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 July 31, 2015

Susan W. Dunn made the second round of the Molly contest in both contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She’s hoping this means the editors will get to read these chapters, and hopefully like them.

Suzanne Johnson, writing as Susannah Sandlin, won the 2015 Booksellers Best Award for Romantic Suspense for her novel LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP, published by Montlake Romance. 

Tracy Poole won a Golden Heart for Romantic Suspense at RWA last week. Also, Nora Roberts was kind enough to wait backstage afterwards, to get their picture taken together.

Tina Medlock, writing as Mia Kay, has two new deals:

SOUVENIRS, in which a shy sci-fi author and a wary actor fall in love while on a European vacation with their matchmaking mothers, sold to Char Chaffin at Soul Mate Publishing, in a one-book deal for publication in spring 2016.

And UNREQUITED, in which a recently-wounded FBI agent finds himself agreeing to serve as both bodyguard and husband to his best friend's sister, sold to Kerri Buckley at Carina Press, in a two-book deal, for publication in beginning November 2015.

Isla Grey’s book, ASYLUM HARBOR, has been given a release date of September 16th from the Wild Rose Press.

Jerrie Alexander’s FLIRTING WITH FATE, a Noble Pass Affaire Novella, is available for preorder at Amazon and Kobo.

Elle Reagan isn't about to stand by and let a con-artist get away with stealing her grandmother’s life savings. While the legal system moves at a snail's pace, Elle promises to bring him to justice. She follows him to a ski resort in Colorado, where she hopes to get the evidence needed to put him away for good. But she didn't count on her roommate being a distraction, because he wasn't supposed to be her brother’s best friend.

Detective Logan Ford has denied his desire to take Elle into his arms since they were teenagers, but when his partner asks him to follow her to Castle Alainn to keep her out of trouble, Logan finds himself unable to refuse her. He agrees to help catch a thief instead of convincing her to pack her bags and go home. To make matters worse, he can’t seem to remember why he should keep his distance from the delectable, infuriating, independent Elle.

Elle and Logan surrender to their attraction, but as their passion ignites, her plot is discovered. A killer will do whatever it takes to silence her and destroy a love that was destined to last a lifetime.

See more at http://jerriealexander.com

Teresa Reasor just finished her tenth full length novel and the sixth installment of the Navy SEAL Romantic Suspense Series, SEAL Team Heartbreakers. 

The title is BREAKING BOUNDARIES.  Here's the blurb!

Corporal Callahan Crowes arrives home from Afghanistan missing part of a leg and haunted by guilt over the loss of his men. With their memory in mind, he pledges to live every moment of life for them all. And despite having a prosthetic, he is determined to build a career in the only field he knows besides being a soldier: construction.

Reeling from her fiancé’s infidelity and broken engagement, Kathleen O’Connor accepts a job far away from Boston to escape the sympathetic fallout from friends and family. She moves in with her brother temporarily, and with her shiny, new architectural degree, she decides to launch her career with a commercial construction and design firm, and puts romance firmly behind her.

Her first day on the job, Kathleen witnesses an act of unfounded prejudice against Cal Crowes that disturbs her. When she learns Cal may lose his job because of his leg, Kathleen urges him to use social media to fight the decision, putting her own job at risk.

The public firestorm pushes Cal into the limelight in ways he isn’t expecting, and shows him a missing limb isn’t the stumbling block to love he's believed it is. And Kathleen discovers there’s more to a man than two good legs—it’s the size of his heart that counts.

More info here: http://www.teresareasor.com/Welcome.html

Diane Burton’s new book is out. THE PROTECTOR is science fiction romance with plenty of suspense. It is the 3rd book in the Outer Rim series about strong women on the frontier of space. The blurb and excerpt can be found on Diane’s blog: http://dianeburton.blogspot.com/2015/07/new-release-protector.html

Grace Kone, writing as Blair Bancroft, breathed a sigh of relief when JULIANA, book 4 of the Aphrodite Academy series - off-beat stories about young women to whom life has not been kind - made it online the evening before she left for 23 days in Europe & Turkey. But no time to tell about it until now! 

Juliana, Baroness Rivenhall, is haunted by her past. So much so, she spurns the man she loves, sending him into the arms of another woman. Although her friends band together to help her, her cause seems hopeless. Darius Wolfe, the love of her life, is about to marry someone else.

The cover is lovely, and can be found here: http://mosaicmoments.blogspot.com/2015/07/juliana.html

Killer News July 24, 2015

Traci Andrighetti's Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai, the first mystery in the new Danger Cove Hair Salon series, came out on Monday!
Debra Elise is a finalist in the Emerald City Opener, Romantic Suspense Category with UNDERCOVER HUSBAND. Winner announced in October at the Emerald City Writers Conference.

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.

Killer News July 17, 2015

Jeannie Hall tells us that it’s official: she has signed with The Wild Rose Press! She says, "Thanks so much to the KOD for helping me reach this point! You all rock! I'm looking forward to sharing all the fun stuff to follow!"

Beth Treadway got the EIN for Wild Authors LLC, her new company, and she’s going to RWA15 next week!

Tracy Poole was excited to learn that her work-in-progress, IN THE WRONG SIGHTS, third in the Bad Karma Spec Ops series, placed first in the Romantic Suspense category of the Orange Rose contest. It goes to the final round with the winners of the other categories  where it will be judged by three judges from the great line-up of editors and agents.

Tracy also hopes to see and meet many of you next week at RWA15 and the Daphne Awards!

Jacki Delecki has released a new audio book in the last week. A CODE OF THE HEART, Book 3 in The Code Breaker series, is narrated by the amazing British narrator, Pearl Hewitt.


Killer News July 10, 2015

Beth Treadway reports that she has filed LLC papers with the state. She has bagged the domain name for her LLC even though it's not pointing anywhere yet. Now she has the umbrella for her writing name and other endeavors to operate under.

Also, her manuscript is off to the developmental editor. Tentatively penciled in for copy edit later this year. The end is in sight!

And Jennifer McAndrews is happy to announce the release of DEATH UNDER GLASS, a Berkley Prime Crime July title. This second installment in her Stained Glass Mystery Series finds main character Georgia Kelly donning her amateur sleuth cap once again to try and deduce who is wreaking havoc on her best friend's business interests before a case of arson leads to something far more sinister. 

Yes, all the endearing characters from ILL-GOTTEN PANES return. Yes, including the kitten and the construction foreman, and yes, as the summer wanes in Wenwood, romance is on the rise.

Visit www.jennifermcandrews.com for an excerpt.

Killer News June 26, 2015

Sandra Clarke is thrilled to announce that her novel, The Missing Time, is a top three finalist for the 2015 TARA Award in the Romantic Suspense category. She has a week to review judges feedback and submit any changes, along with a synopsis. Then the waiting begins.

Maris Soule had the unexpected surprise of both of her new books, A Killer Past (published by Robert Hale Ltd in London) and Eat Crow and Die (a Five Star Mystery), being released the same month in both hardcover and as e-books.

A Killer Past: Most people in Rivershore, Michigan view Mary Harrington as a quiet widow whose only oddity is she spends a lot of time at the gym. Her son thinks it’s time for her to move into a retirement home. Two gang members think she’ll be an easy target. No one in Rivershore knows what Mary did in her younger years--really did--but the two gang members discover they've underestimated their intended victim, and Mary fears reverting to old habits may have jeopardized her future.


Eat Crow and Die (a P.J. Benson Mystery): Sheriff's Deputy Wade Kingsley’s boat explodes on Lake Michigan killing his ex-wife and her new husband. Did he cause the explosion? He doesn't remember anything from the time everyone boarded the boat until he and his six-year-old son were pulled from the water. P.J. Benson knows Wade would never do such a thing, but he's the prime suspect. She must clear his name, even if doing so puts her own life in danger. After all, Wade is the father of her unborn baby

For more about Maris Soule and her books, visit www.MarisSoule.com

Jacquie Biggar has a few pieces of news: It’s release week for her first multi-author boxed set, Dangerous Encounters.

Get your heartbeat racing with 13 romantic-suspense novels from USA Today, bestselling, and award-winning authors. Nerve-wracking thrills and dangers, heart-melting romance and love--enjoy them all in this outstanding collection of Dangerous Encounters....

You can check out the book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smUfSr_NMNw

Next on the list, Jacquie has finished the 3rd book in her Wounded Hearts series, Twilight’s Encore, and should have it available for ordering next week.

One man's betrayal will seal another's fate.

Ty Garrett fell in love with Katy Fowler from the moment they'd met. When her father’s betrayal yank the young couple apart, Ty becomes bitter.

After a decade away, Katy returns to Tidal Falls with plans to get married in her family's theatre. But she hadn't expected to run into Ty Garrett, the boy she'd never forgotten.

When unseen forces endanger  their lives, can Ty save Katy and win back her love, or is it too late for these two star-crossed lovers?

You can view the cover on Jacquie’s website at http://jacquiebiggar.com

Tameri Etherton's debut novel, The Stones of Kaldaar is not only a finalist in the FF&P PRISMs, but it won for Best Published Fantasy in the San Diego Book Awards. Tameri's been tossing glitter all month and is super excited to share the excitement with her KOD family. She'll see you all in July with hugs and sparkles aplenty.

Susan Vaughan is thrilled to announce that the third book in the Devlin Security series was released Wednesday, June 24.

Here’s the back cover copy.

DEVLIN SECURITY FORCE, Protecting Priceless Treasures (Book 3)

A stolen necklace – When DSF boss Thomas Devlin’s old flame is pursued by the same thugs who stole the Queen of the Nile’s priceless necklace from under his company’s nose, he drops everything and jets to Venice to protect her. He’s desperate to recover the necklace from the smuggling ring Centaur and restore his company’s reputation, but he runs into more trouble than he can handle in the arms of the woman he can’t forget.

A woman in danger – Impetuous artist Cleo Chandler’s involvement with the forger who copied Cleopatra’s necklace sends her on the run because the thugs who killed him believe she knows the location of the jewelry. When Thomas bursts back into her life promising protection, she knows he’ll safeguard her life, but will this take-charge man crush her love again?

A dangerous quest – From Venice to the U.S., as Thomas and Cleo race against time and the smugglers, they learn that something much greater is at stake than their lives and recovering the precious antiquity. As the peril escalates, so does the risk to their hearts.

For more information and an excerpt, go to www.susanvaughan.com

Killer News June 19, 2015

Linda Bond, who just had a cover reveal for her romantic thriller, Cuba Undercover, which is releasing July 14th:  http://bit.ly/CubaUndercovervideo
​Along with it, Linda is also running​
 a Goodreads contest: bit.ly/CubaUndercovergiveaway

Killer News June 12, 2015

Lorena McCourtney has a new e-book just released on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. This is book #5 in her lighthearted Ivy Malone Mysteries series, GO, IVY, GO! 

Vicki Batman is happy to say that she sent TEMPORARILY INSANE, a second romantic comedy mystery, to TWRP aka The Wild Rose Press. Next up, vacation!

Sarah Andre’s romantic suspense, LOCKED, LOADED and LYING debuts on Tuesday June 16thfrom Entangled Select Suspense. Any links, the super-fab cover, chilling book trailer etc. can be found on Sarah’s website, www.SarahAndre.com.

Janet Halpin was thrilled to hear that her YA Sci/Fi THE NASCENT BLOOM is a finalist in YARWA's Rosemary contest. On to the final round and fingers crossed for a request!

Nancy Weeks’s publisher, Crimson Romance, has bundled the 5 books in Nancy’s IN THE SHADOWseries. It has a new cover and title: SHADOWS AND LIGHT: THE COMPLETE SERIES.

Kathleen Mix's short story ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MURDER has been selected for publication in Murder Under the Oaks, the 2015 Bouchercon anthology.

The anthology will be released and sold during Bouchercon - the world mystery convention - in Raleigh, NC, on October 8-11. Sales benefit Wake County, NC, public libraries.

Killer News June 5, 2015

Beth Irwin learned how to set up her chapter's membership renewal in myRWA. 
Jeannie Hall's debut novel, Violation of Faith, the first in her Cult Wife series, has received an offer from The Wild Rose Press.
Kathy Crouch shares that several KOD-members made the list for completing the May "THE END" Challenge on the RWA loop. She knows Silver James was there, along with Kathy. Kathy wrote 20,000 words for the month of May.

Jenna Bennett is releasing the 10th book in her Savannah Martin mystery series tomorrow, Saturday June 6th. You can check out the cover and blurb here: www.jennabennett.com/unfinished-business/

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.