Sleeping Brides by A. E. Scholer Published by Fallen Sea Sometimes death is a second chance at love. When Ronnie Whitmore, a compassionate rebel, dies on her wedding day, she is pulled into an otherworldly hideaway, a place where death becomes life. She is joined by four other sleeping brides. Their host, a man known as the Trickster, makes an astonishing proclamation. One of them will be sent back, alive and well, the tragedy that has befallen her no more. To be chosen, the brides must each share their story of love, no matter how cruel, dark, or stirring their story may be. Ronnie is suspicious. She doesn’t trust that higher powers would disobey the laws of time and destiny so easily, but the choice is clear—speak or perish. She would die an eternity of deaths if it meant being next to the man she loves once more, and so she agrees to play the Trickster’s game. But only one bride can go back. They must decide between them, and it must be unanimous. With sorrow and with wonder, the brides share their stories, each hopeful she will be chosen, each hopeful she will become more than ashes in a grave. Includes the compelling short story The Sea Bride, a companion to Sleeping Brides.