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I have something brand new for you all this week. Many moons ago (in NaNoWriMo 2014, to be be precise), I wrote my first ever sci-fi romance, Regeneration. Hopefully it will finally see the light of day in 2017, so in the meantime I’m going to post snips from it over the next few weeks to see what you all think of it. It doesn’t have a blurb yet, so I’ve drafted a rough one for these posts. I don’t have a cover yet either, so the picture I’ve included is one I found that looks a little like my MC, Kim Fortune.
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In the 23rd Century, in the galaxy of Sigma Kappa, scientists created the first batch of enhanced humans – the regenerates. Kim Fortune is the only survivor of the first batch, but most of his intended attributes didn’t work. He’s incredibly strong, fast, and intelligent, but he can’t see in the dark, self-heal, or regulate his body temperature. In addition, he has far too human emotions. He wants what he thinks he’ll never have – love.
Kim escaped the lab aged 15 and spent the next few years as an explorer. The story starts with a 21 year old Kim, who has actually lived a total of 40 years already, thanks to cryosleep. His crashed ship leaves him stranded on a deserted planet, dubbed Pardus due to its population of Panthera Pardus, vicious man-eating large panther-type animals, and with his ship crippled and his crew long-since dead, the only chance of leaving the isolated and dangerous land is if another ship arrives – which it does, bringing with it Captain Susan, rogue cop Neil, young Dina, the orphaned daughter of the creator of the most sought after drug in the universe, explorer Johnson, and army deserter Christian Novak, a successful fully functioning and reasonably emotionless regenerate. One of these people turns out to be exactly what Kim wants in his life, and fears he’ll never get.
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In this snippet from Chapter 1, Kim muses on his lonely life before the other characters arrive on the planet.
I’d never imagined I could be this lonely. Being what I was, it came with the territory, but I wasn’t all I should be. If the experiment had been completely successful, I wouldn’t feel; I wouldn’t long for things I couldn’t have, and my apparent total isolation on the godforsaken planet of S.K.431 wouldn’t bother me.
I lay back on my bunk with a sigh. I’d always wanted to become an explorer and I’d achieved that at least, but my arrival in this hellhole had been accidental—an electrical malfunction in the Explorer 9 craft I’d been traveling on, throwing the vehicle off course and leading to a crash-landing. S.K.431’s barren landscape, interrupted here and there by small waterholes and clusters of spiky-leaved trees had little to offer, and the previous inhabitants had abandoned the place many years earlier.