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Two wounded souls discover each other on a romantic getaway…until an imminent terrorist attack turns their world upside down.

Marc Blanchard’s short, ill-fated marriage and the death of Nikki Alvarez’s fiancé sent them both to very dark places, causing them to close their hearts to future love of any kind, the risk of devastation more than they were willing to face.

But Fate likes to play tricks on people, like bringing these two badly wounded souls together at their most vulnerable and showing them the possibility of a future.

A romantic getaway is supposed to help them find the answers…until they stumble onto a plot of a major terrorist attack. Before they can contemplate a future together, they have to save their own lives—and those of several thousand others.

Desiree Holt is a USA Today bestseller and multi-award winning author, and she took some time to speak with The Big Thrill about her latest Strike Force novel, ADVANCE TO THE REAR:

What attracts you to this book’s genre?

The tension of a suspense/thriller plot. Before I was a writer I binged on authors from Ellery Queen and Mary Roberts Rinehart to Vince Flynn and Tom Clancy.

Was there anything new you discovered, or that surprised you, as you wrote this book?

Yes. I learned there is an agency —the Agency for State and Local Law Enforcement—that is part of DHS and was created specifically for situations like this.

Which took shape first: plot, character, or setting?

The characters, always. My books are character driven, and once I have that, the plot just comes together.


USA Today bestselling author Desiree Holt is a winner of the EPIC E-Book Award, the Holt Medallion and a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice nominee. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times and numerous other national and international publications.

To learn more about Desiree and her work, please visit her website.




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