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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic MYSTERY

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He lifted and dropped his hands. “I’m telling you, to this day, I haven’t a clue how the frog got in your lunch box.”

Vicki Batman


“Single shot to the temple, through and through. Near as I can tell, time of death was sometime between midnight and three a.m., no sign of defensive wounds.” She stopped and gazed at him with world-weary eyes. “Who would do this, Augustus?”

Jacquie Biggar


If seeing her name on a book was all that mattered to her, she could’ve easily published her mystery with their company ages ago.

Marian Lanouette


Given J.D.’s reaction, the gal meant something. That’s the angle he needed to take with the questioning, but first he needed to find out more about this mystery woman.

S.A.Taylor
Shutter (work in progress)


How she could be this hot, when the place she’d inhabited on her walk had been cold and dark as a cave in the arctic was a mystery.

Marsha West


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic TRUST

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“We’ll get through this, Kelly. Trust me. I’ll keep you safe.”

Marsha West


“You’ll be perfect. Trust me.”

Trust me. The two reassuring words everyone uttered when all had big doubts.

Vicki Batman


“Trust me, that woman did not pine away because I wouldn’t relocate to Tennessee.”

Joanne Guidoccio


He’d created her trust issues—the psychologist in her knew the cause of her fear of commitment, but the woman couldn’t forgive or move past it.

Marian Lanouette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic ENCOURAGE

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His brother, the captain at the time, who’d encouraged the excessive force, had been fired and lost his pension. Sergeant Ralph Miller had been gunning for Jake ever since.

Marian Lanouette


She could either deny Josh was a hunk, thus lying to her mother, or agree and encourage the war machine bent on getting them together.

Marsha West


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic BELIEVE

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I couldn’t believe all of that had happened while I was cocooned in my office.

Joanne Guidoccio


Since she’d been here she’d dumped over three thousand dollars into the freakin’ machine. I can’t believe this bitch sits down right next to me and hits the jackpot on the first spin. I’ll never get Trevor back this way.

Marian Lanouette


“I just can’t believe you went to this length. After all of the things I told you, don’t you realize how much I hate being played?”

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


At least she made a believer of Josh whenever she directed her attention at him. Of course, it was an act; didn’t the picture prove his point?

Marsha West


Nate opened the door slightly, and Sarah peeked under his arm. This area smelled older, like new paint over mildew.

Sharon Wray


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  the topic NEW

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He lifted my chin. “Since the cookies you devoured were meant for me, we need a new batch, milk, a plate, and another movie. I’m partial to ‘Stalag 17.’ Okay, sweetie?”

Vicki Batman


The town sat nestled in the bosom of two mountainous ridges. Not quite the Caribbean getaway she should have been enjoying with her new husband—the rat fink.

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


The gentle sound of horses shuffling about in the pens began to permeate her consciousness, and she opened her eyes to see the wonderful, misty light of morning that happens just before the sun rises with the birth of a new day.

Kathryn Jane


If she won the contest and got her pictures publicized, it might distract Jake enough to turn him in a new direction.

Marian Lanouette


Giles had always been a jerk, but when he shouted the nickname that had taunted me throughout high school, that was a whole new low for him.

S.A.Taylor
Sharp Blades (work-in-progress)


Scott hoped the love Ellie and Joe shared could stand up to the new evidence of his infidelity, in the form of whoever the presumed son was.

Marsha West


Nate opened the door slightly, and Sarah peeked under his arm. This area smelled older, like new paint over mildew.

Sharon Wray


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Hanukkah & Merry Christmas Eve

I’ve always loved when these two holidays fall at the same time. They don’t always since Hanukkah shifts around during the months of November and December. But there’s something magical (or especially spiritual) when they fall the way they have in 2019.

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Hanukkah began Sunday and runs through Saturday. Today is Christmas Eve followed by Christmas Wednesday. When I was in third grade in El Paso, we had neighbors who were Jewish, and I was fascinated by the kids getting a gift every day of the week. Over the years, I’ve had numerous Jewish friends and feel a connection to their faith. We have so much in common. Love the candles and the music.

We don’t have to travel since both daughters live in town about fifteen minutes away. Sorry, not bragging, just stating a fact. We know how fortunate we are. Our older daughter hosts Christmas at her house. (I do Thanksgiving and our younger daughter does Easter.) This will be the first time in their new big house. They moved in the first of this year, and we’re all excited about being there to celebrate for the first Christmas.IMG_2323

Just like Thanksgiving and Easter, the rest of the family brings food. My daughter asked me to bring ice cream and cranberries. I don’t think they are to go together, and we’re not having turkey, so I’m not sure why she asked for that, but of course I’ll make them. 😊

Each family does its own thing in the morning, and then we join up in the middle of the day. It’s nice that way.

Whichever you’re celebrating, are you ready? What are your favorite foods, songs, gifts? Are you traveling? Happy Holidays to my sisters here and to all of our readers.

Christmas features prominently in my second published book, TRUTH BE TOLD. The cover is a likeness of a house I used to drive by several times a week and fell in love with. Who lived there? What was their life like? I had to write about them.

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about  HEART

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Nate’s pulse ratcheted up into heart attack territory. Sarah was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen.

Sharon Wray


Tears pooled in my eyes. My heart ached, and my soul plummeted to my feet. My prized things were destroyed.

Vicki Batman


Aaron swore and grabbed the dash, his foot punching the floor in a search for the phantom brake on his side of the vehicle. “Holy shit, you trying to kill us, bro?” Once he got his heart out of his mouth and released his death-grip, he leaned back and laughed.

Jacquie Biggar


“She will always have a special place in my heart and the hearts of all who knew her.”

Joanne Guidoccio


“Ouch.” Now he was actually laughing at her while he pretended to pull a dagger from his heart. “I forgot how damned honest you are.”

Kathryn Jane


Darcy ignored the package from her favorite online store and ripped open the letter, her heart skipping a beat–it wasn’t signed.

Marian Lanouette


I watched helplessly as the only person that kept me strong during the move walked out the door and carried my heart with her. Tears that I’d held back finally burst free.

S.A.Taylor
Sharp Blades (work-in-progress)


Her crooked smile earlier had torn at his heart. Her bravery about this crazy dude attacking her family touched him.

Marsha West


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starry Night

author 100 x 100When we look up at the heavens, we are captivated by the stars. They winkle and twinkle. They form constellations. We are guided by them. Isn’t it joyous to lay on soft grass and stare up with a loved one by our side?

I love all things Christmas. I have many wonderful memories of decorating the family’s Christmas tree when I was a kid. My mom put an angel on top. As an adult, I put a star. The star on top of a Christmas tree represents the Star of Bethlehem, the star which guided the Wise Men to where Jesus lay in the manger.

Isn’t this a beautiful way to remember what Christmas is all about?

Every year, I travel with girlfriends to a small town for the Christmas Candlelight Home Tour. I have always been captivated by the Enchanted Forest. It’s a collection of donated trees decorated by family and business set up in a park. I find it peaceful to wander through the display and look at the lights and ornaments. Some have goofy designs like the Grinch. Another is decorated in all things related to dentistry.

Several years ago, I don’t know what happened, but I found myself captured by the tree toppers, specifically stars. Some changed colors. Some were large. All made me smile. I thought I would share a few I found:

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Delightful–right?

Talking about stars brings me to a favorite holiday movie. My sister discovered it several years ago and shared it with me. Star in the Night, an Oscar-winning short film, tells the Nativity story in an auto court motel.

 

I hope all your days are Merry & Bright!

 

p.s. My story, “The Littlest Angel,” is about my mom’s angel tree topper. Find out more at: Amazon & KU

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about the topic VISION

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She stomped across the front of her room, looked outside, but rage clouded her vision, and she saw nothing.

Marsha West


A black willow tree stood between the courtyard’s gas lamp and the window, casting eerie silhouettes around the walls. Where was Nate?

Sharon Wray


Whatever? Blinking, I stared at my cell phone, not believing this. Thanks to his crappy attitude, my blood boiled, and red flames danced in my vision. I embodied a fiery wrath.

Vicki Batman


Her breathing faltered. Little spots floated in and out of her vision. She was going to pass out right there in her daddy’s kitchen and he wouldn’t be able to save her because he’d never taken the time to learn CPR.

Jacquie Biggar


All those years ago when I had fantasized about connecting with Carlo, I had envisioned many wonderful scenarios where we would bump into each other and fall in love—on the beach, dance floor, even at a bar.

Joanne Guidoccio


“Today she charted new territory by dragging all of us along in her vision. Perfect example of gifts expanding.”

Kathryn Jane


In his dreams his vision faded and sometimes he met his maker waiting for his judgment. Sometimes Eva, along with his father, waited there to greet him.

Marian Lanouette


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about the topic WINDOW

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 At the counter in her studio Melinda continued to stare out the window after Jake and Louie left her studio to apply for their warrants.

Marian Lanouette


He lumbered on then swung himself onto the roof jutting out below the window. Despite the cold temperatures, sweat ran down his face and soaked the shirt under his jacket.

Marsha West


Hearing someone outside whistle “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” while I worked, I turned my gaze to look out the storefront window where I spied Jack, who rounded the corner. A pizza box from Mamma and Pappa’s Italian Bistro was perched on three of his fingers.

Vicki Batman


The velvet sky made a beautiful background for the barn, dressed like a grand old dame with a multitude of lanterns and fairy lights spilling from the open doors and windows to light their way.

Jacquie Biggar


I noticed a man making his way through the crowd that had gathered outside the front window.

Joanne Guidoccio


She distinctly remembered locking the door and checking the windows when she turned in after their long security shift, but someone was definitely in the room with her now.

Kathryn Jane