Friday, March 16, 2012

Suspense in Romance Guest Blog and Giveaway with Mal Olson

Romantic suspense. Technically, according to top authorities, for a novel to be truly a Romantic Suspense, the blend of the two genres must be equal. Not to say an author can't write a suspense with elements of romance or that a romance can't have a touch of suspense.

Since Romantic Suspense is where it's at for me, there's good news and there's bad news. Besides juggling the already numerous balls a writer must juggle—plot, setting, narrative, dialogue, goal-motivation-conflict, action-reaction, scene-sequel, voice, character arc, story arc—the list goes on—the romantic suspense author must add to the act, the weaving of two story threads—romance plot and suspense plot. Nora Roberts in her article "Crafting Romantic Suspense" published on, says this weaving must be done perfectly, the two plot lines must be dependent on each other, and the construction must be meticulous.

Whew! That's a pretty tall order. Not too much romance, not too much suspense, but as in Goldilocks, the brew must be just right.

On the plus side, the "instant tension" created when an author drops the hero and heroine into a pot of boiling water, allows for a great hook. What better way to pump up a reader's adrenaline than by giving them the promise of romance blossoming on the edge of danger. The other good news is, writers who are passionate about romantic suspense are ravenous readers of the genre. A lot of the "dos and don'ts" become ingrained subconsciously. Instinct helps the writer get it right. In my case, I'm not obsessing over measuring exactly the balance between romance and suspense. It all works out, almost naturally, since I've been steeped for years in the works of Linda Howard, Suzanne Brockmann, Tara Janzen, Cindy Gerard, Elizabeth Lowell, Ann Stuart, Brenda Novak, and many other excellent RS authors.

When an author writes what she loves to read, she's well on the road to writing what others may love to read. It's simple, right? As long as the writer keeps juggling those balls, keeps things moving at a lightning fast pace, and by the end of the story the villain has suffered retribution and the hero and heroine have made some kind of commitment, and if along the way, the reader has been treated to edge of the heart romance and edge of the seat suspense, the author has succeeded in producing a true Romantic Suspense novel—in three words: Shadow of Deceit, my debut novel. (Mal Olson, author of adrenaline kicked romantic suspense)

Follow Mal's tour:

March 6 Guest blog/Tour Intro
Roxanne’s Realm

March 7 Character interview and review
Always a Booklover

March 8 Interview
Manga Maniac Café

March 8 Promo
Jade Mystique

March 9 Promo and review

March 10 Spotlight
(review later)
Read 2 Review

March 12 Guest blog
Bookin' It Reviews~

March 15 Interview
Theresa Stillwagon

March 16 Guest Blog
Fang-tastic Books

March 22 Guest Post
Lisa’s World of Books

March 26 review and guest post

March 27 Promo and review
Keeping Up With The Rheinlander's

March 29 Promo and Interview

March 30 Guest Blog and review
Cocktails and Books

April 1 Interview and review
Beverly @ The Wormhole

April 1 Guest Blog, review
Lissette E. Manning

April 2 Interview and Giveaway
at Kay Dee's

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?

Book trailer:

ebook or paperback
Most online booksellers
Available March 7, 2012

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 said...

Hi, Roxanne,

Thanks for having me on your blog today!

We need some commenters for the give aways. :)


Tore said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book.

Lesley D said...

I like the sound of this one! Thanks for the giveaway.

donnas said...

Congrats on the release! Sounds like a great book. Looking forward to reading it.

bn100 said...

I enjoyed the post. The book sounds very good.

Anash said...

Thanks for a super giveaway!

angie lilly said...

Thanks for the chance to win the Amazon GC! I shop there weekly, so it would come in really handy. I wish the book giveaway portion was for a paper book, as I don't have an e-reader. It sounds really good!
Angie aka Tofu Fairy
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