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LM Somerton: In planning Testing Lysander I intended to come up with a thriller with a thread of romance rather than a romance with a thread of adventure. You’ll have to come up with your own opinion as to whether I succeeded, but it did make me think about what exactly makes a good thriller. Now I realized that everyone’s going to have a different opinion on this, but for me, a good thriller is a story I can’t put down, it has me biting my nails and staying up late at night, fretting about whether the characters are going to survive.
Thrillers come in many forms, but in general, the plots are scary, the characters are at great risk and the novels are constructed in a manner that makes the reader really want to turn the page. Lots of action and dramatic landscapes add to the recipe. Throw in a plot that concerns itself with life-and-death issues and a seriously malevolent antagonists and you have a formula for excitement.
I had no pretensions of writing deep social commentary, instead focusing on creating an entertaining story. It did sneak in there though. The issues facing my characters are all too real and I hope will resonate with other situations around the world. One of my favourite thrillers is John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps. In The Thirty-Nine Steps, Buchan holds up his main character, Richard Hannay, as an example to his readers of an ordinary man who puts his country’s interests before his own safety. I wanted that same theme to be apparent in Testing Lysander. Both lead characters are risk takers, in life and in love but the context of this story tests their willingness to sacrifice everything for a cause. What’s his Passion? is a good question to ask of Kyle and Brock. I think they’d say similar things… life, love and an addiction to danger.
Testing Lysander Book Blurb and Links
Blurb for Testing Lysander:
The newest addition to the What’s his Passion? imprint.
Feel the fear and do it anyway.
Extreme photographer Lysander Brock is accustomed to challenging places and situations but nothing can prepare him for the journey that his dominant lover, Kyle Dawson, takes him on.
A commission to photograph the cloud forests of the Colombian Andes becomes the cover for a dangerous mission to expose a terrorist group. Kyle and Lysander must negotiate treacherous terrain, a hazardous climb and unexplored caves to achieve their goal.
When Lysander is captured and tortured, he has no expectations of rescue. He understands that his life comes second to the mission but Kyle has no intention of leaving his beautiful, submissive lover in the hands of a madman. Kyle can deal with the intense pressure of fighting lethal enemies but the guilt of pushing Lysander into a life he never asked for is much harder to accept.
Lysander and Kyle journey together into a life of adventure, Dominance and submission, and an uncertain future.
Publisher’s Note: This book is a sequel to Picturing Lysander and is best read in order.
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