Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Zoastra Affair by Victoria Pinder: Interview and Excerpt


Hi, I’m Ariel LaCroix these days, but I’m an alien.

Hi Ariel, Thanks for dropping in.  It’s a special treat to get this chance to learn a little about you. So…. Let’s get started.


Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
Don’t send me back to Sheraton. I hate that planet. One day I’d like to take my husband Cross, to my original planet, Grinocx. I’d show him my old school where I grew up the first time. I learned how to fix and engine there, and when I think of Grinocx, it’s the school rooms there. Grinders don’t grow up with their families. We’re not like the humans in that way, but after living with humans now, I tend to think both of my childhoods were crappy.

What was the scariest moment of your life?
The day I woke up in this pink haired girls body and didn’t know what happened. It’s so strange to stare in the mirror and not know yourself. But I discovered my soul and person inside of me is way more important. And I love my life in this skin now.


That sounds VERY scary!  I’m glad you’ve managed to adapt so well!  What books have most influenced your life?
The book in the library that explained how to body switch. That book brought me back into space.

What is your favorite meal?
I call it Rael. Humans call it chicken and rice. I calmed down a lot when I saw that humans eat the same food.

That’s cool. Who should play you in a film?
Amanda Seyfried, though she’s blonde and I’ve pink hair. But she’s generally optimistic in her movies, and I like that about her.

What would we find under your bed?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing. A clean room is important. It helps us be organized and in charge of our lives. I clean up everything, all the time, and prefer cleanliness in all things.

Just have to agree to disagree with you on that.  A little clutter makes me feel calmer and happier.  I like my stuff around me.  But, back to you…. Tell us, what’s the next big thing?

We’re on a hunt to find the Grays that attacked Earth. Humans are decidedly brave.


Thank you!  Some might not agree, but I think you are right when it comes down to it.  What one word best describes you?

My husband might say I manipulate people. But he’s teasing. The best word to describe me would probably be homely. I don’t need much. I just need to be by myself, have a job, be respected then go home. Life is good. I guess that means ‘orderly.’

I hardly see you as homely! Thanks so much for chatting with me.  I guess that’s where we’ll end today.  It’s been fun!


Published by Soul Mate Publishing

Science Fiction Romance

Heat Level: Intimate

Length: 85000 words


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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.

Short Excerpt:

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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About the Author:
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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