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 April 24, 2015

Killer New Releases 

Susan Vaughn is thrilled to announce her new release, RING OF TRUTH, the second book in her Devlin Security Force series, was released Wednesday 4/22. The book already has a five star review on Amazon: “In this story there is danger, love and you will love going on the ride with them.”


A man in the shadows… As the infamous thief known as the Jeweler lay dying, he gave his son, Cortez Jones, a puzzle piece that will lead to a cache of crown jewels. Recovering the loot could finally get the FBI off Cort’s back, but the only person who can help him is a DSF researcher who blames the Jeweler for destroying her family. Forming an uneasy alliance with her, Cort finds her courage and tender heart make him want more than riches or redemption.

A woman in the light… When Mara Marton’s insurance investigator father was accused of conspiring with the Jeweler, the scandal ruined him and led to his death. Now the jewel thief’s son wants her help. Although sharing her research expertise and her father’s files with this sexy ex-con could prove her father’s innocence, how can she trust that Cort doesn’t want the treasure for himself?

Time is running out… The puzzle piece brings Cort and Mara together, but danger and secrets threaten to tear them apart. Sparks fly as they struggle to trust one another and recover the jewels before they are claimed by the deadly black-market syndicate Centaur. But with their lives—and their hearts—on the line, there’s no turning back.

For more about the book and an excerpt, go to http://www.susanvaughan.com.

Sarah Andre debut release date just got pushed up by 6 weeks: LOCKED, LOADED and LYING is now set for June 16th from Entangled Select-Suspense.

Tameri Etherton broke away from the fantasy realm to release her first erotic romance novel, DEVELOPING CASSANDRA, under the pen name Niki Hart. Tameri reports, “Switching up genres was a blast and I can't wait to write more suspense-filled sexy books!”


The camera never lies…

When it comes to sex, Cassandra James is about as exciting as dryer lint. Until one night when her boss, a famed erotic photographer, invites her into the scene. Her world explodes with new desires, hidden fantasies, and an insatiable need to experience all she can. Including the wicked crops and crosses in her boss’s playroom.

The only thing keeping Cassie from truly committing to this new lifestyle is the gorgeous model who lives across the hall. But a guy like him would never understand the wants of a woman like her…

Luciano De Moreno is more than just an international model. Once the premiere stud in one of Hollywood’s top producer’s stable, he craves more from life than being someone’s pony. What he desires just happens to live across the hall. But there’s no way a good girl like Cassie could ever love a man like him. A man with a sordid past and a penchant for crops and floggers.

Just when it looks like he might have a chance, their future is threatened by a power player from Luca’s distant past. It will take a daring choice, but Luca is determined to be free from his blackmailer.

First, he must confess his sins to Cassandra.

2015 RITA Nominee Katy Lee has started book two in her “Roads to Danger” series for Harlequin, Love Inspired Suspense.  Book one, Silent Night Pursuit, is set to release in December and has a smart and beautiful PTSD service dog named Promise.  Hanging out with these dogs for research was amazing.  Katy is also off to BookCon on May 30th in NYC. She’s signing in the RWA booth at 10AM. Stop by to say hi and receive her June release,Permanent Vacancy, for freeeeee!

Killer News April 17, 2015

Killer New Releases  


Rebecca York's new Decorah Security novel, Rx Missing, is up for preorder with a pub date of April 27.




When Lieutenant Commander Mack Bradley bails out of his F18 fighter jet, he wakes up in a hotel in the Twilight Zone, where hidden dangers lurk--and he falls for a woman who is not what she seems. To find out more about Rebecca’s book visit her website at: www.rebeccayork.com .


Rebecca made a book trailer for the novel, which is at


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb_EadDHzeA if you’d like to take a peek!


Melba Moon as a new short story published in the anthology, Finding Love's Magic. Caper in Cupid's Bow is a short suspense story. The anthology is available in both ebook and print and features nine different authors, two of which are members of KOD. You can find out more about Melba’s anthology by visiting her website at:https://melbafmoon.wordpress.com.


Last Shot, is bestselling author Eve Gaddy’s new romantic suspense, is available now.




Murder is the last thing homicide Detective Nick Sheridan wants to deal with when he retreats to the small coastal town of Freedom, Texas. His last case—possibly his last ever—was the most horrific he's ever had. No, he wants to drink, forget, and find a warm, willing woman.


The Last Shot Bar & Grill seems like the perfect place to do that.


Della Rose, single mother and waitress at the Last Shot, is anything but warm and willing. Della has baggage; she pegs Nick as a cop the moment she sees him, and no matter how hot he is, she's not interested. When her boss, Charlie Banks, is murdered and the local police chief writes it down as a robbery gone bad, Della is forced to turn to Nick for help.


Soon, Nick is unwillingly drawn in to the mystery of why Charlie was murdered and what the gunmen wanted. As Nick and Della enter a red-hot affair, Nick falls hard for Della, but Della has no intention of a serious relationship.


Della and her family are in danger. Nick's instincts are to protect and serve, but Della's are to push away anyone who might hurt her. Even him.


Can they catch a murderer and solve the mystery without Della's life being torn apart once again? And can they put aside their past long enough to trust their love?


You can read more about Eve and her books at www.evegaddy.net


Killer Accomplishments


Teresa Reasor finished her Urban Fantasy, Deep Within The Shadows on Sunday!! It will be the first book of a series.  It's with her editor and will probably be released in May.




Twins Miranda and Juliet Templeton have been haunted by childhood trauma their entire lives. One has the reputation for being bold and rash, the other compulsively responsible. When both are viciously attacked within minutes of each other, they are forced to leave their differences behind in order to survive.


Caleb Faulkner has always loved Miranda Templeton. Her letters to him, during his deployment gave him a slice of home to hold on to. Even though they’re finally together, something is keeping her from acting on her feelings. When she and her sister are injured Caleb’s driven to protect them both. But all his military training can’t help him combat this danger.


Detective Chase Robinson is lead investigator for the murder of Tanner Newton. When the two hired thugs responsible for Tanner’s death are killed and Juliet, his only witness, nearly strangled to death, Chase is certain the crimes are connected. He decides to stay close to the twins so he can catch the real killer. But his police training is useless against his growing feelings for Juliet and what’s hiding DEEP WITHIN THE SHADOWS.


Kathy Crouch writing as C. K. Crouch wrote 39,471 words since April 1, 2015 to complete her goal of starting and finishing a novella before April 18, 2015. She had 529 words written on it from March 25, 2015. She didn't write anything else on it until April 1. She made a goal to start and FINISH (she didn't say polished) by the time the East Texas RWA Chapter meeting. She had already made the goal with the Austin RWA Chapter on March 17, and then made the same goal on March 21.


This is her first time to write something with a set number of words and deadline. Good practice. When she made the goals she had no clue what to write about. The story is a prequel to another in the series she's seen the glimmer of beginning with Death List. After this, she will go back and FINISH Death List.


Killer Book Event


Mary Marvella will be hosting a Facebook event Sunday, April 19, 4:00 PM EDT-10 PM EDT athttps://www.facebook.com/ARomanceCaper. Feel free to come hang out and comment under a post.


We'll talk about books and writers and life! There will be prizes. We'll talk about our newest anthology.



Killer News April 10, 2015

Killer Releases: 
Please join me in congratulating Nancy Brophy for getting Book 2, called The Wrong Hero of the Wrong Never Felt So Right series, up last week. 
What if everything you knew about your marriage and your husband was wrong? And what if that knowledge put your life in danger? And what if the man sent to rescue you was a hunky alpha male who only had one flaw? He thought he was the one in charge.
By the time Abigail Brooks discovered her husband was an international assassin, she was already up to her neck in trouble. Her tenant’s boss had been murdered, and her duplex had been burglarized. Travis Stevens, the sexy, overbearing former SEAL turned security specialist rides to the rescue, expecting everyone to follow his lead. Instead, Abby sees him as just one more man she can’t afford to trust - a bruise to his alpha male ego.
While Travis has been trained to see what others miss, his encounter with the mystery writer is as far from the script as one can get. He is intrigued. Forced to work as a dysfunctional team they first have to figure out who is truly the villain and which version of her husband is the truth.
Unlike her novels, Abby discovers that even the most self-assured heroine occasionally must accept a helping hand. And a plan of action never prevents fate from smacking a person on the head. Life is truly what happens when we’re making other plans. You can find out more about Nancy and her new book by visiting her website at: www.nancybrophy.com.
Congrats on the new release Nancy! 
Nancy say's,  "Interestingly enough, KDP/Amazon declared it contained “adult content”. Since I write romance, my initial response was, “…And?”
Because they decided on the “adult content” label, the book could not be located under the author name. At this point, my response was, “Huh?”
Let me say that I write with more innuendo than graphic content. But in this book the hero and his brother tease the heroine about – wait for it – a menage a trois. As closely as I can figure, KDP has software that searches for certain words and red flags the book.
CreateSpace does not have the same issues. The Wrong Hero was listed under the author’s name as a paperback, but if you wanted to buy the ebook, you were forced to search for the book’s title.
Several emails later this issue has been corrected.
I thought you might want to alert other KODers to this problem."
Thanks for sharing Nancy! 

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.

So if you’re new or been here awhile lurking in the shadows, we want you to come out and play! Please send Nancy an e-mail stating you want to be in the spotlight! nancycweeksauthor@gmail.com I promise it will be fun! You don’t have to be published either. 
That's all folks! Have a wonderful weekend. 

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

Books 1-3

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.


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.


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.


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.

Killer Contests

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.

Killer Websites

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


Killer Releases

Barb Kroon w/a Barbara Barrett just signed with The Wild Rose Press for her sixth book with them.  Seduction on Wheels, a contemporary romanceis 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.

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.