Sunday, April 24, 2011

Desiree Holt's Downstroke Contest!

DOWNSTROKE marks award winning author Desiree Holt's 100th published book. One hundred books!

What can you say about Desiree? She's one of the kindest, sweetest, giving people I know. She looks like someone's adorable grandmother. And she writes books so hot, you might melt your e-reader!

I've known Desiree for five years. She was one of the people I credit with mentoring me when I started out. I consider her a friend and I'm honored to know her.

She's lived an interesting life. Her bio reads like an adventure novel--band manager, ski competitions and public relations. Now she spends her time writing about the relations of her characters!

DOWNSTROKE is now available at Ellora's Cave.

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?

Also check out the fabulous video for DOWNSTROKE!

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.

And while you're over at Desiree's blog, check out another fabulous book of hers, PARTY OF THREE from the THREEFOLD anthology. Hot stuff!


Carolina “Carrie” Derosa had the hots for her boss, Drew Magellan, from the first day she went to work for him. Little did she know that Drew wanted her just as badly, but the same thing was holding them back—taboo on sex in the workplace.

When Drew’s friend, Linc Conover, drops into the office to see him after hours and they bump into Carrie on her way out, the sparks that fly from all three light up the hallway. It doesn’t take long before they adjourn to Drew’s condo and fall into a whirlpool of eroticism.

But no one expects jealousy to rear its ugly head. Who will come out on top in this ménage—so to speak?

He wanted her. There was absolutely no question about it. Wanted her the way he’d never wanted another woman before. With such an intensity that at times it threatened to burn him alive.

Drew Magellan could have everything and anything he wanted. Any woman he wanted. But he didn’t want to settle for just any woman, and he’d had plenty to choose from. No, he wanted Carolina Derosa, the gorgeous blonde client manager who was the hottest ticket on his staff and didn’t seem to see him as anything but her boss. Remote. The man who paid her.

And why should she? There were rules about things like that. If he made a move on her while she worked for him, she could sue him for sexual harassment. If he fired her, he’d be getting rid of his most valuable human asset.

He groaned as his cock hardened and pressed against his zipper, threatening to break through the fabric. He needed a hook but damned if he could think of one.

“I’d love to meet the woman who put that look in your eyes.” Linc Conover’s voice was amused as he lounged in one of the big chairs in the office. Just back from two years as a civilian contractor in the Middle East, he’d dropped in to see Drew and catch up on things.

“What makes you think it’s a woman?” Drew asked defensively.

“Hey, how long have I known you? I can tell when it’s a business look or a woman look. We’ve shared enough women so I can tell the signs. So give it up. Who is she?”

“No one you know. Just…someone.” He pushed himself away from his desk. “Let’s go downstairs to Mike’s and get a drink, then we’ll head out and find a good place for a steak.”

“Sounds good to me.” Linc unfolded from his chair. “Maybe we’ll run into this mystery woman of yours.”

“Hardly likely. Let’s go.”


Phuong P. said...

I am a big fan of Desiree Holt & recently got to meet her at RT Convention in LA earlier this month. She is so nice and we talked about her books & how some of her own life experiences influence her writing & characters. Congrats to Desiree on her 100th book & Downstroke was a fantastic book!

Desiree Holt said...

Thank you so much. I remember meeting you and really enjoyed our conversation. And I am so glad you enjoyed Downstroke. After all, you, the reader, are what it's all about. Hope to see you again.

Desiree Holt said...

A huge thank you to the lovely Shayla for hosting me today. Hope everyone takes a moment from Easter celebrations to play along with us.

Thelma Banzhoff said...

What a wonderful Easter Present. Have a Happy Easter.

Cathy M said...

Hi Shayla and Desiree,

Happy Easter!! Great job on the video, I really like the graphics and music selection.

Loved the excerpt you picked for Party of Three, another story I totally enjoyed.

Have a wonderful day everyone.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Terra Pennington said...

Wow congrag. on 100. I really need to learn to read faster as on only have about 1/4 of your books so far. Looking forward to reading Downstroke.


Desiree Holt said...

Thank you so much, ladies, for all the great comments. I love my readers! mAnd remember, tonight a winner gets picked so check back.

flchen1 said...

I know, Shayla! I so want to meet Desiree in person--she's such a lovely presence on-line. And such an incredible collection of books she's written! Wooohooo!

Mannouchka said...

Dear Desiree ,
I also hope to meet with you if you come to Vancouver BC I really enjoy your books and this video is cool I wish Desiree and all an Happy Easter and congradualation for100 great work
I wish you all wonderful and sunny week

Anonymous said...

Oh, count me in too!

Jean P said...

Congrats on 100! Enjoyed the video, love the music choice for it.
Happy Easter!

Mountain Laurel said...

I too am a big fan of Desiree Holt! I lover her books and wanted to say congratulations on 100 books and counting!

PJ said...

OMG, just read that excerpt from Party of Three, Desiree. You make me blush! PJ

Harlie Reader said...

Great video. I'd never seen it before. Congrats again!

Harlie Reader said...

Love your blog Shayla...

Desiree Holt said...

Ladies, you truly make me blush with your compliments. Thank you so much. I'd love to meet you all, especially those of you like Fedora who follow me everywhere. Vancouver? You just never know.
BTW, I had another title release this week, Crack the Whip. you can read the excerpt and find the Buy link at my web site It's the first of four novellas in my Rawhide series.

Desiree Holt said...

Hey guys,
Packing it in for the night. Thanks to everyone for partying here with me and a Huge thank you to Shayla for hosting this. She's going to pick a winner and announce it. Then just email me at with Winner in the subject line and we'll take it from there.

Desiree Holt said...

Hey guys,
Packing it in for the night. Thanks to everyone for partying here with me and a Huge thank you to Shayla for hosting this. She's going to pick a winner and announce it. Then just email me at with Winner in the subject line and we'll take it from there.

Shayla Kersten said...

Wow! I haven't had time to check in today! Lots of visitors! Thank you everyone for stopping by! Desiree is a wonderful lady and I'm happy to help her celebrate her 100th book!

The contest will stay open until midnight US Pacific to give everyone time to enter. I'll post the winner early tomorrow morning.

Shayla Kersten said...

And the winner is...*drum roll*...

Jean P!

Jean, email Desiree for your prize--you choice of one of her backlist! Congratulations!

Thank you all for stopping by! And thank you, Desiree, for letting me be a part of your celebration!


Shayla Kersten said...

Jean P, please email Desiree at about your prize!

Thank you!

Jean P said...

Thanks, sending her email today. It is a fun blog tour

Collins said...

Awesome I love prolific writers...I never run out of their voice for my head...LOL