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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Celebrating Book #6 Release

Celebrating Book #6 Release

Last week I released my 6th published book. ACT OF BETRAYAL, is Book 3 in The Second Chances Series, which covers the lives of four women in their mid-40s who’ve been friends since they met at summer camp when they were kids.

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The first book signing I’ll have for this book is Saturday, Oct. 30 in the Decatur Public Library. I’ll get to do a book reading, and speak about the publishing business, as well as sell books. Decatur is a small town about an hour north west of Fort Worth. I’m hoping a few friends from the northwest side of the metroplex will come up, but this gives me an opportunity to meet with a whole different bunch of folks. Love it.

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So here’s the blurb:

A cosmetics company owner in Dallas, Devon Moore, wants to save her company from bankruptcy, but her ex-husband’s embezzlement sends her into dangerous waters trying to pay back his clients, replace the money he stole from her company and keep her, her daughter, and her parents safe.
Private Investigator, Brett Townsend, wants to find who is threatening his new client and locate the missing money. He suspects the beautiful Devon hasn’t been completely honest with him. A wife, even an ex-wife, has to know, doesn’t she? When she is attacked twice and her daughter is kidnapped, he adjusts his thinking.

Despite Brett’s initial doubts about whether Devon really knew about the money her ex-husband stole, still he’s attracted to the redheaded beauty and admires her love of her daughter for whom she’ll do anything. Their attraction for each other sizzles under the surface of all they do.

Will they reclaim the stolen money and find the bad guys in time to save her business and the lives of her daughter, parents, and Devon?

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Here are the links:

Amazon   http://amzn.to/2wfyMKD

B & N  http://bit.ly/2wAWqnT

KOBO  http://bit.ly/2ftRfAf

Please, please if you read the book, leave a review. None of those yet. And if you read ACT OF TRUST, Book 2 and didn’t leave a review, please do so. Thanks so very much.

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Inspiration from My Favorite Mystery Authors

Collecting quotations has been one of my lifelong hobbies. In the pre-computer days, I would jot down quotations on slips of paper and toss them in a desk drawer. Once a month, I would type them up and place them in a special file folder. I’ve kept the folder but now use Pinterest and Goodreads to store my quotations.

Here are ten inspiring quotations from my favorite mystery authors:

Approach your lives as if they were novels, with their own heroes, villains, red herrings, and triumphs. Mary Higgins Clark

Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions. Agatha Christie

Do no harm and leave the world a better place than you found it. Patricia Cornwell

Somewhere along the line, I realized that I liked telling stories, and I decided that I would try writing. Ten years later, I finally got a book published. It was hard. I had no skills. I knew nothing about the business of getting published. So I had to keep working at it. Janet Evanovich

Both back when I was acting and now that I’m writing, I’ve always wanted the same thing out of my career: to be able to get up in the morning and do what I love doing. Tana French

The English tradition offers the great tapestry novel, where you have the emotional aspect of a detective’s personal life, the circumstances of the crime and, most important, the atmosphere of the English countryside that functions as another character. Elizabeth George

I don’t want to write formula. I don’t want to crank these books out like sausages. Every book is different, which takes a hell of a lot of ingenuity on my part. Sue Grafton

I had to learn compassion. Had to learn what it felt like to hate, and to forgive and to love and be loved. And to lose people close to me. Had to feel deep loneliness and sorrow. And then I could write. Louise Penny

You don’t find time to write. You make time. It’s my job. Nora Roberts

What I’m doing is writing stories about women who care about justice…who think about the difference between right and wrong, what’s legal and illegal, ethical and unethical, moral and immoral.  Lisa Scottoline

Do you have an inspiring quotation to share?

Where to find Joanne Guidoccio…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the theme LAUGH, CHUCKLE, OR GIGGLE, #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the theme LAUGH, CHUCKLE, OR GIGGLE for a fun start to the week. Enjoy!


“Maybe,” Jeri hiccupped, then brought her fingers to her lips and giggled, “we should eat something now.”

“Yeah,” I said, cringing away from the citrusy cloud of alcoholic fumes drifting my way. “Maybe we should.”

Claire Gem


Grace chuckled. “That man can tempt bees from the trees.”

Joanne Guidoccio


One snort multiplied to two and soon she doubled over the dashboard, laughing out loud. For a long time, she couldn’t stop.

Jeannie Hall


Emerging from the shadowy mountain trail to the wide fields blanketed in sunshine, they urged the horses into an easy gallop, and with every stride, hooves shot glistening snow high into the air, and laughter gently tickled the sky.

Kathryn Jane


“Looks like we can chalk up this up to part of our training.” She laughed, hoping to lighten the mood and remind him of the real reason they were forced to spend time together.

S.A.Taylor
Shutter (work in progress)


“Oh, a man who offers to help. Good deal, Mom. You ought to keep this one around.” Blair’s laugh filled the room.

Marsha West


Rafe was sure the Prince was holding back a laugh. Although it was hard to tell since Rafe had never even seen the Prince smile.

Sharon Wray
Every Deep Desire


“Promise not to laugh?”

This must be really good. “I promise.” “For fun, my mom and I take ballroom dancing lessons.”

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)


She brought out the best in me. She taught me it was okay to laugh and touch, love and trust.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


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