I’m fascinated by interactive AI from Siri to Alexa to the new androids like Sophia, the Chinese newscaster, and Neon, but these androids don’t have feelings or true consciousness—yet. In 2015, I wrote Love For Sale, the first book in the series, Tomorrow’s Angels. Love For Sale began the love affair for March (human) and her sentient android Christian. Christian was sold as a lover at an exorbitant price. He has true consciousness and feelings. Christian is perfectly humanoid and can easily pass for human. So, my androids are more advanced. The suspension of disbelief? I hope so.
In the first book, Christian learns the real reason he was created. He and three other androids escape. Kara had asked me why I wrote Life for Sale. All this is background for the sequel, Life for Sale. I wrote it because I wanted to continue March’s and Christian’s story and see what happened to my lovers on the run. March and Christian alternate POVs in finishing their tale.
My favorite part of their sequel is when they find the killer. They’ve met two of the other androids on a transatlantic cruise, then find out one of them has a deadly malfunction. They must stop or contain this robot before someone else dies. All evidence points to March being the next victim.
I dedicated Life for Sale to my editor for all her assistance over the years. She’s been a tremendous help in shaping my books. She’s very talented and easy to work with.
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Kara asked me for an excerpt from my favorite part but that would be a spoiler big time. Instead, here’s a scene in another tense part of the book: To set the scene, someone has sent a severed head to Christian. Afraid of any exposure because of his creator, he and March feel they have no other recourse but to bury the horrible gift in their backyard:
All was quiet at this time of the night. March’s hands trembled as Christian carried the box toward the place they’d chosen earlier for the grave.
At the eleventh hour, without a shovel on premises, Christian had to dig the grave with a garden spade by the weak light of a dying torch. The flashlight cast eerie shadows, and her skin crawled. The sound of their pitiful shovel sent shivers through her. She’d always loved the scents of fresh earth and grass but never again.
“Let me help.” She lay a hand on his shoulder. His robotic strength and speed had made quick work of the gruesome task, but she wanted to grab the spade and do it herself to save him the anguish.
He looked at her, his eyes oddly opaque, and shook his head. He was programmed against such actions. So, not only was the deed repulsive, it was in direct contradiction to his innermost thought processes. The opaque look in his eyes was his way of masking the terrible battle he fought with himself.
“I know this is very hard for you,” she whispered, her heart aching for him.
He looked so calm, but inside he must be as scared and repulsed as she. “No dear. It’s almost done.”
With the garden spade, he patted the sod over the grave and straightened. Without speaking, he put a comforting arm around her shoulders.
“Lord, I’m glad that’s over.” March shuddered
Still, he did not speak.
How atrocious the entire ordeal had been, this burial a final testament to the horror. She was queasy, chilled to the marrow of her bones. The black plastic box in which it arrived was the thing’s coffin. There’d be no marker on this grave. Fear they were being watched hadn’t been the only reason to hurry. Even a nosy neighbor might turn the gory task into a fatal betrayal.
March shivered again, rested her face on his chest. “Hold me until I stop trembling.” Tears she didn’t want him to see welled in her eyes. The whole ghastly business had to be hard on a man encoded to protect not harm humans.
Her AI angel stroked her hair, and a sob broke through her control. She squeezed her eyes shut, battling tears.
But four of their Special Editions—sentient androids indistinguishable from human—have escaped.
Rebel, Christian Aguillard and his owner, March, are on the run, but they have a bigger problem than his creator's plan to destroy him. They've discovered that one of the renegades has suffered a dangerous malfunction, threatening them with more than just exposure.
Trapped on a cruise ship in the middle of the Atlantic, March and Christian must stop the insane robot before someone else dies. All the evidence points to March being the killer's next victim.
Amazon: Life For Sale
Mayfair Electronics has created life.
In Love for Sale, the high-tech electronics company, in black and white, offers “love for sale”. Mayfair has engineered sentient androids indistinguishable from humans. March Morgan 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, but her past and his future soon threaten their happiness—and their lives.
In the sequel, Life for Sale, four of the Special Editions have escaped. Rebel, Christian and March are on the run, but they have a bigger problem than his creator's plan to destroy him. They've discovered that one of the renegades has suffered a dangerous malfunction, threatening them with more than just exposure. March and Christian must stop the insane robot before someone else dies. All the evidence points to March being the killer's next victim.
After 14 years in Texas, Linda returned home to her roots in the South Carolina red clay. She has eight published novels, four of which are available from Audible.com in audio. For many years, she bred, trained and showed the magnificent Andalusian horses. So, she’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer. She’s won several writing awards, including the Georgia Romance Writers’ Magnolia Award for Excellence, the Raven Award, and the SARA Merritt. In real life, she was a legal assistant.
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