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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about SKIN for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


617rxjidlNo, it was the scent of the man, rising off his warm skin and enveloping her senses. Wild, feral, a little musky.

Claire Gem


ASeasonforKillingBlondes_w9101_750 (2)The combination of porcelain skin framed by a cascade of ash blonde curls needed no further embellishment.

Joanne Guidoccio


daring-to-loveShe didn’t flinch when his warm hand slipped under the edge of her sweater and skimmed across her bare back. Her skin tingled deliciously while she fought the urge to lean into him.

Kathryn Jane


Marian 119 author picEmbarrassed, the white skin of her neck change colors until it matched her hair as she spoke, Jake noticed.

Marian Lanouette
All the Hidden Sins (available early 2018


I drew the blade down, gliding it through the skin along a horizontal line, the sensation much like slicing through hard butter. Crimson blood oozed out from the fresh cut and dribbled onto the floor.

S.A. Taylor
Sharp Blades (work in progress)


Even with her son trying to tell her, she’d refused to see the nervous habits, the blood shot eyes, the over-pale skin, which Addie had attributed to her daughters’ Goth make-up. She’d give anything if the attire were the worst of their worries.

Marsha West


Sharon WrayShe traced his chest muscles, feeling the indentations that hadn’t been there the last time she’d seen him like this. His heart pounded beneath her fingers, the light hair rough against her smooth skin.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)


TemporarilyInsane_w10205_750 coverHis legs were kinda knobby in knee socks. He was sorta on the thin side. So maybe, they were skinny?

Vicki Batman


Her skin was tender as the belly of a kitten. And just as fragile.

Jacquie Biggar


51gy4a7prl-_sy346_Irish ancestry gave him skin the color of a rich tan and large cerulean blue eyes that could burn their way through a female’s strongest defenses in seconds.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about MARRIAGE for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


51gy4a7prl-_sy346_He consummated his marriage with passion and love. With his ecstasy came the release of frustration, anxiety and pain.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


ASeasonforKillingBlondes_w9101_750 (2)The old Sofia had returned. All those years she had been married to Andrew, she had been on guard and with good reason.

Joanne Guidoccio


51f0w6i9bflLiquid welled in her eyes to drip off her cheeks; the tears landed, leaving flawless little circles on her nightgown. She hugged him, not saying anything. He waited a beat then couldn’t take it anymore, “Is that a yes?”

Jeannie Hall


daring-to-loveIn spite of all your weirdness and insecurity, or maybe because of it, I still love you. I want to be married to you.

Kathryn Jane


Marriage was only a formality at this point. Despite her insistent begging, Kip wanted to wait until he could propose to her properly.

Stubborn man.

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


Damn,what a way to ruin a moment. No wonder the man hadn’t married. Double damn, what made her think of that?

Marsha West


Sharon WrayHis hand pressed against her lower back. His breath in her ear whispered things husbands asked of wives.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)


TemporarilyInsane_w10205_750 coverIn marriage, two people joined together to become one.

Vicki Batman


Tears leaked from the corners of her eyes and he brushed them away. “You are my heart, my life, my world. I promise to be your best friend, your lover, your soulmate for as long as we both shall live.”

Jacquie Biggar


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Valentine’s Day!

If I’d been paying attention when I picked the second Tuesday of the month to write the post for SOS, I wouldn’t have. Because I’d have noticed right away that in February the second Tuesday is Valentine’s Day.  Not my favorite holiday. hearts-and-butterflies

You might ask, “How is that possible?” Everyone here writes romantic suspense in one form or another. Don’t you have to love Valentine’s Day? Well, no you don’t. I love romance and ODed on Hallmark Christmas movies to the point I considered writing a story for one of those movies, but I do hate the pressure of Valentine’s Day. I hate that we divide people into two groups.

  • Those kids in school who receive lots of Valentines and those who don’t.
  • Women who have a guy and those who don’t.
  • Those who receive the best Valentine’s gift (a ring) and those who receive nothing.

I was one of those kids who moved a lot, so I was always the new kid on the block and frequently didn’t get many if any Valentines. (Thankfully, teachers have become more sensitive about this and now generally insist that if a student brings cards, they must bring one for every child.) Obviously, this happened many years ago, but the hurt remains.

It’s the kind of thing that can give a character in a book a tragic flaw. The thing that motivates them maybe not in a good way. Maybe she’s the girl who sets out to hurt the girl who is with the boy she likes. Maybe she does more than key her car or send ugly notes. Maybe she kills the other girl so she can have the guy.

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OOPS!

Okay, sorry. Apologies. This is a Valentine’s post after all. My brain just took off like it does sometime.

I have good memories as a young married of fixing a great meal, setting the table with the china, and lighting the candles. My sweet husband always brought flowers. In fact, for many years, he brought flowers for absolutely no reason. That was the best.photo56 fullsizerender-4

Most days he works late. He’s a very busy lawyer. And Valentines is on a Tuesday after all. Not like a Friday or Saturday night. A few restaurants still had openings as of our Saturday paper. And we usually, eat out on the weekends anyway, so we get lots of nice restaurant meals.

hearts-and-butterfliesValentine’s needs to be about friends and telling them “I love you.”  Helping others to show how much you love them. And yes, of course, it needs to be about chocolate.

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But then any day can be about chocolate.

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do you have reservations at a fancy restaurant? Are you cooking a special meal at home? Or are you a bit like me and just want to enjoy your chocolate and wine and move on? I hope your Valentine’s Day is whatever you need it to be. Love to hear from you.

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

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about LOVE for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


jacquiebiggar_holdem_800pxAs Grannie would say, “You can’t force love, you can only give it a gentle push.”

Jacquie Biggar


51gy4a7prl-_sy346_He felt the love he had convinced himself didn’t exist. If only he could have known this before he spent so many years feeling worthless and abandoned.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


617rxjidlShe hadn’t met the boyfriend, Miller Stanford, whom Angie either claimed to love with all her heart, or wanted to eviscerate with a Phillips head screwdriver, depending on the day.

Claire Gem


Jeannie Hall - book cover - violation of faithBrennan did shout this time, his aggravation not allowing anything less. “How can I not be safe? I love you!”

Jeannie Hall


daring-to-loveHe touched the back of her neck with his fingertips, and she turned to him with a smile that nearly took him out at the knees. Open and exposed, peacefulness and love…

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about LOVE for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


jacquiebiggar_holdem_800pxAs Grannie would say, “You can’t force love, you can only give it a gentle push.”

Jacquie Biggar


51gy4a7prl-_sy346_He felt the love he had convinced himself didn’t exist. If only he could have known this before he spent so many years feeling worthless and abandoned.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


617rxjidlShe hadn’t met the boyfriend, Miller Stanford, whom Angie either claimed to love with all her heart, or wanted to eviscerate with a Phillips head screwdriver, depending on the day.

Claire Gem


Jeannie Hall - book cover - violation of faithBrennan did shout this time, his aggravation not allowing anything less. “How can I not be safe? I love you!”

Jeannie Hall


daring-to-loveHe touched the back of her neck with his fingertips, and she turned to him with a smile that nearly took him out at the knees. Open and exposed, peacefulness and love glowed naked in her eyes.

Kathryn Jane


He leaned down close to her ear and sang softly, “I’ve carried your love with me for so long, I never realized how much I’d miss it until it was gone.”

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


“I love you, Mike. Now go save my daughter and be safe.”

Marsha West


Sharon WrayAlthough he pretended being with her was how his life was supposed to be, it was a lie. After making love to her, after loving her, he’d no idea how he was going to leave her again.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)


TemporarilyInsane_w10205_750 coverThe ground rules are: No kissing. No hugging. No whispering lovey-dovey stuff in my ear. No nothing. Understand?

Vicki Batman


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Life Lessons from Hidden Figures

While several weeks have passed, I can still vividly recall scenes from Hidden Figures. The movie has left an impression, one that will linger in my consciousness. And I’m not only thinking of the Oscar-worthy performances delivered by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe.

Instead, my thoughts gravitate toward Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, three brilliant African-American women who helped launch John Glenn into orbit. In the 1960s, this visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines, and in 2017, they continue to inspire generations of women to dream bigger dreams.

Here are five life lessons imparted by the movie:

Show Don’t Tell

My favorite scenes are those where math prodigy Katherine Johnson walks up  (or climbs) to the blackboard and confidently shares her solutions to mathematical problems that have stumped older students and white professional males. As she writes, everyone else stops to watch, awestruck. Even astronaut John Glenn was impressed by her expertise and later asked for final confirmation from Katherine before setting foot in the rocket: “Get the girl, check the numbers. If she says they’re good, I’m ready to go.”

At first dismissive, supervisor Al Harrison soon recognizes Katherine’s competence and her ability to “look beyond the numbers, through the math that doesn’t yet exist.”

Persist! Persist! Persist!

Dorothy Vaughan is competent in her role as office supervisor for the African-American “computers” but lacks the rank and salary attached to the position. Throughout the film, she reminds her supervisor of the situation and receives a variation of the following comments: “They’ve never had a colored in here before” and “Just the way things are.” Undaunted, Dorothy persists while continuing to update her skills and maintain her professionalism.

Feisty Mary Jackson encounters discrimination at all levels when she applies for the engineer training program at the University of Virginia. Doggedly determined, Mary completes all the paperwork and takes her case to court where she delivers an impassioned plea to a skeptical judge.

I felt immense pride when Dorothy was introduced as “Mrs.Vaughan, Supervisor” and Mary entered an all-white, all-male classroom and sat near the front.

Speak Up

Of the three, Katherine was the most reserved, preferring to let her competence speak. But after suffering several indignities, among them racing half a mile to a “colored” bathroom in another building, adhering to an unrealistic (and expensive) dress code, and pouring coffee from a “colored” coffee pot, Katherine finally speaks up. Upon learning of these difficulties, Director Al Harrison resolved Katherine’s problems in one of the most satisfying scenes of the movie.

Get “technical

 An early scene finds Dorothy under her car, attempting to fix the starter. She succeeds. Later, she visits the room housing the mammoth IBM mainframe and figures out how to start and program the machine; a task several “expert” men couldn’t accomplish. At one point in the film, she explains how she watched and listened when her father explained and demonstrated how machines work. An excellent lesson for those of us who claim to be non-techies, preferring to wait for someone else to repair or figure out how to use the technology.

Look and Plan Ahead

 Dorothy didn’t stop at just activating the IBM mainframe. She picked up a book on Fortran and taught herself the programming language. She then taught the thirty women in the “Colored” room, guaranteeing that no one would be laid off once the mainframe was in full operation. Thinking back to my teaching years, I recall many groans and complaints whenever new software was introduced.

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Fifty years ago, Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson realized the importance of behaving professionally, continually updating their skill sets, and making themselves indispensable in their respective workplaces.

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Snow joke

Hello, Mother Nature?

It’s me again, Kathryn Jane.

Just a quick question. Do you have another rooky at the helm?  I mean since the idiot who sent us a snow storm a couple of weeks ago?

Um, may I suggest you set your margarita aside, peek out from under your beach umbrella and check your emails?

There are probably a bunch from the Vancouver area, you know, that special corner of Canada affectionately known as the wet-coast. (Pssst that’s because we get lots of rain, but almost none of the cold white stuff.)

Problem? you ask.

Yep.

On the odd occasion you send us snow, we run out and buy shovels and salt, scurry to get snow tires on our cars, and hope for snow days declared at school and work if we hit, maybe 2 to 4 inches of white stuff on the roads.001

That’s 2 or 4 inches — better known as 5 to 10 centimeters in Canadian.

So here’s the deal. The snow outside my door is now about a foot deep, 004

and in areas near by, it’s up to three feet deep and still coming down. Hard and heavy.

Trees are breaking under the weight and taking down power lines, people are getting hurt. It’s not funny anymore. ha ha.

But it’s so pretty, you say…022

True. But still, I have just two words for you…

Stop it!

Well, make that three.

Stop it, please!

In the meantime, I’ll be running out of birdseed soon, so the birds would like you to please, put a rush on that. 013007

 

 

 

 

Thanks.

Kathryn Jane, who is usually quite patient, but you’re pushing me… 🙂




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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about LUST for a steamy start to the week. Enjoy!


TemporarilyInsane_w10205_750 coverDelight and lust glistened in his gaze. “Gorgeous.”

Vicki Batman


jacquiebiggar_thebeastwithin_800pxThrowing common sense out the window, he carefully guided her palm in a slow glide up and down his leg, the muscles twitching beneath her touch.

Jacquie Biggar


51gy4a7prl-_sy346_Her body was electric with the lust he had created in her and the anticipation of what would come next.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


ASeasonforKillingBlondes_w9101_750 (2)He stared,his blue eyes widening in surprise and something else I couldn’t quite define. Amusement. Anticipation. Maybe even lust.

Joanne Guidoccio


My heart stopped beating, waiting and watching the slow movement of his head tilting up to see me. When our gazes finally met, the look on his face would forever be branded into my memory.

S.A. Taylor
Follow Me (work in progress)


“You’re thinking too much. I can hear the wheels turning.” Mike’s voice, muffled against her hair, set kindling to her desire.

Marsha West


Sharon WrayHis skin was drawn over his cheeks so tightly she saw his bone structure. He looked fierce and feral and she wanted him more than she’d ever wanted anything else.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)


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Celebrating my first featured @Bookbub #Sale #MFRWauthor #RSsos @jacqbiggar

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For an indie author, the tough job of writing a book, editing, choosing covers (all of mine are done by the fabulous Kim Killion), learning how to format (if you’re doing your own I highly recommend Vellum!) and uploading to your chosen vendors can seem overwhelming.

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Fortunately, there are many informative blogs, such as Kristen Lamb, Writer Unboxed, and Bookbub to guide our tottering steps through an unfamiliar territory.

One of the main pieces of advice I’ve heard over and over again is the importance of building a backlist. It only makes sense; how can you keep a reader’s interest if you only have one or two books to share with them?

To this end, I’ve been hard at work the past couple of years and just listed my ninth book, Missing: The Lady Said No for pre-order!

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Another tip I’ve learned thanks to the mentorship…

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Celebrating my first featured @Bookbub #Sale #MFRWauthor #RSsos @jacqbiggar

For an indie author, the tough job of writing a book, editing, choosing covers (all of mine are done by the fabulous Kim Killion), learning how to format (if you’re doing your own I highly recommend Vellum!) and uploading to your chosen vendors can seem overwhelming.

hustle-and-bustle-1738072_640

Fortunately, there are many informative blogs, such as Kristen Lamb, Writer Unboxed, and Bookbub to guide our tottering steps through an unfamiliar territory.

One of the main pieces of advice I’ve heard over and over again is the importance of building a backlist. It only makes sense; how can you keep a reader’s interest if you only have one or two books to share with them?

To this end, I’ve been hard at work the past couple of years and just listed my ninth book, Missing: The Lady Said No for pre-order!

 

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Another tip I’ve learned thanks to the mentorship of two special ladies, Mimi Barbour and Anna Markland, is the importance of building connections in the writing world. One of the best ways to do this is multi-author box sets.

I’ve been blessed to be involved with some very fine authors in these sets and made friendships that I treasure. I can’t recommend this enough-if you get the opportunity to join a box set, go for it!

One caveat I have to make to this- do your research. I went into one set where I didn’t know the coordinator, but was familiar with some of the other authors. A few months later, after many unanswered emails and Facebook messages, we found she had taken our money and our manuscripts, and skipped out on her obligation to the group. It was only through the hard work of some of the other members we received our money and a legal letter that she would never publish our books in any part.

So now, how do you get the word out about your new book babies?

One way is to post on blogs like this. Another is to promote on the many Facebook reading groups and tweeting five or six times a day (yes, they recommend at least that much!), or you can apply to book promotional sites.

Some are easy and not too expensive, but they also don’t have the benefits you can reap from the granddaddy of advertising: Bookbub

There are many different rumors about the difficulty of landing an ad with Bookbub, and to be honest, I tried a LOT before they finally accepted me, yay!

One thing I can say, it’s NOT true that you need a bunch of reviews (I heard everything from 50-150) I have 5, yep, 5.

It’s also NOT true that you need to be on all vendors sites before they will accept you. I’m loyal to Amazon.

It IS true that a professional cover is critical. As is a good blurb- one without grammatical errors and isn’t five pages long 🙂

It IS true that Bookbub is expensive to advertise with, but then, they have hundreds of thousands of followers and almost always propel a book into the top hundred in Amazon (Fingers crossed!)

It IS true that you can advertise internationally for a minimal upgrade. (I did, hoping to gain a new readership)

I’ve tried to benefit from this promotion by booking some smaller sites before and after the big day. I also set one of my other books to #Free during that period, The Guardian.

#FREE Feb 5-9 2017

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And don’t forget the pre-order for Missing: The Lady Said No. The book doesn’t release until April 25/17, but I thought this would be a good chance to gain early interest 🙂

So, I bet you’re wondering what book made it through the rigid Bookbub criteria?

 

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