Monday, April 2, 2012

Mal Olson ~ Romance Suspense at its finest! Interview & Giveaway

Hello and welcome, Mal. So glad you could join us today…I have so many questions about your newest release, Shadow of Deceit, a romantic suspense…full of…deceit. Before we get started with the interview about Mal’s story and story-stars, here’s a bit about Mal…

Mal Olson writes adrenaline-kicked romantic suspense. When her consuming passion for writing allows time, she enjoys reading, flower gardening, jamming with friends on the mountain dulcimer, and hiking in a nearby state forest (or in the mountains somewhere). She has three grown children and one granddaughter and resides with her own special hero in southeast Wisconsin where she juggles writing time with her freelance landscape design business.

Visit Mal online:

Your life sounds interesting, Mal…fun, too. :) Okay…time to hear about your Shadow of Deceit

Please tell us how the idea came to you for Shadow of Deceit. Please include all the fun details.


This book has evolved through so many versions that it's hard to remember what sparked the idea originally. The characters and their back stories changed from the earlier versions, only their names, physical attributes, and the location during the first part of the book remained constant.

What drives Tony Crazaniak, motivates, and/or inspires him?


Crazaniak is driven by revenge, obsessed to avenge the deaths of his Delta team because he blames himself for their being led into an ambush.

What’s Crazaniak's job? What does he do for a living?  


Tony Crazaniak is an FBI investigator. (ex-Delta Force)

Give us some insight into Shannon Riedel. What’s a bit of her back story?


A young widow, Shannon lost her husband and her infant son in a terrible accident several years before the story begins. Still suffering physically and emotionally, the last thing she's looking for is romance.

Tell us what Tony first means to Shannon?


Tony is a threat to Shannon. She's afraid he'll uncover something about her husband that she doesn't want to know.

Who is Shannon to Tony? Can you give us a bit about the first time they met each other?


They're strangers when they meet—after a creepy hulk-of-a-man breaks into the office where she works and accuses her dead husband of swindling him. Sexual tensions explode the minute they meet, which is when Crazaniak shows up to investigate.

Excellent tension…yummy.

Why this location? Anything in particular in real-life that made you select it?


As writers, we're always taught to write what we know, so Shadow of Deceit is set in Milwaukee, which is near where I live.  The cold snowy winters: been there done that.

Yeah, I’m in some winter country, too…only this year wasn’t snow as usual. *smile*

Which scene was your favorite to write? Can you share a little of it?


It's the scene after Shannon has a harrowing encounter in a dark, spooky area downtown Milwaukee.  Sexual tension has been building and when Shannon meets up with Tony back at the car ... well let's just say things get steamy enough to melt the ice right off the windshield until an unforeseen interruption cools things off.  It's a highly emotional scene as well, and the interruption adds a bit of humor (for the reader, not for Tony and Shannon.)

Oh…I love humor.

What are you working on now?


Another romantic suspense, Too Sexy for His Stetson.  A rookie female deputy sheriff and her field training officer try to stay focused on business—the white supremacist gang that's threatening their Idaho mountain community—while fighting the forbidden attraction that sparks between them.  Throw in the baggage they each are carrying on their shoulders and a Belgian Malinois retired police dog, and I think you'll find it an engrossing read. I'm also working on a series revolving around members of a highly covert team of CIA operatives involved with Homeland Security—edge of the seat suspense and edge of the heart romance, the Adrenaline Series.

You are a busy author, Mal. Your books sound full of compelling suspense and romance.

Where can we find you? List all of your links.


You'll find links to my book at, (books), and, as well as at, where you'll also find my two free short stories, Me and Brad, a heartwarming romance centered around a special canine, and Danger Zone, a romantic suspense that introduces one of the characters from Shadow of Deceit.


Quickie Quiz – Getting to know Mal Olson

Mode of travel automobile


Place you’ve never been and have always wanted to go Australia

Petsdon't have one now, if I did it would be a cat

A place you love to write my office/cave

Hobby or past time flower gardening, playing  the mountain dulcimer, hiking

Writing tool computer


Mal is giving away 5 ebook copies of Shadow of Deceit and a $15 Amazon GF tour wide ~ to enter drawing click Rafflecopter and then scroll down.

Also, Mal is giving one ebook copy away to a lucky commenter here. So, please leave Mal a comment or question along with your email address (so winner can be contacted). This drawing will be held after noon EST on 4-3-12 and winner announced on this blog.

Good luck!!

 Click Cover for more Info & Buy Link

Shadow of Deceit

By Mal Olson

Genre: Romantic Suspense


Can an FBI agent obsessed with redemption and a grieving widow desperate to clear her husband’s name learn to believe in love again?

Shannon Riedel faces down danger when a gunman breaks into her office claiming her dead husband swindled him. When FBI agent Tony Crazaniak arrives to investigate, sexual heat sizzles. The ex-Delta Force operative’s massive presence and dark eyes trigger an attraction the young widow finds unnerving.

When Crazaniak convinces Shannon she needs his protection, they partner to unearth secrets her husband left behind—secrets involving a Tanzanian mine that yields perfect blue diamonds coveted by dealers around the world—secrets connected to a terrorist leader Crazanaik has vowed to take down.

With danger surrounding them, two emotionally wounded souls bond, but can they put their demons to rest and trust in love? Can they survive long enough to find out?


ebook or paperback


Mal, thank you for making my place one of your Bewitching Book Tours stops. I had a great time today…and shared a lot about Shadow of Deceit. All good stuff. Congratulations on its release and wishes for many, many more successes.

Everyone visiting Mal today…thank you for stopping in. Don’t forget to leave her a question or comment to be automatically entered into her drawing. Also, another chance to win if you click on the word “Rafflecopter” and fill out the form there ~ Good Luck.

Until Next Time…Warm Hearts & Hugs,

Kay Dee

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bn100 said...

I enjoyed the interview and reading about the inspiration for the book. The book sounds very good.


Kay Dee Royal said...

Good Morning Mal! Hello bn100...great to see you here so early...thanks for stopping by, and you are in the drawing for sure.

Mal - I know interview time should be over...but I have another question (and maybe another one as well) you have a special plot recipe in order to create the suspense in your stories?

J. D. Brown said...

Hi ladies. Excellent interview. Anyone for coffee?

Kay Dee Royal said...

Oh...yes, me please (mocha latte...does that count). Hi J.D.*waves*

Mal Olson said...

Good morning,
Kay Dee, as far as a recipe for suspense, my stories all seem to start with the two main characters, and once I get to know their most inner fears, I work the suspense plot around that.

Mal Olson said...

Thanks, bm100 for your comments and hope you try my short sotries and the book.

Mal Olson said...

J.D., isn't Kay Dee an excellent interviewer? And I could go for a nice cup of coffee, too. :)

Kay Dee Royal said...

Hi Mal...I like the idea of starting with the main two characters and working from there.

Had my coffee, now I'm on to Earl Grey.

I love the title of your upcoming release - Too Sexy for His Stetson. It made me smile.

Mal Olson said...

I'm still on coffee--won't switch to tea until later this afternoon.

It's nice to know the title - Too Sexy for His Stetson - got your attention. I'm hoping it will be a catchy title.

Jean P said...

Great interview, book sounds wonderful, adding it to my wishlist! Do you get to play the dulcimer very often? Sounds like it would be a fun time.
skpetal at hotmail dot com

Kay Dee Royal said...

Mal the winner of your book has been drawn by my very pregnant daughter *smile*

And the winner is: JD Brown

Congratulations JD ~ Mal will be contacting you with your winnings.

Thank you bn100 for leaving a comment...I always love your visits. Sorry you weren't a winner today, but you know there's always drawing going on here...and I love your smiling face whenever you stop by.

Thank you everyone who stopped to view ~ you're awesome!

Mal Olson said...

Kay Dee, I loved being here. Thanks so much for hosting me. And congratulations JD Brown.

Kay Dee Royal said...

Loved having you as the featured guest author, Mal...I'm looking forward to doing this again with your next release. *smile*

Many, many successes to you my writer friend.

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