By: Mal Olson
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.
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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