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

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 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! 


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.