Not So Easy Being Android

Maybe you thought impersonating an android was easy

By Jeff Salter

It’s “free” week here at 4F1H, so for my Hound Day post, I’m reaching back to spring of 2018, when this novel was released by TouchPoint Press.
The Noble Woman


Amateur actress (and recent college grad) accepts a far-fetched, and high-paying assignment to impersonate a sophisticated android prototype for one full day. The actual floor model android has developed a last-minute glitch, but the evaluation by the billionaire buyer must go on. Can Pennie Lane fool the haughty, leering buyer long enough to collect her bountiful per diem?


As the minutes tick by, more glitches become evident (and so does fractiousness within the company, Delos Echo International). Pennie learns there has been corporate sabotage… and possibly other breaches. With her fresh eyes assessing both the android and the Delos Echo employees, Pennie eventually believes she knows which company insider is guilty and even suspects what crimes may have been committed.

After the first hours, the MA/F-9.0 still isn’t ready and Pennie is told to stall the wealthy buyer… no matter what it takes. But the buyer, Knox Kendall, already seems suspicious that Pennie’s MORE than an android and she’s not that good of an actress. Besides this wealthy purchaser is the handsomest (and most virile) man she’s ever been around. But he’s also demanding an intimate inspection of this female android’s companionship mode. And he doesn’t mean how well she plays checkers.

Can Pennie’s performance convince the brusque son of a wealthy industrialist to sink his family’s fortune into this android manufacturing company?

TouchPoint Press. Available as E-book ($3.99) and paperback (pricing varies).

[JLS # 451]

About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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5 Responses to Not So Easy Being Android

  1. I went to a “Festival of Trees” some years back, and if you have never been to one, they are worth seeing.We used to go to them in Denver and saw one or two in Louisville, Area groups decorate trees, wreaths and Gingerbread houses, then they are actioned off to businesses and the monies go to charities. There are also usually vendors selling quality candies and decorations. Often there are displays, singing, music, etc. At one, a woman in a lab coat claimed to have made ‘atomatons’ of fairytale characters. People dressed as several moved in stiff or slow motion without making eye contact.It was outstanding!
    I doubt that YOUR phony android behaves this way.She’s on my Kikdal and in my queue.

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  2. jbrayweber says:

    Sucha great cover!!

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Thanks for the reminders. I’ll get to this someday!

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