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 August 28, 2015

Lisa Nicholas has joined us at KOD. Her second book, AS LOST AS I GET, came out last week, and she’s wrapping up her first ever blog tour on Friday. Info on the book, including the gorgeous cover, is on her site: http://www.lisanicholas.com/2015/02/as-lost-as-i-get/

Susan W. Dunn made the finals (got past the second round of judging) in Heart of Denver's The Molly contest for both her new romantic suspense, BETRAYED, and her contemporary, CAN'T FAKE LOVE.

Vicki Batman just received the cover for the holiday anthology her short story, HOLIDAY HANDBAG EXTRAVAGANZA, is in. Go to http://vickibatman.blogspot.com for a peek.

Christmas Countdown is on! Hunk-a-licious customer, Jack Treadaway, pesters boutique owner, Callie Woods, to locate a vintage handbag for his mother. Too bad the wedge between them is his sister, the meanest girl in town.

On behalf of Jo-Ann Carson and 15 other authors – including several KOD members – Marsha R. West is pleased to announce she is part of the launch of a new Romantic Suspense Blog: Sisters of Suspense. They are 17 strong, and you can find a wide variety of books, contests, blog posts, newsletter articles, hot lines, excerpts, varieties of ways to kill someone, and get an early glimpse of new book covers, on the new blog. Please stop by and sign up for the blog and newsletter.  http://sistersofsuspense.com/


Killer News August 21, 2015

Alexa Bourne is back for a second week in a row. Last Wednesday, she queried 2 agents with the book she’d sent to an editor 2 days before. On Friday she got an email from one of the agents asking for the full manuscript and a proposal for the rest of the books in the series! Alexa would love some more positive vibes! She’s soooooo excited for this series!

Anna Taylor Sweringen’s Christian erotica, ALL MY SINS REMEMBERED, finaled in the romantic suspense category of New Jersey Romace Writers’ Put Your Heart in a Book contest.

Tamra Lassiter released her first audio book this week for her romantic suspense, PERFECTLY INNOCENT. She contracted through Spoken Word, Inc. and says it was easy. :) She’s very happy with the results.

Vicki Batman just received a signed contract from The Wild Rose Press for her second romantic comedy mystery, TEMPORARILY INSANE.”

Bad job. Wrong love. And murder. 

Hattie Cooks is still searching for her dream job and one might be available...in the Big Apple, far away from friends, family, and Allan Wellborn. In the meantime, she finds temporary employment at NLB Accountants where two auditors turn up dead.

Detective Allan Wellborn dumped Hattie for Blonde Bimbo who coincidentally is employed at NLB where fishy things are taking place. But when Allan interviews Hattie, he must figure out why all signs point to her as a possible suspect.

Can Hattie find out who is murdering auditors before she’s arrested?

Allie Harris, writing as Allie Harrison, has also signed a contract with Wild Rose Press for A TWIST OF BETRAYAL.

And as Allie Quinn, she has signed a contract with Loose Id for an erotic romance called BY INVITATION ONLY.

Melba Moon has a new short story published by Gilded Dragonfly Books in LEGENDS OF THE DRAGON, an anthology set at Dragon Con in Atlanta. Melba will be speaking at Dragon Con (September 4-7), and will be signing LEGENDS OF THE DRAGON in the Vendor's Hall.

Also, Melba will be a featured speaker at The Decatur Book Festival on September 5th in Decatur, Ga. The Decatur Book Festival is one of the largest book festivals in the country.

And finally, at the RWA National Convention in NYC, Melba got a request for her full manuscript, a romantic suspense set in Atlanta.

And last but certainly not least, Jeannie Hall just became an RWA PRO member!

Killer News August 14, 2015

Janet Halpin just heard she’s a double winner in FF&P's On the Far Side contest, in the Romantic Elements and Time Travel/Steampunk categories. She also received a request for both manuscripts, and is happy dancing all over the place.

Susan Dunn made the finals in the New Jersey Put Your Heart In A Book contest with her new romantic suspense novel.

And Kathryn Jane cleaned out her junk mail and realized her website - http://kathrynjane.com/ - won first place in the Romantic Suspense Category, of the West Houston RWA's Romancing the URL contest! She gives the credit to her awesome assistant, who spent time last fall making a new header and pretty much cleaning up the whole site.

On the subject of websites, Anne Marie Becker would like us to know that she has revamped/updated her website - www.AnneMarieBecker.com - and revealed the cover of the first book – STACKING THE DECK - in her new series there.

Maris Soule just signed a contract with FiveStar/Cengage/Gale for her suspense novel ECHOES OF TERROR (working title). This is her 4th book with Five Star and her 30th published book.

In the ongoing process of making some earlier print books available as new e-book editions, Lorena McCourtney just got YESTERDAY LOST up a few days ago. In the print version, this was a finalist for a RITA award. It's an amnesia story - doesn't every author need to write at least one amnesia story in her career? - about a woman found injured and unconscious on a wild stretch of Oregon coast. After some publicity she's quite surprised to find she's Kat Cavanaugh, a fairly popular New York model. She's less pleased to find she also hasn't been a very nice person in that other life - and there's someone in that past who's determined to make certain she has no future.

Killer News August 7, 2015

Beth Treadway reports that the antibiotics are finally working against the crud she picked up at RWA15. Her lungs are drying out and she managed to stay out of hospital even after multiple doctors debated the matter.

Also, on the business side of things, she got a request for a full and a partial manuscript from RWA15.

Kathryn Jane typed The End on book 5 of her Intrepid Women series and sent it off to the editor... only missing her deadline by twelve hours :)  Lots of happy dancing where she is.

Retired Good News Fairy Diane Kratz has some good news to share. A short story she and her long time friend Bobbie Cole wrote together about five years ago, calledFLICKER, will be part of a five-author anthology called “Unforeseeable Consequences - A Collection Of Suspense Filled Short Fiction.” It will be available on or around August 28, for free as part of another friend’s debut novel promotion. Diane is thrilled beyond words and will send links when they are available.

Blurb for FLICKER:

A funeral forces Nellie Harlow home to face her troubled past. Flickers of a fire that scorched her childhood, explode when her mother’s will is read. Can she extinguish the flames or will they consume her?  

And Elizabeth Heiter got a new cover for book 3 in her Profiler series, SEIZED! It's an evolution of the series look, and she loves it! You can see it over on the Harlequin Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HarlequinBooks/photos/a.122580666872.117519.28405016872/10153520923511873/?type=1&theater  

Along with the excitement of the new cover, she also got a quote from the amazing JT Ellison,  New York Times bestselling author of WHAT LIES BEHIND, who says, "Elizabeth Heiter does her research, and it shows in this superb FBI thriller. With a ripped-from-the-headlines plot and excellent characterization, SEIZED is a true winner. Don’t miss it." 

Daphne Winners and Ranking Announced!

The winners and the rankings in the 2015 Daphne Competition have been announced at RWA National in NYC. Check out the final results listing of the finalists.

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.