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August 17, 2013 -
New Book and cover
Borealis IX novella
Coming out September 1, 2013
novella now has a cover. It's the classic cover for the
series, a photo of the Borealis space station where all the
novellas take place.
Find more about the
July 5, 2013
NOAH'S ARK, The
beginning of the Chronicles of Kassouk, is available in
print today. The entire series is now available in
paperback. No excuse not to read this new award-winning
May 27, 2013:
BLUE LIONESS is
finally in paperback today. It will be available on Amazon
first, then shortly on B&N and other sites. This title has
been available in eBook format for a while, but this is the
first paperback edition. So, if you still like paper, or you
keep your favorites on a physical shelf, here it is. Enjoy!
Noah's Ark is a
finalist in the 2013
GOLDEN QUILL CONTEST AND AWARDS
in the Futuristic romance category
Winners to be announced
at RWA National 2013
The Luxembourg saga
LADY OF LUXEMBOURG,
Book 4 in the Curse of the Lost Isle series, now has a
cover. It will be out in kindle at the beginning of
Monday, October 29, 2012
Romance in 963
Book 3 in the Curse of the Lost Isle
is featured today on the AWESOME ROMANCE NOVELS blog.
Check it out and
September 18, 2012:
I just learned that
BLACK DRAGON (BOREALIS novella #7) not only received a
5-kisses review from TwoLips Reviews, but was awarded a
special 'RECOMMENDED READ' recognition.
I am delighted. Click
on the button to read the full review.
August 22, 2012:
A special edition
of the CURSE OF THE LOST ISLE series is out in kindle today.
This edition comprises the first three books of the series:
Princess of Bretagne, Pagan Queen, and Seducing Sigefroi,
all for the very friendly price of $5.99. This should be a
great holiday hit, since Book 4 - LADY OF LUXEMBOURG is
scheduled for release later this fall.
July 16, 2012:
Book 3 in the Curse
of the Lost Isle is out today. Love the cover, love
the way the characters are represented. This is the third
installment of this medieval fantasy saga, and it relates
the foundation of Luxembourg, according to the legend.
In these days,
history and legend tended to mix as very few written records
were kept. But the spirit of the story lives in legends,
like that of King Arthur.
This is my version
of their forbidden love. But I did respect all the
historical landmarks and known facts of that period, and I
kept a realistic view of the life of the times, while
keeping the romance alive.
April 4, 2012
BRETAGNE, book one of the Curse of the Lost Isle series,
just received it's first review. It's a 4.5 stars from
Alberta at Manic Readers.
I am delighted.
Since this is a new genre for me. Among other good things,
"Schartz paints a
realistic picture of life in a medieval castle, with all its
smells, tastes, visuals, and feelings, and as always, all
the primary, as well as the secondary characters are
well-developed and interesting. I’m looking forward to the
others in this series."
March 21, 2012
When it rains it
pours book covers! Here is the first peek at the cover of
ARK, the prequel to the CHRONICLES OF KASSOUK series,
coming from Desert Breeze Publishing on April 1, 2012 in
eBook. I can't emphasize how important it is to give your
cover artist an accurate picture of what's in your mind.
The artist is
Jenifer Ranieri, who designed all the covers in this series.
White Tiger, book one, was an award-winning cover (Ariana
and Quasar Awards) for the best eBook cover of 2009. I am
blessed with beautiful covers.
March 12, 2012
Just received the
cover from Books We Love for
PRINCESS OF BRETAGNE, Book One of the CURSE OF THE LOST
ISLE SERIES. It seems this novel is going to be out a lot
earlier than I expected, just in the next few days.
And did you notice
Jimmy Thomas on the cover? The cover artist is Michelle Lee.
A very talented lady who also did the cover of
the Elephant God for the same publisher.
February 23, 2012
MarketWatch, the Wall Street Journal online, named
me today in an article about Lynn Rush and the new genres of
romance at the Tucson Book Festival March 10-11, 2012. My
feet are not touching the floor today! Here is the quote:
"Lynn Rush will be joining other
paranormal romance writers including Zoe
Archer, Shayla Black, Vijaya Schartz and
Shiloh Walker for an exciting literary
weekend in Tucson."
Wait! the same
article is also on MSNBC
February 9, 2012
I got to meet my
favorite cover model, Jimmy Thomas, once more, this time at
the Glendale Chocolate Affaire. Read the details on my blog
January 21, 2012
COYOTE GORGEOUS, my
shapeshifter novella featuring a Native American hero, is
now available in eBook for 99 cents at Amazon kindle,
Smashwords, ARe (All Romance eBooks), B&N Nook, Kobo, and
other distributors. Pick it up, along with A DESPERADO FOR
CHRISTMAS, which is another 99 cents novella, and a good story any time of the year.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
December 26, 2012
A DESPERADO FOR CHRISTMAS is now also
available for 99 cents at Barnes & Noble in nook at B&N
About time for Christmas! But it's never
too late for a good story.
December 16, 2011
A DESPERADO FOR CHRISTMAS is now available
for 99 cents on Amazon in kindle. Yesss!
Get it today
December 10, 2011
A DESPERADO FOR CHRISTMAS is going on sale
for 99 cents in all eBook formats at SMASHWORDS (not available
anywhere else at this time).
Get it today
Friday, December 9, 2012
Vijaya is on Stephanie Burkhart aka SG
Dragon in the
Borealis series at:
Monday, December 5, 2011
Vijaya on the
SEEING IS BELIEVING
participates today in THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
with a post featuring
BOTS, a novel of the
Ancient Enemy series, set during the holidays.
December 1, 2011
It's a sad day. One of my
publishers, Sapphire Blue Publishing, is closing their doors. My two
novellas with them, COYOTE GORGEOUS, and A DESPERADO FOR CHRISTMAS,
will be unavailable for a while, but do not despair, they will
reappear soon, with almost the same covers and a friendly price.
Saturday, November 26,
Vijaya and WHITE TIGER
are featured on the
ONCE UPON A SERIES BLOG
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Friday, November 25, 2011
Vijaya is a guest blogger at:
RomConInc.com where readers rule!
Speaking about the CHRONICLES OF
and its world of large cats
Saturday, November 19. 2011
A wonderful day of
workshops for writers, at the Civic Center Library in Scottsdale,
AZ. organized by the Desert Rose Romance chapter of Phoenix. My
workshop on plotting was full and a few couldn't get in, even
standing or sitting on the floor. Received some very encouraging
feedback as well. Apparently the writers who came to attend found
plenty to learn and went home very satisfied. And since the entire
day was free, you can't go wrong. All in all, a smashing success.
November 15, 2011
Another great review for
Blue Lioness, from Coffee Time Romance. Click on the logo for the
full review. Here is a taste:
"Wow! Talk about a real page turner! I
absolutely Adored Blue Lioness. Ms. Schartz is an incredible
storyteller with a very big imagination...The world building is so
imaginative in this story that it just kept me turning the pages
late into the night, because I was desperate to see what happened
next and to see if Ariela and Starro were going to get their happy
ending. If you love science fiction romance with stellar world
building, and a beautiful love story, oh, and sentient big cats,
then you do not want to miss this one. I for one am going to go out
and buy the rest of the books in this series, and I encourage you to
do so as well, Ms. Schartz is not to be missed!"
November 3, 2011
Check out my Interview at Romance Books R
Us Blog. It was fun and interesting. There is a contest, and maybe
you'll learn something about me you didn't know.
October 31, 2011
There is a brand new review of BLACK DRAGON
out there, from Single Titles Reviews. Candy loved the book and gave
it 4.5 stars. Read the whole review
October 28, 2011
WHITE TIGER COMING OUT IN PRINT
Great news from my publisher Desert Breeze.
White Tiger, the award-winning first book of my Chronicles of
Kassouk series (so far only available in eBook format), will be
released in print format in the spring.
October 21, 2011
The very first review for BOREALIS:
BLACK DRAGON, just arrived from LASR (Long and Short Reviews),
with a 4.5 books rating - sensual. I am thrilled. Foxglove obviously
liked it and that's what she said:
like the balance of humor and danger in this story, and the
action kept me glued to the pages... I enjoyed watching as
suspicion turned to admiration, and admiration became the first
flickers of love between Czerno and Zara... Pick up a copy of
Borealis: Black Dragon, by Vijaya Schartz, and enter a world of
adventure, romance, and a spoiled cat named Marshmallow."
October 19, 20121
I was invited to speak at the KABAM!
Kingman Area Books Are Magic Festival, on May 19 next year. I'm very
excited about it.
October 16, 2011
Just learned that I will be speaking about
reclaiming your writing time and space at a free public meeting of
the Arizona Authors Association, on Saturday, January 9, 2012, from
10 to 11:30 am at McKeown's Landscape meeting room. See details on
my appearances page.
RRW NO LIMITS
BLOG TALK RADIO
October 13, 2011
Anyone can listen and participate in
the discussion. Join me today, live, 6PM Eastern, 3PM Pacific,
on NO LIMITS on Blog Talk Radio, at:
Hope to talk to you there.
October 12, 2011
Today came a new review of BLUE LIONESS and
I am delighted.
new book Blue Lioness is a fast paced and compelling story that held
me spellbound from the start. I for one can't wait to
read Noah's Ark, the next book in the Chronicles of Kassouk
Fallen Angel Reviews - 5 angels
October 10, 2011
My Holiday Contest is on
the way, to win
FOR CHRISTMAS, my Romantic Suspense Border Patrol story. Find
out more about the story HERE.
enter the contest.
September 25, 2011
BLACK DRAGON, my
Borealis Universe novella, coming out October 1, from Desert Breeze
Publishing, has a cover. It matches all the other covers for this
series, to which many authors already contributed. The common
denominator of the series is the decrepit Borealis Space Station at
the fringe of conquered space... and each novella reads like
an episode of your favorite sci-fi TV shows. Read more about it
September 9, 2011
An unexpected review of Kicking Bots -
Alberta atfor Manic Readers - read the whole review
although at times I felt like the Perils of Pauline, with yet
another crisis for the protagonists at every new chapter, with no
recovery time. It’s a good love story, with twist, turns, distrust,
despair, and finally true love and HEA. A good vacation read or one
to keep on your e-reader."
September 2, 2011
Another review for Blue
Lioness just came in from:
Red Roses for Authors - 4 roses
"A very good story... best read
in order with the other books in the series... The world
building comes to life for the reader as each detail pulls them
into another world and lets them live it with the characters.
This one is hard to put down... the reader will keep turning the
pages until the very end."
September 1, 2011
The second review for Blue Lioness is a
The Hope Chest Reviews.
Lioness was another fun, action-packed fantasy novel from
Vijaya Schartz that I enjoyed. I'll now be looking forward to the
release of the Chronicles of Kassouk prequel,
Noah's Ark, which is due to be released in 2012."
August 31, 2011
BLUE LIONESS received its first review, and
it's a 4.5 stars from Manic Readers. Here are the last lines of the
Lioness rips along at a great pace, and
keeps you scrolling through pages on your e-reader, as fast as
you can. Although it is part of a series, this one stands alone
very well. Schartz has a very active imagination, reminiscent of
JD Robb’s 2060 way of life."
August 12, 2011
Just got the news from my editor at Desert
Breeze Publishing, that
DRAGON, instead of being part of the BOREALIS anthology, will be
released as a stand alone novella in the BOREALIS series. It will be
priced very friendly and accessible to all. The release date is
still October 1, 2011.
August 1, 2011
BLUE LIONESS IT OUT!
July 20, 2011
Blue Lioness, Book Four of
the Chronicles of Kassouk, has a cover, and I love it. The book
comes out from Desert Breeze Publishing on August 1, 2011.
You can enter my contest to
win a PDF copy until July 31. Just click on
a chance to win.
June 17, 2011
Wow! I just discovered that Coyote Gorgeous
is a best-seller this month at the Sapphire Blue Publishing website.
Check it out
June 14, 2011
Updating and giving my website a new look.
Hope you like it.
June 1, 2011
Blue Lioness is coming August 1, 2011.
Don't forget to enter my contest to win a pdf of this books when it
comes out. Click on CONTEST top right column, to enter.
May 22, 2011
Actively writing BLACK
DRAGON, a novella for the Borealis III Sci-fi romance anthology from
Desert Breeze, scheduled for release on October 1, 2011. Also doing
the editor's revisions on BLUE LIONESS, the fourth book in the
Chronicles of Kassouk series, to be released from Desert Breeze
Publishing in August 2011. Eagerly waiting for the cover art that
should arrive any day now.
May 20, 2011
I spoke at the Eastern
Arizona College in Thatcher AZ to a crowd of very interested
students, answered their questions, and opened their eyes to the
possibilities of not only good writing, storytelling, and the
business of writing, but also about other occupations related to the
book industry, like designing book covers, and even becoming a cover
April 6 to April 10, 2011:
RT BOOKLOVERS CONVENTION in L.A.
Such a thrill each year to
meet with readers, author friends, publishers, agents and editors
for the BOOKLOVERS CONVENTION. This year it was in L.A. The
atmosphere was extraordinary, friendly, fun and relaxed, just as all
previous RT conventions. Book signings were packed with authors and
readers. I sold out of the paperbacks of my anthology TWICE UPON A
TIME. We had costumed parties, balls, dancing, delicious food, and
gorgeous cover models attending the MR. ROMANCE competition. I'm
home now, back to writing. Just turned in my manuscript of BLUE
LIONESS to my editor (my August 2011 release, book IV in the
Chronicles of Kassouk). Now I have to tackle my sci-fi novella for
the BOREALIS III anthology to be released in October from Desert
March 31, 2011
Just turned in my manuscript of BLUE LIONESS,
Book Four of the Chronicles of Kassouk, to be released August 1,
2011. Phew. Now getting ready for the RT Booklovers convention in
Los Angeles. I'm driving from Arizona. It's always a fun event.
Perfect to celebrate finishing my book.
A bunch of new books with gorgeous covers
coming out in February and March 2011
A new kitten graced our family. Adopted from a
feral litter in our backyard. Bandit deserves his name. He is full
of life and always ready to play. He loves naps and toy mice. He
also likes to chase the little arrows on my screen when I write and
enjoys pouncing at the words. Sometimes he jumps onto the keyboard,
doing some writing of his own.
More about my other kitty cats
ASHES FOR THE ELEPHANT GOD
HAS A NEW COVER
To scatter her brother's ashes over the
Narmada River, Fabienne leaves France for the mysterious India
of her childhood dreams. As she awakens to a newfound
spirituality, unexpected visions of a former life during the Raj
stir ancient yearnings for a long lost passion. Mukunda, the
palace architect Fabienne loved a century and a half ago, lives
again as an American engineer and works on the local dam
project. As Fabienne falls in love again with India and the man
of her destiny, the tapestry of her previous life unfolds. But,
in the karmic land of the blue gods, a ruthless foe lies in
wait. The Kali worshiper, who murdered the two lovers in a
faraway past, has come back through the centuries to thwart
their dream once more.
January 1, 2011
CRUSADER, Book One of the
Archangel twin books, is out today from BWLPP and available at ARe,
Amazon.com in Kindle, Omnilit, Smashwords, and will be available in
a day or two at B&N for the Nook, at Kobo for the Borders eReader,
and at many other retail websites. Click on website logos on the
left to get it.
This is a re-release in eBook of an out of
print paperback. But if you haven't read it, this is your chance to
stuff you brand new eBook reader with an exciting story. It's sci-fi
with romantic elements and plenty of good action.
Hope you'll enjoy it.
Book Two, CHECKMATE, is coming out from the
same publisher later this month.
December 15, 2010
This is the new cover of
RELICS, book Two in the Ancient Enemy series, from BWLPP.
Love my Chinese James Bond type hero.
November 1, 2010:
Book Three of the Chronicles of Kassouk, is out today from Desert
Find it everywhere eBooks are sold, including
Kindle, Nook, AllRomance eBooks, Omnilit, and from the publisher in
all formats of downloads.
It just received a five angel review from
Fallen Angel Reviews.
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