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 10, 2015
Remember, Nancy Weeks is always looking for new KOD members to be in the spotlight news. It’s a great way for us to get to know all about you. I know we have many members we haven’t met/heard from everyone yet.
Killer News April 3, 2015
Killer New Releases
Silver James is excited to announce that her second Harlequin Desire, THE COWGIRL'S LITTLE SECRET, released in digital formats on April Fool's Day and as of yesterday was ranked:
Number 3 in Kindle Store> Kindle eBooks> Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction> Western
Number 5 in Kindle Store> Kindle eBooks> Romance> Series> Harlequin Desire
Number 31 in Books> Literature & Fiction> General Fiction> Westerns!!!
The paperback version releases on April 7th.
In addition, Silver released MOONSTRUCK: SECRETS in late March. Both digital and print versions are now available. This compilation novel contains the first two novellas in the paranormal thriller series, Moonstruck, along with additional material including new chapters and previously deleted scenes. You can check Silver's website, http://www.silverjames.com for more information.
Patricia A. Guthrie is proud to announce, her book Waterlilies Over My Grave (psychological suspense novel) and In the Arms of the enemy (romantic suspense novel) are on sale through April 6th. Patricia hopes if any of you read these books, you'll post a short review. As you all know, it always helps us. To find out more about Patricia and her new release go to any of her social networks listed: www.patriciaanneguthrie.com, www.facebook.patricia.guthrie.121 or www.lspdigital.com
Jacki Delecki is thrilled to announce that she is releasing a bundle of The Code Breaker Series, Her Regency Romantic Suspense Series on Tuesday, April 7th.
Books Blurbs for The Code Breaker Series Box Set
Men and women from the class of privilege and rank risk their lives to defend England against the treacherous designs of Napoleon. They confront disaster, scandal, and passion as they pursue their code of honor and love.
Book One: A CODE OF LOVE
Threatened by French spies, assassins, and calculating suitors, can Lady Henrietta Harcourt trust the infamous rake, Lord Cordelier Rathbourne, with her carefully guarded family secrets.
Book Two: A CHRISTMAS CODE
Lady Gwyneth Beaumont has long awaited the opportunity to show Viscount James Ashworth that she is no longer the impetuous child who dogged his footsteps. Now a much sought-after debutante, she is determined to prove to the hard-headed rake that she is a grown woman and a worthy participant in both the spy game and the game of love.
Book THREE: A CODE OF THE HEART
When Miss Amelia Bonnington unwittingly stumbles upon a smuggling ring in the modiste shop of her good friend, it is up to Lord Derrick Brinsley to save her. Can the disreputable rake and undercover agent prevent the French from stealing the Royal Navy’s deadly weapon and find love with the only woman capable of redeeming him?
To see Jacki’s wonderful covers go to: https://www.facebook.com/Jacki.Deleck/photos/a.522966274456427.1073741827.115357111884014/804377829648602/?type=1&theater .
On Wednesday Jo-Ann Carson launched the first three titles in her debut series: The Mata Hari Series. Covert Danger, Born of Magic and Ancient Danger. Her heroine, Sadie Stewart lives a double life. International model by day and spy by night. The stories are a cross between Indiana Jones and Covert Affairs.
Shelley Coriell's second book in the Apostle Series, THE BURIED, is a finalist in the International Thriller Writers 2015 Thriller Awards, Best Paperback Original Novel.
Killer Writer’s Achievements
Grace Kahlo is thrilled to announce she’s earned her PRO status with RWA!
Patricia A. Guthrie is officially at Camp NaNoWriMo and has committed to 50 K for the first draft of Stolen Horses; Broken Dreams, a mystery regarding the search for a stolen horse. She’s already finding plot holes, but that's another topic. Patricia is hoping this will cure her long-term writer's block.
Patricia A. Guthrie has new website is finally settled in with her blog attached.
www.patriciaanneguthrie.com You can find: synopsis, reviews and character interviews of both the books there. Come on by and take a peek!
Killer News March 27, 2015
Barb Kroon w/a Barbara Barrett just signed with The Wild Rose Press for her sixth book with them. Seduction on Wheels, a contemporary romance, is the second book in my “Matchmaking Motor Coach” series.
Barb is still working on a blurb, but she can tell us now is that the last two-thirds of the book involve a road trip from Iowa to California. Since she’d never driven out west, this past summer Barb and her husband drove I-40 as far as Flagstaff, Arizona and then south to Sedona, Arizona. She used this experience to research the topography her H/H would have seen along the way. As it turned out, what Barb saw wasn’t much different than what fellow KODers sent her a year before when she asked about the landscape on our loop, for which she’s very grateful.
Terry Odell has bundled her backlist short romances into a single-volume collection, "Second Chance Rose and Other Stories." And, until April 1st, she's donating half her royalties from that book's sales to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a cause that hits close to home for her. http://bit.ly/1xcPwkG
SECOND ACT, by Marsha R. West released yesterday in print and e-book formats. Check out her blog for all the info. http://www.marsharwest.com/release-day/
Blurb: When a member of the board of a non-profit arts agency in Fort Worth turns up dead, the homicide detective assigned to the case looks at everyone involved in the organization, including the executive director.
SECOND ACT is Book 1 of the Second Chances Series. We meet four women, now in middle age, who’ve been friends since they met as kids at summer camp. Whether they realize it or not, they all need a second chance.
Grace Kone, writing as Blair Bancroft, is thrilled to announce that her third Regency Gothic has gone live at last. The book is called, THE DEMONS OF FENLEY MARSH.
When the widowed Miranda Tyrell escapes a dire situation in Kent by accepting a position as governess in Lincolnshire, taking her young son with her, she never dreams she is jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. Instead of peace and safety, Miranda discovers the flat agricultural plains and salt marshes are rife with tales of mysterious fires, gutted animals, strange sights and sounds in the night. Her new charge is a disturbed nine-year-old known as the Demon Child. In addition, rumors supported by the local curate claim that her employer, a badly scarred veteran of the Napoleonic Wars, is a demon. And those are only the beginnings of her troubles as she attempts to teach two fatherless boys and deal with her wayward heart, which she swore would never love again.
Beverly Long, who writes for Harlequin Intrigue, has self published a contemporary romance e-book titled Knocking at Her Heart.
Toni Anderson’s fourth Cold Justice Series book, COLD FEAR, just went up for pre-order.
Linda Cargill received some good news this week. Cheops Books will soon publish Captive at the Berghof, a historical thriller about WW2. Hitler threatens Colonel Sir Edward Ware and Dora, Lady Ware, that if they don't hand over the Lawrence maps, key to world domination, he will kidnap their daughter. Go to her blog to see her cover at: www.paguthrie.blogspot.com .
Elizabeth Heiter release of SWAT Secret Admirer, the third book in her Lawmen series (and RT Top Pick!)
An FBI SWAT agent’s hunt for the rapist who attacked her sends her into the arms of a teammate, and puts them both into the net of a cunning predator. More details: http://www.elizabethheiter.com/swat.html
Writing as Susannah Sandlin, Suzanne Johnson has sold the first two books in a new romantic suspense series to Montlake Romance. The Wardens series will follow the lives and loves (and dangers!) of a team of Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement officers (aka game wardens) deep in the swamps of South Louisiana. She’s billing it as "NCIS Meets Swamp People." Book one, WILD MAN'S BLUFF, will release in Spring 2016.
Killer Contest Finals
Toni Anderson has some good news! Two of her Romantic Suspense books finaled in contests: A COLD DARK PLACE in the New England Readers' Choice Award, and COLD PURSUIT in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.
Tracy Poole manuscript "A Shot Worth Taking" is a Golden Heart finalist in Romantic Suspense (of course!) And Tracy can always use more follows on her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTracyPoole and twitter @BadKarmaWriter.
Killer News March 20, 2015
Killer New Releases
Book two in Gwen Hernandez, Men of Steele RS series, BLIND AMBITION, released Tuesday.
IT’S ABOUT TO GET HOT IN THE JUNGLE
Rescuing a kidnapped aid worker from St. Isidore’s dangerous rebels is just another day at work for former pararescueman Dan Molina. But his mission falls apart when the woman—who once shattered his heart—refuses to leave the island.
Alexa Alyssandratos can’t return to her life as a nurse on the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean island, but she won't leave until she’s certain the orphans she cared for—especially one sick little girl—are safe from the rebels. Denied their ransom, a would-be dictator and his soldiers are hunting Alexa, and Dan is the only person who can protect her. Old passions reignite as she and Dan race to save the children before they disappear forever.
Go to her website for more information about her book or to see her awesome cover at: http://gwenhernandez.com/books/blind-ambition/ .
It's a little after the big day, but Jenna Bennett short story, called Getting Lucky, set in the Tall, Dark & Divine universe (more specifically, Dionysus's Bar) is part of a free St. Patrick's Day anthology of short story romances. Info here, if anyone's interested: www.jennabennett.com/getting-lucky/
Also, she finished the first draft of the 10th Savannah Martin mystery on Sunday. 90,500 words in 32 days. Release date is June 6th!
Sharon Calvin’s Carina Press romantic suspense series, Gulf Coast Rescue, is launching next month! The first book, A DANGEROUS LEAP will be available April 20th. The series is about the men and women of the US Coast Guard. Book one is about a female rescue swimmer...
Janet Halpin just heard that her YA The Nascent Bloom took 1st place in the North Texas RWA's Great Expectations contest. Also received a request for a full manuscript from the editor judge!
Anna Taylor Sweringen received word that her inspirational romantic suspense, Healing Grace, received honorable mention in the final round of the NTRWA Great Expectation's contest.
Killer Writing Dedication
Today will be day one of year five for Kathy Crouch on the WritingGIAM100x100@yahoogroups.com. She started with the loop in January of 2010. It took her many tries to make 100 days. From March 17, 2011 through all the things that have tried to throw up road- blocks, Kathy continued to do some form of writing, either research, editing or writing. Blogging doesn't count, Facebook, Twitter all those fun things don't count either. It has to relate to the work in progress or a future one.
Killer News March13, 2015
Killer New Releases
The second book in Tameri Etherton Song of Swords epic fantasy series about honor, family, and love—of what it takes to become someone you never thought you'd be and to find the strength to face your inner demons.
The book is called The Templar of Ardyn and will be released March 31. The cover is stunning, thanks to a fabulous artist named Carol Phillips, and she'd like to share it with everyone. More information about the book and Carol can be found on her website ~ TameriEtherton.com.
It's hard to save a world when your family is out to kill you…
Taryn banished the phantom, but someone, or something, is invading her thoughts. To escape the torture and bring balance to Aelinae, Taryn must do the one thing she fears most—unlock her Dark powers.
Rhoane swore an oath to protect Taryn, forsaking all others to keep her from harm, yet her independent spirit and lack of trust almost cost her life. Now, he'll do what it takes to save the woman he loves from the Blackness growing inside her.
But there's evil in this world, and it's just as desperate for them to fail.
After a long wait, Lorena McCourtney finally got the rights back on "Your Chariot Awaits," Book #1 in her Andi McConnell Mysteries. The new e-book edition up everywhere.
Andi has had a bad week. Downsized from her job, dumped by her boyfriend, depressed about her big 6-0 birthday. But now - good news! She's just inherited a sleek, black, stretch limousine. The bad news is that all too soon there's that dead body in the trunk.
Killer Vibes Needed
Elyce de Reefe could use some good vibes sent her way as she recently completed her first manuscript, a 134,000 word romantic suspense, and sent it off into the world. She is waiting to hear from 2 publishers and 6 agents so far. Elyce also entered two contests and is looking forward to her first National Conference this summer in New York! She just joined KOD on Monday!
Stacey A. Purcell been very quiet with KOD this year but it's because she's had her head down working super hard and it's paid off! She just sold to Boroughs Publishing for my Single Title Contemporary, Echoes Of The Heart. It was the first time she'd ever submitted anywhere and she scored!
Kate Wayland book FOREWARNING was picked for Indie Book of the Day on Mar. 6, 2015!
Killer News March 6, 2015
Killer New Releases
It's release day for Tamra Lassiter latest romantic suspense novel NO MORE REGRETS.
Don’t let yesterday’s regrets control your future.
Rocked by her husband’s infidelity and subsequent divorce, Emmy Bennett is doing her best to keep her children’s lives steady and not repeat the mistakes of her past. Selling her jewelry to pay the mortgage seems like a great idea until she finds herself face-to-face with a gun.
Retired Navy SEAL, Ed Jackson, is captivated by Emmy the first moment he sees her. Her nervous mannerisms get his attention, but when he saves Emmy from an attempted robbery, he discovers that maybe he’s pulled to her for reasons other than his curiosity.
You can find out more about Tamra and her new book at: www.TamraLassiter.com
Jenna Bennett has a new book out that’s not a re-release. Finding You is the sequel to Before You, which was released last March. It's a short book/long novella - 42,000 words - about a college girl who goes to Key West to testify in the trial of a rapist she helped catch in the previous book, and then stuff happens.
The cover looks like NA romance, but it's actually a mystery/suspense plot with a romantic subplot. And there are three of us writing this series together, about three girls who go to Key West on Spring Break in the first book, and then about what happens later in the second. The first three were released last year, the second three on March 3rd.
More info here: http://jennabennett.com/sex-on-the-beach-new-adult-trilogy/
Teresa Reasorreceived a new “killer” cover for book titled Deep Within The Shadows, a paranormal romantic suspense. You can check it out on her blog.
Kevin Griffiths, Educator in Great Britain, says on Net Galley about Linda Cargill’s historical romantic thriller, Key to Lawrence, "Very hard to put down." He recommends that students purchase the book about the sinking of the Lusitania during World War I.
I wanted to say congratulations again to Joan Maze for winning January’s Volunteer of the Month! Woot! Woot!
Don't forget to cast your vote for February's Volunteer of the Month! This month’s features some long time KOD volunteers who have given years of their time for Kiss of Death. It will be hard to pick from this cast! Show you care by casting you vote today! Go to myRWA, Kiss of Death chapter and vote!
Killer News February 27, 2015
Killer New Releases
Linda Cargill has published three books of young adult romantic thrillers for Harlequin in Germany: Never Kiss A Vampire, In Love With a Vampire, and The Opium Cave.
And she also has a new cooking blog: http://www.midsummernightschef.com.
Stacey Brutger has released book three in her Urban Fantasy, A Raven Investigations Novel series called, Electric Heat.
The local witches’ coven offers Raven a trade: Surrender herself to them for one week or give up a member of her pack. She thought they wanted to study her, but Raven discovers something far worse—murder. To save her pack, Raven must make the ultimate sacrifice…her freedom.
Witches are being drained of power and killed using a wild magic that’s been dormant for centuries. Tasked with locating the one responsible for releasing it, Raven soon finds herself the prey rather than the hunter. The more lives the magic claims, the stronger the killer becomes. As she and her pack scramble to unravel the secrets of the coven, her own beast starts to wake, and she begins to wonder which is more dangerous…the killer or her beast. But one thing is sure, if the coven and pack don’t learn to work together, none of them will survive the coming storm.
You can find out more about Stacey and her book at: http://www.staceybrutger.com/blog/
Until next time, wishing everyone here many sales and continued writing successes. Have a happy and safe weekend all!
Killer News February 20, 2015
Nancy Brophy revised, recovered and re-released The Wrong Brother, which is now the beginning of a series – Wrong Never Felt so Right.
The small Texas town of Riggers is a safe-haven where nothing happens. At least that’s the way Navy SEAL Zack Pritchard remembers it. He’s home on leave and determined to avoid his brother’s girlfriend, Chloe La Ruse. If he can just walk his sister down the aisle, and quickly leave, everything will be great. Or so he thinks.
Except his brother’s life is in the toilet. Gordy has dropped out of college and picked up a gig that promises quick money and is only a little illegal. And everyone is a little vague about the status of Chloe in Gordy’s life - including the two of them.
Chloe is not at all the woman Zack thought. The girl who figured prominently in his fantasies for the past couple of years was not a graduate student with a hermitic lifestyle, majoring in sex education. He’s stunned to find a woman with an in depth knowledge of sexual technique and yet knows nothing about men. Or relationships. Or life beyond the classroom.
Many situations involving thwarted ambitions, fraternal competition, drugs and race cars work out well. Unfortunately this one has some problems.
Jo-Ann Terpstra first three books in her debut Mata Hari Sexy Suspense Series, Covert Danger, Born of Magic and Ancient Danger are up for pre-order, go to her website for details for more details at: https://lovindanger.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/cover-reveal-ancient-danger/
Covert Danger Blurb:
A single woman — A double life
High fashion model, Sadie Stewart, is a dedicated undercover CIA agent used to getting her man. But this time she’s chasing a power-hungry international arms dealer stealing ancient Egyptian amulets. Brilliant, ruthless and slightly wacko, he’s a hard catch. She’s willing to risk everything to stop him, but the handsome Sebastian Wilde, who looks like a modern Viking, keeps getting in her way. Her independence is shaken as he stirs feelings in her that she thought only existed in fairy tales. Can she put their attraction aside and get the job done?
When Sebastian sees Sadie in a high speed motor-boat flying down the Grand Canal in Venice, with the Italian military police hot on her tail, her beauty and courage intrigue him. He has a personal vendetta to stop the trading of looted art, and when it looks as though she’s involved in that shady world, he decides to stop her. Could the femme fatale really be that evil?
Their adventure spans the globe with scenes in Venice, Florence, Amsterdam, Cairo and New York.
Can they work together and stop the heist planned for the Met Museum of Art? Protecting the relics becomes their shared goal, but it’s not all about ancient magic and power. Love hangs in the balance.
Killer Release and Killer Pitch
Although last Friday was Friday the 13th, it was Barbara Barrett’s lucky day. For one thing, her latest contemporary romance, second in the “Sullivan’s Creek” series, Tough Enough to Tango, was released. But to promote it, she pitched a blog post to “Happy Ever After” on USA Today online and it was accepted and run on release day. The post showcases the word “Tango” and why she used it in the title. To see the post, go to: http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2015/02/12/barbara-barrett-tough-enough-to-tango-dancing-book-titles/23307909/
When her father’s heart problems temporarily put him on the sidelines, Shae Harriman steps in to run his general contracting company and oversee the largest residential building project the company has ever tackled, Sullivan’s Creek. Though she has the education, she has no management or supervisory experience, which immediately alienates her crews.
Megastar entertainer Ned Collier undertook Sullivan’s Creek to get his mother into safer housing while he is on the road, but now he’s running out of money, and his ego doesn’t want her, his best friend or anyone else to know. To Shae’s consternation, he insists on serving as his own project manager so he can control costs.
Their inexperience pitted against her desire to succeed, his autonomous penny-pinching maneuvers, and high stakes construction issues send them into each other’s arms, even though they come from two different worlds.
Killer Cover Reveals
Jo-Ann Terpstra has a cover reveal up on her blog for book 3, Ancient Danger. Go to: https://lovindanger.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/cover-reveal-ancient-danger/
The graphics are stunning!
Anna Taylor Sweringen romantic suspense finaled in NTRWA's Great Expectations inspirational category and she’s been approved for PRO status!
Nancy Brophy has new website. Take a peek at:
Needs some Killer Facebook Likes:
Jo-Ann Terpstra could use some Facebook love. She’s currently at 98 and trying for 100.
Please click the link FB page and like Jo-Ann’s page.
Killer News February 13, 2015
Killer Contract Signings
Janie Crouch signed this week with Harlequin Intrigue to write a six-book series, all of which will release in 2016! The series will be titled Omega Sector: Critical Response.
Killer New Releases
Sandy Loyd has a new release called, The Promise of Tomorrow, Book 5 in her California Series.
War is hell, especially for those left behind. When an IED explosion devastates the lives of Roberto ‘Cam’ Camareno and Nicole Murphy, both believe their promise of tomorrow has been shattered.
Field medic Cam helplessly watches his fatally wounded friend die in his arms, wishing he could take his place. Cam is the one who should have died, not his friend with a fiancée waiting back home. Instead of getting his wish, Cam promises to watch over Nicole. How on earth can he do that when survivor guilt paralyzes him?
After losing the love of her life and having her future blown away with his death, Nicole fears her broken heart will never heal. Even now, a year later, she still grieves. Then she meets Cam and her life changes for the better. Love has the ability to heal, but only if the heart is open to accepting love.
As these two struggle to come to grips with the past, can they find the promise of tomorrow with each other?
You can see her new cover at her website: www.sandyloyd.com
Jenna Bennett has re-released another book. This time it's Tall, Dark and Divine: Eros. It’s a Greek gods paranormal comedy, previously published by Entangled, and she have plans for three books and three novellas in addition to this one.
Eros, Greek god of love, has been down and out since ex-wife Psyche called him a workaholic and ran off with a Viking warrior with more brawn than brains. Drowning his sorrows in ambrosia-laced wine doesn’t make him feel better, nor does the nagging of the assorted minor and demi-goddesses helping him run his New York based matchmaking service.
When a misguided attempt to set up cute and lonely baker Annie Landon goes awry, Eros lends her his shoulder to cry on—not to mention a few other parts of his anatomy to take her mind off things. But falling for yet another mortal is the last thing Eros needs. Been there, done that, and not about to make the same mistake twice.
Thus begins his quest to find a mortal man for Annie, which will also rid him of the maddening desire to keep her for himself. It’s the perfect plan—if only Eros can bear to let Annie go.
Can a woman looking for love, and the matchmaking god who wants her to find it— with someone else—have a shot at a happy ending?
May the best god—or mortal—win!
Teresa Reasor is excited to announce she’s involved in a mystery bundle. Coming out March 3, 2015 MYSTERY, MURDER, AND MAYHEM. It has seven incredible mysteries from seven best selling authors in this limited time collection! From sacred to sultry, you'll find a mystery to fit all tastes.
Teresa’s story, Building Ties is featured in the Bundle.
Navy SEAL Brett 'Cutter' Weaver is on a mission to Nicaragua when he learns his bride-to-be, Tess Kelly, has been injured in a car bombing. He rushes home on the next available transport and arrives to find Tess embroiled in three controversial stories. There’s a killer stalking her, and one interview at a time, they mean to catch him.
If you’d like to find out about the other best selling authors in this collection go to: http://mymusesmusings.blogspot.com/2015/02/mystery-murder-and-mayhem-collection.html
Karen Sue Burns is excited to announce the release of Crazy for Home, book two in the Texas Ghost Stories. The book is available electronically on Amazon, B&N, iBooks, and Kobo.
When the worlds of a reluctant innkeeper and a former video game creator collide, stars explode over Texas, a ghost settles his past, and two lovers find their forever home.
The ghost of Robert Graham has haunted The Blue Barn Inn, a B&B in Brenham, Texas, since the 1920s. He becomes “friends” with Maggie Todd, the new innkeeper and oldest daughter of the Inn’s owners. She is intent on renovating the property, without her parent’s approval, so that the Inn will sell quickly and she can then return to her life in California. Maggie didn’t consider the pull of small-town Texas or the charm of new boarder Alex Brady, a successful video game creator turned Ph.D. candidate. Alex quickly falls for Maggie but the arrival of her ex-boyfriend sends him into a tailspin. One problem after another threatens the Inn’s future and any hope of a relationship for Maggie and Alex. Will the stars over Texas align so that two hearts can discover their destiny?
Avery Flynn is raising her giant coffee mug in appreciation to everyone who voted in the Houston Bay Area RWA Judge a Book by it's Cover Award. Her romantic suspense High-Heeled Wonder won best contemporary series cover in the Readers' Choice category and her contemporary romance Hollywood on Tap was named sexiest cover in the Readers' Choice and Grand Prize categories. She sends her thanks but not her coffee--she's not that nice.
Brina Cary is thrilled to report her status update as a PRO member and her workshop proposal was accepted by RWA! Brina is presenting Forensic Anthropology and You at RWA15!
RT Book Reviews said Jenna Bennett new book, Tall, Dark and Divine: Eros, was "modern and hip, with a playful tone reminiscent of the early Dark-Hunter books," and also said that the "integration of mythology into the human world is extremely well done."
Of course, Jenna put a new cover on it, and says she paid a crap-ton of money for an exclusive image from a photographer, but I think, when you see it, you'll agree the cover model was worth every penny. Check him out here: http://jennabennett.com/tall-dark-and-divine/.
Janie Crouch got the cover of her new book coming out in June, Omega Sector Book 3: UNTRACEABLE. Go to http://www.janiecrouch.com for a peek!
Thursday, Marsha R. West shared on her blog the Cover Reveal for SECOND ACT, her third book, which print & e-releases in March. Please stop by http://www.marsharwest.com/cover-reveal-second-act/ for a peek.
Killer Book Trailers
Jacquie Biggar has a new trailer for her recent release; The Rebel’s Redemption that could use some likes and shares. Please help Jacquie out by visiting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So68KM4h9zE&feature=youtu.be and share on your Facebook pages!
Killer Book Signings
Marsha R. West and other romance authors are appearing Feb 13, 6:30-8:30 at the Haltom City Public Library celebrating Valentines day with free books, refreshments, and SWAG. Email her email@example.com for info if you're in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and would like to attend.
Remember, Larissa Reinhart is always looking for new KOD members to be in the spotlight news. It’s a great way for us to get to know all about you. I know we have many members we haven’t met/heard from everyone yet.
So if you’re new or been here awhile lurking in the shadows, we want you to come out and play! Please send Larissa an e-mail stating you want to be in the spotlight! firstname.lastname@example.org . I promise it will be fun! You don’t have to be published either.
Until next time, wishing everyone here many sales and continued writing successes. Have a happy and safe weekend all!
~The Good News Fairy~
Also known as:
Killer News February 6, 2015
Happy Friday everyone! Please join me in celebrating the following KOD members Good News!
Killer Re- Releases
Jenna Bennett /Jennie Bentley republished Fortune's Hero, the science fiction novel she got back from her publisher at the end of last year where it was published as one long book. Jenna cut it up into three pieces - since it was written in a way where that worked - and published them separately. Jenna says, "It was an interesting experience, with making three different covers for the same book, and such. Part 1 is free, and I guess we'll see whether doing it this way will help to boost sales of the other two parts vs. just having it as one single download.
This is the book Jenna was working on in on a Coffin class with Heather Graham way back in August of 2010, so some of you will probably remember it.
Here's a link if you like to take a peek at the three different covers: www.jennabennett.com/fortunes-hero/
To ensure their survival on a hostile planet, an escaped prisoner and his hostage must forge a partnership that changes them from enemies to reluctant allies and – eventually – to lovers.
Last year, space smuggler Quinn Conlan was on top of the world. He had everything a man could want: a fast ship, a great crew, a gorgeous girlfriend, lots of money, and adventure and excitement around every corner.
That all changed when he agreed to ferry a shipload of weapons to the beleaguered planet Marica, currently under siege by Rhenian forces. Now he's stuck in a prison camp on the moon Marica-3, subjected to weekly sessions with the camp's "medical team,” and praying for a quick death before he breaks under the torture and spills everything he knows about the Marican resistance.
When the opportunity presents itself, Quinn takes a Rhenian med tech hostage and heads into the inhospitable interior of the small moon. There, he has to keep himself and Doctor Elsa Brandeis safe from the deadly flora and fauna, as well as hidden from the prison guards searching for them, all while formulating a plan for getting his crew out of prison, his ship out of impound, and everyone out of orbit.
But when Elsa professes her love, can Quinn take the beautiful doctor at her word, or will trusting her—and his heart—condemn him and his crew to an eternity on Marica-3?
Part One: Quinn escapes from the prison with Elsa as his hostage, and they spend their first day outdoors on Marica-3 trying to survive encounters with night crawlers, Rhenian guards, and debilitating heat, not to mention the lack of food and water.
Part Two: When Elsa falls into one of the underground rivers, Quinn has to save her life. But then the dunking in cold water makes him ill. And after that, they're recaptured and brought back to the prison, where Quinn ends up in Dr. Sterling's lab once again.
Part Three: After incapacitating Dr. Sterling and Major Lamb, Elsa takes Quinn's body and the rest of the Fortune's crew onto the shuttle bound for Calvados. But just because they've managed to leave Marica-3 and the prison colony behind, doesn't mean their troubles are over.
Congratulations Jenna! Your books are out of this world! High Fives!
Barbara Barrett's Driven to Matrimony was discussed by Orlando-area book reviewer Gary Roen on a "My Home Town” broadcast on WBZW 1520 in Orlando, FL this past Tuesday. Roen spotted the book when Barbara participated in the St. Cloud, FL Author's Symposium last Saturday and was particularly impressed with the cover. He started reading the book on Saturday and finished it on Sunday, which resulted in a great review for the book itself as well as highlighting the cover as being a great attention-getter. If you'd like to hear the broadcast, contact Barbara at email@example.com and she'll be happy to forward it to you.
Dina Maitland spends almost as much time extricating her movie star mother from personal messes as she invests in her forensic accounting job. So much time, she may no longer have a job once she cleans up her mother's latest fiasco, her engagement to a twenty-something film student. Vowing it's the last time she puts herself on clean-up duty, Dina sets off for South Carolina to stop the pending nuptials, and along the way, almost literally, runs into the father of the groom.
Ben Cutler has troubles of his own with his business under attack from competitors and a government audit looming. Not one to trust women, he must team up with Dina to balance his books as well as stop the wedding.
Though unwillingly thrown together, Dina and Ben are surprised to find their interest and passion for each other growing. Can they face their pasts in order to create a union of their own?
Life doesn't get any better than that for an author, Barbra! Well done!
Vanessa Kier is thrilled to have her romantic thriller Vengeance included in the iBooks Bestselling Romance promo that's running through February 20th. She's under the Suspense category in anyone interested! You can also find out more information at: https://www.facebook.com/vanessakierauthor?ref=h
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