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Welcome to the web home of Melissa F. Olson, author of the Scarlett Bernard series and the mystery novel The Big Keep. Please use the links above to learn more about Melissa's worlds. You can read the books' opening chapters, view playlists for each Old World novel, or see a primer on the mythology of magic in Scarlett's world.

 Be sure to  subscribe to the newsletter for exclusive not-seen-anywhere-else content like deleted scenes and photos of book locations. You can also check out Melissa's blog where she talks about writing, entertainment, and motherhood. Melissa is also active on Facebook and Twitter, and tries to never post the same thing in both places.

For comments and questions, or to request Melissa for your book club or library gathering, email Melissa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thanks for visiting! 

The Big Keep Blog Tour:
A different topic every day.
I'll be posting the links as they're put up, so keep checking back!

Sunday, July 6th:
Kate Maruyama - "Noir, Dames, and Real Women" (on Annotation Nation)

Monday, July 7th:
Alex Bledsoe: "Multiple First-Person Voices"

Tuesday, July 8th:
Lee Goldberg: "How to Write A Crime Novel (When You're Afraid of Cops)"
Charlie Holmberg: "Crossing Genre Lines"

Wednesday, July 9th
Helen Smith: "A Stubborn Committment to Insolence"

Thursday, July 10th
Karen McQuestion: "Constructing the Perfect Mate"
Neil Smith: "Bullet Point Bonanza"

Friday, July 11th
Roberto Calas: "An Interview With the Cover Model"

TheBigKeep 500Melissa's new series kicks off with "The Big Keep" in July

For those of you with a taste for mystery, Melissa's new book, "The Big Keep" is the start of a new series with a different kind of hero: the kind who gets morning sickness.

Here's the back cover copy:

Former Chicago cop Selena " Lena" Dane has been going through the motions at her private investigation agency for years now. But then Lena learns that she's unexpectedly pregnant just as she takes on a heartbreaking new client: Nate Christianti, a fourteen-year-old boy in search of his biological father, Jason.

Jason's disappearance isn't as clear-cut as everyone had thought, and Lena will need to follow his path of destruction halfway across the country to find Nate some answers. Along the way, however, Lena attracts the attention of a killer who's willing to stalk her all the way back to Chicago to make sure she drops Nate's case. To protect the boy, the baby, and herself, Lena must find the killer – or die trying.


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In-Person Release Party at Mystery to Me in Madison, WI:

Please join Melissa in person, in an actual physical location, on July 11th at 7:00 pm at Mystery to Me! She'll be reading from The Big Keep and providing some excellent snacks that she doesn't usually allow herself to buy from Trader Joe's. Bring a friend, make it a night! (no purchase required, but supporting indies is nice, don't you think?)

 

....and all I got was this AWESOME t-shirt

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Check it out, folks: now you can sport your own Hair of the Dog bar crawl shirt. Sure it's not an actual bar, but the t-shirt is very real! (Also available: coasters. Because it's a bar.)


Head on over to Zazzle to get this and the excellent "Strong Female Character" tee.