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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Interview of Desiree Holt

I'm so thrilled to present an interview of Desiree Holt, a wonder romance author and friend I've known for years! DESIREE'S NEW BOOK IS HER 100th ROMANCE BOOK...WHAT A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT!

Latest Book: Downstroke
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Desiree Holt has lived a life of excitement that brings the color to her writing. She was a summer fishing guide, a summer field hand where she was one of only three women working, a member of a beginning ski team that skied in competition (and no, no broken bones!). She spent several years in the music business representing every kind of artist from country singer to heavy metal rock bands. For several years she also ran her own public relations agency handling any client that interested her. She is twice a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award, a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as a CAPA Award, winner of two Holt Medallion Awards of Merit, and is published by four different houses. Romance Junkies said of her work: “Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.”
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To celebration her Virtual Book Blog Tour 11-22 April, Desiree is giving away a prize every day of one of her novels of the reader's choice from her backlist. Names will be drawn from those who post comments. At the end of the month, one lucky person will win a grand prize of a refurbished Netbook with digital DVD drive. After you (the reader) post here, go to Desiree's web site at and enter to win the grand prize of the netbook at the end of the month. 

Q: What’s the first thing you did when you received word you’d sold a book?
A: This book? I did the happy dance all over the house, then poured myself a glass of wine.

Q: What part of the book is the easiest for you to write? Why?
A: The last chapter, because I finally know where I’m going.

Q: What part of the book is the hardest for you? Why?
A: The first chapter! LOL! I want to set just the right tone and while I can feel it in my head it’s not always that easy to translate to the written word.

Q: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
A: Dallas Creed, because he’s not a kid any more but he’s still got all that sex appeal. He’s fighting an anguished past and trying to repair the breach with the love of his life.

Q: What hobby do you enjoy when not writing?
A: Football and reading. My two other passions.

Q: What’s your strongest point as a writer?
A: I’d have to say my characters. My books are really character driven. I build the story around them.

Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!

down-stroke: a stroke normally made in a downward direction, particularly on a guitar.

For Dallas Creed that describes his life since his rise to the top as a country music icon. When he turned his back on his family and his fiancé to pursue his dream in the country music industry he rocketed to the top under the guidance of flamboyant Sawyer Brown.

But the accident that nearly killed him took him to the bottom as fast as he’d risen to the top. His personal downstroke. Broken in body and soul, it takes him two years to mend physically and begin to write music again. Although he only wants to record and sell, enter Sawyer Black again who pushes him to tour again and in short order he’s back on top. But this time, his brother Morgan, with whom he’s reconnected, is along as his watch dog.

But suddenly Dallas’s death is at the top of someone’s to-do list, and it is to Dallas’s former fiancĂ© that Morgan turns for help. Charlotte “Charley” Roper hasn’t seen Dallas for twenty years since their very bitter breakup, throwing herself first into her career as an FBI agent, then ten years with the world’s top private security firm and now into building her very high profile personal protection agency.

When Morgan Creeds wants to hire her to protect Dallas and find the killer, she wants nothing to do with it. She’s spent twenty years cutting him out of her life and she won’t take a chance on opening that door again. She still has too much unresolved anger and resentment. But despite her firm resolve she’s drawn by invisible strings that she’s never quite cut.

Against her better judgment she takes the job, even committing to lead the security team herself. Caught up in the bitter wash of memories, the tension of an unknown killer in stalking mode, she and Dallas begin a roller coaster ride that is suspenseful, emotional and erotic. Think Crazy Heart meets Charlie’s Angels. Downstroke, an erotic romantic suspense, is the story of Charley and Dallas and a whole lot more.

EXCERPT: Warning: Adult Content

He wasn’t prepared for her effect on him. Privately he’d followed her career—the years at the FBI, then a long stint with the Hillcroft Group, and finally opening her own agency, Roper Protective Services In all these years they hadn’t spoken or seen each other, but the moment she stepped into the room his body reacted. His cock stiffened, his mouth went dry and his balls tingled as he experienced the familiar impact her body always had on him.


He shifted in his chair, making sure his dark t-shirt covered the growing bulge behind his fly.

He’d dreamed about this moment, fantasized about it. With every new hit tune, every sold-out concert appearance, he wanted her there so he could show her what she’d missed. Wanted to make her eat her words. Wanted her to see the success he’d become. The success they could have shared.

The accident had changed all that. Made him take a good hard look at his life, at what he wanted and where he’d been going. With death flirting with him, he’d finally had to admit to himself everything was hollow without her. Years ago he’d tried to make a point with her but who had he proven it to? Certainly not himself.

He studied her as she moved fluidly into the trailer and stood to the side, next to Morgan.

Charley Roper had aged much better than he had. Her body was still slim although rounded in all the appropriate places, but now it was highly toned. Jeans hugged her legs and the soft material of her blouse draped over high breasts. Her rich, thick brown hair was still the same rich sable color pulled back into a no-nonsense ponytail. Her face certainly didn’t show the wear that his did, but her clear blue eyes reflected a bitter wisdom that bothered him. And she still gave off the same go-to-hell attitude with her walk and the way she stood almost defiantly in front of him, hands stuffed into the front pockets of her jeans.

Her familiar scent teased at his nostrils, giving rise to a wealth of memories. He remembered how that body felt beneath his, all soft and pliant. How those full lips felt on his mouth or wrapped around his cock.

His hands curled as he fought the urge to reach out and touch her. After all these years she still had the power to steal his breath. He knew if the two of them were alone in this room he’d have her naked and under him in seconds. tightened, his cock hardened even more and he was back to that last defining night.


Kate Richards said...

Congratulations on your hundredth book! It looks like a good one too.

booklover0226 said...

What an awesome accomplishment, Desiree. Congratulations, indeed.

I look forward in reading more of your works.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

jean hart stewart said...

Your achievement is fantastic. Keep going, girl. Your rock. Jean

Paris said...

Congratulations on your 100th book! Downstroke sounds hot:)

Katalina Leon said...

Great excerpt Desiree, and big congratulations on the release of your 100th book! It's a rare and amazing achievement.

Desiree Holt said...

Hey everyone! Thanks so much for coming by. ANd some old friends, too. Yay! I'll be popping in and out all afternoon so if you have any questions just post them here and I'll do my best to answer. And I hope you get your copy of Downstroke.

Jean P said...

Congrats on your 100th book! Look forward to reading your latest and all the rest that follow.

skpetal at hotmail dot com

Cathy M said...

Congratulations Desiree. One thing I can always caught on with your stories, is that that first chapter is going to suck me into the storyline, so I appreciate that you want that first chapter to be just right.

caity_mack@yahoo dot com

Wishing you a great weekend.

Desiree Holt said...

Thanks, guys. You really make me smile. I love you all.

Beth said...

I enjoyed the quick Q&A. Thanks for that.
wishing you many more releases in the future.


Desiree Holt said...

Hey all. Packing it in for the night but wanted to let you know that Kate is today's winner. Kate, please email me at and put winner in the subject line. You get your choice of a download from my backlist.

Sandy said...

Congratulations on your 100th book, Desiree. Great excerpt, too.

Tina Donahue said...

Major congrats on your 100th title - wow - that is amazing!

Fran Lee said...

Desiree is one of favorite authors! Love her books.

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