Lauren H Salisbury was an English teacher for sixteen years with an MA in Education. She is now a writer who dabbles with tutoring and lives with her husband and a room full of books in Yorkshire, England.
She likes to spend winters abroad, following the sunshine and becoming the seasonal envy of her friends. When she’s not writing, she can be found spending time with family, reading, walking, crafting, or cooking. Courage is her debut novel.
Can one woman evade an alien empire to save her son's life?
Gilla and Elias have the perfect life—or as perfect as life can be for slaves living deep in the Esarelian Empire. Elias wants freedom for his precious wife and daughter, and the rest of their people, and he is willing to fight to get it. Pregnant with her second child, Gilla only wants a happy, healthy family who share a strong faith in the God of Old Earth and to get through her workload each day.
When the Esarelians decide to teach their rebellious slaves a lesson they will never forget, Gilla’s entire life is turned upside down. She must trust that God has a plan to protect her new-born son, and have the courage to follow it, choosing the strangest of allies in an effort to ensure his survival.
Courage is a science fiction retelling of the Biblical story of Moses’s birth. It has strong, quirky characters, strange alien worlds, and a gripping plot with a twist on the original.
Gilla I'd like you to meet Gilla Trestam, the main character in Courage. Here she is, as she appears at the start of the story. I never truly considered how wrong it seemed for Gilla to be doing manual labour while 7 months pregnant until I actually saw her in her uniform. It’s clear that something on planet U’du needs to change – and soon! Name: Gilla Trestam. Age: 30 at the start of the series. Status: Married to Elias, one child (Mira, 7) and pregnant with her second. Position: Slave worker in the manufacturing sector on planet U’du, proficient in wiring circuitry and systems testing. Appearance: Average height (5ft 7in), athletic build, warm brown eyes, long dark-brown hair reaches to her waist. Attributes: Calm, nurturing, peace keeper, intelligent, firm believer in Old Earth’s God, good singing voice. Favourite Activity: Singing the songs of Old Earth, passed down by her grandmother, to her children. Reemah Let me also introduce Ra'hos Reemah, one of the Esarelian characters from Courage. Reemah fills the role of the Egyptian princess in the Biblical account of Moses, and more of her story is told in Strength, the third book in The Legacy Chronicles. Name: Reemah, First Daughter of Ashal of Esarel. Age: 256 at the start of the series. Status: Single Position: Ra’hos (member of the Esarelian royal family). Appearance: Tall for a female (8ft approx.), thin, toned, violet eyes signal Ra’hos lineage. Attributes: Rebellious, intelligent, easily bored, great pilot, craves space and speed, odd for an Esarelian – doesn’t like political games, feels stifled by her role, dislikes sycophants, often lonely. Favourite expression: Solid! Favourite activity: Racing arrows (military fighter craft).