We’re so pleased to welcome author Louise Lyons to The Novel Approach today, on the tour for her latest release, Regeneration. Read on for an exclusive excerpt from the book, and then be sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget below where you can enter for the chance to win an ebook from Louise’s backlist.
About the Book
In the 23rd Century in the galaxy of Sigma Kappa, Kim Fortune was the first surviving experimental enhanced human—a regenerate. Aged 15, he escaped the lab and years later, his failings as a regenerate and the suspicion of regular humans, leave him lonely and lacking in self-worth. Stranded on an abandoned planet, the arrival of a stricken ship and its crew give him hope that he may finally find what he always longed for—love.
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?
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The three of them retreated into their rooms and closed the doors. Rather than go straight to my room, I wandered back to the galley to get some water. I stood at the sink, sipping from a mug, until quiet footsteps approached. I could already tell the difference between the way Novak and Neil moved. Despite his size, Novak trod lightly, and I didn’t bother to turn around.
“Y’know, I thought you were a regenerate, but you can’t see in the dark. Care to enlighten me?”
“Come on. You already know something about me. I’ve seen you move way too fast to be totally human, and you look like you probably have the strength, but you don’t have the eyesight.” He didn’t sound horrified, only curious, and I found myself talking before I thought about what I would say, although I didn’t turn around. I didn’t want to see his expression.
“I was created as a regenerate. I’m fast and strong, and I have the enhanced intelligence. I’d almost reached the top level of education in genetics by the time I was fifteen, and I learned to fight by watching defense modules, and from people I’ve met since I left that place. I can’t self-heal or regulate body temperature any better than a regular human, and I don’t have the vision. I was mostly a failure.”
“That doesn’t make you a failure. You got away from that place somehow, and they don’t let anyone leave. How’d you do it?” The hair on my neck rose as he moved closer, and his heat warmed my skin.
“I planned my escape carefully. You know how many guards they had patrolling. I killed five people to avoid recapture and to save myself; then I stole a ship. I guess I have a bit of fight in me.” I had no intention of telling him I had the feelings of a human, and I ignored the nagging voice in my head that told me his heart was as cold as if it were crafted from steel. I couldn’t suppress the delight that he didn’t sneer at the fact I wasn’t exactly like him.
About the Author
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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