MASQUERADE, Corporate Heat and what started it all

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That’s where it all began!


It’s funny how a simple meeting can generate an idea that takes off. Several years ago when I was still, living in Texas, my late husband, ?David, and I were in the town of Fredericksburg in the Hill Country. The are had been settled originally by Comanches. Then the Germans arrived and…but that’s another story. Anyway, we decided to visit the museum that laid out the story of the /comanches and Fredericksburg.There was a man, maybe in his late thirties, also looking at the displays. We got to talking, I learned he was a decedent of the original Comanches and, being the inquisitive person I am, asked him if we could buy him a cup of coffee.


He was one of the most interesting people I’d ever met, and didn’t mind sharing information with me, although I could tell there are still centuries of resentment spilling over into today. I knew I had to put him n a book as the hero, and he had to be a certain ind of person and certain kind fo hero. At the time I was developing a new story for Ellora’s Cave, and my coffee date became the model for Noah Cantrell,  vice prescient for security at Arroyo, an international conglomerate, and the man Taylor Scott, my heroine, falls in love with.


When Ellora’s Cave coxed its doors the book mo ver easily to Totally Bound, and did well enough that they asked me to use it to launch a series. First I needed a name, and my super smart son, Steven, suggested Corporate Heat. Noah and Taylor played a mini role in Book #2, Double Deception, but they are back full tilt in Book #3, Masquerade.


Masqerade is a finalist for the One Award (Pause while I pinch myself) and I am super excited. But I keep thinking, what if I’d never met that man in Fredericksburg and had a cup of coffee with him? Might Masquerade never have been born? Funny how things in life turn out, right?

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6 comments to “MASQUERADE, Corporate Heat and what started it all”

  1. Pat Elliott
      · June 8th, 2019 at 10:46 pm · Link

    I’ve read the other books in this series but not the one that started it all, the first book in the Corporate Heat series. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of Where Danger Hides.

  2. Colleen C.
      · June 9th, 2019 at 12:43 pm · Link

    Thanks for sharing… love learning little behind the scenes tidbits!

    • Desiree Holt
        · June 9th, 2019 at 1:44 pm · Link

      You are most welcome me. Keep watching!

  3. flchen1
      · June 9th, 2019 at 6:16 pm · Link

    That is so cool! Love getting a little peek behind the scenes, Desiree! And congrats!!

  4. Janet Rodman
      · June 9th, 2019 at 6:51 pm · Link

    Congratulations on Masquerade being a finalist for the RONE Award.

  5. Desiree Holt
      · June 10th, 2019 at 7:39 am · Link

    And the winner is……Janet Rodman! Janet, I have your email so the book will be on its way to you shortly. Thanks so much for your support/