Celebrating a Year of Kisses and Thrills!

Kiss and Thrill turns turns one today! At the start, we never could have imagined what an amazing first year we’d have. The caliber of guests we’ve managed to bribe, cajole, and strong-arm…er, I mean welcome, to the site has been awesome. And the reception from readers has been a pleasant surprise as well. Thanks!

To celebrate our first birthday, several of us chose highlight memorable posts from the last year.

Do you have a favorite of your own? Please share!

Sarah Andre

I have to mess up the K&T Anniversary assignment by picking 4 blogs…our first 4 blogs. We were a rag-tag group of 9 romantic suspense writers who barely knew each other or never even met: 6 Golden Heart finalists, 3 debut authors.

I remember we had no idea what we wanted to say to other romantic suspense readers, but we wanted to engage them and share our collective enthusiasm. Somehow, through no planning and scant forethought, we asked a few bestselling authors to answer personal and professional questions and…holy smokes, they said yes!

Our first 4 blogs showcased Allison Brennan, Brenda Novak, Cindy Gerard and Harlan CobanWhat audacity! What a thrill!

To me, our first 4 blogs established K&T as a comet-streaking Romantic Suspense Blog in the hundreds of interesting RS blogs out there. And it showed me that the impossible (busy, best-selling authors graciously spending the day with us) is actually very possible. All we did was ask.

Diana Belchase

I loved Sharon Wray’s post on October 9th about how she got into trouble in high school for reading Mary Stewart and how that author influenced her. The most amazing feeling in the world is when you fall so throughly into a book that all time stops. If you’re brought out of it at the wrong moment, you find you’re even in the same sulky mood as the heroine and like any other kind of addict, you’ll do next to anything (okay in my case dishes and household chores) to get the time to get back to reading. Sharon caught the mood of that life-altering moment so well it brought back tons of memories.

So glad to be part of this group. Our first year passed so quickly yet it feels as if we’ve been doing this together all our lives. I call that another life-altering moment. Congratulations to Kiss and Thrill!

Sharon Wray

It was so hard to pick my favorite post. Reviewing them all made me realize how many wonderful authors we’ve interviewed and how lucky we’ve been that Kiss and Thrill has become so popular. But since I have to pick one, I’m choosing Diana Belchase’s interview on April 10th with James Grady.

When I was a teenager, I fell in love with suspense books after reading James Grady’s Three Days of the Condor. Although I write about things that have never (and probably will never) happen to me, James mentioned how good thrillers “thrill” because of the quiet situations characters face even more so than the grand adventures. His insight made me realize my story doesn’t have to be “bigger” to capture a reader’s heart–it just has to matter to the reader. Brilliant!

Lena Diaz

Picking a favorite was really hard! But I’d have to say that Krista Hall’s post from July 3rd, K&T Picks Murderously Good Reads for July is definitely one of my faves.  I love posts where all the K&T ladies join in. But this one was especially fun because I got a glimpse into the personal reading preferences of my K&T sisters, and some great books added to my TBR pile!

Rachel Grant

We’ve had a lot of great guests this last year, which makes it so hard to choose just one post to highlight.  Without going back through our archives I considered which ones I remember the most.  Sharon’s Mary Stewart story and her ghost story, Carey, Lena’s, and Manda’s release day interviews and celebrations, being introduced to so many romantic suspense authors, and the behind the scenes battles as we called dibs on hosting favorite authors.

But the blog that I thought of first, the one that I want to remind our readers about is Gwen Hernandez’s August 28th post about her book, SCRIVENER FOR DUMMIES: How my passion for writing led to another kind of book deal.  I love this celebration of craft, software, and unexpected detours.

Krista Hall

One of the best parts of writing is researching—exploring the endlessly fascinating mystery of who we are, how things work, why we do the things we do. That’s why my favorite post was written on January 17th by Rachel and her BFF Elisabeth Naughton: How to Electrocute Your Husband.

Gwen Hernandez

Against all odds, we started K&T with a bang, kicking off with Allison Brennan, Brenda Novak, and Cindy Gerard, and then (bam!) on December 15th, one of my favorite posts, Harlan-freaking-Coben. Carey asked fun questions, and Mr. Coben answered with his usual dry humor. That post is where I learned he had a YA book out, which I promptly bought for my two teenaged boys. They loved it, and my younger one has already read it twice. That’s worth the e-book’s virtual weight in gold.

My favorite things about this last year have been making friends with the awesome group of ladies at Kiss and Thrill, and getting to know so many wonderful authors. We’ve had a tremendous twelve months, and the talent–both within the group, and from contributing guests–is staggering. I’m excited for another year of thrills!

Photo credit: By User:Aliasd and Adam Monkhouse (Image:Birthday_Cake.jpg and own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

About Gwen Hernandez

Author of SCRIVENER FOR DUMMIES & the Men of Steele romantic suspense series. Manufacturing engineer turned writer. Scrivener instructor, runner, reader, explorer, Kung Fu sifu, AF spouse, mom, vegan. gwenhernandez.com

Posted on November 27, 2012, in Diana Belchase, Gwen Hernandez, Krista Hall, Lena Diaz, Rachel Grant, Sarah Andre, Sharon Wray. Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. I am so proud to be a part of this amazing group of women and I can’t wait to see what this next year brings. Thank you Gwen, Sarah, Diana, Rachel, Lena, Carey, Manda and Krista for always being there with warm cyber hugs!

  2. OMG, and we get to eat cake too?!

    Happy Anniversary Carey, Diana, Krista, Lena, Gwen, Manda, Sharon and Rachel!

  3. Congratulations on your anniversary, ladies! And thank you for all your support…:)

  4. Love all you ladies!! I cannot believe 1. how fast this year passed and 2. that it’s been ONLY a year! It seems as if we’ve been together forever. Guess that’s the mark of a great relationship.


  5. Happy birthday to K&T! It’s hard to believe a full year has passed… which reminds me: how the hell is it almost December?? Where’s the last year of grad school gone?!?!

    … Time to eat loads of cake!

    • Cris: Thanks! I’m with you on December being here already. Of course, grad school makes time fly like almost nothing else. So many deadlines coming up too fast… 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Can you believe we’ve had 23,554 views! And have readers in more than 130 countries? Talk about a productive year!

  7. Happy anniversary to my K&T sisters!

    Thank you, William, for stopping by today and your support over the last year!

    Cris, we love seeing you here! Hope grad school is going well.

    Now I’m hungry for cake. I should have planned for this.

  8. Happy Anniversary K&T! I love following this blog. The posts are always wonderful. Can’t wait to see what you come up with for next year. 🙂

  9. Congratulations on your anniversary (drinking a virtual toast to you). This is such a great blog–no surprise since you guys are all so great yourselves! I’ve had so much fun reading Kiss and Thrill and being featured on it. Wishing you many more years of thrilling posts!

  10. Happy Birthday!! I love being part of this blog, and I never dreamed what wonderful friends I would make as a result of it. Nor did I ever dream so many superstar authors would be so down to earth and generous with their time.

    I’d have to say my favorite post was Rachel’s tale of white water and white knuckles. Life preserver anyone?

    And one of my fave memories about starting the blog was the day Rachel pestered me into emailing my writing idol, Harlan Coben, and asking him to guest. Ha! I was cool as Tom Cruise in a pair of Ray Bans, knowing full well, Mr. Coben would never even respond to my email. Then minutes later I was all a dither and you guys were talking me through (in a flurry of emails) how to proceed when he stepped up for a Q and A. Rachel really knows how to take you on a dangerous ride.

    Thanks so much to all of my co-hosts, to our WONDERFUL readers and awesome guests!

    I love you guys!

  11. Krista, your mention of Elisabeth Naughton’s blog last January reminds me of another thing I’ve enjoyed a lot this last year: seeing the search terms people have used to find our blog.

    For example, who knew so many people google E.R. Braithwaite on a daily basis?

    The number of hits on Elisabeth’s post due to people googling “how to murder someone and get away with it” is a little scary. We get weekly hits thanks to variations of that phrase. I alternate between laughing and wondering if we should notify the FBI.

  12. Happy Birthday to Kill and Thrill.

  13. Happy b-day ladies! Sorry so late to the party. Rough day. Thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments. Great post Gwen!

  14. Happy 1 Year, ladies!! 🙂

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