MASQUERADE, Corporate Heat and what started it all
Saturday, June 8th, 2019

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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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MASQUERADE

 

 

MASQUERADE a finalist for prestigious RONE Award.
Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

More than a year and a half ago I sat down to write the third book in the Corporate Heat series, MASQUERADE. I wanted something raw, something edgy, something that wold carry forward that same feeling from WHERE DANGER HIDES, the book that introduced the series. It deals with the sex trade industry and how young girls are lured into it through businesses with a respectable front.

I had barely finished final edits on the book when I learned that Frida Farrell had made a move, Apartment 407, about her experience in exactly the same thing.

Quote: “Apartment 407” is not an easy film to watch. Directed by Rudolf Buitendach, the movie tells the story of Isobel, an average middle-class mother who is enticed into a photo shoot by a stranger in a coffee shop.

The book was difficult to write and I have to thank law enforcement officer Joseph P. Trainor for his help and expertise. Why am I tell you this? because I am excited to announce that MASQUERADE is a finalist for the very prestigious RONE Award. Each year InD’tale Magazine honors the very best books in the Indie and Small publishing industry by awarding the prestigious RONE award. To achieve this award, a book  must go through the most comprehensive process in the industry today, with three distinct areas of focus.

I am so honored to be a finalist, and I hope you will give this book a try. A lot of work and research went into it.

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Hunting a murderer is hot work, in more ways than one.

Lindsey Califaro, second-in-command at Elite Marketing, is suspicious when her boss, Craig Wainwright, is killed in a car accident. She’s had a funny feeling about things around the agency for a while and now her spidey senses are going haywire. Something is wrong and she’s determined to find out what.

John Martino, highly sought-after forensic accountant, is sent by parent corporation Arroyo to dig into Elite’s books and see if there is an answer there. He expects problems, but what he doesn’t expect is to find a super-smart, hot female who pushes all his buttons and sends his sex drive into overload.

Investigating Elite’s finances and Craig’s private life, the two uncover a sordid trail of sex trafficking and drugs so extensive it shocks them. As they draw closer to the real head of the operation, the heat between them rises and their feelings for each other explode. John must do everything he can to protect Lindsey from a master criminal. But will his best be enough?

https://desireeholt.com/books/masquerade/

 

U. S. Navy SEALS—Extraordinary heroesI
Thursday, May 16th, 2019

 

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Celebrating SEALs with a huge party and lots of giveaways!

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I always worry when I provide background information that I somehow got wrong, despite my research.. I apologize for any errors in the following.

I have been writing my heroes as SEALs in so many of my books lately. I am slo honored to be part of the Silver SEALs suspense series with a group of unbelievably great authors. I am also influenced by the historicity and character of Navy SEAL Jack Carr, who served his country and now shared what he learned in a gripping thriller series. (Don’t miss it!)

I thought I would provide a little background on who and what a SEAL is and invite you to plunge into the waters of my SEAL stories, Jack Carr’s series, and the Silver SEALs.

Navy SEALs are an Elite and Special Forces team, which works on ground and water assault. They are members of a special operations force trained to engage in direct raids or assaults on enemy targets, conduct reconnaissance missions to report on enemy activity (especially prior to beach landings), and take part in action against terrorist groups.

Active-duty SEAL teams are components of either Naval Special Warfare Group One, based at Coronado on the West Coast, or Naval Special Warfare Group Two, based at Little Creek, near Virginia Beach, Virginia, on the East Coast.

They have become a component of the on-going war against terrorism on a world-wide basis, yet, until recently, they have remained predominately and uniquely obscure. As in past conflicts, they prefer obscurity; however, unlike past conflicts, they have become increasingly a focus of national interest; particularly since the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk ship Alabama, and the raid at Abbottabad, Pakistan, where they killed Osama bin Laden the world’s foremost terrorist.

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It is in their moments of truth when SEALs offer a glimpse into what makes them keep going through the kind of pain, fear, chaos and despair that would crush most of us. Their motivations often defy stereotypes. It’s not love of country, they say, that makes a man choose to shiver uncontrollably in the middle of the night or pursue a career that repeatedly puts his life at risk. It is the commitment that SEALs never quit.

And when they leave the service, they face big adjustments. Reconnecting with family. Building a new community without SEALs. Preparing to join the workforce. Dealing with the often shattering memories of missions.

In my own small way I choose to honor these men in the stories I write. I hope to show readers what extraordinary individuals they are and how fortunate we are to have them defending our country.

Check out my latest SEALs heroes!

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Get a taste of Phoenix for just 99 cents!
Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Have you read The Phoenix Agency, my award-winning romantic suspense series with just a touch if the psychic in it.I was so lucky to have so many former. military, including SpecialOps, who answered questions for me when I wrote these books. I love romantic suspense, stilly favorite genre, and writing this series was really a labor of love.

There are six books, so far, and while they are a series they can each be read as a stand alone. For two more days, Amazon has EXTRASENSORY on sale for just 99 cents. So this is a great time to dip your toe into the world of Phoenix..

WO ARE THYE?

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.

EXTRASENSORY

Mia Fleming’s precognitive her visions about Carpenter Techtronics are so vivid, she resorts to sending anonymous emails to the company. She’s also having visions of a gorgeous man who arouses her to the point she’s satisfying herself just to get some relief. She’s shocked when the man shows up in her office, demanding to know what she knows  about Carpenter.

Dan Romeo is just helping his friend track down the person threatening his company when he meets Mia. One look at her and he has a hard time thinking about anything but indulging in off-the-charts sex with the intriguing woman—until bodies begin falling. As Mia’s visions escalate, so does the explosive sex between her and Dan, as well as an unexpected emotional connection. When Mia is almost killed, Dan and his team must race to find the culprits before they can strike again—or put Mia down for good.

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For a limited time, just 99 cents! Get it now!
Friday, April 19th, 2019

Okay, readers, Hot Deal of the week. LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, Book #2 in my Game On series, is ON SALE for a limited time for just 99 cents. That’s right. The book RT Book Reviews gave 4.5 stars to and Guilty Pleasures called Purest Delight, is on sale for only 99 cents. Even if you ain’t into football, you will love Jake and Erin. I promise. Below is where you will find all the links.

https://desireeholt.com/books/line-of-scrimmage/

And here is a sample of my favorite chapter

 

It was a typical night in central Texas, the air just a little brisk, the stars like crystal in a black velvet sky. Every seat in the stands at Granite Falls High School was filled, and the sidelines were jammed with people with VIP tags hanging around their necks. The local San Antonio television channels had sent reporters and cameramen to cover this as did the major networks. Jake Russell was a big name in football, more so because the story of his injury and subsequent retirement had fed the media all week since the announcement was made.

Jake stood on the sidelines with Joe Reilly and Coach Fenelli, Erin close to his side. Joe had done the majority of the interview earlier in the high school, his cameraman capturing footage of the trophies in the showcases and the banners on the walls. Joe had talked to Fenelli and some of the other players from that team who were here for the big night. They, too, had VIP passes and were excited for this event.

Big night.

Jake grinned to himself. Tonight the Coyotes were retiring his number, and apparently, even though he was now out of the game, it was still a big deal to everyone. He looked around at all the people who were here to meet him, and Erin’s words, her mantra that she repeated daily, flooded his brain.

“You are so important to these people,” she’d told him over and over. “Jake Russell, the person. That’s who they want to know and who they admire.”

He was even beginning to believe it, although it had been a long hard row to hoe.

The week had been productive in many other ways. He told Erin he wanted to put the money he’d earned to work doing something important, and she’d been on board with that. They kicked around a lot of ideas and came up with two. One was to set up a permanent trust for Good Shepard House and the other was to set up a foundation that would entertain grants for shelters and programs for abused women and children. Erin was going to be the foundation director and Jake would spend a lot of his time lecturing on the subject of domestic violence and helping communities form groups and programs to deal with it.

“Mom would have loved this,” Ivy told him. “I’m so proud of you.”

Ivy had taken on the pro bono job of developing a public relations plan for the foundation, which would be named for their mother, and she was already tossing ideas at him.

Everything had been taken care of except the one thing that to him was the most important. Tonight he planned to take care of that.

Now they were waiting for everything to begin. Jake had requested they have the ceremony before the game in order to not take anything away from the players at halftime. Everyone had agreed, and now he was just waiting for the signal to start. The players, the fans, everyone else was excited about the ceremony. Jake was, too, but he had something else planned, something that was even more important to him. He slid his hand into his jacket pocket to make sure what he needed was still there.

Okay. Good to go.

Now they needed the band to stop playing. But when they did, they did not march off the field the way they usually did. They played the Granite Falls fight song, and when they finished their marching formation, he saw that on the field they spelled out Jake and his high school number, thirty-one.

“Ohmigod, Jake.” Erin was jumping up and down. “I hope Ivy is getting all this on camera because I’m too excited to take pictures.

Holy shit!

Joe nudged his arm. “We’re ready.” He had his own camera crew standing by.

Jake walked out to midfield with Coach Fenelli, Principal Andrew Reinsdorf, and the team co-captains.

Reinsdorf took the mic.

“Good evening,” he boomed.

“Good evening,” everyone shouted back.

“You all know why we’re here today, to honor one of the finest young men ever to come out of Granite Falls High School. Jake Russell!”

The crowd chanted, “Jake! Jake! Jake!”