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

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


“What are you doing?” Her breath teased the hair on his brow, sending sparks of awareness to his nerve endings.

Jacquie Biggar


She kissed and teased her way down his body from his neck to his belly. His breathing accelerated as he squirmed under her touch

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


He’d wanted to tease her more, make this last longer. But he could feel his control slipping.

Claire Gem


“He’s evolved.” I immediately regretted my response. Knowing Jim, he would pounce and tease me.

Joanne Guidoccio


He teased her, awakening that part of her always starving for his touch, and when his mouth warmed her ear, a pleasured sigh escaped and she turned her head to welcome him.

Kathryn Jane


Sure she had his attention, Mia glanced up at him from under her…

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

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


I guess I’m comfortable where I am. I have the ranch, and new foals every spring to keep me busy.”

Kathryn Jane


“This is beautiful, Brett. You must spend lots of time out here in the spring and fall. Love the fountain.”

Marsha West


Rafe emerged from Leavenworth as if it’d been Spring Break. Because he didn’t act like a man who’d been imprisoned for years.

 Sharon Wray


My imaginings took me to Trixie’s delicate hand brushing across the blue sky, creating a large banner decorated resplendently with a glittery rainbow, playful butterflies, and springtime flowers dancing in the breeze. Gag me with a spoon.

Vicki Batman


The cherry trees lining Main Street were laden with buds, the delicate pink flowers set to open within the next couple of weeks—hopefully, in time for the wedding—and birds sang…

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Every story is worth reading to #EndDomesticViolence

Proud to be one of the contributing authors!!!

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This is a hard review to write, and not because the stories are a mixed bag, and not because the writing is bad. No; in fact, the writing is that good, the stories are that compelling, and— wow, this collection is twenty-one body blows with a novella for the knockout punch. Excuse the allusion to boxing, but the subject of this anthology is Domestic Violence; its purpose is to raise awareness and funds for victims of Domestic Violence. Shy of 500 pages, Betrayed showcases the insidious horror and terror DV visits on women, children, families, and the corrosive damage it inflicts on first-responders and those working in the legal profession and social services.

Without spoilers: every story is worth reading. Anthologies tend to be a hit or miss affair, so my advice is dip into one story at a time, think about it, and return for another story. Terri Lynn…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about a VILLAIN/ENEMY #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about a VILLAIN/ENEMY for a great start to the week.


Fire, the enemy he’d outwitted and destroyed so many times before was as close to winning the battle for his life as it ever was.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Thinking back, I recall one frenemy period that lasted six months.

Joanne Guidoccio


The enemy had been here. Rollins’s vile presence stained the stale air.

Kathryn Jane


“Unless you tell us something different, you’re going to be charged with murder. Joe had a lot of enemies, but he also had many friends in the justice system. Believe me, they won’t show you any mercy.”

S.A.Taylor
Shutter (work in progress)


“So, the bad guy,” she finger-quoted. “That sounds melodramatic, but I don’t have another name for him. He’s threatened Bailey directly.”

Marsha West


“Although Romeo is my enemy, Juliet is his great love. She won’t be defiled…

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