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Thursday, April 12, 2012

SHAPE SHIFTERS ANYONE? - by Vijaya Schartz

Don't you love this Native American hunk?
When I considered writing a shapeshifter novella, my choice was obvious. I always wanted to write a story with a Native American hero. Since I live in Arizona, I researched the Hopi culture and found more than enough material to write a story that would fit the local legends. In this book I used the skinwalkers legend, as well as the Chupacabra legend, and I also allude to the Star People and other elements of Native American culture.

If you look at my portrait, you'll realize that I'm pure caucasian. French to be exact, born and raised. But I was fascinated by Native American culture since childhood. I always played the "Indians" when my friends played "cowboys." So researching and studying the culture was one more reason for me to write this story.

The best compliment I received was from a Navarro reader who praised my accuracy and my great respect of the Native cultures, and I was very moved, as I pride myself for just that.

This cultural and geographic backdrop of Arizona's wilderness lends itself to my story, where the heroine is a ranger.

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...

This is what the reviewers say:

"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, CK2sKwipsandKritique4.5 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

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