Monday, April 25, 2011

Celebrate Desiree Holt's 100th Release-Win a Netbook

I'm thrilled to be part of Desiree Holt's celebration of her 100th release DOWNSTROKE. What a milestone! And what a lovely lady. Desiree is a talented author and I've enjoyed several of her books. I'm sure you'll enjoy DOWNSTROKE too.

As part of the celebration, Desiree is giving away a prize every day of one copy of one of Desiree's novels of the reader's choice from her backlist. Names will be drawn from those who post comments. At the end of the month, one lucky person will win a grand prize of a refurbished Netbook with digital DVD drive. After you (the reader) post here, go to Desiree's web site at and enter to win the grand prize of the netbook at the end of the month.

Downstroke is the story of lovers reunited after twenty years trying to bridge a gulf of bitterness while outwitting a killer. To help out Desiree's celebration, I’m giving you a preview of one of her books from the 1-800-DOM-help series. 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 twenty years since security specialist Charley Roper and country star Dallas Creed had their bitter parting. Now a killer has brought them together again, but neither is ready for a reunion—despite signs that their explosive chemistry hasn’t waned with time. She can’t forget the feel of his hands on her body. He can’t forget the hot touch of her mouth. When they finally tumble into bed, the sex is just as good as they remember, hot enough to singe the sheets. But is it enough?

Thrown together during an exhausting, frenzied concert tour, with a killer nipping at their heels, Dallas and Charley find themselves on a hot, suspenseful, erotic roller coaster ride. Can he convince her to trust her heart to him one more time, to reach out for a richer, deeper, more mature love?

More importantly—can Charley keep Dallas alive long enough for either of them to enjoy a second chance?

I met Desiree years ago at a writer's conference and at the last Romanticon talked to her about doing a project for the 1-800-DOM-help author series. She's such a pleasure to work with and very enthusiastic about everything she does. The series has been such a success. Her book DELIGHT ME is one of the books in that series. I'll share an excerpt from that book. EMERALD DUNGEON was my book that just came out last month. There are eight titles out now in the 1-800-DOM-help series keep checking for more. And try them out. It's a fun and sexy series.

Here's and EXCERPT from DELIGHT ME: By reading any further, you are stating that you are at least 18 years of age.

Chapter One

The room was redolent with the scent of the cinnamon candles. Dani Maguire ducked her head, trying to find a breath of clean air. Alan loved the scent of cinnamon. Even insisted she drop cinnamon-scented crystals in the water when she bathed. But she’d reached a point where the aroma of cinnamon nearly made her gag.

Or maybe it was Alan Powell who made her gag. Two years in this relationship and try as she might, lately she couldn’t seem to find the key to make it work. He was a loving Dom, demanding but considerate, yet something deep inside her kept rebelling.

Still kneeling on the floor, hands manacled behind her, lips aching from stretching around the girth of Alan’s cock, she wondered where they could go from here. She didn’t love him. The sex was still great but she no longer found it…fulfilling. And that presented a problem.

Alan bent to unlock the handcuffs and used his hands beneath her elbows to help her rise. His tall, lean body dwarfed her small one, surrounding her with his masculinity, a sensation she usually enjoyed. But lately everything seemed to be just a little off.

“I worked you hard tonight,” he murmured, long fingers brushing her hair back from her face. “I’m going to draw a hot bath for you, with those salts that you like, and bathe you just the way you always enjoy it.”

But did she enjoy it? Did it please her? Or had it become an irritant? What she really wanted was to bathe him.

Get over it, Dani. You’re just going through a phase.

But was she?

She stayed in the same position until Alan lifted her and carried her to the bathroom, lowering her gently into the fragrant bath. The heated water stung the skin of her ass where Alan had disciplined her earlier. She’d been less than enthusiastic about using her mouth on him, and although she’d done her best to hide it, he’d been all too aware of it. Bending her over the bed, he’d used the thin quirt on her, striping her buttocks with ten well-placed strikes.

When he finished, he’d lowered her to the floor, held her mouth open with his fingers and worked his cock back and forth across her tongue. Somehow she’d dredged up a semblance of desire and given him the release he needed. She knew he wasn’t happy but when he finished he hadn’t said a word. Simply bent down to kiss her and went to draw the bath.

“Just relax,” Alan murmured, squeezing the bath sponge. “You know I’ll take care of you. Don’t I always?”

Yes, he did. But somehow over the past few months she found herself enjoying it less and less.

“Dani?” His voice sharpened. “I asked you a question.”

She blinked her eyes. “Yes, Master. You do.”

That wasn’t the question she needed to answer though. She needed to understand why that care had suddenly become so suffocating. Why she had begun to resent it in little ways.

One of his large hands cupped the back of her head, bracing her body as he skimmed the sponge over her breasts. She closed her eyes and tried to relax at the light-as-a-feather touch. A pinch on one nipple startled her and her eyes flew open. Alan’s eyes were staring directly into hers, a strange look playing over his face.

“Tell me to pinch your nipples again,” he commanded.

She swallowed. “Pinch my nipples again, Master. Please.”

He took each one in turn between thumb and forefinger and squeezed them hard enough that lust shot straight to her core, making the inner muscles of her cunt flutter.

“Well, that hasn’t changed.” His voice had an oddly hard edge to it.


Desiree Holt said...

Hi Kathy. Thanks so much for hosting me today. I'll be gone for a couple of hours in the middle of the day but otherwise I'll be popping in and out to answer an ayone's questions.

desere_steenberg said...

Hi Desiree,

I know I have said it a zillion times before but I am going to say it again Downstroke was brilliant ! I cant wait for your next masterpiece!


Cindy said...

Loved the first insert, can't wait to read the rest

Desiree Holt said...

Hi Desere, You always make me smile! And I will be writing Morgan;s story to release next year. I loved writing about the music business in this book and have another one in the works called Joy Ride.

Desiree Holt said...

Hey Cindy, You have really been helping me celebrate this release. Thanks so much.

Jean P said...

Desiree, congrats! Is there any genre you have more trouble writing than others, more writer's blocks, etc.?

desere_steenberg said...

Oh happy day for us !!! Cant wait to get my hands on it !

booklover0226 said...

Great post; I enjoyed the blurb and the excerpt. I'm so ready to read them.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Desiree Holt said...

Hi guys! Thanks for coming by. Jean, I think I have the most trouble with paranormal. I love the genre and love writing about my shifters and psychic, but I work so hard to make things believable.With my psychics I did a huge amount of research and with my shifters I took all the research I could find and worked hard to create a believable situation. I really don't want my readers to go, What? What is she thinking of.

Cathy M said...

Hi Desiree,

I am a huge fan of both your paranormal romances and your romantic suspense titles. And appreciate the research you put in to your amazing stories.

After reading Downstroke, I am so glad that Morgan's story is up next.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Desiree Holt said...

Thanks so much, CAthy. And it really makes me feel good to hear you say you love my paranormals. Next up is Silent Hunters, The Sentinels Book 6, and Lust Undone, Night Seekers Book3.Watch my web site for release dates. They'll also be in my newsletter.

Kathy Kulig said...

Hi Desiree, I'm thrilled to have you here and be a part of the celebration. How exciting for you. Downstroke sounds like an awesome book. Shapeshifters and psychics? That's my kind of book. It's on my Nook.

And thanks everyone for stopping by. Happy Reading!

Desiree Holt said...

Time to pack it in but my kittens have picked a winner...Cindy! Please email me at to get your prize. Thanks again to everyone who came to the party and to the fab Kathy for hosting me.