Sunday, November 23, 2008

Girls with Guns

I finally pinpointed the common denominator for all my novels. At least most of them. I've been writing Science-fiction, romance, even medieval stories, and now I have a contemporary suspense. So what gives?

It came after looking at my most recent book covers. Most of them feature a fearsome girl with a gun. I already adopted Romance with a Kick as my tag line, referring to my kick-butt heroines. But when I realized all my girls had guns (or their period equivalent, some have swords, too) I had an epiphany. That was the elusive link between all my seemingly unrelated novels in different genres. They all featured strong heroines, often in uniform, carrying a lethal weapon, preferably a gun. Sometimes the gun is a high tech laser gun, or a pulveriser, but it's always a deadly weapon.

Of course, girls with guns have a difficult time finding the right mate, and that's where my romantic plot gets challenged. What kind of man is strong enough to tame a girl with a gun? Or smart enough to love her without being competitive?

I guess that's an issue I have been confronting all my life, as a strong woman myself. I call myself a daredevil, am a Martial Arts black belt, skydive, go down the rapids in rafts, without blinking an eye. And I guess we write about what we know, so that's the kind of women I like to write.

So, sue me.

The damsel in distress has come a long way, and strong heroines are here to stay.

Halleluya! Long live girls with guns.

Vijaya Schartz

Award-winning sci-fi,

Girls with Guns, Romance with a Kick

Monday, November 17, 2008

Win my book of your choice

If you didn't win A DESPERADO FOR CHRISTMAS in my last contest, don't despair. This novella is now available for download for $3.50 at
And if you can answer three easy questions about this story, you can win any of my paperback releases. Check out the list of books you can win by clicking on the covers at:
So, get yourself A DESPERADO FOR CHRISTMAS. After all, you deserve it. And you could win either:
Ashes for the Elephant God
Archangel Crusader
Archangel Checkmate
Good luck in the contests and keep reading.
Vijaya Schartz
Award-winning Sci-Fi,
Girls with Guns, Romance with a Kick

Monday, November 10, 2008


If you didn't win it in my contest, don't despair. A DESPERADO FOR CHRISTMAS is out today and you can download the ebook for $3.50 at:

It's not your typical night on the Arizona Border. With Kaitlin as a kick-butt heroine with a gun, and Miguel, a gorgeous Desperado with many secrets, it's a romantic, suspenseful story, with all the holiday trimmings. Kaitlin may not be able to handle her desperado... Dangers are everywhere, adventure is in the crisp December air, and on this magical night, anything can and will happen.

Check it out, with an excerpt at the publisher site.
More about this story, and another excerpt on my website at

Get yourself A DESPERADO FOR CHRISTMAS and enjoy the holidays.

Vijaya Schartz
Girls with Guns, Romance with a Kick

Sunday, November 9, 2008


I was surprised to be awarded this I LOVE YOUR BLOG award by one of my fellow authors, Tina Lavon. Visit her blog at:

She received this award and then passed it forward. It is now my turn to pass the award on. I chose seven bloggers I feel deserve the honor, not only based ontheir work, but on the valuable information they pass on to others in our writing community.

I hope you will visit their sites below:

Much Cheaper than Therapy:

Sapphire Blue Bombshells

Crystal Rain Love

Books We Love :

Susan Wingate:

Jennifer on Writing:

Keeper Shelf:

Last night, I also attended the Arizona Literary and Book Awards, at the Civic Center in Glendale. Check out the gown, it was a very formal event. Check out the winners of this prestigious contest on the Arizona Authors Association website HERE. I used to be the President of this association and still work on the board as their webmistress. It was a truly magic night, with scrumptious food good music, good company and many happy faces (those of the winners). Some came from far away to receive their awards and were dutifully cheered.

Vijaya Schartz
Girls with Guns, Romance with a Kick
A DESPERADO FOR CHRISTMAS, coming tomorrow from Sapphire Blue Publishing

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Today's guest author is Tina Lavon, author of LIQUID HYPNOSIS

Will DEA agent, Samantha Garrett find the missing scientist before Liquid Hypnosis can be used to kill again? Will her attraction to his brother, the doctor hiding his own secrets, prove to be her downfall?

Liquid Hypnosis - by Tina LaVon - ISBN# 1-60154-123-6
Available through Barnes and Noble

Visit her website at:

Here is an excerpt of LIQUID HYPNOSIS, a thriller that is collecting nominations and awards as well as five-star reviews.

He leaned in so close she could feel his breath on her cheek. She held her breath, waiting for his next move.
“Better than good,” he whispered. He played with a strand of her hair, then ran his thumb along her cheek to her chin. “Samantha...”
“Yes.” It took all her strength not to tremble.
“I’d kiss you, but I’m afraid you’d arrest me.” He stepped back, his smile teasing.
Samantha could feel someone watching her. Looking toward the nightclub, she found Malone standing by the entrance. Apparently, he needed to see for himself that she was all right. She waved him off. He nodded and retreated back inside.
“Kevin,” Samantha whispered.
“What?” His grin told her he knew what she wanted, but he was going to make her ask.
Samantha leaned against the car, hoping to achieve the same air of cockiness he’d displayed. She raked him with an appreciative look. The man had a body that was both broad and muscular. She instinctively knew they would fit perfectly together.
“I’ll arrest you if you don’t kiss me.
He placed his lips as close to hers as he could without touching, still waiting for her to make the first move.
“Do I intimidate you?” she asked.
“Do I intimidate you?”
“No,” she lied.
He gently brushed the side of his face against hers and her knees grew weak.
“Are you afraid of me?” he asked, trapping her by placing both hands against the car.
“Then why are you breathing heavy?”