Sneak Off and Read: Lines about HALLOWEEN, #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about  HALLOWEEN for a spooky start to your week. Enjoy!

Sharon WrayIn a purple lace dress that had once been a Halloween costume, combat boots, and black tulle petticoat Samantha was all emo all the time. A total goth girl.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)

TemporarilyInsane_w10205_750 coverOn another joyous occasion, I received sets of socks embroidered with holiday symbols for every month. Hearts for Valentine’s, spring chicks for Easter, pumpkins for Halloween, and candy canes for Christmas.

Vicki Batman

51ujnuq5lxlWhy don’t you, your woman, and your medicine man leave me to suffer alone.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair

“You forgot to shave.” “No. This is part of my disguise.”

Veronica Forand

ASeasonforKillingBlondes_w9101_750 (2)Was it good or bad luck to be opening my office on Halloween? When I had made the decision last week, I hadn’t checked the calendar.

Joanne Guidoccio

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Kelli envied Beth’s unapologetic sense of style and ability to speak her mind. Today, dressed in a bright orange shirt paired with black and white leggings, Beth displayed her love for all things Halloween.

S.A. Taylor
A Step Too Close (work in progress)

51wddrbfbgl-_ac_us160_In the meantime, I’ll check with the sheriff to make sure he’s doing everything to keep you safe.” Halloween night brought the snows.

Marsha West


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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about BODY PARTS, #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about BODY PARTS for a great start to your week. Enjoy!

“Let me go first. I’m gonna put my butt on that rock and then swing my feet around.” Blair demonstrated. “Ouch. Be careful of the jagged place.”

Marsha West

Sharon WrayIn a pale yellow strapless which skimmed over her hips and stopped above her knees, and her shoulders barely covered by a white lace sweater, she was the vision of everything beautiful in the world. Everything his world wasn’t.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)

TemporarilyInsane_w10205_750 coverI huffed which puffed my side-swept bangs out of my eyes, then squeezed my orbs into python-like slits. “Are you crazy? Me…in accounting? You must be on drugs.”

Vicki Batman

“Our guy is escalating.” His fingers tightened on the steering wheel. “Another severed foot was found this morning, honey.”

Jacquie Biggar

51ujnuq5lxlHer flat belly and slim hips melted into beautifully shaped legs.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair

He stepped behind her, clasped her by the shoulders, and sliced off her ponytail.

Veronica Forand

I didn’t waste any time running my fingers down his chest, over those hard, sculpted muscles to his waistband. I hesitated only a second before cupping his impressive bulge in my palm.

Claire Gem

ASeasonforKillingBlondes_w9101_750 (2)There was something immensely comforting in the precision of her instructions: “Inhale and raise both arms straight out from the shoulders, parallel to the floor with the palms facing down” … “Exhale slowly while turning the torso to the left.”

Joanne Guidoccio

Her hair, her skin, her hip–no matter what his fingers came into contact with–it felt velvety soft. And her vanilla sugar scent… Jesus.

Jeannie Hall
A Midnight Clear (work in progress)

Logan leaned forward to rest his elbows on his knees and his chin on his folded hands. “We’re missing something.”

Kathryn Jane 

STaylor photoThe dead body lay face down in the overgrown grass, his right arm and leg bent, the opposite pair extended as if he’d tried crawling away, but couldn’t overcome the struggle.

S.A. Taylor
Shutter (work in progress)


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KISSing Your Conflict

I have been trying all day to write this blog post. Seriously. All day. And that sort of sums up the last month of writing almost everything.

On my last blog, we talked about simplifying your secondary characters so the hero and heroine can take center stage. Now … what do we do with them? We put them in conflict. Internal and external.

In suspense, external conflict is usually danger: running for their lives, protecting each other, solving a mystery, chasing the villain. Whatever it is, the external conflict pushes them together when then don’t want to be, which is the internal conflict.

So, the internal conflict is why the hero and/or heroine don’t want to be together. They don’t think they need a protector, they think the other is in danger, they have a history together. He wants her, but she’s pushing him away. Or vice versa.

It’s as simple, and as difficult, as that. Because believable conflict is hard to do.

Simple rules for KISSing your conflict:

  1. Make the conflict arise from your characters’ jobs, families, or friends – something they cannot control or change.
  2. However, that conflict HAS to affect the main characters’ relationship with each other.
  3. Up that conflict by forcing the hero and heroine together, even if it’s just making them run into each other socially.
  4. Give them a reason to like and respect each other in spite of themselves.
  5. Give them a reason to disagree.

I’ll give you an example from a book I can’t wait to read: Callie Hutton’s The Earl Returns. It’s a Regency romance where the hero jilted a woman at the altar to marry someone else. He returns to London in the middle of the social season, now a widower, and is promptly attracted to … his jilted fiancée’s sister.

Why keep it simple? Because keeping the conflict straightforward lets your characters’ emotions shine through.

Let’s try something different in the comments. Let’s brainstorm the conflicts between new characters.

Our hero is a burn unit doctor and our heroine is an arson investigator. Go!

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It’s #ReleaseDay for Love, Christmas #HolidayRomance #RSsos #mgtab @jacqbiggar

Love, Christmas

by Bestselling authors from The Authors’ Billboard

Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance

Release Date: October 18, 2015

Holiday stories that will be a song in your heart!
You’ll love this heartwarming collection of 20 all-new Christmas stories from NY Times, USA Today, and national best-selling authors. Every title in the set is from a Christmas song suggested by a reader. Here’s just a sample of the wonderful variety in these pages: In LAST CHRISTMAS, after a year of heartache, a young woman confronts the man who ran out on her the December before. Can SILVER BELLS bring two stubborn souls together and give a little girl the Christmas gift she wants most? HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS showcases a young couple confronting the dilemma of an unwanted pregnancy. In FROSTY THE SNOWMAN, the collection turns from angst to humor when two strangers and a cute but mischievous Samoyed puppy are stranded by a freak snow storm in the Alaskan bush. And then there’s the shopkeeper in WHITE CHRISTMAS who’s hit by a car and goes into a coma—or is she really at Santa’s workshop? All these and the rest of the collection will launch you into the Christmas spirit.
♫♪Put a song in your heart with 20 all-new Christmas Romances from NY Times, USA Today, and national best-selling authors. Each brand-new title is inspired by a Christmas carol and will lift your spirits and bring on the holiday cheer.♫♪

We Need a Little Christmas by Leanne Banks

When hard-edged, Christmas cynic, Justin Dane Burgess encounters Christmas fan, Lilly Johansen, he doesn’t know what to think. Can this Christmas cynic fall for the human equivalent of a Christmas angel? More importantly, can he be the man she needs?

Frosty the Snowman by Mimi Barbour

Stranded in an Alaskan snowstorm, strangers Hali and Terry are forced to rely on each other for survival.

Due to a freak snowstorm that forces him to land his small Cessna, strangers, Hali and Terry, and a cute but mischievous Samoyed puppy are stranded in the Alaskan bush. From the beginning, she’s never known a man so independent and rigid in his need to have things done his way. And he’s never known a woman so willing to help, stepping on his pride in such a lovable way that he can’t take offense. The frigid temperatures are brutal and when he falls through the ice to save a puppy, the stakes for survival become enormous. Can their blossoming mutual attraction withstand their multiple challenges?

Last Christmas by Joan Reeves

Annabelle fell in love at first sight with a mysterious stranger. After a week of unforgettable passion, he walked out of her life.

A year of heartache accompanied by the dirty tricks life can serve up finds her back in her hometown, determined to forget the man who still haunts her dreams.

Who should walk into her grandmother’s Christmas party? Why the man who seduced her, lied to her, and betrayed her. He has a new name and a new identity, but his effect on her is as old as time.

Rick Lassiter thinks he can woo Annabelle back to him—and his bed. But, he didn’t count on the passionate sweet-tempered woman he remembered as having a will as strong as his and a desire to make him pay for breaking her heart.

Holly Jolly Christmas by Mona Risk

This novella is a prequel to the Holiday Babies Series

Heather and Jeff have always been in love. But to find herself pregnant now, at eighteen, before she starts college and he joins MIT for a master’s degree… Talk about the wrong time. Besides, the news might kill her father, who is battling cancer.

Although the decision to give up her baby is breaking her heart, Heather contacts an adoption agency. Except that Jeff absolutely refuses to consider her solution and their perfect relationship is slowly deteriorating.

How can they revive their loving bond and protect their baby’s future?

Do You Hear What I Hear? – Patricia Rosemoor

The song “Do You Hear What I Hear?” was written as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the middle of the Cold War. Now Christmas is just around the corner, and live-in-lovers Shelley and Jake are in a cold war of their own. Detective Shelley Caldwell has all wonderful memories of Christmas, while Jake DeAtley, born of a mother turned vampire while pregnant with him, has none. They’ve come to a compromise inthat she can decorate “her half” of every room, but no Christmas tree. Then a case of hit-and-run leaves a dead body and a magical Christmas tree that Shelley can’t resist bringing home, heating up the war between her and Jake. There is more to the tree than either knows. When they discover the truth about it, will it bring them together or keep them farther apart?

White Christmas – Rebecca York

The snow is coming down so fast, Amelia Parsons doesn’t see the speeding car until it’s too late. One moment she’s crossing an ice-rutted street in St. Stephens, Maryland. In the next, she’s flying into the air, and the world goes black. She wakes, confused, in what appears to be Santa’s workshop during the holiday rush. If that’s not strange enough, a hunky FBI agent named Daniel is there, demanding to know why she’s involved in a plot to ruin Christmas. Can she convince him she’s not the villain and then work with him to find the real saboteur?

So This is Christmas – Denise Devine

Annabelle Lee—is looking forward to a weekend of catching up, munching cookies and enjoying Christmas cheer with her childhood girlfriends. She hasn’t had a vacation since this time last year and desperately needs the time off. Her business has taken a toll on her life, leaving her exhausted and questioning the price of success. She arrives early at Ellie Stone’s family cabin to relax and decide the direction of her future, but to her dismay, she’s not alone. Ellie’s twin brother is also there and declares he isn’t leaving until Friday.

Christopher Stone—is the boy who mercilessly teased her when they were kids. He has grown into a handsome man with a career in professional baseball and a pop-star girlfriend. He appears to have an idyllic life, but the longer they talk, the more Annabelle suspects his love life isn’t as perfect as he claims. She can’t deny her attraction to him and knows he’s attracted to her as well.

Best Friends Forever—will this week be like old times or the beginning of a new chapter in her life?

Grown Up Christmas List – Donna Fasano

Dina Griffin is on the run and wants only one thing this Christmas—to feel safe. However, Officer Gav Thomas tries to arrest her. Arrest her? Yes. But the two become friends, and soon the attraction they feel is unmistakable, even though Gav senses Dina is hiding something. Is he really a local cop… or her guardian angel?

Blue Christmas – Traci Hall

Librarian/waitress Tamsyn Lee is all about accepting change, while Evan Hawke must do everything just the same in order to find his muse. He hopes the seaside grill he wrote his first mystery masterpiece in will kick-start his third book before his publisher drops him. Tamsyn has zero tolerance for divas, but she’s read Evan’s novel and knows he has the talent. Besides, helping him takes the focus off of spending Christmas without her family. Evan realizes he needs a miracle—could feisty Tamsyn be an angel in sneakers and a ponytail?

Santa Baby – Taylor Lee

Dancing to Eartha Kitt’s sultry list of all goodies she expected Santa Baby to put under her tree, Lily slid down the pole and stifled a sigh. A blue convertible? A sable? A Tiffany ring? Right! Like Lily could expect anything remotely like that under her tree! How about first making sure she had a tree.

At that moment she saw him. The big man with the shaggy blond hair and gleaming dark eyes was leaning casually back in his chair. His narrowed expression was hard, knowing. It was clear that he was studying her. Stunned, she quickly looked away, her carefully honed rules fleeing in her panic. The imposing man had “cop” written all over him. Squashing down her terror, Lily pasted a professional smile on her face, waved to the screaming crowd, and fled the stage.

Anyone who’d ever tangled with dirty cops knew that the hard blue line protected the most egregious acts committed by one of their brothers. If anyone doubted that was true all they had to know was that Aiden was a free man and Lily was on the run.

Lily’s only hope was that this time she and Gabriella had run far enough, fast enough, that he wouldn’t be able to find them.

If he was any judge of women who shed their clothes for a living, and Zach most certainly was, he recognized her startled wide-eyed expression. He’d seen it far too many times in his line of work. It was fear, pure and simple.

The Vice Cop reminded himself all that meant was that the beautiful woman had something big to hide.

Let it Snow – Stephanie Queen

Guilt and sorrow eat at ex-special ops legend Dane Blaise like kryptonite until he can’t remember why he wanted Shana, his ex-Scotland Yard partner and former balm for his soul.

Shana can’t reach him and she’s desperate until a stranger, a padre from South America shows up in a snow storm on Christmas Eve. The stranger claims he’s there to help, but what can he possibly do…

Merry, Did You Know? – Jennifer St. Giles

MC Love has decided to give her soon to be born baby up for adoption. In her experience, the cons of growing up in the Love’s family dynasty far outweigh the pros. She wants her baby to have stable parents and a normal life, far from her family’s dysfunctional insanity and the paparazzi that hound her and her seven sisters, all of which are step except one (Her mother, True Love, is still looking for the love of her life). None of the Loves are lucky in love. Her sisters Pure and Sweet had a reality TV show, Love’s Truth about the Loves’ romantic tragedies.

MC does not want her own misfortune in the gossip columns or on her sisters’ show. She has kept her pregnancy a secret as is currently hiding on St. Simons Island, Georgia while her family thinks she is vacationing in a villa in France. She has a week to choose the parents for her child which is due in one month. Everything is on track.

What MC doesn’t plan on is Doug Warren, the man who lives in the condo next to her. The man whose music in the middle of the night makes her heart sing and weep. The man who changes everything.

Doug Warren is trying to breathe again. After the tragic loss of his wife and daughter three years ago, he has his head down, focused on surviving one day at a time. Christmas is the worst time of year. He can’t afford anything to shake the fragile balance he has gained. Two things happen to throw him into the deep end. His family tells him they are descending in mass at Christmas and his neighbor’s adoption papers smack him in the face.

Once he meets MC, he is unable to go back to his status quo. How could she give away what he would die over and over again to have back? He sets on a mission to find out why. And as she helps him prepare for his family’s arrival, his mission changes as the impossible unfolds. Doug’s not only breathing, but his heart is beating, stronger than ever for a woman and her unborn child.

Can he convince her to believe in miracles and trust in him?

O Christmas Tree – Alicia Street

Blaming himself for the collapse of a storm shelter that took the lives of his wife and son in a violent tornado, Cody has spent the last three years running, moving from place to place, taking whatever odd job is available to sustain his empty life.

Piper knows what it takes to endure and hope in the face of the odds, especially at Christmas, so when the ruggedly handsome man with the desolate look in his face steps into her cat cafe to deliver a box of stray kittens, something tells her it’s going to be a very interesting holiday.

Sleigh Ride – Katy Walters

Having lost her father, The Reverend Stuart Vale, the third son of an Earl to yellow fever, Miss Sophia Vale, faced a life of genteel poverty. Not for her the whirl of balls, routs and clandestine meetings in Vauxhall Gardens, nor for her the thrill of meeting that special beau. Yet being of strong will, she determined to banish such frippery dreams and help her bereaved mama to rear her brood of six daughters and one young son.

However Baron Jude Hawsley, a lecher with a penchant for young maidens has other ideas for the unwitting Sophia.

Enter Lord Wells, the Earl of Breconbridge, renowned as a rakehell, his saving grace being a conscience. Yet he guards a secret life, involving much danger for himself and those close to him. Will his conscience win the day? Will he save Sophia from the horrors of enslavement to the baron.

Deck the Hearts – Rachelle Ayala

Holly Jolly lives for Christmas. It’s the only time of the year, as far as she’s concerned.

Gordon Gills doesn’t need a reason to hate the holiday season. He doesn’t see the point.

Gordon returns to the mansion he inherited and finds Holly making a mess with her Christmas decorations. Unfortunately, his great-aunt’s will stipulates that he must make merry every Christmas if he wants to keep his inheritance.

Holly is determined to infect the grouchy Gordon with every dose of Christmas cheer she can muster up and show him what Christmas is really about, while Gordon doesn’t believe Holly can be truly that cheerful. He’ll make the entire ordeal anything but jolly for the redheaded elf, if only he wasn’t so attracted to her.

Will Gordon prevail and turn Holly into a Grinch, or will a sprinkling of Christmas magic show Gordon that there’s no fighting love, especially when it’s wrapped up in a gorgeous red-headed package of jolly holly?

Silver Bells – Jacquie Biggar

Mystery writer, Joel Carpenter, has no time for romance. He has a deadline to meet, and too many skeletons in his closet to trust the slightly spinny artist renting his house.

Christy Taylor has her hands full dealing with an ailing business and a diabetic daughter, she doesn’t need the temptation that is her landlord, Joel Carpenter.

Can a Christmas wish bring two stubborn souls together and give a little girl the gift she wants most?

A family of her own.

Hark the Herald Angel Falls – Michele Hauf

To earn her halo, angel Merit must convince the person who holds her earthly soul in limbo—her husband—to stop loving her.

Little Drummer Boy – Dani Haviland

Reduced to becoming a drummer boy at half wages, the young scout shows his worth when a small band of post-Revolutionary War soldiers and citizens become lost in the worst winter storm of the late 18th century. Will the unexpected arrival of his malcontent father help or hurt their situation?

I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Nancy Radke

Fleeing an invading army in the Middle East, Sofia Morgan and Lee Trahern meet in a rowboat in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. They have barely enough water to make the trip across, and when bullets fly, most of their containers are shot full of holes. Can these two make it to safety, and even be home for Christmas?

Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Cynthia Cooke

Santa Claus is coming to town, and so is Nicole Flattery. When this big city girl must return to her small hometown, she runs headfirst into the handsome boy next door—who is none other than the town Santa. And he needs an elf. 1.Nicole better Watch Out for her father has taken a fall. 2.She better Not Cry when she has to wear an elf costume and be at Santa’s beck and call. 3.She better Not Shout even when she has lost it all. Santa is making a list, and he’s checking it twice. He’s going to make sure she’s naughty and nice. So, hold onto your heart, because Santa Claus is coming to town!

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Leanne Banks

Leanne Banks is a national #1 best-selling author with over fifty romance novels to her credit. Leanne was born and raised in the wonderful town of Roanoke, Virginia. Growing up in “the star city of the south” had a huge impact on her outlook and her writing. Her B.S. in Psychology only qualifies her to treat fictional characters and she began writing when her two children were very young. Leanne believes in the transforming power of love, so writing romance novels comes naturally to her. Her muse is a 4.5 lb Pomeranian who is happy to snooze beside Leanne while Leanne creates. Leanne loves travel and trips to the beach, but what’s most important to her is family. Leanne’s home on the web is To get the most up-to-date scoop on Leanne, visit her on facebook.

Mimi Barbour

New York TimesUSA Today, Best-selling author – Mimi’s been heard to say: “I’m an author who loves to write uplifting stories about romance. Add in some time travel, or maybe an angel, or even a little romantic suspense and it makes the story more fascinating because of the incredible possibilities.”

Mimi is an Amazon best-selling author who’s sold over 500,000 copies of her books world-wide. Her five romance series: The Vicarage Bench/ time travel at its best, Angels with Attitudes / angels love romance, Vegas / fast-paced plotting, Elvis / make a song a book and her newest, Undercover FBI / with sizzling conflicts and lots of humor.

Joan Reeves

Joan Reeves is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. Available as ebooks and audiobooks, her romance novels all have the same underlying theme: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.” Joan lives her happily ever after with her Hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. Sign up for Joan’s email list/newsletter for readers.

Mona Risk

A tireless traveler, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mona Risk writes contemporary romance, medical romance, and romantic suspense novels, all simmering with emotion. Sprinkled with a good dose of humor, her stories are set in the fascinating places she visits— or in Florida, her paradise on earth.

Patricia Rosemoor

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Patricia Rosemoor writes “dangerous love.” She has had 98 novels with 8 publishers and more than 7 million books in print. Patricia has won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America and two Reviewers Choice and two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times BOOKreviews, and in her other life, she taught Popular Fiction and Suspense-Thriller Writing at Columbia College Chicago.

Rebecca York

NY Times & USA Today best-seller, Rebecca York, is the author of over 150 books. She has written paranormal romantic thrillers for Berkley and romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue. Her new romantic-suspense series, Decorah Security, is set at a detective agency where agents have paranormal powers or work paranormal cases. She also writes an Off-World series where each story is a science fiction romance taking place on a distant planet in the far future.

Denise Devine

Denise Devine has had a passion for books since the second grade when she discovered Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She wrote her first book, a mystery, at age thirteen and has been writing ever since. She’s been a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) since 1991 and has won or placed in numerous writing contests. In 2008, her contemporary inspirational romance, This Time Forever, was a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart contest for unpublished writers.

Denise lives on six wooded acres in East Bethel, Minnesota with her husband, Steve and her three problem (feline) children, Mocha, Lambchop and Tigger. She loves to read, write, study and travel.

Donna Fasano

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl’s Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her novels have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #1.

Donna has a website, and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. Contact information can be found inside Donna Fasano’s books. She loves to interact with readers.

Traci Hall

With an impressive bibliography in an array of genres, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall has garnered a notable fan base. She pens stories guaranteed to touch the heart while transporting the reader to another time and place. Her belief in happily ever after shines through, whether it’s a romantic glimpse into history or a love affair for today.

Taylor Lee

USA Today Best Selling author Taylor Lee writes Suspenseful Mystery Thrillers – with a heavy dose of Sexy to Sizzling HOT Romance.

In the four years that she has been writing, Taylor has written more than forty books. Her eight, series track her Special Operatives, Covert Agents, Cops, Firefighters and other iconic heroes and heroines, through the harrowing situations that make up their lives. From human trafficking rings to corrupt politicians, Taylor investigates the underbelly of society and the criminals who flourish there.

Taylor says: “From the residue in my personal blender of mixed races, cultures and world views, my characters emerge. It comforts me to know that while evil slinks in the shadows, the “good guys and gals” of the world sniff it out – and snuff it out.

My characters are arrogant alpha males and the feisty women who bring them to their knees – and vice versa… They fight hard, love hard and don’t mince words. They are dangerous men and women in dangerous times. Love, passion and ridding the world of evil? What’s not to like?

Stephanie Queen

A romantic at heart and a writer by nature, Stephanie Queen has the enthusiastic soul of a cheerleader. So of course she loves creating stories where the good guys always win. Although she’s lost count of all the jobs she had before she settled on being a Novelist, her favorite was selling cookies as a Keebler Elf. She is a graduate of UConn (go Huskies!) and Harvard U and lives in New Hampshire with her family, her cat, Kitty, and her (real or imagined?) chauffeur, Myren.

Jennifer St. Giles

USA Today Bestselling author, Jennifer St. Giles, aka Jennifer Saints, J.L. Saint is a Golden Heart, three-time Maggie, two-time National Reader’s Choice, Marlene, RT Reviewer’s Choice and Daphne du Maurier award-winning author. Jennifer writes in multiple genres, including: romance, paranormal, contemporary, historical and military and paranormal crime. She is a nurse in a surgery center and the Vice-President of a charitable foundation which helps women and children’s causes. Jenni believes fervently in following your dreams and never giving up.

Alicia Street

Alicia Street is a USA Today Bestselling Author and Daphne du Maurier award-winner. She writes both sweet romance and sexy romance and sometimes collaborates with her husband, Roy. Her years as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher provide the inspiration behind her Dance ‘n’ Luv contemporary romance series. A compulsive reader of every genre, Alicia loves watching old black-and-white movies and inventing new recipes for soup.

Katy Walters

I began with a publisher but loved the freedom of Amazon and so I am an independent author living on the South Coast of the UK. Previously, I enjoyed a career as a research psychologist and psychotherapist, As the children grew and flew the nest, I decided to write about my experiences to help others, but as I began writing, my pen spelt out a different course and I was soon writing novels. These are historical romance suspense, with an underlying theme that I hoped inspire those who long to overcome their inhibiting fear, and reach their goals. From the reviews and private emails from readers, this has worked and I am so glad. It makes my writing even more worthwhile. I am now on the twentieth book and love it.

I get a lot of my inspiration for plots whilst walking with my dog Lily along beaches and in the nearby woods. She features in all my books under pseudonyms and is portrayed as her own wonderful zany self.

Rachelle Ayala

Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it’s within the pages of a book. Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, and A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award.

Jacquie Biggar

JACQUIE BIGGAR is a bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males who know what they want, that is until they’re gob-smacked by heroines who are strong, contemporary women willing to show them what they really need is love. She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls.

She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters.

Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can’t function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. 🙂

Michele Hauf

Michele has been writing romance, action-adventure and fantasy stories for over twenty-five years. Her first published novel was DARK RAPTURE.

France, musketeers, vampires and faeries populate her stories. And if she followed the adage ‘write what you know’, all her stories would have snow in them. Fortunately, she steps beyond her comfort zone and writes about countries she has never visited and of creatures she has never seen.

Dani Haviland

Dani Haviland, an Alaskan recently relocated to Oregon, loves writing, gardening and photography. She’s ‘stuck in the 80’s’ – the 1780’s,that is – where many of her colorful characters struggle and/or survive, love and/or argue, but always persevere.

Nancy Radke

Author Nancy Radke, started out writing full-length, modern romance and suspense stories, then switched to novella length for her western series, The Traherns, and now writes both, usually two or three books at the same time. She has published ten Sisters of Spirit books, thirteen Trahern books, and one book of a new Brothers of Spirit series. Born on a wheat and cattle ranch, which included riding, shooting, and milking cows, she has lived in Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington state. When she went through the Peace Corps outward-bound program, she learned to rappel off mountainsides and survival swim in the Atlantic Ocean. Her books are G-rated, no sex, no swearing.

Cynthia Cooke

First published in 2003, Cynthia Cooke is an award-winning author who has published 18 novels in 12 different countries with Harlequin, Entangled, and Amazon Kindle Worlds. She has a deep affection for romance stories and playing in the ocean. On her best days you can find her on the beach with her notebook, a novel in hand, and her dog, Angel, by her side.

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about EMERGENCY SERVICES (POLICE, FIRE, ETC), #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about EMERGENCY SERVICES (POLICE, FIRE, ETC) for a great start to your week. Enjoy!

“My name’s Bill, I’m a flight nurse. We’re going to take good care of you.”
A flight nurse? She was in a helicopter, meaning her condition was worse than expected.

S.A. Taylor
A Twisted Fate (work in progress)

“Hey, Chief. We’ve not located any bodies yet.” The fireman’s shouts barely penetrated the bleak hell Jim found himself in.

Marsha West

Sharon WrayA police cruiser lit up the street, and Nate turned down an alley. Rather the dark unknown than the cops.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)

TemporarilyInsane_w10205_750 cover“I can’t lie, especially in an interview with a police detective. I have to cooperate.”

Vicki Batman

“Police. Freeze,” he panted, his hand cradling his side. Left with no other choice, he pulled his service revolver and took aim on his assailant.

Jacquie Biggar

51ujnuq5lxlBeing a firefighter was the one thing in his screwed up life he excelled at. Failure would not be his legacy.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair

I went through the police academy. I passed with distinction, but my parents made me promise not to blacken the family name with a blue collar job.

Veronica Forand

HUL.CoverFinal“I need an officer . . . yes. I think they’re already here. But now… ,” Marco’s voice grew thick with emotion. “Now I need an ambulance, too.”

Claire Gem

ASeasonforKillingBlondes_w9101_750 (2)As he lunged toward me, policemen emerged from every corner of the alleyway. They were all armed and pointed guns at him. Two officers grabbed and cuffed him.

Joanne Guidoccio

Jeannie Hall - book cover - violation of faithRed lights streaked through the scene in a strobe pattern, illuminating faces and façades and vehicles indiscriminately. Their bloody color enhanced the eeriness of the overall environment.

Jeannie Hall

Galen heard sirens. Thank God they were coming in hot. The phone slid out of his hand, and the world faded away.

Kathryn Jane 


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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about Military, #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about MILITARY for a great start to your week, enjoy!

We specialize in keeping people safe, or rescuing those who are in trouble. Just to give you the basics, most of us are retired Green Berets.

Kathryn Jane 

His military physique of chiseled arms and broad shoulders looked normal, but one glimpse at his thin, flaccid legs revealed the depth of his injuries.
He’d never walk again.

S.A. Taylor
Shutter (work in progress)

“I have twins. My daughter Ellen’s a marine biologist and lives in the Florida Keys, and my son Ethan’s in the Army in Virginia.

Marsha West

Sharon WrayThose bikers weren’t just drug dealers, they were ex-military. Like her ex-husband.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)

Jared’s world narrowed down to the little black barrel of the gun pointed at his chest. Funny, in all the years of being in the SEAL teams he’d never been in this situation.

Jacquie Biggar
The Rebel’s Redemption

51ujnuq5lxlI hate the word, hero. It should be reserved for the military or people who help others outside their normal jobs.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


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When Less is More

I reread the blurb for the flash fiction writing contest several times. It was the perfect antidote for the lingering writer’s block that was preventing me from moving forward with the next book. The entry fee was a bargain— three flash fiction stories for only $15—and the $500 prize added to the contest’s appeal.

I resurrected two unpublished stories from my files. Only one problem—both were close to 1500 words and the rules for the contest specifically called for flash fiction of less than 500 words. While some writers may balk at the idea of trimming almost 1000 words from a short story, I welcomed the challenge of revamping both manuscripts. But before starting the whittling down process, I decided to research this style of fictional literature.

There is no widely accepted name or length for flash fiction. In North America such terms as short short story, postcard fiction, micro-story, and sudden fiction are bandied about. In France, these shorts are called nouvelles, while the Chinese like to use an assortment of terms: little short story, pocket-size story, minute-long story, palm-sized story, and smoke-long story.

cigarette-smokingI was intrigued by the notion that a reader should be able to finish reading the story in the time it takes to smoke a cigarette. Fortunately, there aren’t too many smokers in my circle, so I decided to informally survey staff taking breaks at a nearby nursing home. I discovered that smokers could take anywhere from four to fifteen minutes to smoke a cigarette. When I timed my  493-word story, I found that it took several seconds less than five minutes to read.

Some writing markets and contests impose caps as low as 25 words while others consider stories as long as 1000 words to be flash fiction. Regardless of the definition or length, one fact remains: Writers must be able to capture the essence of a complete story—not an idea for a story or a slice-of-life vignette— with a minimum of well-chosen words and let readers fill in their own descriptions and back story.

Some tips…

  • Look for smaller ideas. Instead of dissecting an entire relationship, focus on the first date, the break-up, or the decision to live together. Other options could include basing the story on a fairy tale, using prompts from workshops, or adding more details to a joke with a good punch line.
  • Introduce one conflict and resolve it. Too many story lines will distract the reader and leave her hanging at the end. While it is not necessary to have a “happily ever after” ending, there must be some form of resolution.
  • Avoid lengthy preambles and start at the point of conflict. Keep in mind that the story’s tension does not necessarily have to involve a hero and villain. It could be verbal, physical, or mental.
  • Include at least one powerful image. A deserted street. A weapon. A discarded engagement ring. A spectacular sunset.
  • Limit the number of characters. There isn’t room for more than two characters, three at most. Do not waste too much time on names for your characters. Unless the name contributes to the plot or conveys additional information, omit it entirely.
  • Use dialogue to describe the characters and create conflict. With two well-defined characters, it is not necessary to use dialogue tags. To maximize the effect, let the dialogue describe the characters and create conflict:
  • Grab the reader’s attention with phrases, one-word sentences, and punctuation. Recall Ernest Hemingway’s famous six-word story: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Using only a handful of words, he evoked the image of a grieving parent writing that classified ad for a newspaper.babyshoes
  • Use active verbs and limit the number of adjectives and adverbs. Consider using a red marker to slash every adjective and adverb in the story. When you read the piece aloud, you will be amazed at how much emotion can be conveyed without all those descriptive words.
  • End the story with a twist that is unexpected and offers emotional impact, but be careful not to overwhelm the reader with miracles or extraordinary events. At the end of the story, the reader should be smiling and thinking “Ah, yes!” If she is frowning or scratching her head, the resolution is not an effective one.
  • Write the first draft as quickly as possible. Don’t worry about grammar or the word count. Imagining a fifty-word or five-hundred-word cap will limit your thinking and creativity. Instead, write long and then go short.
  • Ensure that you have a clear beginning, a strong center, and a definitive ending. If you cannot easily identify these parts, then you have not written a complete story.story3parts2
  • Avoid a crowded effect. If the trimming succeeds only in squishing the original conflict, reconsider the story line. The reader should not feel rushed when reading flash fiction. Instead, there should be enough space for the original idea to resonate and expand in the reader’s mind.
  • Work your title. In many contests, the title is not considered part of the word count. Why not use the title to release additional information about the plot or characters.

The following piece from Harvey Stanbrough is an excellent example of flash fiction (55 words).

At Confession

“Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.”

“How long since your last confession?”

“Two years.”

“What’s the trouble?”

“I have wished death on a man.”

“You haven’t acted on your wish?”

“Not yet.”

“Who is the man?”

“He is cheating with my wife.”

The priest paled. “I forgive you.”

I shot him through the screen.

Colors of fall



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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about Fall/Autumn, #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about Fall/Autumn for a happy start to your week, enjoy!

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We went from an Indian summer to the dead of winter in three weeks. Who’s the asshole who stole fall?

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair

A_Taming_SeasonsmallLiving that way made Jason feel like a colorful autumn leaf. A few fleeting, but temporarily bright moments.

Claire Gem

ASeasonforKillingBlondes_w9101_750 (2)When I moved back to Sudbury, I expected an early frost in September and snow in October. At least that’s how I remember the autumns of my childhood.

Joanne Guidoccio

Jeannie Hall - book cover - violation of faithSince returning home, Lynea found a particular affinity for the maple in Brennan’s front yard. He’d told her it would turn a bright golden yellow in October – Cori’s favorite color, as well as her own.

Jeannie Hall

Let himself imagine air crisp with autumn driving back the heat, and a mountain trail beneath his wheels, steep drops, sharp curves, and long climbs.

Kathryn Jane 

Wire urns filled with orange heirloom pumpkins, potted boxwood, and crimson mums decorated the outside of the shop.

S.A. Taylor
A Step Too Close (work in progress)

51wdDRbfbgLTrees so brightly colored in red and gold and orange they almost hurt the eyes. Sparkling, crisp, cold air with the quintessential fall smell of leaves burning.

Marsha West

TemporarilyInsane_w10205_750 coverIn the fall, the leaves transformed into their breathtaking autumnal colors of vivid crimson, burnished gold, and flaming yellow.

Vicki Batman

Jacquie BiggarIt wasn’t just her looks, though she was beautiful with those high breasts, and eyes that reminded him of an autumn forest, all shadowy golds and browns.

Jacquie Biggar
The Beast Within (work in progress)

Colors of fall



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