Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Making Of A Four-legged Hero





Congratulations to "Tammy Y.", the winner of Mal's giveaway.  Thank you to all who participated.

It's wonderful to be back at my favorite website, Just Romantic Suspense. Thank you, Maureen! I'm hoping that by posting so close to Trish McCallan some of her magic will rub off on me.  :)

The making of a hero in romantic suspense can incarnate in many forms—cops, FBI agents, Navy SEALS—all those hunks that cause our hearts to flutter as they enforce the law and re-enforce our faith in mankind. But what about the four-legged variety of hero? Or as in Shadow of Deceit a three-legged feline? How many of  your favorite romantic suspense stories feature a four-legged hero of some variety? The Search by Nora Roberts comes to mind, and though not billed as a romance, the dog in Watchers by Dean Koontz will live in my heart forever.

In law enforcement as well as in the military, the Belgian Malinois is the Cadillac of service dogs.
One of my favorite research projects (second to scenario training with sheriff deputies while I was armed with a Glock 22 and a taser) was the day I spent with a breeder of Belgian Malinois and her K-9s—four-legged heroes in the making.


My  adventure began when I climbed into a pickup truck loaded with canines eager to strut their stuff. I spent an entire day roaming around the small town of Capitan, New Mexico, and the rolling lands that surround Ruidoso with the owner-breeder and one of her hunky trainers (who thought the hero in my book should look like him—not a bad idea :)  They worked that day with a sheriff from Texas. While bonding with his new partner, the uber-cool law enforcer put his dog through the paces—sniffing out drugs and following the scent of would-be convicts over craggy land that once was Billy the Kid’s stomping grounds. The experience inspired my short story, Me and Brad, featuring a Belgian Malinois. (free at www.malolson.com, amazon.com, B&N, etc.)
 
Another Belgian Malinois, Rambo, the retired partner of  Lieutenant Blade Beringer, also came to life after my above adventure in New Mexico, and Rambo just might steal the show in Too Sexy For his Stetson. (Planned release date March 2013)  ~ Sheriff Deputy Lieutenant Blade Beringer and  his sharp-shooting trainee Brandy Wilcox try to stay focused on business—working a murder case and dealing with the white supremacists threatening their Idaho mountain community—while fighting the forbidden attraction that sizzles between them. 

What's the most interesting research project you've been involved with or you've read about? Stop by and join the conversation. Maybe you have your own personal four-legged hero who could set an author's creative juices flowing. Tell us about him/her. One lucky commenter will receive a free e-copy of Mal's debut novel Shadow of Deceit.

                       Shadow of Deceit 

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 Crazaniak 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?

Find out more about Mal Olson, author of adrenaline-kicked romantic suspense, at www.malolson.com.
 
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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Sep. 13th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 

39 comments:

  1. Would love to read this, thanks...lsscarchuk@att.net

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Here's wishing you luck in the drawing.

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  2. My four-legged friend is a fluffy little bichon frise [okay, so he's 8 now] that barely reaches my knees and sleeps all day, so he's definitely not law enforcement hero material. But he does keep my mum happy, so he's a hero in that respect :).

    As a postgraduate graduate, the only research I get to do is my own in lab, which is far from exciting... so I love hearing about all the authors that get to interview & visit law enforcement facilities. I get to live vicariously through you and your gun-toting days whilst safely holding my pipette (which, admittedly, could probably be used as a weapon-- those tips are sharp! :P)

    stalkers00(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. All the "little ones" add charm and realness to stories, don't you think? The three-legged cat in Shadow of Deceit was small, but played a big part. Thanks for commenting! I love hearing from all of you. :)

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  3. I am a homemaker so I don't have any research projects, unless an unidentified forgotten baggie in the refrigerator could be called a research project. Oooo, I LOVED The Watchers. That dog was amazing. Love to win a copy of your book. Thanks for the giveaway. trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes, I'll never forget the dog in the Watchers either. Here's wishing you luck in the drawing. It's great to hear from you.

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    2. Well, those forgotten baggies can turn into quite the project. :) And, yes, I'll never forget the dog in Watchers. He was amazing. Thanks for stopping by, Tirsh. Here's wishing you luck in the drawing.

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  4. My biggest research project is tracing my family roots. Amazing what you can find out about your ancestor's lives. You can find a hero or a rogue in every closet.
    As for the 4 legged kind, I think they are all heroes. They give us so much and expect so little in return.

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    1. Your right, Brenda, about the amazing things you can find when tracing your ancestor's lives. I borrowed from my "roots" for a story that starts in Norway. It will be part of my adrenaline series. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  5. I was a Counselling student not too long ago and one of my most interesting and relevant research projects was on bullying. It goes beyond the playground and into the workplace. Things that we call joking around can really be bullying a person.

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    1. Wow, bullying can impact young people's lives so drastically. Hurray, for counsellers and all those who are making people aware of the problem. I'm so happy that you stopped by and commented.

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  7. Hmmm....I don't know what happened to Liz's comment??? I didn' remove it? (Mal)

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  8. David Morell, author of the Rambo series and "The League of Night and Fog" went through some phases of special ops training as research. I love his stories. For me, research is hours and hours spent online. If the FBI ever checks out my research history, I've got a lot of explaining to do.

    Your post was very interesting. Thanks for directing me to this site. I've not been here before...but, like Arnold, I'll be back.

    (Sorry for Liz'z removal...I forgot I was signed in under my editing name. Same post...different name...LOL)

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    1. Vonnie, thanks for stopping by and commenting! I know the feeling about on-line research--like how bombs are made, etc. Yikes, you're right, we could find ourselves explaining to some real life FBI hunks. (I hope that doesn't happen. I prefer my heroes and heroines take care of all the gusty stuff.) I love your racey dreams and the stories that come from them. :)

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  9. Nice post! Considering I don't like the word "research" before anything I can't think of the last thing I would consider research. My job sometimes causes me to research things but they are usually little things here and there not too tough. I am impressed by good researches, though. I am very impressed with dog trainers, too. Our dog is 3 years old and I remember going through training classes when she was a puppy and was amazed at what the trainers had taught their dogs. I love stories that have pets in them. Maybe it is because I loved shows like Lassie back in the day. I haven't read your books yet but am glad I was introduced to you on JRS! This is a great blog to meet new authors. :)

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    1. Amy, so nice of you to comment. I was a sucker for Lassie and animal stories, too. I agree, JRS is such a wonderful place to meet new authors. It's a pleasure to meet you!

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  10. The book sounds good. No interesting research projects.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. Thanks for stopping by, bn100. Good luck in the drawing.

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  12. Nice post, Mal. The Belgian's got their start when hip issues shortened the working lives of the German Shepherds and have really come into their own. My favorite research was the chance to "fly" a full-motion Blackhawk simulator down in Ft. Carson, CO. It was an awesome four-hour experience courtesy of a Warrant Officer friend of a friend. I have a pilot-character and it helped get her perspective.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jim! I know all about your pilot character, and so should everyone because your book Out of Ideas is fantastic. I meant every word in the review I posted on Amazon. LOVED IT! The Blackhawk simulator had to have been a total adrenaline rush.

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    2. Thanks, Mal. Looking forward to reading your stuff - whether I win or not. Your review was very generous and I appreciated it a great deal.

      We have two Portuguese Water Dogs, one of which is a service dog (my wife is hearing impaired). Loving, affectionate and protective.

      Yes, it was a huge rush. And I got through it without needing the barf bag!

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  13. I had 2 dogs, Now I have 3 cats. I love stories with pets in them. Your book sounds great. I am going to look for it on Amazon.

    yenastone@aol.com

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, Tammy. It's great that you stopped by and commented. Best of luck in the drawing, and I hope you enjoy Shadow of Deceit (and Trivet, the heroine's three-legged cat :)

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  14. I love the cover ;)
    I would love to read the book.

    pinglecoon at gmail dot com

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    1. Izz, thanks so much--I've loved the cover from the minute I first so it, so your comment makes me smile! Good luck in the drawing. :)

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  15. Hey Mal,

    Sorry I'm so late to your party, but heck, you didn't need any magic from me, you're brimming in the stuff. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE animals in books. And Watchers is one of my favorite books of all time because the dog was a Golden Retriever!! I have golden retrievers. :)) So does Dean Koontz btw, he buys his goldens from a breeder friend of a breeder friend. Anyway- I do have a dog that plays an integral role in Yesterday's Child, but I've never been able to slip a pet into my SEAL books. I do have another book that I need to revise that is full of pets. This book is a light hearted romantic suspense ala Janet Evanovich, and the animals in this book become characters in their own right. I think my favorite author when it comes to including pets in her books is Jennifer Cruise. I loved her Mad About You, and that thin terrier mix in the book.

    Anyway, great post and DON'T put my name in the drawning. I'm on my way over to buy your book right now. :)))

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    1. Trish, you're such a sweetheart! Hope you enjoy SOD half as much as I loved FIF. If my paperback copy of Forged ever arrives (can you tell I'm anxious) I'll immediately start reading the revised edition. I'm so looking forward to your next books, too. Thank you so much for stopping by. Best of luck to you. Give your goldens a hug from me.

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  16. Mal,

    I'm sure I'll love SOD, we obviously share similar tastes considering the sub-genre we're working in and the fact we both loved Watchers. :)

    I hope you like the updated version of FiF as much as you liked the original, I'm very curious to find out what you think!

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    1. I'll be sure to let you know how I like the updated version. :)

      I keep trying to think of the name of another Jennifer Cruise book where she adopted a dog from the humane society--Fred. But I don't think that one was Mad About You, was it? I can't find my copy--must have loned it to someone.

      My package from Amazon with Forged is supposed to arrive tomorrow. Got my fingers crossed. Thanks again for visiting me and for buying my book!

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  17. We have an email entry...

    Dear Mal, I have read two of your books, and look forward to reading more. I do not have any of those amazing four legged heroes around. Thank you for the great books -- Ann

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    1. Ann, it's always a thrill to hear from someone who has read my work and wants to read more! Thank you so much, and thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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  18. Sexual deceit sounds like a page turner!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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    1. lag123, glad you think it sounds like a page turner. Best of luck in the drawing.

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  19. Yes, it is fun to have animals be a great character. It probably is fun to write it too!
    Jan

    janet_kerr(at)msn.com

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  20. You're right, Janet, it's a lot of fun to have an animal in a story and work out a way for him to influence the plot. Thanks for commenting. Good luck in the drawing!

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  21. I have always love to work with animals but never could get that position that works with them.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. Hi kmccandle, nice of you to stop by and comment. Good luck in the drawing.

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  23. Congrats on the release! Sounds great. I would love to work with animals, even volunteering. But my allergies would never allow it.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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