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Title: Native Tongue
Author: Lucy Felthouse
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay, M/M Romance, Romance
They may be back on British soil, but the battle isn’t over.
When Captain Hugh Wilkes fell for his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, he always knew things would never be easy. After months of complete secrecy, their return to England should have spelt an end to the sneaking around and the insane risks. But it seems there are many obstacles for them to overcome before they can truly be happy together. Can they get past those obstacles, or is this one battle too many for their fledgling relationship?
Recent Release Spotlight with Lucy Felthouse
We are here today to talk about Native Tongue. What can you tell us about it?
Native Tongue was a book I never intended to write. When I wrote its predecessor, Desert Heat, I finished it and didn’t think any more about. That was until people started sending messages on social media asking for a follow, mentioning that they’d love a follow up in reviews, and even emailing me. So many people asked that I then decided to work this into my writing schedule, and so Native Tongue was born!
Tell us more about our main characters?
Hugh Wilkes and Rustam Balkhi met out in Afghanistan. Wilkes is a British Army captain, and Balkhi was his interpreter. Wilkes, of course, was only ever going to be in Afghanistan for the length of his tour of duty. Balkhi, though, was training in London to become a doctor before he started working with the army. So when the Brits pulled out of Afghanistan, it made sense for Balkhi to return to his medical training. This, at least, meant that the two men—having since fallen in love—lived in the same country.
What about Native Tongue makes you the proudest?
That readers are enjoying it. I’ve had some really great reviews so far, which makes me very happy. I think because readers had already met the characters, there was more pressure to write another story about them that was equally enjoyable. But, luckily, I seem to have achieved that.
We first met Wilkes and Balkhi in the Desert Heat, which was part of the Unconditional Surrender bundle, but is also available as a stand alone. Want to talk a little about Desert Heat?
Desert Heat was quite the challenge for me. I’d written quite a lot of military stories prior to this—but never set in a war zone before. Fortunately, I have a friend that was in the British Army who was very generous with his time when I was researching, and also read through the story when it was complete to ensure everything was correct and consistent. I also had the multicultural side of things to consider. In fact, the easiest bit was writing the sex scenes! Overall it was a great project to work on because it was so different, and I’m so pleased people liked it, and the characters, enough, to ask for a follow up!
Are Hugh and Rustam done talking to us, our do they have more to tell us?
I think they’re done for now. They’ve already had an awful lot of drama, so I think it’d be nice to leave them in peace to enjoy each other from now on.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Learn to edit yourself thoroughly.
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I’m currently reading Melting Ms Frost by Kat Black and very much enjoying it. I’ve no idea what’s next on the list—I tend to just pick books up depending on what I feel like reading next. It’ll likely be the follow up to Melting Ms Frost, though!
Rapid Fire Time
- Favorite alcoholic beverage? Kopparberg Pear Cider
- Boxers or Briefs? Boxers
- First pet and name? Rabbit called Thumper
- Cook or eat out? Eat out
- Hats or Fascinators? Hats
- 3D or 2D? 2D
- Any Tattoos or piercings? Yes
- Summer or Winter? Summer
- Apple or Android? Apple
- Landlubber or Sea Dog? Landlubber
What are you working on? What is next?
I’m currently working on my third solo novel (I have a co-authored novel available, too). I can’t say too much about it, but it’s a M/M/F BDSM ménage erotic romance and I’m just getting into the swing of things now and hope to get lots of words down on it in the next few weeks.
In terms of my next release, I already have two since Native Tongue was released—two anthologies. One, Opposites Attract, is an F/F anthology, and Wild After Dark is a paranormal ménage erotica anthology.
Wilkes had struggled terribly in the interim. Life had been tough enough while they were still out in the desert. After weeks and weeks of trying desperately to ignore their growing attraction, they’d finally given in to it. It had been stupid and risky, but, having quickly realised there was more to their attraction than the physical, they’d decided to carry on their relationship in secret while they were in Afghanistan, see how it went, and figure things out once Wilkes’ tour of duty was over. Balkhi had always intended to return to the UK for his studies, so they would, at least, be living in the same country.
Wilkes couldn’t help smirking as he thought about some of the situations they’d gotten into together. A trip to Camp Bastion and accidentally bumping into each other in the shower area had started it all off, followed by taking advantage of the relative privacy of an accommodation block. Then there’d been the blowjobs in the briefings tent, the insanely risky clinches in Wilkes’ tent… Christ, how had they never been caught? Heat flushed his cheeks at the erotic flashbacks, and he had to shove them forcefully from his mind and drag his attention back to the road before he caused an accident.
They’d always known things between them were never going to be simple, not even on returning to the UK. Neither man was “out.” And although it had been far too dangerous for Balkhi to come out in Afghanistan, there was no reason he couldn’t be openly gay here. Wilkes, on the other hand, had the reactions of his family, friends and colleagues to consider. He was certain all the people that mattered would quickly get over the shock of discovering his sexuality and accept it, but he still couldn’t shake the worry that it would adversely affect his career. His immediate superior, a homophobic old bastard by the name of Major Graham Hunter, often made his life unpleasant as it was, and that was without knowing Wilkes batted for the other side.
About the Author
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9
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