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Desiree Holt — 6/29/36 to 12/2/22
Sunday, December 4th, 2022

You all knew her, right? I mean, she was everywhere. A social media queen, a convention diva, a powerhouse writer with more projects going on than the Energizer Bunny. More energy than an octogenarian ought to have. I knew her way back when we were learning to be writers and were both members of a critique group in San Antonio—before we were both published by Ellora’s Cave (when it still existed) and we were on our way. In fact, I have this photo on my desk from an EC convention, not even sure what year, but there’s Desiree in the middle, me to the right, surrounded by lovely men, fellow authors, and having a high old time. And that’s the way I’d prefer to remember her—full of life and energy and hopes and dreams.

She wrote and played online, connected with her friends and readers, all the way up until the end. I’ll be forever proud of the work we did most recently with a series of connected stories inside my sister’s Brotherhood Protectors world. Desiree was our leader through several sub-series. She always had that strong, central vision of what the stories ought to be and how they should be “branded.” My sister called me yesterday while I was at my holiday craft sale to say she’d passed of the same awful cancer my mother had. I haven’t had time to process this yet, but I’ll miss her. RIP Judith/Desiree.

12 comments to “Desiree Holt — 6/29/36 to 12/2/22”

  1. Redheaded Hellion
    · December 4th, 2022 at 6:21 am · Link

    She was such a sweet lady. I am so sorry for everyone’s great loss.

  2. RO
    · December 4th, 2022 at 8:58 am · Link

    When I was reviewing romance novels back in the day, Desiree Holt was one of my faves because she was an excellent writer, and took time to connect with her readers. I’m glad that she’s in pain no longer, but so sad that she’s no longer with us. RIP, and know that you are loved and greatly appreciated. Hugs, RO

  3. Susan Saxx
    · December 4th, 2022 at 9:45 am · Link

    Wow. I’m stunned to hear this news, Delilah.

    You’re right in everything you say. She was completely a force of energy, right to the end, releasing and communicating with her readers. I had no idea.

    I’m sorry to hear this news, and sorry for your personal loss, as well.

    RIP, Desiree. xo

  4. Colleen C.
    · December 4th, 2022 at 12:35 pm · Link

    I had not heard… such sad news…

  5. Anna Taylor Sweringen
    · December 4th, 2022 at 3:09 pm · Link

    I never got to meet her but many authors I know did and have been leaving such glowing tributes. My condolences to her family.

  6. Pansy Petal
    · December 4th, 2022 at 3:40 pm · Link

    She will be missed.

  7. Shirley Long
    · December 4th, 2022 at 3:53 pm · Link

    OMG!! I hadn’t heard. I knew she had cancer but I thought she was doing better. Desiree was not only my very first erotic author but one of my favorite people on the planet. Last time we chatted she was so upbeat and positive. God, I will miss her and her amazingly beautiful words. Rest in peace my sweet friend. You fought the good fight. My love and prayers to her family, her staff and all her devoted readers. The world is a darker place without her shining light.

  8. Deb Robinson
    · December 4th, 2022 at 3:54 pm · Link

    I enjoy her novels.
    Sorry to hear the sad news and sorry to you Delilah for the loss of a friend

  9. Melanie Gordon
    · December 4th, 2022 at 9:18 pm · Link

    So sorry for her loss. She was a great Author and will be missed

  10. Ellen Wulf
    · December 5th, 2022 at 7:40 am · Link

    I have similar remembrances and vividly remember when she joined SARA. She became so successful and her personality never changed.

  11. Eniko
    · December 5th, 2022 at 11:04 am · Link

    I was lucky enough to meet her at RTC and get her signed books. Such a lovely lady and down to earth, she had time for everybody who approached her. The book community lost an icon, but she will be remembered by all.
    My condolences to her family.

  12. flchen1
    · December 10th, 2022 at 10:44 pm · Link

    Thanks for sharing your memories, Delilah! She always seemed so vibrant and full of joy and life! I’m just sad I never had the chance to meet her in person.

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