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.
This is taken from a chapter where the Ra’hos and her best friend have escaped the space cruiser for a while:
Velay looked at the display and then gripped the back of Reemah’s chair and spun it around. “Are you crazy? We’re heading towards U’du. We can’t go planet-side; your father will kill me! Reemah, sneaking out to have some fun flying is one thing, sneaking out and going down to the planet is entirely different. You know the rules. What if we get caught? You’ll never be allowed out of your suite again, and as for me…”
Gently brushing her friend off, Reemah swung back to the controls. The strongest surge of curiosity she had ever felt was pulling her to that pod. She tried to sound reasonable when she responded. “We’re just seeing where it’s going, not traipsing around a dirty planet. No one will ever know.” Seeing Velay’s still uncertain look, Reemah added, “We won’t even land.”
“You’re sure? We won’t land?”
“Probably,” Velay repeated. She stood, speechless, blinking her inner eyelids rapidly before capitulating. As she returned to her station, Reemah thought she heard her friend say, “And people think I’m the bad influence.”