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Vijaya Schartz

Strong heroines, brave heroes, cats,
Romance with a kick


CONTEMPORARY  ROMANCE by Vijaya Schartz - Click on covers for more





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Contemporary romance with suspense and intrigue
by Vijaya Schartz

When Talia runs over billionaire Kyle Dormant with her bicycle in the dog park, she considers their meeting a happy accident. He believes it is destiny, but her physician's mind rebels at such notions. Their budding romance comes to a grinding halt when Kyle won’t wake up from deep sleep... with no medical explanation. Baffled and deeply concerned, Talia digs into his recent past for a plausible cause. Instead, she uncovers dark family secrets. Convinced Kyle's condition was induced, and someone wants him dead, she is anxious to save him, but the closer she gets to the sordid truth… and a possible cure, the greater the risk to both their lives.

"This is a well paced, traditional romance novel. I really enjoyed that neither Kyle nor Talia jumped into anything the moment they laid eyes on each other. I loved how the author infused the modern story with the feel of old-fashioned romance. Kyle might have been emotionally devastated, but he wasn't bitter or too cynical... I liked Talia's character and found her a good balance between willing to let Kyle help her and open herself to him, but still more than determined to keep the rest of her life independent and on her own terms... A sweet, enjoyable romance novel that I can recommend for all readers." Love Romances Review 4 stars

"I like Schartz' books, although this is the first I've read that is contemporary romance. I'm not used to this side of her, although I do like the strong Talia & the story she weaves. A good short read for a hot desert holiday!" 4.5 stars Manic Readers

"Ms. Schartz has brought us another entertaining story and also has crossed genres with this new modern romantic tale... The plot twists and Kyle is in danger. As Talia races to figure out how to save Kyle, she also faces danger... has a knack for describing fast paced situations and gives us interesting dialogue and relationships, as well. She never leaves the reader wanting!" Amazon reviewer




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Ashes for the Elephant God
A novel of reincarnated love, set in India

Two lovers, murdered in a previous life, meet again in India, where their murderess awaits...

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.

"... passionate... love, lust, faith and deception... a magnificent offering to the world of fiction..." Charlotte Austin Review - 5 stars

", sensual... multilayered... a thriller... magical, mystical book..." -  Writer's Digest 

"... a broad-stroked, magnificent picture of a lavish India of the past and the present... a vivid tale of suspense... a gripping account of a woman coming to terms with heightened awareness... a destiny that yields true fulfillment." The Book Reader

 "... entertaining, fast-paced yet deeply spiritual... Here is a superior metaphysical novel!" Richard Fuller - Metaphysical Reviews

"I was hooked... major talent... the type of villain everyone loves to hate... An extremely satisfying read!"  Huntress Book Reviews

"...Vijaya Schartz brings the sights and smells of India alive..." Carrie Miner, THE GLENDALE STAR



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Coyote Gorgeous
Shape shifter novella set in Arizona with a Native American hero

Arizona Game Ranger Madison Huntley, investigating a wild animal attack on a ranch in Cave Creek, discovers disturbing details. If she didn't know better, she'd say the legends frightening the ranch hand might be true. But Madison isn't just a wilderness cop. As a biologist and a wild life expert, she believes in facts and science, not scary tales.

Kaletaka, a Hopi Native, enjoys fame among the white man, forging haunting sculptures of half gods, half humans. When he awakens bloody, with no recollection of what he did the night before, he remembers the legends of his tribe, and the meaning of his name. But as hard as he tries, can he escape his destiny?

Can Madison solve the mystery killings and insure the safety of the town? Let alone her own safety? For each step closer to the truth and to Kaletaka, unleashes an unspeakable evil, and no one is safe...

"Phenomenal world building, characters the readers cares about, and an intriguing mystery… COYOTE GORGEOUS has all the elements one expects from a Vijaya Schartz story! Easily recommended!"
4.5 Shamrocks - Debbie, CK2sKwipsandKritique

"So many times my theory of who done it was thwarted and yet I was thrilled to stay on the edge of my seat until the very last word just to find out"
Five stars - Book Junkie Reviews

"excellent characters... well written.  Fascinated about the subject matter and the legends..."
Five hearts - Romance Book Scene

"I'm not sure Kaletaka could have been more scrumptious if he tried...and he knows his way around a kitchen to boot...  a fast-paced, action-packed and enjoyable read."
Four stars - The Hope Chest Reviews

"...a fantastic story, with the integration of Navajo legend into the modern setting... this volume is a real page turner... I am a Choctaw Indian myself... I was truly impressed with the seamless integration of the Navajo legends of skinwalkers. This is a fun read that I highly recommend to anyone with a passion for shapeshifters, Indians and mystery."
Four stars - Cassie - Bitten By Books

"Ms. Schartz has blended ancient Hopi lore into a beautifully descriptive story... opened my understanding of the importance of keeping traditions alive... Kal's works of art bring his heritage to life for everyone to see and appreciate. Thanks go to Ms. Schartz for an intriguing story."
Four Angels - Fallen Angel Reviews





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A border patrol novella set in the Arizona desert on Christmas Eve night

Rookie Border Patrol Agent Kaitlin Harrington hates Christmas and all men, since her lover jilted her and she lost her unborn child on Christmas Eve. This year, as she guards the Mexican border in southern Arizona, she encounters more than she can handle. No amount of training prepared Kaitlin to arrest the gorgeous desperado who challenges her. His name is Miguel, a human smuggler fascinated by the green eyes of the feisty auburn-haired beauty bent on impeding his important work.  But Miguel is a man of many secrets.  On this dangerous adventure through the Arizona desert, anything can and will happen.

"...a love story and an adventure rolled into one...  There is very little 'down time' in this fast-paced story, and this reader was glued to it until the very end." Four angels - Fallen Angel Reviews

"...sensitivity over the issues facing people in Mexico  who take the chance of becoming  illegal immigrants and legalities involved. The tale is well crafted filled with romance and suspense. It's a great read."
The Romance Studio.  Five-hearts

"Ms. Schartz also does a fantastic job of setting you right in the scene with her characters. She builds the suspense and follows through with vigor, sweeping her readers up in the action." Coffee Time Romance Reviews

"Vijaya Schartz always manages to produce stories that are a spectacular blend  of romance and action and this one is no exception"
Debbie - CK2S Kwips & Kritiques

"...a romantic adventure from beginning to end. Brimming with twists, secret identities and danger on every page, this is a page turner that will entertain any reader. I will be interested in checking out additional titles by this author."
Katherine - Joyfully Reviewed

"...But you dear reader, will have to get this intriguing little story and find it out for yourself.  Vijaya Schartz is a talented author with a number of good books under her belt.  You should get her back list, sit back and enjoy her work. I’m looking forward to more."
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