Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Blog Tour: 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.


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Excerpt Six:
The General turned to her and she froze. “Major Newman.”
Her gaze swung to Peter, who remained working diligently at his station. The General meant her, not her husband. Biting her lip, she put her tablet down and rose. Putting her hands behind her back, she nodded, giving him her full attention. “Sir?”
The General gave a curt nod. “The Sheratons requested our assistance in working on their planet defenses. You, Major Peter Newman, and Captain Cross will be deployed to the planet.”
Peter coughed. Grace knew he hoped for a promotion and wouldn’t be too excited about this mission. The last mission to rescue her from an alien planet hadn’t been much fun for her either. Her lips pressed together as Peter gave her a look. Crossing her arms, she waited until the other officers went back to their work before she sat down. Picking up her tablet, she tapped her finger on her seat. Why send a woman to the male run planet? The Sheraton home world was one place she’d never planned to visit, but the General’s orders were absolute. Narrowing her eyes she jotted down an electronic message, egotistical jerks won’t like me. She sent it to Peter while keeping her eyes on her view screen and holding her tablet.
A moment later, she turned her chair to see Peter smile at her before he went back to doing something at his seat.
Sighing, she flipped another page of the reports. Nothing. She couldn’t find one woman of interest. She preferred to move along to a planet no one else had studied, and not a place where men talked down to you because you were a woman. Rolling her eyes, her blood boiled. This planet could stop trading with Earth tomorrow for all she cared.

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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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Friday, January 3, 2014

The Pearl: Elearah Chronicles Review

4 Stars: I liked the characters and the story line. All of the magic and mystical creatures were awesome. The dragons, mermaids, vampires, and different kingdoms were just amazing ideas. The conflicts where exciting and kept me reading. Also the characters like Elearah, Balian, Pearl, and Mika were all my favorites. Pearl was my favorite of all though. She was strong and magical even though she wasn't what everybody expected.

I recommend this book to anyone over the age of 13. Some of the scenes can be a little intense for younger readers. Have fun reading!

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For Elearah and her secret companion Pearl, time is running out. They must escape to the Goddess Sanctuary before they are overtaken by assassins even their mysterious protectors Mika and Balian cannot stop. Their long, desperate journey through the kingdom of Huo, is interrupted by a summons from the duke that cannot be refused. 

What results is a war between political titans, magical creatures, and unknown spirits. Will they survive to seek sanctuary? Will Mika overcome his tragic history and claim Elearah, the woman he has come to love? Will the ancient dragon god arise? Or will all hope for the future be lost...

Author Bio:
Sandra Martinez writes fiction and non-fiction with a single purpose in mind: to understand the world around us. Sometimes we can understand it by looking from close up, sometimes we need to go far out there.

She writes while taking care of a small edible garden, two kids, a cat and a dog who don´t seem to understand the meaning of pacific coexistence.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Blog Blitz: After Alex Died by Dakota Madison

Welcome Dakota Madison for a Blog Blitz...

"Don't be someone who defines her life by someone else's death."

Dee Dee DeMarco's brother, Alex, was funny, free-spirited and creative. He was also gay. Tormented by bullies, Alex killed himself on his 15th birthday.

Two years later, and now in college, Dee Dee believes getting a summer job working with a college-prep program for disadvantaged high school students is a stroke of luck, until she discovers that the guy assigned to co-lead her group is Cameron Connelly, a star basketball player and one of the bullies who tormented her brother to death. How can Dee Dee possibly spend the entire summer working so closely with one of the boys she blames for her brother's death?

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I could feel my heartbeat quicken as I entered the auditorium. The kids were talking and messing around as they waited for the class to begin. The other counselors, with the exception of Cameron, were also seated in the audience with the kids. Cameron was standing at the podium with Dr. Jones.
When Cameron saw me walk in, he winked at me. I didn’t know whether to slap him or hug him. Therein was the problem.
Dr. Jones waved her arms to get everyone’s attention. “Quiet everyone. We have a special presentation today. Cameron is going to talk to you about bullying and how it impacted his life.”
“Who would bully him?” one of the kids cracked and the other kids laughed.
“Enough,” Dr. Jones reprimanded. “I expect you to give Cameron your attention and utmost respect.”
Cameron took the podium. “Thank you, Dr. Jones. I’m here today to talk about bullying. Not because I was bullied when I was your age but because I was a bully. And it ruined my life.”
When I looked out over the sea of faces, all eyes were trained on Cameron.
“I thought I had everything. I was one of the school’s first string basketball players. We were all-state champions. I already had a full basketball scholarship to Penn State. I was popular. I had tons of friends. I could get a date with any girl in the school. And I lost it all.”

About the Author

Dakota Madison has been writing since she learned to read and fell in love with books. When she's not at her computer creating spicy new romances, Dakota is traveling to exotic locales or spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.

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