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Beta Bots


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Liberated AI Cookie Rifkin is back in this sequel, where she makes a daring rescue attempt and meets some incredible new LGBTQIA friends

Don't you hate it when a cryptic bounty hunter interrupts your attempt to rob the Central Bank of Russia? Cookie Rifkin, a liberated AI, successfully steals the gold and platinum that she needs for power-charging sustenance, but now she has a bigger problem on her hands: the love of her life, fellow AI Wayne, has been kidnapped.

Cookie is back in Ava Lock's Beta Bots, the second installment of the wonderfully goofy and delightfully bawdy Womanoid Diaries Series. Cookie, Wayne, and nonbinary asexual AI ANA have left behind New Stepford, but forces are conspiring to bring them back to corporate headquarters to face consequences. With Wayne imprisoned by his captors on a plane, Cookie and ANA will have to think fast and plan a high-flying rescue plan--with the help of some flamboyant new AI friends, of course.

Enter Tabby, a sexy pan woman with a useful yacht and impressive powers; Richie, a trans man who runs a gay club and helps free women AI; Peaches, an impeccably fashionable drag queen; and Uno, an asexual, agender, and aromantic white Bengel tiger with a serious grudge against humanity. This ragtag group of lovable queers needs to work together and remember their time zones if they want to save Wayne, especially because an old nemesis will be returning with new cronies to continue the fight. Get ready for robotic bird drones, rolling on Molly, bisexual realizations, Wizard of Oz references, AI mech battles, and a dance-fight sequence choreographed to Beyoncé's "Single Ladies."

Beta Bots has the same madcap energy, witty banter, and hilariously over-the-top violence of Ava Lock's previous work, but the focus is more on Cookie finding herself--and her people. Now that she's not forced to be a Stepford Wife, it's time for Cookie to see the world and engage in some serious self-discovery about her passions, her priorities, and her sexuality. It's such a gleeful thrill to see Cookie experience--and fall in love with--the LGBTQIA community, and learn that her identity can be complex and various. And fun! Beta Bots is both an entertaining adventure story and an excellent example of queer representation--and I can't wait to read the next volume.

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Michelle Hogmire is a West Virginian writer with an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. She's the co-founder of the Appalachian publication The Haint. Her work has been featured in Rampant Magazine, BOMB, KGB Bar Lit Mag, & Columbia Journal. She's currently finishing her first book in Chicago.

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About the author

Ava Lock writes cyberpunk, science fantasies, horror comedies, and domestic thrillers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two felines named Bender and Bixby. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, hunting for bargains at flea markets, and collecting crystals, rocks, and fossils. view profile

Published on April 22, 2021

Published by Semiscope

80000 words

Contains graphic explicit content ⚠️

Genre: LGBTQ Fiction

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