With: Desiree Holt
The Tumult and The Shouting
With homage to the dean of sportswriters, the late Grantland Rice
Football is an interesting game. Some people think of it as too violent. Others say it reminds them of the gladiators in Rome. Still others say the spirit of competition is so infectious that after one game they were hooked, seduced by the glamour and color, the marching bands and cheerleaders, the young warriors out there doing battle.
When I first became desperately hooked on football, my late husband (the hero of all my stories) bought me a number of books. I am, after all, a voracious reader. I have more than two thousand nooks on my iPad, not to mention bookshelves full of print editions. Some of them were technical, some were novels, some were just nice collections of anecdotes about the game. But the power of the word is seductive, and as I sat down to plot my football series some of them called up images in my brain.
“Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horseman rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as Famine, Pestilence, Destruction and Death. These are only aliase3s. Their real names are Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Leyden. They formed the crest of the South ben cyclone known as the fighting Irish of Notre Dame.” (Grantland Rice)
I’ve never forgotten that article. When I began to write about the Coyotes of Granite Falls High school in Texas, that image sat in my mind. I could see those young men silhouetted against a dark October sky, ready to do battle. That’s the team I wanted to write about, not then but now, fifteen years later, when for some of them the gory was behind them. Maybe even a little tarnished. What did they do with their lives? How did they go on after fame and glory?
“How will the newborn marchers fare?
Who knows? Amid world beating hearts
The Tumult and The Shouting starts.”
What happened to the gloried and glorified young men when the tumult and the shouting was over? When they no longer played, either by design or circumstance? How did they settle their lives? Go on without that adulation? What about those who dragged a playboy image around behind them? How did they handle that? What did they make of their lives?
That was the basis for the series, Game On. It’s fifteen years after that last state championship and what have they done with their lives? I wanted to get into their heads, and the minds of those around them. And show people that there is a lot more to these guys than three hours on the field once a week. Or the arty animals so many tried to make them out as.
In Book #1, Forward Pass, meet Joe Reilly, knocked out of the game with a knee injury. The man with the golden hands. Where is he now?
Get Ready to Play Rough
Shay Beckham grew up idolizing her brother’s best friend, star quarterback Joe Reilly. There was no one in their Texas town who had the moves to match Joe on or off the field. Years later, he’s still a player who has what it takes to drive any hot-blooded woman wild. But Shay isn’t a kid with a bad case of hero-worship anymore. She’s grown-up and independent, with her feet on the ground and a serious head on her shoulders. If she could just say the same for Joe.
It’s been fifteen years, but Joe Reilly hasn’t forgotten the skinny little kid who used to follow him around like a shadow. What he can’t get over is that the skinny shadow has grown into one hell of an incredible woman. One any man in his right mind would kill to get his hands on. And one who seems to be completely immune to him. He knows he and Shay could have something special together. If he could only convince her he’s about more than just the game.
Known the world over as The Oldest Living Erotica Author, Desiree Holt proves every day that she is more than the sum of her years and more than the grandmother who plays with Barbie and Ken dolls: She is The Hardest Working Erotica Author, producing one novel or more each month and receiving rave reviews.
She is a winner of the EPIC E-Book Award, a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award for best BDSM book of the year, winner of the Holt Medallion, multiple winner of the Whipped Cream Book of the Week Award and is published by five different houses. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The London Daily Mail and numerous other national and international publications.
“Get out the ice water and fan…Desiree Holt delivers smoking hot alpha heroes and red hot romances.” Lea Franczak, USA Today Happy Ever After blog
Learn more about her and read her novels here: