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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about TRAIN

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Once I got the train rolling, however, there would be no screeching to a stop. All the pentup frustration churned out. My finger poked his shoulder. Davis flinched.

Vicki Batman


Paired with comfortable seating areas draped with Mexican blankets, throw pillows in a wide array of materials and colors, farmhouse side tables painted in shades of white, blue, and yellow, and the candles—hundreds of candles in varying containers and sizes, the whole thing should have looked like a train wreck, but he had to admit he liked it.

Jacquie Biggar
My Girl (Work in Progress)


“The tracks. We slid off the road, and mom’s car is sitting right up against the tracks. If a train comes, Daniel . . .”

Claire Gem


Such a talented and accomplished horsewoman, yet when it came to her personal life? According to rumors, she was a train wreck.

Kathryn Jane


Together they examined the train tracks in the area where Nadia’s body was found.

Marian Lanouette


Doubts and questions rumbled through her brain like a train on a continuous loop of track.

Marsha West


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about AIRPLANE

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Pete grabbed a second donut. “Why did Kells go up to Maine? And how’d he pay for the flight?”

Sharon Wray


With a “humpf,” I dragged my pink tote up the narrow aisle to the plane’s exit, accidentally banging it into the sides of the seats along the way. The relieving notion of being back home in Sommerville caused the tension in my chest to fade a smidgen.

Vicki Batman


He noticed Adam’s fascination with the string and steel rainbow-colored art installation hanging from the ceiling. “At the right angle, it looks like an airplane. Plexus C18, I think it’s called, by Gabriel Dawes. Took ninety miles of thread, can you believe it?”

Jacquie Biggar


The difference was that the entire display board was red, with all flights cancelled. Mercy honestly believed Reagan’s plane was the last one to hit the runway before they shut the terminal down.

Claire Gem


Eight months pregnant with the twins, Tania hadn’t been able to hop on a plane and assist her mother.

Joanne Guidoccio


There was one plane and a helicopter inside…and a dead guy.

Kathryn Jane


“You’ve spent a lot on not only tuition, Commissioner, but on clothing, theater tickets, travel, and more,” Jake said.

Marian Lanouette


The clouds parted around the wing of the plane giving a magnificent view of the bay and rows of beach homes along the coast line. I itched to get down there, dig my toes in the sand, and experience everything Sydney had to offer.

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self-care. What if…

by Kathryn Jane

Something we all, yep ALL, need to pay attention to no matter what our circumstances, is self-care.

We live in a world brimming with information, watching bad news from around the world, and being exposed to a great deal of negativity minute by minute. In some ways this is good as we can see that in the grand scheme of things, a roof over our heads and food on our tables puts us among the fortunate.

Still, there is pressure. Pressure to be the best we can be at our jobs, and within our families. Employers and family need us, depend on us in every possible way. We can’t let them down. But apparently, we are letting ourselves down.

We stay late at work without extra pay, we stay up long past bedtime doing laundry, and we get up earlier than the rest so we can prep lunches. We eat the burnt toast, the stale crust, and the smallest portion of desert.

We are super-women, and we shine at it.

 

Until.

Until the tank is suddenly empty and we don’t know how it happened.

Until we find ourselves at the wrong place to pick up a kid, in the wrong chat group to vent about our boss, or getting pulled over for speeding through a playground zone—because our thoughts were somewhere else.

Until we’re tossing and turning at three in the morning unable to shut our minds down so we can sleep.

Time for some self care.

Sure, right, okay, but how the heck can we combat the burnout if we can’t give up any of our responsibilities?

Self … care.

Which means?

Many things.

Self-care can be getting a massage once a month, , stopping for an ice-cream, dancing to a favorite song, or taking ten minutes every day to just sit in the garden and do nothing.

Or it can be as simple and silly as a game I started for myself the other day.

What if.

What if a genie popped out of a bottle and granted me one very specific wish which was:

You have up to 3 days to enjoy a single experience as long as it is not about meeting or talking to someone… as part of the wish, you will be granted whatever physical ability you will need.

Here’s a list of ideas I built for myself in about ten minutes.

  • Ride in the Kentucky Derby or the Grand National
  • Go on an African safari
  • Swim with whales
  • Interact with lions or tigers in their natural habitat
  • Attend a Streisand concert
  • Hike Machu Picchu
  • Attend the Edinburgh Tattoo

 

And this is a list I built while trying to guess what my friends would choose:

  • A Broadway show
  • A Paris fashion show
  • Climb Mount Everest
  • A Vegas show
  • The Great Wall of China
  • The Pyramids
  • Superbowl
  • Olympics
  • Ski the Alps
  • A French Chateau
  • A Scottish Castle
  • Desert Island
  • Great Barrier Reef

So… how about you? Join in my little self-care game and share what you might choose if my genie granted you the same wish.


Kathryn Jane, novelist, artist, educator.

Kat loves crisp sunny days, the warm breath of a horse, cats with a sense of humor, the briny scent of the ocean, and her very own charming prince—in no particular order.   http://kathrynjane.com

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about JUDGE

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His mother, the best judge of character her knew, trusted Jil.

Marsha West


This quiet time between the moon’s sleep and the sun’s awakening was Etienne’s favorite part of the day. Few people were out, and no one was around to judge.

Sharon Wray


Olga’s anger had burned. She’d acted like judge and jury without giving Maggie the benefit of a doubt. It hurt.

Jacquie Biggar


It felt so good to spill her demons on someone who wouldn’t judge her for the hatred she felt for her ex. She sobbed into the crook of his neck.

Claire Gem


Knowing Adele, she had judged the information to be either irrelevant or too embarrassing to share.

Joanne Guidoccio


He shook his head with an amused expression. “Against my better judgement, I’ll be in shortly.”

Kathryn Jane


But I wouldn’t judge the reputation of the girl on one spiteful comment. If it bothers you that much, find out the truth.”

Marian Lanouette


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about SENTENCE

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In midsentence her pen halted, the air thickened and the oxygen whooshed from her lungs as the news anchor announced her friend Callie’s name in the same sentence as murder.

Marian Lanouette


“You told me once it wasn’t just sex–”
“We made love,” Scott completed her sentence.

Marsha West


Nate picked up his coat and gun. “What about Jack?” Cassio responded, “If you come with me, your lord will be free from the death sentence.”

Sharon Wray


His hold on me tightened as he whispered in my ear, “I’m hungry.” That phrase.

Vicki Batman


His words were cut off mid-sentence, the stunned shock turning his face into a clownish mask of pain.

Jacquie Biggar


Mercy knew when Reagan’s sentences deteriorated into single words, he was done. He’d retreated into that dark, hidden place where he lived most of the time since . . . then.

Claire Gem


Her sentence was a lighter one, and she would be out soon. Too soon.

Joanne Guidoccio


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about WEAPON

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While I enjoyed watching celebrity chefs brandishing knives on television, I wasn’t comfortable being in close range with potential weapons.

Joanne Guidoccio


“All that hardware—doesn’t it bother you to carry it?”

“It would bother me more if I had a situation and didn’t have my weapons with me. Don’t worry.”

Marian Lanouette
All the Pretty Brides (2019 Daphne du Maurier Finalist)


Andie Mills stood behind her weapon of choice—a slick black Nikon camera with a 70mm lens.

S.A.Taylor
Shutter (work in progress)


She palmed the weapon, the metal comforting. A quick gulp of air before she glanced under the bed. Nothing. The closet?

Marsha West


Sarah’s mouth went dry, and she turned, ready to use her camera as a weapon.

Sharon Wray


Left with no other option, she dropped, rolled, and came up fighting. “DEA, drop your weapons.”

Jacquie Biggar


He lowered his weapon, and his face softened. He smiled at me, a strange kind of recognition dawning.

Claire Gem


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about DECEIT

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Sara had fallen off the pedestal Tom had placed her on. He’d thought her perfect, so to find out she was a deceitful woman, like all women, he lost all sexual interest.

Jacquie Biggar


I couldn’t fathom the notion of Cassandra faking or putting on the airs of a psychic. It wasn’t in her nature to be deceitful.

Joanne Guidoccio


“The small wiry ones seem to have an abundance of hidden strength. We’re not questioning Arnie until we’re sure of the body count.”

Marian Lanouette
All the Pretty Brides (2019 Daphne du Maurier Finalist)


“This is harder than I imagined,” she rubbed her hands down her jeans. “It’s like I’m being sneaky or deceitful.”

Marsha West


Nate would lie, cheat, steal, kill, and die, but he wanted one thing in return: he wanted to remember this moment with Sarah forever.

Sharon Wray


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about HONOR

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Nate had no money or job or honor. His courtesy was the only thing he could offer her.

Sharon Wray


Overcome with emotion, I shook my head. “You should honor your mother—”

Joanne Guidoccio


Still clutching the necklace and unable to hold back tears, he spoke to his sister first, “I’m so sorry I let you down, Kendra. I know how much it meant for me to watch over Lexie. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to honor that promise to you.”

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about FUN

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Maybe a sum­mer fling would be fun. At least, until she high-tailed it back to her fancy life in New York after the season ended.

Marsha West


Isabel pointed at Etienne. “Did you fire shots at the historian and Walker this morning?” He smiled. “A few. For fun.”

Sharon Wray


Mona laughed, though there was nothing funny about the situation, and headed toward the closed door, his lordship’s name emblazoned in gold script across the wood paneling. “The only regret I have is that I didn’t shoot the bastard when I had the chance.”

Jacquie Biggar


Food shopping and a karate workout followed by housecleaning and laundry. Not his idea of a fun day.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Fortunately, there were plenty of women around these days who didn’t mind carrying on an affair consisting of no more than a few fun evenings, dinner or a movie, followed by a raucous roll in the sack.

Claire Gem


“We’ve decided to spend tomorrow on Vancouver Island. The kids had so much fun there last week.”

Joanne Guidoccio


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about SUNSHINE

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The sun cast a glow on my hair, and the wind whipped behind me. I looked peaceful, and for the first time I could admit, beautiful.

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


“The splash of bright yellow in the pillows is a slice of sunshine and gives me hope. And a fireplace. Thank you, Jerrod.”

Marsha West


Pete gave Sally his trademark smile filled with sunshine and unicorns, while Nate, apparently, didn’t warrant a casual hey. Then again, Nate wasn’t doing the sideways tango with the club’s waitresses.

Sharon Wray


On those days, I heard way too much from her about cruising the Mediterranean. She especially believed the trip would make a nice honeymoon. Whatever.

Vicki Batman


Tony joined her, his hand going to her elbow when she slipped on the bank.

Jacquie Biggar


Having spent the first two decades of his life in sunny Greece, he had never fully adapted to Canadian winters.

Joanne Guidoccio


His tongue sought the warmth of her mouth. She tasted like coffee and sunshine and he wanted more of her.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair