Welcome

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.

Welcome

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

Leadership

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.

Leadership

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 - February 5, 2016

KOD’s very own DAPHNE DU MAURIER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MYSTERY/SUSPENSE is open for entries until March 15th at 11:59PM (MDT).

There are both Published and Unpublished divisions. A few categories are full as of this time. Please visit the website at http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/daphne for more information. For any questions, contact Daphne Contest Chairman, Brooke Wills, at daphnecontest@gmail.com

And now, please put your hands together for the following KOD-members, who have good news to share:

Marta Perry is pleased to say that HQN will be reissuing one of her Amish suspense novellas as a stand-alone e-book.  FALLEN IN PLAIN SIGHT will be available in April.

Silver James is excited to announce her panel SITUATIONAL AWARENESS: STAYING SAFE IN AN UNSAFE WORLD was picked for RWA San Diego 2016. With a background in the fire service and law enforcement, Silver will present a hands-on class encompassing frank discussions about safety and defense, along with exercises designed to help make you safer in public, the workplace, and at home.

Tracy Brody just found out that IN THE WRONG SIGHTS, third in her Bad Karma Special Ops series, is a finalist in the romantic suspense category in The Great Expectations contest. She also finished editing her 2015 Golden Heart winning manuscript and sent it off to her agent. Time for a glass of wine and a good suspense book!

Tameri Etherton is pleased that she hasn’t killed anyone this week. Apparently she wanted to, but controlled herself, and I think we can all agree that’s a good thing. 

And Brenda Davis is happy dancing because the Daphne du Maurier unpublished division is not closed for entries for mainstream and single title. A couple of categories in the published division are maxed out, however, so if you’re thinking of entering the Daphne, better not wait too long, or it might be too late.

And that’s what we have for this week. Have a great weekend, and enjoy the Superbowl, if tight ends are your thing.

Last week's quote wasn't easy. Did you figure it out without Google?  How about this one? "Even cowards can endure hardship; only the brave can endure suspense."

KILLER NEWS - January 29, 2016

KOD’s very own DAPHNE DU MAURIER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MYSTERY/SUSPENSE is open for entries until March 15th at 11:59PM (MDT).

 There are both Published and Unpublished divisions. Please visit the webpage at http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/daphne for more information. For any questions, contact Daphne Contest Chairman, Brooke Wills, at daphnecontest@gmail.com

And now, please put your hands together for the following KOD-members, who have good news to share: 

WILD MAN’S CURSE, the first book in Suzanne Johnson’s new Wilds of the Bayou series written for Montlake Romance under her Susannah Sandlin pen name, finally has a cover!

The book, which comes out April 5th, involves voodoo, family curses, South Louisiana bayous, Native American mysticism, a sociopath, and a hot wildlife enforcement agent (think game warden with paramilitary training). All good, right?

You can see the cover on Suzanne’s website: http://suzannejohnsonauthor.com/2016/01/cover-reveal-wild-mans-curse-by-susannah-sandlin.html

Having had several delays including a couple of months for back surgeries and complications, Brenda Davis is thrilled to say that on January 28th, she finally finished all rewrites and edits on both manuscripts requested at the RWA conference and has submitted them.  Many thanks to all those who supported and encouraged her!

Kathy Crouch was discharged from physical therapy Tuesday, the therapist measured the knee bend at 115 degrees compared to December 15, 2015, when she barely bent it to 4 degrees. She's 7 weeks post op from having knee replacement surgery on December 7, 2015. She's to continue her PT exercises. It has helped with her writing, boosting her measly barely 100 words a day closer to 2k per day.

And since we’re talking about health issues, I broke my finger on Monday, so please excuse any weirdness that may creep into the Good News reports in the next couple of weeks. I’m wearing a splint, so typing’s a little more difficult than usual. 

And on that note, have a great weekend, and we’ll be back next week!

Guess last week's quote? It's the tagline from Sleuth, but it's also good advice for mystery/suspense writers. Here's the next: "My words are my bullets." 

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.

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