Monthly Archives: July 2012
On TV we often see cops cracking jokes at the scene of a homicide. Guess what? It’s authentic. One of the automatic responses to the horror of dealing with fatalities is to use humor. Crass, black, sick, hilarious, sarcastic…doesn’t matter. Humor allows them to “disassociate” from the grisly aspects of their job.
HOW COPS COPE was an incredibly informative RWA session I attended last week. Margaret A. Taylor (nicknamed Ma), former CHP officer who’s now a special agent with the CA DOJ shared some of her street experiences and how cops deal with the constant adrenalin, shock and risk they face daily.
We learned that Disassociation is when the body goes on autopilot and the mind goes somewhere else. Condition Black is paralyzed into inactivity, unaware of your surroundings, even someone next to you shouting your name. And we all know soldiers can suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) but Ma assured us cops do too.
She provided interesting police codes and lingo used in CA. 1180 is a major injury accident. 1010 is the blanket they use to cover a body, OIS– Officer Involved Shooting. Ma was funny, frank and hugely informative. Her personal stories had me glued to my seat! Check out her blog: www.MATaylor1010.com 1010…get it?
Movies romance authors love…
Clips from various movies were shown during the RITA® and Golden Heart® award ceremony. Based on very unscientific evidence (the level of squeals and shouts from the audience with each new clip) I think The Princess Bride was the most favored movie, followed by Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice.
As someone who lists The Princess Bride on my website as my favorite movie ever, I totally understand the first, but ::ducking:: I’ve never seen the Pride and Prejudice miniseries, and ::gives up on ducking and heads straight for the closet to hide:: I’ve never finished reading the book. Based on the audience reaction, I’m afraid admitting this might get my RWA membership revoked.
This makes me wonder, as a romance writer, which movies do I really need to watch? As my to-be-read pile is already huge, I think we should skip the idea of me finishing the book. 🙂
OUR NEWEST K&T WINNER IS….Donnas1!
We’re sending you J.D. Robb’s 2012 RITA® winner: NEW YORK TO DALLAS!
Please click on the Contact Us page within the next 10 days to let us know which ebook format (Kindle or Nook) you prefer.
K&T congratulates ALL of this year’s RITA® and Golden Heart® nominees and winners!
A special thank you to the Golden Heart® Romantic Suspense nominees who so generously shared their opening lines with us last week and to our commenters for the lively discussions and excellent suggestions for our TBR lists!
Winner of Anna DeStefano’s newest release
Her Forgotten Betrayal
Rachel, please click on the Contact Us page within the next 10 days and let us know which email we can use to send you the e-book. And a special thank you to ALL our commenters! We appreciate your enthusiasm and avid discussions.
Krista Hall is planning two unique blogs next week celebrating the Romance Writers of America’s 2012 Convention in Anaheim. The final evening of the conference, at the Awards Banquet, some of the best-of-the-best published and non-published writers are recognized. Krista will focus on the Romantic Suspense Finalists!
YOU HAD ME AT HELLO:
Tues 7/24: RITA Finalists Opening Lines
Thurs 7/26: Golden Heart Finalists Opening Lines
And once, again our heartfelt congratulations to Kiss and Thrill members: Diana Belchase, Rachel Grant and Sharon Wray for finaling in the prestigious 2012 Golden Heart Award!
Best of luck!
We have 2 winners today, thanks to Terri Molina’s generosity!
Forget Me Not (e- or paperback): Stacey Purcell
An e-copy of Dark Obsession: Marsha R West
Congratualtions ladies! Please click on the Contact Us tab above and let us know where we can send your books. And a special thank you to everyone who stopped by to meet Terri and leave a comment!
Please join us next Tuesday when Kiss and Thrill welcomes Anna DeStephano with her newest Entangled release Her Forgotten Betrayal.
Nationally bestselling, award-winning author Anna DeStefano has searched her entire life for the soul of the matter at the heart of her world’s mysteries. Her passion is transforming these inner landscapes into rich storytelling.
Also a workshop and keynote speaker, writing coach and editor, Anna’s creative vision permeates every challenge she undertakes. She wants you to stop, look, and keep digging, until you find the soul of your own fantasies. She speaks and blogs regularly about life, what makes her giggle and weep, the wacky world of writing, and all things that inspire her creative soul.
Thank you for all the great book recommendations to pack in our beach bags or download onto our e-readers! Here’s a downloadable PDF list of your suggestions as well as K&T’s Winter and Spring picks: K&T Murderously Good Reads [July 2012] Happy reading!
Join us next Tuesday, July 10th, when romantic suspense author TERRI MOLINA will be our guest and discusses her new release–DARK OBSESSION–with Sarah Andre. We’ll be giving away an e-book copy of Dark Obsession on Thursday, July 12th, to one lucky winner.