COYOTE GORGEOUS is a 99 cents romantic novella exploring the world of Hopi traditions and the clash of Hopi culture with that of the White Man. Set in

Arizona, where I live, it mixes the scientific approach to wild life, with a smart, and down to earth heroine (a ranger in uniform carrying a gun) and the less known legends of skinwalkers and the Chupacabra, and the relationship of the Native American tribes with what they call the Star People.

In Arizona, the caves abound with ancient drawings of such Star visitors, and no matter how pragmatic, one has to wonder… Who was the Great Coyote?

What I found in my research was fascinating.

I always wanted to write a Native American hero, and this request from a publisher gave me a chance to write Kaletaka (Kal for short). Of course, he is gorgeous and captivating… He also keeps a wild bob cat as a pet, and he can cook. I thoroughly enjoyed writing this novella, which is not only a romance, but full of action, and a bit of a mystery.

Here is what the story is about:

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.

And when Kaletaka, a Hopi sculptor, 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?


“Phenomenal world building, characters the readers care 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

Vijaya Schartz

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Vijaya has kindly offered to give away one ebook to one person who leaves a comment. So step right up and don’t be shy. It’s a great story.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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10 Responses to SHAPE SHIFTERS IN NATIVE AMERICAN LORE by Vijaya Schartz

  1. norahwilson says:

    So glad I followed this link. I immediately snagged this book for my Kindle. Totally in my wheelhouse. 🙂

  2. Karin Shah says:

    Ooh, this does sound cool! Very original! 🙂

  3. savannah miller says:

    Kaletaka story sounds amazing!! I can’t wait to see what happens, I haven’t read one of your books before so as of today I’m an official new fan 🙂

  4. Roxy Boroughs says:

    Love the title. Sounds great.

  5. H.D. Thomson says:

    Your hero sounds divine, Vijaya. Good looking and can cook. What a lethal combination! 😉

  6. Thank you guys for liking this story. And thanks Linda for having me today. Hope you enjoy reading this story. I had fun writing and researching it. Oh, and there is a bob cat in it, too. Kal keeps an unusual pet, Felix the bob cat, whom he calls “little brother.”

  7. vampedchik says:

    Sounds very cool! I love finding new authors! 🙂

  8. Cindy Woolf says:

    This sounds like a marvelous book. Can’t wait to read it.

  9. What an original concept! Best wishes on many happy Sales!

  10. And the winner is… Amber.
    Amber, please contact me at, so I can email you your free copy.
    Thanks everyone for commenting.

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