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Of Gods & Mortals
The story begins with a bang, and a raven-haired vixen called Anna Dimon, an assassin for the mob who has just committed the immortal worlds most unforgivable crime – she’s created a vampire.
If she’s caught – and how could she not be with an all-seeing king – retribution will be swift and extremely final. But someone is looking out for her, protecting her. Mystery, intrigue, romance and deceit carry through the generations in this tale that began with a bang, or was it with two people who fell in love, a life debt, or a friendship as loyal as it is long? And how will it all end? Happily ever after, in blood, with the world on fire?
This FREE online edition was released a chapter at a time, every Friday in 2010 (53 in all) as a free to read serialized novel and had over 25,000 weekly readers. After completion the story was moved to its own site at: ofGodsAndMortals.com. All 53 chapters (plus a couple hidden ones) and the original artwork remain almost exactly as published – The site and artwork received a cosmetic update and I take the liberty of correcting typos and inconsistencies when I see them – if I see them. And please feel free to let me know if you find any!
There is a “book” (possibly books) version in the works that is an extensive rewrite with alternate versions of some chapters (no more hotel stay for Anna & David – instead he takes her to his childhood home – it’s way more awesome, for reals, I’m super excited to share it), hidden chapters are included, there’s much more about Galen & Meline, and the ending will also be receiving a complete overhaul. I don’t currently have a release date – or anything even close to it but I will update here when I do.
Reviews For Of Gods & Mortals:
Lauren T. Hart reprises the tradition of “Serialized” novellas-with a twist and a touch of “film noir”….
In her latest work- “Of Gods & Mortals”; Ms. Hart takes on the ‘immortal’ or ‘vampire’ mythos with a keen eye for detail and a masterful use of prose to deliver the story of Anna Dimon (the protagonist) and David- her friend, ‘familiar’ and soon to be ‘sidekick’ in this tale of money, murder and betrayal.
Due to the fact that this work is going to be released in instalments, all I can say about this work thus far is that it is one of the most richly textured, finely crafted pieces of modern fiction I have had the privilege to read. EVER. The reader will find him/herself drawn in with Ms. Hart’s simple and lyrical use of language to create scenes of vivid, blood-soaked violence- beautiful in its sheer brutality juxtaposed against situations of tenderness and caring.
Again- I HIGHLY recommend “Of Gods & Mortals” to anyone in need of something intelligent, intense and simply stunning to read.
[Ms. Hart] certainly [has] a gift for grabbing the reader right from the start.
In 60+ years I have never been able to read fiction in any form, however your work in this book has captivated me and held my attention. I enjoy the way you’ve handle characters and their placement in the overall story.