history shrouded in myths, emerges a family of immortal
Celtic Ladies, who roam the medieval world in search of
salvation from a curse. For centuries, imbued with
hereditary gifts, they hide their deadly secret,
stirring passions in their wake as they fight the Viking
hordes, send the first knights to the Holy Land, give
birth to kings and emperors...
but if the Church ever
suspects what they really are, they will be hunted,
tortured, and burned at the stake.
5 stars on
Amazon "Edgy Medieval!"
Pressine of Alba 806 AD
Melusine of Luxemburg 963 AD
Melusine of Forez 1029 AD
Palatina of Mount Canigou 1096 AD
Meliora of Great Armenia
(during the Crusades)
Melusine of Lusignan 12th
Princess of Bretagne
806 AD - Alba (Ancient Scotland)
As the Vikings raid the coast of Alba, Pressine of Bretagne sets out to seduce King
Elinas of Dumfries, chosen by the Goddess to
unite the tribes against the foreign
invader. Elinas, still mourning his departed
queen, has no intention to remarry.
Head-strong and independent, Pressine does
not expect to fall for the very attractive,
wise and noble ruler... Furthermore, her
Pagan nature clashes with the religious
fanaticism of the king’s Christian heir, who
suspects her unholy ancestry and will stop
at nothing to get rid of her.
"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."
Manic Readers 4.5
exciting battles and period details
also drew me in as did the intrigue
surrounding Elinas' son trying to
prevent him from marrying Pressine.
was a solid story
that I enjoyed reading. I'm very
much looking forward to finding out
what's next for Elinas and Pressine
when the series continues with the
4 stars - The Hope Chest
is filled with action and danger and
there are many interesting secondary
characters that help drive the plot
forward. I particularly like
Gwenvael, Pressine's brother... Look
for the just released PAGAN QUEEN,
to continue the saga of these two
Four ribbons - Romance Junkies.
- Alba (Ancient Scotland)
Queen at last, Pressine brings victory to her
beloved Elinas and prosperity to their growing
kingdom. Still, she has to contend with the
intrigues of Charlemagne's bishops, spurred by
her Christian stepson. While Elinas, on the
battlefield, remains unaware of his son’s
machinations, Pressine fends off repeated
assaults against her life. She also fears the
curse that could bring her downfall. For the
love of Elinas, she will tempt fate and become
with child. But when her indomitable passion
challenges the wrath of the Goddess Herself...
can she win that battle?
"Schartz is an accomplished writer, whose
pacing, conflicts, and goals are always complex
and whose good characters are always likeable,
and whose villains are evil incarnate. You have
to like her villains as much as the good guys!
Mattacks is a magnificent example of this!"
Roberta - Manic Readers - 5 stars
to the details of the period making that long
ago era of history feel alive and vibrant. She’s
able to weave in the mystical in a manner that
appears natural, without overwhelming what else
is going on.
I enjoyed learning more about Pressine and
Elinas, but Mattacks and his diabolical plans
play an important role... his characters flaws
are eye-opening. He’s a disturbed individual. I
suggest you watch for interesting twists and
turns surrounding him—he’s a creepy guy...
unexpected happenings totally caught me off
guard. It’s a great plot ploy that I can only
assume will pull the series forward because I
want to know more of what happened to the
Gayle - Romance Junkies -
Luxembourg - 963 AD
To offset the curse that
makes her a serpent from the waist down one day
each month, Melusine, exiled Princess of
Strathclyde, must seduce and wed a mortal
knight, the shrewd and ambitious Sigefroi of
Sigefroi, son of the Duke of Lorraine, suspects
Melusine is not what she appears, but her
beauty, her rich dowry, and her sharp political
skills serve his ambitions. He never expected
her to soften his stone-cold warrior heart.
So close to the Imperial court, dangers and
intrigue threaten Melusine. War looms on the
horizon, a Mermaid was sighted around
Luxembourg, and Sigefroi’s bishop brother
questions her ancestry. If anyone ever suspects
Melusine’s true nature, she will burn at the
"As always, Schartz spins a great story. It’s a bit
bloody and bloodthirsty in places... But that's part of
the drama, and Schartz certainly knows drama."
Readers 4.5 stars
"Ms. Schartz did a fine job
with this offering, and brought elements to the
myth that fleshed Melusine out and made her a
sympathetic character. I think fans of Fantasy
romance will enjoy this steamy version of the
myth and fans of the myth might find it
interesting as well." - Julianne Draper -
Lady of Luxembourg
Fae, immortal and cursed Lady of Luxembourg,
managed to hide her Pagan nature from mortals
for many years. She fiercely protects her
handsome Count, Sigefroi, but in their princely
bliss, neither of them seems to age, and a few
suspicious bishops take notice. Then an ondine
wreaks havoc during a battle, luring enemy
soldiers into the river.
Betrayed, Sigefroi reflects on his many sins
from the depths of a rat infested dungeon. Under
torture, will he reveal her deadly secret? And
when her beloved turns into a devout Christian,
can Melusine salvage her happiness? Can love
truly redeem her curse, or will she burn at the
loved the series. Anyone who has heard of
Melusine or Ladies of the Lost Isles, or
interested in the era of King Arthur, or just
loves a romantic historical novel will love this
series. There is so much more to say but all I
can say is read the books."
5-stars on Amazon.
Melusine of Forez
Chatelaine of Forez
the Lost Isle Book
"magic religious battles and epic love... fast
paced, with many scenic changes and villains to
despise. The battle between good and evil is
front and center in this pit stop on a fantastic
journey that spans centuries!"
Afflicted by the
ondine curse, Melusine seeks the soul of her
lost beloved in the young Artaud of Forez, who
reigns over the verdant hills south of Burgundy,
on the road of pilgrims, troubadours and
merchants. But this dark and brooding Pagan lord
is not at all what she expected or even hoped.
He knows nothing of their past love, her Fae
nature, or her secret curse. Must Melusine
seduce and betroth this cold stranger to satisfy
the Goddess and redeem her curse?
The gold in the
rivers instills greed in the powerful, and many
envy the rich Lord of Forez, including his most
trusted vassals... even the Bishop of Lyon. When
Artaud’s attraction to Melusine makes them the
target of a holy hunt, will she find redemption
from the curse, or will they burn at the stake?
of Mount Canigou
First Crusade 1096
Condemned to guard her family's treasure in a
cave under Mount Canigou in Aragon at the
French-Spanish border, Palatina waited centuries
for a righteous knight of her own lineage to
claim it for a noble cause. When Godfrey of
Bouillon, Duke of Lorraine, claims the treasure
of his ancestors to finance the First Crusade,
Palatina will follow him and his knights on the greatest
adventure of all times and discover life's
pleasures in the person of a handsome Crusader. But unknown to the crusaders, the
treasure of Pagan origins could precipitate the damnation of
their eternal soul...
of the Hawk Castle
Armenia, during The Crusades
Exiled to the
sanctuary of the Hawk Castle on Mount Ararat in
Great Armenia, on the road to Jerusalem, Meliora
healer and a lover by nature. Her curse,
however, forbids her human love. In her recluse
abode, with an enchanted hawk for companion, Meliora gives shelter to Saracens, Byzantines and
Christians alike. When the knight of her
heart is wounded, she defies the Goddess to save him.
As she triggers the curse, tragedy will strike,
changing the course of the
Crusades... and of Meliora's life.
Melusine of Lusignan
Poitou and Aquitaine, in the Twelfth Century
still cursed to become a serpent from the waist
down, now once a week, founds with young
Raymondin of Forez the all-powerful family of
Lusignan. Now wise and knowledgeable, Melusine uses
supernatural powers and secret knowledge, as
well as political intrigue, to
establish with her many sons and daughters, a
network of royalty throughout Europe and the
Middle East. But when Raymondin grows suspicious of his
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