Welcome to the Mystery/Romantic Suspense chapter of Romance Writers of America, also known as the Kiss of Death (KOD) chapter. We hold one annual meeting of the general membership and the rest of the time function as an online specialty chapter of RWA.
What We Offer
What’s unique about this chapter that you won’t find anywhere else? Expertise. This is the one place that combines the literary genres of suspense and mystery with romance. In addition, you’ll find considerable support for your journey as a professional romance writer from our many members following similar paths.
How To Join
You can join KOD at any time. First, you must already be a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and be signed up on their website, myRWA. Click on the graphic to the right to view your next steps.
Board members serve one-year terms. A general election is held each fall. Board decisions are made through online meetings, which general members may elect to attend.
Members and What's New
Our members come from all backgrounds and geographic locations. Some are multi-published, either in romantic suspense or other genres, while others are just beginning the writer’s journey. As a group, they bring a diversity of experience, knowledge and opinion to our midst, which we prize.
Workshops - COFFIN
Our workshops in the College of Felony and Intrigue (COFFIN) are open to both members and non-members. Workshops occur throughout the year; one Murder One and one Killer Instinct class per month. Our COFFIN committee works a year or more in advance, seeking the most qualified, knowledgeable and interesting of presenters.
KILLER NEWS - April 22, 2016
Happy Earth Day! Please put your hands together for the following KOD-members, who have good news to share:
Joni Fisher’s book, SOUTH OF JUSTICE, will be released on May 15th, and Joni wants to thank all the Lethal Ladies (and Gentlemen) who helped bring out the best and vanquish the worst of this story. It is available for pre-order in trade paperback and e-book formats. For more information, please visit Joni’s website: www.jonimfisher.com
A wonderful review of Linda Lovely’s historical romantic suspense novel, LIES: SECRETS CAN KILL, was posted on the Indies Who Publish Everywhere Blog (https://everywhereindies.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/review-of-lies-secrets-can-kill-by-linda-lovely/) and Linda thought the blog might be of interest to other hybrid/indie authors, as well.
Here's a quote from the review: "The setting is alive, the town real in every detail, from its sounds and smells to its culture and expectations. This complex sense of place is one of the book’s greatest strengths. The plot is paced relentlessly and tightly constructed, with a knock-out finale in a dramatic setting. It would make a good movie."
And Janet Halpin is thrilled to report her good news: she got The Call from an agent and, after an extensive conversation, signed on the dotted line! Even better, Janet came to the agent's attention through one of the contests she finaled in (and ultimately won). One of her manuscripts is already on submission, so now she’s trying to catch her breath -- while waiting for a different kind of call.
And that’s what we have for the week. Have a great weekend!
Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday on April 23rd.
Tread lightly...But know that while we are all working together here, the conversation can turn quickly to death, destruction and mayhem. And we are fine with that. We'll even abet you as you work to do the same, to become the best spinner of romantic mysteries and thrillers that you can be. So come on in, the water's warm...as blood.