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Desiree Holt: What’s old is new again…and still suspenseful! (Contest)
Friday, August 25th, 2017

Note: this is a long blog but worth it!

Leave me a comment. Someone will win a $10 GC plus one of my ebooks of their choice.

Ready for some history? In 2004 I finally sat down to write a book. It would be the realization of a dream finally come true. And of course, it would be easy peasy. Nothing to writing a book, right? I think  my head still hurts from banging it on the desk!!

First of all, I had planned to write a straight mystery, because, along with my mother and sister, those were the books I had always read. I even had that first book plotted out, chapter by chapter. So computer, I said, here I come.

Turns out writing a book is a lot harder than it looks. After three months I still had only three chapters written and the head banging began. But then I read Cry No More, by Linda Howard, and a whole new world opened up to me. I wasn’t meant for mysteries. I was meant for romantic suspense. So back to the computer I went, and I wrote that first book in an effort to create a hero as memorable as Diaz in Cry No More.

And I wrote it in a week! 85K words!

Of course, I was the only one who thought it was so wonderful. But it did prompt me to reach out and find the local RWA chapter, which is where I met the fabulous Delilah Devlin and was privileged to be in the critique group with her. The  biggest thing I learned? I had a lot of work to do on that book.

Time marched on. I wrote other books. Eventually a publisher even bought some of them. Wow! I was a published author. But that first book that began my writing life, Run For Your Life, still sat on my hard drive, getting constantly revised.

After five years it was finally contracted as Target and it became the initial book in a series called The Protectors. Well, time marches on and the four-book series did okay, but it became outdated and my style of writing changed and, I hope, improved. So this year my editor at The Wild Rose Press and I dusted it off, I revised every one of the books (one of them with a whole new twist) and we are rereleasing them as Guardian Security. Four hot, suspenseful stories. Four hot, hot heroes.

Take a look. OH, and Run For Your Life/Target is now Moving Target and is set in the town where I lived in Texas for sixteen years, and Quinn’s house is actually my house. Just so ya know!

Oh, and be sure to let me know if you think Quinn is oh so sexy.

Moving Target

Kathryn Burke knows only that she has to get far away as fast as she can. In a frantic, cross-country odyssey, she transforms from pliable Kathryn to feisty, determined Kate Miller, staying one step ahead of the killers on her trail. Then Fate delivers her into the hands of a dark knight with a tortured past. The safety he offers is as tempting as he is. After having his perfect life ripped apart, recluse Quinn sees protecting Kate as his chance for redemption. He never plans on wanting the guarded beauty, never mind falling for her. Denying the explosive chemistry between them is useless, and as danger closes in he must fight to expose the killer or risk history from repeating itself.

Silencing Memories

Just when architect Lindsey Ferrell thinks she’s gotten her life back on track, the terrible nightmares return, and out of nowhere, a stalker sends note to her office. Photos follow, then emails, and she can’t dismiss the threat any longer. Hiring security seems the logical answer, but there’s nothing logical about her body’s reaction to the sinfully sexy expert bent on keeping her safe. Guardian Security partner Nick Vanetta believes there’s more behind the situation than a simple fixation, and he wonders if the answer is buried somewhere in her past. As they dig deeper into her family history, the sizzling attraction between them burns hotter and the job becomes much more than playing bodyguard to this headstrong woman. To protect the woman he loves, he must find the stalker…before it’s too late.

Killing Lies

After her husband was killed and she lost her unborn child, Sarah Madison believed she’d never find love and happiness again. Instead, she has channeled all her energy into her job as assistant to the sexy CEO of Guardian Security. When he proposes a marriage of convenience, the chance to become a mother is tempting, and so is her new prospective husband. His only flaw—the distance he keeps between himself and his sweet little daughter.

Reno Sullivan’s life is a mess. His first marriage was based on a lie, and the fiery death of his wife left him to raise a baby—a constant reminder of his wife’s deceit. He desperately needs someone to mother the child and take charge of his personal life, and his no-nonsense assistant is perfect for the job. Unfortunately, the alluring woman in the bedroom next to his chips away at his determination to maintain the hands-off clause in their agreement and the ice around his heart. A near-tragedy and Reno’s fear of love could kill Sarah’s hopes of turning their fake marriage into happily ever after…


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15 comments to “Desiree Holt: What’s old is new again…and still suspenseful! (Contest)”

  1. Debbie Watson
      · August 25th, 2017 at 6:06 am · Link

    Love the covers! Your books are awesome!!

  2. Katherine Smits
      · August 25th, 2017 at 7:10 am · Link

    I’m in Delilah’s Roses critique group. Is that the same one you mentioned in the post? I feel so privileged to be a member of The Roses and even more so now. Congratulations on your success. You’re an inspiration for the rest of us as we struggle to find our path in this business.

  3. Debra Guyette
      · August 25th, 2017 at 7:53 am · Link

    What a great idea to bring back the old only now it is better.

  4. Misty Dawn
      · August 25th, 2017 at 10:15 am · Link

    I have not started this series, but they look and sound awesome. I LOVE all of your books I have read so far and I can’t wait to read more!

  5. Tamara Kasyan
      · August 25th, 2017 at 10:36 am · Link

    Love the covers! I’ve read a few of your books, mainly the firsts in the series and have greatly enjoyed them! Romantic suspense and paranormal are my favorite genres and I can’t wait to read more of your books!

  6. Pansy Petal
      · August 25th, 2017 at 11:08 am · Link

    Wow! On the one hand I want to say, You have only been writing since 2004? I love your books. On the other hand, that was like 13 years ago. Where did the time go? Either way, you have come a long way baby. I haven’t read this series yet. I look forward to it. Thank you for up dating them.

  7. Colleen C.
      · August 25th, 2017 at 12:39 pm · Link

    I have a great imagination, but no ability to put my words down on paper… I love that I get to read such great stories from talented people like you that have that ability.

  8. Jennifer Beyer
      · August 25th, 2017 at 9:10 pm · Link

    I love your story. You are evidence that perseverance pays off!

  9. Charlene R Michael
      · August 26th, 2017 at 12:22 am · Link

    I love your books!

  10. anny cook
      · August 26th, 2017 at 10:37 am · Link

    Ah, Desiree! Long time no see…but we’re both still kickin’! 😀 Glad you posted about the books as I’ve lost all your early ones to the Sony crash so now I can get them again!

  11. Eniko
      · August 27th, 2017 at 9:58 am · Link

    Hello Desiree! Loved reading a little more about you. It was great meeting you at RTC. Looking forward to discover more of your books. You are an inspiration for us all.

  12. Charlotte
      · August 27th, 2017 at 8:00 pm · Link

    Loved reading a little about your writing journey. You rock. Going over to check out Reno Sullivan right after Game of Thrones.

  13. ButtonsMom2003
      · August 27th, 2017 at 9:13 pm · Link

    This series sounds great. I really enjoyed meeting and talking to you at the RWA book signing last month (I can’t believe it was nearly a month ago!).

  14. Toni Whitmire
      · August 28th, 2017 at 6:23 am · Link

    The series seems like it would be interesting

  15. Desiree Holt
      · September 3rd, 2017 at 9:26 am · Link

    Thank you all for the great comments. The winner of the GC and ebook is….Tamara Kasyn. Congrats! Tamara, email me at to collect your prizes. And thanks to everyone for visiting Delilah’s blog and for commenting, Hope you will all dip your toe in this series.