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A.J. O'Connell

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A.J. O’Connell is the author of two published novellas: Beware the Hawk and The Eagle & The Arrow. All she’s ever wanted to do in life is read and write books, and so, is constantly writing at least one novel. She holds an MFA in creative fiction, but despite the best efforts of her teachers at Fairfield University's low-residency program, remains a huge dork for sci-fi, fantasy and comic books. She is a journalist and has taught journalism to college students. She blogs about feminism, the writing life, and whatever else comes into her head at Blog: A.J. O'Connell Twitter: @ann_oconnell

If you’ve been meaning to read Seanan McGuire’s award-winning portal-fantasy novella, you’ve got no excuse today.

To celebrate the upcoming release of its sequel, is offering Every Heart a Doorway for free until 11:59 p.m. tonight.

Every Heart a Doorway focuses on a home for troubled children, but these children are troubled by the experiences they’ve had after slipping into other, magical worlds, and then, slipping back into ours. But it’s more than a book about special children and fantastic worlds; it’s also a fantasy thriller featuring a rare asexual protagonist.

Want to know more? Here’s the synopsis:

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things.

No matter the cost.

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