Friday, January 31, 2014

Author Spotlight: Victoria Pinder's 'The Zoastra Affair' #blogtour #giveaway

A hundred years from now, Earth has trading partners with alien beings, mostly humanoid. However, going into space brought forth an unknown enemy who attacks Earth at will.

The Zoastra is part of the Earthseekers, an organization originally designed to go into space. Its new mission is to find Earth’s enemies.

Ariel is stuck on a Victorian planet and steals Grace’s body and life to get off the planet. Grace must get her body back before Ariel bonds with Grace’s husband, Peter. Then there is Cross, the man on a mission to find those who killed his family. Ariel is attracted to Cross, but she’s stolen someone’s life.


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Excerpt Ten:
The mission was a colossal waste of time, not that he dared roll his eyes at the General. He’d do his job and when the time came, he’d kill every alien who’d attacked Earth. Cross had lost everyone he loved in a blink of an eye. Living meant he had one job, avenging his family.

He snorted in disgust. The Sheratons offered pleasure and pretty faces for others. Negotiating a trade agreement seemed pointless.

Glancing over to witness Peter and Grace holding hands, the tightness in his chest grew. Unlike him, they hadn’t lost anyone or anything in their lives. With a grim smile, he concluded it was nice to know that not all marriages ended in disaster, not like his.

Cross kept his tablet to his side, next to his gun. Checking the list for takeoff, he took it to the pilots.

They nodded before starting a second check while Cross waited. His father once pointed to the sky and told him, ‘focus, and learning how to trade with others, makes you more valuable. Less people want your head then.’

Harrumph. Trade hadn’t kept his father alive. Trade on this planet was stupid, but this mission with Sheratons should end in a few hours. Stupid assignment for his talent. He signed up for vengeance, yet on the human like history planet, they were here to trade.

His phaser holster should be out and locked on his unknown alien enemy. Here he would have nothing to shoot. When they returned to the Zoastra, he’d run the pilots through a training exercise.

As he rolled his eyes, Grace tentatively smiled. He’d get past this uneasy anticipation. General Aurelius kept his wits about him, and Cross respected the man’s intelligence. Soon enough, he’d find the faceless cowards who’d murdered his entire family.

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Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, after passing many tests proving how easy Math came to her. Then hating her life at the age of twenty four, she decided to go to law school. Four years later, after passing the bar and practicing very little, she realized that she hates the practice of law. She refused to one day turn 50 and realize she had nothing but her career and hours at a desk. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion.
During all this time, she always wrote stories to entertain herself or calm down. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, and Victoria spent too many years living other people’s dreams, but when she sat down to see what skill she had that matched what she enjoyed doing, writing became so obvious. The middle school year book when someone wrote in it that one day she’d be a writer made sense when she turned thirty.
When she woke up to what she wanted, the dream of writing became so obvious. She dreams of writing professionally, where her barista can make her coffee and a walk on the beach, can motivate her tales. Contemporary romances are just fun to write. She’s always thinking whose getting hurt and whose story is next on the list to fall in love. Victoria’s love of writing has kept her centered and focused through her many phases, and she’s motivated to write many stories.
Member of Florida Romance Writers, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA, and in Savvy Authors.
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