Thursday, March 26, 2009

Let's Talk Genres

What are Genres? Here's my definition. Writing genre's are marketing categories such as romance, historical, fantasy, mystery and science fiction. Stories that have cross-genre's are historical romance, science fantasy and the one I like to call cozy romantic mysteries.

Lethal Lasagna is a cross-genre book and it's my newest title coming out by White Rose Publishing. I love this book because I've taken my favorite two genres, romance and cozy mysteries and combined them to create a cozy romantic mystery.



She has to die.
Mitzi Douglas is sweet and kind, but she’s making my life miserable. I can’t have her coming into the room and being the center of attention, it’s just not fair. A layer of lasagna noodles went into the pan.
She makes me sick! A chuckle filled the kitchen. Now that is funny … she makes me feel bad, and so I’m making a special dish to make me better, much better.
The fragrant scent of meat sauce rose as it poured on top of the pasta. Ummmm, this smells good enough to eat. But, I won’t. It’s for Mitzi alone. She’ll just die when she gets a taste of this.
Laughter filled the room, and more layers were added to the poisoned pan.

Chapter 1

“She was my best friend. Why would I kill her?” I grumbled, resenting this recent summons to appear at the police station. A mint caught my eye as I dropped the car keys into my pocketbook. Walking and digging at the same time for the elusive candy, I pondered my friend Mitzi’s murder.
My head slammed into a wall of firm human chest. As I was propelled backwards firm fingers grabbed my upper arms.
Shocked, my gaze moved from the strong hands up to determined brown eyes. Had I not been the one falling backwards into what I knew was hot concrete, I would have found the whole scene amusing.
He jerked hard, and I found myself slamming into his chest once more. This time, he held me in place until I felt steady, and then he gently set me back. “Are you okay?”
Heat filled my face and all the spots where I’d made contact with him. “I’m sorry . . . I think so.”
“Good.” He smiled.
That simple action caused his eyes to turn from deep brown to a light caramel. My heartbeat picked up, and I couldn’t breath. Get a grip! To my shame, my senses ignored the silent command.


CatMom said...

Oh, I want to read MORE!! Great job - - this definitely has me curious (and hungry for lasagna, WITHOUT the poison, LOL!!).
Blessings, Patti Jo :)

Rose said...



I like the combination of romance and cozy mystery, puts me in mind of the Teddi Bayer mysteries that Harlequin's Next line released.

Good luck with this project.


Karlotta said...

Sounds interesting, Rhonda. Now I'll have to get the book so I know what happens. Does she or does she not really kill her friend? That is the question and what about the kind stranger she bumped in to. Hummmm!

Vickie McDonough said...

Love your title, Rhonda. Sounds like an intriguing book, but it will make me think twice before eating lasagna again. :)

Annette M. Irby said...

Yum, Rhonda. This sounds like fun! Love that you combined a mystery with a romance. :0) Annette
"Love Letters"

Jeanie Smith Cash said...

Hi Rhonda,
I love the cover and I can't wait to read the book. I pray this book does very well for you.

Hugs & Blessings,

Chaos-Jamie said...

Can't wait to get my hands on it!

Rhonda said...

Thanks everyone! Writing both mystery and romance are something I truly enjoy.

Bev Porter said...

Yum, yum, Rhonda! Sounds like a book I can devour. Can't wait to read more.


Cindy K. Green said...

Ooh, I love it Rhonda. I've wanted to see more mystery/romances and it's an Inspy. Terrific! Can't wait for the release.

Mary Ricksen said...

Whatever you do don't eat the lasagna!
This one has peeked my interest. I am after all part Italian. And the thought of killing someone with a meat sauce production, is totally novel! What a neat idea.
I'll bet it wasn't her making it?

Anonymous said...

oooh! Can't wait to read this one! I love the romance/mystery thing.And the your creative titles. blessings, barb

Christine Clemetson said...

Rhonda! This is GREAT! I love the excerpt & blurb. Soooo creative. And I love the title too. This is going on my TBR pile! :)))))))

Debra Ullrick said...

Oh you are SO mean. Give us a teaser like that and now we have to wait. Well, I wanna know when this book is released. I have to read it! It sounds SOOOO good, Rhonda.

I'm with CatMom. It makes me hungry for lasagna, minus the poison. hehe. Good one, CatMom.

Keep up the awesome work, Rhonda!

Debra Ullrick
The Bride Wore Coveralls
Déjà vu Bride
Dixie Hearts

squiresj said...

I have introduced many women at my church to mystery romance books this year as I share books with others. My Arthritis Specialist saw one of my books and was so excited. Since I have given her two more books beside that one. She loves Mystery Romance best. She even asked for a book when I saw her last. This sounds like a book she would love. I am also a reviewer and write reviews for every book I read. This sounds exciting.

Rhonda said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by. I'm thrilled to hear that you all are looking forward to the release of this book. I'm looking forward to it, too.

Sharon Donovan said...

Wow Rhonda! My kind of book and I cannot wait for it to be released. More more more!

Debra Doggett said...

Can't wait to read the rest of it, Rhonda!

Anonymous said...

Sounds intriguing, Rhonda! Your excerpt makes me want to read more!

Deb Piccurelli