Hi peeps! We have Aidee Ladnier visiting today with her upcoming re-release The Applicant, we have a brilliant guest post, a great excerpt and an awesome giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~
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.
First Edition published as The Applicant (or Virgins, Robot Bears, and Other Disasters) by Torquere Press, 2012.
Reinventing Oliver’s Future
by Aidee Ladnier!
Thank you so much for hosting me today on the MM Good Book Reviews Blog!
When I set out to write THE APPLICANT, I knew at its center was a time traveler who wanted to get a second chance to make the right choice the first time around. Luckily, Oliver Lennox had access to a device which could send him back in time. But Oliver’s need to reinvent himself is a common desire that many people have.
Often when people reinvent themselves, it is due to dissatisfaction. Human beings are hard-coded to take care of immediate concerns. That means even when we’re thinking about the future, we know bills have to be paid and dreams have to make way for practicality. Which can lead to a future you don’t want. Remaking yourself allows you to adjust your identity to become more in line with your hopes and dreams. For example, a businessman who wants to get back to nature might quit his corporate and become a backpacking guide. It’s a diametrically opposite career. And it came with a sacrifice. The businessman trades a steady, high paying, high stress job for one that instead feeds his soul and raises his quality of life.
Even if you don’t choose an all or nothing change, it can take hard work and steady application to get to where you want to be. Say you always wanted to be a pilot. To become that person you have to go to flying school and log tens of hours before you can earn a license. It takes resilience and goal setting to make a future instead of just letting it happen.
Of course, in my novella, THE APPLICANT, Oliver takes advantage of a shortcut to reinvent himself. He’s already well aware of the decisions he made that led to a life he wants to change. He cheats by using the time travel device to prime Forbes into helping Oliver’s younger self make the right decisions to change his future. The need to reinvent and restructure our lives to one we are most happy in is strong. Oliver demonstrates that.
And I’ve even reinvented myself once or twice. I was a shy person in high school but when I received a scholarship to go to college, I realized that my few friends and all my family would be hundreds of miles away from me. I decided that I would not be the quiet mouse, alone and friendless. I cut my long hair and had it styled in the current fashion (it was the 80s so—really big) and made a point of forcing myself to talk to one new person each day when I started classes on campus. Soon I had a lot of friends and I felt different myself. I conquered my fear of speaking to strangers, of making new friends, and of being alone. When I returned home on break, I even had high school friends remark how they almost didn’t recognize me. I’d changed my future. But not with a time travel device, just through stepping out of my comfort zone and into the world.
So tell me, have you ever reinvented yourself, changed yourself, to make your own future brighter?
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Forbes Pohle worked the needle-nose pliers carefully behind the eye sensors of his teddy bear. He needed to make one little adjustment—
The buzzer on the door sounded, nerve-jangling and insistent, from the speaker overhead.
Startled, Forbes jerked the wire he was fiddling with free from its connection, rendering the small robot blind. The head-plate spring snapped, and the access panel clipped his hand as it closed. Forbes swore and shook his stinging fingers as the front door buzzer blared again.
Frustrated, he threw down the pliers and ran both hands through his mop of brown hair. Reacting to the clatter, the tiny robot turned its head left and then right before running off the table.
Luckily the teddy bear caught itself with its face when it hit the floor.
Undaunted, the bear scrambled to its furry feet and darted toward the other side of the lab. Forbes sighed at the sound of another imperative buzz.
“You won’t get the job if you don’t stop with the doorbell.” He stood and shoved the ends of his wrinkled white dress shirt back into his khaki pants. He typed in the power-down sequence for the bear before shutting the lab door and walking toward the front of the house. His visitor had graduated to using the door buzzer as percussion, the drone now going off and on in a jaunty rhythm.
Forbes still wasn’t sold on hiring a research assistant, but he wanted a lab assistant and he needed an administrative assistant.
Most of all, he longed for a friend.
Hiring someone wasn’t the best way to go about finding one, but working with somebody was a good start, right?
Forbes checked his reflection in the foyer mirror. The dark brown of his eyes was almost invisible against the bloodshot whites. His stomach rumbled, and he promised himself he’d take a break and eat as soon as the interview concluded.
At the next buzz, he spun and yanked open the large front door. Holy crap.
He wished he’d gotten a little sleep last night instead of staying up to tinker with the bear.
A wiry man stood on Forbes’s doorstep. He was dressed in a T-shirt, tight black jeans, black nail polish, and red Chuck Taylors. His strawberry blond hair was spiked up in front. The corners of his eyes and his freckled nose wrinkled.
Forbes blinked back his surprise and opened his mouth, expecting words to come out. He cleared his throat and tried again. “Come in.” Forbes waved him inside the house. “I’m Forbes Pohle. I’m the one who posted the job listing.”
The man grinned and held out a hand. “Very pleased to meet you, Dr. Pohle. I’m Oliver Lennox. Please call me Oliver.”
Forbes blushed at the title as he clasped Oliver’s warm hand. Forbes was a PhD three times over, but he hadn’t put that in the advertisement.
“If you’ll come this way, we can talk in the lab.” He turned and walked back down the hallway to the adjacent laboratory, assuming the applicant would follow.
“Oh, I didn’t come about…,” Forbes heard him say before he ran into Forbes’s back. To be fair it wasn’t his fault. Forbes had stopped short in the lab doorway.
During the few minutes he’d stepped out to answer the door, the laboratory had been destroyed.
Aidee Ladnier, an award-winning author of speculative fiction, began writing at twelve years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, fold origami, send ping pong balls into space, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee’s to write both romance and erotica with a little science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.
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