Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Desire Holt Celebrates 100 Books!

This month Desiree Holt celebrates her 100th release with Downstroke from Ellora’s Cave. Downstroke is the story of lovers reunited after twenty years trying to bridge a gulf of bitterness while outwitting a killer.

It’s been twenty years since Charley Roper and Dallas Creed parted with great bitterness. In that time she’s made a career for herself with the FBI and private security and he’s been a country rock music icon…tumbled to the bottom and risen again. Now someone’s trying to kill him and Morgan Creed wants Charley to protect his brother and find out who’s after him. When they meet again after all this time it’s obvious the chemistry is still there, stronger than ever. They’re older but are they wiser? Caught up in the bitter wash of memories and the tension of a killer in stalking mode, Charley and Dallas begin a roller coaster ride that is emotional erotic and suspenseful. Is their love strong enough after twenty years to pull them back together?

As part of the celebration, Desiree is giving away a prize every day of the reader's choice from her backlist. Names will be drawn from those who post comments and a grand prize of a refurbished Netbook with digital DVD drive will be awarded to one lucky winner. After you (the reader) post here to win one of her books, go to Desiree's web site at and enter to win the grand prize.

And to help her celebrate I’m giving you a taste of one of her other books.
Blurb: When rancher Reece Halliday met the new manager of his fetish club, Rawhide, he was shocked to see Katie Waren, the woman he'd loved and lost because of his sexual preferences. But a lot of time has passed and Katie has discovered the lure and satisfaction of BDSM—including the pleasurable sting of the single tail whip. Will Reece be able to lure her back into his arms—and bed—when he cracks the whip during their private sessions?

Excerpt: “So maybe if you tell me how it happened, I’ll answer your question about me.”

“Fair enough.” He set his cup back in the saucer. “Remember Chad Willoughby, my college roommate?”

Katie nodded.

“Chad’s brother was into the life big time. When Chad graduated from law school, he got Chad a guest pass at the private fetish club he belonged to and said he could bring a friend.” He looked down. “I’d…been to a club twice before when we were together. But never did any more than watch,” he added quickly. “That’s when I brought everything up to you. I was fascinated with the lifestyle and wanted us to try some of these things together.” His grin was rueful. “My idea didn’t work out so well, as I remember.”

“No. It didn’t.” If only she hadn’t reacted so badly. “So what happened at the club?

“It seemed I was finally going to experience the things I’d only fantasized about. Chad’s brother arranged for each of us to have a sub for the evening along with a trained instructor.” He paused to sip more coffee.

“And?” she prompted.

“To be blunt about it, I discovered a desire for it I didn’t even know I had. It was the most explosive night I’d ever had sexually. And that’s taking nothing away from what you and I had together.”

“But you wanted more.” Oh, she was sure of that. She felt a trap opening, yawning like a big hole before her. “On a regular basis.”

“I did. A lot more. And more often. I for sure couldn’t look for action anywhere around the Hill Country. You know how conservative the ranching community is. Not even my brothers know about my…preferences.”

Katie gave him a quizzical look. “So what did you do?”

“Joined the club in Tampa Chad’s brother took us to. They have an arrangement for guest privileges in other clubs around the country. I…took a lot of business trips.” He stopped to take another swallow of coffee.

“Your brothers didn’t ask questions?”

He shook his head. “I timed my trips to coincide with legitimate business. Conventions. Meetings. Whatever.” His eyes raked over her face possessively. “But here’s the plain truth. I really wanted you, Katie. I wanted it all. You and the life.”

“Which is what led to the scene in our hotel room.” When she so childishly ran away. It wasn’t just the things themselves he was proposing. It was the total implication, the fear that she could lose herself in him completely. A very dangerous edge.

He grinned. “Yeah. That was some scene. I still remember how you looked, spread out…”

“Stop.” She held up her hand. “That’s not what I meant. Can we stick to the conversation at hand?”

The look he gave her nearly incinerated her dress. “Afraid to talk about it, sugar?”

Buy Link for Crack The Whip:
Don't forget to post here to win one of her books, and then go to Desiree's web site at and enter to win the grand prize.


Desiree Holt said...

Morning, Darah. Thanks so much for hosting me today. I'll be in and out all day to answer questions and drop tidbits about upcoming releases.

Dawn Jackson said...

Sounds like another delicious read. Mmmm

wlynnchantale said...

Congrats on your 100th. Both books sound like great reads and I can't wait to pick them up.

Leanne109 said...

Congrats! I adore your books!!!
Desiree what is your favourite fan memory?


Darah Lace said...

100 books, what an accomplishment! I'm so proud of you and I'm happy to be part of your celebration!

Chrisbails said...

wow. 100 books, congrats. i would love to win your book. congrats and am happy to celebrate with you. keep writing the great books.

She said...

Congratulations on your 100th book. Downstroke sounds good. So does Crack the Whip. Where do you get your ideas? Are you running out of ideas?

SJOwens said...

Congrats! Both books sound intriguing. I'll add those to my read list:)

Jean P said...

Oooo Crack the Whip sounds like a hot, raunchy read. So many books, so little time, can't read fast enough! Many congrats on the wonderful milestone.

skpetal at hotmail dot com

Desiree Holt said...

Thanks everyone for coming today.
My favorite fan memory? There's a woman who's been reading me since my first book came out. I met her five years ago at RT and last year she came with her book club, they all took me out to breakfast and we had a great time.
My ideas come from everyplace. One even came from a letter to the editor in the local paper. I even wrote a book when all I had was one line. So I think I collect ideas the way some people collect mementoes.

Terra Pennington said...

Oh man all your books have such beautiful covers. I can not wait to get my hands on 'Downstroke" and the new one "Crack the Whip". I have both on my wish list.

Desiree Holt said...

I hope you enjoy them, Terra. I'm excited about my Rawhide series. All those hot sexy cowboys with their kinky desires! LOL!

lastnerve said...

Oh wow! This sounds like a really juicy read! I can't wait to read it.


Toni said...

Desiree - I have to say, WOW!! I have finished some of your shorter stories and well WOW!! Great characters, sassy women, hot scenes and "scenes". I enjoy your take on the older woman/younger man. I've been seeing your name around for a bit now, and now I need to print off a book list and work my way thru it. Thanks for the hours of enjoyment so far!!

Toni said...

Oh I thought of a question...What are your plans for the series Sequins, Saddles and Spurs?

Cathy M said...

Great blurb and excerpt for Crack The Whip, and now I have a new series to add to my wish list.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

melissa said...

both books look so exciting! Congrates on your 100th book!! Does it take very long to write a book? Can't wait to read both of these! Thanks!

Desiree Holt said...

Hey all. More questions. I love it!
Toni-there is a printable booklist on my web site or you can go to and find them all listed. Glad you want more. *wink*
And Sequins, Saddles and Sours is now out in print, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Ellora's Cave.

Desiree Holt said...

Cathy, here's your usual big hug! Thanks for leading the parade.

Desiree Holt said...

Melissa, thanks so much for joining the party. And don't forget to register at for the grand prize.

PJ Jones said...

Hi, Desiree. AWESOME cover for Crack the Whip! Keep writing those HOT books and we'll keep reading them!

Desiree Holt said...

Thank you, thank you, PJ! I'm writing away! And Crack the whip is just the first in a 40novella series about very hot cowboy. Also, if you love Downstroke, I have a novella that ties into the music business out May 11. Called Hard Lovin', it's based on an old Scottish air the Kingston Trio recorded, The Gypsy Rover.

Nightingale said...

Both books sound great. Congrats on that 100th. That's really amazing--for someone with only 3 to her credit!

Desiree Holt said...

But Nightingale, you are definitely on your way. It wasn't so lpng ago that I had only one!

Desiree Holt said...

And the winner is....ta da! Val! (lastnerve). I have emailed you to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone for being part of the Down stroke launch and don;t forget to register or the grand prize at And a huge thank you to the ever fabulous Darah Lace for hosting me today.

Darah Lace said...

Congrats to Val!

And to Desiree, thanks for letting me be a part of your special celebration!

Kelli Scott said...

Congrats! I love the number 100. Very exciting.

Anne said...

This is the first time I've heard of thios title. (Crack the Whip, not Downstroke). Love the cover.