DESERT WILD and The Queen

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Denise Alicea

This blog was created by Denise in September 2008 to blog about writing, book reviews, and technology. Slowly, but surely this blog expanded to what it has become now, a central for book reviews of all kinds interviews, contests, and of course promotional venue for authors, etc

DESERT WILD has the richest setting of any book I’ve written to date. Set in both Santa Barbara, California, and The Sonoran Desert in Arizona, I learned after months of research that the rare species of plants and animals found in America’s most hostile desert are also some of the most unusual and beautiful in the world. Living among deadly snakes, mountain lions, and bobcats are exquisite bouquets of Desert Lavender, butter yellow wildflowers called Paper Daisies, delicate Rock Flowers that peek from mountain crevices, and countless varieties of blooming cacti. Even the symbol of The Sonoran Desert, The Saguaro Cactus, ripens with blood red fruit that is crushed into ceremonial wine by the desert’s indigenous people.

The rarest, most exotic flower of all, The Queen of the Night, became a symbol of love inside my stand-alone desert books DESERT FEVER and its sequel DESERT WILD. The queen blooms only one night each year and her flowers die at the first light of dawn. Only the stars enjoy her beauty at midnight and the desert air breathes her intoxicating scent. The flowers remind me of lovers who reveal themselves under cover of night.

To navigate the hostile American desert and keep my hero and heroine safe from predators while seeking the mysterious Queen of the Night, DESERT WILD needed a guide. The heroine’s GPS system, dubbed “Guy,” is a powerful but endearingly kinky navigator who grants wishes. Though not exactly a genie, his satellite receiver locates whatever his driver needs most. “Guy” brings a touch of magic to the desert, where beauty and danger live in delicate coexistence.

If you had a GPS navigator like Guy who could locate whatever you needed most, what would you wish for?

Here’s a short summary of my new release and an excerpt.


DESERT WILD by Adele Dubois

Sonny Wild Horse of the Tohono O’odham Nation is a danger to a woman’s heart. Though he lusts after Caitlyn Spencer, his desire to live inside two conflicting worlds—the Sonoran Desert of his youth and the California coast where his future as a photographer is assured—tears the lovers apart.
When Sonny disappears inside America’s most hostile desert, Caitlyn borrows a unique Thunderbird convertible and embarks on a desperate search. The car is equipped with a powerful but endearingly kinky GPS navigator that grants wishes. Though not exactly a genie, “Guy’s” system locates whatever his driver needs most.
And Caitlyn needs to connect erotically with Sonny. Again and again. If only she can find him in time.

DESERT WILD by Adele Dubois

©Ellora’s Cave Publishing, 2009


“Don’t go,” she murmured, standing on tiptoes to nuzzle the side of his neck with her nose. He smelled of raw feral sex, damp sweat and crushed linen, and the primal scents sent shivers along her skin. She inhaled him deeply, pressed the small points of her nipples against his flesh and then opened her mouth to taste him as she laid kisses against his throat. Her tongue lapped the steady rhythm of his pulse and then dragged along his collarbone, drinking him in. Her mouth found the hard muscles of his hairless chest and moved down to lick and suck the dark circles of his areola in turn. His nipples hardened inside her mouth and the pungent tastes of salt and musk wet the back of her throat. “Be with me,” she whispered against his breastbone.

“Ah,” he breathed, closing his eyes as she loved his body with her lips and tongue and stroked the silken skin on his hips with her fingertips. “I am here.” His fingers closed on the crown of her head and entwined in the layers of her hair as she dropped to her knees to bury her face against his abdomen. “Don’t you know you’re the only reason I come back?”

Adele Dubois is a former journalist who writes erotic romance that receives consistent outstanding reviews. Titles include DESERT WILD, DESERT FEVER, INTIMATE ART and DREAM TRAVELER. Look for additional titles in 2009 and 2010. Please visit Adele on her website at
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Miriam Newman

Adele, I truly love your ability to write erotic romance that I find lovely and sensual and not offensive. Really, that is a rare talent. Best of luck with your books!

Carolyn Matkowsky


Loved reading about the Queen of the Night. And I love your excerpt. You are so creative to come up with a GPS that grants wishes. I don't know what I'd ask for if I had a GPS like that. Maybe to be 30 for the rest of my life. But then my husband would grow old, and I'd be like the portrait of Dorian Gray. That might not be a good idea. Maybe I'd wish for the ability to see the good in everything and not sweat the small stuff.

Eliza Knight

Looks like a fabulous read!

Denisse Alicea

Wow, Adele. This is a must read. I cannot wait to pick this up and start right away. 🙂 Hot excerpt! Thanks for posting!

Susan Blexrud

Adele, Love your story line. Let's see, what would I wish for from a magical GPS? Tonight I've got a hankering for Rob Pattinson. Do you think Guy could conjure him up for me?

Adele Dubois

Miriam–What a lovely thing to say! Thank you. I do strive for sensuality in my erotic romances without being crude. My sex scenes will probably make you blush to your toes, though. LOL.

Sending you a big hug for hosting me on your lovely site.


Adele Dubois


Thanks so much for your kind words. Glad you enjoyed the article and the excerpt.

Ironic, but your wish to be thirty again, but changing your mind because it would mean leaving your husband behind, is the premise of my book DREAM TRAVELER. That was the choice my heroine Emily Hopkins had to make. Restored youth, or her life mate?

I like your idea about seeing the good in everything and not sweating the small stuff. Of course, if you were a heroine in one of my desert books, you'd wish for a hunky hero–and get him.

Nice to hear from you.

Best–Adele Dubois

Adele Dubois

Eliza– I hope you enjoy DESERT WILD. Please let me know if you do. Thank you for visiting and posting!

Denisse–I'm excited to know you'll be reading my book. Glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks so much!

Susan–It's nice to know you appreciate my story line. I have to admit, I love "Guy", my GPS. I'm sure he could locate Rob for you. "Guy" can do anything. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Best–Adele Dubois

Julie Robinson

Hi Adele,

I am fascinated by different cacti—their unique formations and delicate flowers amongst the thorns. The Queen of the Night is gorgeous. Do you know what kind of cactus is blooms on?

What a beautiful premise to base your novels on—"The queen blooms only . . . who reveal themselves under cover of the night." Very poetic. From the sounds of your excerpt and your blog post, your writing seems more than erotic—it's sensual.


Oh, if I had a GPS navigator like Guy, I'd like to locate my twin flame.

Adele Dubois

Julie–Thank you for your visit and your kind words. To answer your question, The Queen of The Night is part of the Night Blooming Cereus family.

I hope you're guided to your twin flame very soon.

Best–Adele Dubois

Julie Robinson

Thanks, Adele!


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