Friday, October 24, 2014

Desiree Holt's here to make your Halloween wild and wicked!

Cate: Woot! Desiree Holt's here to add some spice to our Halloween celebration. Desiree, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Desiree: I’ve ben published since 2006 and I have to say, writing is my passion. I did a lot of different things before I became an author, everything from higher education to the music business. I enjoyed them all and they provide background for many of my books. My children are all grown and on their own and in different ways participate in my career so it’s kind of a family activity (although they don’t read what I write! Wink) I live in Texas, love it, and most of my books are set here.

Cate: What do you love most about Halloween?

Desiree: I think all the legends and stories that are built around it. Everything from ghosts to goblins to vampires to shifters and stuff in between. I’m a big paranormal fan so of course Halloween is one of my favorite days.

Cate: Do you have a favorite memory of a Halloween past?

Desiree: Before we moved to Texas my late husband and I lived in Florida and we always decorated for Halloween. He loved holidays. Anyway he created a big stuffed dummy that looked like a corpse and put it on our front lawn in a rocking chair. We had a little portable stereo that we set up and whenever kids came up the driveway he would play spooky music and pull the strings so the dummy sat up. It was hysterical.

Cate: What frightens you the most?

Desiree: The specter of death, although I write about it a lot. Go figure.

Cate: Ever gone on a ghost tour? Or ghost hunting on your own?

Desiree: Went on a ghost tour in downtown San Antonio. The Menger Hotel, where five other authors and I hold our Wild Wicked Weekend every February is haunted and sometimes you can see a piece of furniture move. One person said she saw the floor moving gin a wave and we even had people tell us someone touched them in a room when they were alone. On the ghost tour I got to see a lot of those spots.

Cate: Oh, I so want to go to the Wild Wicked Weekend! I'm going to start saving. :) Any favorite Halloween recipes you’d care to share?

Desiree: Iced pumpkin cookies, hands down. I give them to my neighbors  now that I live alone or I’d eat all three dozen myself!

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups confectioners' sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.

To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.

Cate: Yum! I'll have to try these out on the grandboys. Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.

Desiree: Eyes of the Wolf is just out and part of the Red Hot Teats collective. Link to follow

Cate: Care to share a blurb or excerpt?

Desiree: Absolutely. Meet your neighborhood shifter.

When Jamie Dalton moved into the mouse her grandparents left her she was just looking to reconnect with her past and settle in familiar surroundings. Digging through the attic for treasures, she found a nearly life-sized statue of a wolf and a very old, very strange book, Legends of the Werewolf. Each night after returning home from her job as the town's head librarian, she curled up in a big chair with her little black cat, Mischief, fascinated by what she read. She was shocked when her new neighbor, Mike Volka, introduced himself and the eyes watching her looked just like the wolf in the book.

 Mike Volka's ancestors once owned Jamie's house and the book that is his heritage as a wolf shifter, the one that will guide his future, is hidden somewhere inside. He sure didn't expect the intense sexual heat the erupted between them. When he sneaks into her house and sees her asleep in the big chair, the book open on her lap, the temptation to have her is too great for him. Using the hypnotic power of the shifter, he draws her into his web and they have sex so hot it nearly burns down the house.

But can a union born in stealth survive? Is she the human mate his family had told him might be waiting for him? Will Jamie succumb to his hot alpha impact and can she believe what others dismiss as a fanciful legend? On Halloween night it will come to an explosive conclusion but will the heat consume them or bind them closer together.

Cate: Also very yummy! :) What inspired you to write about the theme?

Desiree: I love shifter stories. I’ve done some cats but wolves are my favorites. The legend of the Chupacabra is very big in Texas and my daughter suggested I build a series about the hunt for it, which I did. And of course, most of the Night Seekers are … wolf shifters. I think the wolf is such a noble, romantic animal I love to write about it.

Cate: Anything else you’d like to share?

Desiree: I hope everyone will follow me on FB and Twitter where you camn get all the news ofmy latest releases and activities and ask me any questions you’d like t. I love “chatting” with readers.

Cate: You lucky peeps! Desiree has a fantastic giveaway!

Desiree: Yes. One lucky person will win all four copies of NIGHT SEEKERS. I’ll choose from comments about Halloween.

Cate: Thanks so much for partying with us, Desiree! Happy Halloween!

1 comment:

Anne said...

Congrats on the new release and thanks for the recipe. With the pumpkin puree it sounds like a more healthy (well, as healthy as cookies get) alternative to a spice cookie.

Just went to put Eyes of the Wolf on my Amazon wishlist and see it's only .99 with a five star review. I may not wait for Christmas (when I buy most of my books).