H Lewis-Foster, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. we're excited to interview your character, Nat Seddon from the book, Burning Ashes.
Genre: Gay Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover artist: Leah Kaye Suttle
Length: 200 pages
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: Sporting rivalry turns to passion in a tale of true love and cricket.
Blurb: Intelligent and confident, Australian cricketer Nat Seddon is one of the world's best bowlers. He's openly gay, but keeps his private life to himself, with everything under control. But on the last day of his team's Ashes tour of
England, he meets Scott
promising new batsman. Nat tries not to be attracted to Scott, but he can't help
finding the privileged young man handsome and endearing. Nat is tempted by a little
end of tour fun, but finds himself playing agony uncle to a virgin. Instead of going
home to bask on a beach, he spends a wet week in the north of England with Scott.
Try as he might to resist, he can't help falling hopelessly in love.
The hectic sporting calendar is a persistent obstacle to their growing romance; Nat and Scott are rarely even on the same continent. They make the most of the time when they can be together, but the months apart take a toll on Scott, professionally and personally. The possible solutions are nearly unthinkable, but if they are willing to make sacrifices that will change their lives forever, they might hold on to the love they found in the Ashes.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Nat and Scott are professional cricketers. Nat Seddon is 27 years old and plays for
while Scott Alverley is 21 and plays for England.
A little while later, Scott stood in the kitchen making tea, while Nat watched him from the comfort of the couch. Scott looked more relaxed than he had all night and even more attractive. Nat felt his heart begin to race as he imagined the feel of Scott's skin beneath his fingers, the taste of his lips, the heat of his—
Nat recalled the panic in Scott's eyes when he'd tried to kiss him a few hours earlier. No matter how much Nat ached to see what lay beneath his shirt and jeans, he couldn't put the slightest pressure on Scott. He knew he'd never forgive himself, so he got up from the couch and made his way to the kitchen.
"Listen, Scott, it's getting late."
A teaspoon slipped from Scott's hand and clattered onto a saucer. Nat could have kicked himself when he saw the anxious rise and fall of Scott's chest, and the lump in his throat as he swallowed. Scott plainly thought Nat expected his reward for being such a patient listener.
"I didn't mean… I have to go. We've got an early flight tomorrow."
Scott didn't look any less fearful at the thought of him leaving. In fact, he looked like he might cry. Nat didn't know what to do, so he reached into his pocket and took out his phone.
"Take my number. Give me a call if you're in
Brisbane or if you just want a chat."
Nat looked down to switch on his phone, but before he could tap the screen to life, he felt Scott's trembling fingers on the back of his neck. As Scott pulled Nat toward him, Nat saw the awful consequences if he let this happen. He'd be thousands of miles away this time tomorrow, unable to help Scott through a difficult time, and if he let Scott think he was interested, it could only make things worse. Nat determined to resist. He'd put Scott in touch with some gay support group, then get the hell out of the country.
But as Nat felt the touch of Scott's lips against his, he found himself helpless in the face of temptation. Remembering this was Scott's first kiss, Nat was more restrained than he'd been in his life. He longed to grab Scott's sweet backside and run his hands over every inch of his body, but instead he stroked his fingers through Scott's hair as their lips gently explored. Nat felt the tension in Scott's body ease, as their kisses became deeper and more intense. Nat's heart began to flutter and tiny shivers rippled over his skin. Then Scott pulled away and said the oddest thing.
"Do you have to go home tomorrow?"
Interview with Nat Seddon
Tell us about yourself.
Hi there. My name's Nat Seddon. I'm a professional cricketer and, as I'm sure you can tell from my accent, I play for
Australia. I'm a fast bowler, which
means I have to keep myself pretty fit, and at six feet five, there's quite a lot
of me to keep fit. I love cricket, but when I'm not playing or training, there's
nothing I like more than curling up with a good book and a glass of wine.
Tell us about Scott.
I know this'll sound really soppy, but Scott is the only man I've ever loved. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't a virgin when we met, but my sexual partners had always been friends and nothing more. But then I met Scott and everything – and I mean everything – changed. I don't mind admitting I was a bit uptight before I met Scott. I was always in control of my life and I didn't let anyone get too close. We spend so much time travelling in this job, I didn't want the heartbreak of a long-distance relationship, but the moment I met Scott, well…I tried so hard not to fall for him, but there wasn't a damn thing I could do about it.
Scott couldn't be more different from me. He's got wavy blond hair and he's quite slender for a sportsman. And let's face it, he could be a catwalk model. I still get shivers just looking at him sometimes. He's the most beautiful man I've ever met–and the scattiest. He's so disorganized and he comes up with the daftest ideas. You'd never think he passed his exams with flying colours at that posh school he went to. But he's also the sweetest, kindest man I know. He'll probably drive me nuts when we finally get to live together, but I don't care. I love him and that's all there is to it.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I think most people would say it's my dedication to my work. I dread to think how many hours I've spent in the gym and the practice nets over the years. I want to help my team win, whatever it takes, and I suppose I've brought that same dedication to my relationship with Scott. I hate it when we're apart just as much as he does. I guess I'm not capable of doing anything by halves.
What was it like where you grew up?
I grew up in
My mum is a doctor and my dad's a barrister, so I had a pretty comfortable childhood.
I went to a good school and I had some great friends, so I really can't complain.
I got a bit of stick when I came out, but nothing I couldn't handle. Mum was amazing.
She was so supportive, whereas Dad…let's just say I steer clear of my father if
I can. He's never come to terms with what he calls my 'lifestyle choice'. The truth
is he can't stand the thought of his only son with another man. We're civil to each
other for Mum's sake, but that's as far as it goes.
As a child, who was your best friend? Tell us about him/her.
My best friend at school was Andy—he's a writer now and still a good mate. We had so much fun together and got into all sorts of scrapes. I told Andy I was gay when we were fifteen—he was the very first person I told. He shook my hand in this really grown up way and said, "That's all right, mate. Makes no difference to me." Then he got together with our other friends, Mark and Barry, and they swore to beat the crap out of anyone who gave me any trouble. I was big enough and strong enough to look after myself, but it was great to know they were all on my side.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
That would have to be Honeysuckle Cottage, Scott's parents' place in the
Lake District. We went there the day after
we met, and we really got to know each other there. It was where we made love for
the first time too, and you never forget that. There's an open fire and cozy sofas,
and shelves overflowing with books. The views of the countryside are breathtaking,
and the housekeeper, Mrs B, keeps the fridge stocked with delicious food, which
Scott is only too happy to cook. So I'd be glad to hide away with Scott in Honeysuckle
Cottage any time. Good food, good books and the man I love. What more could a guy
About the Author
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 a 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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Betting on Snow (Dreamspinner Press)
Counting Parakeets (JMS Books)
Secret of the Code (JMS Books)
Balancing the Books (JMS Books)
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