What if Briar Rose and Aurora were two different people, one
the princess, the other her decoy...
And what if the prince loved no one but himself...
In this retelling of the tale of Sleeping Beauty, a kingdom
is on the verge of a coup, and it will take a journalist and the son of a
con-man to save them from the evil treachery of the princess' aunt...and to
save the princess from the curse of a swift and memorable death.
All they have to do is make sure the real princess never
pricks her finger on a spindle...how hard could that be?
An author of historical and science fiction/fantasy novels, Andrea began writing seven years ago after failing to find enough of a particular type of story on the shelves of her library—stories with adventure, romance, and humor, with a touch of classical vocabulary. Since then, she has written historical fiction and three science fiction/fantasy novels. This book, "But Kisses Never Hurt Me," is the first of her eBook novellas and her first published work.
She is the primary contributor and manager of the blog, "Into
the Writerlea,” and she lives in Washington State with her husband and two
sons. She enjoys discussing all things writing, including its philosophy,
creation, and editing, along reading a good book and gardening. You can connect
with her at her website, www.andrealundgren.wordpress.com,
or through her Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ accounts.
One beautiful autumn day, while he undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. Long ago, when a much younger Dodge drew up his will, he directed that his body be given to a cryonics company now owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd. Legally bound to follow the directive despite their misgivings, Dodge’s family has his brain scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived.
In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on. It is an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls.
But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem . . .
Fall, or Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.
Katie didn't send her boyfriend to Hell, but she's going there to bust him out! Katie thinks she's going crazy when a baby angel and death's personal assistant appear on her doorstep. Both claim she's destined for something great. If she can survive, that is. She's drawn into a world filled with immortals like Rhyn, an outcast who claims her as his mate in a show of defiance to his brothers. Katie rescues Rhyn from Hell, and he discovers fast just how special his little human is. With Death counting his days on one hand, Rhyn must learn to love, before his own time is up and Katie becomes the first human casualty in the brewing war between immortals. Will the love between a gifted young woman and an immortal outcast save the world-- or destroy it?