The Applicant by Aidee Ladnier – Spotlight and Giveaway

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Aidee will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

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.

Enjoy an Excerpt:

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.

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.

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  1. Lisa Brown says:

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Kris Meldgaard says:

    Wow!! This sounds like one hell of a thrill ride!!😍😍 I love this excerpt & description!! This sounds fascinating & utterly Unique & is MOST definitely going Straight to the tippity too of my TBR!!😍😍 Thank you so much for reviewing this book & introducing me to a great new author!!
    If I can I’d love yo ask the Author a question?…
    What was the 1st book you read as a child or older that REALLY Captured your Imgination & set it on fire?

    Bt dubs Thank you fir the amazingly generous opportunity to win!!
    📖Kris Meldgaard💋

    • Well, if you don’t mind sexy nerds and rampaging teddy bear robots, I encourage you to check it out. 🙂

      The first book I ever read was Dr. Seuss’s One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. But the first book that really set me on fire – that one is a little harder. There were so many books that made an early impression on me. JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings made me want to write an author for the first time. Robert Heinlein’s Have Spacesuit Will Travel made me realize how the written word can inspire you because I wanted a spacesuit. Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time made me identify with and worry about a character. C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia showed me that imaginary worlds are wonderful to vacation in. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince showed me that poetry and prose aren’t as far apart as they seemed. And there are so many more! I could continue on this topic all day!

  4. Audrey Stewart says:

    I love what I have red so far, and can’t wait to read this book. Sounds so exciting!

  5. Who are some of your favorite authors; what strikes you about their work?

    • Hi Peggy! This is a hard list to narrow down. But some of my current favorites are: Lois McMaster Bujold – she write amazing science fiction space opera and mysteries but what makes me love her books are her characters. They are larger than life and yet so very relate-able. I love the happy M/M books by Amy Lane specifically for her lush descriptions of men, landscapes and knitting. She’s my go-to for a feel-good read. I’m also a huge fan of Niel Gaiman. I open his books when I want to escape. No matter how normal his books seem at first glance, there’s always something fantastical under the surface.

  6. Thanks for the post and contest! The concept of this story sounds really interesting and I love the cover.

  7. Linda Romer says:

    The Applicant sounds like a fun read. Thank you

  8. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a great read.

  9. kim hansen says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt.

  10. amy bowens says:

    I enjoyed the excerpt!

  11. James Escol says:

    While I was reading your bio, a certain question came in mind. What was the first successful story you made & how did it bring an impact to your skills as a writer?

    Thanks for coming by to Long and Short Reviews, Miss Ladnier! <3

    • Actually, the first fiction story I wrote that got public viewing was actually from a contest I entered when I was in high school. I wrote a horror story (because I secretly love to write horror stories – don’t tell anyone) and sent it off to a newspaper content. The newspaper was one for the state capitol and I had to travel all the way from my rural hometown to the state capitol for a tour of the newspaper offices and then got to see my story IN PRINT. It was definitely a defining moment in my nascent career.

      Thank you so much for asking, James!

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