Finding Aurora

by Rebecca Langham

Aurora Rose slumbers in the city of Oldpass, a cursed kingdom once allied with Grimvein. The victim of a malicious spell, she is powerless to control her own fate. At least, that’s how the story goes.

Now, as Grimvein faces attack, Prince Amir has been tasked with the life-threatening rescue of Aurora, his parents hopeful he will marry the princess and secure safety for their kingdom. Talia, the strongest spell-caster in the known lands, protects and guides the prince in his quest to save a woman that threatens to change their lives forever.

In finding Aurora, the pair will realise the truth about themselves and each other, coming to understand just what – and who – they really want in life.

Excerpt:

“Almost one hundred years ago, the rulers of Oldpass offended one of the great witches. They’d heard rumours that suggested the witch, Tanit, had died, and did not invite her to the royal princess’s first birthday.”

“Tanit? I feel like that name means something to me,” Red said, running her thumb across her jawline.

“Perhaps. She’s quite a powerful creature to have been able to cast a spell this strong.”

Red raised her eyebrows as her hand fell away from her face. “I can’t recall anything specific. Continue. I assume the young girl grew up and faced some sort of trouble?”

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“Yes,” I replied. I only hoped she was worth finding and could in fact reawaken Oldpass and renew the alliance between our peoples. Otherwise, Amir and I were risking our lives—and our souls—for nothing. “Aurora. She was given many gifts by the other great witches at her first birthday celebration, but when Tanit arrived, she gave the child a darkness, an overpowering desire to touch the needle of a spinning wheel on her twenty-first birthday. In doing so, she’d initiate the sleeping curse. From what I understand, Tanit wanted her parents to suffer. It wasn’t really about Aurora. But twenty years of obsessive anxiety about the fate of your daughter? It was an effective revenge.”

“By the gods, that’s awful. Those poor people. Knowing that every single day brought your child closer to an early grave. I can’t imagine how dreadful that would feel. All because she wasn’t invited to a party? Truly?”

“There’s probably more to the story, but it’s shrouded in legend and that’s all I know. She wasn’t the only one sent into an eternal sleep. The whole city has been dormant. No one’s been able to find a way in, or if they have, they’ve never come out again.”

“But you’ve found a way?” she asked, her voice laced with both excitement and fear.

I nodded. I wanted to smile at her apparent fascination with the tale, but I couldn’t. No matter what happened, I would be alone at the end of the story. If we found her, Amir would have a bride. If we failed, well…then, we’d probably be dead.

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Available in epub and mobi formats.

About the Author

Rebecca Langham lives in the Blue Mountains (Australia) with her partner, children, and menagerie of pets. A Xenite, a Whovian and all-round general nerd, she’s a lover of science fiction, comic books, and caffeine. When she isn’t teaching History to high schoolers or wrangling children, Rebecca enjoys playing broomball and reading.

​Her Sci-Fi novel Beneath the Surface was released by NineStar Press in January 2018. She is currently writing the sequel, Breaking the Surface.


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