Redemption (Short Story)
Huddled in the shadows, Jae watches while one of the Mé'Draak brands his cellmate as a slave before viciously dragging him from the room. Feeling the weight of the metal collar around his neck, Jae is left alone to contemplate his own fate. Will the afternoon session finally Break him? Will it kill him? Or will he end up like the boy, a helpless pawn neither living nor dead?
Teaser from Redemption (Short Story):
No, he’d receive no help from his parents. They’d sold him just as they’d sell all ten of his sisters. He was dead to them. He would never be free.
Silevethiel (The Vaelinel Trilogy #1)
Following her father’s murder, Princess Irewen Donríel is betrayed and left for dead in the forests of Mistwood. Rescued by the elf prince, Laegon Elendell, Irewen awakes an exile with no home, no country, and no people. But as the horrific memories of murder and betrayal return, she realizes the nightmare is only beginning.
The world of Vaelinel is failing—its fate bound to her in ways no one fully understands. A mysterious elven prophecy may provide her with some answers, but continuously hunted and fighting for her life, Irewen quickly learns that unearthing the truth will be more difficult than she ever imagined. Can she accept Laegon’s love and the friendship of the Wood Elves, or will she stand alone against the terrifying evil now threatening to destroy the entire world?
Teaser from Silevethiel (The Vaelinel Trilogy #1):
A voice penetrated Irewen's deep sleep.
Her father said only one word, her name, but he was so desperate in his calling that she was immediately pulled from her slumber. She woke, searching in vain for the man she knew wouldn’t be there, couldn’t be there. Sorrow filled her heart anew when he didn’t answer her silent plea. But amidst the all too familiar grief, there flowered a warm bubble of joy.
She had heard his voice, and she had not forgotten.
Fun Fact about Silevethiel (The Vaelinel Trilogy #1):
A few people have commented that they don't understand why Silevethiel is the title of the book and focus of the cover when she isn't the main character. It's true, she isn't, but that makes her no less important. She's mysterious. We don't actually meet her until about half-way through the book, but she's an essential figure in the lives of the Elves as well as the main character. So much depends on her. Without her, the fate of Irewen, the Elves, and the world of Vaelinel would be much different.
The Lost Heir (The Dragonath Chronicles #1)
Always a meticulous planner, Darrak Hunter leads a typically straightforward and dull life until his dreams unexpectedly become plagued with visions of a peculiar and distant world. Waking up to a brilliant purple sun looming ominously in the sky, Darrak is met by a mysterious violet-eyed sorcerer who whisks him away from the struggling Earth. Thrown into the clutches of a foreign world where magic is reality and not all is as it seems, Darrak embarks on a journey where he is forced to come to terms with his past and do what he can to shape the future. Accompanied by a talented swordswoman, a prince, and a beautiful young sorceress, he must overcome cunning plots of treachery and betrayal to discover the strength to stand against a destructive black magic and an enemy who is a master at deception.
Teaser from The Lost Heir (The Dragonath Chronicles #1):
“The two dragons symbolize the warrior’s inner battle and personal struggle to keep their lust for power under restraint. With the correct decisions and the right amount of discipline, the warrior will use their sword only to do good. However, with the slightest deviation, their greed for power will take dominion over their actions. Once the evil dragon is unleashed, it can never again be caged.”
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Andi O'Connor is the award winning author of the fantasy series The Dragonath Chronicles, The Vaelinel Trilogy, and The Legacy of Ilvania. Andi's first YA novel,Silevethiel, was named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2013. Her short story Redemption, is a Kindle Book Review, 2014 Kindle Book Awards Semifinalist. Andi is a member of the National Writers Association and the Boston Chapter of the Women's National Book Association. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and four dogs.
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When did you start writing?
I began writing in 2003 as something fun to do in my spare time. The manuscript would go untouched for months, and there were many times where I'd have to re-read the entire thing because I forgot what I'd written. I didn't become serious with my writing until the summer of 2011. My mom died in the spring, and I wanted to finish The Lost Heir in her memory. Since then I've become addicted to writing and it's all I do!
What inspires your writing?
This may sound rather cliche, but my writing is inspired by everything! What I love about Fantasy is that even though it's entirely make-believe, it's real. You may think I'm completely nuts, but I'm not, I promise! Part of what draws people into Fantasy and what makes it so relatable is that it is so steeped in reality. There's real emotions, real issues, real struggles, real dilemmas. Fantasy is unique in that I can let my imagination and creativity take me anywhere. I have no limitations other than the confines of the world I create. But reality has a large impact on my writing, and because of that I find inspiration everywhere. I've touched topics such as rape, abortion, religion, equality, defying stereotypes, female empowerment, and epidemics...to name a few. And my inspiration will only continue to grow.
What is the best part about being a writer?
The best part of being a writer is touching other people with something I created. Inspiring others and making them think or consider things they might not have is such a wonderful feeling. Taking readers to other worlds and letting them feel like they're with the characters and experiencing the events themselves is truly a wondrous ability.
Is there something special or unique about you or your book you'd like to tell us about?
I'm extremely passionate about the empowerment of women, and it's something I include in some form or another in all my writing. In The Lost Heir, the main warrior sworn to protect Darrak is a female. But Andillrian isn't the typical female warrior commonly seen in Fantasy. She's shines because of her abilities, not because she's wearing 'armour' that amounts to a string bikini and shows off her large breasts, tiny waist, and round butt. She doesn't have to disguise herself as a man in order to fight. She's respected and revered because of who she is and the skills she brings to the table.
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