Cuffed & Claimed contains Book 4 of the Hotter Than Hell Series.
STREET JUSTICE gives a new twist in the series with a sexy cop and his wacky next door neighbor. There’s a secret in the story and by the time it unravels you’ll know the connection to the criminal empire from books 1,2, and 3. I promise a wild ride with laughs and steamy sex. There are ten stories in the box set from ten amazing authors for 99 CENTS. All author proceeds go to the families of officers lost in the line of duty! As a retired police officer this is near and dear to my heart. Pre-order now. This set is only available for a limited time! Releases Oct. 4, 2016.
Years ago, while watching Sons of Anarchy, I asked myself why I enjoyedÂ the show. Violence, horrible bad guys that you cheer for, crooked cops and on and on. SOA wasÂ like a bloody train wreck that I couldn’t look away from. My husband and I would discuss the ins and outs of the plot, the characters we loved and those we hated. Bottom lineâ€”Sons made usÂ ponder.
The idea for HEAT was born around the time Sons of Anarchy went off the air. And, who better to write about bad guys you love and cops you hate than a retired police detective. The Hotter Than Hell series isÂ not fan fiction. There are no correlations and the romance is the seed factor of all three books. They take place in the hot summer months in Arizona.
HEAT – You have Moon, the head of Arizona’s largest crime syndicate, then SIZZLE – Gomez, Moon’sÂ enforcerÂ and BURN – the newest bad guy, Dax, the president of a skinhead motorcycle gang who’s trying to turn things around.
I knew when writing these stories that not everyone would be able to accept bad men as the good guys. I want these books to make you ponder.
Hereâ€™s an awesome review on BURN that I nabbed from Amazon. This reader feels me and she has an amazing way with words.
“This was the first Holly Roberts Book I’ve read and I wasn’t sure what to expect. All I was told in advance was that it “sizzled” — appropos for a book called “Burn,” I guess. I was taken aback by the first chapter, which had a tragedy and a murder. NOT my usual romance book! But after taking a day to digest it, I read on. And read on. And read on. Finished the whole thing in about a day and a half, which surprised me.
Dax and Sofia are not your warm, cuddly, sympathetic characters. In his first chapter, Dax commits a murder. In her first chapter (the book is done via alternating voices), Sofia declares her intention to commit murder. Okay, then! So much for characters I can identify with. But as the story goes on, you understand just why these two hardened characters turned out the way they did, and the reader discovers, as they do, that there’s more to life than they have given it credit for.
It’s not a pretty book — the violence and the sex are graphic, and angels don’t sing and unicorns don’t appear when Dax and Sofia hook up. But my source was right. They DO sizzle.
This was good as as standalone book, even though it’s the third in the series. I liked it well enough and am intrigued enough by characters who played bit parts in this book to go back and buy the first two.” ~ T. Lorenz
If you think you can handle these very bad men, I think you’ll love this series!
I 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).
Amazon CA – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0165WFX2Q
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0165WFX2Q
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It’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!
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Here are the buy links if you haven’t read HEAT. I promise it’s Hotter Than Hell:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.