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)

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Sally Kilpatrick: Small Towns, Unconventional Heroes, & Ghosts

Sally KilpatrickWhen La-Tessa asked me if I would like to write a post for her blog, I said yes. One, it’s La-Tessa so . . . of course. Two, her blog is dedicated to “enchanting love stories, with a touch of sass,” and I’m really comfortable with that oeuvre. Three, it’s late October, and I have a novel with ghosts.

Hi, I’m Sally (Hi, Sally!) and I like to write about unconventional heroes: preachers, farmers, and, of course, funeral directors. I’m originally from West Tennessee, and I set all of my stories (so far) in a fictional town called Ellery. I plopped it down in the boondocks near where I actually grew up. I live in Marietta, Georgia now, and there are too many people here. Maybe that’s why I write about small towns: there’s no traffic—fictional or otherwise—in my stories.

Better Get to Livin’ is my third novel from Kensington. I like to think of it as It’s a Wonderful Life meets the Sixth Sense in a funeral home. Kensington likes to think of it as “delightfully upbeat,” which is a phrase I’m thinking about adding to my business cards. The gist is this: Declan Anderson works in his family’s funeral home and is suffering from burnout. Presley Cline is a failed actress who has to lie low after a bit of a Hollywood scandal—oh, and she sees dead people. It was absolutely my goal to put the “fun” in funeral home with this story of two people trapped by their respective parents’ ambitions for them.

In the course of my research I read all about the funeral home business. Then I took a little tangent through cemetery management. Finally, I read all about ghosts and people who can commune with them. If you want to see the books I read for research, you can find a list here:

better-get-to-livinIn honor of Halloween, I’m going to tell my own ghost story, and I’d love for you to do the same. I know it’s not quite as cool as a full-size candy bar, but I’ll be giving away a signed copy of Better Get to Livin’ to one of my lucky commenters. If you don’t have a ghost story or if you think the whole thing is hogwash, feel free to tell me your favorite Halloween treat instead so you can still be in consideration for the book.

Here’s my ghost story, one I’ve never told on the Internet before. My Aunt Dot and my Aunt Fairye lived next to each other out in Texas. I don’t remember all of the details, but Aunt Fairye and her husband, Uncle Marlin, both passed away pretty close to one another. For some reason —probably to sort out possessions or look for family keepsakes—Mom, Aunt Dot, and I were all next door in Aunt Fairye and Uncle Marlin’s trailer.

I remember that Mom and Aunt Dot were in the kitchen. I was wandering around, just looking. Being nosy, probably. When I got to the doorway of the master bedroom, something stopped me dead in my tracks. It was as though I couldn’t walk through that doorway no matter what. So weird to be able to see inside the room, but not be able to cross the threshold. Physically I could, but I was frozen in place. I didn’t see anyone. I didn’t hear anything. But I felt a presence that did not want me in that room, a presence that wouldn’t hesitate to be a little rough if I tried to go through that doorway.

Wide-eyed, my teenaged self practically ran back down the hall to where my Aunt and mother were. My heart pounded, and all of the little hairs on the back of my neck stood up. I don’t think I mentioned it to anyone at the time because I was afraid they’d thing I was crazy, but I still remember an aura of malevolence.


So that’s my ghost story. As for the ghosts I write? They’re not that scary at all. Most of them are kinda funny, really. I’d watch out for the Colonel, though—he’s not a nice man. If you want to find out more about Better Get to Livin’ or any of the other novels I’ve written, you can find out more at

What about you? Have any eerie tales to share as we get ready for Halloween?

Fourth of July Author Bash!!



It’s a Fourth of July Author Bash & Chat & you’re invited!!

I’ll be participating  in this awesome event.  In addition to learning more about me and my writing, you’ll  meet several kick ass authors, learn about new reads (you know you need more in your TBR piles), and have the chance to win one of the several prizes we’ll be giving away.

There will be ton’s of fun, shenanigans, and giveaways!!

So jump on Facebook and join us July 4th!



My Funny Valentine: Romance In Color Feature

LaTessa Montgomery


Exciting news!  I’m the featured author for RomanceInColor!  Not only that, but I’m the special Valentine’s  feature for the rest of the month.  See, I told all you doubters I was actually sweet….well, sometimes… LOL

Stop by and check out me out.  I’m discussing all sorts of things, including some of my favs, personal inspiration & thoughts behind my debut short story, Found Rhythm, and all sorts of Valentine’s Day thoughts, including who my dream celebrity date is. 🙂

You know you wanna check it out!  While you’re there, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a paperback copy of Seven Dress Sizes!

Good luck!


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Nicki Salcedo: The Spitfire Princess

Nicki SalcedoI was a tomboy as a kid. I used to sit directly on the ground and poke my fingers into dirt. I’m grown now and still have my tomboy ways. I don’t mind spiders or snakes, but I hate shoe shopping and frilly dresses. Give me a net, and I’ll go chase fireflies. That’s about as ladylike as I get. It’s not that I’m fearless. I have one phobia, much like the heroine in my novel ALL BEAUTIFUL THINGS. I am afraid of mascara.

I thought I might change when I started reading romance novels. But I stayed the same. I fell in love with cowboys and dukes and knights. I wondered if they’d fall in love with a grass-stained girl. I wondered what they would think if I was the one to rescue them.

I’ve lived inside every book I’ve ever read. I vowed never to write stories where the ladies fainted or swooned. I would spit fire like a dragon. I would win the heart of the handsome hero, and I would never ever have to do the dishes.

Good things dreams come true. I wrote ALL BEAUTIFUL THINGS as a present to my tomboy self. The Spitfire Princess in me wanted to have her day. My main character is Ava Camden. She is a princess of sorts, but she is scarred physically and emotionally. She is wealthy. She lives alone on a vast estate. She is brooding. She saves the day. And not once in the entire book did I make her wash the dishes.

What kind of hero deserves a Spitfire Princess? Read ALL BEAUTIFUL THINGS and meet Graham Sapphire. He’s tall and handsome with a few scars of his own. He is the beauty and a protector in this reversal of the beauty and the beast story. What kind of kid were you: a daredevil, bookworm, prankster, tomboy, or a girly girl? What kind of adult are you: beauty or beast? Tell us in the comments.


All Beautiful ThingsThank you so much for stopping by! To show her appreciation for your visit, the beautiful and talented Spitfire Princess Nicki is giving away an ARC of ALL BEAUTIFUL THINGS and a t-shirt from Belle Books!

To enter, you have to:
1. Like Nicki’s FaceBook page
2. Like my FaceBook page
3. Leave a comment below about your inner spitfire-ness by telling us what type of kid you were, and what type of adult you are now.

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Good luck! The winner will be announced tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. cst




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Nicki Salcedo is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in English and Creative Writing. She was born in Jamaica and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of Romance Writers of America© and a Past President of Georgia Romance Writers. Nicki is a two‐time recipient of the Maggie Award of Excellence and a Golden Heart Finalist.

She lives in Atlanta with her four children, husband, and a cat. Nicki thinks everyone should write and loves connecting with readers. You can find her at: