April 11, 2014

Goddess Fish Promotions: The Zoastra Affair by Victoria Pinder

The Zoastra Affair
by Victoria Pinder



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.



I’m going to have to steal someone else’s body to get out of here.

Ariel, are you listening?”

Ariel Transcender stared dumbfounded at the mother superior of her prison, a/k/a Aulnale School for Orphans. “Yes, mistress.”

She had no idea what happened, though she pasted a fake simpering smile of appreciation on her face. Ms. Rochelle walked away.

A few minutes later, Ariel looked out the window again, tuning out Rochelle’s mind numbing lecture on what was proper behavior when near a man. The boarding home on this planet gave the stupidest lectures of the galaxy. Her lips curled into a sneer. Women were not excited to be bound to men.

Could I do this to someone else? Do I have any other choice?

Lenchena, the teenage girl who’d stolen her adult body and taken off on Ariel’s ship, needed to be found. And Ariel refused to listen to the daily drivel about always listening to a man.

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1: I broke the point of view rule of two main characters only in a romance. There are four. And two love stories. Ariel and Cross. And Peter and Grace. It's a body switch and I didn't know how else to write it.
2: Having aliens be humanoid makes storytelling so much easier. It just means that the aliens have different beliefs, different powers. Ariel's stolen body came from a genetic abnormality in 0.0004% of all female Sheratons.
3: The Sheraton home planet is like a hotel. So many people suspected strange sexual stuff to pop out. None of that happens. The Sheratons are just backwards in women's liberation, but that doesn't mean on the whole they believe in bad behavior. They are very much the opposite. They must marry at age 18 and it's for life.
4: Ariel is not original a Sheraton. She was a Grinder but someone else stole her body. No one helps her so she has to steal Grace's body.
5: Peter and Grace were going to be my fairy tale story. Ariel was supposed to be evil villain. However Ariel has good reasons she stole Grace's life. And she has her own set of morals. As they were both likeable to me, it became harder to write anyone as a villain. But then divided loyalties are to me much more fascinating, even in contemporary settings. I love TV dramas.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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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  1. I like that you were able to listen to your characters and took them where they needed to go in the story instead of doggedly casting Ariel as the villian. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I loved this excerpt, but it was too shortt. I really wanted to read more.

  3. Sounds like a great read.

  4. I'm definitely adding this to my "must read" book list. It sounds intriguing!

  5. On New Years Eve, for fun dress as your favourite character. The group has to guess each others character or at the very least, the book & author. Of course, provide hints using the book's story line, scenic references, town description, etc.

  6. Interesting info about the book
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  7. A great guest post.

    A harbor cruise.