#LASR_Anniv Beloved Crusader by Vijaya Schartz

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belovedmedium1096 AD – To redeem a Pagan curse, Palatina the Fae braves the Christian world to embark on an expedition to free the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem from the Turks.

Pierre de Belfort, Christian Knight of Lorraine, swore never to let a woman rule his life, and doesn’t believe in love. Thrown together into the turmoil of the First Crusade, on a sacred journey to a land of fables, they must learn to trust each other. For in this war, the true enemy is not human… and discovery could mean burning at the stake.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Born in France, award-winning author Vijaya Schartz never conformed to anything and could never refuse a challenge. She likes action and exotic settings, in life and on the page. She traveled the world and claims she must be a time traveler, since she writes with the same ease about the far past and the far future. With over twenty-five titles published, Vijaya Schartz writes action adventure laced with sensuality and suspense, in exotic, medieval, or futuristic settings. Her books collected many five star reviews and literary awards. She makes you believe you actually lived these extraordinary adventures among her characters. Her stories have been compared to Indiana Jones with sizzling romance, and she takes that as a compliment anytime. She writes to entertain.

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INTERVIEW: VIJAYA SCHARTZ

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Long and Short Reviews welcomes Vijaya Schartz, whose latest release Noah’s Ark, the prequel to The Chronicles of Kassouk, was released this month by Desert Breeze Publishing. It tells the story of how the first humans crashed on the planet where the entire series is set and is the finishing touch to that series. The other books in The Chronicles of Kassouk include White Tiger, Red Leopard, Black Jaguar, and Blue Lioness. The first four books are available in electronic format everywhere, with the first book, White Tiger scheduled for release in paperback this spring. The other books will also be released in print.

The next book Vijaya has coming out will be from Books We Love. It will be the first of a new series titled Curse of the Lost Isle.

“It’s slightly different from my Sci-fi, because it’s not about the future but the past,” she explained. “It’s a medieval fantasy, with strong elements of ancient magic, action with swords and horses, love, intrigue, betrayal, religious and political struggles. This new series starts with Pagan Queen, set in 806 in ancient Alba (now Scotland). This saga is based on authentic post Arthurian legends, spanning several centuries, in Scotland, France, Luxemburg, Spain, and the Middle East during the Crusades. It follows a family of immortal Celtic ladies related to Morgane the Fay, and seeking redemption from a curse. There will be at least six long novels in the series, two of them scheduled for release this year. That’ll keep me busy for a while.”

Vijaya was born in France, near Paris, but she’s not really from there, she told me.

“I consider myself a citizen of the world. Writing sci-fi where I pit humans against aliens, I have to claim Earth as my nation of origin. I traveled a lot and lived in some neat places. India is one of my favorites. That’s where I found the inspiration for Ashes for the Elephant God (not sci-fi, but a reincarnation story).”

Vijaya started writing poetry when she was six and later wrote essays, travel logs, and newspaper articles. She became serious about writing for publication in the early nineties. Her first novel came out in 2000, and she currently has sixteen titles available, with more to be released this year.

She has found that the best cure for writer’s block is a publisher deadline.

“When the book is due, ready or not, you write. And as you get into the writing groove, the words start to flow, and the story unfolds,” she told me. “In order to make my deadlines, I have to write a chapter a week. Most often, writer’s block is the result of fear of failure, even fear of success. Relaxation or meditation are good techniques to get rid of the fear and free the creative juices. For professional writers, writer’s block is a luxury they cannot afford. When I feel complacent, I just tell myself, ‘shut up and write.'”

“Who is your favorite author and why?” I asked.

“Nowadays, I very much like Linnea Sinclair. She write romantic science fiction with strong women and lots of action. Not unlike my stories, hers contain action scenes, love scenes, strong conflicts, emotional struggles… the whole package. I haven’t seen anything new from her recently, though, she is too busy with her Hollywood movie The Down Home Alien Blues. I hope she releases a new novel very soon.”

After many years of being in the business, she has come to the conclusion that what readers like the most is the voice of the author.

“Not the impeccable grammar, not the fancy words or the beautiful descriptions, not even the story or the characters,” she said. “Of course, all these elements should always be present, and of the utmost quality. But what makes an exceptional author goes beyond the way the words are strung together. It’s about the kind of music they make, the kind of atmosphere they evoke, and the particular eye with which the author sees his or her world. The details the author chooses to describe, the way the readers feel when they read the prose, these things define the new standards in modern writing. It’s all about the emotional connection.”

I wondered, “What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?”

“As unlikely as it seems, the classics of the 1800s and early 1900s influenced my mind when I was a student, and Victor Hugo (Les Miserables), Jules Verne, HG Wells, and all the forefathers of modern science fiction certainly developed my taste for outlandish and space-faring adventures.”

When Vijaya first started writing, she was a pantser like most authors—not knowing where the characters would lead her.

“But when you sell a book on a synopsis and three chapters, or you sell an entire series and are given deadlines to deliver each manuscript, it’s a different matter. I had to start plotting. Then I realized that pantsing (writing from the seat of the pants) brought an unpredictable flavor to the story. So now, although I usually know where the story is going, I still let the characters guide me into discovering who they are and what they really want to do.”

When it comes to titles, sometimes they will come to her in a dream and prompt her to write a new book for it. Sometimes, when she’s writing the beginning of a novel, the title will jump out at her. But other times, they require hard work and days, or even weeks, of brainstorming.

“Several of my books were first copyrighted with a different working title. A few of my re-issued, out of print books, changed titles in the process,” she said. “Titles are so important. It’s an art to be able to give a feel for an entire novel with just a word or two.”

As a science fiction author, Vijaya believes in technology for the future, and she also believes in saving the trees. Most of her new books are only available in e-book format. A few are becoming available soon in print on demand.

“I am not against print. I am against the waste of paper practiced by most large publishers. They print enormous quantities then destroy the unsold books. Most often than not they destroy more books than they sell. It’s a shameful, wasteful practice. Print on demand (POD) prints the books one at a time as needed. This I can condone, because there is no waste.”

“What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?” I asked.

“I’m a rebel. I jump out of perfectly good planes, I own a black belt in Aikido and practiced many martial arts, including the sword. The travel bug is in my blood. I used to speak five languages but now only speak fluently English and French… Oh, wait! You said ONE thing? Sorry.”

The scariest moment of her life was when she dove out of a plane at 15,000 feet in Eloy, Arizona.

“I’m afraid of heights, but I love thrills,” she confessed. “To give you an idea, when my feet finally touched the ground, I yelled ‘I’m alive!’ And I really meant it. I never felt so alive in my life.”

Finally, I asked, “If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?”

“Nothing. I believe that things happen for a reason. Had I been published earlier I wouldn’t have had the solid base upon which to build a successful career. My first book published was the fourth I wrote. Then I rewrote the first three, and they, too, were eventually published.”

About the Author:

Born in France, award-winning author Vijaya Schartz never conformed to anything and could never refuse a challenge. She likes action and exotic settings, in life and on the page. She traveled the world and claims she comes from the future. Her books collected many five star reviews and literary awards. She makes you believe you actually lived these extraordinary adventures among her characters. Her stories have been compared to Indiana Jones with sizzling romance. So, go ahead, dare to experience the magic, and she will keep you entranced, turning the pages until the last line.

Find the author online at:

Website: http://www.vijayaschartz.com

Blog: http://romancingscifi.blogspot.com/

Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/author/vijayaschartz

Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vijaya-Schartz-Author/109777709045040
Twitter page: https://twitter.com/#!/Vijayaschartz

THE CHRONICLES OF KASSOUK

Set in a world where a human transport crashed centuries ago, the Chronicles of Kassouk relate the evolution of a human community kept at a level of medieval development to serve a technologically advanced race. Constantly battling to regain their rights, the human population struggles for freedom.

BLUE LIONESS – Book Four

Ariela suspects the king’s death is no accident. And the tyrant who usurped the throne looks guilty as hell. As leader of the Human rebellion against the Mutant rulers, Ariela is desperate for help, and Lord Starro, the handsome Crown Prince of the Star Children, offers the technology the Human faction lacks. But can Ariela trust a spoiled, arrogant foreign prince who never fought a battle, and thinks he is destined to rule the universe? Is she trading one tyrant for another? No matter how kind, handsome, or fascinating, Starro has frightening mental abilities. And this alliance is not safe, especially for Ariela’s heart.

NOAH’S ARK – Prequel

When Trixie’s starfreighter, Noah’s Ark, drops out of jump space in an uncharted part of the universe, she believes the M-class planet on her viewer represents hope and salvation for her motley crew and the ragtag settlers aboard her ship. Kostas, ex Space Marine, the expert survivalist recruited for this expedition, doesn’t believe in coincidences, and knows that when something looks too good to be true, it usually is. Everyone, on this voyage to seed a new planet, is fleeing something, and harbors dangerous secrets… including Trixie, who vowed to never let a man control her life again. As for Kostas, he would get lynched on the spot if anyone suspected who he really is. But on this seemingly abandoned planet, others are watching, herding the newly arrived for evil purposes… and when the truth emerges and secrets unravel, Trixie and Kostas will have to fight for survival, for freedom, and for the right to love…

Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Vijaya Schartz

CHRISTMAS ON THE MEXICAN BORDER

by Vijaya Schartz

When you live in Arizona, like me, stories of the Border Patrol abound in the news. Most of those stories are sad and dramatic, a few are humorous. All of them make me think. You see, born in France, I am a legal green card holder, so I understand what it’s like to go through the red tape of immigration. The topic is controversial.

I’m not afraid of controversy. In my stories, however, I stay away from politics to consider only the human factor, the emotional factor, and emotions run high when the stakes are high.

As I researched my novella on many government sites, inquiring about what kind of weapons the officers carried on border patrol, I realized Big Brother was probably watching me, wondering if I was planning something nefarious. I just wanted to get my facts straight. In the story they are, except that I wrote this in 2008, and a few things have changed since then. Still, smugglers run the border every night with drugs, arms, and people, despite sophisticated surveillance and patrols.But after doing all that research, I asked myself what if… What if one of the girls smuggled from Mexico was about to give birth on Christmas eve? What if a group of terrorists planned an attack on the Palo Verde nuclear facility on Christmas day? What if my Border Patrol agent was a rookie, and a woman? What if her partner was corrupt? What if an FBI agent had infiltrated the smugglers’ ring and a big operation was about to come down on Christmas morning?

All my stories have an international flair, and most of my heroines carry weapons, whether blasters, guns, or swords. This one carries a Beretta and a knife in her boot, and she keeps a Glock in the jeep. Yet, as in life, a story wouldn’t be complete without romance. This one is unlikely at first, but become more believable as we learn more about what’s really happening. Some call it romantic suspense, some call it action romance. I just call it A DESPERADO FOR CHRISTMAS.

One of the commenters on this blog will win a pdf version of this story, but if you can’t wait, you can download it for 99 cents in any eBook format at Smashwords at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Schartz

Find Vijaya’s other stories at

Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/author/vijayaschartz

Vijaya’s eBooks at ARe: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Vijaya+Schartz

Vijaya’s Nook bookss at: http://productsearch.barnesandnoble.com/search/results.aspx?WRD=vijaya+schartz&STORE=EBOOK&SZE=100&SRT=SA

Vijaya’s books at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Schartz

A DESPERADO FOR CHRISTMAS:

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.

GUEST BLOG: VIJAYA SCHARTZ

HOW TO RECONCILE THE LOVE OF HISTORY AND THE LOVE OF SCIENCE-FICTION AND WRAP THEM UP IN A ROMANCE – By Vijaya Schartz

I loved History since childhood. Ancient History, Medieval times… and I also loved Science Fiction. Not every kind, not the horror or the depressing kind. I prefer the idea that beings who have evolved beyond our technology would also have ethics and morals to match. Although I imagine if they were humanoid, and if they had a brain compatible to ours, they would certainly have similar emotions, dreams, passions, concerns… and weaknesses.

I guess what I like about these opposite periods is that humans of the time live in totally different surroundings, with a different set of problems to solve, and a different attitude toward life. And there is no better challenge for a writer than stepping out of the comfort zone of a familiar contemporary setting and imagine what it would be like to live in a different time, a different space.

I traveled extensively and that helps. Most cultures I create in my books benefit from a vast multi-cultural experience gleaned from my travels. The slums of Mumbai inspired my description of the slums in the Borealis Space station for a novella in an anthology from Desert Breeze Publishing (Coming in October 2011). Human poverty, disease, and misery are not so different, no matter where and when.

Maybe in the back of my mind is the question, what would happen if all our technology was wiped out in one strike? How would we start again and evolve? Would we return to a stage of savage survival, with bands of hoodlums imposing their will at gunpoint? Would we organize in peaceful agricultural societies? Would religion disappear, go underground, or become more prevalent? Would we be able to preserve our past History? Would the children, unable to read and write for lack of schools, forget everything that came before them? Would the new society have to relearn everything from scratch?

But the real challenge is to have a Medieval society living alongside an advanced intergalactic civilization. And of course, that’s what I love to do. I did it in my ongoing series THE CHRONICLES OF KASSOUK, and to a certain extent in SNATCHED. Another challenge is to take a hero and a heroine at the opposite end of the spectrum and make them fall in love. Then you have a rich tapestry for the setting, a wide range of emotions for the characters, and an exciting plot to enjoy.

ABOUT VIJAYA SCHARTZ

Born in France, award-winning author Vijaya Schartz never conformed to anything and could never refuse a challenge. She likes action and exotic settings, in life and on the page. She traveled the world and claims she comes from the future. Her books collected many five star reviews and literary awards. She makes you believe you actually lived these extraordinary adventures among her characters. Her stories have been compared to Indiana Jones with sizzling romance. So, go ahead, dare to experience the magic, and she will keep you entranced, turning the pages until the last line. Find more at http://www.vijayaschartz.com