L.J. Holmes

L.J. Holmes
In her many Guises.

Monday, April 30, 2012


What would you do if you were on

vacation with your family from a small town in Canada, visiting the land of the infamous

Space Needle, Seattle, Washington, and without warning, design, or desire, you become the only witness to a brutal seaside murder? (Not my idea of a winning vacation, yours?)

Now throw into this mix it's not just the murder of your average Joe Blow...but the murder of TWO of the elite agents of the

FBI. Do you think things are going to get hairy?

Doing the right thing, fleeing to the nearest police station, you report what you saw, and find yourself smack dab in the middle of a

web heavily coated in international intrigue, danger, suspense, and yeah, for you, abject fear!

How do you handle the bullseyes now painted on the foreheads of you and your family by the ruthless criminals determined to prevent you from ever testifying against them? In other words...they want you


This is the story Joylene Nowell Butler brings to us, the avid reading public, with her November 2011

Muse It Up Publishing, Inc. release...tension revealing cover by Muse Cover Art Goddess,

Suzannah Safi.

Check out the BUY PAGE for Joylene's book

DEAD WITNESS to learn more about the book and its very gifted author.

Muse Fever is spreading, and gifted authors like Joylene Nowell Butler are why. While over at the award winning Muse It Up Bookstore, check out the other gems just waiting to entertain you.  You'll be glad you did.

Friday, April 27, 2012


The down side of

Muse It Up Publishing, Inc....I think I may just cry.

Tis a sad, sad day for me because I woke with tears on my pillow and a sword through my heart because I realized...heaven help me...there's a DOWN SIDE TO MUSE IT UP PUBLISHING, INC.

We're talking MAJOR trauma here.

See I've been with Muse It Up Publishing, Inc. since Lea Schizas, The Publisher and

Litsa Kamateros, The Marketing Director, first cast open the door of this stellar Publishing House back in March 2010.

Since then Muse It Up Publishing, Inc. has taken the literary world by storm...snatching up awards in every category, changing the tenor of how things are done. It has been an incredible ride...one I am inordinantly proud to be a part of.

So how come the tears? How come the lamentations? How come the deep wrenching realization of a down side?

Here's a clue...In April 2012, less than two years after Muse It Up Publishing's OFFICIAL opening on September 10, 2010, this is what happened.

Are you ready...

On April 20th...

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For a dragon detective with a magic-slinging nun as a partner, saving the worlds gets routine. So, when the U.S. government hires Vern and Sister Grace to recover stolen secrets for creating a new Interdimensional Gap—secrets the U.S. would like to keep, thank you—Vern sees a chance to play Dragon-Oh-Seven.

No human spy, however, ever went up against a Norse goddess determined to rescue her husband. Sigyn will move heaven and earth to get Loki—and use the best and worst of our world against anyone who tries to stop her.

It's super-spy spoofing at its best with exotic locations (Idaho--exotic? Well, Idaho’s exotic to them), maniacal middle-managers, secret agent men, teen rock stars in trouble, man-eating animatronics, evil overlords, and more!

Live and Let Fly by Karina L. Fabian released...

and so did...

 The Carousel Ghost by Andrea Pelleschi released.

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Fourteen-year-old Kate's traditional first day at Wildwood Lake Park couldn't get any worse. Besides problems with her best friend and the obnoxious, but cute, boy from school named Tommy, there's the new haunted carousel ride. When Kate goes for a spin, she finds herself transported back in time and into the body of a ghost named Isabelle, circa 1928. Isabelle's husband carved the horse, and the rumor is that he also murdered Isabelle.
Back in the present, Kate teams up with Tommy to solve the mystery of how Isabelle died, even if it means more terrifying rides on the carousel. As the investigation goes on, Kate finds herself growing closer to Isabelle than she is with Meghan. So when the carousel is slated to be dismantled for the park museum, Kate hurries to solve the mystery before Isabelle is doomed to wander the park--and Kate's dreams--forever.
and not to be outdone

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Kalia Seffmoyer is a rarity among werewolves. She's albino, a trait coveted by clans worldwide. Her parents, powerful alphas of the Seffmoyer Clan, have dispatched their daughter to travel from clan to clan, bedding eligible males in order to find her designated Mate—the male who would produce the Mating Mark. On her final stop, deep within the Francis Marion Forest, Kalia is skeptical of finding love within the Stone Clan and after a brief encounter with the brutish Xavier Stone, the clan’s Romi, her doubts are confirmed. Yet the moment she looks into his sister’s eyes, Kalia feels a connection beyond anything imaginable and a night of sublime passion with Sophia quickly leads to dire consequences. For in the supernatural world, it seems that humans aren't the only ones who discriminate.
White Wolf by Heather Kuehl

THREE amazing books in JUST one week...but before I could wrap my head around these...
Muse It Up Publishing, Inc. being the busy, busy, very prolific Publisher, here, less than TWO years after it's debut...released MORE today Friday April 27, 2012

And Here's what are also out there for me to add to my five mile

long list of books to buy and read!

Comforts of a Man by Tigra-Luna LeMar

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Allison's daughter Emily is heading off to college and Allison's husband is heading off to Fresno with a younger model. Feeling like she's let herself go, Allison is perfectly willing to be a shadow of her former self until a craving for Jamaican food led her into the path of the sexy, ex-marine, Logan Montgomery. He is so out of her league--but so damn tempting.
Logan Montgomery may be young but he knows a good thing when he sees it. And Allison Jackman--made his mouth water. But the woman have some issues left behind from her jerk of an ex and he isn't sure he can breakthrough them. But what is he to do the fire burning within him for her?
But Tigra-Luna is not presenting by herself...oh no...there's more...

James Hartley brings us his most recent offering:

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COP WITH A WAND by James Hartley
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Daisy Hudson is a newly reinstated plainclothes cop, but more importantly, she has just come to the realization that she’s a witch. Not just any witch, but a very powerful witch.

After reuniting with her partner Inspector Herb Farrell who eventually catches on to Daisy’s powers—as well as falls for her charms—together they conclude that the ordinary crimes of their city have become overshadowed by the evil conspiracy of a sinister group of gray men.

From petty crimes to those committed at the highest level of government, it becomes apparent that these tall, ugly, gray-skinned men known as the Warlocks harbor a far-reaching, ominous plot...an alien takeover of the Earth.
Even with the aid of the forceful local coven, will Daisy and Herb have the fire power to prevent the Warlocks’ impending overthrow of the government?
And as if that's enough...oh no...we have more...

PLENTY more!

There's THIS offering... Death Kiss by John Matsis
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An interlude of sexual fantasy turns bad. Madman. Sexual deviate. Prominent surgeon, Dr. Douglas Kaplan has done the unthinkable. A bleach-blond gasps as she slumps against the door, her voice-box fractured. A rookie cop, careless, answers the call of a possible domestic disturbance. Two gunshots ring out; he totters and falls from the landing. His body sinks to the bottom of the pool, a stream of blood seeps to a nearby skimmer, a young woman poolside screams.

Veteran detective, Jason Nash, vowing to solve the murders, seeks revenge in the killing of his partner only to become entangled in a web of intrigue far greater than imagined.

Kaplan’s dark side turns even more deadly as a near-fatal crash on the freeway lands Nash in the hospital…ironically the surgeon in charge, Kaplan. Surgical ICU becomes an instrument of murder as a scheme, so outrageous, so unthinkable, unfolds.

High-heels click. A blond walks down the corridor to ICU, tight skirt hugs freshly shaved legs, lips a vivid red and laden with a deadly toxin…ready to impart the Death Kiss, kill the only person who can link him to murder. He pauses at the hospital bed, leans down, his lips pursed.
Think we're done for this week? NOPE!

An urban fantasy: Getting Ahead by Marion Sipe.

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When Detective Nick D'Artori arrives at the scene of the Troll-Killer of Portal Park’s latest attack, he knows his night isn't going to be boring. Finding the Troll-Killer's victim alive—if missing one of his two heads—seems like a stroke of much needed good luck. But why would the victim, a royal guard, have wandered away from his duty? And was it only coincidence that the Troll-Killer happened to target him? The inconsistencies lead Nick and his partner, Renee Arbors, down a new road of investigation, but they’ll have to negotiate it while foiling mad bombers, carjackers and trollish magic.

May I just take a second here and lament a little more? Do you feel like I do...your bottom line is getting lighter and lighter? This one is Book One of a SERIES!

Lore of Fei by Kathless S. Allen
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Ariela is a mutant faerie, born without wings. No wings means she has no magic. Her faerie parents hide her deformity from the humans in Hege, especially from Kel, the Warlord of Kel’s Lair. But, when rumors of a human child living in Fei reach his ears he sends his warriors in to rescue her. In one horrific night her faerie parents are murdered and she is brought to Kel’s Lair to live. It is there she learns the truth about her parentage. The Veil of Enclosure that separates Fei from the human world is dissolving allowing the humans to enter Fei and kidnap the faerie children in order to enslave them and take away their magic by clipping their wings. In the faerie Book of Lore is a legend that a silver-winged faerie will be born to save Fei but no such faerie has been born. The Faerie Council asks Ariela to free the faerie children and restore the Veil before it’s too late. But, Ariela has no magic, or does she?

Not done yet either.

Riga Runaround   by P.J. Lawton

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On Hilo, hard case, deadly, off-world criminals are preying on the elderly. After his best friend’s niece is killed, Galactic P.I. Majestic Kane is asked to find the killers, help the old folks stand up to the threat, and put a stop this criminal activity once and for all.  But to get it done, Kane finds he must get mean, mad dog mean
My arm is getting tired, my fingers achy, but I must plod on to the next release

The Secret of the Stones by C.K. Volnek

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Trading places with a squirrel outside his window is the last thing twelve year-old Alex Ramsey expects to happen. Could the gift Aunt Norma gave him be magic? The Merlin’s magic he’d read about in the ancient diary? After he unexpectedly trades places with another animal, Alex realizes he must discover how this magic works, and fast. How had the trickery transformed him…and better yet… how did it turn him back into himself?from Muse It Up Publishing, Inc.

As Alex struggles to understand the how and why of his enchanted gift, he becomes painfully aware there is more to it than he first thought. Within the magic there is a great power, a power to control, a power so strong that another is willing do almost anything to get it. Can Alex protect the gift while solving the secrets to how the magic works? And can he make sense of the riddles in the diary, the riddles surrounding the prophecy of Merlin’s return?

We're ALMOST done for these last two weeks, but it brings home why there is a down side to Muse It Up Publishing, Inc.

Weaving Magic by Mindy Hardwick

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He loves magic. She loves romance. But the biggest illusion is the one Shantel and Christopher perform together. Sixteen- year- old Christopher fights to stay sober while fifteen-year-old Shantel struggles in the aftermath of her mother’s death and seeks refuge in a fantasy world. But the unacknowledged roots of their problems refuse to stay buried and soon, the two are headed toward a deadly magic trick. Can Shantel and Christopher move beyond magical illusions to find love?


ELEVEN new books in two weeks time. Boy do I need to find an untapped vein of pure 24 karat wealth!

They are all available at Muse It Up Publishing, Inc. Book Store. What can I say? As Down sides go, this down side is going to keep me entertained today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year...because Muse It Up Publishing, Inc. is here not just to set, but to rock the publishing world and set it on its ear.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Those in the know have already caught my first report on the coming of THE TRUTH as documented by that

 legal beagle we all know and love

Muse It Up Publishing's Gail Roughton Branan...buttttttt if you're behind the times, you really must catch up before it's too late...so check out my FIRST report on Gail's incredible findings. Hightail it over to REPORT NUMBER ONE

And then you will be up to snuff because THIS is REPORT NUMBER TWO.

The Big Bang? After the last report some wily academicians approached me and said, "You are forgetting

the scientific proof of the BIG BANG as the creator of all that is."

That wasn't bad enough, every theologian this side of the Cosmic String reminded me of all the miracles PROVEN to be created by, well THEE CREATOR.

Here's my response from the data I received from Gail Roughton, the lady who is


Magic! Space dust glittering here and glowing there,

star beams twining magic tendrils within and without creating what we now call our world,

our universe, our everything...but, once upon a time...powerful energies looked upon the blankness of out here and much the way you and I maneuver the players across a

chess board, it began.

Gail Roughton, a most prolific and omnipresent documentor, has faithfully transcribed the

Words On High the True Source shared with her. Does her source give us the answers we have all sought since we first learned to wonder? You know, the answers to then, but also to what moves today and will bring to us tomorrow?

Friday, April 13th, Miami Days and Truscan (K)nights finally releases with all this and more. Be the first on your block to have the answers at the tip of your fingers. You can find the path RIGHT HERE. (Don't you just LOVE this cover? So powerful, like the truths it reveals.)

Join Tess Ames, the personal troubleshooter for the modern day CEO of Miami based Ramos International on a flight into the answers Gail brings us. (Poor Tess has to learn them the hard way.)

Tess is about to discover what truly lies over the rainbow and I guarantee it's not the Tin Man or Cowardly Lion.

Magic...Gail Roughton is bringing it to us in spades.

April 13th, is her Muse It Up Release of

Miami Days and Truscan (K)nights, but right this moment you can check out her OTHER report at
Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz
Penny Ehrenkranz' blog. Join Penny and Gail as they share Gail's other Stop The Press Bulletin, War-N-Wit, Inc.

I have read this book and may I just say

WOW! Give me Gail's magical reports 24/7. You'll love them too.