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Curse of the Lost Isle


From 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 Century


Princess of Bretagne

Book One

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 stars

"The exciting battles and period details also drew me in as did the intrigue surrounding Elinas' son trying to prevent him from marrying Pressine. Overall, Princess of Bretagne 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 release of Pagan Queen."
4 stars - The Hope Chest Review

"The story 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 lovers."
Four ribbons - Romance Junkies.



Pagan Queen

Book Two

810 AD - 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

"...attention 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 characters affected."
Gayle - Romance Junkies - 4 ribbons


Melusine of Luxembourg

Book Three
Seducing Sigefroi

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 Ardennes.

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 stake...

"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."
Manic 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 - The Examiner


Book Four

Lady of Luxembourg

978 AD

 Melusine the 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 stake?

"I 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

Curse of the Lost Isle Book 5

"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!"
InD'Tale Magazine


1028 AD - Forez

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?






Palatina of Mount Canigou

Book Six

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...





Meliora of the Hawk Castle

Great Armenia, during The Crusades

Exiled to the sanctuary of the Hawk Castle on Mount Ararat in Great Armenia, on the road to Jerusalem, Meliora is a 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

Accursed In Lusignan

Poitou and Aquitaine, in the Twelfth Century

Melusine, 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 never-aging wife...



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