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Without further ado, here’s SLEEPING BEAUTY NO MORE’S blurb:
“Sleeping Beauty needed a kiss to break the curse.
Her prince never came.
Aurora woke up after sleeping for a hundred years. Left alone and forgotten in her tower; she is desperate to find out why. What happened in the past? Why didn’t the prince keep his promise?
While Aurora slept under the cursed spell, it was not just her that suffered. The people of her kingdom, Rivendale, were being crushed under the witch’s tyrannical reign. Things had to change, but how could one sixteen-year-old princess save her kingdom from the wicked witch and her entire demon army?
Aurora meets Devon, a distractingly handsome thief, who had been using her tower as his hideout. Devon and his gang of thieves, known as the Circle, promise to help defeat the witch and to help Aurora save her kingdom. The prince’s betrayal broke her heart, but can Aurora trust anyone else to keep their word?
When Aurora finally meets the witch, it was not what she expected. The witch gives her a tempting offer: Rule the kingdom with her, and she will help erase Aurora’s painful memories.
The future is at stake, and Aurora has to decide. Will she fight to save her kingdom, or will she give in to the witch, and stay the lost princess forever?”
Liked it? Here’s an excerpt:
“It had come to this, Aurora thought. She would have to deal with him until she knew what to do. Even if he was a petty criminal, he had information about the outside world.
“I have some questions I want to ask you.”
“What a coincidence. I do, too!” Devon said. “We can make this fair… we can take turns answering one another?”
“Fine.” Aurora said with a sigh. “What do you want to know?”
“Who are you?”
“No one? Impossible to believe.” Devon said sceptically. “Who are you, really?”
“I am a princess, lost and forgotten.”
“What is your name?”
“Why?” Aurora asked. She didn’t trust Devon’s smile.
“My heart yearns to know. What beautiful name should I write my sonnets to?”
She was right to be suspicious. “I am not sure I want to tell you.”
“Then I will wait until you tell me, princess.” Devon said, smiling. “I believe it is your turn for questions.”
“How long since you saw me asleep?” Aurora asked.
“Maybe, a month?”
A month wasn’t enough time for the town to appear outside the castle.
“What year is it?” Aurora finally asked as she held her breath.
When Devon told her the year, Aurora swore.
It had been a hundred years.
She slept the curse through its entirety.
“What’s wrong?” Devon asked, as Aurora turned pale.
“I haven’t been asleep for a month, but for a hundred years,” Aurora replied, dazed.
Devon gave a low whistle. He was looking at her closely.
“How old are you, princess?”
“I am sixteen.”
“That would explain a lot… especially the moods.” Devon said, giving a lazy smile.
“And how old are you?” Aurora asked angrily.
“Seventeen. Soon to be eighteen.” He said, proudly.
“That would explain why you are more stupid than wise!” Aurora replied.
Devon looked at her blankly and then laughed.
She wished he hadn’t.
It was a rich, melodious laughter which made Aurora’s heart beat faster.
“Touche!” Devon said, giving a mock bow. “I know when I have been bested.”
Aurora gave a grim smile.
“What curse were you under, princess?”
“I would sleep for a hundred years unless my true love kissed me.”
“Did you have someone like that?” Devon asked, not unkindly. “Someone to break the curse?”
“And he never came for you?”
“That I would have to find out,” Aurora said.
She just realized something and had to ask the stranger.
“Have you.. have you ever kissed me?” Aurora asked, trying to find the right words to say.
Devon was horrified.
“I would never.. not when someone who is… I never touched you,” he said, blustering with his words. “… I just talked, that’s all.”
“You talked to me while I was sleeping?”
“I was lonely. I had no one to talk to. You were the only one I could talk to without getting in trouble or being found out.”
“I didn’t know thieves could be lonely.”
“I haven’t had many heart-to-heart conversations with anyone.”
He is devilishly charming, Aurora thought, looking at Devon’s handsome face. That usually meant trouble. He was trouble…”
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