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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, NEW

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Jill practically skipped up the steps to the Inn. Sparklers flicked along inside her veins. She wouldn’t be satisfied if her Texas folks didn’t like Woodstock, her store, her new friends.

Marsha West


Zack wasn’t proud of his temper, but there was a lot he wasn’t proud of at the moment. Including his shiny, new dishonorable discharge which matched his new uniform of worn jeans and whatever T-shirt he could scrounge up for the day.

Sharon Wray


“If I’m participating, I’ll need a brand-new fruitcake. I wouldn’t want to be like Crazy Wanda who enters the same freakin’ lump of dough every freakin’ year.”

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of Winter set


She’d spent her career battling everything from drug lords to some of the most notable arms dealers of the past decade, but poachers were new.

Jacquie Biggar


The joy of their new relationship was being derailed by AJ’s loyalty and concern for his best friend.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


“I’m new in town,” the blonde said. Heath blinked. He knew just about everybody in this small burg, and surely would have heard if–

Claire Gem


She would shed her old life like a snake sheds its skin, just as she had so many years ago, before she’d met Jason. She would be new and whole, and her life would be very different once again.

Kathryn Jane


With the nervousness of landing behind me, a new feeling took over – excitement.

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Holidays

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We are in the middle of major holidays at this time of year.

The first day of Hanukkah happened on December 3. Our Jewish friends celebrated “the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt. It is also known as the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a menorah.” Thanks to Wickipedia

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Kwansaa developed in the mid-sixties with the rise of Black Power and is celebrated in January. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles:

Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work & Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith. Seven candles are lit on each day. Thanks to Wickipedia

Ramadan for our Muslim friends is “a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.” Thanks to Wickipedia. This year this holiday was celebrated in May in 2018. So why have I included it? Because the holiday moves around the calendar, and while I was a principal, there were many years when all of these holidays fell at roughly the same time of year.

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Buddhism also commemorates in early December the Day the Buddah (Siddhartha Gautama the first person thought to have reached enlightenment) reached that stage.

photo(25)Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25 commemorating the birth of Jesus beginning with lighting Advent Candles and culminating in Christmas Eve candlelight services. Candles and light are a big part of all these celebrations

The US secular culture with Santa Claus, Christmas carols, and baking, dominates our media. It’s good to remember we are an eclectic society and to make room for all faiths.

So however, you celebrate this season of light at the darkest time of our year, I wish you Happy Holidays. We at the Sisterhood of Suspense are grateful for each one of you.

(Previously published in my December, 2018 Newsletter.)

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, HEART

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I’d give anything to feel that kind of carefree love and receive the look of adoration like the man gave his girlfriend. Although my heart ached, I had to capture the moment with my camera.

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


What lay ahead if she didn’t buy the store? The idea of leaving Woodstock, Crystal Rainbows, Karen, and her new friends squeezed Jill’s heart right out of her chest.

Marsha West


Nate’s heart hurt at the loss of the friendship, at the loss of his brothers. His parents were long dead, and his buddies had been his only family.

Sharon Wray


Something there clutched in an excited grab, the kind that makes one’s heart go all springy, like receiving an unexpected bouquet of beauteous flowers and cutesy puppies rolling on the floor.

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of Winter set


He looked like an outdoor magazine model with his lived-in face and burly shoulders. Molly heard the appreciative sighs from the women around her and her heart stuttered.

Jacquie Biggar


You worked your way into my heart and took it one piece at a time, AJ. You nearly grabbed it all when you landed in the hospital and I almost lost you.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Warm, bare skin fuzzed with chocolate brown curls. His heart thudded beneath taught muscle.

Claire Gem


“The heart wants what the heart wants,” I said, realizing that I was quoting Luigi’s final words to me.

Joanne Guidoccio


“Dying of a broken heart,” said the other lady. “Not on my watch. I made a promise.and I’m taking her home.”

Kathryn Jane


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

De-Stress With Humor

By Joanne Guidoccio

According to one study, adults laugh—on average—seventeen times a day. Pre-school children, on the other hand, can laugh up to 300 times a day.

That discrepancy becomes even more pronounced at this time of the year. With only one week to go before Christmas, many of us are scrambling to buy gifts, finish decorating, plan and prepare that special meal, and a host of other activities on a never-ending To-Do list.

I find small doses of humor effective during these busy times. Here are seven of my favorite jokes. Feel free to share them at the dinner table or water cooler.

A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. He called out: “Mama, look what I found.”

“What have you got there, dear?”

With astonishment in his voice, the boy answered, “I think it’s Adam’s underwear!”A cat died and went to heaven. St. Peter welcomed the cat. “Is there anything I can do to make your stay here better?”

The cat replied, “I’ve been sleeping on a cold floor and I’d love a warm pillow to sleep on.” St. Peter gave a pillow to the cat, and the cat headed off to bed.

Later, some mice came to St. Peter. They wanted roller skates to get around faster, so St. Peter gave them their skates and the mice went off.

The next day, St. Peter checked in on the cat. “How was everything last night?”

The cat replied, “That pillow you have me is really nice, but what I like the most about heaven is the Meals on Wheels.”

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird’s mouth was rude, obnoxious, and laced with profanity.

John tried and tried to change the bird’s attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music, and doing anything else he could think of to clean up the bird’s vocabulary.

Finally John had had enough. In exasperation one day, he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. He shook his fist at the parrot, but the parrot just got angrier and even ruder.

In desperation, John threw up his hands, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.

Fearing he’d hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the freezer door. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John’s outstretched arm and said: “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I am sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behaviour.”

John was stunned at the change in the bird’s attitude. As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behaviour, the bird continued: “May I ask what the chicken did?”

A young couple met with their pastor to set a date for their wedding. When the pastor asked whether they preferred a contemporary or a traditional service, they opted for the contemporary.

On the big day, a major storm forced the groom to take an alternate route to the church. The streets were flooded, so he rolled up his pant legs to keep his trousers dry. When he finally reached the church, his best man rushed him into the sanctuary and up to the altar, just as the ceremony was starting.

“Pull down your pants,” the pastor whispered.

“Uh, Reverend, I’ve changed my mind,” the groom responded. “I think I would prefer the traditional service.”

A man is scrambling eggs when his wife walks into the kitchen.

“Careful,” she cries. “Careful! You’re cooking too many at once. Too many! Scramble them! Now! We need more butter. They’re going to stick! Careful! Now scramble them again! Hurry up! Are you crazy? Don’t forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt! The salt!”

The man turns and asks, “What’s wrong with you?”

His wife calmly replies, “I wanted to show you what it feels like when I’m driving and you’re in the passenger seat.”

A couple walked into a dentist’s office. The man said, “Doc, I’m in one heck of a hurry. I have my buddies sitting out in my car waiting for us to play golf, so forget about the anesthetic. I don’t have time for the gums to get numb. Just pull the tooth, and be done with it! We have a 10 a.m. tee time at the best course in town and it’s already 9:30. I don’t have time for the anesthetic to work.”

The dentist wondered about this brave man who wanted to have his tooth pulled without anytime to kill the pain. He asked, “Which tooth is it?”

The man turned to his wife. “Open your mouth and show him.”

A Buddhist monk strolled into a Zen pizza parlor and said, “Make me one with everything on it.”

The owner obliged. When he turned over the pizza with all the trimmings, the monk gave him a twenty-dollar bill which the owner stuck in the cash register.

“Where’s my change?” the monk asked.

The owner replied, “Change must come from within.”

Happy Holidays and all the best in 2019!

 

 

Where to find Joanne Guidoccio…

Website | Amazon | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Goodreads | Pinterest

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, VISION

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The air began to sparkle, and her peripheral vision went black. All she could see were lighted circles of what was directly in front of her.

Kathryn Jane


Elise heard someone calling her name, but it was muffled. With her vision blurry, she worked hard to focus on what looked like someone standing next to her.

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


Excruciating pain began in her middle and trembling spread outward. Her breath dissolved in her chest. Darkness closed around her vision.

Marsha West


Sarah’s vision wavered from lightheadedness and dehydration. Her burst of righteous anger had exhausted her.

Sharon Wray


“The Aunt Nellie from television? The one with the cooking show? She’s your aunt?”

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of Winter set


He was besieged by visions of her tantalizing body naked under his, hands held above her head, cat eyes flaring with passion, breasts painted a dusky rose under the glow of flickering candles.

Jacquie Biggar


The doomed firefighter slowly sank out of AJ’s field of vision like a drowning victim going down for the third and final time.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair

To this day, any mention of rabbits conjures up visions of the younger Mrs. Maddalone, who lured Lorenzo and derailed all future plans.

Joanne Guidoccio


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, WINDOW

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The cool breeze during the séance had come from somewhere, but all the doors and windows were closed.

Joanne Guidoccio


“Have you ever thought about going to Korea to trace your heritage?” She stared out the side window. “A lot.”

Kathryn Jane


But all of those plans changed when he closed the window and the Jeep pulled away. This time, it felt like the tentative connection that bound us together, was severed when he drove away.

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


As the plane sailed into the air at that heart-stopping take-off angle, she gazed through her window one last time at the Fort Worth skyline.

Marsha West


Sarah moved into the sunlight streaming through the window. She needed to feel the sun’s heat on her face and never wanted to be in the dark again.

Sharon Wray


Once we reached the complex’s door, he did release me to open it. I went straight to the elevator, vigorously rubbing my hands along my arms to stimulate circulation.

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of Winter set


She should learn to close her blinds—he lowered the telephoto zoom lens to the windowsill of his nondescript car and considered what he’d seen.

Jacquie Biggar


Thick, black smoke billowed from the windows. As AJ pulled his helmet on, he experienced the familiar feeling of excitement with a respectful dose of caution.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

go go go STOP!

by Kathryn Jane

Just when I thought I had everything under control…life happened.

I got so sick with the flu that I could barely speak or make the twenty-foot trek to the bathroom alone.

Did I mention I NEVER get sick? Yeah, well, I guess I can’t say that anymore. On day five, I managed a 3 minute shower, and a whole cup of soup (in two sittings).

Sucks.

But here’s the thing,

I was apparently on the list for wakeup calls. Running around as though I was invincible, taking on project after project, putting in eighteen hours at the computer, seven days a week. I thought I was in control… of everything!

Today when the haze of illness began to lift and I was simply sitting still, doing NOTHING, it became very clear. I had been spiraling out of control for several months.

I suppose it began to escalate in September with my conference season. Each one I attended sent me home more energized, more excited, and filled with more ideas.

I was ready to tackle whatever came my way—with the tiny cheerleaders in my head thrusting their scrawny arms skyward to shake their tinsel pompoms and egg me on…

I’ve published three new books since August and have a forth set to publish soon. I’ve painted dozens and dozens of rocks for my fundraising auctions as well as many private commissions, and others just because. Blogs have been written, and several hundred authors guided through my online or in-person workshops.

None of this feels like work, because of the tiny cheerleaders… but…

I sailed past my sixtieth birthday a few years ago, I’m skinny. And apparently, I don’t have unlimited resources.

Microscopic critters somehow gained access to my bloodstream and proved that.

Knocked me down good and hard, and with no extra meat on my bones, not eating for days meant resources got seriously depleted very quickly.

Tuesday morning I called my friend to cancel a riding date, because even though I only had a sore throat, and felt great, I didn’t want to share germs if this was more than an allergy issue.

Four hours later I could barely stand. Six hours later, I was flat on my back wishing I was dead.

I’ll spare you the gorey details but suffice to say, I had the stuffing knocked out of me.

And today, when I looked for the positive, I realized I’d forgotten to allow myself time to relax. Sure there were the lovely rides in the park, and the wonderful visits with the feral cats, but these were worked into very tight time slots which took a great deal of the good away from them.

Another crazy thing that happened on Tuesday morning was a message from my editor. She had a computer melt down, and was going to have trouble making deadline. I responded blithely with, “Don’t worry. The universe must have a plan for this. We’ll just ride it out.”

Ouch, Universe.

Talk about a brick upside the head.

I get it.

My wellbeing is more important than the date a book is ready for release. Yes, some people will be disappointed, and some sales might be missed, but that’s life, right? I could no more work on getting the book up and ready next week than fly right now, so CATS #5 was obviously not meant to be released in print form before Christmas. Got it.

Instead, as soon as I’m able I’ll work on painting the rocks already commissioned, and if the dates get tight, I’ll send them by courier to make sure they reach their destinations on time. With the current state of my health, that’s the best I can do. And I’m good with that. I hope everyone else is too.

While I get back on my feet, I’m going to remember to stop and smell the coffee and enjoy the man in my house who has been such an exceptional caregiver this week.

And I’m going to give myself the gift of time every single day to do absolutely nothing, for an hour or two.

Wish me luck!

For anyone interested in how this pans out, or wanting to know more about me and my books and stuff, here’s a link to my website  kathrynjane.com

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, SEX

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My libido had shot straight to a ten, and I was ready for a night of wild, uninhibited sex with a new, exciting partner. With Heath Barrow, a kind, compassionate, fun man I found I simply could not resist.

Claire Gem


He took a long sip of his coffee and slammed down the mug. “Yeah, I had sex with her a couple of times. I felt sorry for her.”

Joanne Guidoccio


Blindly grabbing for the blankets, she pulled them up and turned toward him. She blinked with lazy contentment a few times before her gaze locked with his, then she went perfectly still.

Jeannie Hall


Forearms, shoulders, chest… Ugh! The last time she had sex was a distant memory, and apparently she was hoping, fervently hoping, it would be back on the menu sooner rather than later.

Kathryn Jane


He pressed a quick kiss to my lips and then backed away. Smart man. I wasn’t completely sure I could wait if he kissed me like that again.

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


Did she want Jerrod to see her sexy? She cast a glance at him over the top of her glass. Well, yeah. But did he?

Marsha West


No man in Sarah’s life had ever made her feel as beautiful and sexy and loved as Nate had. She hadn’t known that being with him would be so . . . incredible. Amazing. Sacred.

Sharon Wray


“The tall blond with the gorgeous green eyes? I have one word for him—-Va Va Va Voom.”

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of Winter set


She’d moved out of their bedroom only months after the wedding, the night he came home smelling of sex and cheap perfume.

Jacquie Biggar


Quin was painfully aware of the disparity between her sexual experience and his. It made her uncomfortable thinking about all the women he’d been with and what he must have done with them.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair