Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Celebrating Two New Print Anthologies From Desiree Holt, Cerise DeLand And Allie Standifer

Need good books to read? Hot heroes and feisty heroines? And maybe win some prizes, too? Once a month at our Cyber Launch Party, Cerise DeLand and Desiree Holt boogie out to unveil their latest salsa-hot releases, then answer questions about their deepest, darkest secrets and today's the day. Fun games and prizes at the hottest place on the Web!

WEDDING BELLES by Desiree Holt, Cerise DeLand and Allie Standifer


Brina hates weddings almost as much as she hates being a bridesmaid. There she runs into Adair, the man who left her at the whim of his family.

Adair made a mistake letting Brina go, but he’s back now. He has no intention of letting the woman he loves walk away without a fight or a night of soul-melting lovemaking to show just how right they are together.

Will a night of blistering passion be enough to convince Brina Adair’s back for good? Or will she let the past ruin her future. Either way only one thing is certain. Something old has never looked or felt so good.


Raine Fortunato tells herself that the mother of the bride should not drool over the younger, hunky, best man. Buff, blond, vagabond Scott McCoy should not be the something new she yearns for. Right?

But Scott sees his opportunity. Enticing slinky, sexy Raine to get wet and wild with him needs to happen. ASAP. The night before the wedding. So when he offers her the key to his room and she risks unlocking her craziest fantasies about him, she discovers in his arms earth-shattering climaxes and soul-searing intimacy.

Time now for Raine to decide if something new can be something more.


Zoe Fortunato was getting married to the man of her dreams. Right? Wasn’t Brad everything she’d ever wanted? Then why did she invite her old boyfriend to the wedding and daydream about threesomes she’d had in the past?

When Brad McCoy, the hunky groom, asks her why she’s so edgy the night before the wedding, she digs up the courage to tell him. She wants one last fling with Clay. And him. Both of them bringing her to orgasm every way possible. But will Clay agree to be “borrowed”?


Clay Holbrook was still recovering from his wedding-eve threesome with the bride and groom, depressed that he might never find the happiness Zoe and Brad had. But when bridesmaid Kristen Jayne sidles up to him at the bar, every hormone in his body screams to get her naked as fast as he can.

During the long hours of the night they indulge in an endless, hot, erotic adventure, each using the wild monkey sex to cloak their inner sadness. But with daylight comes reality. Can they take what they’ve found past the rumpled bed sheets and into a life together?


TURN UP THE HEAT by Desiree Holt and Allie Standifer

Kasey Jacobs spends her days as a bookkeeper for a discount furniture store and her nights writing erotic romances, still waiting to meet the man who could ring her chimes. Maybe her new neighbor, Skyler Brody… Too bad she hasn’t seen him since the day he moved in.

Then Skyler, a cop recuperating from a gunshot wound, spies Kasey pleasuring herself in front of an open window and nearly trips over his tongue rushing to introduce himself. The sex is instantaneous and hot, with all the explosiveness of fireworks.

But Kasey wants something Skyler isn’t prepared to give. Perhaps they can find a way to each other’s heart—if they don’t burn themselves out with their nightly erotic activities.


Reed Brody is head of the geek squad for the local police. At work, he’s intense and driven; after hours, he can’t help but use that same drive in his sex life. Too bad he can’t find a woman interested in a few bondage games.

Halli Wilson is a quiet coffee shop owner who also hosts sex-toy parties on the side. Too bad she can’t find a guy man enough to tie her up and take her down.

Halli only bargained for a month. Reed’s never wanted forever. Two people determined to keep it light make the biggest mistake of all by falling in love.


River Brody knows love exists, but every woman he dates seems to be lacking that special spark. Until he attends an engagement party for his brothers and sees the woman of his dreams.

Kendra Jacobs is coming out of a bad relationship. When she sees River, Kendra thinks he may just be the guy to try her new wiles on. As long as she leaves before he does.

After spending one memorable night together, River knows he’s found the one person he’s meant to spend the rest of his life with. However, convincing Kendra proves far from easy.


Kira Jacobs is sick of always being the bridesmaid, never the bride. Sick of dating hot studs who have no more depth than the water in her sink. She’s determined to find a lasting meaningful relationship with a mature, suit-wearing man. But her goofy, stay-at-home neighbor sends her all kinds of hot signals.

Grant Havers left the high finance rat race after having a heart attack at thirty-eight. He’s done with living up to everyone’s expectations but his own. It’s time to go after what he wants. What he wants most is sexy Kira. He’s convinced her to try him out in bed, but she’s determined to leave it as sex only.


WIN - Prizes will be given out throughout the day - so come on over, stay awhile and Rock It Out with Cerise and Desiree and maybe, if we're lucky, Allie will stop by!!


  1. Hey everyone! Hope you enjoy the party today and ask us lots of questions. We'll be hopping in and out all day so if you leave a question we'll her sure to get back to it.

  2. Love launch parties. The books look great and would love to check them out. Always looking for recommendations and these are great excerpts. You are a new author for me and would love to win and read one of your books. I love to read and always looking for new authors to check out. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  3. Woo Hoo - super congrats on the new print releases ladies!

    Loved the Wedding Belles series and it's so great to see it and your Heat series in print!

    Tell us all about the books and please stop in tell our readers how/where they can learn more about you guys and your other available releases.

    Hope the print releases are big sellers for you guys and can't wait to see what fun you have in store for us today!

    Have fun!

  4. Congrats on the new releases ladies.They sound awesome.I love anthologies.Adding these to the TBR list.

    I love the covers..what were your first impressions of these? Did you have any input with them?


  5. Love anthologies! These both look great.
    How do you come up with so many great stories? When the stories are connected , like in the wedding bells, do you write them together?

  6. Both of these books sound great!

    How do yo decide who is going to write which part of the story? Do you trade off on the chapters, or just the short stories? How difficult was it to blend two different authors such as yourselves?

    Be safe, ladies! Have a great day.

    Stacy Wilson

    dragn_lady at yahoo dot com

  7. Hey, ladies! Thanks for the awesome welcome!! Writing with Cerise & Desiree is always a treat and sometimes a test of sanity.

  8. Hi Desiree, Cerise, and Allie!

    I was curious and peeked at your websites. All of you seem to have such different backgrounds.

    What started you on your path to writing erotic romance?

  9. both books look great!! I love anthologies! are they being released in eBook too?

  10. I think it's because we're so different that we work so well together. Not a thing in common but.the love of a good story. Honestly, they are SO weird and I'm the only sane one ;)

  11. HELLO!!! So tickled to be here! This time of the month (???!! sounds like something else) is always a treat.

    WEDDING BELLES was a story line that "came " to the 3 of us one weekend we spent together. Sounds ominous too, eh? But that's what happens when we buy wine.
    LOTS of wine.
    And Italian food.

  12. Elaine, yes, we do get to send in suggestions for what we'd like on the cover. And we tell the designers the way the hero/heroine look and what might be the mood of the cover.
    THIS is a marvelous treat to be offered to do this!

  13. Tamara, We wrote the series synopses together one day. Desiree types. (She is a whiz.) Allie and I lounge, eat and edit each other!!!
    BUT each person did her own synopsis and wrote her story independently.
    Together, we also decided whose story went first and why in the timeline. WEDDING BELLES occurs within a 24-hour period and you can actually come to the rehearsal party, dinner, and the morning of, then the reception!
    THIS WAS FUN TO WRITE!!! i adore weddings.

    Okay, here we go!

    Can you name at least 5 different countries in which any of my books take place?

    First one wins a copy of one of my 2 menage novellas. Your choice!

  15. meanwhile....LIL! to answer your question about how we each got started: Our paths were all different.
    But we met at our local RWA chapter!
    I will let the others answer you for themselves, but for me, I began to think about writing erotica because I was paling around with DESIREE!
    One day, I said, tell me why I should try.
    She did.
    HERE I am almost 3 years later and LOVING IT!

  16. Have not read these books but will look for them on EC site. Still like print as well as ebooks. What are you currently working on?

    linze_e at hotmail.com

  17. Cerise,
    5 books are:
    Carried Away-Venice
    At Her Service-England
    Hard Drivin Man-Texas,USA
    Whenever We Meet-Guadalajara, Mexico
    Paris Expose-Paris


  18. Sounds like you all are having too much fun! Saw your link on FB's Beyond Her Book page and thought I'd drop by. They both look really hot. I love anthologies too and will definitely put these on the "To Be Acquired" list.
    juleejadams (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. Great party and great books and wonderful authors! So glad I stopped by to say Hello :) Congrats Ladies on your New Releases!


  20. Hi! Congrats on your releases! So awesome! I wish you both all the best! :)

  21. Ah hell, better late then never I say! And what a party with these studs! WHOA Ladies, I am impressed. WEDDING BELLES - what a wonderfully connected anthology of stories.

    cindersmaria AT yahoo DOT com

  22. Hi everyone! I see Cerise and Allie have answered most of the questions. All of these books are available individually in ebooks and in print as anthologies. How did I get started writing erotic romance? A friend of mine sent me the information for an Ellora's Cave call for submissions for Valentine's themed stories. My husband happened to pass my desk and read it over my shoulder and said, Why don't you try it? You can write anything. (The man did love me to distraction!!!!!). So I bought some of their books, got a feel for what they were looking for and wrote Cupid's Shaft. And it's been a great ride ever since.

  23. Contest! First person to give me the title of my 100th release wins an ebook of their choice from my backlist.

  24. Oh, and one more thing. Anyone who wants a set of my Romance Trading Cards just send me your snail mail addy to desireeholt@desireeholt.com

  25. your 100 release is downstroke!

  26. i'm baack!

    jsut wrote a long email and realized I was not signed in!



    Winner!!! ding ding!
    Which would you like: HAT TRICK OR HER THREE - WAY MERGER????

  28. I wonder how many of you like COWBOYS? Sheriffs? RAngers?
    And um, how do you like them?
    Contemporary? Historical?
    Anything special?
    I am starting a new series and am dying for a new title for it!!!!!! SUGGESTIONS ARE WELCOME!
    My editor doesn't like any I suggested so I am, as they say, SHOPPING.
    I tried

  29. Shadow, you are right. Email me at desireeholt@desireeholt.com so I can send you your book. And thanks!

  30. I "see" familiar "faces" here! HI, Leanne and Debra R and Shadow.... who else...who else....

  31. I emailed. Thank you!!

  32. LIL! You are new to our ROCK IT OUT aren't you?

  33. Hi Cerise! How was your trip? Did you have fun?

  34. Cherise,
    YAY!! I would love Her Three-Way Merger PDF

    Congrats Shadow

  35. One thing we have not told all of you is that the 3 of us had lunch together today!!!! Allie had her phone and we were therefore "plugged" in to you!
    What was the fare? Aside from great conversation and laughter?
    The biz.
    What's up next and how are we doing with that.
    Never a dull moment!

  36. Congrats on the new releases! I've read all four stories in Turn Up the Heat. They are so good. Will there be more books in that series?

  37. SHADOW, YES, we did!
    Barcelona for a whole week. Went to the Picasso museum there and on the walk over HAD to stop in the marvelous chocolate store where for nearly $5.00 a piece you could eat a huge disk (approx. 5 oz. ) of the most DIVINE choc. you can imagine. Then too we went to the monastery and church school atop Mount Serrat. The church is more than 1000 years old and the monks grow their own food, run a publishing biz AND make their own candy!!! THIS IS how they support themselves and the school. Of course, we had to have a bag of their candies. yum. Did we gain wt? no. You walk your tail off, so no.
    WHAT ELSE? hmm. Do you like anchovies? Clams? FRESH lobster!!! omg omg! you can tell i like to eat.


    You are new to us here at ROCK IT OUT! Yes?

  39. Elaine, do you also do reviews of books????

  40. lol glad you had fun! its sounds awesome! youre one lucky ducky! ;) the candy sounds so yummy! cant say that i like anchovies, clams or lobster. yuck! sounds like a wonderful trip! will you be posting pictures? id love to see the museum, monastery and church school atop mount serrat.

  41. Cerise, after reading Regina's Lawman, a cowboy sheriff who happens to be an Alpha shifter just GETS me! Or just a sheriff/ranger who is as alpha as he can be. :p I have no preference for setting. Have read contemporary, historical, time travel and flat out sci fi. Love them all!

    As for a title..... Hmm... Garrick's Misfortune. Everything else sounds way too corny in my mind! LOL!

    Stacy Wilson

    dragn_lady at yahoo dot com

  42. Yep! Will post pix! On my blog. I put one up the other day on Goddessesofstorytelling blogspot of a HAM stall in the Boqueria (the market) in central Barcelona! HAM is a delicacy, aged forever and so succulent. Not like our fatty baked things here.
    I have gazoodles of Pix.
    some...not so good but I was in Pr and Communications for decades and my first boss handed me a camera and said now remember the best and least expensive thing you can do is take every shot that appeals to you at the moment. so I do!!!
    sometimes of feet, passing blurry faces, you get me.

  43. Cerise,
    No I don't review books.Just love to read them :)

  44. i cant wait to check the pictures out. it would be hard not to take pictures, even blurry people. lol id be hitting the botton constantly taking pics. ;) the place sounds beautiful!

  45. Alpha Cowboy. Gotcha, Dragon Momma.
    any time. any place.
    works for me.
    Reg writes great TX men!
    Shifter or not.
    Garrick's Misfortune....is that a book you esp liked?

  46. OH, GOOD for you, ELAINE!! WE are all in same boat here!

  47. Yes, there are 2 more books to come in turn Up the Heat. PLus Allie and I are plotting a wickedly funny romance and Cerise and I will shortly be plotting the fourth book n our Nemesis series.

  48. Okay, a little extra self-promo here. My latest release from Ellora's Cave was reviewed by USA Today. Here's the link of you want to check it out.

  49. Barcelona was great fun. I would go back and stay longer. Poeple are wonderful and the prices, not as steep as in France! We went to Sorrento and Portofino too where the price of everything is OUT OF THIS WORLD.
    Our cab driver in Portofino was a civil engineer, age 35 and married with one child. He cannot get a job in his profession bec. of economic downturn--and so he drives a cab! Great fellow and spoke superb English.

  50. Desiree and Cerise do you have twitter accounts and facebook?

  51. aww. the poor guy. that sucks to work hard for a career and not be able to do it. did alot of people speak english? its great that things arent as expensive in barcelona. sounds so awesome there. ;)

  52. Yes. My FB account it www.facebook.com/desireeholt and my twitter is @desireeholt. Come and join me!

  53. Awesome Desiree..added both
    I'm guessing you didn't get my email the other day? lol
    I'd like the trading cards but the emails just won't go through.

  54. The anthologies look great. How do get the ideas. Do you approach a publisher or does the publisher approach you?

  55. Apparently not (emails). Can you post your email here and I'll email you?

  56. Our ideas come from a lot of things. Sometimes we get together and just throw ideas out until we find one we like. We think about places we've been, things we've done, people we've met and play the What If game. You;d be surprised what our evil minds can come up with!

  57. Thanks Desiree

  58. the what if game sounds fun! you know, you ladies should tape one of your get togethers, this way we can listen. id love to know how your minds work and the ideas you ladies come up with. the conversation sounds like it would be fun and entertaining. ;)

  59. Pooh! I have missed most of the party! The new books look great! I love short stories. I love to read a short story before bed. Maybe I'll catch the next party.

  60. I have a feeling due to the time difference, this party has ended. Alas!

  61. Should the stories in Wedding Belles be read before the ones in Turn Up the Heat?


  62. Tape? Oh, no! What happens in our gatherings stays in our gatherings! LOL!

    And Wedding Belles are totally separate stories from Turn Up the Heat.

    I'll be back in a little while with another contest

  63. aww dang! lol i would love to have hear it. hehe

  64. Umm, if you have the money I have the tapes & pictures from all of our get togethers :) Just ask me on FB...LMAO

  65. Allie,
    That is so mean and so funny!
    Jen B.

  66. One last contest, ladies. I'll be back in 30 to check answers.

    What is the title of the first book in my Phoenix Agency series? Winner gets their choice of a book in that series.

  67. crap, im short on money. lol can i put those on hold or will you take an iou allie? lol

  68. Jungle Inferno...darn, I wasn't quick enough!

  69. Well,shadow, since you already won a book tonight how about letting Jen have this one? And you know this isn't the last contest I'll ever hold!!!!

    Jen, post your email addy and I'll send along your book.

    And thanks to everyone for coming to the party.

  70. lol no problem. i just like the games, there fun. ;) thank you for downstroke.

  71. Thanks for another great party Desiree,Cerise and Allie

  72. Desiree,
    Thank you so much! I am so excited! For some reason, I can't access your site to look at the Phoenix Agency books. I will check in the morning and send you an email. Sometimes technology is so frustrating! My address is below.
    Jen B.

    Thank you! I look forward to reading Downstroke some day. But right now I guess I will have to read a Phoenix Agency novel. Have a wonderful day!
    Jen B.

  73. I think these two series/books are pretty much the only thing I still have to read by Holt. At least now I can get them all in one place. YAY!!!

    Thanks for sharing the great news.


  74. Toni, I love readers and fans like you. Hugs***

  75. Cerise, that was just a title that popped into my head. Alpha cowboy that has little things happen that are "misfortunes" until SHE happens along. :p

    I have to agree about Reg with her Texas cowboys. I have loved each and every one she has written! At least, the ones I have anyway. :p

  76. Cerise and all,

    I popped back in after a longish day at work. Yes, this is the first time I have been to your shindig. Looks like fun and it was great to read a bit about each of you and travel...and food. Indulgence is such a lovely thing.

  77. Finally dragging in to say hi to Desiree and Cerise and Allie! Sorry to have missed your party! Happy releases--I LOVE having new stories from you all to read!! Woot! (Now I just need some time to READ!!)