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 - November 20, 2015

Traci Andrighetti is happy to announce that both of her Franki Amato mysteries, LIMONCELLO YELLOW and PROSECCO PINK, have been nominated for the Mystery & Mayhem award. http://www.chantireviews.com/2015/11/13/the-mystery-mayhem-writing-contest-official-finalist-list-for-2015/

Wanting something a little different for what is a brand new genre for her – and also lured by the attraction of ‘upfront’ money – Blair Bancroft submitted to Amazon's new Kindle Scout program. And, lo and behold, after the requisite 45 days, her Futuristic/Paranormal REBEL PRINCESS has been accepted for publication. Details remain a bit fuzzy, but from what she’s seen on the Kindle Scout authors loop, she believes Book 1 of the 4-book series comes out next Tuesday, the 24th.

A princess from a peaceful planet, whose inhabitants have paranormal powers, clashes with a militant race determined on conquest, inadvertently sparking a rebellion. Among the lengthy cast of characters are a dashing rebel starship captain (naturally), the princess's fiancé (a sorcerer) a younger brother who speaks only through illusions, and parents who are strong advocates of non-violence. Yet somehow they must work together to find a way to free the planets conquered by the Empire.

The wonderful Wild Rose Press Artist Angela Anderson has created a fabulous cover for Jeannie Hall’s debut romantic suspense novel, VIOLATION OF FAITH. Jeannie would love to hear what everyone at the KOD thinks! http://jeanniehallsuspense.com/cover-reveal/

Toni Anderson’s fifth book in the award-winning, bestselling Cold Justice Series releases on Tuesday. COLD IN THE SHADOWS features CIA Officer Patrick Killion and frog biologist, Dr. Audrey Lockhart. Someone just met his match! The book is released in digital, audio and print on 11/24!  (All books stand alone). See details on Toni’s website: http://www.toniandersonauthor.com

CIA Officer Patrick Killion is on a secret mission to hunt down the ruthless female assassin hired to kill the Vice President of the United States. The trail leads him to the Colombian rainforest and an earnest biologist, Audrey Lockhart, whose work on poison dart frogs gives her access to one of the deadliest substances on earth—the same substance used to murder the VP.

When Audrey is attacked by the local drug cartel, Killion steps in and hustles her out of harm’s way, determined to find out what she knows. His interrogation skills falter somewhere between saving her life and nursing her back to health as he realizes she’s innocent, and he ends up falling for her. Audrey has a hard time overlooking the fact that Killion kidnapped her, but if she wants to get her life back and track down the bad guys, she has to trust him. Then someone changes the rules of their cat and mouse game and now they’re the ones being hunted—by a cold-blooded killer who is much closer than they think.

And Carolyn Rae’s recently released Witness Protection Series trilogy is now live and the first book, HIDING FROM LOVE, is free. Check it out on Carolyn’s website: http://www.carolynrae.com/

And that’s it for today. Have a good weekend!

KILLER NEWS - November 13, 2015

Happy Friday the 13th

Please join me in cheering for the following KOD-members, who have good news to share:

Silver James is excited to announce that her paranormal romantic thriller, BLUE MOON (Moonstruck #8), won the International Digital Awards Short Paranormal Fiction category and her romantic suspense, NIGHT SHIFT (Nightriders #1) placed 3rd in the Erotic Novel category.

For more information about these, or any of Silver's books, please check out her website: http://www.silverjames.com

Elizabeth Heiters book, SWAT SECRET ADMIRER, is an RT Book Award nominee for 2015 Best Series Romance – Intrigue!

Janet Halpin is happy dancing at the news that her manuscript, THE NASCENT BLOOM, won the YA category of the Pages From the Heart contest, and double happy dancing for the request for a full manuscript from the final judge.

Jacqueline Delecki wanted to share the news of her latest suspense/mystery release with 7 suspense/mystery authors, called CRIMINAL CHRISTMAS.

More info at http://jackidelecki.com/

Claudia Shelton’s new romantic suspense, SLATER'S LEVERAGE, was released Tuesday, November 10.  This is the first in her new OPAQUE Task Force series. 

Also, she will be on a panel at the Tivoli Theatre, St. Louis, MO,  on Saturday, November 14, 2015, after the showing of Love Between The Covers at 3:00 pm.

Linda Lovely’s new historical romantic suspense novel, LIES: SECRETS CAN KILL, has been released by Windtree Press. This 1938 cocktail of lies, love, and murder is available in all e-pub formats and as a trade paperback. The standalone is Lovely’s fifth romantic suspense novel.

After leaving her swindler husband, Cat Reedy hopes for a brighter future for her two-year-old son. The dream becomes nightmare when the corrupt police chief fishes her husband’s corpse out of the river and vows she’ll hang for his murder. Someone wants Cat dead, too—before the Street Fair leaves town.

To learn more about LIES and take advantage of an e-book promotional offer, visit www.lindalovely.com.

Anne Marie Becker also has a new release this week: STACKING THE DECK (Redemption Club, Book 1)

In a city built for sin, the Redemption Club is a secret society that exists to fulfill a person’s darkest desires—including murder games—for a price.

Raised off the grid by an anti-government group, Skye Hamilton puts her resourcefulness and survival training to good use taking the dangerous tasks nobody else wants. When a job searching for a runaway teen brings Redemption Club members gunning for her, putting those she cares about in danger, she’ll risk everything to fight the enemy. Including her heart.

Jared Bennigan, Las Vegas bodyguard to the elite, accepted his latest job hoping it would lead to his missing sister. All evidence points to his client as the last person to have seen her, but he’s not the only one looking for a woman who disappeared. Skye’s enticing blue eyes contradict her tough, distrusting exterior, revealing an intriguing combination of vulnerability and intelligence. But those eyes are watching his client—through her rifle’s scope.

To find both missing women, Jared will need to convince Skye—who plays a wicked game of hard-to-get—to be his partner. And with the Redemption Club intent on making Skye the prey in a human hunting expedition, her skills, and her trust in Jared, will be put to the test. It’s the ultimate game of survival of the fittest. But who will win?

For more info, visit Anne Marie’s website, http://www.annemariebecker.com/

Kathy Crouch’s NaNoWriMo novel, Wounded SEAL, is already over 30,000 words. Hopefully by Friday it will be 40,000. She’s going for 100K this month!

And Jenna Bennett finished the first draft of her 30th book on Wednesday. It’s the 11th book in the Savannah Martin mystery series, called ADVERSE POSSESSION, and it will be released on December 15th, after she has – hopefully – had time to edit it and smooth out the rough patches.

And that’s what we have this week. Have a good weekend, and avoid black cats and ladders today.  

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.