Books By Vijaya Schartz

Monday, May 19, 2014

Kindle Bargains on Snatched and Anaz-voohri

99cts for the next three days on Amazon Countdown:
SNATCHED – futuristic sci-fi romance (one of my favorites with a kick-butt Amazon and a gorgeous Viking hero)
"Love this book. Great, action packed from the beginning... mysteries, surprises everywhere in the story... Even if you do not read Sci-Fi romance, I recommend this story... will leave you satisfied in the end." Paranormal romance Reviews 5 stars.

 Also still $1.99 in kindle, Anaz-Voohri, Book One in the Ancient Enemy futuristic series. "fast paced with just the right amount of action... The romance between Zack and Tia was very realistic... I couldn't put the book down until I finished it... very memorable." Fallen Angel Reviews - 5 cups


Vijaya Schartz
Blasters, Swords, Romance with a Kick


Vijaya as a green alien (perchance happening)

 I had so much fun last week at the RT BOOKLOVERS CONVENTION in New Orleans. Over 2000 attendees at the Mariott hotel in the French Quarter, hundreds of authors and thousands of readers.

I was hosting, with NYT bestselling author of sci-fi romance Linnea Sinclair, the INTERGALACTIC BAR AND GRILLE Readers event. We had games... even had readers shooting green inflatable aliens with plastic air guns and small balloons for bullets. What a hoot! The next day, I had a panel with the same gang of sci-fi romance authors, titled IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN (on how to write alien characters). The funniest thing was, that Wednesday night, at the Mardi Gras Carnivale party, when we walked among the gorgeous floats that participate in the parades, my friend Lexi Post took a picture of me, and it turned out green, because of all the colored lights. So, the picture is me being green. Fitting when you write about aliens.
Vijaya Schartz, Stephane Marsan, Isabel Varange
I also met French people there, Stephane Marsan and Isabel Varange, editors for Bragelonne, Milady, and Castelmore, in France, publishing romance. Since I am French and I don’t often get to speak it, I realized my French was rusty. Shame on me. We exchanged views on the cultural differences between France and the US. The Book Signing also was a highlight for me… so many readers… so little time to write for them all.
I hope you enjoy the pictures and the peek into this 2014 RT Bookreaders Convention. I enjoyed every minute. Of course, the food was fantastic. Not exactly French, but close enough.

Vijaya Schartz
Blasters, Swords, Romance with a Kick

Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Hop - by Vijaya Schartz

I want to thank author Lena Jakes (Hardened Hearts) for tagging me into this blog hop. You can read about her writing process at: This is what she says about herself: Well, I am Lena. In my real everyday life, I'm a single mom of two teenage boys, three dogs, with an over active imagination and manage a law firm in Arizona. In my other life, I am putting my daydreams into words—which believe it or not is quite a feat considering I've been writing since before we had computers... or typewriters... or time not devoted to someone/something else.

What are you working on?
Right now, I'm writing Book Five in the CHRONICLES OF KASSOUK series, it's titled SNOW CHEETAH, and will cap the end of the series, with the official discovery by humans from Earth of the planet where the series takes place. The last book in the series was a prequel, NOAH'S ARK, telling the story of how humans happened to crash on that unknown planet in the first place. Like all the books in the series, it's a romance as well as a science fiction adventure. The heroine, Natalia, is a human hybrid with psychic abilities, and the hero is the captain of the ship, a nano-enhanced Space Marine, with a secret mission. Like in the other books, cats play a role in the story, and in this one, it's a Cheetah.  The book comes out in November of this year. Look for the gorgeous award-winning cat covers.


 And in July, I'll start writing the next book in my medieval fantasy series, The Curse of the Lost Isle. It will be Book Six in that series. It will be set upon the backdrop of the First Crusade. 

How does your work differ from others of its genre?
My books are not typical romance and touch on other genres, like sci-fi, fantasy, historical, or a mix of at least two genres. I also take the time to create worlds where the reader wants to stay a while, but always keeping the action and the romance going. My logline is Blasters, Swords, Romance with a Kick.

Why do you write what you do?
I write what I love to read. A romance novel without any action would bore me, and an action story without a relationship would leave me disappointed. As for sci-fi and medieval settings, some say I'm a time traveler and I have known all these timelines.... the truth is, I do intensive research, even when I write sci-fi.

How does your process work?
I'm usually on deadlines, so I have to plan in advance, and figure out what works best for me. I usually write a chapter a week, not a draft, but a polished chapter. After five rewrites during that week, I present the chapter to my critique partner, she makes comments, then I rewrite it again, print it, set it in the binder with the other finished chapters. When the book is finished, I revise the entire manuscript several times, before sending it to my publisher. A month or so later, I get the first edits, then second edits, then a final copy to review before it gets published.

Next author speaking on the writing process;
I'm tagging my critique partner, multi-published author Linda Andrews, very successful in the Dystopian genre. She also writes science fiction and  historical romances set in the American West, and is currently working on a series of WWI romances, set in Belgium (1914-1918). You can find more about her on her website at: and visit her blog at:

Vijaya Schartz - Blasters, Swords, Romance with a Kick


Monday, March 17, 2014

AKIRA'S CHOICE, Borealis IX, is nominated for a RONE AWARD by IND'tale Magazine

by Vijaya Schartz
Part of the Borealis Space Station Universe Series
$1.99 everywhere
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IND'tale Magazine just revealed their nominees for the RONE Award and Akira's Choice is one of their favorite stories of 2013.

5 stars - exceptional - recommended read - Ind'tale Magazine
"Wow! If readers want to see and feel and believe they are in deep space, then "Borealis IX: Akira's Choice" is the perfect choice! With a touch of romance, the vivid descriptions and beautifully developed characters masterfully presented by Schartz create a virtual world that invite the reader not merely to observe, but to walk amongst them and participate... This is a delicate art, and Schartz wields her weapons with precision and skill. Banzai!"

When bounty hunter Akira Karyudo accepted her assignment, something didn't add up. Why would the Trans Planetary Protectorate want a kidnapped orphan dead or alive?

She will get to the truth once she finds the boy, and the no good SOB who snatched him from a psychiatric hospital. With her cheetah, Freckles, a genetically enhanced feline retriever, Akira sets out to flush them out of the bowels of the BOREALIS space station. But when she finds her fugitives, the kidnapper is not what she expects.

Markku, a decorated rebel soldier, stole his nephew from the authorities, who performed painful experiments on the boy. Stuck on Borealis, he protects the child, but how can he shield him from the horribly dangerous conditions in the lawless sublevels of the decrepit space station?

Akira faces the worst moral dilemma of her career. Law or justice, duty or love. She can't have it both ways.


Vijaya Schartz
Blasters, Swords, Romance with a Kick