Friday, July 1, 2016

The Applicant (or Virgins, Robot Bears, and Other Disasters)

My first published short story, "The Applicant (or Virgins, Robot Bears, and Other Disasters)" will be republished as a longer novella in January 2017 by Dreamspinner Press.

The Applicant
by Aidee Ladnier

Series: Busted Labs, Book One
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 47
ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-200-1
Editor: Anne Regan
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
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The Applicant (Busted Labs #1)



Dr. Forbes Pohle knows interviewing lab assistants can be a tedious process--luckily the malfunctioning robot bear in the other room helps liven things up.

The story centers on a bright young man who thinks he's interviewing a candidate for a lab assistant position.  I won't spoil the story, but I will tell you his sexy visitor is not quite what he seems.  And of course, for added chaos, there is a rampaging (okay, it's a little too small to be really rampaging) teddy bear robot.  My DH coined a special name for the teddy bear--the cuddly juggernaut.

Dr. Forbes Pohle is my favorite type of character to read--someone who's a little afraid of going forward, but unwilling to let fear keep him from doing what he wants to do.  I felt just like this while writing my short story--a little afraid of submitting to a publisher but unwilling to let such a great opportunity pass me by.  Like Forbes, I think the fear was definitely worth overcoming.

Blurb:
How can something so cuddly and adorable be so destructive? The teddy bear robot decimating his lab is only the first disaster of the day for roboticist Forbes Pohle. If he can figure out how to end its rampage, he still has to interview applicants for the position of research assistant and convince the time traveler on his doorstop that they should be making their future right now.

Oliver Lennox didn’t travel back in time to have a quickie in the blast chamber—but it certainly is fun. This younger Forbes is a sweeter, more innocent version of his lover. And it will be hard to leave him behind in the past.

If you like sexy nerds, humor, plenty of action, and a love story not even time can disrupt, this romantic adventure has the perfect credentials for the job.

Excerpt:

     The teddy bear robot hadn't powered down when Forbes sent the command code.
     The tiny whirlwind of metal and fur was still running full tilt into one wall, extracting itself from the plaster and then turning to run the other way, taking out chairs, filing cabinets, and tables in its way. A sharp smell of mechanical smoke and damaged wiring permeated the air. Forbes swallowed, trying to cleanse his mouth of the metallic taste.
     They watched the bear plow into a workstation cabinet leaving a large hole at the bottom. The sound of wood splintering and glassware breaking ensued as it ran down the inside of the cabinet to burst out the other end.
     Forbes winced as he spied the mainframe monitor black and dead, toppled onto the floor. It was unfortunately in the path of the bear, who didn't hesitate to tread into the sparking electronics. A retry of the shutdown code was not going to be possible.
     "Hey, your little doll is running into your stuff."
     The applicant stepped around Forbes to stand in the route of the robot, reaching down to pick it up.
     "NO!" Forbes yanked the other man out of the way as the robot ran past. It still managed to clip his visitor’s leg with one of its fast pumping furry arms.
     "Ow!" The man hopped back, and Forbes grabbed his arm to keep him from falling on the splinters of a chair. The little bear pulled itself out of a skid on some broken glassware and headed back their way.
     "In here." Forbes pulled the limping man into the blast chamber where he'd tested the indestructibility of the bear the previous evening.
     He closed the door as the little robot clanged against it, a teddy bear-sized indention popping through on their side.




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Rave Reviews!

  • Gay Book Reviews: "This is an impressive short story and I highly recommend it!" - Crabby Patty. Read full review.
  • Just Love Reviews: "First of all, slipping rampaging teddy bears into the blurb is a dirty, dirty trick. How am I supposed to not one-click this book?" - Rafa Brewster. Read full review.
  • Rainbow Book Reviews: "There are many reasons for time travel, or so fiction tells us, but the one in this novella is pretty unique and very romantic. " - Serena Yates. Read full review.
  • Joyfully Jay: "Oh, this was such a fun, romantic story! I really had no idea what to expect and I found it just delightful." - Jay. Read full review.

     

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