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

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about a WEAPON.

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The opening of the shirt displayed the soft curve of one of her breasts. He yanked his hands from the covers, grabbed the weapon, and walked away from the desirable, but troubled woman.

Marsha West


“Two people were killed with a misericord, a close-quarters combat weapon favored by Fianna warriors. And I believe Montfort is one of them.”

 Sharon Wray


Boy, did I have the wrong impression. There were no tools of torture, unless books counted. No scary outfits.

Vicki Batman


“I must insist you prove to José that you carry no weapons. Or wires. Open your shirt, querida.” His voice turned hard. “Now, if you please.”

Jacquie Biggar


AJ, what the hell are you doing carrying a gun? Cops carry guns, not firefighters.”

Sam…

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Your Life in Six Words

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By Joanne Guidoccio

Whenever I attend workshops, I take note of any icebreakers. While some participants may groan, I find these short, introductory exercises very effective in creating community and stimulating creativity.

One of my favorites is the “Six-Word Memoir,” a spinoff of the challenge once given to Ernest Hemingway: Write a story using only six words.

His reply was quick and succinct: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

In November 2006, Larry Smith, founder of SMITH Magazine, asked his fans to describe their lives in exactly six words. Intended to be a one-month contest, the project took on a life of its own. Since that time, Smith has received millions of responses, from the hilarious to the bittersweet to the inspirational. You can find out more here.

At the workshop where I was first introduced to this project, the facilitator shared the following examples:

“Married by Elvis, divorced…

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

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about DECEIT for a great start to the week.


She tried to stay away, honestly she did. But after a day she’d get antsy. Her fingers itched. More than anything, she needed to get to the casino. She couldn’t explain it to anyone. Hell—she couldn’t explain it to herself.

Marian Lanouette


But what should she tell this kind woman? Jill didn’t want to lie, and she wasn’t lying, because she used her real name. Best to stick with the basics.

Marsha West


“I let Calum lie for me. Because of that lie, his parents sent him away and Carina will never forgive me.”

 Sharon Wray


A good-looking—and quite possibly—available guy, and I’d blown it with hor-rendous comportment, the catastrophic equivalent of a shopping calamity.

Vicki Batman


Mike had learned Lucas was drugged the day of the crash, his agent’s desperate bid to cover a trail…

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Would A Real Man Say That?

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by Kathryn Jane

Good question.

I am a woman, and therefore, as enlightened as I like to think I am, I still have a female point of view…which can sometimes be annoyingly skewed.

As a writer, I am often writing in a male point of view and like to think I do a damned good job of it because throughout my life I have worked side by side with many men, and have a decent understanding of how the male mind operates. Or so I thought.

But here’s the thing.

Readers constantly say they love how real, how authentic my male characters are. But are they?  Or do I follow the myth of what women generally believe? Perhaps the men I create are the kind we would like to have in our lives.

The question then becomes, does it matter? Fiction is fiction after all, and creating characters a reader…

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

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about HONOR for a great start to the week.


Such an honor to be in the presence of a man who knew exactly who he was, and treated every other being with respect.

Kathryn Jane


Wilkesbury recently had the distinguished honor to be named one of the top five saddest rust belt cities.

Marian Lanouette


“’Tis an act of peace you’re committing. An act of redemption and honor.”

 Sharon Wray


“Nevertheless, we have to go back. It’s all about honor and integrity. You can pay with your dollar, exactly what you should’ve done in the first place.”

Vicki Batman


He’d honored the SEAL mantra when any of his men were injured, even if it endangered his own life. No man left behind.

Jacquie Biggar


Over his head, a large bird swooped and soared as though he’d willed it into action. The man honored the bird…

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Finding The Positive in Mother’s Day

Social media, and media in general have blown Mother’s Day up into a two day event… and then some… making it harder and harder on those who don’t have mothers worthy of celebration, and those who have lost mothers they miss every day of their lives.

I’m one of the former.

Over the years, I’ve simply ignored all the wonderful posts about mothers who are loved, missed, and celebrated, but for some reason this year it was more difficult to stuff my feelings into a tidy little slot and just keep moving forward.

The problem began with hearing one of those radio deals where listeners phone in and have twenty seconds to say something to their mom—for all the world to hear.

I laughed at the first few, thinking, ha ha, nope, nothing like my mother. Then a young woman said, “If not for my mother, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.”

At that point I started to think of the negatives in my life I could directly attribute to my parents. If not for my mother I wouldn’t be…

But I stopped, because I have learned to live a positive life…I gave up negative when I realized it was a legacy I didn’t want, didn’t have to accept.

Today, I refused to dwell on the why’s behind my shortcomings and weaknesses.

Instead, I chose to look at, think about, and question how the negatives in my childhood impacted me in a positive way, and here are a few that stand out.

If I’d had a mother who got up in the mornings and got her children off to school, would I be such a good self-starter? Would I still be crazy proficient and organized if I hadn’t had to get my own breakfast, get dressed, and on my way?

Probably not.

If I’d had parents I could run to when the bumps and scrapes and hurt feelings happened would I still be this resilient and self-sufficient?

If I’d had parents who put their children first, would I be such a strong and independent woman today?

If I hadn’t had parents who expected me to work as soon as I was legally able, would I have such and outstanding work ethic?

If I hadn’t had parents who bought me a horse so I wouldn’t be interested in boys, and so they had a tool to hold over my head (If you do that we’ll sell your horse. If you don’t do this, we’ll sell your horse. If your grades…) would I have had such a fantastic career as a horse trainer? Would my future have been decided by a boyfriend and not by my own pursuit of happiness?

If my father hadn’t bought himself a puppy, one who grew up to be a dog who loved me, and who I loved with all my heart, would I have had this life blessed with loving and loveable 4-legged creatures?

Maybe, maybe not.

Bottom line? There was always food in the cupboards, a clean bed to sleep in, and a roof over my head… And that’s a helluva lot more than some kids had, so for that I am grateful.

And when Mother’s Day and Father’s Day threaten to overwhelm those of us with seemingly little to celebrate, I remember the gift of independence, of strength, and of resilience. And I think about the sheer joy of loving and caring for animals.

I grew up on my own, and somewhere along the line I found out that I’m naturally compassionate, and although I built a wall around my feelings at a very young age, I have a soft heart.

Today I celebrate the positives that came from parents who had no clue how to love, nurture, and protect their children.

I have a great life, lived in a positive way, and I am grateful!

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

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about the topic BELIEVE for a great start to the week.


This isn’t make-believe, Alexandra. You’re hearing my voice telepathically.

Kathryn Jane


“They are, but I never posed in a bedroom, Todd, you have to believe me. Someone doctored those.” She pointed to the ones in his hand. “It has to be the photographer.”

Marian Lanouette


“I’m not sure what you’ve heard or believe at this point, but I didn’t murder Joe.”

S.A. Taylor 
Shutter (work-in-progress)


Hard to believe a wife, all right to be fair an ex-wife, didn’t have some idea of what her husband did with the finances.

Marsha West


Garza moved into Rafe’s personal space. “I believe someone killed Sally to send a message to you.”

 Sharon Wray


Rising, Mr. Green hurled his napkin in the centerpiece. “I can’t believe how rude you are.” He pinned a nasty glare on me before…

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