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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Shapeshifter Summer Read by Vijaya Schartz

A peaceful town in Arizona, peopled with artists and a few horse ranches. What could be more benign? But that's how all exciting stories start. In this summer read, the hero is a gorgeous Native American sculptor, and the heroine a forest 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...

"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, 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

"I'm not sure Kaletaka could have been more scrumptious if he tried...and he knows his way around a kitchen to boot... a fast-paced, action-packed and enjoyable read."
Four stars - The Hope Chest Reviews

"...a fantastic story, with the integration of Navajo legend into the modern setting... this volume is a real page turner... I am a Choctaw Indian myself... I was truly impressed with the seamless integration of the Navajo legends of skinwalkers. This is a fun read that I highly recommend to anyone with a passion for shapeshifters, Indians and mystery."
Four stars - Cassie - Bitten By Books

"Ms. Schartz has blended ancient Hopi lore into a beautifully descriptive story... opened my understanding of the importance of keeping traditions alive... Kal's works of art bring his heritage to life for everyone to see and appreciate. Thanks go to Ms. Schartz for an intriguing story."
Four Angels - Fallen Angel Reviews

Enjoy this summer read, 99 cents everywhere!

Vijaya Schartz
Romance with a Kick

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  1. Wow! Sounds like a great story. Congratulations on all the great reviews!

  2. Vijaya, you have great praise for this book. It sounds like an exciting read.

  3. Certainly is gorgeous! You do know how to pick them!

    Morgan Mandel

  4. Gorgeous animal! The wolf isn't bad, either! The cover rocks!