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Desiree Holt: Critical Density (Contest & Excerpt)
Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

UPDATE: The winner is bn100!

A former SEAL, a genius drone engineer, killers hot on their trail

Everyone knows about my love affair with SEALS, centering of course around New York Times best-selling author (and great friend) former SEAL Jack Carr. Through him, I have learned of the courage, honor, and valor of Navy SEALs, so writing them as my heroes is an easy task. In CRITICAL DENSITY, Hannah Modell, a brilliant drone engineer, is framed for the accidental drop of a killing payload on a sitting U. S. Senator. Isolated with a guard dog in a hotel room “for her protection”, she escapes and ends up with Matt “Viper” Roman, partner in Galaxy, whose motto is “We are your last resort.” Follow them as they race to find the real killer while dealing with the hot sexual tension exploding between them.

Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Book #1 in the series, RETROGRADE!

Critical Density

Book two in the Galaxy series

Running for her life, saved by a hunky former SEAL, she never expected the sex to be as hot as the danger zone.

Hannah Modell thought she had life by the tail: a great job as a drone engineer at top-notch Lowden Tactical with one successful project after another…until it all blew up in her face. Literally. Now she’s on the run. If she hadn’t met the sexy stranger, she has no idea what would have happened. But former SEAL Matt “Viper” Roman turned out to be both an answer to a prayer and the sexiest man alive. As the men of the mysterious agency, Galaxy, race against time to prove her innocence and find the real culprit, things heat to the boiling point between Hannah and Viper.


Excerpt from Critical Density

How the fucking long can they keep me here?

Hannah Modell looked out the window of her hotel suite to the aesthetic view of…the parking lot. Beyond it she could see other buildings in downtown Houston, accented by the sparkle of the evening’s lights just coming on. Traffic filled the streets as people came and went, punctuated by the impatient honking of horns. She’d be happy to be in that irritated crowd. She’d be happy to be anyplace except this hotel. Scratch that. Anyplace except for Houston.

Fourteen days since it happened, and she was still shocked by the whole thing. She and the rest of her GO-Team had been in a remote location, delivering explosives to take out a key terrorist figure who was hiding out in a house in upstate New York. The word was he planned a strike on a major United States city and their assignment was to take him out first.

Her GO-Team had been flown to an isolated location to launch the drone, which was outfitted with special equipment because of the explosives and had a long-range capacity. People from various branches of the government and the military would be back at Lowden watching the feed from the camera on the drone. It was only the third time Hannah had been tasked with doing something this enormous and she’d spent hours checking and double-checking everything to make sure nothing would go wrong. She knew she’d probably driven her team nuts, but she didn’t care. There was no room for error in a situation like this.

She was stunned when the helicopter carrying Greg Kingsley, Lowden’s vice president, had shown up at their site. Jumping out of the chopper he’d told them they had to shut down the job. Right. Now. Right that minute. For a moment, she’d just stood there, stunned.


“There’s a situation, Hannah. Something went wrong big time with the drone delivery. A fuckup and we have a tragedy on our hands.”

“A tragedy?” She’d stared at him like he was speaking a foreign language. We need to shut down here at once.

“Worse than that. A disaster of epic proportions. We have to get everyone out of here while we sort this out.”


“No buts. Lowden needs to see you ASAP, since this is your baby.”

What the hell?

She’d pestered him for details, but he had little to say beyond what he’d told her. Just said to wait until they were back at Lowden. She could not understand how this had happened. Misdirect a drone to dump its payload in a different place? Her? Hell, no. She was committed to her job, her country, her patriotism. That’s why working for a paramilitary company that did black jobs for the government had been so satisfying. Because she got to serve her country in a way a lot of people never could. She didn’t even have friends outside of the job. How disgusting was that?

The moment they landed at the complex they’d hustled her right to Eric Lowden’s office, where he’d told her she was off the job until the situation was resolved.

Situation? This was a hell of a lot more than that.

“Situation?” She repeated the word.

16 comments to “Desiree Holt: Critical Density (Contest & Excerpt)”

  1. Colleen C.
    · March 10th, 2021 at 11:54 am · Link

    Have not gotten to this series yet… thanks for sharing!

  2. Desiree Holt
    · March 10th, 2021 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Huge thanks to Delilah for hosting me an exciting new series for me and I want to share it with everyone.

  3. Misty Dawn
    · March 10th, 2021 at 3:04 pm · Link

    I love all your books but I haven’t started this series yet. It sounds amazing though!

  4. Brenda Rumsey
    · March 10th, 2021 at 3:31 pm · Link

    New series for me. Sounds great.

  5. Desiree Holt
    · March 10th, 2021 at 5:14 pm · Link

    Misty and Brenda, I hope you will try it. I am loving writing it.

  6. bn100
    · March 10th, 2021 at 5:45 pm · Link

    nice excerpt

  7. Desiree Holt
    · March 10th, 2021 at 5:52 pm · Link

    Thanks so much, bn100.

  8. Elaine Howell
    · March 10th, 2021 at 6:45 pm · Link

    Good excerpt will look for the series.

  9. Dana Zamora
    · March 10th, 2021 at 6:56 pm · Link

    Hi Desiree and Delilah, love the blurb, have but not read yet, thank you both

  10. flchen1
    · March 10th, 2021 at 8:20 pm · Link

    Love the sounds of this new series, Desiree! Thanks for the peek at Hannah’s story! Do you more planned beyond the first three books?

  11. Debra Guyette
    · March 11th, 2021 at 6:49 am · Link

    Wow, this sounds great. I would love to read this series.

  12. Desiree Holt
    · March 11th, 2021 at 8:52 am · Link

    Huge thanks to everyone who commented yesterday. Announcing the winner in a second.

  13. Desiree Holt
    · March 11th, 2021 at 8:54 am · Link

    And the winner is….bn100! Yay! Than k you again everyone for commenting and thank you, Delilah, for hosting me. bn100, please email me at and put Retrograde in the subject line.

  14. Denise
    · March 11th, 2021 at 10:38 am · Link

    Thanks! Looks like a book I would enjoy

  15. Eileen Airey
    · March 13th, 2021 at 11:22 am · Link

    Congratulations to the winner. I haven’t read thrs series yet but it sounds really good.

  16. Delilah
    · March 20th, 2021 at 6:01 am · Link

    Congrats to bn100!!

    And thanks to Desiree for being a wonderful guest!

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