Sneak Off and Read: Lines about VISCERAL REACTIONS, #RSsos #RomSuspense

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


Rafe didn’t hurt her, but Juliet felt the strength in his grip through the blanket. His breath grazed her hair, and her heart tumbled over itself.

Sharon Wray
Every Deep Desire


But the chunk about them nearly having sex had me wanting to spew my guts. I so didn’t need to know about her libido.

Vicki Batman


Matt’s heartbeat stalled as he leaned over and did what he’d been dreaming of doing all week; he kissed her sweet, luscious mouth.

Jacquie Biggar


Every nerve in her body went on alert. Rarely did she feel panic, but she felt it now – on a very visceral level.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Jason’s gut told him the scar signified something far more sinister. The mark was ominous, almost as though it had been deliberately etched there.

Claire Gem


Within seconds, he appeared older and not as carefree as usual. I could sense the stirrings of anger and some other hidden emotion churning inside.

Joanne Guidoccio


Her eyes, wild and glassy, grew huge with panic. Her breaths became shorter, faster, and raspier as she writhed against the doorjamb. Shit, she couldn’t breathe.

Jeannie Hall


The emotions she’d refused to deal with back then swamped her, threatening to overwhelm. She needed air.

Kathryn Jane


Many of the seasoned detectives chewed those chalky tablets like they were SweetTarts. Now with the pit of his stomach burning, he understood why.

S.A.Taylor
Shutter (work in progress)


He held the forkful of lobster across the table for her. Her diaphragm froze and finding a breath became difficult.

Marsha West


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On a Greek Culinary Journey

Gilda Greco, protagonist of Too Many Women in the Room, and I have a special fondness for Greek cuisine. We appreciate the simple and elegant flavors of foods and beverages that can be traced back to Ancient Greece.

Here are ten milestones from Greek culinary history:

  1. Feta cheese is said to be about 6,000 years old, making it one of the world’s oldest cheeses.
  1. In Greece, cheesecakes were considered excellent sources of energy and served to athletes during the first Olympic Games in 776 B.C. Greek brides and grooms celebrated their nuptials with cheesecake.
  1. The first “cookbook” was written by Greek poet and gourmand, Archestratos, in 330 B.C. His humorous didactic poem Hedypatheia (Life of Luxury), written in hexameters but known only from quotations, advises the reader where to find the best food in the Mediterranean world.
  1. In the Middle Ages, monastic brothers who prepared food in the Greek Orthodox monasteries, wore tall white hats to distinguish themselves from regular monks, who wore large black hats.
  1. Many ingredients used in modern Greek cooking—bananas, potato, spinach, tomato—were unknown until the discovery of the Americas.
  1. Dishes with names like tzatziki (from the Turkish “cacik”), hummus (from the Arabic word for chickpea) and dolmades (from the Turkish word “dolma”) also found a home in Greek cooking.
  1. The Greek Frappe (similar to an iced coffee) was invented at the Thessaloniki Trade Fair in 1957.
  1. Greece’s climate is ideal for growing olive and lemon trees, producing two important elements of Greek cooking. Spices, garlic, and herbs such as basil, mint, oregano, and thyme are added to create blends of tangy seasonings.
  1. Lamb, which is usually spit-roasted, is the most popular meat served in Greek homes and restaurants. Other meats include chicken, pork, beef, and fish. All of these meats can be used in souvlaki.
  1. Filo dough, ultra-thin, flaky pastry, forms the foundation of many popular Greek recipes, including Spanakopita (spinach pie) and Baklava (sweet pastry with nuts).

Blurb

When Gilda Greco invites her closest friends to a VIP dinner, she plans to share David Korba’s signature dishes and launch their joint venture— Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ontario. Unknown to Gilda, David has also invited Michael Taylor, a lecherous photographer who has throughout the past three decades managed to annoy all the women in the room. One woman follows Michael to a deserted field for his midnight run and stabs him in the jugular.

Gilda’s life is awash with complications as she wrestles with a certain detective’s commitment issues and growing doubts about her risky investment in Xenia. Frustrated, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers decades-old secrets and resentments that have festered until they explode into untimely death. Can Gilda outwit a killer bent on killing again?

Excerpt

“I’m a nobody here,” David said, glancing down at his plate. “And with my credit rating, none of the banks would endorse a loan. I’m screwed.”

“What if I backed you?” I couldn’t believe I was speaking so casually, all the while my heart beat at an alarming rate.

David rubbed a hand over his chin and flashed a grin at me. “Gilda, darling, you’re sweet to offer, but I don’t think you know what’s involved here.”

Susan nodded in agreement.

Were they playing me, I wondered. Since winning nineteen million dollars in Lotto649, I had encountered many sharks who hoped to prey on my easy-going nature. A quick Google search would have revealed my three-year-old lottery win. Old news, but still there on the second and third pages.

“Would one hundred thousand dollars be enough?” I asked. “In case you don’t know, I won a major lottery several years ago.” Since winning, I had received many proposals from across the province and had backed three local ventures. In each case, I had chosen to remain a silent partner.

David’s right hand trembled as he poured himself another glass of wine. Susan’s mouth dropped open, and she gave a little gasp.

“I take it that’s a yes,” I said.

More mild protests followed, and another bottle of wine disappeared. We were all a bit tipsy when we shook on the agreement. And so Xenia was born.

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the the theme TASTE, #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the theme TASTE for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


Cooked to perfection, moist with a light pink center, the tenderness and taste of the steak kept her focus. Who knew the people of Maine—or at least Tom—understood how to cook a steak?

Marsha West


The wind blew and Juliet tasted the dusty tang of the Isle. Like crushed dandelions and swamp sludge.

Sharon Wray
Every Deep Desire


“I wonder if the taste of coffee disguises poison.”

Vicki Batman


“I’ve worked too hard for this, Leo. Don’t disappoint me.”

Jacquie Biggar


The bitter taste of soot assaulted his mouth. His eyes burned and clouded with tears.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


While I would have loved to taste one of the tortes or cakes, I dug into the thin slice of custard pie.

Joanne Guidoccio


Ian sat down to a rather unusual concoction of meat, tomato sauce, corn and noodles. Thing is, it tasted more like a casserole than anything, and he loved casseroles.

Jeannie Hall


His mouth met hers, and he knew everything was going to be okay. His world was back on its axis because of the taste of her, and the low sound coming from her throat.

Kathryn Jane


I grabbed the mug and sipped, relishing the smooth roasted taste of coffee and the warmth on my hands.

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


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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the the theme TOUCH or FEEL, #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the theme TOUCH or FEEL for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


“Kip, that song you wrote . . . it gave me goosebumps.” She pressed a hand to his chest. “Never has an apology meant so much.”

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


”The monument itself with all the names. Many people have told me touching the name of their loved one, brought them such peace.”

Marsha West


“I’m not letting you touch my wife. That means we have to fight.” And someone has to die.

Sharon Wray
Every Deep Desire


They were doing intimate couple things like sitting close, her touching his arm, and him stroking her hair from temple to the tip, just like he’d done me. Almost sick to my stomach, I exited, stage left.

Vicki Batman


With the first touch of Jason’s lips against her neck Tammy-Jo whipped through a time capsule to when he’d made a move very similar and changed their lives forever.

Jacquie Biggar


He pulled her to him, aroused by her scent, the touch of lace and satin against his bare skin, the heat of her body.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


As for the untouched four, well, only one interested him, and it had nothing to do with her feminine wiles and everything to do with her healthy bank account.

Joanne Guidoccio


“I became obsessed with a driving need to touch you again.”

Kathryn Jane


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Last Year was Tough. This year was Tougher.

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I’d like all of you to do me a huge favor: Today, go to Romance Lives Forever at: https://www.rlfblog.com/   .

I’m blogging about Handsome’s and my journey through his second surgery to repair his jaw which collapsed last year after radiation he received ten years earlier for base of tongue cancer.

Then I need a second favor: share this post. Our wish is for this post to help someone who might be going through this kind of treatment.

And while we’re at it, a third favor: just give someone you know who is traveling their own cancer journey a “thinking of you.”

And finally, for you:

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Writers & Tragedies

Do you use current events in your writing? I do especially on my personal blog Thoughts on Thursday. I try to make these SOS posts timely, too. And I’ve used real events as inspiration for a couple of my books. I have a good friend who was inspired to write a book after Ike hit the Gulf Coast.

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Water in Houston above a raised highway during Harvey.

My books are based in real locations and lend themselves to adding in events we read about in the daily news. (And of course, what pops up on TV, FB, Twitter, etc.)

Book 2 The Second Chances Series, ACT OF TRUST, bounces off the idea of a woman who loses her husband on 9/11. But the story takes place 14 years later, so I don’t feel like I’m capitalizing on someone else’s heartbreak. And I send a portion of the sale of each book to the 9/11 Memorial and Gardens. (Maybe that’s from guilt?)

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The first book I wrote was based on a $13 million embezzlement scheme in my school district. (Unfortunately, no one will ever see this book because I knew nothing about the craft of writing romance. Great story. No craft. I was the queen of head-hopping! LOL)

I guess where I’m going with all this is a question.  Will you consider using any of the too-numerous-to-mention-disasters we’ve experienced for the last 6-9 months in your writing?  This is short for me, but I’d really love to hear from authors and from readers, do you read disaster stories?

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the theme SOUND or HEAR, #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the theme SOUND or HEAR for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


He picked her up and sat on the couch holding her, their stunned silence the only sound in the room for a very long time.

Kathryn Jane


Andie threw her head back and laughed at something Bernie had shared. Lucas loved the sound of her full belly laughter, something he’d never heard before. Too bad it wasn’t him bringing it out of her.

S.A.Taylor
Shutter (work in progress)


Kate woke to the sound of waves hitting the rocks below her open cottage windows. The most soothing sound in the world.

Marsha West


Since Rafe hadn’t heard from his contact, lack of a plan left him hot and restless. A familiar ache he used to work off with intense physical training and pounding rounds at the range.

Sharon Wray
Every Deep Desire


“Stop it, Hattie!” Trixie had some nerve. Her reprimand, the one which skewered a stabbing pain to my right eye, sounded terribly out of character, like she had little patience for me.

Vicki Batman


Alone, every little sound seemed amplified, from the cawing of a crow overhead to the muted noise of the traffic flowing by the yawning mouth of the road.

Jacquie Biggar


He watched the ocean whitecaps as they shone in the moonlight and was calmed by the rhythmic sound of the surf.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


I was so self-absorbed I didn’t even hear Tristan come down the stairs, and jumped when out of the corner of my eye, his hulking figure appeared in the kitchen doorway. My most recent, flesh-and-blood ghost.

Claire Gem


Michael Taylor was the first to leave and he did so with a resounding bang of the copper door.

Joanne Guidoccio


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by Kathryn Jane

I had a blog almost ready for posting, but it wasn’t a good fit for today, so instead, in the light of the tragedy in Las Vegas yesterday, I will simply share what I believe to be true.

Kindness and Love are the answer to all the troubles in the world. I know, it seems way too simple, or farfetched, and some might think the idea is beyond stupid, but I believe it down to the soles of my feet.

And I practice what I believe. I do my darndest to be a good person. To never be unkind.

Hard task?

It was for a while, because I grew up surrounded by negativity. Judging other people and believing the worst about others, was all I knew. But over the last few years it’s become easier and easier, to the point I don’t have to think about it, and I rarely have to reword a comment to make it positive instead of negative.

No small wonder this Maya Angelou quote resonates so deeply with me.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

I know better, I do better, and I celebrate.

 

 


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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the theme SEE, SEEING, or VISION, #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the theme SEE, SEEING, or VISION for a eye opening start to the week. Enjoy!


In my mind’s eye, I could envision the crowds of people who would line up to partake of authentic Greek cuisine, unique to this part of the province.

Joanne Guidoccio


The world creaked and tilted, but somehow her sister kept her upright. Lynea’s vision shrank to a pinhole, and then gradually reopened.

Jeannie Hall


Her left hand was clenched tightly on the safety belt release, the right was fastened on the door latch, and bone shone white through her taut skin. Her eyes, though opened wide, were vacant and unseeing.

Kathryn Jane


Whatever happened to him didn’t come from a small accident. This came from real trauma. I wasn’t offended by the sight because in my job I’d become numb to seeing the worst.

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


“Are you still seeing him?” ~ “Well, not seeing him as in seeing him seeing him, but we’ve had a few meals together.”

Marsha West


Visions of Juliet were a pleasure Rafe had forbidden himself since he’d joined the Prince. From the moment Rafe had tithed, all he’d done was survive.

Sharon Wray
Every Deep Desire


As I entered the carriage, I nodded at the woman with enormous bleached blonde hair—yuck—standing next to me. The notion smacked me about seeing her somewhere else on another occasion, but I couldn’t remember the specifics.

Vicki Batman


She laughed softly and leaned close to brush his cheek with her cherry red lips. “Don’t try so hard,” she murmured.

Jacquie Biggar
Valentine (work in progress)


Chris took a drink of coffee. “The first test of a marriage is to see if they survive the wedding plans.”

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Sparkles again filled her vision, but not from the flashes of light snapping wildly off the chandelier over her head. Kate slapped both hands over her ears and screamed.

Claire Gem


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