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Today’s Saturday theme is workplace and I’ve chosen a snippet from Midnight Playground. One of the things I loved about this book is that it takes place in an erotic photo studio. Chase, one of the heroes in this book, photographs all levels of eroticism from simple lingeries shoots all the way to hardcore bondage and S&M.
The following scene is a lead up to Eve’s first shoot as a plus sized model for Chase and Murphy. She is transitioning from receptionist to model and is hoping it leads to much much more. To say she’s in a little over her head might be an understatement.
As often happens when I post an excerpt, this is NSFW.
Excerpt from Midnight Playground:
Precisely at nine a.m. sharp, Eve swiped her employee card through the security pad on the back door of the building that housed the photo studio. Both Chase?s and Murphy?s cars were already in the parking lot. She?d carefully chosen one of the most conservative business suits she owned, along with the most outrageous pair of four-inch heels she possessed.
Underneath said outfit was a completely different story. After the first few weeks of working at Altered Ego, she?d begun to change how she dressed underneath her plain skirts and blouses. She?d been determined to feel sexy despite her size and ordered all new lingerie. On days she felt particularly scandalous, she would wear no panties underneath her skirt and a thin lace bra that did little to hide her hard nipples poking underneath.
Today was not one of those days.
She?d picked matching black lace panties and bra. Chase had given her no indication of when the shoot would begin if she accepted, so she’d decided to come prepared just in case. At the front entrance, she grasped the handle on the frosted glass door and pulled it open. Eve half expected Chase and Murphy to be standing in the lobby waiting for her. Instead the hum of the aquarium in the corner greeted her along with the scent of freshly brewed coffee.
Mmm. A super shot of caffeine sounded like the perfect way to start her day. No messages sat on her desk, and everything remained exactly as she?d left it the afternoon before. Eve dropped her bag and the folder on her desk and headed in the direction of the small kitchen. She hadn’t gotten three feet away when the intercom buzzed.
“Eve, did you bring the Smith folder with you this morning?” The tone of Chase?s question told her nothing. She wasn’t surprised. He probably excelled at card games with that damned poker face of his.
She rushed as fast as she could on four-inch heels back to her desk, depressed the intercom button, and spoke. “Yes, sir, it’s here on my desk.”
“Could you please bring it in?”
“Of course.” Oh boy, here we go. He hadn?t even let her get her morning coffee before she had to face him with her answer. Eve scooped up the folder and headed for Chase?s office. No doubt he and Murphy would be waiting and Chase would have told him everything about their conversation from the night before.
Outside his door, she plastered on her hopeful smile and entered his space. Chase didn’t look up from his computer, nor did he greet her in any way. She waited a few seconds, unsure how to proceed.
“I’ve got the file here for you. I—”
“Good.” He interrupted. “Just leave it there in my box.”
Shocked by his disinterest, Eve dropped the file, turned, and walked out the door. After everything she’d put herself through in anticipation of seeing him this morning, the letdown of being summarily dismissed crippled her.
Coffee forgotten, she fell into her chair and stared at her computer screen. Why hadn’t he said anything? He didn’t even ask if she’d signed the agreement. And where the hell was Murphy? She?d already noticed that his office was empty this morning and had assumed he?d be waiting with Chase. She poked her head over the partition and stared in the direction of the studio. Sure enough the door was closed tight and the busy light was on. She leafed through the appointment book to see what was scheduled, only to find they had nothing until eleven o?clock this morning.
So why then was Murphy shut in the studio and Chase sitting in his office staring at the screen? She had half a mind to head into the dressing room and take a peek, but the chance of getting caught was too great. Certainly her boss would not be pleased if he discovered her spying on a session.
Hours passed as Eve went about her morning routine. Answering calls and sorting through e-mails as well as what was delivered by the mailman. Every time Eve moved, the lace of her bra rubbed across her nipples until they’d gone beyond sensitive to wildly aroused. Constant images of Chase and Murphy surrounding her flooded her mind. Simply every move, every thought kept her continuously on edge until she thought she’d go mad.
She’d glance at the clock and squirm endlessly in her chair, the wait excruciating. She’d expected Chase to give her a hard time this morning, to try and talk her out of the job. Them ignoring her had never crossed her mind. It served as a stark reminder that this was simply a job. Not a date. Not a love affair. A job that she?d signed a contract to do.
Still, her panties stayed wet and her budded tips brushing against fabric made it difficult for her not to moan. Not exactly the kind of professional behavior they probably expected. Sweat dotted her forehead as she crossed and uncrossed her legs.
If it wasn’t her nipples, it was her clit. Eve inhaled a slow, steady breath and sat completely still. If she could slow her pulse, she could certainly get things back under control. This kind of wanton behavior was not her. She picked up the bottle of water on her desk and with shaky hands brought it to her lips. Cool water splashed down her throat. She wished she could dump it over her head. Maybe then she’d stop thinking about being touched. Or imagining what Chase looked like underneath his clothing.
Not once in all of her spying had he so much as removed a shirt. Didn?t stop her from noticing the way the muscles moved and bunched the cloth as he worked, though. God, what the hell was wrong with her?
Eve gave up trying to slow her breathing and gulped for much-needed air instead. Perspiration trailed down her spine and into the edge of her skirt. If they didn?t say something soon, she?d have to go to the restroom and get herself off. Whatever it took to take the edge off. Why wait? So far nothing had happened and she owed them nothing. Chase and his fucking computer could take a flying leap for keeping her at bay like this. Making her wonder what he planned to do.
She smoothed down the edge of her skirt and straightened her spine. Five minutes in the bathroom was all she needed. Maybe less. Screw Chase and the horse he rode in on. She didn?t need this bullshit. She fucking needed relief. A few seconds later, only three feet lay between her and relief as she headed for the restroom.
“Come into the studio,” Chase commanded from the doorway.
Midnight Playground is available now and look for the next in this new series, Power Play in November!
For more snippety goodness be sure to follow the trail:
One of the resources I found is a site called sexandmagic.com While I’m not using anything from the site for this book I found some very interesting spells and I thought I’d share one for spicing up your love life.
TO MAKE YOUR MAN MORE PASSIONATE IN BED
Write his name on a red phallus candle, stroke it 9 times with musk oil, and then pass it through the smoke of musk incense. Light the candle once a day, letting it burn 1/2 an inch each time. When the candle is finished, wrap it in a piece of red satin and keep it under your bed for one month.
Just one of the fun and interesting things I often come across in the name of research.
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Wow It’s October. This year is flying by but I can’t say I mind October. It’s one of my favorite months. Cooler weather, falling leaves, and Halloween! I adore all things paranormal this month. In celebration of this first weekend in October, I am taking today off and will hopefully be decorating the house and yard.
For this week’s Six Sunday we continue through my WIP, Dark Magic Desire. So let’s lick off the month of Halloween with something appropriate.
Here is my inspiration for this scene:
Devlin scented evil. Its putrid odor burned his nostrils as he breathed in the last of the available air inside his death chamber buried six feet under the earth. Muffled sounds from above him sharply reminded him that his friends and fans were waiting for him to complete his latest death-defying stunt. He’d been enjoying the anticipation of their upcoming panic when they’d wonder if he’d failed and was going to die. Until that rotting flesh odor had penetrated his senses. Now he was stuck here for at least another two minutes while something else lurked among the helpless humans.
For more fun six be sure to head over to the Six Sunday website and see many more authors participating.