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 May 22, 2015

Mary Behre's first two books in the Tidewater series, SPIRITED and GUARDED, are finalists in the Romantic Suspense category of the 2014 National Readers' Choice Awards.

For more information about SPIRITED and GUARDED, you can visit Mary’s website, http://marybehre.com/?page_id=551

To celebrate the release of her new book COLD FEAR next week, Toni Anderson, along with fellow KODer Rachel Grant, and RITA Award-winning Romantic Suspense author, Carolyn Crane, are hosting a Facebook Party. There will be snippets and prizes and lots of guest authors. Romantic Suspense will be celebrated and other authors are welcome to join in the fun.

The link is https://www.facebook.com/events/372480652942619/

Killer News May 15, 2015

Ann Stewart’s debut romantic suspense self-published novel written as Reagan Phillips is loaded to Amazon and ready to release on May 19th! The title is CONFESS, the first book in the Blue Line series.

Teresa Reasor also has a new release coming soon, more specifically May 18thDEEP WITHIN THE SHADOWS is book 1 of the Superstition series

Meanwhile, Susan Vaughan has some news of a different sort: During the Kindle Countdown for ON DEADLY GROUND, Devlin Security Force book 1, the promotion lifted the ranking into the 20’s and 30’s in three different categories of sold books. A bestseller!

Vicki Batman’s essay, SISTER ACT, is in the Sisters Born, Sisters Found memoir anthology. The anthology is a winner in the Women's Issues category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The finalist will be announced at the end of the May and featured at BEA Expo.

And Kathleen Mix is happy to announce the release date for her next book. Look for SINS OF HER FATHER from Entangled Select Suspense on September 15th

We also have a bunch of people getting to the finals in contests this week.

Toni Anderson found out two of her books (A COLD DARK PLACE and COLD LIGHT OF DAY) finaled in the Holt Medallion for Romantic Suspense, and another of her books (COLD PURSUIT) finaled in the National Readers’ Choice Award for Romantic Suspense. 

Cathy Perkins’s CYPHER is likewise a finalist in both the Holt Medallion and National Readers’ Choice Award in the Romantic Elements category.

And Suzanne Johnson ups the ante: her LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP, written as Susannah Sandlin, is a finalist in the Holt Medallion Awards, the National Readers’ Choice Awards AND the Booksellers Best Awards, and the sequel, DEADLY, CALM, AND COLD, also finaled in the Booksellers Best Awards.

And that's it for this week.

Killer News May 8, 2015

Jo-Ann Carson has created and launched her first book trailer, for the Mata Hari Suspense Series, which can be found here: The Mata Hari Series book trailer #1.

The first novel in Tameri Etherton's fantasy series, The Stones of Kaldaar, received a 5-star review from InD'tale magazine.

Carol Conley had this to say about the book, "The world of Aelinae and the people that inhabit it explodes across the pages like a beautiful display of richly colored fireworks! Much like a fireworks show, The Stones of Kaldaar builds slowly, burst by burst, until the grand finale lights the sky."

In addition to the awesome review, the cover was nominated in their Creme de la Cover contest, and although it didn’t win, Tameri says it was an honor to be considered.You can check out the cover here: http://tamerietherton.com/books/the-stones-of-kaldaar/

And that’s it for the week. Have a good weekend!

Killer News May 1, 2015

Killer Releases

PIRATE'S ALLEY, book four in Suzanne Johnson's Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, was released last week:


After vanquishing undead serial killers and discovering the dark secrets of her family history, wizard sentinel DJ Jaco must now stop the coming preternatural war in Suzanne Johnson's Pirate's Alley.

Wizard sentinel DJ Jaco thought she had gotten used to the chaos of her life in post-Katrina New Orleans, but a new threat is looming, one that will test every relationship she holds dear. 
Caught in the middle of a rising struggle between the major powers in the supernatural world--the Wizards, Elves, Vampires and the Fae--DJ finds her loyalties torn and her mettle tested in matters both professional and personal.

Her relationship with enforcer Alex Warin is shaky, her non-husband Quince Randolph is growing more powerful, and her best friend Eugenie has a bombshell that could blow everything to Elfheim and back. And that's before the French pirate Jean Lafitte, newly revived from his latest "death," returns to New Orleans with vengeance on his mind. DJ's assignment? Keep the sexy leader of the historical undead out of trouble. Good luck with that.

Duty clashes with love, loyalty with deception, and friendship with responsibility as DJ navigates passion and politics in the murky waters of a New Orleans caught in the grips of a brutal winter that might have nothing to do with Mother Nature.

War could be brewing, and DJ will be forced to take a stand. But choosing sides won't be that easy.

Jenna Bennett released Fortune's Honor, the second book in her science fiction romance series, this week. To view her cover, blurb and excerpt here: www.jennabennett.com/fortunes-honor/

Killer Contests

Jerrie Alexander is thrilled that book one of Killer Affections, Till

Justice is Served, is up for the RONE award. Winners will be announced at the InD'Tale sponsored conference. The first segment is by popular vote, so enlisting help getting to the second level. Voting for the romantic suspense category ends this Sunday, May 3rd. You can find a list of the nominees at http://indtale.com/2015-rone-awards-week-three (her name and book title are there) 

Killer Seller List Makers 

During release day/weekend Melba Moon and Mary Marvella's latest anthology release, Finding Love's Magic, hit Amazon's Top 100 Best Seller list. Finding Love's Magic made it all the way to #13 and stayed on the Best Seller list for the entire weekend.

As of this email, Silver James book, NIGHT SHIFT is in the Amazon top 100 of Books and Kindle Store in Action & Adventure/Mystery, Thriller & Suspense - Crime and also in Books - Action & Adventure - Romance.

Killer Reviews

CataRomance gave SWAT SECRET ADMIRER (Harlequin Intrigue) 4.5 stars and said: "Elizabeth Heiter has penned an intriguing, exciting tale designed to keep you glued to the pages." More about the book: http://www.elizabethheiter.com/swat.html

Killer KOD News

Kathryn Jane Bremner officially became KOD’s new Vice President of Communications yesterday. Please direct all your questions about publicity matters to her at: authorkathrynjane@hotmail.ca .

Speaking of Kathryn, KOD's twitter page has officially reached 1900 followers!  Which is over a thousand new followers in the last year!!! This is all thanks to Kathryn One-line Wednesday Twitter program, she and Larissa Reinhart started.

KOD has a new Facebook administer, Carol Malone! Program chairs-please send her anything you need posted on Facebook to: cam@3tcm.net .

KOD’s Group Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KODwriters currently has 402 friends and our Business page hashttps://www.facebook.com/rwamysterysuspense 322 likes! Not shabby since we’ve only had them since January of this year!!!

Jenna Bennett is taking over as our Good News Fairy. You can send her all your good news at: bentegallagher@gmail.com  starting next week!

Killer Reposted News

Vicki Batman’s, "Holiday Disaster," a romantic comedy short story featured in the Season of Magic anthology took honorable mention in the 2015 Trans Canada Romance Writers Maple Leaf awards. 

The finalists in the unpublished division of the Daphne competition have been announced You can find the finalists listing here

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!

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.