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VLV fantasy series

My dear English readers,

I finished my first Fantasy novel (my first ever finished novel) on the same January day in 2007 as J.K. Rowling finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.  And, purely coincidental, my lauch was exactly JKR’s publication day too: 26th June.

I am talking about the first book of the fantasy series called ”The Viscount of the lost Verentia” (VLV for short, or VVP, as in Romanian). ”The Light of Trodheim” is 300 pages long (June 2018) and it introduces all of us to the world of United Wallachia. The story continues in the 2nd book, ”The Children from the Mist” (November 2018). Book 3, ”The Queens’s Army” came out September 2019. The first book has been translated into English and has been sent to agents in The UK, USA and Canada.

The series is being promoted as a medieval fantasy with strong Romanian influences, where adventure mixes with politics and reveals decades of secrets. Less Dracula, more dragons, and a bunch of assertive female warriors! Join the ranks!

BLURB: 10 years have passed since the Revolution that brought the Wallachian counties together. There is peace in United Wallachia, but that is about to change. A mad criminal escapes from prison, mystical creatures roam the land and the capital is full of enemies of the crown. It is up to a 10-year old peasant and a teenage Dragon-Flyeress to assure their country’s stability.

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SPLIT – a crime serieS

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”Split” is a modern psychological thriller trilogy centered around an excentric psychiatrist and one of her new patients, a war veteran working for Scotland Yard.

Dr. Isabela Richter is a world-renowned psychiatrist in London, but little do people know that she herself is her most challenging patient. When the director of the MI6 entrusts her with the mental care of a detective injured in the line of duty, her techniques clash with his overall noncompliance. It is the cooperation outside of the therapy office, while working on multiple police cases, what strengthens their relationship, as they unravel not only the identitity of the criminals, but also the secrets to their own past.

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NICE TO KNOW: the books were based on a screenplay written as a drama mini-series, which has gotten positive feedback from various writing competitions. The script benefited from a Table Read with professional actors and got notes from experienced screenwriters at the London Screenwriter’s Festival 2018.

Vol 1.
The broken clock

– the case of the fraudulent billionaire. A billionaire has allegedly been accused of fraud – with incontestable proof. Det. Silverman takes on the role of the devil’s advocate, hoping that a win would convince his mother to fully reinstate him and release him from his obligations with his therapist.

VOL 2.
The bloody trenchcoat

– the case of the mother-killer. A psychiatric patient is found holding the murder weapon next to his dead mother. This time, it is Dr. Richter who cannot accept the overwhelming evidence. Having to admit that her own patient commited the crime under her supervision, would mean having to accept the flaws of her methods.

VOL 3.
The color killer

– the case of the serial-killer. A serie of gruesome murders lead back to Dr. Richter’s past and awaken her supressed memories. Det. Silverman and his team struggle to find the murderer, before Isabela becomes the next victim.

Planned: Vol. 4. The beloved apprentice (partial outline) and Vol. 5. The other woman (partial outline).

The first 2 books are being edited at the moment, WHILE BOOK 3 is still in screenplay-FORM and will be released after the complete trilogy is finished.

Yes, I do see Rupert Grint playing the cheeky, stubborned detective!

Georgiana’s review of „The Light of Trodheim”, book 1 of the VLV Series

I met Georgiana at the biggest bookfairs in Bucharest in 2018, and she bought both volumes with an autograph. Little did I know that she was an active blogger and that she would become a huge fan of the series. She wrote one of the few English reviews based on the Romanian books, which I hope you enjoy as much as I did. It is by far the most detailed opinion on not only the first book, but of the Wallachian Universe as a whole.

You can find Gergiana on Facebook, where she runs multiple writing groups: Book reviews by Georgiana

Stay tunned! The English version of VLV 1 is in the professional editing phase!

I hope Georgiana’s review will convince you to place ”The Light of Trodheim” on your TBR for next year!

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It’s the first book from “The Viscount of the Lost Verentia” written by Romanian author Laura Știrbu. The story focuses on ten-year-old Justinian Mojic’s adventures during his first year at one of the most prestigious school-fortresses in the United Wallachia, SanteVel and also on Lily Poison, a mysterious and rebellious senior. Things change when the news of a serial killer’s escape from the prison fortress Torun spreads throughout the land, while other events will make Justinian ask questions about himself and his past.

Laura Știrbu’s unique style consists in describing beautiful Romanian landscapes, thus inviting her readers to journey along her native country in which she added a pinch of mystery and fantasy. As we stroll along the United Wallachia, we may find Transylvanian influences (the school-fortresses from the mountains), Great Wallachia/ Wallachia-proper influences so as Dobrujan influences (e.g. Aquinox). The Romanian Educational System and the rules regarding the army and Police Academy were some of the writer’s sources of inspiration as the readers will notice in the Vel school-fortresses.

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The Romanian cover

The novel is a fantasy with a mixture of the “Harry Potter” series by J. K. Rowling, “Game of Thrones” by George R. R. Martin and J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” because it contains a few elements from all the novels mentioned earlier. Magic and potions (Harry Potter), decorative weapons and the fight to succeed to the throne (Game of Thrones), magical creatures, especially dragons and special characters (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit). The talented author also teaches us about friendship, loyalty, courage, truth, virtues and sins, childhood (Justinian) and maturity (Lily), girl power (Lily, Madeline etc.), the conflict between religion and mythology and so on. Fantasy fans will get to discover all sorts of dragon species in Laura’s enchanting world.

Adventure, suspense, mystery and lots of dragons are the perfect words to describe this book.

Different things and events with a symbolic meaning are also present in the story. Things like: the raven (death), the sword (war), black and white (Yin and Yang), water (purity and higher wisdom) and tarot cards (specifically chosen by Madame Saprofira and Penelope Celestra) that will predict Justinian’s destiny.

The readers will learn about political and media manipulation, but also about the willpower which Justinian displays during the story. Laura makes references about the Coup d’état from 1989, the Great Union and other events from the Romanian History which you’ll discover on every page you read.

Together with J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, J. K. Rowling, Sophie-Audouin-Mamikonian, Richard H. Stephens, Laura Știrbu revolutionized the fantasy genre through the unique world she created, also proving that Romanian writers can reach the foreign writers’ level too.

I recomend this book to readers 14+ since there are scenes which are a bit scary and can’t be understood by younger readers.

Intro to Chapter XXXIII

What do you think of first when being called into your boss’s office? You too fear the worst, don’t you? And is it not the same when your loved ones want to talk to you? Do you not automatically assume it will be about something awfully uncomfortable that will disrupt your life? Why are we humans so negative? It all goes back to our primordial instincts. We have to expect the worst so we can prepare ourselves for it, like a caveman going into the wild caring weapons. If he does not encounter a predator, fine, but what if some terrifying wolfs await right behind the next tree?

Jackson had faced many metaphorical wolves in his lifetime, but he had usually had a gun at hand.

”The Split” is my first copleted English novel and is a 3-part series.
The first volume ”The broken clocks” introduces Dr. Isabela Richter, a psychiatrist, and detective Jackson Silverman, a war veteran working for Scotland Yard.
The action takes place in London – UK and it’s surroundings.

 

The SPLIT – A modern mystery novel about a detective injured in the line of duty who has to both deal with his depression during psychotherapy and solve the murders involving his strange new therapist.

 

Interested in reading more? Contact me for a free reading sample! I am always interested in feedback! 🙂
L.

 

 

Intro to Chapter XXXI

Your home can say much about you. The walls, the windows, any object that you posses might divulge traits of your personality, bits of your past, what you like and who you love. One can read you just by observing your house. So be careful what you let others see.

It had taken a while to convince Oliver to go along with the plan, but Jackson managed to get Elly Rappaport’s address, to which he went alone, unarmed and with no warrant. Like one does, when about to face a possible psychotic murderer.

 

”The broken clock” is my first completed English novel and is part of the SPLIT series.
SPLIT – A modern mystery novel series about a detective injured in the line of duty who has to both deal with his depression during psychotherapy and solve the murders involving his strange new therapist.
The first volume has detective Jackson Silverman, a war veteran working for Scotland Yard, and Dr. Isabela Richter, a psychiatrist,  solve the case of a million pounds financial fraud. How does a doctor get involved in police bussiness you ask? Ask for my book and find out! 🙂

 

L.

 

 

Intro to Chapter XXX

Believe it or not, there are people who do not dream. Could you imagine not being able to dream? Yes, maybe we could do with fewer nightmares, but what about the beautiful, surreal visions which our mind can conjure while we sleep? How many times have we flown like birds or even kissed our crush, waking up with a sense of fulfillment? Dreaming is the most wonderful gift that our subconscious can offer us.

Isabela used to dream. Then she learned to shut it off. Her mind could do that. Why should her sleep be disturbed? It was not like she could not get lost in her imagination in a blink of an eye anyway. In her little white room she could fly, swim in the deepest oceans for hours at a time, and be whoever she wanted to be. There was one thing she could not fake though: love. Not then, not now, not ever.

”The Split” is my first copleted English novel and is a 3-part series.
The first volume ”The broken clocks” introduces Dr. Isabela Richter, a psychiatrist, and detective Jackson Silverman, a war veteran working for Scotland Yard.
The action takes place in London – UK and it’s surroundings.

 

The SPLIT – A modern mystery novel about a detective injured in the line of duty who has to both deal with his depression during psychotherapy and solve the murders involving his strange new therapist.

 

Interested in reading more? Contact me for a free reading sample! I am always interested in feedback! 🙂
L.

 

 

Intro to Chapter XXV

There is no living person out there who has not wished, at least once in his or her life, that they could be somebody else. Well, maybe not somebody else entirely, but a different version of themselves, a better version, a perfect version. Somebody who could do the things they normally could not. Many people drink because of this reason. Some go to therapy. Fewer become therapists.

‘’Henry’s Pipe’’ was not the fanciest bar in London, but Isabela picked it because the taxi driver had conveniently found a place to park just around the corner.

 

”The Split” is my first copleted English novel and is a 3-part series.
The first volume ”The broken clocks” introduces Dr. Isabela Richter, a psychiatrist, and detective Jackson Silverman, a war veteran working for Scotland Yard.
The action takes place in London – UK and it’s surroundings.

 

The SPLIT – A modern mystery novel about a detective injured in the line of duty who has to both deal with his depression during psychotherapy and solve the murders involving his strange new therapist.

 

Interested in reading more? Contact me for a free reading sample! I am always
interested in feedback! 🙂
L.

 

 

Intro to Chapter XXXII

There are many perks of living in the suburbs. Rent is cheaper, the streets are usually free and, most importantly, everything is quiet. The suburbs are the places where the people retire after having worked a stressful day to enjoy the stillness away from the big city.

Apart from a police car which had recently arrived, Hollow Oak Street seemed peaceful.

”The Split” is my first completed English novel and is a 3-part series.
The first volume ”The broken clocks” introduces Dr. Isabela Richter, a psychiatrist, and detective Jackson Silverman, a war veteran working for Scotland Yard.
The action takes place in London – UK and it’s surroundings.
The SPLIT – A modern mystery novel about a detective injured in the line of duty who has to both deal with his depression during psychotherapy and solve the murders involving his strange new therapist.
Interested in reading more? Contact me for a free reading sample! I am always interested in feedback! 🙂
L.