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Today, we look at THE VAELINEL TRILOGY.

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Silevethiel
The Vaelinel Trilogy Book 1
by Andi O’Connor
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Following her father’s murder, Irewen is betrayed and left for dead in the
forests of Mistwood. Rescued by an elf, 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 the friendship of the Wood Elves, or will she stand alone
against the terrifying evil now threatening to destroy the entire world?
The Speaker
The Vaelinel Trilogy Book 2
The Vaelinel Trilogy continues with this absorbing sequel to Silevethiel!
Alone and hunted by the Drulaack, Irewen takes advantage of her only option
for survival. Pushing her concerns aside, she lets the dead keep her.
But her refuge doesn’t last long. Driven out of their hosts by Laegon, a
handful Drulaack have returned to the Spirit World. No longer having
the protection of the dead, Irewen is forced to return to Vaelinel.
Finally reunited with her companions, the burdens placed on them are taking
their toll. Thoughts of suicide and mistrust plague the company.
Slowly unravelling, they must conquer their personal battles before
standing against the evil threatening the land.
For the Corrupter thirsts for revenge. And he’ll stop at nothing to
satisfy his hunger.
A Prophecy Fulfilled
The Vaelinel Trilogy Book 3
Regrouping after their escape from the Light Elves, Irewen and her companions
fear the worst after black smoke plumes on the horizon. Allowing
compassion to rule over reason, they ignore Finnwyn’s warning and
return to Lilendvelle, hoping to help some of the survivors stranded
in the city’s wake. Instead, they run into a trap.
Completely surrounded by an endless army of Drulaack, they fight
for their lives, but their efforts aren’t enough. Irewen is captured and
dragged into the heart of the Corrupter’s lair.
Having his prize, the others in the company are granted their freedom, but
at a great cost: the one named in the prophecy who is meant to unite
the elf forces and stand against the Corrupter is lost to the world –
trapped beneath the Corrupter’s talons.
With the aid of his mother’s spirit, Brendell must now find a way to
gather an alliance strong enough to march against the Corrupter and
his army, but his time is running out. Each day that passes brings
Irewen closer to death.
And the world closer to destruction.

Guest Post by the Author

“A Prophecy Fulfilled” Behind the Scenes

Andi O’Connor

 

Coming up with a title is an extremely important part of the writing and publishing process. It needs to be engaging and intriguing to the potential reader, yet it also needs to relate to the story.

Usually, thinking of titles comes quite easily for me. I had no trouble with the Silevethiel or The Speaker, and I had all of the titles in my Dragonath series set in stone before I began writing.

But A Prophecy Fulfilled was different.

About a third of the way through writing the last book in the Vaelinel series, I still had no idea of a title. Even worse, I had no idea where to take the story. The characters weren’t speaking to me like usual. Events weren’t falling into place, and I had no way to resolve the plot or the handful of loose ends.

My normal Pantser process wasn’t working, and every day was becoming increasingly frustrating. I continued to write just to get words down on a page, but there was no clarity and no direction. I felt like I was rambling on, spewing words only to fill my daily quota.

Then, one day out of frustration, I took a break from writing and browsed the pre-made covers on Damonza.com. They had done the covers for all of my books except for Silevethiel, and I had been pleased with their work.

This particular day, however, I didn’t have any intent other than wasting time. But about ¾ of the way down the page, I noticed a cover with the face of a man behind icicles and snow. I thought to myself, “That’s Brendell,” and everything fell into place.

The perfect resolution to the plot screamed at me, and the title popped into my head while I scribbled down some notes.

It certainly didn’t follow my normal process, but it worked. It allowed me to come up with some twists and turns that even the characters hadn’t thought of. The story took shape, the words came easily, and the characters began to talk to me once again.

Though the process was different for A Prophecy Fulfilled, I’m extremely pleased with the outcome. A number of people have told me that A Prophecy Fulfilled is the best in the series, and I’m certainly not going to argue!

Author Bio

Andi O’Connor is a multi-award winning author of epic fantasy novels and
short stories with a healthy dose of paranormal mixed in. She sits in
front of her typewriter (yes, typewriter!) every day and loses
herself in her worlds and characters in hopes that her readers will
fall in love with them as well. When she’s not clacking away, you can
find Andi dancing her butt off in the ballet studio. Rest assured,
she’s not the next Natalia Osipova, but she has a mean collection of
leotards and always finds an excuse to buy more.
She loves bats and dreams of turning her yard into a certified bat
habitat. She has three dogs who constantly work hard to drive her
insane, but their fluffy cuteness outweighs any insanity they can
bring. Her husband ‘Honeybee’ is wonderfully supportive of her author
life, and her son ‘P’ may or may not have claimed her typewriter as
his own on several occasions. Deadpool is her spirit animal, and her
motto is Embrace Your Crazy. We’re all unique and crazy in our own
ways, and Andi hopes others will join her by being proud of their
quirks and embracing their crazy!
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