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Title: The Applicant
Author: Aidee Ladnier
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Genre: Gay Romance, Science Fiction
Release Date: 01/11/2017
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.
Recent Release Spotlight with Aidee Ladnier
We are here today to talk about THE APPLICANT. What can you tell us about it?
THE APPLICANT is about a roboticist who is interviewing applicants for a research assistant position only his interviews are interrupted by a time traveler and a wayward teddy bear robot.
Please tell us more about your main characters.
Dr. Forbes Pohle is a genius who likes to build robots. He’s a little lonely, a little naïve, and a lot sexy. Oliver Lennox, the time traveler, is on a mission, but that doesn’t mean he can’t spend a few hours to seducing Forbes, the younger version of his lover in the future.
What do you want to tell readers who may be new to the series?
I call this series, Busted Labs, for a reason that becomes all too apparent (and due to a very cuddly juggernaut) in the novella. No matter what Forbes does, his lab inevitably ends up destroyed by the end of the story.
What about THE APPLICANT makes you the proudest?
THE APPLICANT represents the return of fiction publication for me. I gave up writing fiction in college due to academic papers that needed to be written. Then when my career started, business and technical writing took the spotlight. But I always yearned to return to fiction and when I read a call for a short story about a mad scientist, THE APPLICANT sprang to life. I’m even more excited that Dreamspinner Press has allowed me to expand on the story and readers can now see a little bit more of Forbes and Oliver’s world.
What is next for these characters? Is there more to this series? If so who will we hear from next?
Forbes and Oliver are happy at the moment, but robots are unpredictable creatures. I’ve got an idea for a follow-up story to THE BREAK-IN (the sequel to THE APPLICANT) that might involve another misuse of the time travel device. Stay tuned!
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to write a horrible first draft. I write the messiest, silliest rough drafts, full of plot holes and missing time for my characters. But you can’t despair over a rough draft. It’s supposed to be rough. Editing, sending out a story to beta readers, checking the beats—all that is done after the rough draft and will help polish your prose. Your rough draft can be a disaster and still lead to a great book.
What part of a new story comes to you first? Characters? Plot? A scene? A theme? Or does it vary from book to book?
I almost always have a scene that comes to me first in a novel. In THE APPLICANT it was Oliver Lennox on Forbes’s doorstep introducing himself. His red Chuck Taylors and black nail polish were what I saw first, and that twinkle of mischief in his eye. He knew a secret and I was dying to find out what it was.
Do you ever abandon a draft partly written and just move on? Do you keep a file of plot ideas?
Yes! I firmly believe that a story has to be written when it’s ready to be written. If I stall on a story it usually means there’s something that my subconscious is having trouble with or still needs to puzzle out. I keep a running tally of WIPs so I can glance over them regularly and go back to them if my subconscious allows. And I do keep an electronic file of plot ideas. There is no chance of me ever running out of ideas because this file is full! It contains snippets of phrases or news stories that grab my attention, sometimes just scenes I see in my head. I often dip into my story file for ideas to populate my books.
How do you choose names? If you decide to change a name, do you feel that it alters your perception of the character?
Names are incredibly important. Think about your perception of a person named Charlotte. Now what if I told you she went by the nickname Charly? Your idea of her transforms, doesn’t it? A name can give a sense of place, of background, even of demeanor to a character. For instance, I chose Forbes Pohle specifically. Forbes because it reminded me that this character came from a wealthy background. After all, busted labs are expensive to replace. And his last name Pohle is in homage to science fiction writer Pohl Anderson.
If you could get one thing from a sex toy store without question, what would it be?
A tattoo that when touched by my lover would bring on instant arousal and orgasm. It’s a little beyond our current technology, but it would be sooooo good.
If you had to be a cat, dog, or a rat, which would you choose and why?
Definitely a cat. I have three and I know for a fact that their day comprises of traveling from room to room chasing the sunniest spot to nap in. That sounds absolutely heavenly. I kind of want that life right now.
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I just finished AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman. I loved the thoughtfulness of the novel with its themes of sacrifice, worship, and love. And it had a really nice mystery that was almost a subplot of the book. I want to write like that. I’m also deep in K.J. Charles’s book THE SECRET CASEBOOK OF SIMON FEXIMAL. I adore psychic detective stories and these remind me of some of my favorite pulps. As to what I’m planning to read next…I just downloaded a copy of the anthology ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEIRD WEST published by Dreamspinner Press. I can’t wait to dive into it. Westerns with a paranormal or steampunk bent are exactly up my alley!
Rapid Fire Time
Batman or Superman? Batman. Duh. Sex with Superman would be lethal. Haven’t you ever read the essay “Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex” by Larry Niven?
Hawaii or Colorado? Hawaii. Being from the South, remaining at sea level is important. I hate altitude sickness. And Hawaii is beautiful.
Cinnamon or Maple? Cinnamon! It’s the hot, sweet spice. 😉
Paddle or Flogger? Flogger. I like the overload of stimulation from multiple stings instead of one big whack. Is that TMI?
Peanuts or Cashews? Peanuts. I grew up next to a peanut farm and attended the yearly Peanut Festival growing up down South. I think I’d be disowned if I chose cashews.
Call or Text? Text. Predictably, I am more comfortable with the written word than the spoken one.
Shifters or Vampires? Shifters. I know it’s an unpopular answer, but I can’t help thinking vampires are dead. And cold. Shifters are warm and cuddly!
Country or City? Country. Everyone assumes that it’s quiet in the country but it’s not. There are so many layers of sound from the insects and animals to the wind in the trees and the water splashing over the stones in the creek out back.
Lucky Charms or Trix? Lucky Charms. Finding those multi-colored marshmallows was the high point of my Saturday morning.
Porsche or Prius? Prius. I know a Prius isn’t very sexy and doesn’t have a lot of get-up-and-go, but I loooooove that I only have to fill mine up once every two weeks.
What are you working on? What is next?
I’ve got a few stories I’m working on right now. I have a werewolf story that’s about ready to submit. And I have a paranormal ghost story. And a rather silly mystery that takes place in some underground caverns. I don’t want to give away too much, but look for some new stories in the coming year.
About the Author
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.
You can find her on her blog at http://www.aideeladnier.com or on her favorite social media sites:
- Tumblr: http://aideemoi.tumblr.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aideelad
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/AideeLadnier
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6570769.Aidee_Ladnier
- Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/aideelad/
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