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Guest Blogger: Desiree Holt (Contest)
Monday, August 26th, 2013

UPDATE: The winner of the Amazon gift card is Melissa Porter!

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I’m so excited to be here at Delilah’s blog today. Most of you probably don’t now that when I was just starting my career she was one of the most influential people and a strong guiding force. She taught me so much and pointed me in the right direction so many times. I know I wouldn’t be here today, with Book #3 in my Naked Cowboys series, if not for all the help she gave me. So thanks, D, for everything you’ve done and for hosting me today.

Note: Be sure to leave a comment because one lucky person will be the winner of a $10 GC from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


Sometimes when you least expect it you can find a naked cowboy to lick your wounds. Especially of you are Stripped Naked!

Taking over as publisher of The Hill Country Herald was supposed to help Jinx Malone put her personal and professional disasters in New York behind her. Instead, she’s barely settled at her desk when news of a murder hits the police scanner.

Who knew Rowan County could be this exciting? And who knew her first story would bring her into head-butting, hormone-pumping contact with something that’s an even bigger pain in her ass than a cheating ex—a know-it-all cop?

Sheriff Dillon Cross thought retreating to Rowan Country would help him get over a bad case of burnout. But only a few weeks into his job, he’s standing over a dead body in a ditch, arguing with his least favorite thing: a sexy, in-your-face reporter.

Before they’re through buzzing around each other like angry hornets, the last thing either expected happens. They’re in bed, burning up the sheets. But is it a new beginning, or just a bad rerun of past mistakes?

Just like two days ago and just like earlier tonight, he didn’t seem to be able to get anywhere near Jinx Malone let alone touch her without wanting to rip off her clothes and plunge himself inside her very sexy body. As he guided her up the steps to the porch, he wondered if she was having the same reaction.

When they stopped at the front door, Jinx slipped the narrow strap of her purse from her shoulder to fetch her keys. At the same time, she turned toward him and his hands automatically lifted to rest on her shoulders. She looked up at him, a quizzical expression on her face, and it seemed the most natural thing for him to lean down and brush his lips against hers. She quivered beneath his touch, her breath hitching.

Before he could change his mind or give her a chance to change hers, he deepened the kiss, tracing the seam of her lips with his tongue until she opened and let him in. God, she tasted like everything sweet he’d ever had in his life. He licked every inner surface, wanting to swallow her whole. He tightened his grip on her, not wanting to give her the chance to pull away, but she surprised him by clutching at his arms. He slid his fingers up through the silk of her hair, cupping her head and tilting it one way then another to give the kiss a better angle. And when she opened her mouth, her own small tongue thrust forward to dance erotically with his.

He broke the kiss only when his breath ran out. Lifting his head, he stared at Jinx through lust-fogged eyes. She had a startled expression on her face and her gaze was locked with his. The pulse at the hollow of her throat beat furiously and he was sure the heat radiating from her body singed his skin.

“What…what was that?” Her voice was shaky.

“I don’t know, but I think I’m gonna do it again.”

This time he took her mouth with unrestrained hunger, plundering it with his tongue, sealing his lips to hers as if he’d never let her go. All rational thought left his mind as he pressed her close to him. It took a moment for him to realize that her hands were pushing at his chest and she was trying to twist away from him. Shaking the fog from his brain, he backed away a step.

“Sorry.” He cleared his throat and tried again. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean…”

But she was already opening the door and grabbing his hand to drag him inside.

“One of us is crazy,” she said in a husky voice. “I’m hoping it’s me. And that I’ll wake up in the morning and be able to pretend I didn’t make a fool of myself.”

“That’s for tomorrow.” His heart raced as he realized she didn’t mean to send him away after all. He tried to think of what to say, but all the blood in his head seemed to have headed south to his groin. Unwilling to give her a chance to have second thoughts, he swept her up in his arms and headed for the stairs. He halted at the top. “Which way?”

She pointed to a room at the end of the hallway. He nudged the door open with his foot, carried her inside and set her down beside the bed. Weaving his fingers through the strands of her hair again, he touched his mouth to hers and licked the outline. He wanted nothing more than to tear her clothes off and throw her on the bed.

Slow, asshole. Don’t give her a reason to change her mind. This is a woman to savor and worship, so don’t fuck it up.

Dillon couldn’t believe how impatient his body was or how ravenous he was for her. But tearing off her clothes in three seconds wasn’t his style, and he didn’t want to start now. Especially with this woman. He tasted her lips then trailed his tongue across the smoothness of her cheek to the tender spot behind her ear. With his teeth, he drew a faint line along the column of her neck, biting very gently where her neck and shoulder met. She shivered at his touch and a soft little moan drifted from her mouth.

Where can you find the book?

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Samhain

Where can you find me?
Twitter:   @desireeholt
Facebook: desireeholtauthor
Pinterest:   desiree02holt

37 comments to “Guest Blogger: Desiree Holt (Contest)”

  1. Toni Whitmire
    · August 26th, 2013 at 7:26 am · Link

    I thought the excerpt was excellent and I can’t wait to read the rest of the book

  2. Michelle V
    · August 26th, 2013 at 7:27 am · Link

    Wow! First of all, two of my very favorite authors in one place! I LOVE the Naked Cowboys series and can’t wait to read Stripped Naked!

  3. Michelle - Snarky Mom
    · August 26th, 2013 at 7:42 am · Link

    I may have to discontinue reading Delilah’s blog, because every time I do, I find a new book to put on my TBR pile. Sigh… Desiree, have always loved your writings and after seeing your 60 Minutes spot, think you’re even more cool :). Thanks for the excerpt!

  4. Virginia E
    · August 26th, 2013 at 8:42 am · Link

    I love the dialogue here. Happy sale, Desi!

  5. Jennifer Sapa
    · August 26th, 2013 at 9:00 am · Link

    Awesome excerpt, another book I just have to read.

  6. Ruby's Java Corner aka Dessie
    · August 26th, 2013 at 9:12 am · Link

    Love it!!! Sounds awesome and can’t wait to get series.

    Um, I wonder if anyone noticed, but the new cover for new book is misspelled…… it shows as Stipped Naked. Just thought I might point that out before it went out publishing.

  7. Desiree Holt
    · August 26th, 2013 at 9:16 am · Link

    Cover! OMG! No! And I look at it ALL THE TIME!
    Crap. Okay, On it. And huge thanks to Delilah for hosting me. She was thew single greatest influence when I first started writing and I owe her so much. Thanks, lady.

  8. Gayle Latreille
    · August 26th, 2013 at 9:22 am · Link

    Really great excerpt, really enjoyed it 😛

  9. Julianne Keller
    · August 26th, 2013 at 9:58 am · Link

    Hmmm, gotta love those Naked Cowboys! I bet you know a slew of them Desiree! Love the cover! Oh and there is a typo on the cover. Stipped Naked instead of Stripped Naked. Keep those hot men comin’ *wink*

  10. Desiree Holt
    · August 26th, 2013 at 10:11 am · Link

    Yeah, about the cover. Apparently the one I had isn’t the final cuz on Amazon and Samhain the correct cover is up. They just sent me a new cover and I sent it to Delilah. But in case she doesn’t get it in time, know that it’s been fixed. Thanks.

  11. Nancy
    · August 26th, 2013 at 10:15 am · Link

    I look forward to reading your book.

  12. Teresa Hughes
    · August 26th, 2013 at 10:22 am · Link

    Love your books! Can’t wait for this one!

  13. stacy
    · August 26th, 2013 at 10:26 am · Link


  14. Laurie P
    · August 26th, 2013 at 11:25 am · Link

    Yummy, sexy cowboy sheriffs.

  15. ronnie cornett
    · August 26th, 2013 at 11:30 am · Link

    Hot excerpt ❗ (fanning self)….love sexy cowboys!!! 😉

  16. lisa w
    · August 26th, 2013 at 11:35 am · Link

    Desiree– you write some of the most amazing cowboys!

  17. Jamie L
    · August 26th, 2013 at 11:40 am · Link

    That definitely sounds like a good book. Plus, who doesn’t want a naked cowboy? 😉

  18. Kathy Lewis
    · August 26th, 2013 at 12:05 pm · Link

    Can’t go wrong with naked cowboys. Great series.

  19. Jesse VC
    · August 26th, 2013 at 1:09 pm · Link

    I really should NOT be reading this at work — I need a cold shower now. Bloody brilliant. 😉

  20. Ilona
    · August 26th, 2013 at 1:24 pm · Link

    Ok Which one should I blame for this? Delilah or Desiree? I am so going to have to rob a bank to buy this one and one of you is to blame!! 😉

  21. Judy Stone
    · August 26th, 2013 at 4:59 pm · Link

    Desiree, thanks for the smoking hot excerpt for “Stripped Naked.” Sigh. Another fantastic book added to my wish list. Cowboys + naked=fun time for all! Yeehaw!

  22. Lea-Ellen {night owl in IL}
    · August 26th, 2013 at 5:01 pm · Link

    Thanks for the excerpt. And the contest/giveaway. (The comment link is hard to find though.)

  23. sharon chalk
    · August 26th, 2013 at 8:05 pm · Link

    ok the snippet did it for me,as soon as I finish writing this ,Im going to get the book,this is the same thing that happened last time I read one of your snippets, I not only bought that one but 2 others,you must stop writing your snippets,between you and Delilah I am going to go broke LOL

  24. Melissa Porter
    · August 26th, 2013 at 8:15 pm · Link

    OMG…. this is a need to get…
    Thanks for sharing.

    I have to agree with Michelle – Snarky Mom- I get more added onto my need to get list because of Delilah’s blog.
    It keeps growing. I think I am going to need a second job just to get all these books. 😛 Then a vacation to read them all.

  25. ELF
    · August 26th, 2013 at 8:52 pm · Link

    Wow, I love hearing how all of you authors have helped each other be successful! Thanks for visiting and good luck with the new release, you are an incredibly busy author!

  26. Charlene
    · August 26th, 2013 at 10:25 pm · Link

    Loved the excerpt! I have read Ms. Holt before but was unaware of this series. Going straight to my Amazon Wishlist. Thanks!

  27. Melissa Porter
    · August 27th, 2013 at 12:13 am · Link

    I got curious and my curiousity (sp.??too late right now) paid. 🙂 Yep I got the first two and the third is on preorder for download in the morning. And all I have to say is OMG. I love the humor through out the first book. And in the second. Yes I am that far. I started reading and kept going. Now it is time for bed. I have to put it down for I have to work tomorrow. (Have to pay for those books somehow.) 😛
    These are the first books I have read by Desiree Holt and I do not think they will be the last.
    Thank you Delilah for another author to add to my need to get list.

  28. Mary Preston
    · August 27th, 2013 at 2:40 am · Link


    I hate to point this out but there is an R missing from the cover title.

    I do love cowboys – stripped is good.

  29. Desiree Holt
    · August 27th, 2013 at 8:34 am · Link

    Hi everyone! Today is release day for STRIPPED NAKED so I hope you are rushing to your virtual book store. Thank you for helping me launch this book. Stay tuned because I’ll be oicking a winner soon.

  30. Desiree Holt
    · August 27th, 2013 at 8:36 am · Link

    Hi everyone! Today is release day for STRIPPED NAKED so I hope you are rushing to your virtual book store. Thank you for helping me launch this book. Stay tuned because I’ll be picking a winner soon.

  31. Gayle Latreille
    · August 27th, 2013 at 10:06 am · Link

    I have read and love so many of your books, Desiree. Always waiting for more of your exciting stories.

    Congrats on the new release!!


  32. Desiree Holt
    · August 27th, 2013 at 11:06 am · Link

    Thanks so much, Gayle.

  33. Eva LeNoir
    · August 27th, 2013 at 11:10 am · Link

    Congratulations on your new release, Desirée!!! 😀

  34. Chris Bails
    · August 27th, 2013 at 11:13 am · Link

    Love this author and this series. Definitely looking forward to this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  35. Anne
    · August 27th, 2013 at 11:46 am · Link

    I love hot alpha sheriff stories.

  36. nova
    · August 27th, 2013 at 12:07 pm · Link

    congrats on the new release; love stories of cowboys!!! 😀

  37. lisagk
    · August 27th, 2013 at 5:09 pm · Link

    Woo hoo ordered my copy can’t wait to read it. Thanks for writing such hot stories.

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