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Feb 11 2015 12:45pm
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H&H Quickie #7: Charlotte Stein Presents “Elevator to Hell”

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Forbidden by Charlotte Stein

Today we are over the moon to bring you an exclusive Quickie scene from Charlotte Stein, whose latest Under the Skin novel, Forbidden, came out in January.

Last month, we asked you to offer suggestions (“prompts”) as inspiration for a short original scene, and you blew us away with a ton of great prompts.

Newsletter subscribers got the first sneak peek, but the full scene is now available all site visitors on February 13 as a special birthday treat from us to you!

Here is the prompts she chose for (with thanks to everyone who left a suggestion, because there were so many fantastic options):

  • A shared love of zombie films (by MFrampton)
  • Female boss, male secretary (by Super Wendy)
  • A naughty story found on a kindle (by lauralee1912)

Without further ado, here is Charlotte Stein's H&H Quickie, “Elevator to Hell.”

I think he believed that I would stick to the story he wanted to show me. And I should do, really. It seems so unfair to go beyond the pages of Sleeping On The Abyss, when he specifically leant his Kindle to me so I could read it. But the thing is, once I have it in my hands something just happens to me. I get all itchy on the inside and my heart starts to bang really forcefully against my ribcage. Suddenly I can barely concentrate on the book, despite how desperately I wanted to take a look.

He made it sound so good—zombies and shopping malls and men with really angry moustaches. I can never resist men with really angry moustaches, and especially not when they’ve been combined with zombies. I even told him that very thing, then braced myself for derisive laughter that never actually came.

[Read the full scene...]

Jan 21 2014 10:30am

Hot and Wanting: Taking Control of Beta Heroes

Control by Charlotte SteinToday we're pleased to welcome author Charlotte Stein to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Charlotte has several new releases, including Control (just released in paperback), and Almost Real, with Telling Tales seeing its paperback release next month. Many of Charlotte's heroes are both hot and beta, and she's here to talk about writing and loving the beta hero.

The thing I love most about writing and reading about beta heroes is the knowledge that if I met them in real life, I would more than likely like them. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I love an alpha-type hero too. Sometimes you just want Wolverine smashing up your lady business with his insane facial hair and genuinely scary muscles. But if I met Wolverine in real life, would I want to date him?

Okay, the answer is still probably yes. But the thing is, I think it’s Wolverine’s beta qualities that would actually seal the deal. You know when he’s all nice to Rogue? And all sad that he doesn’t fit in with the other X-Men? And then that time when he’s confused and naked because they did experiments on him?

I like that Wolverine. I can fully imagine myself finding him in the woods completely naked, then taking him in and soothing his troubled soul while a saxophone bleats sadly in the background. And it’s pretty much the same for most heroes I love. Even if they’re alpha, I find the real me more drawn to the things in them that could be seen as beta.

[Let's talk about betas...]