Naked Surprises

We’ve all heard those stories about conferences where crazy things happen. If you’re like me, though, you’re never around when those crazy things happen. At least until recently that was me.

Weekend before last I was at a conference and was offered the chance to be in the middle of some excitement. Yes, that sounds deliciously naughty, doesn’t it?

See, at the hotel we were in I heard about a man running the halls naked. As coordinator, I was asked if I had planned the entertainment for attendees. Sadly I had to admit I hadn’t. 😉 Apparently, he was using room service plate covers to hide his private bits. I just knew I wouldn’t see what everyone was talking about, and I was terribly curious. Before it was over I’m pretty sure everyone had seen the show.

A few of us were even invited to be in it as “extras”. Turns out they were making a video about a man getting locked out of his room naked and then making his way to the front desk. I think the video was for the hotel hospitality.

The man in question was wearing a pair of skin colored underwear, so nothing really showed, but I have to say that having the confidence needed to parade “naked” through a busy hotel is pretty amazing. He was secure in himself and it showed in every step he took. It’s the same self-certainty I recognized in Dr. H and Ava as I wrote ILLICIT INTUITIONS. They know what they want. They know they’re worth it. They are willing to go for it, even if it means possible rejection. Or worse.

Tell me, what have you valued enough to fight for? What do you wish you’d fought for that maybe you didn’t?

ILLICIT INTUITIONS releases Today from Samhain Publishing.

Love could be their greatest liability.

Ava Malia knows three things. She was once a kickass covert operative. She will eventually adjust to her new team, the FBI Specialized Crimes Unit. And the only way to finally be free of her professional past is to solve her first case and get her hands on a game-changing technology. The only problem? Success rides on her ability to swallow her distaste for the persona she must adopt in order to earn the trust of a mysterious scientist.

Dr. H escaped childhood captivity with three things. His sister. Complete control of his gift. And an engulfing distrust of anyone in the government. Adjusting to a life of freedom hasn’t been easy, but he’s found peace in solitude. The sexy woman auditing his empathic studies, though, has a way of getting under his skin that’s both arousing and disturbing. Plus, his psychic ability warns him of secrets so deeply buried in her psyche, they’d be better left alone.

Yet their instant attraction strips away all their protective barriers, down to the foundation of a new, fragile trust. And a vulnerability that, when an old enemy opens fire, could blast away any chance of a future.

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