The Lost Song: Refrain

As Jan-nell, her son Bearin, the sensuous hunter Bekar, and trackfinder Chandro continue their quest for the lost song, they make alliances with the virile dark-skinned sword dancers, who serve as bodyguards to a king, and the exotic, handsome beast trainers of the desert. Jan-nell is beset with jealousies, new sexual stirrings, deepening spiritual practices, and a growing bond with one of her companions.

Available from Amazon and the Muse It Up Bookstore:

CODA, book three of The Lost Song Trilogy will be out November 2013.



Eleven summers after Jan-nell the bowdancer left her daughter Mira-nell with the sisterhood of hunters on the mountain and came to live with Khrin to raise their son, Bearin, she is called by the sisterhood to find their origins.

 The first clue is a bit of song Jan-nell learns at the deathbed of the oldest woman in the sisterhood’s village. Jan-nell and her companions seek the origins of the mysterious women on the mountain through the verses of a song.

 Master hunter Bekar and master trackfinder Chandro accompany Jan-nell and Bearin on a quest for the lost song that takes them from their local inn out across the landscape of their world as they meet bee spinners and kings and risk their lives to achieve their goal.

Available from Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, the Reader Store, and the Muse It Up Bookstore:


The Lost Song Refrain--coming April 2013

As Jan-nell, her son Bearin, the sensuous hunter Bekar, and trackfinder Chandro continue their quest for the lost song, they make alliances with the virile dark-skinned sword dancers, who serve as bodyguards to a king, and the exotic, handsome beast trainers of the desert. Jan-nell is beset with jealousies, new sexual stirrings, deepening spiritual practices, and a growing bond with one of her companions.

The Lost Song Coda--coming soon

The Bowdancer Saga Newsletter and Other Book News

January 2012

Hello everyone,

I do apologize for the lapse in communication with all of you. Some of you have been with me through a lot of changes this past year, and I am so grateful for each and every one of you.

I also go to the Southwest Writers Group when I can and spoke there in October. It was my first inspirational talk and convinced me that motivational speaking would be the next career addition. I have been busy in edits with my books from Muse It Up Publishing. I’ll talk more about those books later, but first I’m sure you are eager to hear news about the Bowdancer Saga.

Bowdancer Book News:

Warrior Women, the third book in The Bowdancer Saga, was released November 2010 by Breathless Press. You can buy a copy at the Breathless Press website (, at All Romance Books (, at My Bookstore And More (, or at (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Nook), and the Reader Store (epub). My new publisher, Muse It Up Publishing, is picking up this series when my contracts start to expire at the end of this year.

The Lost Song trilogy, three big novels about the further adventures of Jan-nell out in the wider realm of her world, will be out in 2012-13 through Muse It Up. The first book, The Lost Song: Verses, will be released early 2012. All of the books will be first published as ebooks and then will be available in print.

I am going into content edits with The Lost Song: Verses in a few days. I have finished tweaking The Lost Song: Refrain and will be submitted that one at the end of this week. The Lost Song: Coda needs a more extensive tweaking, but it will be submitted later in January.

Once that is done, I’ll finish writing three more books in that series, making a total of nine.


Muse It Up Publishing Book News

Ruins Trilogy

Muse It Up Publishing released my first book with them last summer. Ruins: Discovery, the first book in an archaeological romance thriller, was published the Muse It Hot! division. All three books will probably be in the Hot! section of this publish house. I have objected strongly to the label erotica writer because I’m not one. I write mainstream stories that have adult content. There is a difference. (One day I may write an erotica novel and show my publisher what that really is! ***wicked grin*** But always tasteful.)

The second book, Ruins: Artifacts, just came out at the end of December. That was a fun one to write.

The last book in that trilogy is Ruins: Legacy. I have started it but really have no clue what will happen, and I don’t even know if there will be a steamy love scene in that one.

All of these books will be out first as ebooks. Ruins: Artifact will be available in a print version late next year or in early 2013.

Keep up-to-date on Ruins news by going to the trilogy’s own website:


Sugar Magnolia

This summer also witnessed the release of Sugar Magnolia, a contemporary romance about the music industry. It is in ebook format but will be in print later this year. You will be surprised by two special cameos in this book by real-life musicians! And they appear with their permission. It’s a hot little romance.

Other Books

The Neighbor, a chilling occult short, made its debut just in time for Halloween. It is in the mainstream division of Muse It Up Publishing.

The Premier, a contemporary romance set in Hollywood, will be released this month as an ebook only. Like The Neighbor, it’s in the mainstream division.


Book Trailers:

I’m working on new book trailers for the Ruins trilogy and Sugar Magnolia.

If you remember, Chris O'Brien from Enchanted Ape and Matthew Probst from Gypsy Lumberjacks, two Minneapolis bands, wrote the wonderful soundtrack called “Meadowsweet” for the book trailers for The Bowdancer andThe Wayfarer’s Road. They also wrote a lively piece for the Warrior Women book trailer. To view all of those book trailers, please visit this site:

Unfortunately, Chris has been busy as a new husband and his band has been on hiatus. In the meantime, I have asked Bryan Grob, who designed this new author website and put the book trailers together, will be writing the music for some of the new book trailers. I'm very excited about what
Bryan will do. He’s a fine guitarist but has a different style.

We will miss Chris’ touch on the new book trailers, but I’m hoping his hand will return for The Lost Song trilogy. Perhaps it is fitting that Bryan offers his talents to the Ruins trilogy. He's from the desert Southwest, New Mexico actually, and would have a feel for the material.

I'm very excited to see what we can pull together for Sugar Magnolia. The book deals with a mix of rock, Delta blues, and old gospel.


Blog News:

All of my websites will be updated this month. Those sites are:
The Bowdancer Saga:
Author's website:

The Ruins trilogy:

Writing at the River’s Edge (Ironically, I'm no longer near water, except from wells—and all the snow we’ve had so far):

Desire and Craving:

I’ve been on a virtual blog tour since November, posting on several writers’ websites and appearing on radio stations in El Paso and Colorado Springs.I posted a mention about Sugar Magnolia in my monthly column, Music Up Close with Janie, at .

I'll keep you all posted about new blog spots in a separate mailing or by going to one of my websites.

Happy Reading,

Janie Franz

New Releases in the Works


Be on the lookout for two new books from Muse It Up Publishing, a new publisher, helmed by Lea Schizaz, the brilliant mind behind the annual Muse Online Writers Conference.

Ruins: Discovery will be relased at the end of this month or the first of May. It is the first book in a new archaeology romance thriller trilogy. This one is set in Arizona. Watch for the new book trailer coming soon. Ruins: Aritfacts, book two, will be out in August, That one takes place in more exotic tropical realms. The third book, Ruins: Legacy, is in the works currently.

Look for Sugar Magnolia in July. It's a contemporary romance about the music industry set in Mississippi. This one has two cameos by real life musicians. More details coming soon.

Both the Ruins trilogy and Sugar Magnolia can be found in the Muse It Hot division of Muse It Up Publishing. You can find out more about them here at the Muse Bookstore:

Other releases later in the year:

The Neighbor (Muse It Up) October 2011

The Premier (Muse It Up) November 20100

The Lost Song Trilogy: Verses (Muse It Hot) January 2012. This is a new trilogy for the Bowancer Saga (books 4, 5, and 6)

More details coming later.

And don't forget the original Bowdancer Saga books available at Amazon or at Breathless Press:

The Bowdancer

The Wayfarer's Road

Warrior Women


The Bowdancer Saga Has a New Home

I just got word today from Muse It Up Publishing that they will be picking up The Lost Song trilogy (books 5, 6, and 7 in the sequence) of The Bowdancer Saga. I'm waiting now for the paperwork. 

This is exciting news because Muse It Up has been so very good to give this series a careful reading and to offer it a new home. What this means is that Muse It Up will be able to offer The Lost Song trilogy as both an ebook and printed version. In addition, they are very eager to offer more of Jan-nell the bowdancer's adventures.

This couldn't have come a better time. We are preparing a huge book launch event here in Grand Forks November 5, 2010 when Warrior Women, book three of the saga, is released by Breathless Press. We will be scheduling a number of events that day to celebrate.

We are excited about having Chris O'Brien and his band Enchanted Ape and Matthew Probst and his band Gypsy Lumberjacks on the stage at the Crosstown Lounge that evening at 10 pm. Chris and Matt wrote the music for the first two Bowdancer book trailers and are busy writing the soundtrack for Warrior Women. They will be rolling up their sleeves for The Lost Song trilogy as well. (In addition Chris has expressed interest to write music for the Ruins trilogy and for Sugar Magnolia which will be out next year from Muse It Up.)

Chris and I will be appearing on local radio and doing a couple of public readings with music.

We will be sending out more details in the next week or so.


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