Hello everyone – excellent treat for you this week – I have the good fortune of featuring two very good friends and Muse It Up Publishing sisters – L.J. & Kat Holmes (mother and daughter). They’ve got two books out right now, Her Last Day (which I’ve written a review below) and One Night Stud (love the title *smile*).
Both ladies have offered some gracious and informative responses of their process together and of their amazing novels and story-stars. Thanks so much L.J. & Kat for being here this week :) Before we get started, L.J., would you please give us a little intro…
Kat and me, L.J. Holmes live together, write together and know how to inspire together. Mother and daughter, we never set out to co-author stories, but found we have a quirky way of jointly presenting our characters with journeys neither of us might consider alone, and luckily we like each other enough not to rip each other’s heads off when the going gets a bit treacherous.
Please tell us how the idea came to you for HER LAST
DAY and ONE
NIGHT STUD. Please include all the fun details.
L.J.: Titles and names just come to us. With HER LAST
knew we wanted to tell about the emotions Daria experiences as this fateful day
progresses. Pretty much the same is true with ONE
Kat: So far we’ve written and released two books together writing as Kat and L.J. Holmes.
L.J.: Our first book is HER LAST
DAY and our second is
NIGHT STUD and they are nothing alike.
But, both are sexy, right ;)
What drives, motivates, and/or inspires Sam?
Kat: In HER LAST
DAY we learn about
the hero from the heroine’s point of view, so I’m not really sure how to answer
that question for this book…but I can do so for book two.
ONE NIGHT STUD…Sam is a shape shifting
centaur…and he has one night to find his idea human mate and be the stud he s
meant to be or suffer a fate worst than death.
What are Daria and Colleen’s job? What does Acteon and Sam do for a living?
Kat: Daria from HER LAST
DAY is the wife of a
successful shoe merchant in Pompeii on the day Mt. Vesuvius erupts. Acteon is
the slave her husband gave her as a wedding gift.
L.J.: Sam from
ONE NIGHT STUD owns an impressive and
well-concealed ranch in the middle of the city.
Kat: Colleen designs and sells sportswear.
Give us some insight into Daria and Colleen. What’s a bit of their back stories?
L.J.: Daria is the daughter of a wealthy Roman Merchant who is sold into marriage by her father.
Kat: Colleen is out to celebrate her divorce earlier today from the leech who married her for her money, then expected to steal it from her in their divorce so he and his mistress can continue to live in the style he never worked for.
Tell us what Acreon and Sam first means to Daria and Colleen?
Kat: Acteon is Daria’s port in the storm of Roman hierarchy as long as she can pretend to him being nothing more than a slave.
LJ.: Colleen, the moment she walks into the bar, is Sam’s salvation…now all he has to do is convince her.
Who is Daria and Colleen to Acteon and Sam? Can you give us a bit about the first time they meet each other?
L.J.: Daria is Acteon’s…owner…Lady…mistress, in its most formal definition. They first meet when her husband brings her to his home after marrying her in Rome. He gives Acteon to her as a body-guard, etc…that she feels more for him is against the Roman law and will cost him his life…if she lets on.
Kat: Colleen sees Sam when she and her friends first enter The Stallion’s Stall and finds him hunkering against the bar looking far too drool-worthy.
Can you tell us about the abilities of Sam? How do they help OR hinder?
ONE NIGHT STUD…Sam is a shape shifting
centaur, and if he doesn’t prove himself worthy of his perfect mate before
sunrise, he will suffer a fate worst than death.
Why this location? Anything in particular in real-life that made you select it?
Kat: HER LAST
DAY takes place in
Pompeii on the day Mt. Vesuvius erupts. History chose the time and place for
Daria and Acteon’s story.
ONE NIGHT STUD a special bar and the
hidden ranch just seemed right for the events to unfold for Sam and Colleen.
Is HER LAST
and ONE NIGHT STUD included in a series? If so,
what series and can you give us titles and a tagline for other books in this
L.J.: I don’t write series’ often. Kat on the other hand writes series that make me weep and wish I could be as inventive as she is. If you haven’t checked out her ARTICA LIGHTS SERIES and her HEKATE’S
WEB SERIES, boy are you in for
some good reading.
She’s also the author of an award winning mystery, THE LIGHTHOUSE ;) I am head over heels for the ARTICA LIGHTS and HEKATE’S
WEB series…She has another series I like many
of the books in, especially the more recent ones. It’s her GODS AT WORK SERIES,
and my favorites are CRIMSON WATERS, DANCES AT DAWN and her
most recently released UNDER THE HUNTRESS MOON.
Neither HER LAST
NIGHT STUD are parts of a series, although there are those who are
urging us to do so.
Kat: At this moment we have no plans to do so.
Can you share anything about the /magic/paranormal /fantasy beings in either story? What’s unique about them?
L.J.: There really isn’t a lot we can share about the centaurs without giving everything away. Both of these books are short stories.
Kat: Centaurs in their human form, walk, trot, gallop, sort of, among us. But just as humans have their crossover into adulthood, centaurs have them too…and this is Sam’s night of most important nights. Failure to successfully make the transition means he’ll live out eternity in a form no centaur wants to contemplate.
Tell us about Sam’s name world? Does he live by a hierarchy or some other code/laws of their kind? If so, can you give us a few of their rules?
L.J.: Centaurs live by their biological and natural instinctive needs. They spend most of their life having casual and multiple bouts of fun…until the night of their progression to the next level. There’s no way around them…they can’t buy their way around them, nor can they hire another to fill their shoes.
Which scene was your favorite to write? Can you share a little of it?
Kat: HER LAST
DAY was entirely a labor
of love. Mom and I worked really hard to get this story released and we both
Kay Dee: I loved it, tooJ
L.J.: Both HER LAST
DAY and ONE NIGHT STUD are really short stories.
It would really give too much away to give any kind of excerpts.
Please share anything else about this story you’d like ~ maybe a difficult scene or character ~ someone or something not cooperating…
Kat: It was difficult for us to write HER LAST
DAY because Mom and I
both knew how it had to end. We love Daria and wanted to pull a rabbit out of
our magician’s hat.
What are you working on now?
L.J.: We’re working on our third collaboration tentatively called A FOOTPRINT IN TIME. It’s about as diverse as night and day from either of these two.
Kat: It’s true. Brother one is getting married and his bride-to-be wants the “perfect” wedding. That means dancing, something brother two, possessor of two left feet can’t do. Brother one coerces brother two into taking two weeks of costly…no refunds allowed…dance lessons. All hell breaks lose the minute the music begins to play.
Where can we find you? List all of your links. Everyone ~ Please show L.J. and Kat some love and take a moment to follow their links;)
Kat’s Web: http://www.authorkatholmes.webs.com
Kat’s Blog: http://katluvr130.blogspot.com
Kat’s e-mail: Mykitty130@yahoo.com
Kat’s Muse It Up Author’s Page: http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php
Kat’s Amazon Author’s Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kat-Holmes/e/B009B2NZXW/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1359134703&sr=1-2-ent
Kat and L.J. Holmes’ JOINT blog: http://holmesauthors.blogspot.com
Kat and L.J. Holmes’ Muse It UP Author’s Page: http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php
L.J.’s Blog: http://linsownblog.blogspot.com
L.J.’s e-mail: Spatzdkat1212@yahoo.com
L.J.’s Muse It Up Author’s Page: http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php
L.J.’s Amazon.com Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/L.J.-Holmes/e/B004U347U2/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1359134768&sr=1-2-ent
Quickie Quiz - Getting to know
Kat Holmes & L.J. Holmes
2 Things you do to relax:
L.J.: Kat and I both read and play with our kitties.
Kat: You forgot to tell them I also love video games, and you enjoy knitting hats and scarves to donate to children on the Reservations. You also didn’t tell anyone you do quirky book reviews on one of your many blogs.
L.J.: I think you just did!
Kat: Yeah but you haven’t given them the url for your reviews. Mom likes to keep all she does for others under her shyness stone.
L.J.: I think you just blew that out of the water.
Kat: Somebody’s got to toot your horn for you :>)
L.J.: Let’s move on.
Kat: Not till I give them the URL for your review site…It’s called Ladybug Lin’s Golden Reviews: http://ladybug-lins-reviews.blogspot.com
Favorite sport to watch:
L.J. Figure Skating
Kat: And gymnastics.
Cat or Dog:
L.J.: I grew up with dogs…I had a German shepherd that was my best friend throughout my teens and on into my twenties.
Kat: But we live in an apartment now, so have our two kitties, Mama Bear and Spatz to keep us from getting too full of ourselves.
Favorite places to write:
L.J.: I’m still a pen and paper person so I curl up in bed and let the pen fly.
Kat: Not me. I type directly into my computer…it’s easier to correct mistakes that way.
Place you’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t:
L.J.: I can answer this for both of us…Scotland…Castle ghosts and kilts…what more can you ask for.
Kat: Mom and I never acquired the taste for coffee, so we drink Diet Pepsi to get our caffeine.
Favorite season ~ why:
L.J.: I can answer this one again…WINTER…you can add clothes to get warm but even if you went stark naked in summer, you can’t get cool enough.
Kat: Plus bugs hibernate in winter. I am so NOT into sharing my living space with creepy crawlies.
What are your hobbies /past times (besides writing):
L.J.: I think we already mentioned them…reading and playing with the kitties. I’d sing but Kat threatens me with dire fates every time I let the first note warble out of my mouth. ;>)
Kat: Of course I do…every dog within the ten nearest galaxies begins howling when you start singing. The quakes you set off throughout the universe leave the known worlds running for industrial earplugs…deadly.
Kay Dee: Too funny, ladiesJ I’m so glad you could come and spend some time at my place…I love when L.J. and Kat visit and to have them together is a true joyJ
GIVEAWAY!! Here's what we're giving away...per set. (2 sets) First two make one set and second two make the other – drawing for these will be held on Friday Feb. 1st – must leave a comment or a question for L.J. and/or Kat Holmes and a way to contact you in case you win.
1. HER LAST DAY
2. ONE NIGHT STUD
3. DANGEROUS VOICE
4. SHE'S GONE
Her Last Day by L.J. Holmes and Kat Holmes
The date was August 24th 79 A.D. and it started like every other day in Pompeii. But the clock is ticking and disaster is about to strike. Daria, the wife of a selfish businessman, is about to find out that there are worse things than a loveless marriage. But through it all, is there any cause for hope?
Book Review – Her Last Day by Kat Holmes & L.J. Holmes
Genre: Historical romance with a touch of paranormal
First Line: Daria woke.
Daria, a natural beauty and humble woman from a family of means, gets bartered off as a wife to the highest bidder.
Titus, a business man, philanderer, and control freak, lives every minute with high expectations and a low tolerance for humanity in general.
Together they act as abuser and the abused. It’s August 24th 79 A.D. in Pompeii, is there any chance in hell for Daria to find a few hours of happiness before her world turns to ash?
To be honest, the title told me the heroine dies and why would I want to read a story with a sad ending – I don’t do sad. I came very close to passing over it for another of L.J.’s stories, but I’m so glad I reconsidered.
Kat and L.J. Holmes created a historical romance, introducing an impacting depth to the story through its characters and passion. They summed it up with a satisfying ending that this happily-ever-after-freak found amazing.
There’s a paranormal twist that isn’t really mentioned in the tags or description of the books. These two authors pulled a rabbit out of the hat and you’ll see why when you read it ;)
No spoiling it…the resonating depth of this love story kept me thinking about its story-stars long after I’d finished reading their story. I hope these two authors continue writing more stories together – and I definitely recommend this story as an excellent historical paranormal romance.
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One Night Stud by L.J. Holmes and Kat Holmes
A centaur has only one night to convince the woman of his dreams to fall in love with him. If he fails, he’ll be put out to pasture alone for the rest of his very long life. Tomorrow morning is rapidly approaching. Will he succeed?
Dangerous Voice by Kat Holmes
Forty-seven year old Phaia Mykos is a meek and mild librarian by day, but to put her daughter through college she turns into the sexy and alluring Sasha by night. Using her voice, she teases and titillates men on the phone.
But when women in her line of work suddenly find themselves under attack, it’s only a matter of time until the madman turns his eye on the one called Sasha.
To trap the stalker, the police send hunky and much younger detective Derek Hoffman to her door. Long has she desired the man and circumstances provide her the perfect opportunity to get what she wants, hopefully before her obsessed fan silences her for good.
She’s Gone by L.J. Holmes
The silence reaches out and rebounds inside his body. Where is she, was she kidnapped? What kidnapper takes her toothbrush, her clothes, and her cat, but leaves his half of the closet full? What does the puddle of melted ice mean, and the lone glass? All the other dishes from their shared breakfast are in the dishwasher; what does this lone glass mean? They had not fought, if anything they’d made passionate love before both needed to head off to their jobs that morning.She’s gone!