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 June 26, 2015

Sandra Clarke is thrilled to announce that her novel, The Missing Time, is a top three finalist for the 2015 TARA Award in the Romantic Suspense category. She has a week to review judges feedback and submit any changes, along with a synopsis. Then the waiting begins.

Maris Soule had the unexpected surprise of both of her new books, A Killer Past (published by Robert Hale Ltd in London) and Eat Crow and Die (a Five Star Mystery), being released the same month in both hardcover and as e-books.

A Killer Past: Most people in Rivershore, Michigan view Mary Harrington as a quiet widow whose only oddity is she spends a lot of time at the gym. Her son thinks it’s time for her to move into a retirement home. Two gang members think she’ll be an easy target. No one in Rivershore knows what Mary did in her younger years--really did--but the two gang members discover they've underestimated their intended victim, and Mary fears reverting to old habits may have jeopardized her future.


Eat Crow and Die (a P.J. Benson Mystery): Sheriff's Deputy Wade Kingsley’s boat explodes on Lake Michigan killing his ex-wife and her new husband. Did he cause the explosion? He doesn't remember anything from the time everyone boarded the boat until he and his six-year-old son were pulled from the water. P.J. Benson knows Wade would never do such a thing, but he's the prime suspect. She must clear his name, even if doing so puts her own life in danger. After all, Wade is the father of her unborn baby

For more about Maris Soule and her books, visit www.MarisSoule.com

Jacquie Biggar has a few pieces of news: It’s release week for her first multi-author boxed set, Dangerous Encounters.

Get your heartbeat racing with 13 romantic-suspense novels from USA Today, bestselling, and award-winning authors. Nerve-wracking thrills and dangers, heart-melting romance and love--enjoy them all in this outstanding collection of Dangerous Encounters....

You can check out the book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smUfSr_NMNw

Next on the list, Jacquie has finished the 3rd book in her Wounded Hearts series, Twilight’s Encore, and should have it available for ordering next week.

One man's betrayal will seal another's fate.

Ty Garrett fell in love with Katy Fowler from the moment they'd met. When her father’s betrayal yank the young couple apart, Ty becomes bitter.

After a decade away, Katy returns to Tidal Falls with plans to get married in her family's theatre. But she hadn't expected to run into Ty Garrett, the boy she'd never forgotten.

When unseen forces endanger  their lives, can Ty save Katy and win back her love, or is it too late for these two star-crossed lovers?

You can view the cover on Jacquie’s website at http://jacquiebiggar.com

Tameri Etherton's debut novel, The Stones of Kaldaar is not only a finalist in the FF&P PRISMs, but it won for Best Published Fantasy in the San Diego Book Awards. Tameri's been tossing glitter all month and is super excited to share the excitement with her KOD family. She'll see you all in July with hugs and sparkles aplenty.

Susan Vaughan is thrilled to announce that the third book in the Devlin Security series was released Wednesday, June 24.

Here’s the back cover copy.

DEVLIN SECURITY FORCE, Protecting Priceless Treasures (Book 3)

A stolen necklace – When DSF boss Thomas Devlin’s old flame is pursued by the same thugs who stole the Queen of the Nile’s priceless necklace from under his company’s nose, he drops everything and jets to Venice to protect her. He’s desperate to recover the necklace from the smuggling ring Centaur and restore his company’s reputation, but he runs into more trouble than he can handle in the arms of the woman he can’t forget.

A woman in danger – Impetuous artist Cleo Chandler’s involvement with the forger who copied Cleopatra’s necklace sends her on the run because the thugs who killed him believe she knows the location of the jewelry. When Thomas bursts back into her life promising protection, she knows he’ll safeguard her life, but will this take-charge man crush her love again?

A dangerous quest – From Venice to the U.S., as Thomas and Cleo race against time and the smugglers, they learn that something much greater is at stake than their lives and recovering the precious antiquity. As the peril escalates, so does the risk to their hearts.

For more information and an excerpt, go to www.susanvaughan.com

Killer News June 19, 2015

Linda Bond, who just had a cover reveal for her romantic thriller, Cuba Undercover, which is releasing July 14th:  http://bit.ly/CubaUndercovervideo
​Along with it, Linda is also running​
 a Goodreads contest: bit.ly/CubaUndercovergiveaway

Killer News June 12, 2015

Lorena McCourtney has a new e-book just released on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. This is book #5 in her lighthearted Ivy Malone Mysteries series, GO, IVY, GO! 

Vicki Batman is happy to say that she sent TEMPORARILY INSANE, a second romantic comedy mystery, to TWRP aka The Wild Rose Press. Next up, vacation!

Sarah Andre’s romantic suspense, LOCKED, LOADED and LYING debuts on Tuesday June 16thfrom Entangled Select Suspense. Any links, the super-fab cover, chilling book trailer etc. can be found on Sarah’s website, www.SarahAndre.com.

Janet Halpin was thrilled to hear that her YA Sci/Fi THE NASCENT BLOOM is a finalist in YARWA's Rosemary contest. On to the final round and fingers crossed for a request!

Nancy Weeks’s publisher, Crimson Romance, has bundled the 5 books in Nancy’s IN THE SHADOWseries. It has a new cover and title: SHADOWS AND LIGHT: THE COMPLETE SERIES.

Kathleen Mix's short story ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MURDER has been selected for publication in Murder Under the Oaks, the 2015 Bouchercon anthology.

The anthology will be released and sold during Bouchercon - the world mystery convention - in Raleigh, NC, on October 8-11. Sales benefit Wake County, NC, public libraries.

Killer News June 5, 2015

Beth Irwin learned how to set up her chapter's membership renewal in myRWA. 
Jeannie Hall's debut novel, Violation of Faith, the first in her Cult Wife series, has received an offer from The Wild Rose Press.
Kathy Crouch shares that several KOD-members made the list for completing the May "THE END" Challenge on the RWA loop. She knows Silver James was there, along with Kathy. Kathy wrote 20,000 words for the month of May.

Jenna Bennett is releasing the 10th book in her Savannah Martin mystery series tomorrow, Saturday June 6th. You can check out the cover and blurb here: www.jennabennett.com/unfinished-business/

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.