Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Imagine a world, just slightly in the future, where prostitutes are female machines called sexbots. They have starburst eyes. Synthetic skin. They’re programmed for pleasure. It’s all legal, in fact, it’s a highly lucrative business.
Into this scenario, my heroine – the very human police agent Jai Turner – is sent undercover to try and bring down the world’s most notorious arms dealer, Marque Callex, who’s about to avail himself of the services of Beautiful Dolls sexbots for the very first time.
Hmm… good cop vs. bad arms dealer…having sex with each other…both with two very differing agendas. Sound like an explosive recipe for a hot erotic romance?
Here’s a brief excerpt from Programmed For Pleasure. At the end, I’ll be doing an e-book giveaway based on a question that’s answered below!
“Turner, I’m sending you undercover as a Beautiful Doll.”
Jai Turner stared at her boss, Commander Talis Rainey, convinced she couldn’t possibly have heard him right. She and her partner, Leith Wyatt, had been called into his office at the end of their duty shift. “Sir?”
For an answer, Rainey pushed a button on the console on his desk. “Send in Mr. Carron.”
A minute later, a short man stood in the doorway. He was such a stereotype that Jai felt herself stiffen. Thick glasses… hair askew… frankly, all he needed was a lab coat with a pocket protector to complete the picture.
Maybe her boss hadn’t been making a joke after all.
Rainey cleared his throat. “This is Anson Carron. The creator of Beautiful Dolls.”
If the abrupt and impersonal introduction annoyed their guest, he didn’t show it. His eyes had locked on Jai, and were scanning her up and down in a way that felt decidedly intimate despite the navy blue one-piece uniform that she and everyone else on the Tau Cetus police force wore.
“Yes,” he murmured. “I suppose I can work with this.”
“This,” Rainey said hotly, “is Jai Turner, one of my best agents. She’s human.”
The little man seemed lost in his own train of thought. “Of course, it would be better if I could see her without her clothes on before I make a final assessment.”
Jai stiffened even more. “Commander!”
Rainey let out a loud sigh. “Sit. All of you.”
The three of them took the hard chairs arrayed around Rainey’s desk. Jai crossed her arms and legs defensively, and even Wyatt turned his chair around to straddle it. It was obvious neither one of them anticipated liking whatever the Commander might be about to say.
Rainey looked at the partners. “Before I start, I have just one thing to say to you two. Marque Callex.”
That changed everything. The infamous name had both Jai and Wyatt leaning forward in their chairs, now eagerly waiting for Rainey’s next words.
“You know how long we’ve been trying to get close to this guy. We may now have a chance, albeit by a very unconventional route.” Rainey nodded toward their guest. “A month ago, Mr. Carron here ran afoul of the law. No need to get into the specifics, but in an effort to save his neck – and his very lucrative business – he suggested a unique proposal in return for us not pursuing charges against him.”
“What kind of proposal?” Wyatt asked.
“Mr. Carron agreed to send out an… invitation… to Marque Callex, in the guise of offering ‘a select number of high-powered businessmen’ the chance to sample the latest model of Beautiful Doll for free, in exchange for their feedback on the product. In reality, Callex was the only person to get this invitation.”
Jai’s mouth set in a disgusted line. “And he accepted.”
“He did,” Rainey confirmed. “It was a gamble, but it paid off. Now all we need to do is to set you up for the assignment.”
Jai’s eyes went wide. “You want me to impersonate a sexbot?”
“If you’re agreeable.”
Jai scowled. There was absolutely no way she was going to volunteer for this. Have sex on command? Not a chance. Not even to bring down a man they’d long been after for suspected weapons smuggling. Besides, she could never pass for a sexbot. She had a heartbeat!
Rainey scowled. “This may be our best – and only – chance to get to Marque Callex. But if you’re not up to it, Turner, I’ll find another female agent who’s more committed to her job.”
“I’m committed to my job, Commander!” she protested hotly.
Silence stretched in the room while Jai considered her options. Her very limited options. As in, none. She sighed.
“I’ll do it.” What real choice did she have? Marque Callex needed to be stopped. “If this is our best – and possibly only – chance to get to him, well, then, I’m in.”
I hope you enjoyed this brief excerpt, and are intrigued by the setup for an erotic romance.
For a chance to win a free e-copy of Programmed For Pleasure, answer this question: Why doesn’t Jai think she’ll be able to pass for a sex robot? Remember, the answer can be found in the excerpt above, and I’ll choose a random winner from the correct answers. Good luck, and thanks again to the Nine Naughty Novelists for letting me stop by today!
Jenna Ives writes for several publishers under a variety of names, but mostly the reason is to keep her poor sainted mother (who used to read sweet Barbara Cartland romances) from having a heart attack over how sexy modern romances have become! And Jenna certainly DOES write sexy. Visit her website at www.jennaives.com for a list of all her erotic romance releases.
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