About Kathryn Jane

Romance and Mystery writer

Savvy Characters are NEVER “too stupid to live”

How the heck do you create a character with flaws, and put her in dangerous situations while avoiding this ugly misstep?

  • By learning how to brilliantly navigate dicey situations
  • By discovering how an emergency situation could/should/might unfold
  • By understanding how to be prepared for… read more

Volunteer of the Month – January 2018

I’m a volunteer with a different group, but we all support each other, and here is a wonderful blog by Vancouver Orphan Kittens Association.

the VOKRA blog

At VOKRA we have hundreds and hundreds of volunteers who dedicate their time to ensuring everything runs smoothly. At our Operations Centre alone there are more than 160 different volunteers who come through the doors on a weekly basis! We’re starting off 2018 by recognizing one of the many teams that are critical to ensuring the kitties in our care are healthy and happy – the Medical Team.

The primary goal of the Medical Team is to improve the overall health of all the cats temporarily staying at our Operations Center – basically to ensure they’re healthy, fed and have a clean environment to live in. The team provides them with medical care and treatments, as well as environmental and social enrichment during their shifts. At the Operations Center we also work very closely with our Cat Care friends whenever a cat requires monitoring. This includes monitoring overall health, cold…

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The Question We Love To Hear And Hate To Answer

‘Tis the season, right?

For mixing and mingling with family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers. A time when both genuine interest and small talk could all lead to “the question.” The one we long to hear and hate to have to answer. Read More…

 

Sneak Off and Read: Lines about CHRISTMAS #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about CHRISTMAS to celebrate the season. Happy Holidays!


“Santa’s comin’ to town ‘n’ he’s keeping a list, so I better be good,” Jill sang off-key, mangling the well-known Christmas tune.

Jacquie Biggar


I work extra shifts to send them money at Christmas. They need money more than they need me.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Last year, Zoe had dug out her tiny, tabletop tree from her storage space, pulled the wire branches down into position, and simply plugged it in. Voila, instant Christmas.

Claire Gem


At Christmas, she had appeared very much at home in her father’s house and not in any hurry to leave.

Joanne Guidoccio


She tilted her head back and imagined him standing behind her, his hands strong on her shoulders, while they looked out over their land, celebrated yet another Christmas together.

Kathryn Jane


I dart to the basement like a…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic HAPPY #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic HAPPY for a joyous start to the week. Enjoy!


For a moment there, she’d almost felt happy. What kind of person was she to forget how her husband was murdered? How her father was murdered?

Marsha West


“About your birthday…it’s this weekend. Happy happy day. Happy happy birthday.”

Vicki Batman


Metro PD picked him up not long after as a person of interest and now here was Frank, six and a half friggin’ hours and two airplanes later, cooling his heels in their dismal little waiting room. Happy, happy.

Jacquie Biggar


Quin was happy to enjoy his comfort, bask in his warmth, and feel the beating of his heart.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


All of this I have heard from Mama, who is happy planning the menu, experimenting with new recipes, and babysitting her inherited great-grandchildren on Saturdays.

Joanne Guidoccio


“He waited…

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#UpbeatAuthors

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by Kathryn Jane

I belong to a Facebook group called #upbeatauthors. It was the brainchild of an author who was feeling (like many of us) overwhelmed by the negativity on social media. Her idea was to have a safe place where we could go to share positive outlooks, and uplifting words.

A whole bunch of us jumped on board of course, and we’ve grown to nearly three hundred members.

What do we do there?

Our leader has posted a theme for every week right up to the end of the year, and on Mondays, we post something positive, related to the theme.

Want to know the coolest thing about this group? In the beginning, many of us struggled a bit to come up with something to write, or share by picture, but as the weeks have gone on, so has the participation, and the ease with which the positivity flows!

Also cool…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about PARENTS #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about  PARENTS for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


She untied the handwoven blanket, a gift from her grandparents, from the back of her saddle, and laid it on the rock, then settled herself there to take in the view of her ranch—her gentle and thoughtful mark on the earth.

Kathryn Jane


After flipping through a few pages, she pointed to a picture of a young family seated on the beach. Three young boys sat in front of their parents, almost exact versions of each other with reddish-blond hair and toothy grins.

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


The situation stunk. He couldn’t imagine how he’d react if his parents had ever been involved in anything this bizarre.

Marsha West


In a stained red T-shirt and overalls with one strap hanging down, Rafe’s father waited a few moments before nodding. At least he wasn’t holding…

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