Mama Wolf Howling For The Kids

Mama Wolf Howling For The Kids

Monday, February 17, 2014


Short and bone chilling. No body does it with more panache than Muse It Up Publishing's Master of the Chill, 

Kevin Hopson...And he's doing it AGAIN with...


Grab your security blankets kids, the Master is about to unleash another..."I want my Mommy" short guaranteed to send chills up and down your spine, make you sleep with your lights on for the next millennium, and cry like a baby the moment the first star lights up the encroaching night sky.

Kevin Hopson takes a seemingly miniscule 33 pages, ladles on the bone-chilling whimpers, scarefesting backdrops, and a knoweldge of words any Count related to the 

Lugosi-Man himself.

THE LANDFILL, written by Kevin Hopson, breathtakingly frightening cover by Muse It Up Publishing's HEAD Cover Artist, Suzannah Safi, is releasing on 

April 4th from Muse It Up Publishing, Inc and promises to continue Mr. Hopson's nerve shattering legacy. (Trust me, this is NOT going to be an April Fool because no 

Harelequin in oddly designed hat can terrify you to your roots the way THE LANDFILL will.)

How do I know this? I'm Ladybug Lin and I got my now quivering little tendrils on an early copy. I JUST finished reading it...and I am shuddering so hard while typing this, my spine is running, like the yellow-bellied coward it is, fast and furious in the other direction.

Don't believe me?

Then you just take a sec and read THIS...(hang on. Wanna make sure the rest of the story isn't chasing this EXCERPT)'s safe...enough. So are you ready?

You feel like being adventurous?” A rare burst of energy came over Billy.
“Maybe,” Connor replied with a drawn-out voice. “What are you thinking?”
“Take a left up here on River Road.”
Connor perked up, slowing the vehicle and making a left onto the road. “You actually want to hang out at the river?”
“Not quite.”
“Then where are we going?” Connor turned to look at him. Billy could tell his friend was putting the pieces of the puzzle together. “Wait. We’re not going to that landfill, are we?”
“Yeah. Why not?” Even with what his father had told him, Billy was captivated at the thought of checking it out. “Let’s do it,” he said with excitement.
“We don’t even know how to get there.”
“This road runs parallel with the river,” Billy commented, “and it can’t be more than a couple miles.”
“All right,” Connor said. “I’m only doing this for you, though.”
A few minutes passed and Billy continued to watch with eagerness, waiting for a sign as to which direction to go. He noticed a light making its way through a small forest of evergreens to their left. The source of illumination came from an elevated position, possibly atop the nearby hill. Billy scanned the area in front of them as well as the trees off to the side.
“Slow down,” Billy demanded.
Connor brought the SUV to a crawl.
“It has to be over there.” Billy pointed to his left where the light shined through the tops of the trees. “Do you see a road that goes up there?”
Connor stopped the vehicle. “I don’t see anything but woods.”
“Do you have a flashlight?”
“Yeah. Why?”
“I’m going to get out and take a look,” Billy said.
“In the glove compartment,” Connor noted.
Billy snatched the mini flashlight from the glove compartment and stepped out of the vehicle. He left the door open, making Connor visible inside. Shining the light along the edge of the pavement, Billy spotted a crude road. Made primarily of dirt, it curved through the forest like a serpentine and didn’t appear to have any guardrails.
“Put your brights on,” Billy said, easing back into the vehicle.
Connor pulled a lever on the side of the steering wheel, enhancing the view in front of them.
“There’s a dirt road up here on the left.”
“You sure this is a good idea?” Connor asked.
“You’ve got four-wheel drive, right?”
“We should be fine then,” Billy said.

And THAT as they say is JUST the Teaser.

Kevin Hopson, 
Master of the Serial Scare Fest is COMING.
Be prepared...if you dare!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Legendary political reporter Jack Germond dies at age 85


Germond was renowned for his no-nonsense manner and his cultivation of political sources around the country during a pre-Internet era when that was a crucial part of smart reportage.

Jack Germond in his retirement, became am author, at Muse It Up Publishing, Inc.

I had not talked with Jack Germond. For too many reasons to enumerate, out paths as as brother and sister at Muse It Up Publishing did not cross, even though I was very aware he'd come to Muse because of the

 cover for his book, releasing TODAY, WEDNESDAY AUGUST14, 2013 has been available for viewing on our Bookstore sight for quite some time.

A SMALL STORY FOR PAGE 3 by Jack W. Germond is available for a sale price at the Muse it Up Bookstore of $4.50. Just Follow the AUGUSTPARTY prompts.

I never talked with him, but our publisher, Lea Schizas had many times, and through her tears, she announced his passing to us, along with his wife's heartfelt announcement of her husband's last moments. I include them here.
This morning I received an email about one of our elderly authors, Jack Germond:
 Jack Germond is a retired newspaper man living in West Virginia. But like a Thoroughbred racehorse, a reporter never actually retires—he just writes about other things. The author brings his vast knowledge and understanding of the press and the business of getting the information to public to bear in his breakout novel, A Small Story for Page Three.
Jack's book, A Small Story for Page 3, is releasing this week, and it hurts my heart to realize he won't be around to enjoy the thrill of a new release.
Having spoke to him a few times on the phone...such a nice man, truly has broken my heart to hear he passed away. You can read more about this amazing man who was a fixture on Meet the Press on CNN:

For those that enjoy a journalistic/political intrigue novel, I ask if you would do me the favor of honoring Jack and considering purchasing this man's ebook when it releases, leave a review, so we can spread the word that not  only was he a terrific journalist, but an author as well.

The email I received from his wife:

At a little before 4 am this morning Jack passed away.  He went peacefully and quickly after just completing this novel, a tale he had pondered while writing columns, campaign books, a memoir and covering our politics and politicians. He lived a marvelous, full and well loved life. 

I think he was a great reporter, I know he was a hearty eater and the good conversation as important as the food.  And yes, he enjoyed extending an evening.  He had a bold journalistic ethic, and that matters.  He was fortunate to spend his life working at a job he would have done for free during some halcyon times in the newspaper business. 

Jack indeed played the horses always studying the form and hoping for that elusive triple crown winner -- but there was no such thing as a bad day at the track.  He welcomed the day sitting on our deck in WV watching the bald eagles who returned to soar over the Shenandoah and the blue birds nest. In the evening the sunset mirroring the day's end.

 To his many friends, he appreciated the great company, story, scoop, competition and laughter.  He fit his life and times so very well. I love him and it's been great .

Thank you everyone for reading. 
Lea Schizas
MuseItUp Publishing

Yesterday, I spent my day at the hospital having my spine treated. The pain at times was bad, and I have a high tolerance for pain. My procedure will be repeated in two more weeks and in two more weeks after that. Will it be as painful? I don't know. They tell me each procedure will lessen the level of pain. But I'm here, and blessed with the ability TO feel. They did tell me, after actually viewing the MRI that they were amazed I'd been able to function as well as I have since this problem started on December 13th. As swollen as the disc has gotten and as many nerves as it pressing against, that I'm walking at all, amazed them.

Today I woke up without the extreme burning in my spine, down my right hip, and my leg. There's still pain. I'm not cured, but unlike Mr. Germond, I awoke this morning to live another day, and enjoy the clouds that are building outside, the storm that is coming, and the ability to work on the edits for two of my books coming out this coming December. So please, let's give God's newest angel a powerful send off. Make the sales of his book his finest hurrah.

Thank you.

And Mr. Germond, this is one sister who is delighted you found your way into my family, even though we never met. You will always be my brother. 
Rest in Joy, and I look forward to the day it is my turn to meet your spirit and say "Hi."
To your family, I send my love, and my thanks for sharing your words about his life and parting. 

Most Sincerely,
Lin Holmes
Writing as
L.J. Holmes

Friday, July 26, 2013


Yepper...Kat and I are 

celebrating....and we're 

HOWLING from the top of our lungs...which means we are ready to 

GIVE away...

Not your TYPICAL give-away...everybody gives away books..UN-uh...We're giving away 

Ladybug Lin Reviews for your most recent books.

Here's the deal...We're giving away 

ONE: YA review 


ONE HOT review. 

All ya gotta do is 

check out our new 

Author's Pages over at the new 

Muse It Up Book Store Throughout the 

Month of August, come back here and leave a comment letting us know which of our books listed there interests you the most and why, what genre you write and then be ready on 

September 1st when the winners are announce to have your e-mail's ready so we can tell you what we need from you to fulfill the review offer. 


Why are we doing this? Our Publisher is about to 

launch a brand NEW, absolutely 

FANTASTIC website and this is our way of 


We've already been in to 

peek at what 

Lea Schizas, our intrepid leader has done with our 

Author's pages and they are PHENOMENAL...but before I continue, there really are 

THREE, you know...YEP...there's mine as a solo author...L.J.Holmes and Kat's as a solo author, just Kat Holmes, and then....READY FOR THIS, there's Kat Holmes and L.J. Holmes together since we THREE 

phantasmagorical author's pages for you to browse and make your picks from. All can be found via the Muse It Up Website. 

Aren't we generous?

Let me reiterate...

THREE REVIEWS are being offered here...the reviews will be posted for Muse authors on 




GOODREADS as well as 

LADYBUG LIN'S EXCEPTIONAL REVIEWS, for everyone else they will be posted on all the same sites except Muse...however, if YOUR publisher has a place for reviews and you share the URL, I will place the review on your buy page as well.

Sound fair?

Okay let's get started. You can enter as many times as you want. Just make certain each entry clearly states which genre you are entering for....and then be here on 

September 1st for the names of the winners.