Please help me welcome author H. Lewis-Foster, who is here to talk about her new Amber Allure release "Northern Relations".
Thanks very much for having me on your blog, Chris – it’s a pleasure to be here!
I was delighted when I received the galley proofs for my latest story Northern Relations. It’s always an exciting moment when you see for the first time what your work will look like on the (real or virtual) page. Amber Allure have done an amazing job (I particularly love the cover), but it was a slightly strange experience rereading the story of Edward, Lord Hadnall, and his friends in Regency England.
I remembered the story and the characters, but what I’d forgotten was quite how much sex I’d put in it! My first thought was, “Blimey, did I write that?” and the answer was, I most certainly did. While it’s far from being erotica, the main characters, Edward, Arthur and Charlie have one hell of a good time—whether it’s the elegant debauchery of a London orgy or tender lovemaking in a Yorkshire stately home.
This got me thinking about my other stories and romance writing in general. How much sex should there be in a romance? In the stories I’ve had published so far, I’ve covered the whole range from sweet and innocent to hot and sultry, along with everything in between. Sometimes the actual amount of sex in a story can be a little misleading, of course, at least in my stories. Readers know from the start that there’s no future in the steamy rendezvous between Seth and Martin in Secret of the Code. Meanwhile, Pete and Andy in Counting Parakeets share barely more than a kiss and a cuddle, but the sexual tension between them simmers from the moment they meet.
But however much bedroom—or forest or library or gardener’s shed—action my characters enjoy, their stories are all romantic at heart. The romance may on occasion remain unrequited until the final scene, but the characters are all attracted to each other’s qualities and talents, their faults and foibles, as much as to their physical features.
This romantic side also plays a big part in my upcoming novel Burning Ashes. There is some sex (we are talking about two young sportsmen in their prime here), but it is absolutely a love story. It’s not quite love at first sight, but it’s not far off, and their overwhelming need to be together makes them turn their lives upside down for each other.
So however much or little sex there is in a story, there’s always room for romance; for characters who fall in love with each other, and whom I hope you’ll fall a little in love with too.
H. Lewis-Foster has worked with books, in one form or another, since leaving university. As a keen reader of gay fiction, she decided to try writing herself, and is now the proud author of several short stories and an upcoming debut novel.
H. has lived in various parts of the UK and has recently moved to the north of England, where she’s enjoying city life, especially the theatres and cinemas. She tries not to watch too much television, but is a big fan of Downton Abbey, and while she’s writing, she loves listening to Test Match Special (where they spend far more time talking about cakes than cricket!)
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by H. Lewis-Foster
Edward, Lord Hadnall, leads a hedonistic life in Regency London, along with his friend and occasional lover, Charlie Brabinger. The only blot on Edward’s carefree horizon is the insistence of his female relations that he settle down and get married. He intends to ignore their pestering for as long as he can, and continue his decadent lifestyle of dances and debauchery. But then Edward meets Charlie’s cousin, Arthur Hathwaite, a kind and honourable country gentleman.
Edward accepts Arthur’s invitation to visit his Yorkshire home and is surprised to find life on the rural estate extremely agreeable. He enjoys Arthur’s company immensely and they become firm friends. But when Edward makes an unexpected discovery, he is left in a moral dilemma. Will Edward follow his usual indulgent urges or do the right thing for once in his life? Or might he be lucky enough to do both?