Lins Fire Brand

Lins Fire Brand

Monday, February 28, 2011


My daughter writes erotica and I am asked how I feel, as her beleaguered mother, about that?

I am Kat Holmes' critique I get to read her work long before anyone else.

I only have two major observations to make about Kat's writing...she knows how to make your temperature rise, and for the most part, I am awed by her abilities.

That doesn't mean I don't have moments when reading her work makes me want to bury my head, shutter my eyes and try to utilize my imaginary

fire engine inside my head to douse some of the images her words create.

I have always been accused of being a far too liberal parent. I didn't ban Kat from reading what others labeled "ADULT" fiction when she was barely more than a Tween.

Some accused me of corrupting her, but if I did, she's hiding it well.

When I was a girl, my parents had these super x-rated cartoon books that they hid away, not very creatively, and of course, that made my brothers and me determined to see what the hoopla was all about. Let me just say

Betty Boop was never the same for me after that.

However, had the folks not been sheepish and yes, embarrassed by these comic books, they would not have stirred us kids to sneak them out and have a gander.

By allowing Kat to read at her ever increasing level of comprehension I took the TABOO from these books.

Would I have allowed her to read

Glenn Kleier? Of course! His books stir up firestorms, but mostly for the same reason Dan Brown does with The DaVinci Code. Glenn Kleier steps into the realm of controversy steeped in doctrine.

If I did not prevent Kat from reading adult erotica, why would I prevent her from reading the likes of Glenn Kleier?

Kat tells some brilliant stories. Passion is a part of those stories, but passion is a part of life.

She has a new series coming out on April 1st, The Artica Lights Series, called


Awni is the queen of Artica,

a land of constant winter. Her skin is so cold, anyone who touches it dies. All around her she witnesses passion...Is she doomed to never know love and passion?

So in conclusion, I LOVE my daughter's ability to weave erotica and love...for without both, you have nothing but pornography...and porn is ten-degrees of BORING!

Sunday, February 27, 2011


My name

 is Spatz, and I am the real brain behind everything L.J. Holmes writes.

What? You don't believe me? Listen up until I came into her life, she didn't have a story-telling-bone

in her entire body.

I know, you think she got it back when she was a kid, but that's NOT true. Back then she was a GREAT story-READER. She's already told you how she'd save up her money and rush every month to the teeny bookstore to buy Nancy Drew Books, and then lose herself in the trials of Nancy and her two best friends, Bess and George...and by the way, what's that all about?

Didn't the original Carolyn Keene know "George" is a BOY'S name? She got the "NED" thing right since Ned IS the name of a boy, and Ned IS Nancy's on-again-off-again boyfriend...But GEORGE?

MEOW!!! I suppose, given the right frame of mind, it COULD be a nickname for GEORGINA, but that is never mentioned...only that she's lankier than the more...mmmrrrrmmmppphhh...padded Bess.

I can see your eyebrow lifting as you ruminate over my name. Spatz is a type of shoe, and I, quite obviously

 am NOT a shoe...but Spatz is also definitive of elegance. The shoes that bore my magnificent name back in the day, were really quite spectacular, as am I.

Let's, for the sake of expedience, just acknowledge that my name signifies elegance and I am most assuredly, elegant.

Now that we have put that issue to rest, let me tell you why I am here. I am the REAL star of the story

IN FROM THE COLD coming out in June, ghost written, on my behalf...we cats do not do well penning our own stories using fingers, you know.

IN FROM THE COLD is in reality a story about my own trials and tribulations living with my cute, but angst ridden pet, Mari Donovan.
Back to Mari...

I am Mari's secret psycho-therapist. Without me that woman would be living in a room where she'd be bouncing off the walls. I kid you not!

I keep her grounded...most of the time...she does, every so often, slip beyond the grasp of even MY calming effects.

I have told L.J. Holmes many times ALL the stories coming out of our Nudge, (that's what we have named our inner story-teller), need to be told solely, as in EXCLUSIVELY from the felinius point of view.

What do you mean "felinius" is NOT a word? Maybe not in your HUMAN vocabulary, but I am, need I remind you,

a superior cat. My ancestry dates back long before the first human began walking upright.

 Egyptians realized early on that we cats are without question,

GODS who can even masquerade as humans, if we choose to, which of course we rarely do! Gods don't need to "fake-it!"

Mari truly needs my help, not just in keeping from that bouncy room, but in facing the day-to-day stuff that wears you humans to a frazzle. Personally I don't think you

nap anywhere near enough. Meet my sister, Mama Bear. She has refined the art of napping nicely, dontcha think?

If you just followed OUR lead...but for reasons I have never quite figured out, you all think WE are lazy!

Oh you are SOOOO wrong. We are not snoozing for snoozing's sake. While we might have shut our almond shaped eyes, we are busily engaging our brains with the next tale we will allow you to ghost write for us.

Now you Know the unvarnished truth. I hope you are properly awed.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


I must post a disclaimer...I am

Kat's MOTHER...does that make me partial? ABSOLUTELY. Does it make me capable of lying on her behalf? DUHHHH!

But am I?


Kat Holmes is my monstrously talented daughter, and she is a


What does that mean? It means there isn't any question you can pose to Kat about

the Greek gods, even the most obscure of them, that she won't know the answer to.

History lesson...Kat's brother, Chris, is a Japanese-o-phial...sorta. Chris grabbed books from the library when he was about ten and taught himself to read, write, and speak fluid Japanese. He also graduated from the forms of Martial Arts typically taught in American dojos at about the same time.

Today he is a seventh degree black-belt in a discipline that is so ancient he actually has to GO to Japan for his belt level increases. No one in the world outside of the MASTER has the knowledge to test.

Just as Chris took to this ancient form of Japan's rich and sometimes scary past,

Kat took to the Greek gods.

We recently guested on Muse Author

Barbara Ehrentreu's Blog Talk Radio


show, where Barbara asked Kat about her soon to be released series, THE GODS AT WORK.

Glenn Kleier wrote about the return of Jesus to the world. Kat writes about the return of the Greek gods, but in a completely unique way.

Kat decided that given the current state of the  World's economy, the gods up there wallowing around

Mount Olympus must also be feeling the crunch, but she doubts

Zeus would feel it's his place to fatten up his bottom line. Sometimes being the KING of all the gods gives you power to command your godly family to...well, putting it mildly...get to work!

How many of you out there are parents of adult children who spend their days with their feet up, the remote control clicking away in their hands, and the bottoms of their feet growing more than a few

dust bunnies?

You can understand Zeus' edict.

Go down to earth and find jobs, he orders, NOW!

Because they are all god-spawns, they have one huge advantage over you and me...they have their super-powers.

Kat began her series with Aphrodite.

She's the goddess of love, as we all know, and she's smarter than the average bear,

to quote Yogi. How many of you have seen those ads on TV for places like MATCH.COM? Who hasn't right?

How do you assure an even higher rate of success than those places claim? You come to earth, the embodiment of Aphrodite percolating inside you, and open up your very own

computer dating service.

Of course no one is to know who you REALLY are, but hey, it has to be gratifying to find you are using your god-skills and, incredibly enough, making Olympic money at it. The title of this book is

WORKING UNDER COVERS and will debut from Muse It Hot in June 2011.

Hera, the Queen of the Gods...

...what do you do for her? Kat has always felt she was abused by history, and Zeus. She can also tell you every one of Hera's super-human powers, but the one that called to her most had to do with Hera being the goddess of Childbirth.

Midwifery has been part of the human condition, no doubt since before the cave dwellers. Being a powerful goddess, Hera can bring more ease and comfort to the highs and lows of labor, and without needing any drugs.

I can tell you, honestly, I would have been in heaven if I'd had Hera at my side when I gave birth to my two. 39 hours of unaided...NATURAL...labor with

my son...

and 14 hours of INDUCED labor with

my daughter.

This second volume in the Gods at Work series has an ingenious title...HEART OF THE QUEEN and is going to release in August, 2011.

Hades is not under Zeus' command. Zeus rules up there, and Hades commands...well down there. He is Lord of the Underworld, but he also works with the world's gems. Hades sees how happy his niece and former sister-in-law...(yes Zeus and Hera are  divorced)...are living on earth and operating their own businesses. Eternity is a lonnnngg time to suffer from ennui. Hades creates his own jewelry design company. And he is GOOOOD! So good I can picture every marketing firm in the Universe wanting to coax Hades their way.

Hades' story IN DEATH'S ARMS will release in January 2012.

That's three so far...right?

Poseidon rules the waters, and opens a business that uses waters for in a pool club, plus offers hydrotherapy to those in need, his favorite part of the business.

I am going to include an aside here...oh holy Poseidon, what he can do with the fingers of

the ocean whole new meaning to the concept of foreplay.

CRIMSON WATERS, Poseidon's story releases in April 2012.

Four down...any idea how many gods there are? Do you know how many of the LESSER gods there are? I assure you Kat knows.

Book Five...Apollo. He opens up his own dance studio. What? You didn't know he was god of more than zipping across the sky in his chariot? What do you think the odds are of the Russian Ballet continuing to be the dance-world's standard once Apollo takes up the plies and arabesque's? 

DANCES AT DAWN will release in August 2012.

I know who the very next god will be and the one after that. Kat has already told me, but I'm not telling you. You'll have to wait.


All I will tell you is that each book is brilliant, because Kat's knowledge is brilliant. She takes what is known, explores what is obscure and gives us breathtaking tales of modern immortality and so much more.

Friday, February 25, 2011


This month Muse Publishing, Inc., has been conducting chats about erotica vs. porn.

I have not chimed in, so now seemed like the right time. Here goes.

What is the difference between erotica and porn...There is passion in the book I've read by Glenn Kleier entitled THE LAST DAY. The human condition must have passion for it to have a purpose. When does the passion cross the line and become porn? 

For me when it is about nothing BUT the sexual mechanics. When it has no elements of respect and consideration. 

Now I've chimed in...I have and will write intense erotica, but at no time are the participant mere entities being plugged into the right current.

If all that matters to you is the current, then go turn on a

space heater or

a fan.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


THE PENDULUM SWINGS is being released by Muse It HOT side of Muse Publishing, Inc. and although it is a story that transports us back and forth through history, on some levels, I'm not sure it is a story that I can compare with Glenn Kleier and the only story of his out there for one and all to read THE LAST DAY.

Don't get me wrong, I am on the advance notification list for Glenn Kleier and his upcoming book THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL.

I'm not really sure how that works. I received a notice in December that Glenn Kleier was about to have his second book releasing come February 2011, but it got pushed back.

This is extremely frustrating and I am so glad Lea Schizas, our incomparably adept publisher, is so on top of her game that she moves books forwards not the other way around.

THE PENDULUM SWINGS is neither being released early, or pushed back...just like the baby bear's stuff, it is being released RIGHT ON TIME...and yes it is mine.

This story has some real heat between its pages...especially with the seductive fireplace. I know, you're thinking who'd expect a fireplace to be hot, beyond the usual, but this one is and you are going to love how schenti's work in the Twenty-first century.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Coming awake in a strange room,

her body atop a thin slab made from strange material encased is some form of linen, her wrist bound,

not to the railing attached to the sleeping pallet, but to some weird looking piping had her eyes popping.

Where was she? She tried to pierce through the sluggishness encasing her mind for answers that did not want to surface, when

the door opened.
Oh by the stars...the man entering is the stuff of dreams...or at least he was until his blue eyes turned cruel.

Her HUSBAND? And she is

JOANNA? No, no, no. It could NOT be true. She was NO Joanna, and why would this man claim to be her husband but hate her so much?

This begins the journey of our heroine in THE PENDULUM SWINGS.

She knows she CANNOT be the vile Joanna this HUSBAND, Jason Reed, claims her to be...but who is she and why can't she remember?

Amnesia? She has this amnesia? She has no idea what that might be, but if it gives her the time to avoid the rage pouring from this beautiful, but disgusted man, then so be it.

Shortly after he leaves,

a pinpoint of memory light begins to spread inside her vast emptiness. The blankness fills with the images of horror she could not accept. She should be dead? Was this, this room the afterlife? And was that angry man

Ra's greeter? NO...he claimed to be her husband, but she had no husband...not in the life she only JUST left.

She is Siri

...Egyptian slave of Petronius,

Centurion Captain. She is Siri, just thrust into death by

Titus, Petronius' General. She is Siri mother of Cerean and Petrina...

Dear Isis, what has happened to her?

Amnesia, the word offered her a haven while she tried to figure out why she was thrust into this hated woman and how to get back to the man she loves.

The Pendulum Swings,

a sweeping tale of

ancient Rome and

modern privilege is being released by the Muse It Hot side of Muse Publishing, Inc. on March 1st.

See how Siri

 handles 21st Century America in the body of a reviled bitch while trying to unravel the mystery of why she's here. Follow Siri as she tries to undo the damage the owner of this body caused not just with this blue eyed husband, but the entire Moore-Reed household.

How long will this husband be able to go on treating her with enmity when she introduces belly-dancing, comfortable schentis 

to one and all? And will she be able to compete with the
amorous fireplace that shows Jason how to do a mean shimmy?

THE PENDULUM SWINGS...humor...history...and maybe even love?

The PENDULUM SWINGS by L.J. Holmes...okay, I'll come clean...that's me!

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