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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

#TeaserTuesday and an Update

In case you haven't heard yet, my next release drops this coming Saturday. Prodigal Son, Lean Dogs Legacy Book Three, arrives on 12/15, and you can pre-order it here

After that, the next release will be Dragon Slayer, Sons of Rome Book Three, which I'll be working on for the next few weeks. As it stands now, the novel is 623 paperback pages, and currently 202k words...though both of those numbers will increase greatly in the days ahead. This is going to be a big book! And not only do I think that's okay, but it's also necessary. 

It's okay because, at the end of the day, this is one chapter in a fantasy saga, and as a lifelong fantasy reader, I can tell you it's not uncommon for books to wind up 700 to 1,000 pages long. Weaving a tapestry requires many threads, and the weaving takes time.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Prodigal Son (Lean Dogs Legacy Book 3)

Today we're just one week away from the release of Prodigal Son, the third book in the Lean Dogs Legacy Dartmoor spinoff series! 

Saturday, Dec. 15th, Prodigal Son will be available as a complete novel, and as Part Four of the serialized edition of the book. Both stories are the same, whether you choose to read in four pieces, or as a single volume, so it's totally up to you. 

You can pre-order Part Four here.

And the complete novel here. 

PS marks not just the third, but the final book of the spinoff series, and at its conclusion, the story ties back in to the main Dartmoor Series. There are more Dartmoor stories to tell in the next few years, so be on the lookout for the next installment, beginning with When In Rome, which releases in 2019. 

Happy Reading! 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Kris & Roman 9.1


Kris woke the next morning to the chiming of her phone, followed immediately by a distant knocking. Followed by Kiefer licking at her face.

She groaned and opened her eyes to crusty slits. Ugh. She had a crying hangover; her eyes felt like they’d been sandpapered, and her sinuses throbbed.

She pushed the dog gently away, and he whined. “I know, I know.” But she didn’t know, and she pushed upright so she was sitting, vision blurry, the room spinning around her. 

Friday, October 26, 2018

#DragonSlayer blurb!

Official blurb below! 


In 1931, a golden-haired man in fine clothes appeared to a Siberian boy. An apparition in the snow.

In 2018, he guided a pack of misfits to his prison. A man made of sharp smiles, and smoke, who they can hear, but can never touch. He calls himself a prince, but how much does anyone really know about Prince Valerian of Wallachia? Is he friend, or foe? Is he real at all?

Val has spent the past 550 years as a prisoner, venturing where and when he can, dream-walking, using his powers of astral projection to escape the confines of his cell. His jailers call him “brother-killer,” and “traitor” – old rumors of the immortal realm carried forth by the sinister Ingraham Institute, a secret place hidden deep in the forest, bent on using the blood and powers of immortals to fight a gathering threat too terrible to reveal to the mortal world at large.

Now, Val’s brother, the infamous Vlad Dracula, is awake, hellbent on stopping the boys’ wicked uncle, Romulus, once and for all. But first, the boys will have to come to terms with one another – and perhaps finally come to understand the tragedies that played out almost six centuries ago.

In Book Three of the Sons of Rome Series, dream-walk to 15th century Romania, to a Wallachia besieged by the Ottoman Empire, and two immortal brothers fighting for their lives. Inspired by the true story of Vlad Dracula, and his family, Dragon Slayer travels from the palace at Tîrgovişte, to the Ottoman court, to the siege of Byzantium. A tale of brothers, and betrayal; of captivity, and revenge.

The immortals of the world are gathering, and Vlad and Val, the original sons of Rome, stand poised to lead the charge against a timeless evil. If only they can keep from killing one another…

**This story is not a standalone, and should be read after books one and two, White Wolf, and Red Rooster. Book four, Golden Eagle, expected fall of 2019.**

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Kris & Roman 8.2

If Kris’s life of captivity had spawned what was most likely an anxiety disorder, then it had also given her the detachment necessary to push herself through the worst of her episodes with robotic efficiency.

After Roman left – she heard him leave, followed him, locked the door in his wake, listened to him curse quietly and then waited, straining for the sound of a bike that never came – she thought to herself, oh, he drove me here, he has to walk back. She walked to the kitchen island, to her purse there, dug out her phone. She had an array of texts, from Maggie, and Ava, and Holly, and the boys, checking on her. She couldn’t read them now, vision blurred in the way it always was in these instances. Slowly, squinting at her screen, she typed out a text to Boomer: make sure your dad gets home safe.

Then she set her phone down and moved to the next task. The food was still out. She packed it back in its foam boxes and stowed it in the fridge. 

Friday, October 19, 2018

#DragonSlayer - Early Read

Prologue and the first two chapters! It's time I face facts that this monster of a novel, pun intended, won't be available by Halloween, but I'm so pleased with its progress, and I can't wait for everyone to read it! Here's a Friday look-see. 

Dragon Slayer (Sons of Rome Book Three)
Copyright © 2018 by Lauren Gilley 

*Warning for mostly raw text! 


Tîrgovişte, Wallachia

He woke to the pain of his brother’s elbow in his ribs.
“Val,” Vlad murmured, half-asleep. “Stop kicking me.”
“Oh.” Val blinked up at the ceiling, the faint shadows from the fireplace that flickered over it. “Sorry.”