Interview and Giveaway with Charlotte Stein
Welcome to UTC, Charlotte! We are thrilled to get to chance to speak to you today! So we all know that you write some of the best erotic romances out there, but if you had to describe your own books in a few words, what would they be?
Oh I’m terrible at stuff like this! Everyone else always says things like “brilliant, masterful, sexy”, while I have the urge to say “mad, weird, filthy”. But I realise I’m never going to win over any readers that way, so I’ll go with “brillmaweisexfilth”.
LOL! You have a brand new book releasing this month called, Run To You. Could you please tell us more about this series?
Okay – it’s about a sexy Hungarian businessman who has reduced his relationships down to anonymous liaisons, thanks to an exclusive club that caters to wealthy people and their kinky needs. But then the heroine turns up to one of these meetings – just to see what her best friend was getting up to – and when she hides, her hiding intrigues him. He decides to shake her out of her safe little world…but soon learns that she might be the one doing the shaking…
It’s basically my take on the whole sexy rich guy trope, with a twist. I don’t think I could ever write anything without a twist!
Is there a scene in this book that you adore most and would never want to cut?
I think the scene where he finally opens up to her. I love that moment when the hero drops his guard for the first time, and lets the heroine in. It’s always my favourite thing to write, and this one was agonising because Janos is so shutdown and closed off. I really enjoyed making him slowly want more.
What would you say is the key to writing a good erotic romance? Any tips for aspiring writers?
For me, the key to writing good erotic romance is making sure the sex scenes are just as integral to the romance and the plot as everything else. They’re not just there to be filler in between the important parts. They are the important parts. They should advance the plot and reveal character, and if they don’t there’s no point to them.
You also have THE PROFESSOR, a book about a woman and her aloof professor. Any more details you can give on this book? An estimated release date?
Man, I love this book so much. I absolutely adore writing contemporaries that have actual stakes and real boundaries to negotiate, but I don’t think I realised how much until I started writing professor/student. It’s set in an old English university, and the Professor in question is very rigid, very stuffy, and very cold. He completely isn’t prepared for the feelings the heroine provokes in him, and their burgeoning relationship is tense and fraught and filled with weird encounters where he sets all the rules – like only being able to touch her with something other than his body or his hands.
I’d love to get the chance to write it, but I haven’t even submitted it yet! So release date is very much dependent on what my editor thinks.
I am also thrilled to hear that you will be writing some New Adult books! I think you have a fantastic voice for it. Why did you decide to venture into this avenue and what can we expect from these future books?
I ventured into it quite by accident – I just wrote a book called Sheltered because the premise really resonated with me, and it was a minor success. And then it turned out Sheltered was New Adult, and people actually really love New Adult, and for once I found myself writing and loving a genre that other people do too!
Usually I’m the one writing femdom when everyone else is writing alpha males, so this was a huge source of delight to me. I’ve got lots of things planned – a book about a street fighter who ends up protecting the heroine from her brother’s drug dealer friends, and another about a thief who has to hide his brutal past to be with the girl he falls in love with. They’re quite edgy and dark, as Sheltered was, because basically that’s what I love to write. And I think that era in a woman’s life…it really gives the opportunity to explore some epic highs and lows.
If we were unforgivably rude and pulled at random five things from your hand bag, what would we find?
LOL oh you so wouldn’t want to do that. God knows what you’d have on your hand when you pulled it back out! But I’ll pretend there’s no random goo, and say: receipts from three years ago, a battered notepad, seven pens that don’t work, a mass of melted together sweets that have formed their own small society and a pair of ear buds that don’t work anymore.
Basically my bag is a makeshift bin.
What are some must haves that you require on your desk when you write?
I don’t have a desk! I have a bed, which I lie on until my posture is wrecked and my neck is a mess, and while doing so I require: jellybeans, seven thousand pens, my laptop, my ipod, and the DVD remote control.
What is the last book you’ve read and would you recommend it?
The last book I read was Cara McKenna’s latest manuscript, and it was AMAZAMING. It’s going to slay everything when it’s released.
Gah! I love Cara McKenna so this gets me super excited now!
Thanks for having me!
Alissa Layton leads a dull and ordinary life, safe in routines, with no plans to escape. But when she meets businessman, Janos Kovaks, and is introduced to his kinky lifestyle, Allissa’s entire world changes…
From Charlotte Stein, author of best selling Mischief titles ‘Power Play’, ‘Deep Desires’ and ‘Make Me’.
Alissa uncovers a hidden world of secret assignations and kinky meetings between like-minded high fliers at an exclusive hotel. The businessman Alissa spies on seems far too handsome, sexy and worldly for someone like her, and he’s into the kind of things she’s not sure she can do.
Janos Kovacs has spent so long indulging in emotion-less dalliances that he’s forgotten what real passion is. But the more time he spends with Alissa, the less control he has over himself. By the time he’s finished teaching how deliciously naughty sex can be, he might be the one learning the lessons …
Coming July 25, 2013
Charlotte Stein has published over thirty short stories, novellas and novels, including entries in The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance and Best New Erotica 10. Her collection of short stories was named one of the best erotic romances of 2009 by Michelle Buonfiglio, and her first novel, Control, was recently called “…a non-stop crazy hot sex book”.When not writing non-stop crazy hot sex books, she can be found eating jelly turtles, watching terrible sitcoms and occasionally lusting after hunks. She lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and their imaginary dog.
Charlotte is graciously giving away a digital copy of RUN TO YOU when it releases on July 25! To enter, please tell us what was the last book you read and if you would recommend it!
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The last book I read was The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers, I’d definitely recommend it!
The last book I read was called Claimed by Stacey Kennedy & I highly recommend it! It’s hot, sexy, & kinky!
The last book I read was Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, I would recommend this book.
I read Charlotte’s Curve Ball and loved it! I highly recommend it (I love friends to lovers!).
My last read was Hotter than Ever by Elle Kennedy. It wasn’t a Carlotte Stein book, but it was pretty good anyway!
Brie Learns The Art Of Submission by Red Phoenix. Loved it and have recommended the entire series.
Midnights Kiss by Donna Grant and yes I would recommend it and the series to everyone.
The last book I read was the Story Guy. I definitely recommend it! I’ve some of Charlotte’s other books and they were fantastic! Thanks for sharing!
the billionaires obsession BY J.S.SCOTT YES I ENJOYED IT
The last book I read was The Silence of the Lambs and I’d recommend it very highly! Thanks for this interview and giveaway 🙂
The last book I read was Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh. Of course it is a recommended read – it might be my favorite book ever by her.
Incubus Dreams by Laurel K Hamilton. Yup, I would definitely recommend it!
I’ve just this second finished Mary Ann Rivers’ ‘The Story Guy’ – thanks to Charlotte’s recommendation! And of course, the one before that was ‘Control’, by Charlotte herself. Am a SHAMELESSLY huge fan of hers.
My recommendation is for There is No Light in Darkness by Claire Contreras.
the last book i read was falling into you by jasinda wilder and yes i would recommend it highly
I just finished Tension by R.L. Griffin and it was fantastic, I’d definitely recommend it to anyone! 🙂
Ok, I have a list of books I recently read. I just finished The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda. I wouldn’t recommend it unless the reader intends to stick to reading the whole series. The book ends on a HUGE cliff hanger. I also read Her Master’s Kiss by Vivien Sparx. I would not recommend it at all. The Viking Takes a Knight by Sandra Hill was good but not as good as some of her other books. Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning was actually better than I thought it would be. I would recommend it to anyone that reads stories in that category.
Coming Alive by Karina Halle
The last I read fully was Diane Albert’s Faking It. The storyline was not original, but I enjoyed Derek’s characterization so much that I would recommend it if you like dark, mysterious charming man trope.
The last book I read was Her Immortal Love by Diana Castle. Good book.
I have 18% to left in Katie Porter’s Chains and Canes (Club Devant) Loving it.
A Lover Untamed by Pamela Palmer. I actually reviewed it on Amazon earlier today and gave it 2 stars, did not like it.
Saw that Jen B. read Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning. I just finished the first 4 books in the series and enjoyed them all.
I just finished Wanted: Wife by Gwen Jones and it was awesome. Loved it. Great characters, great story.
okg I just finished fifth grave past the light by darynda jones and it was AMAZING!!… best book yet in the series 🙂
My last book was; Feel The Heat by Desiree Holt. great book, great series 🙂
I am catching up so I am in the middle of the Blackstone Affair series and so far yes I would recommend it!
My last book was Beautiful Disaster.
The last book I finished was: The Harlot by Saskia Walker *swoon*
An historical erotic fantasy romance that I’d absolutely recommend for fans of wanton heroines, reluctant heroes, a bit of magic, adventure, suspense and fun. Looking forward to the next installment!
Great interview Charlotte and thanks for the giveaway! I’ve added your books to the TBR pile *grins*
the last book I read was Unsticky by Sarra Manning and it was excellent, so I’d definitely recommend it.
The last book I read was Rule by Jay Crownover. I liked it and would definitely recommend it.
I didn’t know Charlotte had a new book coming out. Adding to my tbr list now.
The last book I read was Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton and I loved it and would definitely recommend it.
Thanks for the chance to win!
The last book I read was Fighting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins and it was fantastic!!
The last book I read was Kissing Coach by Mimi Strong, I definitely recommend it. It was such a cute romance, with a little bit of steam.
The last book I read was Dear Rockstar by Emme Rollins and I LOVED it! I would highly recommend it!
off limits by Sawyer Bennett; yes
The last I read was Lick by Kylie Scott and it was amazing!!!