Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about the topic TEASE #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic TEASE

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“Maybe someday in the future,” she teased.

“Shot down again? Oh well.”

“Wounded, but not killed.”

Marian Lanouette


The sun shone on her white hair, contrasting with the warm watermelon shade of her mid-calf linen skirt and matching shirt. Her enthusiasm was infectious and the idea of buying the shop teased Jill.

Marsha West


When he softly said, “Janie,” his breath teased my ear, sending butterfly-like shivers over my body.

Vicki Batman


It had started out as a joke, her sneaking in to leave cute notes, or a piece of sexy lingerie to tempt and tease. But then it graduated to something darker—compulsive.

Jacquie Biggar


“Once a teacher, always a teacher,” Laura teased. “I think she’d be more concerned about her husband’s reaction.”

Joanne Guidoccio


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about the topic FOOL #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic FOOL

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Rosa shook her head. “Does she really think that no one is watching when that black Mercedes shows up in her driveway? Half of Moonglo is Italian. Who is she fooling?”

Joanne Guidoccio


Terror and adrenaline coursed through her system, settling like ice inside the marrow of her bones. She couldn’t stay. Couldn’t let Benji know what a fool she’d been.

Jeannie Hall


“You don’t want to take one car?”

“No, it’s wise to take both.” In case I want to do something foolish and go home with you.”

Marian Lanouette


“Well, yes. It’s not like I’ve ever worn a wire before. I’d be a fool not to be nervous.”

Marsha West


I’d made a fool of myself over Ben. And Daniel had known, even tried to warn me. I felt so stupid, incredibly embarrassed.

Vicki Batman


The last time she was on the ice—a long time ago—she’d made a fool out of herself trying to show off for a handsome senior in her school and ended up in the hospital nursing a broken arm. Fun times.

Jacquie Biggar


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Distancing & Social Connection

This is a term I heard Rabbi Rottenberg use in a CNBC report recently. His synagogue in Rockland County, NY experienced a mass shooting over a year ago. The reporters were checking back with the Rabbi to see how his congregation was managing in the current crisis.

aTqby68TMHe made the point, that while they were apart, they were still a community. He said we shouldn’t be social distancing ourselves, while we physically distance ourselves. Now more than ever, we need to be making social connections. This distinction really struck me.

We certainly need to stay more at than arms-length from others. (Six feet is probably two-arms-length.) But now more than ever we need to connect with each other, support each other, and take care of ourselves.

Taking care of ourselves starts first. It’s just like with the airplane safety instructions about what to do when the face masks drop. Parents are supposed to fix their own mask first, then take care of kids. This applies to us now.

Sunset Sunset a couple of weeks ago makes me breathe deeply.

Here are some suggestions from my Noom App for taking care of ourselves. You’ll recognize these ideas. They’re not new, but so much more important now than before:

  1. Get plenty of sleep
  2. Exercise-outside if you can
  3. Eat healthy meals
  4. Practice meditation/deep breathing
  5. Hug yourself (we’re missing a lot of physical touch right now)
  6. Reach out on social media (Our church services are now on Zoom & Facebook. My writing chapter’s meeting Saturday was on Zoom. So good to see faces of friends.)
  7. Read/watch positive, uplifting affirmations, books & movies. (Joanne Guidoccio shared good quotes in last week’s SOS blog.) https://sisterhoodofsuspense.com/2020/03/20/in-praise-of-quotes/

That gets to what we on the SOS blog write. No matter how suspenseful or what bad stuff happens in our books, they have a Happily Ever After ending or at least a Happy for Now ending. People desperately need that now–hope we will get through all of this. And we will, even if life is substantially different afterwards. Our characters showing courage will inspire our readers to show courage. So, keep writing and reading.

What have you been doing to help get you through these troubling times?

I think I’d also add to the list above: Order take out from your local restaurants. 😊 Be safe out there.

ACT OF TRUST is Book 2 in the Second Chances Series. The heroine is a widow who lost her husband on 9/11. I’ve heard people liken our current situation to this event. And yes, with all my books, you get a Happily Ever After.

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about the topic NEED #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic NEED

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Levi watched Holly. Her reticence was a cloak she hid behind like a safety net. She didn’t need to protect herself from him, but that was something she had to learn with time.

Jacquie Biggar


The open house for my new career counseling office needed a proper launch, one that could only be achieved with pastries from a Sicilian bakery.

Joanne Guidoccio


I needed to be alone. I might have hurt her feelings. I didn’t use tact when I told her.

Why are you intentionally sabotaging your relationship with her?

Marian Lanouette


She had to get up. She had to get back inside to find Brett. Yes, she needed Brett.

Marsha West


He loosened the silk knot at his throat and stuffed the tie in the coat pocket. “Beautiful, we need to talk.”

Vicki Batman


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about the topic WANT #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic WANT

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Really? This from the guy who ecstatically turned my life into a living hell? Who wants nothing better than to rub in how stupid I’ve been?

Vicki Batman


She froze, everything within her leaning into the touch, and waited. Wanted. Anticipated.

Jacquie Biggar


There were moments—like this one—when I didn’t really know or want to know my cousin.

Joanne Guidoccio


“I don’t want you to leave, Mia. I’m sorry I’m making a mess of this. There are times … after I examine a body that I’m not fit for human company.”

Marian Lanouette


“Mom wants to make sure you can take care of me if need be,” Devon glanced up at Brett as he laughed. “I’ll be sure to bring my security credentials and maybe the results of my last weapons practice.”

Marsha West


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic BETRAYAL

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“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


All that come-hither stuff Ben had doled had been friendly teasing. He didn’t want me.
He wanted Maggie.

Vicki Batman


Susan hesitated on the threshold, their gazes fusing across the distance. A cold draft knifed its way between them filled with ugly words and betrayals.

Jacquie Biggar


“I’m healing, and doctor on duty gave me the name of a professional to speak with after I finish up with the police. The doctor said it would help me deal with the betrayals from Cedric and Linden.”

Marian Lanouette


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic VILLAIN/ENEMY

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I think wasting my time with Blake narrows the chances of me finding Edy Dunstan alive. I don’t want you as an enemy, Mayor, but I have to do the job before politics.”

Marian Lanouette


“What if she finds out her father is a thief, or the bad guys come after Bailey or me again?” She squared her shoulders and clenched her hands into fists. “I’ll do anything to keep her safe…”

Marsha West


I’d show him and smacked his bicep. It was hard. “Don’t need your help, lamebrain. I can manage just fine. And stop calling me beautiful.”

Vicki Batman


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Frogs

Yesterday, I finished teaching a once a week, 1 ½ hour, four-week course called Indie Publishing: Who Me? for Texas Christian University’s Silver Frogs Program. This is part of their Extended Ed program. And yes, all the students are over 50. (Well, as is this teacher, too. LOL) I taught the course two years ago. In the interim I’d learned a few things and had to make a few additions to the power point.

There are two main points I make with the presentation:

  • This is a learn by doing activity (and if I can learn to self-pub, anyone can.)
  •  WRITE THE NEXT BOOK

Bright, bright, interesting folks. The students had lots of potential. Each shared some of their writing samples. A couple were writing children’s books. Several were interested in writing memoirs. (Fortunately, I have a good friend who’d just published a book to help with that very thing.) Your Words Your Life Story, A Guide for Sharing Memories by J. Q. Rose. Several were into writing short stories, and I referenced fellow Sisterhood of Suspense, Vicki Batman’s short story collections. One man was already published with some technical books no longer in print. He was especially interested in marketing. I shared several examples of author’s newsletters, one of Kathryn Jane’s banner, and showed samples of SWAG. We talked about doing book presentations and all the places you can do that. We talked about Bitty Booklets, my best marketing strategy.  Laron Glover at http://www.ninthmoon creates these.  The other side has the opening paragraphs of the book and the other book covers in the series. MW_BB_2019_OUTSIDE_1

Doing something like this takes away from my writing time, but I love to do presentations. Lots of folks have helped me along the way, so it’s only right to pay it forward.

Have you been able to share your writing experiences with other? Are you terrified of speaking to groups? Just like writing, that’s a learn by doing activity. You only get better by doing it. Now, I’ve got to get back to my WIP. Love to hear from you.

The first book in the 4-part Second Chances Series is SECOND ACT. Four women friends from elementary school days, struggle with loss, tragedy, danger, and love. Read them all to see if they get their happily ever after.

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic MARRIAGE

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Three days ago, I’d hoped he’d propose; only now, I didn’t want it. Our marriage would have been one big, huge, horrendous mistake.

Vicki Batman


“No, I don’t think you murdered your… Tim.” He couldn’t bring himself to say husband; it rubbed him the wrong way every time he thought about her married to another man. “But the authorities are going to look into your relationship, and when they do…”

Jacquie Biggar


“Did you think that marriage would last? I didn’t think it would last a year.”

Joanne Guidoccio


“She started crying, begged forgiveness. Said she only wanted to spice up our marriage. So you see I’m partly to blame for all this if she felt it needed to be spiced up.” Blake hung his head in his hands.

Marian Lanouette


Marriage was only a formality at this point. Despite her insistent begging, Kip wanted to wait until he could propose to her properly.

Stubborn man.

S.A. Taylor
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“I don’t k now how we can make a go of our marriage with half a country between us.”

Marsha West


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic DATING

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She’d grown up with people behaving the way he did, and men who didn’t disappointed her. Scott and she weren’t dating by any means, but she liked his innate politeness.

Marsha West


The words creep, jerk, moron, and “why the hell am I still dating him?” jumbled my thoughts around.

Vicki Batman


He rose and shook her father’s hand and smiled at her mother. “I think what your daughter is saying in a roundabout way is that we’re interested in dating.”

Jacquie Biggar


After a disastrous blind date that one of the teachers pressured me into accepting, I swore I’d have nothing to do with Leo ever again.

Joanne Guidoccio

 


Years ago he’d realized dating her had been a mistake and thought he’d corrected the error.

Marian Lanouette