Walking Naked in a Clothed World

As an author: Some days I feel naked.

writing nakedI think this is something most writers face. We pour our heart into a book and then throw our heart out among the masses. I always thought it would grow easier the more I wrote but I’ve found it actually gets harder.

The day of a new release is D-Day in my house. I can’t sit still, I eat too much chocolate, and I want to guzzle wine by the barrel. I’m not alone. Many authors react this way on release day. I know this because I asked a large group of successful writers. It amazed me that so many behaved as I do. A few were actually worse. Not one of them made me feel badly for having release day anxiety.

One author actually mentioned that she suffers from post-book-release-depression (PBRD). This was a new one for me but two-weeks after the release of HEAT, I feel it coming on. Did I mention that I’m also empathetic? Or you could insert the word “hypochondriac” if you’re bundled up in your warm clothes while I’m standing here naked. Just please don’t tell me you have a headache or a slow steady throb will descend.

While I’m pulling on a pair of socks, tell me what causes your heart to beat double time, your “I’ll kill if I don’t eat chocolate” to spike, or full out sweaty armpit panic. I shared my fear, so please share yours.

If you want me to put my clothes on before I head out to a crowded public location, please consider leaving a review for HEAT. Or just a star rating on Goodreads. Click here  for the Goodreads link. To put on clothes, I need some love (hmm, maybe I have that backwards).

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Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0165WFX2Q
Amazon CA – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0165WFX2Q
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0165WFX2Q
iBooks – http://tinyurl.com/gmczv4u
Nook – http://tinyurl.com/goeec5g
kobo – http://tinyurl.com/hbk7hja

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Keeping it Quiet

The reviews are coming in…

Heat Sizzle Burn promo2It’s funny how reviews are an author’s life-blood but they can be a double-edged sword. There are always going to be haters and those are actually quite easy to forget about. In the words/lyrics of Taylor Swift, “Shake it off, shake it off,” and I do.

I’ve received quite a few 5-star reviews for HEAT and I couldn’t be happier. I am noticing a pattern, though. Many are mentioning that they don’t like what happens with the heroin at the end of the book. I totally understand. I actually don’t want a formulaic ending that people see from the start of the book. In this series, I want you to be disturbed.

When I begin developing a series in my head, I know where it’s going if not all the intricate parts that get it there. My characters talk to me and things change. I’ve learned to stop fighting the voices and just write what they tell me.

In the Dragon Series (writing as D’Elen McClain) this worked so well. And, like the Dragon series, people were unsure of why I did what I did until they read the last chapter of book 4. The Hotter than Hell Series (HEAT, SIZZLE, BURN) is similar.

Each book is a complete story with an HEA. It’s also a story within a story and you learn a little more about the past characters in each book–the reasons I sculpt each one as I do.

My avid readers know this and their reviews have been more than generous. They trust me to lead them from the dark and make them smile at the very end (usually with a few tears along the way). My new readers aren’t so sure and that’s okay because it’s much sweeter when the light finally clicks and they “get me.”

SIZZLE is on schedule for an April release. I’m not sure about BURN, though it’s planned for 2016. Until then, I’ll be seeing you on the dark side!

Holly/D’Elen

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Here are the buy links if you haven’t read HEAT. I promise it’s Hotter Than Hell:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0165WFX2Q
Amazon Canada – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0165WFX2Q
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0165WFX2Q
iBooks – http://tinyurl.com/gmczv4u
Nook – http://tinyurl.com/goeec5g
Kobo – http://tinyurl.com/hbk7hja

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Release Day and it’s Hotter Than Hell

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Team Moon

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She’s an ex-cop and he’s the head of a crime syndicate. Heat turns to sizzle and hearts combust when they find themselves wanting more than a few hot nights between cool sheets.

After a shoulder injury ends her respectable career as a police officer, Mak also known as Madison Abigail Kinlock turns to the seedy world of private investigations by default. Now her job consists of cheating douchebags and baby daddies dodging child support. Things can’t get much worse.

Moon controls Arizona’s largest crime syndicate. His bronze skin and blue eyes leave a girl breathless even when that girl knows he’s bad news. Moon doesn’t give a flying fig what Mak thinks; he wants her—ex-cop, bad attitude, and all.

How does she resist the dark side when her body craves Moon’s searing touch? Things only get hotter in Phoenix when Mak finds herself in a deadly situation and must turn to Moon for help.

He’ll help but there’s a price.

Available Now:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0165WFX2Q
Amazon CA – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0165WFX2Q
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0165WFX2Q
iBooks – http://tinyurl.com/gmczv4u
Nook – http://tinyurl.com/goeec5g
Kobo – http://tinyurl.com/hbk7hja


 

Here’s a great interview about Heat brought to you by Fiona and Authors Interviews:  https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/here-is-my-interview-holly-s-roberts/

 

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Team Gomez

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I’m hard at work on book 2, SIZZLE. I’m hoping for a spring release. I don’t want to give too much away but Gomez is as bad and yummy as they come. It will take a special woman to find the good in him and I have just the woman to do it.

Here’s the blurb:

The Arizona Desert sizzles and it’s hotter than hell.

Alex Gomez is the enforcer for the largest crime syndicate in Arizona and makes no excuses. His hands are covered in blood and the lines between right and wrong blurred.

Celina Thomas has a deadly secret. Only money can fix her problem and she needs a lot of it, quickly. She’s gifted with a body and face that men are willing to pay for. She makes the decision to enter the world of high class escorts but her heart cries at the injustice.

One night with Alex and Celina’s plan turns upside down.

One night with Celina and Alex’s heart of ice begins to melt.

Celina’s secret could kill them both. Can she trust Alex and place her life in his hands? Can Alex let her escape regardless of the consequences?

Passion ignites as Alex and Celina sizzle with burning need while death lurks on the sweltering Phoenix horizon.

Pre-order now available at select locations:

iBooks – http://tinyurl.com/ibsizzle
Kobo – http://tinyurl.com/kobosizzle


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Another Year Without a Cat

A cats best friend

A cats best friend

I love animals but I don’t own a cat. As an author, people find this rather strange.

I remember my first cat. My mother gave me Kitsy Kitsy when I was around nine-years-old. She only lived for a few weeks due to some kind of feline disease. I still remember where she died and sitting next to her and crying as she breathed her last.

Next came Katy. She loved me and brought be wonderful gifts. Dead mice and birds were her favorite. She lay them next to my head while I slept. I woke up many mornings with Katy’s presents staring at me with cold dead eyes.

Next was Casper. She was actually my daughter’s cat but she loved me so much she made my life a living hell when I displeased her. I had allergies something fierce. The tissue box was my best friend in the spring. If I did something that irked Casper such as delaying her meal time, not cleaning the litter box to her specifications, or God forbid adding another pet to our household; she peed in the tissue box. There was nothing lovelier than having a sneeze attack, taking out a tissue and blowing my nose with it. I kid you not. This a true story.

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The CHAIR scene!

So, in 2016, I’ve decided to dedicate each Monday of the year on my Facebook Author Page, to the 52 reasons why this author doesn’t own a cat. Please see the humor in these posts. I don’t need cat loving hate mail. Great cat pics I will gladly accept.

You need to “like” my D’Elen McClain author page to see them. The posts start Monday January 4, 2016

For my Holly S. Roberts page, I’m using the theme Bad Boy Tuesdays and featuring athletes that make our hearts go pitter patter. So, if you want a Tuesday pick-me-up, “like” my Holly author page too.

Happy New Year!

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Fangtastic: Esha’s Story

DM-Fchron-Elisha's-Story-432x648Drum roll… Esha’s Story is now available.

These two characters may be my favorite fanged duo. It also helps that that the book has a fantastic cover designed by Fantasia Frog Designs. Fantasia has performed her artistic magic on all my Fang Chronicles and Dragon covers. As you can see, she’s awesome.

Sooo, Esha’s Story

You met Rondy in Ivan’s book and now he’s all grown up. Well, as much as a young vampire can be. He hangs onto his Goth ways and doesn’t take immortal life too seriously. Or, at least that’s what he wants his friends to believe. It was so much fun to uncover Rondy’s snarky exterior and allow him a few surprises.

Now, enter a female tiger shifter with a set of problems that seemingly can’t be overcome. The first being if Rondy doesn’t kill her, she’ll go wild and possibly consume more humans than her ancestor, the Champawat Tiger. Go ahead and click here for the 411 on the Chapawat Tiger. You’ll have goosebumps.

Esha’s Story is packed with adventure, love, heartache, violence, and redemption as well as some old fanged friends.

Esha can be read as a standalone novel and is 99 cents for a limited time.

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Just In Time For Cold Winter Nights: Hotter Than Hell…Heat

Releases 1/18/2016

Releases Jan. 2016

I’m working on the yummy parts of the first book in my new Hotter Than Hell series: “Heat” Here’s a sneak peek…

I once asked my mother what first attracted her to my father. She said it was his eyes—the kindness in his eyes. To understand Moon’s eyes you need to see the complete package.

His mind is sharp; he easily reads people. He reads me like he sees inside my mind and plucks out my thoughts.

His skin is smoke; it’s the only way to describe it now that I’ve had some time to look at him. If I knew nothing about him and saw him on the street, I would think Hawaiian or Samoan.

He’s exotic and his eyes grab you. Blue eyes have never been my thing. And the word “kind” can’t be used in conjunction with Moon’s eyes. They’re intense—treacherous—deadly. Then sometimes, when he looks at me, they go steamy hot. The kind of hot that says I want to lick you from the bottom to the top and then eat you slowly. So slowly, you won’t stop screaming until you’re completely undone.

I’m an ex-cop and will always have a cop’s heart.

Moon’s a criminal and controls a criminal empire. I want him and it’s playing havoc with my soul.

Pre-order now!

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/heat/id1046461016?mt=11
Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/zqjos7b
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0165WFX2Q

 

 

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99 Cents Never Looked So Good

Hot Seduction: Six Sizzling Tales: A New Adult Bundle

Hot SeductionAvailable for 99 cents for a limited time only! My hot Rugby book “Kick” is in this collection but all the books are full-length novels from wonderful authors and well worth the 99 cents even if you’ve already read Kick. And don’t forget, “Ruck” the sequel to Kick is coming out soon. Van, the bad boy brother meets his match.

 

 

 

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014RQX8GU
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B014RQX8GU

 

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When Fictional Events Come True

I love writing, imagining story-lines, and taking readers on a mini vacation. Some of the events in my books are based off life experiences and some are 100% imagination. I’m always quite proud of the made up stuff but sometimes I wonder if readers will call me on it and say, “Not gonna happen, too unreal.”

In my book “Kick” (a hot and delicious rugby book) I have a scene where my heroine enters a tavern and asks what types of red wine they have available. The waitress laughs and tells her they have one bottle of red. My heroine asks for a glass and it’s the nastiest wine she’s ever had.

Haha, right?

Last week, my husband and I took a day trip to visit some small mountain communities we’ve wanted to check out for some time. We had lunch at a steakhouse and enjoyed excellent food. An hour after we left, we were in another small town nearby and saw an old western bar with about fifteen cars in the parking lot. They were kicking butt for a Wednesday afternoon.

We decided to check the place out. It was awesome and had a large wooden bar that had exactly two side by side stools available. The place was dark but had lots of character. They had some great signs on the walls and I found myself laughing as I read most of them.

My husband ordered a beer and I ask what type of red wine they had available. All talk in the bar ceased. Every eye turned my way. The bartender walked over to the cash register and grabbed one bottle of wine sitting almost behind the register, wiped the dust off and placed it in front of me.

“This is all the wine we got. You wanna glass?” he asked.

I recognized the brand, I’d passed it in the grocery store plenty of times. It costs about $3.99 a bottle. With everyone watching me, I had to wo-man up.

“Sure,” I said.

The bar tender proceeded to fill my glass to the brim.

“Um, thank you, that’s more wine than I usually get.” (sarcastic understatement)

He nods, turns his back and the guy beside my husband leans in and says, “This ain’t no fancy steakhouse.”

I drank every drop, forced myself not to vomit, and tripped as I walk out the door because I had a glass of wine at lunch and the four additional glasses (combined into one) took me over my limit.

My husband laughed the entire way home. He also said I was the sexiest woman in the joint. Even being the only woman, I took this as a compliment.

If you remember this happening in “Kick” I’m excited to announce the sequel which is about bad boy Van Stelson. So many of you hated him and I had a great time giving him a woman who can out-drink him. “Ruck” will be available November 17th as part of the Mischief Under the Mistletoe Anthology. It’s available in the collection for only a limited time at 99 cents so you want to order your copy soon.

Pre-order now

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mischief-under-the-mistletoe-kristin-miller/1122559499?ean=2940152232103

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/mischief-under-the-mistletoe/id1032562884?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/mischief-under-the-mistletoe

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0147H31BG

 

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Celebrating Silver

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It’s Tahr, my silver dragon’s turn to find happiness. And of course it doesn’t come without him growing up and changing his perspective. It seems like I’ve been waiting so long to tell his story. I also hope I answer many of the questions readers have had about my world building.

Just a little secret… I take you on a quick trip back to Bastian, Laryn, Sarn and Tahr’s youth and also relive the day the curse began. The story has been in my head and it was so nice to have it come alive.

I’m going to miss these characters so much. Eventually I’ll need to drop in and see how they’re doing and I promise to share the experience with you.

I humbly ask my readers to leave a review where you purchased the book. It’s the nicest thing besides buying my work that you can do for me. Thank you and enjoy Tahr and his adventure as he discovers his mate in his own back yard.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Z2QH7H6
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00Z2QH7H6
iBooks: http://tinyurl.com/qxt58hc
Nook: http://tinyurl.com/nck4lju

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Dragons, Cops, and USA Today

It’s Release Day for Dragons!

DM-DragonsdForgive-750x1125Finally, Dragons Don’t Forgive is available. You will need to forgive me for this emotional story. Early feedback has been wonderful but everyone says they cried. I cried while writing so I guess we’re even. I’m working on book 4 and hoping to have it out in the next few months.

Here’s a friend’s message to me about Dragons Don’t Forgive

“I am nearing the end of the book and I am bawling!!! I’m in such a conundrum. I need to turn the page to find out what happens but I’m so scared of being heartbroken if what might happen happens…”

Buy Links: Amazon * Amazon UKNook * iTunes * KOBO * Smashwords

 It’s Release Day for “The Forever Team”

The Forever Team1Now don’t panic if you’re scratching your head. The Forever Team written as Suzie Ivy came out in the 10-Code Anthology back in January. I took the story and cleaned it up (language, sexual innuendo, i.e. typical cop stuff) to make it appropriate for age 10+ readers. It’s a short story about a female police detective who doesn’t get along with her fellow officers. She’s teamed up with a very special K9 because the dog can’t write complaints about her. I simply love this story and it’s the first of my books my grandchildren can read. It’s available for 99 cents as an ebook and $5.99 in paperback.

Buy Links: Amazon Kindle Edition * Paperback Edition

 

Romancing the Paranormal made the USA Today Best-Sellers List!

RtP came it at #49 which means it also made the print edition of U.S.A. Today. Because I live in a small town, I haven’t found a copy but I’m hopeful. It’s pretty cool seeing D’Elen McClain on the list and I made it last August as Holly S. Roberts. What a wild ride and it wouldn’t have happened without readers. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I also owe a huge thank you to the authors involved in this project. You are amazing women and I’m proud to be a part of this collection with you!

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