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.

What We Offer

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.

How To Join


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.

Members and What's New

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.

Workshops - COFFIN

Killer News August 21, 2015

Alexa Bourne is back for a second week in a row. Last Wednesday, she queried 2 agents with the book she’d sent to an editor 2 days before. On Friday she got an email from one of the agents asking for the full manuscript and a proposal for the rest of the books in the series! Alexa would love some more positive vibes! She’s soooooo excited for this series!

Anna Taylor Sweringen’s Christian erotica, ALL MY SINS REMEMBERED, finaled in the romantic suspense category of New Jersey Romace Writers’ Put Your Heart in a Book contest.

Tamra Lassiter released her first audio book this week for her romantic suspense, PERFECTLY INNOCENT. She contracted through Spoken Word, Inc. and says it was easy. :) She’s very happy with the results.

Vicki Batman just received a signed contract from The Wild Rose Press for her second romantic comedy mystery, TEMPORARILY INSANE.”

Bad job. Wrong love. And murder. 

Hattie Cooks is still searching for her dream job and one might be available...in the Big Apple, far away from friends, family, and Allan Wellborn. In the meantime, she finds temporary employment at NLB Accountants where two auditors turn up dead.

Detective Allan Wellborn dumped Hattie for Blonde Bimbo who coincidentally is employed at NLB where fishy things are taking place. But when Allan interviews Hattie, he must figure out why all signs point to her as a possible suspect.

Can Hattie find out who is murdering auditors before she’s arrested?

Allie Harris, writing as Allie Harrison, has also signed a contract with Wild Rose Press for A TWIST OF BETRAYAL.

And as Allie Quinn, she has signed a contract with Loose Id for an erotic romance called BY INVITATION ONLY.

Melba Moon has a new short story published by Gilded Dragonfly Books in LEGENDS OF THE DRAGON, an anthology set at Dragon Con in Atlanta. Melba will be speaking at Dragon Con (September 4-7), and will be signing LEGENDS OF THE DRAGON in the Vendor's Hall.

Also, Melba will be a featured speaker at The Decatur Book Festival on September 5th in Decatur, Ga. The Decatur Book Festival is one of the largest book festivals in the country.

And finally, at the RWA National Convention in NYC, Melba got a request for her full manuscript, a romantic suspense set in Atlanta.

And last but certainly not least, Jeannie Hall just became an RWA PRO member!

Killer News August 14, 2015

Janet Halpin just heard she’s a double winner in FF&P's On the Far Side contest, in the Romantic Elements and Time Travel/Steampunk categories. She also received a request for both manuscripts, and is happy dancing all over the place.

Susan Dunn made the finals in the New Jersey Put Your Heart In A Book contest with her new romantic suspense novel.

And Kathryn Jane cleaned out her junk mail and realized her website - http://kathrynjane.com/ - won first place in the Romantic Suspense Category, of the West Houston RWA's Romancing the URL contest! She gives the credit to her awesome assistant, who spent time last fall making a new header and pretty much cleaning up the whole site.

On the subject of websites, Anne Marie Becker would like us to know that she has revamped/updated her website - www.AnneMarieBecker.com - and revealed the cover of the first book – STACKING THE DECK - in her new series there.

Maris Soule just signed a contract with FiveStar/Cengage/Gale for her suspense novel ECHOES OF TERROR (working title). This is her 4th book with Five Star and her 30th published book.

In the ongoing process of making some earlier print books available as new e-book editions, Lorena McCourtney just got YESTERDAY LOST up a few days ago. In the print version, this was a finalist for a RITA award. It's an amnesia story - doesn't every author need to write at least one amnesia story in her career? - about a woman found injured and unconscious on a wild stretch of Oregon coast. After some publicity she's quite surprised to find she's Kat Cavanaugh, a fairly popular New York model. She's less pleased to find she also hasn't been a very nice person in that other life - and there's someone in that past who's determined to make certain she has no future.

Killer News August 7, 2015

Beth Treadway reports that the antibiotics are finally working against the crud she picked up at RWA15. Her lungs are drying out and she managed to stay out of hospital even after multiple doctors debated the matter.

Also, on the business side of things, she got a request for a full and a partial manuscript from RWA15.

Kathryn Jane typed The End on book 5 of her Intrepid Women series and sent it off to the editor... only missing her deadline by twelve hours :)  Lots of happy dancing where she is.

Retired Good News Fairy Diane Kratz has some good news to share. A short story she and her long time friend Bobbie Cole wrote together about five years ago, calledFLICKER, will be part of a five-author anthology called “Unforeseeable Consequences - A Collection Of Suspense Filled Short Fiction.” It will be available on or around August 28, for free as part of another friend’s debut novel promotion. Diane is thrilled beyond words and will send links when they are available.

Blurb for FLICKER:

A funeral forces Nellie Harlow home to face her troubled past. Flickers of a fire that scorched her childhood, explode when her mother’s will is read. Can she extinguish the flames or will they consume her?  

And Elizabeth Heiter got a new cover for book 3 in her Profiler series, SEIZED! It's an evolution of the series look, and she loves it! You can see it over on the Harlequin Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HarlequinBooks/photos/a.122580666872.117519.28405016872/10153520923511873/?type=1&theater  

Along with the excitement of the new cover, she also got a quote from the amazing JT Ellison,  New York Times bestselling author of WHAT LIES BEHIND, who says, "Elizabeth Heiter does her research, and it shows in this superb FBI thriller. With a ripped-from-the-headlines plot and excellent characterization, SEIZED is a true winner. Don’t miss it." 

Killer News July 31, 2015

Susan W. Dunn made the second round of the Molly contest in both contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She’s hoping this means the editors will get to read these chapters, and hopefully like them.

Suzanne Johnson, writing as Susannah Sandlin, won the 2015 Booksellers Best Award for Romantic Suspense for her novel LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP, published by Montlake Romance. 

Tracy Poole won a Golden Heart for Romantic Suspense at RWA last week. Also, Nora Roberts was kind enough to wait backstage afterwards, to get their picture taken together.

Tina Medlock, writing as Mia Kay, has two new deals:

SOUVENIRS, in which a shy sci-fi author and a wary actor fall in love while on a European vacation with their matchmaking mothers, sold to Char Chaffin at Soul Mate Publishing, in a one-book deal for publication in spring 2016.

And UNREQUITED, in which a recently-wounded FBI agent finds himself agreeing to serve as both bodyguard and husband to his best friend's sister, sold to Kerri Buckley at Carina Press, in a two-book deal, for publication in beginning November 2015.

Isla Grey’s book, ASYLUM HARBOR, has been given a release date of September 16th from the Wild Rose Press.

Jerrie Alexander’s FLIRTING WITH FATE, a Noble Pass Affaire Novella, is available for preorder at Amazon and Kobo.

Elle Reagan isn't about to stand by and let a con-artist get away with stealing her grandmother’s life savings. While the legal system moves at a snail's pace, Elle promises to bring him to justice. She follows him to a ski resort in Colorado, where she hopes to get the evidence needed to put him away for good. But she didn't count on her roommate being a distraction, because he wasn't supposed to be her brother’s best friend.

Detective Logan Ford has denied his desire to take Elle into his arms since they were teenagers, but when his partner asks him to follow her to Castle Alainn to keep her out of trouble, Logan finds himself unable to refuse her. He agrees to help catch a thief instead of convincing her to pack her bags and go home. To make matters worse, he can’t seem to remember why he should keep his distance from the delectable, infuriating, independent Elle.

Elle and Logan surrender to their attraction, but as their passion ignites, her plot is discovered. A killer will do whatever it takes to silence her and destroy a love that was destined to last a lifetime.

See more at http://jerriealexander.com

Teresa Reasor just finished her tenth full length novel and the sixth installment of the Navy SEAL Romantic Suspense Series, SEAL Team Heartbreakers. 

The title is BREAKING BOUNDARIES.  Here's the blurb!

Corporal Callahan Crowes arrives home from Afghanistan missing part of a leg and haunted by guilt over the loss of his men. With their memory in mind, he pledges to live every moment of life for them all. And despite having a prosthetic, he is determined to build a career in the only field he knows besides being a soldier: construction.

Reeling from her fiancé’s infidelity and broken engagement, Kathleen O’Connor accepts a job far away from Boston to escape the sympathetic fallout from friends and family. She moves in with her brother temporarily, and with her shiny, new architectural degree, she decides to launch her career with a commercial construction and design firm, and puts romance firmly behind her.

Her first day on the job, Kathleen witnesses an act of unfounded prejudice against Cal Crowes that disturbs her. When she learns Cal may lose his job because of his leg, Kathleen urges him to use social media to fight the decision, putting her own job at risk.

The public firestorm pushes Cal into the limelight in ways he isn’t expecting, and shows him a missing limb isn’t the stumbling block to love he's believed it is. And Kathleen discovers there’s more to a man than two good legs—it’s the size of his heart that counts.

More info here: http://www.teresareasor.com/Welcome.html

Diane Burton’s new book is out. THE PROTECTOR is science fiction romance with plenty of suspense. It is the 3rd book in the Outer Rim series about strong women on the frontier of space. The blurb and excerpt can be found on Diane’s blog: http://dianeburton.blogspot.com/2015/07/new-release-protector.html

Grace Kone, writing as Blair Bancroft, breathed a sigh of relief when JULIANA, book 4 of the Aphrodite Academy series - off-beat stories about young women to whom life has not been kind - made it online the evening before she left for 23 days in Europe & Turkey. But no time to tell about it until now! 

Juliana, Baroness Rivenhall, is haunted by her past. So much so, she spurns the man she loves, sending him into the arms of another woman. Although her friends band together to help her, her cause seems hopeless. Darius Wolfe, the love of her life, is about to marry someone else.

The cover is lovely, and can be found here: http://mosaicmoments.blogspot.com/2015/07/juliana.html

Killer News July 24, 2015

Traci Andrighetti's Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai, the first mystery in the new Danger Cove Hair Salon series, came out on Monday!
Debra Elise is a finalist in the Emerald City Opener, Romantic Suspense Category with UNDERCOVER HUSBAND. Winner announced in October at the Emerald City Writers Conference.

Daphne Winners and Ranking Announced!

The winners and the rankings in the 2015 Daphne Competition have been announced at RWA National in NYC. Check out the final results listing of the finalists.

Killer News July 17, 2015

Jeannie Hall tells us that it’s official: she has signed with The Wild Rose Press! She says, "Thanks so much to the KOD for helping me reach this point! You all rock! I'm looking forward to sharing all the fun stuff to follow!"

Beth Treadway got the EIN for Wild Authors LLC, her new company, and she’s going to RWA15 next week!

Tracy Poole was excited to learn that her work-in-progress, IN THE WRONG SIGHTS, third in the Bad Karma Spec Ops series, placed first in the Romantic Suspense category of the Orange Rose contest. It goes to the final round with the winners of the other categories  where it will be judged by three judges from the great line-up of editors and agents.

Tracy also hopes to see and meet many of you next week at RWA15 and the Daphne Awards!

Jacki Delecki has released a new audio book in the last week. A CODE OF THE HEART, Book 3 in The Code Breaker series, is narrated by the amazing British narrator, Pearl Hewitt.


Killer News July 10, 2015

Beth Treadway reports that she has filed LLC papers with the state. She has bagged the domain name for her LLC even though it's not pointing anywhere yet. Now she has the umbrella for her writing name and other endeavors to operate under.

Also, her manuscript is off to the developmental editor. Tentatively penciled in for copy edit later this year. The end is in sight!

And Jennifer McAndrews is happy to announce the release of DEATH UNDER GLASS, a Berkley Prime Crime July title. This second installment in her Stained Glass Mystery Series finds main character Georgia Kelly donning her amateur sleuth cap once again to try and deduce who is wreaking havoc on her best friend's business interests before a case of arson leads to something far more sinister. 

Yes, all the endearing characters from ILL-GOTTEN PANES return. Yes, including the kitten and the construction foreman, and yes, as the summer wanes in Wenwood, romance is on the rise.

Visit www.jennifermcandrews.com for an excerpt.

Tread Lightly

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.