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Monday, July 23, 2018

The Speaker by Andi O’Connor - Book Tour - Exclusive Excerpt - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Andi O’Connor and her new book, “The Speaker”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Andi and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

The Speaker
by Andi O’Connor


GENRE: Fantasy



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.



Elthad stood by the window staring at the bodies rotting in the courtyard below. The conversation he’d had with the Corrupter before he’d sent the five people to their deaths played continually in his mind.

He sneered. Conversation. That was a laugh. He’d had no more say in the matter than a bug had before being mercilessly squashed beneath someone’s foot. He’d been given an order to kill the family, and his views of the matter were totally irrelevant.

At least he’d been allowed to have an opinion. Such luxuries were more infrequent as of late. And even then, he couldn’t be totally certain which were his own and which belonged to the spirit he was hosting. Everything blurred together with no distinguishing features separating one being from the other.

Still, he supposed he was among the lucky. Most of the others chosen as hosts had lost all sense of themselves. The spirits dominating them took control of their memories and thoughts to ensure they acted as normally as possible within society, but nothing of the hosts’ sense of self-awareness remained. Elthad had watched his closest friends and colleagues drift away, unable to stand against the spirits’ power.

Even Vel, his dearest friend and most gifted fighter hadn’t been able to stand against the spirit’s influence. Every conversation he had with Vel drove him mad. The voice belonged to his friend, but the words didn’t. It was like speaking to an imposter. Like talking to someone who was already dead.

Even now, thinking of the conversation they’d had only hours before constricted his heart with guilt. Guilt that he’d somehow been able to keep a grain of his identity when no one else had. Guilt that he partially blamed them for not being strong enough to fight to maintain some control of their own thoughts. Guilt that he sometimes wished he was like them—blissfully unaware of the horrors they committed.



Andi O'Connor is the award-winning author of The Dragonath Chronicles, The Vaelinel Trilogy, and The Legacy of Ilvania. Her critically acclaimed novel, Silevethiel, is the 2015 Best Indie Book Award winner for Science Fiction/Fantasy and the 2015 New Apple Official Selection for Young Adult. Silevethiel was also named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2013. The Speaker is the 2018 Independent Press Award Winner for Fantasy and a Finalist in the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards. Andi’s novel, Awakening, is a 2018 Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorite for Fantasy.

You can frequently find Andi as an exhibitor and guest panelist at Comic Cons throughout the country including the Rhode Island Comic Con, Awesome Con, Philcon, Conclave, WizardWorld, and Chessiecon. You can connect with Andi on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information, visit Andi’s website.












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Andi will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. When you have a lot of readers in the family, these tours are perfect. I appreciate getting to find new books for them so thank you.

    1. Yay for a family of readers! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I enjoyed getting to know your book and thanks for the chance to win :)

    1. You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt :) Good luck on the giveaway!

  3. Happy Monday! Sounds like a great book :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm happy to hear the book sounds like a good read! It's the 2nd in the series with the 3rd scheduled for release in October :)

  4. Thank you so much to Ally Swanson with Fabulous and Brunette for hosting me, and a huge thank you to everyone stopping by! What's your favorite line from today's excerpt?

  5. Sounds like a good book. How long did it take you to write it? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. This one actually took me longer than usual. It was about a year from start to finish.

  6. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

    1. You're welcome! So glad you like the excerpt :)

  7. Sounds like a great book! Best wishes on your tour.

  8. I really enjoyed reading the entire post today. This is a new author for me so thank you for the reveal!

  9. I think it sounds really good. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Are any of the charachters in the book based on real people? Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  11. What is your favorite part of developing characters?

  12. Which of your characters do you most identify with?