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ASAC Steve (Mac) McKenzie is out to prove himself by leading a task force investigating a series of murders in the heart of Washington, DC. His undercover work in an antigovernment compound twenty years earlier is related—as is the sweet, innocent girl he befriended back then. Now that girl is a beautiful woman, and she has something to hide.

Tess Fallon spent a lifetime trying to outrun her family’s brand of bigotry, but someone is threatening her anonymity by using the anniversary of her father’s death to carry out evil crimes and she’s terrified her younger brother is involved. She sets out to find the truth and comes face-to-face with a man she once idolized, a man she thought long dead. As the crimes escalate it becomes obvious the killer has an agenda, and Tess and Mac are running out of time to stop him.

Will the perpetrator use a decades-old dream of revolution to attack the federal government? And will the fact that Tess and Mac have fallen hard for each other give a cold-hearted killer the power to destroy them both?

Bestselling author Toni Anderson spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing her latest book, COLD MALICE:

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

The insidious nature of domestic terror groups within the US and the threat they pose to American society as a whole.

How does this book make a contribution to the genre?

It deals with current issues affecting the world today, but is still a strong romance.

Was there anything new you discovered, or that surprised you, as you wrote this book?

I was lucky enough to visit FBI Headquarters in Washington DC, just after Christmas last year. I toured the Strategic Information and Operations Center there and spent some time with several FBI agents. My biggest surprise…the fact they had their own Starbucks in the building. For security reasons 🙂

What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why?

I continue to devour Sandra Brown’s books. She writes the best romantic thrillers and always puts in a nice twist at the end.


New York Times and USA Today international bestselling author Toni Anderson writes dark, gritty romantic suspense novels that have hit #1 in Barnes & Noble’s Nook store, the Top 10 in Amazon and Kobo stores, and the Top 50 in iBooks. Her novels have won many awards.

A former marine biologist from Britain, she inexplicably ended up in the geographical center of North America, about as far from the ocean as it is possible to get. She now lives on the Canadian prairies with her Irish husband and two children and spends most of her time complaining about the weather.

Toni has no explanation for her oft-times dark imagination, and only hopes the romance makes up for it. She’s addicted to reading, dogs, tea, and chocolate.

To learn more about Toni, please visit her website.