And here is where it began…





Time pass so quickly, I sometimes wonder where it goes. It hardly seems possible that 12 years have passed since I sat down to write that first book in The Phoenix Agency. I believe that was my first Special Ops book, also, inspired by my gun class instructor who had been an Army Ranger. He was wonderful about sharing information with me and answering tons of questions. And the book was a success, with great reviews:

“…one of those are books that lingers after her last page has turned.” Two Lips Reviews

“…a top notch read blending a backstory of romance with a realistic, and often violent, suspense tale. (The author) has written a we’ll-crafted heroine with special skills.”  RT Book Reviews

Would you believe it was written as a standalone, but the reception was so overwhelming my editor asked me to turn it into a series. So it was followed by Extrasensory, Scent of Danger, Freeze Frame, Feel the Heat, and Formula For Danger. It gave me the chance to do something I love research!  because each story features a special psychic ability, usually the heroine./  Although I wouldn’t recommend The Report to Congress on Remote Viewing unless you are having rouble sleeping at night. The most fun was researching Xena the dog for Scent of Danger. Xena is a Caucasian Ovcharka and it is believed they have psi abilities.

Because I try to make each book I write based on as much factual information as possibleI made a lot of new friends writing these books, and owe huge thanks to the many Special Ops guys who gave of their time to answer my questions. I also learned frightening things about the extensive reach of drug cartels, the kidnapping of tourists in Acapulco, types of psychic abilities, and the shocking lengths people will go to for power and money.

I was excited when Kindle worlds licensed the series as a Kindle World and I thank the m nay talented authors who wrote in it. Please do a search for The Phoenix Agency on Amazon and check out all the books still available. I still enjoy rereading them.

This year I will be writing my first Phoenix agency book in some time and I am looking forward to it. If you are new to Phoenix or have only read a few of the. books here is your chance to stock up. ALL 6 ORIGINAL BOOKS ARE ON SALE FOR 99 CENTS! That’s right. And two of them for only one week. You can find the links here:


And here are some of the stories by other authors


Don’t wait. Grab your copies of the books reviewers called “edge of your seat romantic suspense.

They served their country in every branch of the military – Army Delta Force, SEALs, Air Force, Marines. We are pilots, snipers, medics – whatever the job calls for. And now as private citizens they serve in other capacities, as private contractors training security for defense contractors, as black ops eradicating drug dealers, as trained operatives ferreting out traitors. With the women in their lives who each have a unique psychic ability, they are a force to be reckoned with. Risen from the ashes of war, they continue to fight the battle on all fronts.

They are Phoenix.

10 comments to “And here is where it began…”

  1. Denise Schenk
      · June 9th, 2019 at 5:33 pm · Link

    love your books

    • Desiree Holt
        · June 12th, 2019 at 7:51 am · Link

      Thank you so much.

  2. flchen1
      · June 9th, 2019 at 6:15 pm · Link

    This series is incredible–definitely going to sing it from the mountaintops, Desiree! Everyone needs to read this one!

  3. Lynette
      · June 9th, 2019 at 7:00 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to read them all.

  4. miki
      · June 10th, 2019 at 7:56 am · Link

    i still must start this series but it’s really catching my eyes

  5. Pat Elliott
      · June 10th, 2019 at 8:47 am · Link

    It’s exciting to know that the Caucasian Ovcharka actually does have psi abilities. One of the many reasons I loved this story so much was because the dog, Xena, played a major role…I’m a sucker for dogs who play important roles in the books I love.

  6. Colleen C.
      · June 10th, 2019 at 12:16 pm · Link

    Wow 12 yrs… does not seem like it!

  7. Denise Hendrickson
      · June 11th, 2019 at 3:07 pm · Link

    Thanks for the awesome look into your creation and writing of this series. It is fascinating and one of my favorite series of all. They are all such wonderful characters and all the stories are great! Jungle Inferno – Mark and Faith – are my favorite. Thanks, again, for such a fantastic series. I am looking forward to more of their adventures in the future. So excited you are writing more.

  8. Pat Elliott
      · June 11th, 2019 at 8:06 pm · Link

    Strong willed women always grab my attention…Faith grabbed my attention. Her persistence was what to me propelled the story forward. Interesting to see where it all began.

  9. Desiree Holt
      · June 12th, 2019 at 12:37 pm · Link

    Mr Random Dot Org and I ave selected the winner of the $% GC. It is… Ta da! Denice Schenk. Denise, please email me at
    And thank to everyone for their really great comments.