Our Mission

The Romance Writers of America Mystery/Romantic Suspense Chapter #144, also known as Kiss of Death, is organized to promote excellence in mystery/romantic suspense fiction and advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers within the genre of mystery/romantic suspense through networking and advocacy, dissemination of information, professional education, publications, and other appropriate activities, and to provide continuing support for writers within the romance publishing industry.

Our goal is to offer you, the romantic suspense writer, services and support to energize, enhance and showcase your writing experience.


Kiss of Death is operated by almost a hundred volunteers. They volunteer their time and their talents to provide us with everything a writer could ask for to assist in furthering their career. Thanks to these volunteers, we are the able to provide many benefits to all our members.

How We Got Here

 Imagine the unthinkable. You’ve joined Romance Writers of America® and there’s not a mystery suspense chapter in sight. This isn’t just a mystery lover’s worst nightmare, it really happened. To learn how the Kiss of Death Mystery/Romantic Suspense chapter evolved to where it is today, click here.  

Tread Lightly

Tread lightly...But know that while we are all working together here, the conversation can turn quickly to death, destruction and mayhem. And we are fine with that. We'll even abet you as you work to do the same, to become the best spinner of romantic mysteries and thrillers that you can be. So come on in, the water's warm...as blood.