Sneak Off and Read: Lines about all things NEW #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about all things NEW to start the week . Happy New Year!


Craig’s slight smirk suggested he recognized a new player in the game. “Oh, the princess has an opinion?”

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Miller simply couldn’t believe it. Not only had Angie run out on him without any notice, but she took his last, new bar of Irish Spring with her.

Claire Gem


Would my third act be an off-shoot of ReCareering, or would I venture off in a new direction?

Joanne Guidoccio


She remembered all the boxes of new Christmas decorations she’d bought sitting unopened in her living room; a glittery blue garland with snowflake-shaped lights, a box of ornaments with hand-painted country scenes on them, two dozen candy canes so fresh the mint smelled right through the box.

Jeannie Hall


“Well, forgive me for thinking mistletoe mysteriously moving around the barn to new locations, and you appearing with your lips stuck up in the air underneath it, meant anything special.”

Kathryn Jane


I had high hopes the dreams wouldn’t return, especially  far away from home and being in a new place. So much for that wish.

S.A.Taylor

Follow Me (work in progress)


This morning, the sun’s rays had caressed the stunning crystal. Rainbows had floated around the room and fueled a hope she might find a new life.

Marsha West


The job didn’t appear too bad, certainly better than the other ones where I’d recently temped. The good news was no number crunching required, and the much-needed cash would be flowing in.

Vicki Batman


Our yearly physical is coming on soon and I’m not getting any younger. It’s hard keeping up with the newbies; I’ve started a five mile a day run back home.”

Jacquie Biggar


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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about CHRISTMAS #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about CHRISTMAS to celebrate the season. Happy Holidays!


“Santa’s comin’ to town ‘n’ he’s keeping a list, so I better be good,” Jill sang off-key, mangling the well-known Christmas tune.

Jacquie Biggar


I work extra shifts to send them money at Christmas. They need money more than they need me.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Last year, Zoe had dug out her tiny, tabletop tree from her storage space, pulled the wire branches down into position, and simply plugged it in. Voila, instant Christmas.

Claire Gem


At Christmas, she had appeared very much at home in her father’s house and not in any hurry to leave.

Joanne Guidoccio


She tilted her head back and imagined him standing behind her, his hands strong on her shoulders, while they looked out over their land, celebrated yet another Christmas together.

Kathryn Jane


I dart to the basement like a race horse set free from a stall at the Derby and freeze mid stride when I notice all of my Christmas decorations are missing.

S.A.Taylor
The Intervention (A Christmas Short Story)


Christmas Day dawned picture perfect in Woodstock, Vermont. Thirty-two degrees with no wind.

Marsha West


“Any kind—except sprigs of holly. Save that one for Christmas. Nor poison ivy. Pink is a safe bet, and your recipient’s favorite color.”

Vicki Batman


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Sharing a Christmas Poem: Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou read this beautiful poem at the White House Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2005.  In it, she affirms the goodness of life and encourages us to embrace the peace and promise of Christmas.

Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes
And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses.
Flood waters await us in our avenues.

Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche
Over unprotected villages.
The sky slips low and grey and threatening.

We question ourselves.
What have we done to so affront nature?
We worry God.
Are you there? Are you there really?
Does the covenant you made with us still hold?

Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,
Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope
And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.
The world is encouraged to come away from rancor,
Come the way of friendship.

It is the Glad Season.
Thunder ebbs to silence and lightning sleeps quietly in the corner.
Flood waters recede into memory.
Snow becomes a yielding cushion to aid us
As we make our way to higher ground.

Hope is born again in the faces of children
It rides on the shoulders of our aged as they walk into their sunsets.
Hope spreads around the earth. Brightening all things,
Even hate which crouches breeding in dark corridors.

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now. It is louder.
Louder than the explosion of bombs.

We tremble at the sound. We are thrilled by its presence.
It is what we have hungered for.
Not just the absence of war. But, true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, a comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.

We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas.
We beckon this good season to wait a while with us.
We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come.
Peace.
Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
Implore you, to stay a while with us.
So we may learn by your shimmering light
How to look beyond complexion and see community.

It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time.

On this platform of peace, we can create a language
To translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.

At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ
Into the great religions of the world.
We jubilate the precious advent of trust.
We shout with glorious tongues at the coming of hope.
All the earth’s tribes loosen their voices
To celebrate the promise of Peace.

We, Angels and Mortals, Believers and Non-Believers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation.

Peace, My Brother.
Peace, My Sister.
Peace, My Soul.

Happy Holidays and all the best in 2018!

 

 

 

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic CELEBRATION #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic CELEBRATION for a joyous start to the week. Enjoy!


Your mom will take to the streets and do a riotous dance in celebration complete with a megaphone when she hears about this opportunity.

Vicki Batman


He grinned and shut off the truck. “Of course, I did. The eldest son is bringing home his future bride. It’s cause for celebration.”

Jacquie Biggar


“Baby, I’d marry you naked if it would make you happy.”

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


She grinned. “Well, it might get the honeymoon started sooner.”

Veronica Forand


“Tiny trees took the place of hedges in the huge stone planters, and their multicolored lights twinkled in the early darkness. White fairy lights rimmed the entire perimeter of the rink, where couples holding hands and laughing groups of teenagers glided across the ice.

Claire Gem


Right now, the priority was the dinner. Both a rehearsal and a reveal. I harbored no doubts the food would enchant everyone.

Joanne Guidoccio


“I understand.” Her voice was soft, “I celebrate being a part of such a complete existence, and offer my spirit to those who cannot yet soar.”

Kathryn Jane


With the phone held away from her ear, Elise listened as her mom belted out the annual birthday wake up call.

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


“WhooHoo! I’m a storeowner. Everyone, please come over to Crystal Rainbows for the official celebration.”

Marsha West


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Writing Family

Saturday, I went to my writing chapter holiday party. We wore our crazy Christmas sweaters, and did a White Elephant Gift Exchange using “ugly” ornaments. I’d found an ornament that was a small green sweater with snowflakes on the sleeves. Seemed appropriate. We’ve met in the La Hacienda Restaurant for many years now. It takes me 30 minutes to get there. Before we moved to the lake, it took 45 minutes.IMG_6433

I’ve been a member of NTRWA for almost 10 years. I’m a published writer because of the women in this group and the people they connected me to. From the woman who set me up with my first critique partners who I spent three years exchanging twenty pages each week with to the judges who gave me invaluable input on those first chapters in my first books, like maybe I should take a course in GMC, when I didn’t know what those letters stood for. LOL The chapter also introduced me to Margie Lawson who I credit with getting my writing to the place where a publisher wanted it.IMG_6426

In the beginning years I served on various committees, ultimately becoming the president of the group. That’s the year I nearly gave up writing. But because I was president of NTRWA, I had this obligation to write an article for each month’s newsletter. My theme was “Keep On, Keeping On.” I wrote the articles for all writers, but I wrote them especially to myself. I’m so grateful for that year and for the chapter expecting me to keep on keeping on.

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Writers all around me were selling their books. I had accumulated enough rejections to paper a room. And then there were all the ones that just never got back to me. Don’t you hate when that happens? Both my critique partners had sold, and something changes when that happens. Your goals change. Your obligations change. And so you move on. One of the things I’ve learned is everyone must find their own way in this business. We learn from others, but ultimately we have to write to find our voice and to make it happen.

If you’re like me, its hard to find time to write during the holidays. The wonderful thing is whenever we make time to get to the computer or laptop or you few amazing folks who still pick up a pencil to write, we can find that joy of spewing out words, telling our tales of murder, suspense, and romance. And what a joy and what a privilege it is to say “I am a writer.”  “I am an author.” “People read my books.”IMG_6427

Pretty amazing, huh?

As grateful as I am to be apart of NTRWA, I’m also thankful to be a part of this blog. Writing is a solitary business. My writing chapter and you in Sisterhood of Suspense connect me to real people who share my dreams and aspirations. I am blessed to be a part of you all.

Readers, don’t forget to participate in our contest and to sign up for our members’ individual newsletters, follow us on FB, check out our websites, and of course, leave a review after you read one of our books. Besides each other, we need you readers, too.

Whatever you are celebrating at this time of year, I wish you joy and peace, love and family.

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic HAPPY #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic HAPPY for a joyous start to the week. Enjoy!


For a moment there, she’d almost felt happy. What kind of person was she to forget how her husband was murdered? How her father was murdered?

Marsha West


“About your birthday…it’s this weekend. Happy happy day. Happy happy birthday.”

Vicki Batman


Metro PD picked him up not long after as a person of interest and now here was Frank, six and a half friggin’ hours and two airplanes later, cooling his heels in their dismal little waiting room. Happy, happy.

Jacquie Biggar


Quin was happy to enjoy his comfort, bask in his warmth, and feel the beating of his heart.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


All of this I have heard from Mama, who is happy planning the menu, experimenting with new recipes, and babysitting her inherited great-grandchildren on Saturdays.

Joanne Guidoccio


“He waited a beat then couldn’t take it anymore, “Is that a yes?” Rather than answering, she slammed him back on the mattress, grinning like a maniac.”

Jeannie Hall


Three excited dogs and six laughing, happy kids ran headlong into the house with backpacks full of homework, an endless supply of hugs, and lots of stories to tell.

Kathryn Jane


In the past, his life never remained carefree and happy for long. Fate always intervened and twisted everything, strangling him until he eventually had to let go of what he loved.

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

 


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#UpbeatAuthors

by Kathryn Jane

I belong to a Facebook group called #upbeatauthors. It was the brainchild of an author who was feeling (like many of us) overwhelmed by the negativity on social media. Her idea was to have a safe place where we could go to share positive outlooks, and uplifting words.

A whole bunch of us jumped on board of course, and we’ve grown to nearly three hundred members.

What do we do there?

Our leader has posted a theme for every week right up to the end of the year, and on Mondays, we post something positive, related to the theme.

Want to know the coolest thing about this group? In the beginning, many of us struggled a bit to come up with something to write, or share by picture, but as the weeks have gone on, so has the participation, and the ease with which the positivity flows!

Also cool, that when I remember to put my #upbeatauthors post on my own page, it often gets shared around Facebook, so I feel like I’m contributing to making the world a happier place. (Call me Pollyanna if you must, but I’m happy there!)

Here are a few of my favorite posters:

 

Your favorite historical figure

Ways to show the important people in your life that you love them in simple ways

Places you would like to go, and why

How to work smarter


Living in the moment/mindfulness


Turning a negative into a positive


When one door closes, another opens


Ways to be kind to yourself

 

How to deal with busy holiday season

 

Watch for a new #UpbeatAuthors post every Monday on my Facebook page, and see if you can resist the good feeling that comes from a positive heart!


Kat loves crisp sunny days, the warm breath of a horse, cats with a sense of humor, the smell of the ocean, and her very own charming prince—in no particular order.   http://kathrynjane.com


 

Soul destroying questions and equally stunning answers have Dusty digging deeper than she ever thought possible, and when she discovers her Self, in an entirely foreign landscape, she begins anew, more determined than ever to achieve her lifelong dream.

 


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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about FAMILY #RSsos #RomSuspense

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


He’d sacrificed time away from his family to pursue the dream of becoming a successful blues musician. What did he have to show for that selfishness now? Nothing.

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


His mother, the consummate hostess, made the inquiries of her guest seem natural. “Where’s your family, dear? How do they feel about you moving to Vermont?”

Marsha West


I’d managed to convince my hairdresser to squeeze me in at the last minute to add much needed golden highlights to the plain ol’ brown the family genes had blessed me with.

Vicki Batman


Being a father was a dream he hadn’t dared envision before now, but a future with Quin came with the potential of a family.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


In typical Italian tradition, Marco believed in taking care of the family.

Claire Gem


While the original interior would have sufficed, the makeover had succeeded in transforming the family restaurant into an oasis of Greek culture.

Joanne Guidoccio

 


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