Desiree Holt Guest Blogger & Giveaway!

Who ever thought that in the Fifties when deejay Allen Fried coined the term “Rock and Roll” the music-a blend of blues, country, jazz and gospel-would have such a major impact on our culture. 

But there’s no question about the fact that it has. We have a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Aging but still highly popular rockers like Steven Tyler writing best selling books and judging on American Idol. Grunge icons like Kurt Cobain still casting their shadow over the industry. And let’s not even talk about The Grateful Dead.

Do you remember the music you listened to in high school? College? On dates? Driving to and from work? I’ll bet a lot of it was and is rock in some form. And Ohmigod, who doesn’t think a guitar player is sexy, his body in fluid motion on stage as he coaxes and pulls the notes of a tune from his guitar.

In one of my many other lives I was in the music business, both as an agent and a manager, and my clients were primarily rock bands. I can still remember the excitement of walking into a club where one of my bands was playing, feeling the electric excitement in the air, watching the crowd go wild as the music filled the air. It’s a rush that isn’t equaled by anything else. Trust me.

Fast forward to the present. Last year I was lucky enough to be party of the Decadent Publishing crowd that went to Johnny Depp’s Viper Room to see a performance by Run Devil Run (a totally fabulous band, by the way). The moment I walked into the club it all came back to me–the excitement, the rush, the headiness of the environment. But what really caught my eye was the bass player, Jackie Joyride. OMG! Can you say sex on a stick? Of course, I think bass players are the sexy foundation of any band. That heavy thump of the bass just gets you right where you live. I knew I had to write a story where the hero was based on him.
Check out his picture. Wouldn’t he ring anyone’s chimes?

Joy Ride (notice the play on words!) was a labor of love to write. It’s all about who people really are and how they find themselves, with the world of rock music as the stage on which it happens. “Emma was the good girl poster child until she meet sexy bass player Marc–and he took her on the joy ride of her life.” 
 Out August 12 at
(and soon at all online bookstores)
here’s a taste for you.

And to celebrate the release I’m selling t-shirt,, mugs, water bottles, whatever in my Café Press store with the specially designed logo for the band in the book, Lightnin’. Leave a comment and you might be one of two lucky people to win a mug or a t-shirt.

Emma, the good girl poster child, is running from a life she suddenly sees as gray and suffocating—a life where she’s successfully buried all her hopes and secret dreams. Until the night she wanders into Aftershock and is immediately drawn to the hot bass player. The electricity of his performance, the powerful music he coaxes from his guitar, the heavy vibration of each note reaches out to something deep inside her and wakes an Emma she didn’t even know existed.

Marc doesn’t much care for the groupies who hang around the band. He needs a woman he can create a future with that’s a counterpoint to the craziness of the rock music business. When he sees Emma for the first time, something inside him cracks wide open. Just one sizzling glance between them, and he’s sure he’s found the woman to complete his life.

But as the relationship grows, there’s a huge stumbling block: Emma won’t tell him her name. The sex is fabulous but he wants more….

Although Emma is finally finding her true self, her fear of everything falling apart builds a barrier she can’t seem to cross. Marc is taking her on the joy ride of her life, but will her own insecurities destroy everything?

Clutching the cold beer bottle in her hand, she wedged her way between gyrating bodies, hypnotized by the music until she reached the front of the crowd…and stopped at the edge of the stage, mesmerized. The bass guitarist stood with one foot balanced on the monitor in front of him, his body leaning into the sound. His head was thrown back, dark hair flying around his face as he pounded out the rhythm of the song they were playing. He was wild, uninhibited, totally immersed in his music. He moved with an incredible grace to the accented beat, hips thrusting as his clever fingers plucked the strings and slid on the neck of the guitar.
For one incredible moment, Emma had the feeling he was playing only for her and she realized she really had been struck by “Lightnin’.” Permanently electrified by it.
A surge of heat raced through her, and it wasn’t the kind that emanated from the tightly packed sweaty bodies. Instead, an electric excitement gripped her, sending a charge of unfamiliar sexual thrill to every nerve. Her breasts tingled and between her thighs, she felt a throbbing as deep as the sound of the bass. At first she stood stiffly, clutching her drink. People jostled and shoved her as they kept time to the beat. She took two quick swallows of the beer, grimacing at the bitter taste. But as the alcohol eased her tension, she found herself catching the rhythm of the music and trying to mimic the movements of the bass player, totally caught up in the seductive lure of the song. For one crazy moment, she was gripped by an uncontrollable urge to jump up on the stage, and bump and grind with him. Her! Emma, the good girl!
Clumsily juggling the beer bottle, she slipped the thin strap of her purse over her head so it lay crosswise between her breasts. Her focus still on the bass player, she swayed to the beat, hips moving, rocking. When the song ended, the bass guitarist threw back his head on a final note and then looked out into the crowd, peering beyond the glare of the stage lights.
His eyes seemed to find hers as if pulled by a magnet, and a fist slammed through her.


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There will be a Giveaway thanks to Desiree Holt's blog tour with Decadent Publishing.  You have the chance to win your very own copy of JOY RIDE!
To enter all you have to do is be a GFC Follower and leave a comment for Desiree Holt with your Email addy!
The contest ends August 16, 2011. 12am EST.
Good luck to all!


Phyllis said…
I love Johnny Depp and can't wait to read this book!!!
Shanon Grey said…
I came from the age of rock bands. I still appreciate the vibe. My son-in-law is a bass player and I've seen the crowd respond. I won't miss a beat picking up Joy Ride. It sounds like an incredible story. Thanks for bringing us a taste.
Talina Perkins said…
Hi Ms. Holt and Leanne! I couldn't write without my fave rock band, Niceklback! I know exactly what you mean by the base player being the sexiest of all players. Yet, I have a sweet spot of the lead vocalist and guitar player of Nickelback!Sigh.....;-)

I have already added Joy Ride (brilliant play on words!) to my MUST BUY list!

Here's to all rock bands and writers! Two groups of rockin' people!

Bama said…
good excerpt and post:)
Minnette Meador said…
I had no idea, Desiree! I love the way you write and know this is going to be hot, hot, hot! Congrats on all your well-earned success, lady. Can't wait to read the book. M:o)
roro said…
good excerpt and post:)

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Shadow said…
great post! this book sounds awesome! i love desirees books. cant wait to get my hands on this book! thanks for sharing and for the chance to read this! gfc- shadow_kohler
Lorraine said…
I love the sounds of Joy Ride and would love to win one. Still love the old rock and roll!
Chrisbails said…
As the song goes, "I love rock-n-roll" I love older stuff the best, some of the newer stuff is alright. My favs are Led Zepplin and Kiss. I have not had a chance to read any of your books yet and they sound great, so would love to win this book. thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
Toni said…
I do have to say I am so looking forward to reading this book. I think is definately the rock element. Just discovered it and I love it!!

Desiree Holt said…
Hi all! *sliding into my desk, banging my knee* Sorry I'm late. Had some unexpected family stuff this am but here I am! So glad to find so many rock and roll fans here, especially those who love bass players. I think you will fall in love with Marc (a/k/k Jackie Joyride). I had a blas writing this book and I hope y'all enjoy it, too.

And special thanks to Leanne for hosting me today. You're a winner, lady.
Leanne109 said…
Hey all! So glad you could make it! Desiree I hope all is well with you and your family! Thank you so much for being my guest :D HUGS! Thx for the compliment to :D It's very much appreciated!
Leanne109 said…
The WINNER is Lorraine!!!
Lorraine said…
I won!!! Thank you Leanne and Desiree. Look forward to receiving my book so I can go on a Joy Ride. lol
JoAnne Kenrick said…
Yeay xx congrats, Lorraine. I'm a little late to the party, but wanted to comment and just say... Run Devil Run are not only a fab rock group, and sexy, they're also hilarious. Their youtubes always have me clutching at my ribs and I cry with laughter! Those guys....

And I'm a total rock chick, count me on JoyRide, it sounds fab and something I'd adore to death :) And congrats on the success it's enjoyed already!!!

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