Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Action Packed Author Desiree Holt Lives Life On The High Notes. #Giveaway

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 2 comments

Please tell us a little about yourself.

At 82 I know I am one of the oldest published romance writers, a USA Today and Amazon best selling author and loving it. Although I have written in many subgenera I now focus mostly on romantic suspense, which seems to resonate with my readers. Plus it’s the genre I most enjoy reading. I have been published for 14 years and enjoying it more and more each year. 
 I live in Florida with my three wonderful cats. I am blessed with three great grown children who support me in too many ways to name. I have won many awards including the Holt Medallion and have appeared on CBS Sunday Morning. I currently have nearly 200 published titles, which includes anthologies combining two or more of my previously published titles. My hobbies include reading and watching football. Awesome. I am seven years behind you in age, and leagues behind you in publishing, But I'm having a ball too.
 I love firsts, so tell me about the moment when a publisher told you they wanted to publish your book.
It was December 2005 and I still remember getting that first contact offer after 137 rejections. On stared at the email for fifteen cutes before I could say anything, and then I just screamed! 
If it isn’t too nosy. How about the first time you kissed your true love?
Oh, I definitely remember that. We had met for dinner and I had just gotten into my car. He leaned into the window and gave me one of the hottest kisses I've ever had. I was sold right then and there. 
Other than your own, who are your favorite (heroes/heroines/writers) in your genre?
I love anything and everything that Debra Webb writes. Her heroes, Ryan McBride in RYAN and Police chief /Dan Burnett in her Faces of Evil series are my favorites. Also Mary Burton’s Zach Keir, and all the heroes in all of Karen Rose’s books.
 What is the most exciting moment, so far, in your writing career?
I think when I met former SEAL sniper (and new author) Jack Carr and he promoted my book where the hero was based on him. Second was winning the Holt Medallion.
What is your favorite pastime, other than writing?
Reading and watching football
How do you motivate yourself when inspiration takes a vacation?
I walk away from my desk and do something totally different, something that’s fun. It turns on my brain.
Any advice for new writers just starting out?
Make a plan and stick to it. Learn everything about the genre you write. Get a great editor and beta reader. Ask a lot of questions of other authors. We are always glad to share. And never ever get discouraged.

Tell us about your latest book.
  Advance to the Rear is book three in the Strike Force Series. It is up for preorder now and will publish on February 12th,
The series follows a Delta Force team and the women they meet, and the subsequent danger each couple finds themselves in. It was inspired by a former Delta Force soldier I met a few years ago.
It was supposed to be a romantic break between Delta Force missions- until an imminent terrorist attack turns their world upside down. When Marc and Nikki stumble on the plot aimed at San Antonio, Texas, they realize before they can contemplate a future of their own, they have to save hundreds of thousands of lives. As their Strike Force leads the mission, they know that failure is not an option.

He dumped his empty bottle in the trashcan next to the bar and plucked another one from the big cooler by the patio door. He stood for a moment in the open doorway, scanned the patio and, seeing no one headed for a bench in the far corner. He sat with his back to the house, blocking out light and sound and wrapping himself in the familiar cloak of misery.
He took a swallow of beer and stared at the thick trees in the back yard. Maybe he could hang himself from one of them.
Okay, asshole, enough with the self-pity.
Jesus. He was getting so he couldn’t even stand himself. If he could just bleach that picture of Ria, high on cocaine, tumbling naked in bed with their next-door neighbor, maybe he could find a way to get on with his life. But it seemed the image was burned into his brain.
Everyone had told him to back away from her. Slade Donovan, his team leader, was always right on the money. Too fucking bad he hadn’t listened to him. Certainly showed how bad his judgment sucked. As devastating as the marriage was, the divorce wasn’t any better. She had tracked him down between missions and caused scenes so outrageous and embarrassing he’d finally had to have her arrested. Thank the lord he had a tough attorney who had taken care of everything so he didn’t even have to go to court.
But since then he just hadn’t been able to pull himself out of that dark place he crawled into between missions. Which again made him question why the hell he had allowed himself to be talked into coming to this party. Did his teammates think sticking him in a social situation would have some kind of miraculous cure? Or did they worry that if they left him alone he might think suicide wasn’t a bad choice?
He sighed and tried to figure out the best way to slide out of tonight’s situation without putting up with a whole raft of shit from his teammates. A strange noise, coming out of the darkness, pierced the edge of his consciousness. At first, he thought it was an animal, like maybe a cat, that had gotten itself up a tree or something. But then he realized it was the sound of someone crying. What the hell?
Setting his beer bottle on a nearby table he stepped off the patio and headed into the little copse of trees. He hadn’t gone five steps before he nearly tripped over a female sitting on the ground, leaning against a tree. And doing her best to contain the sobs that were shaking her body.
Oh, fucking swell. Just what he needed. Good opening.
 What’s your current WIP?
Take No Quarter, Strike Force #4

And finally, where can we find you?
Desiree loves to hear from readers. www.facebook.com/desireeholtauthor www.facebook.com/desiree01holt
Twitter @desireeholt
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 Thank you for being here, Desiree. Desiree is offering a copy of the first book in the Strike Force series, Unconditional Surrender to one lucky reader.

Blurb: Had he found her again only to lose her to a stalker?

Slade Donovan and Kari Malone shared one anonymous night of hot sex. Five years later unexpected circumstances throw them together again and what’s between them burns hotter than ever. But as a member of Delta Force, Slade is wary of relationships, drawn to Kari on the one hand and hesitant on the other.
Kari has her own demons, the stalker she moved to escape who seems to track her everywhere. As the unknown stalker ramps up his game, it will take the Delta Force team to rescue her, and the danger to show them both that what they have is electric, erotic and real.
 Happy Reading, my friends.
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  1. Thanks for your generous opportunity to win. I so enjoy romantic suspense. Just finished a pretty good one by Rose Verde titled "In Plain Sight". Not sure if it's out yet or not but I know I'll be reading more of her's too.


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