Sunday, March 11, 2012

Guest post: Author Mal Olson Shadow of Deceit Blog Tour

I'm honored to have Mal Olson make a stop on her blog tour.

Mal is giving away 5 ebook copies of Shadow of Deceit and a $15 Amazon GF tour wide!

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Shadow of Deceit
By Mal Olson

66,835 words
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
Most online booksellers
Available March 7, 2012

Non stop action, sexual tension, and an adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat, this was one of those books that kept me reading until sleep could not be held at bay any further, and I had to put it down. ~Annette M Guerriero Gothic Mom’s Book Reviews

Shadow of Deceit delivers on the author's promise of adrenaline-kicked romance with great characters, a well developed plot, and action packed scenes that'll keep readers turning the pages and wanting more! The end result is Mal Olson's great debut full of action and emotion that you won't want to miss!~  Stacey Joy Netzel

Author bio:
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.

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Mal  Olson's Advice to An Aspiring Writer
Every author's bio I read starts out saying something like this: "I've been a ravenous reader since the age of six."

Not me. Call me not a wiz-kid because as a child, I read, but I didn't start reading books by the carload until I was a young adult. And I don't devour books--as in reading two or three a day. I savor them by the half-carload and enjoy every morsel while analyzing the magic the author has produced to keep me turning pages.

I've always had the urge to write, and my first romantic short story was the result of a seventh grade creative writing assignment--which was so long ago I don't remember my English teacher's name, but I remember it was the era of poodle skirts and saddle shoes--when I crafted the story of two star-crossed lovers reunited when the hero was freed from the Bastille Prison. Guess what we were studying in history at the time?

The time span between writing my first romance story in junior high school and having my first romantic suspense novel published is a period of epoch proportions. I'm one of those overnight success stories that happened after decades of work and trying.

Over twenty years ago, my first-born daughter and I decided we could write a romance novel, and we had a lot of fun working jointly on creating two books. There's still a place in my heart for those stories and characters. Later, we branched into writing our own novels, picking each other's brains and critiquing for one another. If it weren't for her support, (she's an awesome writer as well as a fabulous editor) I would never have reached my lifelong goal of becoming a published author.

Along the road to success, I have been blessed with help from many others--writers who give of their time to present workshops and seminars and many friends who encouraged me.

One of the most important lessons I've learned on this journey to becoming a published author is to try, try, and try again. As J.A. Konrath says, "There's a name for writers who give up. Unpublished."

Yipee, I didn't give up!  Shadow of Deceit, my debut romantic suspense novel published by The Wild Rose Press is now available in paperback and ebook format, as well as at most other ebook retailers.

Roxanne Rhoads
Paranormal Romance Author
Publicist at Entangled Publishing
Publicist/Owner Bewitching Book Tours

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