Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Love for Sale by Linda Nightingale ♥ Fun Facts, Book Tour & GIVEAWAY ♥ (Sci-Fi Romance)


March Morgan still believes in true love, but her faith in finding her soul mate is slowly vanishing. She’s been married but never in love. So, it is a miracle to find that fantasy exists on the last page of a glossy women’s journal. Mayfair Electronics, Ltd., in black and white, offers Love for Sale. The London firm has engineered sentient androids indistinguishable from human. She flies to England and meets the man she has been searching for her entire life.

Christian requires no programming to love March at first sight. He’s handsome, cultured…absolutely perfect…and a little different from the other androids. He has an unexpected independent streak.

March signs on the dotted line, buying her dream man. They return to Houston, but soon her past and his future threaten their Happily Ever After—indeed their lives.

Love For Sale was born years ago as a short story. On August 14, 2001, my little baby won first place in the Houston Writer’s Guild contest in Romance Novels. I filed my certificate and the story and left it to languish in my computer. I didn’t know what to do with a short story! And I was yet to be published.

I think the inspiration for the novel was Star Trek’s Data. I always liked the android, but my story is quite different being a) a romance, and b) the androids are completely indistinguishable from humans. One day, I decided to expand the short story into a novel, encouraged by a fellow author.

While we were working on the book, my editor asked if my idea came from the human-like robots being researched and produced in Japan, but the short story predates those androids. Frankly, keeping my nose buried in the computer, I hadn’t seen these Japanese products. They are actually being used by a hotel as the first line—receptionists.

I set the book in Houston because that’s where I live. The hero Christian and the other androids come from an advanced electronics company in London.
Love For Sale was a fun book to write, an immersion into pure fantasy, but it does have its dark moments. It’s surprising now that many sites on the internet are predicting robots like Christian in the near future. If you saw it on the internet, it must be true, right?

Thank you for having me as your guest. I enjoyed my visit!




“Inane? I find you with another woman in the bedroom, and this conversation is silly? Oh, no, Christian. Did you invite her here?” Why couldn’t she stop hurting herself and let him go, lock the door and email Mayfair for a courier pickup?

Folding his arms across his chest, he leaned against the door. “She knocked. I answered and kept her outside until it started to rain. She was talking about the club and telling me, again, that I’d be a success as a male dancer. Being a success at something would be a bloody miracle. At any rate, half-jokingly, I asked her to teach me to dance. The End.”

“Not quite. Why did you slip her out behind my back?”

“I wished to avoid a scene like this.” His voice shaded deeper, darker. “And I didn’t want to hurt you.”

“There, it’s said. You can come back in now and stop pretending you’re leaving.” She waved a hand, half-heartedly beckoning. “You’ve got nowhere to go.”

He inhaled sharply as if she had punched him in the stomach. “I’m quite aware of that fact. I do not like seeing you this upset. Please call Mayfair tomorrow. I’ll voluntarily deactivate. They will dispatch a FedEx pickup for me.”

She raked a hand through her hair. “Oh, my God, what have you done and why? What have I done? Paradise Lost.”

“Why can’t you trust me?” His sad expression pierced her heart.

Nearly human. Though he didn’t have a heart, his emotions could be damaged.

“Because I don’t trust men.” An angry sob caught in her throat. When she could again speak, she croaked, “In general. Well, almost. I learned that lesson at my mother’s knee.”

“I’m not even almost any man.” He lifted his hands in a pleading gesture. “Return me to Mayfair for reprogramming. I don’t care. I only want to stay with you.”

“You have a funny way of showing it,” she said in a lethal whisper, her voice then rising in outrage. “If I’d been earlier or later, would I have found you bucking in bed?”

Looking stricken, he stood silent and straight, a bare-chested god with ice blue eyes.

       
 


Something of a gypsy (actually nothing quite so romantic!) born in South Carolina, Linda has lived in England, Canada, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta and Houston. She’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer, having bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses for many years.

Linda has won several writing awards, including the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award. She is the mother of two wonderful sons, a retired legal assistant, member of the Houston Symphony League, and enjoys events with her car club. Among her favorite things are her snazzy black convertible and her parlor grand piano. She loves to dress up and host formal dinner parties.

    


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8 comments :

  1. Thanks for having me a guest on your lovely blog. You've done a marvelous job presenting the material! I'll check back during the day to chat with any visitors!

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    1. It's always a pleasure to host a fellow Trekkie ;) Thank you for those amazing (and very informative) Fun Facts; I'll be keeping my eyes open for those robots in Japan!

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  2. Thank you for this giveaway. Love for Sale sounds like a great read

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway. Looks good. What would your perfect android be?

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  4. I enjoyed the excerpt! Your book sounds great, quite a different premise! I also enjoyed the fun facts! I had no idea robots were that far advanced! Amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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