This is a snippet from my upcoming book, Cog. Nicholle has just returned from completing a dangerous mission, successfully, and finds comfort in the arms of Chris, the head of her company’s IT department:
She looked up from her feet to Chris’s face. He was kneeling in front of her. His eyebrows pangeaed in concern. “Do you know what that’s like?” she said.
He edged in between her legs, filling the space between her knees. He touched her cheek, caressed her skin with his thumb. Heat rose up her thighs, igniting at the apex.
His hand brushed back her hair and he gently pulled her toward him, cupping her nape with his palm.
“Yeah, I do,” he said. “I’d offer my help, but I don’t think you need it.” He closed the distance between them and pressed his lips to hers. Gentle, barely touching, a breath caught between them. Then a surge of breath, the kiss more insistent, an urgency that caught her up in its passion. She wrapped her arms around his neck and swung her legs around his waist, hooked her ankles. He slid her off the bed, fingers gripping her buttocks. He leaned back and hoisted her up, until her full weight was on him. His hand wended upward, to the crown of her head, each finger’s trail leaving a wake of seething heat.
A chime sounded. The door.
“Damn,” she said. Her breath came heavy and fast against his cheek. “I can’t win for losing.”
Wright received her master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, and Cog was her thesis novel for the program. An accomplished poet, Wright’s science fiction poem “Doomed” was a nominee for the Rhysling Award, the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s highest honor. Her other publications include “Of Sound Mind and Body” in the Bram Stoker award-nominated Sycorax’s Daughters; “Dear Octavia Butler” in the Locus Award-winning and Hugo-nominated Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler; “The Haunting of M117” in Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction; “Cyberpunk Remastered” in the award-winning Many Genres, One Craft; “The Last Stop” in Diner Stories: Off the Menu; “Bequeathal” in Far Worlds; and “Mission: Surreality” in The City. Find her on Twitter @KCeresWright.