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Desiree Holt: Celebrating 80!!!!! (Giveaway)
Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Celebrate my birthday with me and my hot heroes
In honor of my birthday I am giving away 8 prizes
Leave a comment and I will choose 8 people to win their choice of one of my books

Today is my 80th birthday, a milestone for sure. It hardly seems possible that I have been writing romance novels for twelve years, publisher for ten, and have more than two hundred titles out there for my readers. It’s a career I started as a hobby, sort of, after all my other careers and finally retiring from the last one I had.

dhGame On triple covers copyI always wanted to write. I loved making up stories even as a kid. But my life was so busy that I never really had the time to devote to it until I retired. Funny thing is, I always thought I would write mysteries. My mother and sister read them—Ellery Queen, Agatha Christie, Emma Lathan, Mignon Eberhart, Rex Stout. You get the drift. AS I readied myself for retirement my staff took great pleasure in helping me plot The Book that I would write as soon as I got settled.

In 2004, I finally sat down to write The Book, the greatest mystery of all time, except a funny thing happened on the way to completion. I got three chapters written and couldn’t seem to get beyond that point. I thought, well, crap! And then I read my first romance ever, a romantic suspense by Linda Howard called Cry No More. I thought, damn! This is for me. This is what I want to write.

I sat down and wrote like a fiend and Target was finished in three weeks. Yes, three weeks. Note: it actually took five years to get that book published, and others came before it. So now I had a book and no idea what to do with it. When I found San Antonio Romance Authors SARA) I was sure I hit the jackpot. I learned all the things I didn’t know about writing a successful book and discovered the ongoing battle to get a book published when you are one in every ten thousand that actually is contracted.

But I learned a lot from SARA. Delilah Devlin told me my story really started on page 32 (way too much backstory), Elle James showed me how to structure a plot. Linda Carroll-Bradd taught me about dialogue tags. And so many others in SARA who encouraged and guided me and celebrated with me when I got that very first contract.

dhHotMoonRisingFinal_1300x2000I didn’t start out writing erotic but again, I can thank my SARA friends who told me when Ellora’s Cave had an open submission call for themed Quickies (15K). Imagine my shock when Cupid’s Shaft was contracted. I think I stared at the email for an hour just to make sure I read it write.

My journey since then has taken a lot of twists and turns and there are so many others to thank for helping me make it: The Wild Rose Press (and the wonderful Rhonda Penders) who published me when nobody else would; Kelli Collins and Diana Carlisle, two of the best editors I have ever had (and I have to add Paige Christian at Kensington to that list); all my friends at SARA who encouraged me. Margie Hager, my long time beta reader. Shirley Long, a reader who has been with me since my very first book. The wonderful Frauke Spanath at Croco Designs, web and graphics designer extraordinaire who puts up with my disorganization and makes everything so beautiful. My new PA, Nicole Kuhn, who does so much to make sure my promotions get out there and work. Sharon Slick Reads, whose reviews taught me what makes a book readable and special.

I know I’ve forgotten someone, which always happens when you start naming people. If I left you out I’m sorry but you live in my heart. Believe me.

Last year was a great year for me, with the launch of my first series with Kensington (my New York publisher), the launch of my paranormal series with Decadent, and the launch of my Kindle World, The Omega Team, with Amazon.

perf5.000x8.000.inddThis year promises to be even better. Kensington has given the go ahead for a new small town romantic suspense series. My Kindle World (The Omega Team) has three more launches scheduled. (see the link to the video below) I am in the process of writing the first in a four-book military romance series for Totally Bound which will go mass market. And thank you to all the people who have invited me to be part of box sets, also.

This year I am also deep into the planning, with my four co-hostesses, for the fifth Wild Wicked Weekend, our fun convo for romance authors and readers. Check it out at

I want to thank everyone who reads my books and helps me promote. You all are what make it work for me. I hope to be doing this for a long time yet, at least to fulfill all the contracts I’ve signed (grin!).

Below are the links for my newsletter and my app. Both are free and easy ways to keep up with me.

Huge thanks to Delilah who has been with me from Day One for letting me babble on her bog today.

Oh, and that first book I wrote, Target? Not only did it finally get contracted and released as the first book in a four-book series, but I am I the process of revising all of them and they will be re-released this year and next. Watch for them.

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18 comments to “Desiree Holt: Celebrating 80!!!!! (Giveaway)”

  1. Faye Gates
    · June 29th, 2016 at 8:01 am · Link

    Happy 80th birthday! Really? You are 80? I am 60, and I thought my life was over. Thank you for making me realize that I may have a few good years left! I really want you to have a Happy Birthday!

  2. Gayla Leath
    · June 29th, 2016 at 8:02 am · Link

    Wishing you a happy birthday. Thank you for all the hard work you have done to enrich the literary world.

  3. Rhonda
    · June 29th, 2016 at 9:23 am · Link

    Happy birthday my friend. I hope you have a wonderful day. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for your readers over the next couple of years:) have a great day Desiree:))

  4. Shirley Long
    · June 29th, 2016 at 10:19 am · Link

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY my sweet friend!!!! No way are you getting older…….you’re just getting better and better. 😛

    Has been quite a journey hasn’t it? Don’t know about you, but I’ve enjoyed every single minute of it and am so excited about what’s to come. You know how I feel about you and your work so I won’t go into it here. You are truly an inspiration.

    Hope you have a fantastic day and that your kids have big plans for celebrating your 80th. Love you Des. 😆

  5. Michelle Willms
    · June 29th, 2016 at 11:00 am · Link

    Happy Birthday! You are a truly talented person and a role model to so many. Thank you for all you’ve done – and continue to do.

  6. Margie Hager
    · June 29th, 2016 at 11:08 am · Link

    Happy Birthday dear friend. I love you and all your wonderful stories.

  7. Colleen C.
    · June 29th, 2016 at 12:47 pm · Link

    Happy Happy 80th b-day! Wishing you the very best for this special day!

  8. Pansy Petal
    · June 29th, 2016 at 1:03 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Desiree! What a wonderful history. You give me hope that maybe, someday, when I grow up, (I am only 60.) I can be just like you! Thank you for sharing your inspirational life!

  9. ronnie c
    · June 29th, 2016 at 2:26 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Desiree! Wow….80 …what a milestone! I’m 60 and trying to get published! I love your books….they’re soooo hot! 😉

  10. Janet Rodman
    · June 29th, 2016 at 4:46 pm · Link

    Love you and have an absolutely fantastic birthday.

  11. Melissa Packett
    · June 29th, 2016 at 8:08 pm · Link

    Happy birthday!

  12. flchen1
    · June 29th, 2016 at 9:47 pm · Link

    Holy moly, Desiree! You inspire me (and countless others!)! Thank for living your dream and sharing your stories! Happy 80 and wishing you countless more years of running hard after what you love!!

  13. Kimmie Kim
    · June 29th, 2016 at 10:06 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday!! I hope it was the best one yet!!

  14. Laurie
    · June 29th, 2016 at 10:25 pm · Link

    Happy Happy Birthday Desiree! Hope you had a GREAT day!

  15. Tamye Whitener
    · June 29th, 2016 at 10:27 pm · Link

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  16. Ginger Robertson
    · June 29th, 2016 at 10:42 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Delilah!

    80…wow! What advise can you give me that has helped you? You are obviously doing a lot of things right.

    Thank you for sharing with us, your readers.

  17. jennifer mathis
    · June 30th, 2016 at 4:01 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Desiree i have been to the conferences and i still think i have issues keeping up with you 🙂

  18. Jen B.
    · June 30th, 2016 at 5:51 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday! I am turning 48 soon. I hope your birthday was a great day!

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