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Monday, July 27, 2015

Treasure at Leap Castle and Hats Off Corner Welcomes Desiree Holt

There's Treasure Someplace. I just know it.


Where to Dig?

According to legend, in the 1600s the ownership of Leap Castle passed on to the Darby family. Actually an O'Carroll daughter fell in love with a Darby and married him. That's a huge change in the family pattern, isn't it? Love. Marriage. Not hate and murder.

Anyway, during the English Civil War, one of the Darby's buried a considerable treasure somewhere on the grounds. Can you guess what happened to the two servants who helped him? Yep. Two more ghosts--probably grumpy ones--joined the cast of many others. 

The story is that no one has found the treasure yet. 

Next week: the story of the Elemental Spirit of Leap Castle. Brrrrr!


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Now let's switch gears. From mysterious murder and treasure/MailChimp details, let's go to an author who spices up our reading lives. 

Hats Off Corner Welcomes Desiree Holt

AMAZON, KENSINGTON, KOBO, iTUNES, B&N

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 twice a finalist for an 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:
www.facebook.com/desireeholt
Twitter @desireeholt
Pinterest: desiree02holt
Google: www.desiree02holt

LinkedIn: www.LinkedIn.com/desiree01holt 

Quote for the Week: "Pleasure is more in contemplation than in realization." Malcolm Forbes

What do you think of these Leap Castle stories? Wonder what it's like being the oldest living erotica author? And does this quote "flesh out" today's post? If you haven't signed up for my mailing list, hope you will. Next month's drawing is coming up, and if you're on my list, you'll have a chance at winning. Happy Monday.

64 comments:

  1. That castle has such interesting legends. Just signed up for your newsletter. Thought I had, but I guess not. Congrats to Desiree on her book!

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    1. I'm never sure what I've signed up for anymore! Thanks, Natalie.

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  2. Sex at every age I say.
    Surprised they haven't dug up every square inch around the castle looking for that treasure.

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    1. I wonder if the new owner isn't doing a bit of digging. I would.

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  3. I believe I signed up for your newsletter. I'll check.

    Sex is like a fine wine, gets better with age...

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    1. Great, Cathrina. . .on both issues! :-)

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  4. I once lived in Ireland so this brought back memories, wonderful stories about the castle and a pleasure to read.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Ireland's a beautiful place to live.

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  5. So many reasons for the ghosts to linger about and seek some revenge. I bet many people have searched for that treasure.
    Susan Says

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    1. I'm sure there are holes everywhere.

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  6. Leap Castle seems like some serious fodder for a historical speculative fiction series.

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  7. A book a month!? Amazing. Perhaps Leap Castle could be incorporated into one of Holt's steamy novels.

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  8. Let's go on a treasure hunt! ;) I can impact Leap Castle as a setting in a nice paranormal romance. :)

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  9. well, who wouldn't make a spicy pass on those pecs?

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  10. I'd be busy looking for that buried treasure.

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  11. Just how many ghosts are there going to be by the time you finish telling us about this place? o.O

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  12. Maybe the ghosts are guarding the treasure...
    A book a month is super impressive! I can't even write a book a year.

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  13. Wow, that castle history just unfolds more and more creepy tales, doesn't it!

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    1. I don't think I've scratched the surface yet.

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  14. Ooh definitely a creepy castle! I do like these type of stories. :)

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  15. It sounds like someone needs to ask some of the ghosts for help on locating that treasure. Congrats to Desiree! Oh my! I remember when she was featured on CBS Sunday Morning too. That's so cool.

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    1. Good idea. Let's channel a few ghosts.

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  16. Stories about buried treasures are always exciting. And on castle grounds with ghosts around makes it even more spooky. Love ghost stories.

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    1. Yes. You do. I think I recall some you've written.

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  17. I love these stories about the castle. I wonder if they'd let me on the grounds with a metal detector! Congrats to Desiree!

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    1. You might sneak one in. Getting out is the issue.

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  18. Love all these legends and I would be renting some of those high tech gadgets to search for that loot!

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    1. You and Christine! Let me know when you do that.

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  19. Castles. Legends. Ghosts. They offer no end to opportunities for a story of many genres. Add in high tech stuff, and you have the makings of a mighty fine story.

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    1. I'll have to consult with you on the high tech aspect. The rest I can work around.

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  20. Hi Lee - buried treasure sounds an interesting hunting ground .. poor servants - they do a good deed and then get killed for it!

    Cheers and congratulations to Desiree ... Hilary

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    1. It's always the good guys that take it in the shorts, isn't it?

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  21. Getting my shovel! When I was a kid I used to bury treasure and then would draw a map and dig it up. Pure entertainment that only a kid could love :)

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    1. You've got experience! You're hired.

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  22. Leap Castle has a fascinating history!
    And you cracked me up over the "oldest living writer of erotica" and "grandmother who plays with Barbie and Ken." With handcuffs, no doubt!

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    1. I know. The images are captivating, aren't they?

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  23. You know... something tells me I wouldn't want that treasure even if I could find it. ;-)

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    1. You're the first to write that, and you make a good point.

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  24. The buried treasure sounds like fun and a mystery i would have wanted to solve as a kid. :)

    I agree- hats off to Desiree! What a hard worker and she is dedicated too! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. You could turn your super sleuth loose on this one, Jess. :-)

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  25. Buried treasure and a castle, oh that could lead to so many interesting tales even without the ghosts being involved. Wonder what the treasure was? As for Desiree, I'm just amazed that she writes so many books a year. WOW!

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    1. The treasure might be disappointing in this day and age. And, yes, she's a busy writer!

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  26. Congrats to Desiree!

    Great treasure and ghost story. Marrying for love wasn't common until recent history. Our ancestors must think us odd. I recently joined a local ghost hunting group. I'll be posting about it in a couple of weeks.

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    1. A ghost hunting group? I can't wait to hear about this next adventure.

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  27. Desiree has an amazing career with her list of accomplishments. That's one hot cover, too.

    I love your Ireland posts.

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    1. I'm glad the posts are fun. And I agree that her cover sizzles!

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  28. One book a month?
    I'll be doing well when I can get one published in less than a year. >.<

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  29. Hehe, yeah that is a change! Of course, since the story switches directly back to ghosts, I guess they couldn't stay away for long. ;)


    Alexa
    thessalexa.blogspot.com
    verbositybookreviews.wordpress.com

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    1. You're right. The reputation demanded a switch back to rotten.

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  30. Oooh, hidden treasure guarded by ghosts?! That sounds like fun!

    Great picture!

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  31. Buried treasure gives us hope (as does being the oldest writer of erotica would give hope in another realm of life)

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  32. Hey celebrity author, Lee,

    Thought it was about time that I Leap over to your must-read blog site. I can only imagine how much thumb-twiddling you've been doing waiting in anticipation of the arrival of shy, humble me and one of my highly cherished comments.

    Great post! Thanks for sharing! Following!

    I shall, along with a ghost sniffing dog, uncover that treasure.

    Time to learn more about Desiree Holt. Nothing like a bit of Erotica.

    Your castle stories Leap out at me!

    Isn't "Civil War" an oxymoron?

    Yes, as per usual, I'm your starstruckest fan!

    Shy and humble, Gary......

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  33. Wow! An entire book in a month! That's an amazing feat. The author must have imagination that works on command and fingers that can fly through the keyboard! I haven't even succeeded in writing any sort of book...

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  34. Oops, forgot to mention, I am visiting from the blogging from A through Z road trip. http://alicesgrandadventures.blogspot.com

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