Why Professional Cuddler
by Davidson King
In Hug It Out Teddy Harris is a professional cuddler. I always knew I was going to somehow write a book with a character who would have this occupation I just wasn’t sure where or when. About two years ago I was driving and there was a radio segment on unique and strange occupations. A man called in talking about his job as a professional cuddler and while it was a brief talk I was fascinated. I went home and began researching this job and why it would be appealing to others.
The more I researched the more I knew this was going to happen. I began picturing what type of person would do this, why, and who would be a challenge for them. I created Riordan from Teddy. He was the polar-opposite of Teddy. Riordan’s hands brought death, Teddy’s healing.
Reaching into the heart of an assassin would be a challenge for anyone but Riordan wanted to be saved and I think that is why Teddy was so perfect for him. There’s a scene by the poolside where Teddy explains to Riordan the medical side of human touch, it appeals to Riordan because he’s not a man of miracles he’s a man of facts.
Cuddling, human touch, it releases oxytocin, a chemical in our brains. Touch lowers blood pressure, stress, reduced social anxiety, relieves pain, and has proven to lessen PTSD. Pretty much all of these Riordan needs relief from.
I chose professional cuddling as an occupation for Teddy because it ids unique and I try to bring that to all my stories, but it was also eye opening. It was perfect for Riordan, and it made you see the parallels of these two characters. Touch is powerful.
About Hug It Out
Riordan Darcy has spent the last fourteen years building a name for himself as a notorious assassin. He travels the world taking the lives of some of the worst humanity has to offer, leaving his signature on every victim.
Riordan becomes unhappy and withdrawn from the world after a job goes horribly wrong and he makes the decision to get out of the life he was forced into, so long ago. When his meddling, older sister gives him a birthday gift that’s impossible to refuse, his plans to leave his life of crime take a backseat when he’s forced to protect the life of a veritable stranger.
When professional hugger and TLC provider, Teddy Harris, is offered a month-long companionship contract, he’s hard pressed to turn it down. Cuddler by day and a video game reviewer by night, Teddy’s need to make people feel loved and cared for is what drives him. When he meets Riordan Darcy, professional challenge and personal temptation collide, making it nearly impossible for him to endure a whole month with the gorgeous, enigmatic man without falling head over heels in love.
When a mole is discovered within Riordan’s organization, relationships are compromised, and people’s lives are in danger. Time isn’t on their side, and they discover answers can’t always be found by hugging it out when someone is hell-bent on eliminating each and every one of them. Can Riordan and Teddy survive long enough to fall in love, or will they die trying?
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About Davidson King
Davidson King, always had a hope that someday her daydreams would become real-life stories. As a child, you would often find her in her own world, thinking up the most insane situations. It may have taken her awhile, but she made her dream come true with her first published work, Snow Falling.
When she’s not writing you can find her blogging away on Diverse Reader, her review and promotional site. She managed to wrangle herself a husband who matched her crazy and they hatched three wonderful children.
If you were to ask her what gave her the courage to finally publish, she’d tell you it was her amazing family and friends. Support is vital in all things and when you’re afraid of your dreams, it will be your cheering section that will lift you up.
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