Do you have a forbidden fantasy? Shy author/research assistant Lily Hart does. Movie director Aidan Pierce has been the star attraction in Lily's steamy fantasies for more than a year. But when she unexpectedly runs into him for real, she doesn't know what to do...except slip into her alter ego--Lacey St. Clair, the pen name she's taken to write the deliciously racy The Ten-Minute Seduction! Aidan Pierce is used to Hollywood starlets on his arm and in his bed. Fabulous yet authentic Lacey isn't like them--and he likes that. But when he finds out she's really Lily Hart, he wonders if he can trust her. But he's not ready to relinquish the mind-shattering sex just yet...
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June 30, 2008
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Excerpt from Incognito by Kate Hoffmann
"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our premiere service between Los Angeles and New York. While we're preparing for take-off, your flight attendants will be serving beverages. Our scheduled departure of 9:30 p.m. has been pushed back twenty minutes, but the captain assures us that we will be arriving in New York right on time."
The bell dinged and Lily pinched her eyes shut, her white-knuckled hands clutching at the arms of her seat. This was the part she always hated, the waiting, the time between the moment she strapped herself in and the moment the jet lifted off the ground.
Though she'd nearly conquered her aversion to flying about a year ago, her trip to Paris with Miranda had renewed every fear and then doubled it. They'd lost an engine somewhere over the Atlantic and had been forced to make an emergency landing in Ireland. Lily had refused to get back on the plane and had taken a combination of boats and trains to Paris. When it came time to go home, she'd returned home the same way-- the QE II across the Atlantic followed by a cross-country train trip. Since then, she'd refused to get on a plane.
She glanced down at the self-help book that lay open on her tray table. She'd read six books in the past two months, seen a psychologist and a psychiatrist and attended two seminars that guaranteed success in conquering a fear of flying.
"Airline travel is the safest mode of travel," she murmured to herself, pushing her glasses up the bridge of her nose.Yeah, right. That would make her feel so much better when plummeting from twenty thousand feet.
Had Lily been given a choice, she might have taken the train to New York. But Miranda had insisted that her fears were unfounded. She just needed to get back on the horse--which would have been a reasonable alternative in Lily's mind. L.A. to New York via wagon train. When was the last time anyone died in a fiery wagon train crash?
In the end, Lily was forced to agree. Her fears were childish and she needed to conquer them before they completely paralyzed her. But that didn't mean she'd be unprepared for disaster. She grabbed the emergency card from the pocket in front of her and tried to focus on the information. Why didn't they just give everyone a parachute? Then if anything bad happened, they could all jump.
She waved one of the flight attendants over to her seat. "I think I'm going to need something to drink after all. If it's not too late."
"We're still waiting for a few first-class passengers to board. What can I get you?"
"Vodka," Lily said. "Two of those little bottles in a glass of ice with just a splash of cranberry juice." Lily forced a smile and sat back in her seat. This was all her fault. She'd made a vow a year ago to move out of Miranda's house and make a life of her own. But the time had never been right.
Miranda had always been in the middle of some crisis or another. Now her godmother was three months late on a deadline and had convinced herself the only place she could possibly finish the book was her summer house in the Hamptons. So Lily had been ordered to go on ahead and open the place.
She reached into her bag and pulled out a small photo album. She'd made the album in a pteromerhanophobia workshop she'd taken last month. The participants had been asked to select photos representing all the things they wanted to do in the future. During a plane trip, they were supposed to find a photo and focus on it.
Lily flipped through the album. There was a picture of the Great Wall of China, her ultimate travel destination. And another of a cute little dog--she'd always wanted a dog, but Miranda was allergic. And there was a photo of a model in a sexy bathing suit. Someday, she'd lose twenty pounds and look just like that.
Lily paused, her gaze falling on the photo of Aidan Pierce she'd cut out of Premiere. Someday she'd find a man who made her heart flutter as much as he had.
Since seeing him from across the airport lounge a year ago, Lily had followed his career in the magazines. She'd bought all his movies on DVD and read everything she could find about his social and professional life. And occasionally, she'd allow herself a fantasy or two about what it might be like to have a man like Aidan in her bed.
The flight attendant returned with Lily's drink and set it in front of her, placing the tumbler on top of a napkin. "I'll have to collect that before we take off."
A man passed behind the attendant and she smiled as he bumped against her with his bag. Lily took a sip of her vodka and watched as the passenger searched for an empty overhead bin. He turned and she caught sight of his profile.
She sucked in a sharp breath and the vodka went down wrong, causing a fit of coughing. Gasping for breath, Lily slumped down in her seat and covered her mouth with the napkin.
The flight attendant bent closer. "Are you all right?" she asked.
Lily waved her hand, tears now streaming down her face