Valerian, epic fantasy in space – by Vijaya Schartz

A phantasmagorie of epic proportions. A thousand worlds anchored into one single city floating in space. Virtual worlds to be sure, but worlds nevertheless, where people thrive and tourism brings millions of humans and alien species. I love the graphics, and the many worlds Luc Besson brought to life.

Impressive photography, I loved all the alien races represented and the many worlds, with their different civilizations. There, a tourist can travel through the universe without leaving the safety of the city in space. A very lucrative business, to be sure.

Of course, all repairs and maintenance are performed by robots… including security, by a cylon-like race of faceless military giants.

The heroes are young and fearless, kind and selfless.

Some aliens are peaceful and idealistic.

They have cute pets that can reproduce whatever you feed them… including priceless energy pearls… which they use to create their own virtual world.

 But that world is threatened by greedy humans, bent on owning the adorable pets for the sake of controlling energy sources.

I loved that famous actors and personalities play secondary roles… including Rihana, who portrays an alien shapeshifter who helps the heroes along the way.

And of course, there are the alien races. Here are a few examples:


And the various habitats of the thousand planets, and the technology, the spacecraft…


All in all, the movie, like Avatar, is an experience you do not want to miss. As for the story and the characters, unlike in Avatar, I found them too simple, and the characters too young and lacking a back story, not deep enough to be interesting. 

Still, if you like science fiction, you will want to see it.

Vijaya Schartz
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Hail the Ladies of the Lost Isle

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Myths and legends are often cautionary tales, but each of them relates to specific events and periods of the faraway past, and contains a kernel of truth. Even these immortal ladies were modeled on existing heroines of old, who influenced society in times of turmoil.
Beside the persecution of Pagans during the dark ages, many important historical events punctuate the lives of these immortal ladies. The Viking invasions in Scotland are front and center in books one and two. Then the foundation of Luxembourg in books three and four. Feudal life and religious struggles in France come to life in book five. The greatest adventure of all times, the Crusades with their different facets are depicted in books six and seven, and the best known legend of Melusine the Fae in Aquitaine, the cradle of many royal lines, comes to light in book eight.
But who were these strong women who fought to survive against all odds, in a world ruled by men, in a violent society where life had little value?
They were Celtic and Pagan. They did not abide by the rules of the new religion Charlemagne had imposed by the sword. They believed in equality and refused to bow to the will of the men who would tame and control them. They practiced kindness toward all and worked for the common good. Early on, they symbolized hope and freedom for many, especially the oppressed.
The ruins of the castles they built still stand. Here, Melusine’s tower in Vouvant, Aquitaine.
These ladies were smart and astute politicians and influenced the rulers and the historical events of their day. They had the welfare of their community at heart. They fought for what was right in a world where the powerful held sway with ruthless violence, and often with impunity.
These ladies were not perfect. Far from it. Each of them made grave mistakes in their youth, using their powers for purposes other than the common good. For these mistakes, they were cursed, and spent their entire lives dealing with horrible woes… all the time struggling to hide their Pagan origins and avoid discovery by the Church… which would lead to burning at the stake. They also sought redemption in the eyes of their Pagan Goddess.
Melusine in her cursed shape still graces the walls of the castle of Lusignan
 Even in today’s society, these ladies of old stand as a shining example. I loved writing about them. Their names are rarely mentioned in the history books, although they appear in many legends. But their famous and infamous descendants blazed new trails throughout history.
I hope when you learn more about them, you will like them as much as I do.
Vijaya Schartz
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Free and 99cts in kindle Curse of the Lost Isle medieval Fantasy Romance by Vijaya Schartz

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SEDUCING SIGEFROI
Book 3 in the Curse of the Lost Isle series
Medieval fantasy romance

First book of Melusine (complete story)

 

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

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DAMSEL OF THE HAWK
Curse of the Lost Isle Book 7 (standalone)
medieval fantasy series

1204 AD – Meliora, immortal Fae and legendary damsel of Hawk Castle, grants gold and wishes on Mount Ararat, but must forever remain chaste. When Spartak, a Kipchak warrior gravely wounded in Constantinople, requests sanctuary, she breaks the rule to save his life. The fierce, warrior prince stirs in her forbidden passions. Captivated, Spartak will not bow to superstition. Despite tribal opposition, he wants her as his queen. Should Meliora renounce true love, or  embrace it and trigger the sinister curse… and the wrath of the Goddess? Meanwhile, a thwarted knight and his greedy band of Crusaders have vowed to steal her Pagan gold and burn her at the stake…

 “It was easy to get lost in the latest Lost Isle book. I didn’t want to put it down until I was finished. Each character added their own magic to the whole of the story. Authentic detail pulled me in as well. But the dog glued me to the tale as did the lovers in their struggles to HEA.” Hope Chase 5-stars on Amazon

 “…so vivid I could picture myself right there… tough, honorable alpha hero… fiercely protective and loyal mountain dog, Kopec… Meliora… hints of the strong, rebellious woman she actually is… not a simple HEA for them… but once they finally get it, it’s wonderful!” Lisa on Amazon

 

“Historical romance with a different twist… a new spin on a classic tale… standalone… Ms. Schartz has a gift that will have readers asking for more and will have them intrigued by the idea of the other books in the series.” Ind’Tale Magazine

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Angels and aliens – New series about an angel planet

Although I’m itching to write science fiction again, after a long series of medieval fantasy romance, I find it difficult to leave the wonderful world of immortals with strange powers. So, I decided to write a science fiction romance series involving a planet where the inhabitants have angelic abilities.

I call the series: AZURA-5 ANGEL PLANET. Book One will be ANGEL MINE, and it involves a kick-butt female bounty hunter and an angelic alien. I only wrote the first chapter, and I love them already and can’t wait to develop their story. I even have these characters in mind. Yes, the big cat is also a character. What do you think? I hope the cover designer for my publisher chooses to use the pictures I selected, or something very similar.

 



 


 


Here is the blurb (so far).

What in the frozen hells of Laxxar prompted Fianna to pursue her quarry to this forbidden blue planet? Well, she needs the credits… badly. But as if crashing in the jungle wasn’t bad enough, none of her high-tech weapons work. She’ll have to go native, after the most wanted felon in five galaxies. It’s not just her job. It’s personal.

Acielon has never seen an outworlder like this fascinating female, strangely beautiful, and fierce, like the feline predator loping at her side. He always dreamed of exploring the universe, despite the legends… and the interdiction. Is it truly a hellish place of violence, lies and suffering? If it spawned this intriguing creature, it must also be a place of wonders, adventure and excitement…

Fianna’s hunter instincts tell her someone is watching. Sheba, her telepathic feline partner, doesn’t seem worried… yet, something on Azura isn’t quite right.


The book will probably come out in the summer of 2017. In the meantime, you can read my other science fiction romances in ebook or print from these distributors.

 


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ANGEL OF LUSIGNAN is in paperback!

aol-mediumAlthough the kindle edition is not available until January 20, somehow the paperback is already available on Amazon. Yay!

Don’t miss the conclusion of the CURSE OF THE LOST ISLE medieval fantasy romance series.

ANGEL OF LUSIGNAN
Curse of the Lost Isle Book 8
Medieval Fantasy Romanceby Vijaya Schartz

Find it in paperback or pre-order it in kindle HERE

Young knight Raymond of Forez, blaming himself for his uncle’s death in a hunting accident, falls off his horse at the very sight of the lovely Melusine. He has no knowledge of their turbulent past. Even less that she is an immortal Fae with angel blood… afflicted by a curse. He doesn’t believe in the local legends… yet how can he resist such beauty and loving wisdom?

Melusine, who waited for him in Aquitaine, is full of remembered love. But can she trust this young knight with her mission, or her deadly secrets? In this explosive religious climate, the Church is suspicious of everyone, and the slightest rumor of witchery or Pagan magic could send them both burning at the stake. Can their love overcome the curse this time?

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 HAPPY READING!

 Vijaya Schartz
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Enter contest to win ANGEL OF LUSIGNAN – coming soon

Coming soon:

ANGEL OF LUSIGNAN

Curse of the Lost Isle Book 8

Last book in the series,
medieval fantasy romance

“Edgy medieval, Yay!” 5 stars series


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Young knight Raymond of Forez, blaming himself for his uncle’s death in a hunting accident, falls off his horse at the very sight of the lovely Melusine. He has no knowledge of their turbulent past. Even less that she is an immortal Fae with angel blood… afflicted by a curse. He doesn’t believe in the local legends… yet how can he resist such beauty and loving wisdom?

Melusine, who waited for him in Aquitaine, is full of remembered love, but can she trust this young knight with her mission, or her deadly secrets? In this explosive religious climate, the Church is suspicious of everyone, and the slightest rumor of witchery or Pagan magic could send them both burning at the stake. Can their love overcome the curse this time?

HAPPY READING!

Vijaya Schartz
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The Curse of the Lost Isle series is now complete!

If you like strong ladies with powers, medieval history, castle life, heroic feats and romantic stories, you will love this series, featuring a family of immortal Fae, roaming the middle ages in search of redemption from a curse. Steeped in history and legend. “Edgy medieval, Yay!” 5 stars on Amazon

Angel of Lusignan now has a cover! I love it.
The book comes out January 20 but is on pre-order HERE
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With the last book, Angel of Lusignan, Book 8, now in pre-order, coming out in January, this series is now complete, and here is the list of all the titles:
 

Book 1 – PRINCESS OF BRETAGNE
Book 2 – PAGAN QUEEN
Book 3 – SEDUCING SIGEFROI
Book 4 – LADY OF LUXEMBOURG
Book 5 – CHATELAINE OF FOREZ
Book 6 – BELOVED CRUSADER
Book 7 – DAMSEL OF THE HAWK
Book 8 – ANGEL OF LUSIGNAN

There is also a BOX-SET of the first four titles HERE

Available in kindle and most titles in paperback, with the rest coming soon in paper as well.

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