Today author K. Carlton joins us with a closer look at her short story HELPLESS AND HOPELESS, which readers will find in the uber-hot, deliciously steamy anthology UNDRESSED, INC. featuring stories from four fabulous authors. You can catch more about their reads at the end of this post, but first let’s get to know K. Carlton with a behind the scenes look at her contribution. Y’all give her a warm welcome!
HELPLESS AND HOPELESS | K. Carlton
Helpless and Hopeless is my first dip in the short story pond. I like to take my time and poke around in my characters head for awhile but that would defeat the purpose of mini erotic stories for readers short on time. With the challenge of constructing a short story from my usual 300 pages to a tight and healthy 100 I came up with two of my cutest characters Brooke Langley and Sam Foley.
The adult versions of the two high school misfits that grew up are the type of friends that everyone thinks should bone if they are not all ready. A couple of cute kittens that jump, play, and snuggle. Familiar as an old marry couple but unwilling to throw in the towel and admit that they were made for each other.
I had fun with these two friends that go way back and I don’t think I could have pulled off my first short with any other couple but them.
Sam the quintessential shy jock is the guy girls really want in high school instead of the obnoxious block head that they ultimately end up with. Most girls aren’t mature enough to know that. Brooke Langley on the other hand saw Sam’s potential but unfortunately not her own. Big boobs with a lot of ambition and just as much heart Brooke allowed the moniker of the poor kid follow her around and dog her through out her entire high school experience.
Both of these characters succeed as adults on different life paths but always seem to find themselves back in each other’s arms within a 16 year time period.
In this short the question will they or won’t they become more than friends with benefits isn’t answered but stick with these two because I plan to revisit this characters once more in Helplessly Hopeless at a later date.
Sarah: That sounds like a date I’d love to keep! I love characters with a past . . . there’s something really smokin’ about rearranging the lines of those old relationships. As previously mentioned, K. Carlton has good company in the UNDRESSED, INC. anthology. Here’s a closer look.
At Undressed Inc., the women you meet are an eclectic bunch, but there is one thing that connects them: their sexual desire and their need to satiate that desire. In the hot anthology Undressed Inc., sit back and enjoy four stories that bring you front and center on dynamic women who, once tangled with a man who pushes all her hot buttons, fight for every drop of pleasure and love they can get.
HELPLESS AND HOPELESS by K. Carlton
Not at all happy about her long-awaited homecoming, video vixen Brooke Langely finds herself the maid of honor in her best friend’s wedding and face to face for the first time in years with her old high school rivals. But Brooke has her silver lining in the form of Sam Foley, the shy jock in high school that was Brooke’s favorite extracurricular activity after school.
For the next few days, Brooke plans to make up for old times and screw her sex buddy like crazy. Unfortunately, her best friend’s circus of a wedding threatens to get in her way.
NO OTHER LOVE by Embue
Arizona “Ari” Garrison has made some changes in her life: she’s finally left her abusive ex-husband Fletcher and she’s graduating college with her degree in business. Despite her accomplishments, what she lacks is a real man to be the comforter she seeks. Her vibrator can only do but so much to curb her sexual desires. The night of her graduation, her best friends take her out to have a good time. Little did she know that she’d find love in a jazz club.
Newman Riley Myers has had his share of women. After breaking off his engagement to the daughter of a wealthy socialite two years ago, he vowed to never love again. It’s not until he lays eyes on Ari that his mind is swayed. Handsome, educated and interested, Riley pursues Ari and wants her in the worst way. His only fear is can she love him for who he really is.
With secrets lingering in the balance and jealousy in the air, can Ari and Riley shed their fears to have…No Other Love?
BLACK HONEY by Samara King
Skeletons could wake the departed and make the living – dead targets!
Who could she run to?
When Officer Elisha “Elle” Taylor finds out crime lord Monty “Black” Kearns was her father, there is only one man she can turn to in the midst of a deadly plot for revenge. The very man she’d sworn never to touch again. Durant Kane.
Leaning on her father’s enforcer and her ex-lover seemed suicidal when the hit on her father was said to be ordered by his own people. Yet, the impulsive and heady sexual chemistry between them was undeniable.
One touch was all it took for the lines between good and bad to blur. One kiss was all she needed for him to steal her breath away…
TABLES TURNED by Ayanna Pierce
By day, Samantha Long uses her hands and pressure points to help her clients relax as a massage therapist. By night, Sam is Mistress Siren and uses her whips and leathers to make her clients submit as a dominatrix at Destiny Parker’s ultra-hot spot, Awaken. No matter the time of day, her mind is constantly focused on Drew Winger, a man she wants but can’t seem to conjure up her sexy nighttime persona Siren to express her feelings.
When Destiny “gets real” with her and allows Sam to think of the alternative of not expressing her feelings to Drew, Sam unleashes Mistress Siren in the hopes to making Drew only hers. She soon realizes, however, that sometimes, in order to get what you truly want you need to be willing to relinquish control and let go.