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:~: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 :~:

And So It Begins. . .

As Elisabeth mentioned on Monday, Romance Worth Killing For is going through a face-lift. Or maybe I should say a face addition. Make that plural, as in faces. Not only will there be two new bloggers each and every week, but we have tons of fun and exciting things planned for the coming weeks.

But let me start off by introducing the women of RWKF. What do you get when you combine five romantic suspense authors from varied backgrounds and geographic locations? Why, you get the girls at Romance Worth Killing For! We’re pleased to introduce our two new partners-in-crime and thought we’d take this opportunity re-introduce ourselves in the process.

Elisa Adams:
Elisa grew up near Salem, Massachusetts. A longtime lover of all things paranormal, she began her writing career with horror stories--but didn't dream of publication until years later, when she branched out into romance novels. Paranormal and paranormal suspense are her favorite genres, but she has also branched out into contemporary suspense, contemporary comedy, and women’s fiction. Now a full-time writer, Elisa lives on the New Hampshire border with her three children. Elisa has twenty-five published novels and stories available from Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Changeling Press, Loose Id, and Cerridwen Press. She has several books scheduled for release in 2007, including two novellas in Red Sage’s Secrets line of books. To learn more about Elisa, visit her website: http://www.elisaadams.com/.

Theresa Monsey:
As an avid fan of The X-files and The Twilight Zone, it was hardly a surprise to Theresa to find the bizarre, not to mention unearthly invade her romantic suspense. A simple story involving a missing child? No such luck. Let’s bring him back and without aging him a day!! Psychics, witches, magical societies living within the borders of our own—these are the stories she wants to explore. Along with hot cops and tortured heroes! And love. There has to be love, otherwise—why bother? Her books are dark and gritty, or so they’ve been described. But at heart they are about second chances, surviving the dark, to flourish in the coming light. They are about holding on and slogging your way through the ugliness that life can dish out, because happiness is just around the corner. . .

Elisabeth Naughton:
Elisabeth is a full-time writer and mother of three. Between researching the perfect murder and crafting sultry scenes, she changes diapers, carts kids to and from sports and activities and herds two Dalmatians. Whenever she’s lacking in ideas, she calls on her eight-year experience as a junior high science teacher where drama reigned supreme and romance was new and exciting. She lives in Oregon with her husband, Dan, where she is an officer for her local RWA chapter and is eagerly awaiting the call from her agent. Visit the author’s website at: http://www.elisabethnaughton.com/

Joan Swan:
Joan Swan writes what she likes to read: romantic suspense. She enjoys putting her characters through hell and then dragging them back to face more conflict. But she rewards them handsomely in the end. Entertainment, escape and allowing her readers to live vicariously through her heroines are her prime objectives. Joan has been writing seriously for four years and has completed seven manuscripts. Her agent, Nahvae Frost of The McCarthy Agency in New York, is currently shopping two of Joan's manuscripts around the NY houses. On a personal level, Joan has been married sixteen years to her own personal hero, a firefighter now for 20+ years, and they have two beautiful daughters, 14 and 10. They live on the Central Coast of California in the heart of wine country. Joan is a 2006 RWA GH finalist in the romantic suspense category. Visit her website at http://www.joanswan.com/

Linda Winfree:
How does a high school English teacher end up plotting murders? She becomes a writer of romantic suspense! To learn more about Linda Winfree, please visit http://www.lindawinfree.com/. Send an email to Linda at linda_winfree@yahoo.com or join her Yahoo! group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/linda_winfree) to join in the fun with other readers as well as Linda! Linda will have four releases from Samhain Publishing this year. Her debut novel, WHAT MATTERED MOST, is set to release February 27, 2007!

As I mentioned earlier, we’ve got quite a few irons in the flames. For one thing we’ll be offering a multitude of contests. This is your month to win, win, win! And it starts TODAY! In honor of our year anniversary, we're offering contests all month long. For our kick-off, Theresa has generously offered to give away two autographed copies of Karin Tabke's new release, Good Girl Gone Bad. What do you have to do to win these books? It’s simple—just comment. We’ll pick two lucky posters and mail them a copy of Good Girl Gone Bad.

Future prizes include hardcover and paperback books (some autographed) from authors like Janet Evanovich, Lisa Jackson, Christina Dodd, Debbie Macomber, Sharon Sala, Allison Brennan, Karin Tabke, Linda Howard and more! Some of our own authors are donating electronic versions of their books. Elisa Adams is offering Grave Silence and Lost in Suburbia. Linda Winfree is offering a copy of her fresh release What Mattered Most.On Valentine's Day we are offering special be-good-to-yourself prizes--a pair of darling snowman earrings created with Joan's handmade beads, one of her beautiful hand-knitted scarves, and - if you participate in the early contest posting for taglines (yesterday's post) - chocolate!Contests will run Tuesdays and Thursdays for the rest of the month - except for Valentine's week, when we'll have one contest on Wednesday the 14th.

Another thing we’re very excited to offer is an ongoing, interactive novel. What's better than a free read? How about getting to participate in a free read? We've all been there, reading a book, wanting the hero or heroine to do this or that . . . and then he or she does the opposite! Completely frustrating and makes you want to toss the book against the nearest wall.

Coming soon to Romance Worth Killing For, is a free, interactive read! We'll begin by posting pictures of the hero and heroine on Saturday, Feb 3rd. At that point you—our loyal readers—get to . . . well, characterize these characters. :lol: Name them, give them an occupation, build their back story and GMC. All your suggestion can be inputted into the comments section. Next Saturday Elisabeth will start the story with a scene in either the hero/heroine’s POV. At this point you can offer suggestions as to where the storyline should go, or what the characters should do. Next Sat, Joan will take the story up again, incorporating the suggestions from the week before. So use your imagination and jump on in—let us know what you’d like to see happen.

What else do we have in the works for the coming weeks? Bunches, believe me. We’ll be doing theme posts where each of us will blog on a particular theme. We’ll be offering writing related seminars and workshops. Industry tidbits, editor/agent guest blogs.

So stay tuned, because we’ve got plans.



Blogger Edie said...

Your new ideas sounds great! Even if Theresa wasn't one of my blog partners at Magical Musings, I'd come back. :)

6:10 AM  
Blogger Paty Jager said...

Wow! You ladies are ratcheting up the excitement on this blog!

Welcome to the new bloggers, I look forward to popping in now and then to see what is happening over here.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Joan Swan said...

I'm excited!!! This is very fun!!!

Theresa, thanks for taking on the task of first post! The coordination should get easier as we go.


3:28 PM  
Blogger Danita Cahill said...

Lot's of stuff in the works. You are all going to stay busy. The interactive story sounds like a lot of fun.

Good luck!

5:59 PM  
Blogger Joan Swan said...

Thanks Danita. We're posting hero/heroine picks on Saturday. Be sure to come back and weigh in on who they are -- or who they'll be. :-)

6:35 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

Ditto, Ditto.

Thanks for organizing the first post, T! We're glad to have you here with us. :)

8:07 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...


Keep checking in, we'll have fun at both places. grin

8:33 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...


Thanks for stopping by. So far I have you and Edie's name in my hat for Karin's book.

Good luck

8:34 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...


It wasn't so hard considering my great blogging partners sent me everything I need to say. All I had to do was rearrange and smooth. lol

8:35 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...


The interactive story is going to be lots of fun. I can't wait until we get that sucker off the ground.

Your names going in the hat too. Best of luck.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...


It was a pleasure and I'm very happy to be here.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Since the blog was down part of the day, I'm thinking I should wait until noon tomorrow before pulling two names from the hat.

What does everyone think?

8:38 PM  
Blogger Joan Swan said...

Great idea, T.

BTW, does anyone know how to add a feed to the blog? Spyscribbler was asking about it and I couldn't find a way to do it in the admin stuff.

9:09 PM  

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