Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about SPRING #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about SPRING

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 His thoughts turned to a spring day in Monterey where he and Quin had made love in a setting much like this one.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Logic would point to Adam, who had been close to Sarah throughout the winter and spring.

Joanne Guidoccio


She’d bet his feet were flat on the floor and just slightly behind his center of gravity, because he was always ready to spring into action.

Kathryn Jane


Murder-wise, it had been a busy spring and summer. Wilkesbury, Connecticut had crime, but murder cases the last couple of years had decreased.

Marian Lanouette


When the weather was good in the fall, winter, and spring she made a point of walking partway around the lake every couple of days.

Marsha West


Look to the horizon, my child, and you will see this each year with the coming of spring; the cycle of life is never-ending.

Jacquie Biggar


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about BETRAYAL #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about BETRAYAL

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“How can you ask me that?” Reaction was setting in, that must be why she couldn’t stop her teeth from chattering or the thick taste of betrayal from coating her throat.

Jacquie Biggar


 A ball of anxiety formed in Quin’s gut. AJ hadn’t talked about the fear his father’s abandonment and betrayal had left him with.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


This was a betrayal. The mental image of Jason sleeping with that tramp week after week, and then coming back to her bed within hours, made her want to vomit.

Claire Gem


I had started to recover from Luigi’s betrayal, but I couldn’t deal with running into him or anyone who knew of the circumstances that had ended our marriage.

Joanne Guidoccio


Aside from his feelings for Alexandra, he had nothing to lie about. Well, almost nothing.

Kathryn Jane


“Yes.” He tugged her up off the chair, drawing her toward him until she fell into his arms. Still hurt she’d lied to him. Louie figured he had two choices: accept it, or cause a further rift in his marriage. He swallowed his pride and decided on peace.

Marian Lanouette


Walking away would rip him to shreds and Elise would never forgive him for standing her up – again. But his feet betrayed him and moved on their own. He shuffled right out of the restaurant, a hand clutched to his chest, and toward his Jeep.

S.A.Taylor


“I’d like to trust you, Brett, but I’ve been betrayed before and now again by Franklin. I’m not depending on anyone again.”

Marsha West


“I’m counting on you being a good guy, Nate Walker,” Sarah said. “I’ve not had luck with trusting coworkers and if you betray me, I’ll hunt you down and beat you with a shovel.”

Sharon Wray


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about VILLAIN/ENEMY #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about VILLAIN/ENEMY

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The irony was that he was returning to the psych ward while he was in the best physical shape of his life. If there’d been a time to meet his enemy and save his men, it would be now.

Sharon Wray


United in conquering our enemy, we bumped fists. As we walked companionably back to the office, he said, “This looks like the launching of a fine friendship.”

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


While she’d been daydreaming, the enemy had arrived on their doorstep.

Jacquie Biggar


His enemy knew his weaknesses, and each time the man healed from an assault, Wolfe would tear off the scab and start him bleeding again.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


The deep freeze. It wouldn’t be the first time for either one of us. As life-long friends, we often experienced these frenemy periods.

Joanne Guidoccio


But experience is better.” A thousand times better. Until you’ve looked an enemy in the eye…

Kathryn Jane


The one from the bar. This would mean he’s escalating, screwing up. It would be the break I need. Too many viable suspects, but only one killer, that’s what I believe. I hope I’m right.

Marian Lanouette


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Outdoors

 

…is the view right outside my office window. Why is that important?

 

My desk where I play What if??? is adjacent to a large window, and when stuck, I take a look outside. Invariably, I’m inspired by the massive red oak trees in my front yard, the leaves changing from dark green to red orange and back. Or the large variety of cars streaming past my house, some speeding more than others.  Occasionally, the emergency vehicles with blaring sirens race to help someone. I spy colorful blooms in the flower beds which tell of Spring’s arrival and make me happy. quince 2

 

So why is The Great Outdoors important?

 

Many times, I’ve incorporated the scenery I see outside my window in my writing because being able to describe those things makes my work more authentic. And hopefully, a reader will be so engrossed, he/she is transported into the world I created and imagining him/herself where the action is. What the characters look like. What the weather is like. What people wear. What cars they drive. And et cetera.

 

Right now,  spring is creeping in. I can see the lacey white blossoms of the Bradford pear trees have pushed out. My quince with flowers in shades of salmon have already bloomed, leaving only the late stragglers, and tiny tiny bees buzzing from blossom to blossom searching for pollen. The grass is dry chaff. The gloomy gray sky makes me want to curl on the comfy sofa with a good book and my favorite beverage and snack. snoopy reading

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Near my home are restaurants and shops I frequent. In the Hattie Cooks mysteries, I have incorporated  a family-owned Italian restaurant similar to the one Handsome and I have frequented. The interior oozes Italian – the faux finished walls from which hang pictures of the Italian countryside, the Frank Sinatra-Tony Bennett-Dean Martin tunes, the ambiance created by the low lights—all perfect for Detective Allan Wellborn to seduce Hattie in Temporarily Out Of Luck. Here’s a sample:

 

Hunger overruled anger. I folded my hand around his and walked with him to our favorite Italian restaurant. He held the glass entry door wide and let me pass through first. My senses were overpowered by the greatest scents ever—spicy garlic, sweet tomato, yeasty bread, and sharp onions.

 

I loved Mama & Papas Italian Restaurant, a place my parents had brought Tracey and me to since elementary school. The same Tuscan prints decorated the golden faux-finished walls. The same Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra tunes oozed from the sound system. I breathed in deeply then looked at Allan, feeling gratitude. “Nirvana.”

 

               The corners of his eyes crinkled. “Forgiven?”

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about MARRIAGE

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When he saw Louie absorb it, he continued. “I don’t like her working for him either, but damn, you need to back off for the sake of your marriage and your career.”

Marian Lanouette


Things had moved fast, but she was ready to spend the rest of her life with him. Marriage was only a formality at this point.

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


But what kind of a marriage could they have if she lived in Atlanta, and he lived in Fort Worth?

Marsha West


“If things were different, I’d be asking you to marry me.” Because as crazy as it seemed, Nate already felt married.

Sharon Wray


“We get to have ice cream.” Ben squinted up at the hero-of-the-hour. “Are you married?

Appalled, I grabbed Ben.

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


He lay next to his wife, cradling her in his arms. He’d re-consummated his marriage with passion and with love.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Zoe tipped up her chin. She’d remembered Medina telling her that there was no sense in her looking for a husband, because marriage was not in the cards for her.

Claire Gem


“Forever and a day. I thought our marriage would last that long, but it barely made it to the first anniversary.”

Joanne Guidoccio


He couldn’t reach her, help her, and their marriage fell apart little by little until there was nothing left.

Kathryn Jane


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about DATING #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about DATING

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She wasn’t into dating. Never had the time, energy, or inclination to bother with romantic relationships.

Kathryn Jane


“I hate Sundays. Dinner at the queen’s tomorrow, along with my ass-kisser brother, his wife and their perfect children. ‘Are you dating yet?’ ‘When are you going to move forward?’ ‘How long do you plan on mooning over Ciara?’”

Ah, yes. They don’t tire of their questions. I wish I could tell them all it’s none of their damn business.

Marian Lanouette


Scott and she weren’t dating by any means, but she liked his innate politeness.

Marsha West


Zack had no business dating self-pity and her baser emotions. Because the most powerless of them all? Nate.

Sharon Wray


“I guess so.” I tossed my hands skyward, praying for an answer to magically appear. “Where, Oh Dating Gods, are the normal men hiding?”

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


But he didn’t need another woman in his bed and she didn’t need the complications that come with dating a partner.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


I should have picked up on all those troublesome signs during our dating years and six-month engagement.

Joanne Guidoccio


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will a Change of Venue Help Writer’s Block?

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Well, it’s not exactly writer’s block … sort of. In 2015, my cousin and I took a trip to Scotland to follow some family ancestry as well as for me to do some research for the fifth book in my series, “Partners, Heart of the Phoenix”. For my main character, AJ Donovan, it took years to find the Scots-Irish father he thought had abandoned him. Now a father himself for the first time, he and his wife, Quin, chose to take a trip to Scotland where Ethan Donovan and his family currently lived. AJ was excited to meet his many half siblings and introduce his son, Reilly to his grandparents.

Ethan’s landscaping business had made him quite wealthy and that wealth bought him enemies. Unfortunately, some of his enemies were within his own family. He had to determine which of his children were embezzling funds from the family business. AJ’s siblings welcomed him warmly … except one. This brother perceived AJ as a threat to his inheritance – to the point he was willing to eliminate him.

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At the RWA conference last year I roomed with a friend who was retired military and had spent much of her life in Scotland and Ireland. She pointed out several flaws in Irish-Scottish relationships that made the background for my story somewhat implausible. Changing those details would require changing background facts going back to Book I. So, I pushed the book aside and went on to other things. Not a good way to enhance a successful writing career.

So, one of the annual writing conferences I attend is “20 Books to 50K”, the focus of which is indie authors supporting indie authors. They are in Vegas every year but have also been doing conferences in Europe. This year, in July, it will be in Scotland. I was immediately interested. It’s time to go back and seek my muse. I need to work through the story issues and come back with the ideas I need to fix them. Not to mention that Edinburgh, Scotland is one of my favorite places in the world.

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I’m curious if other writers find new energy when doing research in countries where your story takes place. Do exposure and new facts make you more zealous to get back to your story?

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about SEX #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about SEX

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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


She liked sex, especially with Jason. But if she gave in, it would be a helluva lot more than sex for her, and there wasn’t much chance he felt the same way.

Kathryn Jane


He’d been friends with Louie long enough to understand the Italian word for asshole. And he was correct. Richie Malone was a stronzo and more. “Why him? Didn’t you warn her about his sexual harassment cases?”

Marian Lanouette


Next to drugs and alcohol, meaningless sex was another escape during his darkest days. But none of them ever gave him the high he had experienced with Elise.

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


The brush of Meg’s body as she moved past him sent heat straight to his groin. The shooting hadn’t affected his sex drive, at least not where she was concerned.

Marsha West


Sarah hadn’t been lying when she’d told Nate it’d been a long time since she’d had sex. But, honestly, it wouldn’t have mattered when the last time was because no man had ever made love to her like Nate had.

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


Sex was just that – sex. It was easy to find it when he wanted it. His life was uncomplicated – but empty.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life Changing

Gratitude and Positivity

 I’m often asked how I manage to stay positive in this crazy world. How I can ignore the horrors we’re bombarded with through social media and television.

This is my story.

Some years ago I worked twelve hour shifts on the receiving end of  9-1-1 calls.

I spent long hours talking to people having really, really bad days. Perhaps the worst day of their life. I listened to the horrors of fights in the background, to mothers screaming because their child’s life was in danger, to fathers demanding someone come and fix their sick child, to people angry because the ambulance was taking too long.

I had to tell people the ambulance dispatched to them had been diverted to someone with a higher level emergency. I talked people out of pulling the trigger. I gave CPR instructions over the phone.

And then at the end of twelve grueling hours I got in my car and drove home. Had a meal and tried to go to sleep so I could go back in less than twelve hours and do it again.

As you can imagine, sleep didn’t come easy. Sometimes it didn’t come at all. Sometimes I’d be lucky to sleep for a total of ten hours in every four day block. (That’s two, 12-hour-days followed by two 12-hour-nights).

As you can imagine this takes a great toll on the body and I needed to find a way to let go of my work day and clear my mind so I could get sleep on a regular basis—and I wasn’t willing to use medications.

That’s when I stumbled upon the idea of a gratitude journal. However, I wasn’t very good at sticking to the program and writing in it every day. That’s when I got the idea of doing it on facebook, so I was kind of publicly accountable.

It worked.

I mean it REALLY worked!

Driving home from a long dispatch shift, instead of reliving all the bad calls of the day, I would have to search for something I could write in my Gratitude post. It made me look around. I began to notice the sunrise, dew on the grass, a hawk soaring in the morning or evening sky.

Occasionally I would think back to a “good” call. To a person I talked out of pulling the trigger, or the wail of a baby who hadn’t been breathing when the call first came in.

And when I got home, before going to bed I would do my Facebook Gratitude post. And I started to fall asleep more easily.

I no longer work in ambulance dispatch, but I’ve never stopped my daily posts. They keep me focused. They make me search for the good inside the bad. They show me hope.

And they show me love, because people respond to my posts. Sometime it’s just a like, and other times it’s a thank you for being a bright spot in a stranger’s day.

I have learned to find some spark of positive in any and everything. Do I see the negatives? Darn sure, but I don’t let them have power over me. Even in the worst of times, I can, and will, find a positive.

I will find hope and I will find the positive.

Kathryn Jane, novelist, artist, educator.

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about LOVE

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I wondered: would I ever love or be loved by anyone again who would inspire me to have such a piece created? Until I’d arrived here in Alabama, I sincerely doubted it.

Claire Gem


“I needed to be around people who loved and nurtured me.”

Joanne Guidoccio


Flicked a glance to a higher shelf, to a photo of her at eighteen and madly in love with the tall, scrawny kid at her side.

Kathryn Jane


He pushed her back but held on to her by the shoulders and stared into her eyes. “I promise, Sophia. I love you. You don’t understand what it did to me to when I thought I’d lose you. I promise with all my heart not to get mad.” Grinning, he added, “But you know me better than anyone. I’ll apologize now if I do.”

Marian Lanouette


Their life wasn’t picture perfect, but their love smoothed out any kinks they had encountered along the way.

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


Did her looks hinder her doing her job? He bet every man who worked with her fell secretly in love.

Marsha West


“I’m interested in Stuart Pinckney’s death because he was married to Allison Pinckney,” Zack said. “Allison is the woman I love.”

Sharon Wray


“I love those cartoons.” “‘Barber of Seville’ is the best.” “Don’t forget ‘Duck Season.’” He raised his mug and toasted me. “A girl who likes cartoons has good taste.”

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


She had extricated him from his emotional exile to realize he was worth loving and capable of feeling the same deep love she gave him.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair