Christian Novak is a successful regenerate with all the intended attributes—including lack of human emotion. Despite their immediate attraction to each other, Kim's failing confidence, and Christian's inability to empathize are a recipe for disaster. But war, imprisonment, and danger throw them together, and after each saves the other's life, their feelings begin to change.
Can a seemingly unsuitable pair ever find love, or is a future together destined to fail?
Regeneration - Louise Lyons
What I do for research
My research depends a lot on the story. Sometimes I’ll visit the places that feature in what I’m writing, or read and talk to people. Google, of course, is my best friend! Some storylines don’t need a great deal of research if it’s something I already know a lot about.
My first novel, Conflicted, is based around the drag-racing scene, something I have a great love for. So when my characters are at the showground, watching races, or taking part and revving their cars at the starting line, that’s something I don’t have to read up on or visit for the specific purpose. A UK drag-racing venue known as Santa Pod Raceway is an hour from my home, and I’ve spent many a day there drooling over the hot cars and watching the racing.
Beyond the Scars features a young man who suffers domestic abuse for almost three years. When he finally escapes his tormentor, low self-esteem and desperation for love leads him to become promiscuous, until a shock and the help of a workmate stop him in his tracks. He eventually finds love with an older man he meets at a martial arts club—this pretty much mirrors my late teens/early 20s.
But Regeneration required a certain amount of research. The good thing about fictitious worlds, is that they’re your worlds, so you can make them how you want. But they still have to be at least somewhat realistic. On a planet known as S.K.100 a.k.a Immortasia, the temperature drops so low at dusk that it can kill a person within minutes. But the temperature I imagined for the story wasn’t realistic at all, which a beta reader pointed out to me! I watched a lot of sci-fi movies and read other authors’ sci-fi works to get an idea on how world-building worked. I know my world-building sucked when I wrote this story back in 2014. It needed a lot of work and I had to go over it with a fine toothcomb to add in enough description for the readers to (hopefully) visualise the galaxy in which the story is set, and to work out things like—if panther-like creatures live on the planet of Pardus, there has to be a water supply and a liveable atmosphere.
For a paranormal story I’m working on, I used the setting of the Lake District in the UK. This is my favourite place on earth, but I made an extra trip there to research for the story, to look at the area where my MC lives, visit the café bar he likes, hike up one of his favourite mountains, and so on. And I have another story idea for 2018 which involves two men meeting while training to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. They fall in love on the mountain and yes, you’ve guessed it—I’m climbing Kilimanjaro in October this year. Not specifically for research purposes, I might add! Climbing the mountain is on my bucket list, but I decided it would be a great idea for a story, so everything that happens during my training and on the trip itself will go down in my trusty notebook, so I can write the story on my return.
Kim Fortune is the main character. His own perception of himself are that of a flawed and failed individual. Only when he interacts with others does he see that view is totally one-sided. I felt by making Kim this way we, the reader, really empathized with him. We are our own worst critics. Sometimes we're shocked when someone tells us they like something about us. So, I at least was able to understand Kim this way.
There's a massive amount of action, drama, and suspense. When they crash, to when Christian rescues Kim, and then them getting to back to earth. It's an adventure that's filled with so many wonderful things.
Kim is the type of character who stays with you after you're finished reading. Christian is wonderful too and I love him buth there's usually always one characteryou favor and for me that was Kim.
The writing flowed, it was a quick read and only because you don't want to put it down and then the next thing you know, you're done! It's a great book for the sci-fi romance fan.
Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy.
Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties. Posting stories based on some of her favourite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing "hobby" more seriously.
Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad dog called Casper, and a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races home afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.
Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and job, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.
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