Thursday, December 26, 2013

L. J. Holmes, The Christmas War & Christmas Goes Green, plus #giveaway

AUTHOR: L.J. Holmes
PUBLISHER: MuseItUp Publishing
WHAT IS IT? The winner will get not one, or two, but all THREE of the books in the series. Book One, SANTA IS A LADY is a P&E award winner for 2010…less than two months after its release date.
HOW DO YOU WANT THE WINNER TO BE CHOSEN? Chosen by random selection of everyone who comments, so be sure to leave your contact information in your comment.
WHO WILL DELIVER THE PRIZE TO WINNER? I will send pdf copies of all books to the winner.

Tell me a little about your book.
The Christmas War, is book two in the Christmas Miracles Series. Those who’ve read Book One, Santa Is a Lady, will remember Beck as the friend…sort of…of the heroine in book one. She’s the owner of the sweets store in Northeringale that had her Santa arrested days before Christmas. All the professional Santas are working, so she coerces her friend Angie into donning the jolly elf’s suit.

We didn’t like her in Santa Is A Lady, but in The Christmas War, Beck’s mother is avidly trying to push her into marrying a man Irene can control and quickly, before Beck’s 35th birthday. But there’s a new man in town, friend of Angie’s husband and a minister…a good thing since Northeringale needs to fill the spot of minister. He’s also a man perfectly constructed to throw a monkey wrench or two into Irene’s nefarious plans.

Book Three, Christmas Goes Green stars a young woman who’s a wizard at being a midwife, she’s also tiny…she would be since she’s half leprechaun. Much to her dismay she comes home from helping bring a Christmas Miracle into Northeringale only to find the leprechaun father who exiled her to her mother’s family when she was four waiting to pounce. With the strong scent of poteen filling her nostrils Paddy informs her he needs for her to produce a miracle by finding him a pot-of-gold to replace the one he lost so he can return to Ireland and his clan…otherwise he’s moving in for good.

What gave you the idea for this particular story?
Beck’s story came about because when I finished Santa Is A Lady, my daughter, author Kat Holmes said to me, “Mom, you’ve got to redeem Beck and tell her story.” And so a series was born. Tierney’s story came into being because Northeringale is a magical Christmas land. I wanted to bring more magic in…what’s more magical than leprechauns?

Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it.
Not really…well except the name for my half leprechaun. When I was growing up Gene Tierney lived nearby. She was so beautiful and I loved her name. When MuseItUp Publishing contracted Tierney O’Malley it resparked my love for Gene Tierney, so I asked Ms. O’Malley if she’d mind if I used her name for my half leprechaun. She graciously said  “YES.” So here we are.

Why did you choose to write a story with a Christmas or winter theme?
I’m a December baby. Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year.

Do you see special challenges to marketing a book with a seasonal theme? 
When I write a book, my inner muse, whom I somewhat affectionately call NUDGE and I aren’t thinking about the post writing stages.  We have a story to tell.

How long before December did you submit to your publisher?
The Christmas War has been in the process for almost two years. There were a lot of those TECHNICAL issues you were asking about above…although not specifically “marketing” that had to be dealt with. Christmas Goes Green was submitted about a year ago.

How and why did you choose this publisher?
MuseItUp Publishing? Wow…that’s an easy question to answer. I chose MIU because I love the integrity, energy, and the people connected with it. Lea Scizas, the publisher and Litsa Kamateros, the Marketing Director are the best.

What about your book makes it special?
They’re filled with the awe and magic of the season. I created Northeringale so I could make the perfect town where Christmas is more than just the focus of Black Friday.

What does Christmas and/or winter mean to you?
I love the enchantment of snowflakes making their way to the ground. It’s Nature’s crystal powder spreading across the world in a blanket of diamonesque beauty.

What is your favorite Christmas or winter memory?
I was about seven, maybe eight, and my mother, aunt, my brother, cousin and I are crawling on top of a six foot snow drift to get to the country store a mile away. That was so much fun!

What was your favorite stocking stuffer?
My very first Kodak Instamatic camera.

What was your favorite Christmas present? 
Sitting in my rocking chair with my baby in my arms watching the twinklingligths while my baby oohed and ahhed.

Where can people learn more about you and your work? 
At Muse It Up Publishing of course!


  1. CONGRATS, L.J., on your new releases. I remember reading Santa is a Lady when it came out. I hope your Christmas was a nice one!

  2. Nice interview! Christmas is my favorite time of the year, too!

  3. Nice insight to your Christmas memories and how they tie in with your Nudging Muse.
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  4. Congratulations to Mudepoz! Your name was drawn from the box and I'll be sending along all three books in PDF format.