the emotions the story brings out of me.
— Ember Smith

The Premise

Let me ask you something. Why are some people popular and others are not? 

Well, you might say that the popular people look great, are nice to everyone, wear the right clothes, know how to talk, have the right friends, have money... But stop and think a minute.  Who says what looks "great"? Who decides what the right clothes are? What decides who gets the right friends? We all know people who are downright mean who are popular. Looks and wealth may matter some but not enough to explain it. We all know good-hearted, good-looking people who are social outsiders. Why?

The Soul and the Seed is a story about our world, just as it appears today, except that there is a reason why some people have power and others don't.

This is the first book in the Kyrennei Trilogy, a contemporary dystopian series with a fantasy twist. The second book in the trilogy The Fear and the Solace and the third book The Taken and the Free will follow shortly.

The Soul and the Seed Free sample chapter

The first book in The Kyrennei Series will be published within just a couple of weeks. Here's a little preview. You can read the first sample chapters in PDF form for free. Please share with your friends. If you like this, sign up for email updates and discount deals on this book.

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The Cover of The Soul and the Seed Revealed

At last, the cover.... drum-roll. That took some doing. Thank you, Martina Fabianova, for playing model. Many thanks to Ember Farnam, Steve Cronjé, Pavel Černý and others for invaluable technical assistance.