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

The Daphne is open!

The Daphne Competition is open for receiving entries.  All of the information is on the Daphne page at http://rwamysterysuspense.org/daphne

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

Blurb:

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

Killer Releases

Nancy Brophy revised, recovered and re-released The Wrong Brother, which is now the beginning of a series – Wrong Never Felt so Right.

Blurb:

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/

Blurb:

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!

Killer Contests

Anna Taylor Sweringen romantic suspense finaled in NTRWA's Great Expectations inspirational category and she’s been approved for PRO status!

Killer Websites

Nancy Brophy has new website. Take a peek at:

 www.nancybrophy.com

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.

Blurb:

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.  

Blurb:

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.

Blurb:

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. 

Blurb:

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?

Killer Contests 

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.

Killer Workshops

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!

Killer Reviews

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." 

Killer Covers

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 marsha@marsharwest.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!  reinhartlarissa@gmail.com . 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:   

Diane Kratz

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/

Blurbs:

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! 

Killer Reviews 

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 barbarabarrettbooks747@gmail.com and she'll be happy to forward it to you.  

Blurb

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 

Congrats Vanessa! 

Please remember to go to Kiss of Death Chapter on RWA and vote for January's Volunteer of the month. Voting ends February 28th. Winner will receive a $5.00 gift card from Amazon and a certificate for being, Volunteer of the Month. The Winner of the Month will automatically be put in for Volunteer of the Year poll. The Volunteer of the Year will win KOD dues paid for the following year and a trophy. 

And…

Don't 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!  reinhartlarissa@gmail.com . 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: Diane Kratz

Killer News January 30, 2015

Killer New Releases 

Teresa Reasor releases her next full-length book titled Whisper In My Ear today!  This will be her 8th full length book.  

Blurb: 

Injured as a child, mermaid Katrina Lawson has adapted to living on land among humans. Denied the comfort of her water world, she's stripped of her ability to transform and to hear. But the promise of a cochlear implant offers her a ray of hope. 



Drew Saunders is a creature no woman can resist: mystical, magical and musical. With a hum he can seduce women and make them slaves. When he meets Katrina he's enthralled. But being unable to hear, she's impervious to his charms. So he must work to build a relationship with her the human way.



Katrina's doctor suspects there is more to her than scans and x-rays can detect. His obsessive fascination with her, places her and all aquatic species at risk, forcing her to make a horrible choice. Can she sacrifice the only true love she'll ever know for the good of her species?

Killer Reviews 

Alice Abel Kemp romantic suspense, The Taste of Her, received a four star from  Night Owl Reviews. It Read:  "I loved the ending, it was just deserts. 

Margaret is a strong, intelligent woman who deals in a mans world. Being a detective is tough but it's even tougher dealing with the remarks and an asshole named cooper. I cheered for her when she was put in charge of a case that was stirring the city and making the mayor pissed. 5 women dead, one man being shot, one woman kidnapped, one guy being taken down by a bat and some very angry police officers make this an awesome read. "

Tameri Etherton little fantasy, The Stones of Kaldaar (Song of the Swords Book One) received two four stars and a five star review on Reader's Favorite. Tameri say's, "It's all rather surreal when you leave your cave and find people like what you've produced. Write on, my friends!"

Killer Signings

Last weekend Tameri Etherton participated in her very first public signing event for her book, The Stones of Kaldaar (Song of the Swords Book One) at the Portland Wizard World Comic Con and says it was fantastic! She met new readers, sold a bunch of books, and had a great time. It was terrifying and amazing. One thing Tameri learned - the people buying your book haven't read it yet, be careful of spoilers! 

Killer News January 23, 2015

Killer Releases 

Tamra Lassiter is excited about her new romantic suspense called, NO MORE REGRETS. She just got her new cover. To view it go to: http://www.tamralassiter.com .

Alexa Bourne has a new romantic suspense/adventure book out today! CHASING GOLD is based on Grimm's Fairy Tale The Golden Goose. It is a contemporary story set in Alexa's "happy place", the Highlands of Scotland. She had so much fun writing this book and she's sooooo excited to share it! 

Blurb: 

Grace McKay spends most of her time alone trying to convince the world she's strong enough and smart enough to become one of the best treasure hunters. According to the media, though, all she's managed to prove is she's a frigid, narrow-minded woman who doesn't have a chance to succeed in her current hunt.

Simon Andrews is tired of being a glorified secretary for his family's treasure hunting business. As the youngest brother, he's never had the chance to prove himself in the field, where his true interests lie.

When Grace's uncle hires Simon on a whim to assist her with the search for an ancient family heirloom, he comes up against a woman determined to accomplish her goal without his or anyone's help. But Simon, although captivated by her passion for her quest and her beauty, will not relinquish his chance to prove both to the client and his brothers that he has the family gift for finding valuables where others have failed.

Grace, frigid? Simon is sure the media met the wrong woman. He's in danger of bursting into flames every time they are alone together. As they get closer to finding the heirloom, though, their growing passion for one another may distract them from the very real danger that threatens their lives and their possible future together. Whatever that might mean.

To find out more about CHASING GOLD visit her website here: alexabourne.com/chasing-gold

Jacquie Biggar's second book in The Wounded Hearts series is now available for pre-order and is on sale until Feb 2, release day! The title is The Rebel's Redemption, is available on Amazon.

Blurb:

Annie Campbell has made a good life for her and her young son in the mountain town of Tidal Falls. She's dating the sheriff, owns a successful business, and has the support of the community.

So why isn't it quite enough?

Jared Martin left Tidal Falls a hotheaded youth, and now, after eight years in the military, he returns a bitter, disillusioned man.

Then he finds out he's a father.

When an old enemy follows and causes mayhem in the small town, can Jared overcome the odds to protect the woman he's always loved and the child he never knew, or will it be too late?

To find out more about Redemption, visit her website at: http://jacquiebiggar.com

Killer News January 16, 2015

Not a whole bunch of news to report this week, but we still have some Killer News!

Killer New Releases

Release Day has finally arrived for Becky Martinez, who writes as Rebecca Grace.  Her new romantic mystery, BLUES AT11, published by The Wild Rose Press is available Wednesday in both print and ebook. 

Blurb:

Kimberly Delagarza is a familiar face to Los Angeles television viewers. She anchors the news every night. But now she's suspected of murdering her ex-boyfriend.  Her next TV appearance may be in a mug shot. Her fancy wardrobe might become an orange jumpsuit, and instead of her house on the beach, she might be living in The Big House. And the only person who might help her is a man she once wronged.

Killer Contest Opening

Brooke Wills reports the Daphne opened yesterday for entries and is already off to a good start. For more info on the contest, go to: http://rwamysterysuspense.org/daphne. Any questions can be sent to Brooke at daphnecontest@gmail.com .

Submit your entry today!

Killer News 01/09/15

KOD members are making headlines this week with all their killer news.

Killer New Releases

Jenna Bennett had a new release on Tuesday. DITCHING DAVID, first in a new humorous mystery series about a jilted wife who becomes a PI to catch other cheating spouses... but not before solving her almost-ex-husband's murder. The first review came in Tuesday night, and was a 5-star.  Anyone who wants to can read the first seven chapters on her blog http://jennabennett.com/blog/.

Wild Rose Press has picked up Isla Grey’s book Asylum Harbor.  She’s beyond excited about that and working on the sequel...not so excited about editing.

Silver James is thrilled to announce the release on January 6th of her debut Harlequin Desire, COWGIRLS DON'T CRY, the first book in the Red Dirt Royalty series. The book has remained steady on the top 20 Kindle Romance Harlequin Desire list and the Kindle Contemporary Fiction Western list.

Blurb:

The wealthiest of enemies may seduce the ranch right out from under her!

Cassidy Morgan wasn't raised a crybaby. So when her father dies and leaves the family ranch vulnerable to takeover by an Okie gazillionaire with a grudge, she doesn't shed a tear--she fights back.

But Chance Barron, the son of said gazillionaire, is a too-sexy adversary. In fact, it isn't until Cassidy falls head over heels for the sexy cowboy-hat-wearing attorney that she even finds out he's the enemy. Now she needs a plucky plan to save her birthright. But Chance has another trick up his sleeve, putting family loyalties--and passion--to the ultimate test.

You can find out more about the book and series at Silver's website: www.silverjames.com

Nancy Brophy new release, Hell On the Heart went up on Amazon on Wednesday.

Blurb:

A gypsy woman, sheltered by her family, accidently encounters dual evils. A white slaver meant to do her harm and the man who can save her - a Federal Agent with the power to hurt her family. While the gypsies detest the thought of a snooping government agent, his heritage plays into an age-old prophesy they can’t ignore. Complicated by the fact, it doesn't take tarot cards to see Agent John Stillwater is attracted to the clever woman.

Killer Reviews

Veronica Forand received an Amazon review this week for her novella "Snowed" It's part of the "Snowy Days, Steamy Nights" anthology that released on January 2nd. Veronica reports, “She never received such a cool review before.” Plus they gave her 5 out of stars!

Below is a sample:

"Snowed definitely left me wanting more, more, more!! I would recommend that before picking up this book to start reading that you ensure you have plenty of time to get to the end, because once you begin, you aren’t going to be able to put it down. 
I've already one-clicked on Amazon and downloaded Ms. Forand's other novella and am anxious and looking forward to more from her in the future. I loved this!"

To see the full review go to: http://www.amazon.com/Snowy-Days-Steamy-Nights-Come-ebook/dp/B00PWQ8B8A/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Killer Endorsements

VANISHED, Book 2 in Elizabeth Heiter Profiler series, released on Dec. 30th. She got a new endorsement from NYT bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, who said, "Gripping from the first page. Vanished will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to its searing conclusion. Heiter has given us a roller coaster of a thriller, sure, but this novel is also a rich and harrowing story of the psychology of evil and those who strive to stop it, insights that will stay with you long after you've finished the book. And what a heroine we have in Evelyn Baine!"

Killer Contest Finals

Kairee Taylor romantic suspense novel, Worth Running For, is a finalist in the Northwest Houston Emily Contest.

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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