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Desiree Holt: Protecting is what real men do! (Contest)
Thursday, September 17th, 2020

The winners are…Candi Kandelas, Colleen C, and Amanda Zook!

Protect: keep safe from harm or injury; what real men do

I guess I have a hero complex because my favorite stories are the ones with strong heroes who have a soft spot and who also will do anything they can to protect women, especially those they love. Protecting Maddie kicked off a series for me in  Susan Stoker’s Special Forces World, and brought to life Hawkeye St. John, one of my favorite heroes. Readers loved the story so much I was urged to keep it going. Well, of course! Writing about real heroes is one of the best things to do. And Maddie’s success brought readers to the other stories.

So here, for you, is a taste of all five books in the series:

Leave a comment for your choice of one of these books!

Get all the links here:

Protecting Maddie

When Maddie Winslow talked a student out of his gun in her classroom, she never figured it would set off a chain of events that put her life in grave danger, and the lives of her parents.

Hiding in WitSec for thirty years, her parents thought they had beaten the odds—until the image of Maddie, an identical replica of her mother—hits the television airwaves and the people who have been seeking revenge all these years find her. Intent on learning where her mother is hiding, they break into her home and then try to kidnap her. Frightened, she goes to her friend, Zee, who once dated someone in Delta Force. She calls him to explain her friend’s situation, but he’s prepping for a mission and can’t leave the base.

Hunter “Hawkeye” St. John, a Delta Force team member, is on medical leave recuperating in Tampa and chafing for some action. When the he and Maddie meet, the sparks flying between them sizzle the air. But if Hawkeye wants to move forward with Maddie he first has to keep her safe and then eliminate the bad guys.

Protecting Cassie

Injured and discharged, he is lost…

Sam Alvarez is newly discharged from SEALs that had been his entire life. Without the Team he is lost, but a bad injury to his left arm ended his career. His rehab is slow and he resents everything. The tiny isolated cabin in Maine former SEAL John “Tex” Keenan found for him is just what he wants.

Frightened and in hiding…

Physical therapist Cassie Malone had a job she loved, great friends and a man in her life she thought was Prince Charming. Until by accident she discovered he’s one of Boston’s drug kingpins. Now she’s hiding out in tiny Castile and scared he’ll find her.

When Fate throws Cassie and Sam together, it’s a battle for him to let her help him relearn everything. His surliness is in high gear and she’s always looking over her shoulder. But neither of them counted on or expected the hot, hot attraction blazing between them.

When drug smugglers show up and put everyone in danger, including Cassie, it’s up to Sam to use his skills to take them down and save the woman he’s come to love. But can he do it before it’s too late?

Protecting Amy

She thought her past was firmly behind her…

Amy Ressler was a vivacious, outgoing person, looking forward to her first job after graduating college. Until the night her stepbrother slaughtered her entire family and thought she was dead, too. For ten years she’d been living under an assumed name in a house in Tampa with security guards and a security system. Her agoraphobia keeps her a prisoner in the house where she designs sought after video games.

Quinn Molloy couldn’t seem to find a place for himself when he left the SEALS…

He has been part of the teams for eighteen years and suddenly an injury left him with no place to go, except to visit his friends Melody and Tex Keenan. Where they introduce him online to KitCat, Amy in her online disguise, a terrified woman who needs a bodyguard.

The killer is loose…

When Matthew Baker escapes from jail the hunt is on, led by the US Marshals. But with Amy helpless in her self-imposed prison, Quinn accepts the job as her personal bodyguard, and they discover that what starts online can explode n the bedroom. As long as he can keep her alive.

Protecting Arizona

She wasn’t a no-name sex kind of woman but stress had gotten the better of her…

She’d never see him again so she could indulge every need and desire she had with this hot, sexy, intense, troubled man. Now she has to put it out of her mind as the DEA task force she’s on prepares to take down dangerous drug kingpin Luca Vasquez, coincidentally her brother-in-law. When her sister is murdered and her niece disappears, se leaves he task force to find her.

He couldn’t get the memories of the woman out of his mind…

Being a SEAL was the only thing Clint “Razor” DaCosta had known for twenty years until a disastrous mission ended his career. Now dreams of the raw sex with the passionate redhead are the only things that keep the nightmares of that mission at bay. He’s still trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life when a phone call from a friend brings him to a shocking meeting.

Passion…danger…murder…a lethal combination

No one is more shocked than Razor and Arizona when he answers her call for help. The heat is still there and it’s hard to put aside the memories of their scorching sex. But first, they must find her niece and avenge her sister’s murder. And hope they both don’t get killed in the takedown.

And the newest…

Protecting Terra


When Terra Oenning and Griffin Dunne were paired in a Department of Homeland Security Op, neither of them expected the heat that exploded between them like the cabin they were surveilling. Personal relationships have no place in their lives. Ever. Period. That’s it. Except the night the cabin blows up so does their restraint, the sex between them so hot it sets fire to the sheets.

When the trail they are following takes them to the frozen north of Maine, even that isn’t enough to cool them down, but like experienced DHS agents, they never take their eyes off their assignment. Terrorists, computer hackers and the Croatian Mafia are combining to destroy the United States and Terra and must focus on destroying them. No problem. Despite the addictive, off-the-charts sex, they are trained agents who do their job, surveilling key players and helping to set up the takedown.

But when it goes awry and Terra is caught in the crosshairs, it will be up to Griffin to rescue her, a wake-up call for both of them that maybe, just maybe, what they have between them is real.

12 comments to “Desiree Holt: Protecting is what real men do! (Contest)”

  1. Amanda Zook
    · September 17th, 2020 at 10:13 am · Link

    I feel the same. Love reading stories about the guy protecting the girl. But sometimes it’s nice to switch it up with the girl doing the protecting.

  2. Kandi Candelas
    · September 17th, 2020 at 10:25 am · Link

    Thank you for the chance, I already have all 5 in ebooks. I could use one in paperback signed by you, to add to my collection of books. Love all of your books!❤️

  3. Dianna Hammon
    · September 17th, 2020 at 11:06 am · Link

    I LOVE THEM ALL. I have all the ebooks except the last one . I would love a paperback of any of them. Thank you for the chance . I’ve never read a story of yours I didnt like. You make them so alive you feel like you are there.

  4. Colleen C.
    · September 17th, 2020 at 11:43 am · Link

    I just love protective heroes… 🙂

  5. Phyllis
    · September 17th, 2020 at 11:47 am · Link

    Thanks for the updates on the heroes in your series. Every story is special and the heroes memorable.
    Keep up the good work.

  6. Keri Richards
    · September 17th, 2020 at 1:40 pm · Link

    Hi pretty lady your books are awesome love alpha protecting hereos and strong take charge woman I have the first three books

  7. bn100
    · September 17th, 2020 at 5:38 pm · Link

    interesting books

  8. Desiree Holt
    · September 17th, 2020 at 6:11 pm · Link

    Thank you all so much for your comments. You warm my heart! I will pick two winner in the morning so stay tuned!

  9. Misty Dawn
    · September 17th, 2020 at 7:15 pm · Link

    Hi, the only 2 that I don’t have are Arizona and Terra. I loved Amy, Cassie, and Maddie! I love a strong heroine and a protective hero.💜

  10. Nettie
    · September 17th, 2020 at 9:40 pm · Link

    These sound fabulous. Definitely putting in the TBR list. Thanks for the chance.

  11. Ani
    · September 18th, 2020 at 1:36 am · Link

    I love you stories

  12. Desiree Holt
    · September 18th, 2020 at 8:15 am · Link

    Winners! We have winners!
    Print copies of one book to:
    Candi Kandelas and Colleen C

    Digital copies of Protecting Terra to:
    Amanda Zook and Colleen C

    Email me at

    And huge thanks to Delilah for hosting me and for all you wonderful readers who support me.

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