Louise Lyons – Beautiful Thunder characters

August 31, 2015

My final post of the night. Who wants to know more about Alex and Lindsey from Beautiful Thunder? We all know they’re young pretty guys living in the early 1990s and they love rock music, but what else can I tell you?

Alex Randall is 22 years old, living in a maisonette (a two-story apartment) in a decent area of Nottingham. He has a sister Anna, ten years older, who’s a nurse. Their parents died when Alex was fourteen, leaving a small fortune which means that neither Anna nor Alex needed to work if they didn’t want to. But Anna’s a loving, caring woman who always wanted to help people, hence her career choice. Admittedly Alex hasn’t done much with his life prior to the start of the story. He spends his life singing in front of his mirror, dreaming about being a star, dressing up and going to the club, Rock City, and picking up one girl after another to the extent that he can’t remember their names. Of course he hasn’t met Lindsey yet!

Picture Alex, long dark hair, brown eyes, tall and slim, usually clad in leather pants, cowboy boots and a fancy shirt. He’s not much into the makeup wearing “thing” but he’ll go for a bit of “guy-liner” at a push. He pores over the local music press every week looking through the ads for bands who want singers, but so far he’s not found anything remotely suitable. Until Chapter 1 of Beautiful Thunder where he discovers the ad from the River Rats asking applicants to “call Lindsey”.

Alex scores an audition and goes to the drummer’s house. Mark Short, nicknamed Shorty, lives with his parents and uses the garage for rehearsing. The other musicians meet up at Mark’s house for practise.

Bass player, Ricky Wade, and Mark are both instantly friendly and welcoming to Alex. But guitarist Lindsey seems standoffish and arrogant – an act covering up his shyness.

Lindsey is blond (long haired of course), hazel eyed, and slim, with piercings, tattoos, and a heart-breaking past. He’s a natural guitar player, barely looking at the strings when he plays and there are times in the story when Alex watches him play and feels like he’s watching a real star, despite the fact that none of them have ever played a stage bigger than the one in Rock City.

Lindsey is the typical glam-rock boy, with his spandex pants, silk shirts, nail polish, makeup, and jewellery, but he’s tough with it, having had to fight in school to survive bullies.

Lindsey’s parents threw him out of the house when they discovered he was gay, leaving him alone to fend for himself in the city at just 16 years old. But he survived and now he works in a record store, behind the counter selling records and occasionally deejaying upstairs in the store. He’s a couple of years younger than Alex and in a relationship with a character called Steve, who crops up briefly on a couple of occasions in the story. He doesn’t make Lindsey happy and that’s all I’m saying!

Lindsey lives in a rough part of town, struggles to make ends meet, and holds his cards close to his chest. He doesn’t like to ask for help, even when he’s in desperate need of it, but luckily he has three good friends in Alex, Mark, and Ricky, who look out for him. When he eventually opens up to Alex and the pair begin dating, they keep it a secret from the other two guys, even though they already know Lindsey’s gay. Despite his feelings for Lindsey, Alex is still afraid to commit and worried about being with a man. With him dragging his feet and Lindsey’s shyness giving way to a volatile nature and temper, they struggle to move forward together.

The cover of Beautiful Thunder depicts Lindsey on stage, a scene from later in the story where Alex isn’t performing, but looks up at Lindsey and sees not only the man he loves, but also someone he admires – a star.

So, that’s my boys. I hope you like the sound of them and check out their story. Beautiful Thunder is available as eBook and Paperback of course.

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3 Responses to “Louise Lyons – Beautiful Thunder characters”

  1. Milica says:

    They seem so different,but best love stories usually come from such pairs :)

    Great posts and it’s been lovely talking to you…wish you all the luck and success with your newest release,as well as your future ones.

  2. LouiseLyons13 says:

    Thanks so much, Milica, nice talking with you too :)

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