Monday, April 04, 2011

Desiree Holt--Celebrating 100 Books!

This month Desiree Holt celebrates her 100th release with Downstroke from Ellora’s Cave. Downstroke is the story of lover reunited after twenty years trying to bridge a gulf of bitterness while outwitting a killer. To help her celebrate I’m giving you a taste of one of her other books.

Leave a comment here for Desiree. I will pick a name from the commenters for a winner of a choice from Desiree's backlist. Then, after you comment, go to and enter the contest for the refurbished Acer netbook. You will also find a list there of all the other blogs participating in this celebration. Be sure to visit them and comment for more chances to win.


It’s been a bad week for Taylor Scott. First her grandmother dies, then she discovers her father is alive, not dead, and when she tries to see him he has her thrown out of his office. Angry and disillusioned, she drowns her sorrows with a gorgeous stranger in the hotel bar, and indulges in the wildest night of erotic sex she’s ever experienced.

Back in Florida she’s wrapping up her grandparents’ estate and looking to make some changes in her life when she learns her father, a Texas billionaire, has been murdered. And who shows up in her office to drag her back to Texas but the stranger from the hotel – Noah Cantrell, her father’s vice president and closest confidante.

With his empire unexpectedly in her hands, she’s thrust into a world of international intrigue where the person next to her could be the murderer. Things are complicated by the high voltage passion that explodes between her and Noah, a passion that no matter how they seem to fight it, sweeps them along on a treacherous current. Is Noah friend or foe? And what will happen when the truth finally comes out?


Taylor felt shock ripple through him and she clutched harder at the fabric of his jacket to keep him from pulling back. She wanted this man in ways she’d never wanted anyone else. Ways that startled her as her body reacted in an unfamiliar manner. She almost pulled back, frightened at the explosion of desire streaking through her, but determination overrode trepidation. For all the things she’d lost and the ones she’d never had, she deserved this. She pressed her tongue hard against his mouth, and whether from shock or desire he opened and she tasted him. Whiskey and coffee and mint combined to produce a heady flavor that tantalized her sense of taste. She sucked at his tongue, drawing him into her mouth in a kiss more sensuous than she’d ever permitted herself. Or ever wanted.

His hand gripped her upper arms tightly as if to push her away but she had a death grip on his lapels. She was so damned tired of being strait-laced and obedient. The past week had stripped away all the steel bands restricting her life, with today finishing the job. All that obedience had been for nothing. Now she wanted wild, a night that would help her blot out all the dark feelings rampaging through her.

With a groan the man pulled her closer. His own tongue responded to hers, sweeping into her mouth, leaving no inch of the dark wetness untouched. The slight roughness of it scraped across the sensitive tissues, calling each hidden nerve into play. His lips fused to hers, pressing down on them, devouring them, as his fingers dug into her shoulders.

They stood suspended in the darkness, sensations from the kiss rocketing through her body and drawing forth reactions from parts of her body long dormant. Her nipples began to tingle and she felt wetness seeping between her thighs. She would give anything to stay this way forever, balanced on a precipice.

He was the first to break away, looking down at her with glittering eyes. “I think you’ve had far too much to drink.”

Taylor was trying to find her breath but all the air seemed to have been sucked out of her lungs. The pulse that beat between her legs was echoing through her core. She knew about “getting hot” and “getting wet” but this was the first time a man had made her feel it. The drinks had nothing to do with what was happening to her. It was the man, a powerful jungle animal who called to the hidden wildness within her.

“This is my idea, not the whiskey.” She pulled in another breath and tried to drag his face down to hers again.

He tightened his hands on her shoulders, a strangled sound erupting from his throat. “I’m a stranger. You can’t just pick me up and take me to your room like this. Don’t you know things like that aren‘t safe?”

“I don’t think you’ll harm me,” she whispered. “I don’t know why but I trust you.”

And wasn’t that absurd, when she’d hardly trusted anyone all her life. Yet something in him gave her a sense of security, certainly unusual when locked in the darkness with a caged panther. “Please don’t pull away.” With slightly trembling fingers she shifted his tie out of the way and began to unbutton his shirt. She pressed her body against him, rubbing herself against the hard erection the layers of clothing between them couldn’t hide.

“This is insanity.” His voice was hard and edgy, his grip on her tightening almost to the point of pain. “There are things about me you don’t know.”

Taylor licked the bare skin of his chest that she’d exposed and slid her hands inside his shirt. The warmth of his body almost burned her. Beneath the hot male skin he was harder than steel, his muscles like ropes of steel. As her tongue found his soft chest and the tip of it danced over him, his breathing hitched.

She looked up at him, struggling to bring out words. “Are you a wanted criminal? Do you have a deadly disease? No? Then I don’t care about anything else.” Her voice dropped to a whisper. “I want this. I want you.”


beth elder said...

I love your excerpts!

Blue Shedevil said...

I have been hearing tremendous things about Downstroke from The Romance Studio and Just Erotic Romance Reviews. I would really like an opportunity to read from her backlist. Especially Four Play....grrrrr

Desiree Holt said...

Morning, ladies! So glad you've been hearing great things about my books.And many thanks to N.J. for hosting me today.And don't forget Downstroke releases this FRiday, April 8. Thanks for commenting and good luck.

Teresa K. said...


Congratulations on reaching a 100 books. This one that you have the excerpt and blurb sounds so intriguing.

It had me sitting on the edge from the tension between the two characters.

Teresa K.
tcwgrlup41(at)yahoo dot com

An Open Book said...

Congrats! 100 books- what an accomplishment Desiree

Kat said...

Congrats Desiree. That is quite an accomplishment.:-)

N.J.Walters said...

It's my pleasure to have you here today, Desiree. 100 books is really amazing and deserves to be celebrated.

smiles said...

Congrats on your 100 books

Christine H said...

Hey Des! Congrats again!!! I read and loved Where Danger Hides. I so look forward to your new book, but I hope you don't might if I try and wait for it to come out in print. :) I'd lopve to win something from your backlist.

Lots of Love,

Karin said...

Congratulations, Desiree! What a great accomplishment. The excerpt is great.

Desiree Holt said...

initangsHi everyone! Thanks for stopping by and for all the great encouragement. And Christine, I hear you!

Anne said...

I really like the storyline and the excerpt wasn't shabby either.

Desiree Holt said...

Thanks, Anne. I'm permanently in ,ove with my hero, Noah Cantrell.

Cathy M said...

This is one of my favorite stories. And if you loved this excerpt, just wait, it gets even better. These two were off the charts sexy and wonderfully erotic together.

Can't wait to read Downstroke, Desiree. Thanks for celebrating with us.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Jean P said...

Congrats on 100 books
That was a pretty hot excerpt!

skpetal at hotmail dot com

Desiree Holt said...

Thanks, everyone, and a big hug to Cathy.

desitheblonde said...

well i love to have it i need to put the e book on well i face book it and then twitter it for you hope you have great week

booklover0226 said...

Congratulations on reaching such an awesome milestone, Desiree. As I raise a virtual glass of champagne, I wish you much success on your next 100 books. I look forward to the exciting ride.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Angee said...

OMG! I cannot wait! Your characters fairly sizzle!

Di said...

Congrats! 100 books is quite an accomplishment! Keep up the great work!

sallans d at yahoo dot com

Desiree Holt said...

Thanks, everyone. I posted before but I think it's somewhere out there in cyberspace. I appreciate everyone visiting and commenting today. IN an hour I'm go ing to drop everyone's names into a hat and my adorable kittens will drag one out. (Ssh. I put cat treats at the bottom of the hat/!)

Milinda said...

Congratulations on reaching 100 books. I hope that you keep it up and write 100 more.

N.J.Walters said...

Thank you to Desiree for stopping by on her book tour and to everyone who stopped by to share in the celebration.

N.J.Walters said...

Desiree posted this on the wrong blog post. :)

Here it is:

Okay, the kittens have spoken and the winner is....booklover0226. Your prize is on its way. And I hope y'all will check out the rest of the blogs at
There's at least one chance to win every day plus a lot of great writers you can meet.

desitheblonde said...

Hi Desiree it Desiree tow well i now you book are great and that you have more to come sooner than later and would love to read any of them have great day