When the corrupt Senators of Vitus send soldiers to destroy the village of Plockton and enslave the young men, eighteen-year-old Cecilia, the lone survivor, makes the bold decision to rescue her brothers. Armed with little more than her wit and her great ancestor’s Freedom Tree pendant, she sets off along the trail left by the soldiers only to be confronted by the assassin Amalardh, a servant of Vitus sent to kill the bearer of a symbol—the same symbol around her neck. Unable to follow through with his order, Amalardh takes Cecilia prisoner.
Pieces of an ancient prophecy are falling into place. Cecilia’s pendant has found its way home. Its true owner—Amalardh. Descendant from a forgotten order, Amalardh is the Last Croilar Tier, protector of the Treoir Solas—Cecilia; only, neither of them know this yet. Finding her brothers is the least of Cecilia’s problems. The Goddess of Light is dying. As the Goddess’s conduit on earth, if Cecilia cannot find a way to defeat the Army of Vitus and end the Senators’ dark rule the Goddess will die, and with her death comes the end for all.
At its core, CECILIA is an epic love story between a headstrong young woman who refuses to accept the status quo of her fractured world and an emotionally bankrupt assassin struggling to find his humanity.
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Born in Sydney, Australia, Sandra came to America on a professional work Visa, only to find herself studying theater and dance in Chicago. After moving to Los Angeles, she put aside her Bachelor of Applied Science and MBA to study film & entertainment at UCLA. Her talents as a lyricist led her to her now husband, composer Kurt Oldman, who co-wrote and produced her CD, THYME.
Realizing that writing, rather than singing, was her passion, Sandra began writing screenplays, making the top 200 of Page International Screenwriting Competition, quarterfinals of the ASA Screenwriting Competition, and top fifteen percent of the Nicholl Fellowship.
She wrote and directed the short animation, The Adventures of Gilbert the Goofball, which was runner-up for Best Animation at the Action on Film Festival, and her short story, Lucky Quarter, was a finalist for the Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award.
Selected to participate in the Australians in Film Writers Room, Sandra work-shopped the screenplay version of her novel, Cecilia. She remains active with the core Alumni group, which meets monthly to review and critique each other’s work.
Sandra presently works for a film production company, which recently released the Josh Hartnett starring film “6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain.” When she’s not imagining fantastical stories grounded by rules and reasoning, she’s usually renovating something around the house, sneaking away with her husband for a last minute ski-trip, or dealing with the unruly strays that seem to enjoy terrorizing her three cats.