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


Sexy lines this Sunday! đź’‹

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about SEX for a spicy start to your week. Enjoy!

A_Taming_SeasonsmallWhen he was sure she was asleep, he whispered, “I’ve had sex with dozens of women in my life, Zoe girl. But until tonight, I never knew what it meant to make love.”

Claire Gem

ASeasonforKillingBlondes_w9101_750 (2)He stared, his blue eyes widening in surprise and something else I couldn’t quite define. Amusement. Anticipation. Maybe even lust.

Joanne Guidoccio

She wove her fingers through his damp hair, her torso arching over his. Soon everything became a swirl of heat, lilac, salt, and pleasure.

Jeannie Hall

KathrynJane_DanceWithMe_800pxHey, handsome. The sleepy, sexy edge to her voice made him wish he was there to wrap around her. Breathe in her scent.

Kathryn Jane

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Who needed cigarettes after sex? She had a sexy blues musician serenading her in bed, wearing nothing but his boxers and a smile.

S.A. Taylor
A Twisted Fate (work…

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Free…And Two By Me!


Holiday cookbook by the Wild Rose Press Authors

Joanne Guidoccio

comfortfoodsholidaygardengourmetTreat yourself to our favorite comfort food recipes–soups and stews; breads, biscuits and muffins; salads and sides; cookies and bars–all from the kitchens of The Wild Rose Press authors.

I’m happy to share two of my recipes: BCR Casserole on Page 28
and Banana Muffins on Page 104.

Happy Holidays!


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More #NaNoWriMo Success Stories


Joanne Guidoccio

nanowrimocrestIt’s hard to believe that it’s Day 25 of the NaNoWriMo writing challenge. When I started writing at the beginning of November, I had no idea what to expect. Several friends wished me luck and proceeded to ask for updates throughout the month. Others were more cautious, not knowing whether to ask or wait for me to bring it up.

I feel the same way about my NaNoWriMo buddies. Whenever I update my progress, I check to see how they are faring. Many are staying the course (like me), a few are speed demons (Peggy Jaeger!), while others are floundering. I thought I’d boost everyone’s morale with today’s post.

Here are four NaNoWriMo success stories:


Alan Averill wrote the first chapter of The Beautiful Land several months before NaNoWriMo and then put aside the manuscript. When he learned that his friends were planning to participate in NaNoWriMo, he decided to…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about MOOD, #RSsos #RomSuspense


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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about  FEAR for a moody start to your week. Enjoy!

jacquiebiggar_thebeastwithin_800px“You’re in a good mood today. What happened, you get laid?”

Jacquie Biggar

51ujnuq5lxlAJ was still in a sullen mood. She snuggled against him and put her arm around him.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair

ASeasonforKillingBlondes_w9101_750 (2)“Things will only get worse.” Head down, she continued to cry into her handkerchief.

Joanne Guidoccio

author-jeannieThe handcuffs bit into Hannah Barker’s wrists, making them twinge in discomfort. Shivering, she blinked at the gray utilitarian wall of the interrogation room as the coldness of the metal chair seeped through the thin fabric of her business suit. Anxiety choked her.

Jeannie Hall
A Midnight Clear (work-in-progress)

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The chorus of Sheryl Crow’s, Soak up the Sun, blared through Andie’s ear buds and mirrored her mood, happy and confident.

S.A. Taylor
Shutter (work in progress)

Kelly’s mind drifted off, and the sound of shattering glass…

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Poppies and Poetry Move Me


Happy Veterans/Remembrance Day!

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canva-poppies-stringI cannot tell you how many times I was given the assignment to memorize, In Flanders Fields. Seems to me it was every November, throughout grade school!

Sadly, when I tried to remember it just a few days ago, I could only recall a few lines, but thanks to Google, I was able to quickly pull it up for a refresher.

It’s a lovely poem with a sound both sober and lilting–if that’s possible–perhaps because it takes me back to childhood. And while I always hated getting called on to recite it in front of the class, I always liked the way I felt when I said the words. Even now, when I read it out loud, it echoes in my heart.

So this November 11th, known here in Canada as Remembrance Day, I give to you, In Flanders Fields.


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about FEAR, #RSsos #RomSuspense


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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about  FEAR for a suspensful start to your week. Enjoy!

TemporarilyInsane_w10205_750 coverMy heart stopped. A fear-ridden, deep gulp clogged my throat.

Vicki Batman

jacquiebiggar_thebeastwithin_800pxJulie lay on the ground, her cameraman, Rudy, standing with a bloody knife over her prone body. His skin went icy with a fear like he’d never known.

Jacquie Biggar

51ujnuq5lxlFear stabbed him in the gut. His expression changed in quick succession from anticipation, to confusion, to dread.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair

ASeasonforKillingBlondes_w9101_750 (2)My heart started beating at an alarmingly fast rate. I was suddenly afraid and desperate for any means of escape.

Joanne Guidoccio

KathrynJane_DanceWithMe_800pxShe was afraid to sleep, to give up the last of her control. But that too was taken from her when the agent beside her slipped a tiny pill between her lips and unconsciousness descended slowly enough to be terrifying.

Kathryn Jane

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I was paralyzed with fear. My knees knocked into…

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Why write short stories?


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More importantly, why write holiday short stories?

I cut my teeth by writing short stories. I hadn’t tried until my RWA chapter friend and I joined forces to critique each other’s work. She asked me to read very short stories, like less than 1,000 words to sub to Women’s World magazine. Feeling a little out of my comfort zone, I thought can I do this, but said yes!

Am I glad I did!

I read six of her stories in a row and all of the sudden, a rhythm, a pattern developed in my head. I jotted down ideas and when back to them to explore. Some exploded into a story with the pattern there to guide it. Eventually, I created a few of my own shorts which came in over 1,000 words. I subbed to the True magazines and sold thirteen of them.

Here’s what my head knows:

  1. Beginning

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Spectacular #NaNoWriMo Success Stories


Joanne Guidoccio

nanowrimocrestCompleting 50,000 words in 30 days is a major achievement, one that hundreds of thousands of NaNoWriMo participants have set as their November goal for the past seventeen years. While the end result will be part unreadable, part unfinished, and more than likely, error-ridden, the process often continues well beyond November. Many published books–including some very successful ones–started off as NaNoWriMo projects.

Here are four spectacular success stories:


Sara Gruen devoted two separate NaNos to writing Water for Elephants and then sold her work to Algonquin Publishers for $55,000. In 2007, the book topped the New York Times Best Seller list and hit the big screen with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in 2011.

Erin Morgenstern began writing The Night Circus in November of 2004. That first year, Erin ended up with 50,000 words of unconnected scenes and imagery. She then spent the next two NaNos adding to the story…

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Starting #NaNoWriMo


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Never say never.

For years, I’ve been shaking my head whenever the topic of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) came up. I couldn’t fathom the idea of writing 50,000 words in one month.

Madness…undue stress…why on earth would I subject myself to that kind of torture?

In a podcast with Stephen Campbell, I listed several reasons for not participating and assured him I would take my time writing any future novels. All that changed when I started imagining the plot for A Different Kind of Reunion, Book 3 in the Gilda Greco Mystery Series. Determined to release the book within a year of Book 2, I knew I had to change my m.o. If I continued to work at my present speed, it would take at least two years to write, edit, and release the novel.

nanowrimocrestAnd so I decided to participate in the boot camp that has inspired…

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