Muse Music: Sex & Candy–Maroon 5

So, after much pussyfooting around, I have FINALLY dived in my new wip.

(YES, the one that is due in to my editor in another month.  NO, I don’t need your judgement 🙂

So, as things tend to go, I pulled out my trusty playlist to me channel my characters and bring some soul to the plot.  First song that rolled up what Maroon 5’s take on Marcy Playground’s “Sex and Candy”.

Something about the slow, soulful sexiness Adam brings to the table makes this the PERFECT fit for my hero.  So much so this is now his personal theme song.


Chudney Thomas: Full Force, More of the Central Florida Pack

So, when I found out Full Force was ready for public consumption, I wasted absolutely ZERO minutes in reaching out to my good friend, and author, Chudney Thomas for some juicy detail and inside hints. If you didn’t catch her debut, Full Circle, you missed a treat. Check out Chudney’s feature below to find out how you can win a $10 Amazon gift card.

Author Chudney ThomasThanks for having me LaTessa. I’m glad to be here and excited that my new paranormal has been released.

Full Force is the Sequel to the first book in my Central Florida Pack series, Full Circle. We pick up where Full Circle left off. Drake and Ria are called to an Emergency Circle by the ruling werewolf Council. Drake’s Second in command, James Olsen, doesn’t expect to end up with a Guard Soldier.

Selena Burrows is a member of the Guard, the Council’s long arm of the Law. When Selena is embedded with the Central Florida Pack, their one night stand turns into something more. But permanence is the last thing Selena is permitted to have. If she doesn’t walk away, she risks both their lives.


The inspiration for this book came from the question of what happens when two of a trio of friends pair off and one is left feeling like the odd man out. James was odd man out and his wolf wasn’t pleased with the status quo. I immediately knew he wouldn’t automatically end up with someone like Ria. So when I wrote the his first scene and he notices a redhead I knew she was the one and that she’d be complicated.


I like complicated characters and my favorite character in this book is James’s grandmother. She isn’t what Selena expects and you see how close James is to his family. That’s all I can tell you for now… but, I will tell you that coming up next is Thomas Warren’s (Full Throttle) story. You get a better look at the enigmatic Director of the Guard in Full Force, and in Full Throttle we get his story.

~Sigh~ Thank you Chudney for stopping by and teasing me even more about the book. And yes, I’m her friend and still she won’t tell me anymore than this!  Oh well, I know what’s next on my reading list. 🙂 And just because she is such a nice person, Chudney is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to a random commenter on this feature! 🙂  Drop a line below introducing yourself, just saying hi, or telling Chudney anything you like about her books.  This giveaway will close on Monday the 16th at 5:00 pm (cst)

You can find Full Force:

Nook / KoboItunes

NaNo 2016: Week 3 Update

This update is full of heartbreak and angst.  Ok, mostly angst and anger.  As I was working yesterday on building my characters out–actually adding words y’all, my ENTIRE FILE CRASHED AND I CANNOT OPEN THE RESTORED FILE 🙁

So my total week 3 update is zero, zip, nada.

I am not happy about it.

But I refuse to wallow any longer. I have an older version of that file on my backup drive– I CANNOT stress how important it is to back up your files on an external drive people.  I shall see what I can salvage from that and I shall move on.

Onward and upward people.  I remain in the NaNo hunt (I think this is the longest I’ve stayed in so far 🙂 ) But know, I am not happy about this still.

NaNo 2016: Week 2ish Update

So… it’s more like NaNo week 3.5, but here is my week 2 update.  Week 2 found me still plugging away at brainstorming the world this story is set in.  Now, I have a little issue with plotting my stories… I can brainstorm, and brainstorm, and brainstorm until I have 50-11 possibilities about every single thing.  It’s very overwhelming and I end up usually walking away from the project.  Only to start another one and doing the same thing….lol.

It’s really not funny.  🙂

2016 NaNo update week 2So, week 2 finds me, somehow, 653 words lower than last week.  Not sure where in the heck I deleted words, but apparently I did.  ~sigh~

My goals for this week were:

  1. Finished working outline for book 1
  2. Do template work in workshop
  3. Completed initial sketches for main characters (4)
  4. More tangible words on my story- 7,000
  5. Additional world building and brainstorming as I see fit

Let’s see…. I think I successfully accomplished goal 5 and that’s about all during week 2 :-).  So, it’s week 3 and I’ve been working more on the actual story execution vs brainstorming the possibilities.  So my week 3 goals are largely the same as my week 2 with some tweaks, but I need to list them so I can be held accountable:

  1. Finished working outline for 3 book series
  2. Finish detail outline for book 1
  3. Do template work in workshop
  4. Completed initial sketches for main characters (4)
  5. More tangible words on my story- 10,000
  6. Additional world building and brainstorming as I see fit–but limited as not to spend all my time on it


NaNo 2016: Week 1 Update

NaNo week 1 was been full of action and activity! By far, one of my more productive week 1’s in my NaNo participation history.  I am currently:

  • Taking a very detailed plotting workshop by Mary Buckham
  • Brainstorming story details and characters
  • Creating my world
  • Doing Character sketches
  • Fine tuning my initial story outline

NaNo Week 1 UpdateSo most of my NaNo work this week has been spent on activities that don’t necessarily produce words, but without which I will never have a story.  This is my process, I simply cannot plot a story or create characters without knowing a decent amount of backstory & details.  This is my first time actively doing story development while also drafting an outline and character profiles.  It’s been working!!!! (But more on that later 🙂 )

So, week one accomplishments include:

  1. 2,709 words
  2. Completed “Believable Characters: Creating With Enneagrams” craft book
  3. An outline about 80% complete
  4. The humble beginnings of my story bible
  5. 3 main characters which are solidifying into tangible, workable pieces

Week 2 Goals include:

  1. Finished working outline for book 1
  2. Do template work in workshop
  3. Completed initial sketches for main characters (4)
  4. More tangible words on my story- 7,000
  5. Additional worldbuilding and brainstorming as I see fit