Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lisa Kessler

Night Walker
By Lisa Kessler

Entangled Publishing

He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her…

Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.

She’s haunted by dreams of her own death…

After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she’s drawn to him in ways she doesn’t understand.

They’ve waited in the shadows for centuries…

Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he’s ever loved again.

Welcome back to Get Lost In A Story, Lisa!

Lisa Kessler is an avid reader and writer of dark fiction. Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.

Lisa recently signed a 4 book deal with Entangled Publishing to release her Night Series. The first book, Night Walker, is scheduled to be released August 5th.

When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego. You can learn more at

Lisa lives in southern California with her incredibly fun husband and two amazing kids.

Jillian: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?

Lisa: I wrote much of the book while listening to the Mask of Zorro movie soundtrack.The Spanish music kept me in the right mood for writing Calisto. In the book I also use many classical piano pieces. I posted all the music from the book on my website. You can check it out here… http://lisaslair.com/NightWalker.html

Jillian: Where do you read and how often?

Lisa: With all my writing deadlines, my personal reading time is usually during my lunch hour at work. Right now I’m finishing Kelley Armstrong’s Spell Bound and it’s been painful to turn off my Kindle and go back to work! LOL I’m loving the book.

Jillian: What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?

Lisa: I really do squeal at my computer every time a reader sends me a picture of them with Night Walker! LOL It is SO cool to see you with my book in your hands, or in your eReader!

Jillian: Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, and why?

Lisa: I would love to invite Calisto over for dinner just to listen to him talk. I’m a sucker for his Spanish accent! LOL

Jillian: Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

Lisa: I do read them, and they haven’t influenced my writing. You can’t please everyone, so I happy dance when I see it did please someone! I try not to sweat the small stuff…

Jillian: What color would you make the sky if it wasn’t going to be blue anymore and why?

Lisa: Purple… I can lose myself in the color purple. It’s my favorite color because it’s so rich and versatile.

Jillian: What would you say is your most interesting quirk?

Lisa: I usually chew gum while I’m writing! (I’m chewing it right now! LOL) So by the end of a book I have to dig my way out from under all the gum wrappers. It’s not pretty!

Jillian: What’s your favorite kid joke? What’s a pirate’s favorite kind of movie?

Lisa: Rated Rrrrrrrrr! (Pirate jokes are my favorite kid jokes… LOL)

Jillian's Gotta ask and Lisa’s Gotta Answer Question!

“A soulful, timeless love story and an engrossing new take on immortal mythology—if you’re looking for a touching paranormal romance, Kessler’s got one for you!”
~Christine Cody, author of the Bloodlands series

Jillian: After reading this wonderful author endorsement, I’m curious about your new take on immortal mythology. Please share something about the series with us:

Lisa: When I set out to write Night Walker, I wanted to write a vampire book that took place on the west coast. A beach vampire in San Diego. LOL! In the end, I found so much history in the Americas that I created Night Walkers which are vampire-like in their blood drinking and avoiding the sun, but Night Walkers are actually alive at night, breathing with a heartbeat. They also have a spirit animal that they can shift into at will.

Instead of the typical European immortal, Night Walkers came from the Maya, and the series really delves into Mayan and Native American mythologies for what I hope is a new and different take on vampires.

Lisa will give away one digital copy of Night Walker to one of today's commenters!***

To find out more about Lisa and her other novels visit the links below:

***Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America addresses only. If an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) is available, the author may utilize that option for International participants. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.


Gjillian said...

Welcome back, Lisa!

Loved your interview answer about having Calisto over for dinner just to listen to his Spanish accent and I thought about Johnny Depp in the dinner scene in Don Juan DeMarco. Classic!

Don Juan: "Every woman is a mystery to be solved." LOL!

Pamela Moran said...

I'm a sucker for that accent too! And for Johnny Depp ....

Lisa -- I am so looking forward to your signing at RWA San Diego! Everything I hear about Calisto has me wanting to know more about his story and the love he's waited for so long.

The Mayan angle is fascinating. A lot of research must have gone into that.

Can't wait to read about Calisto and Kate.

Pam S.

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Gillian -

Oh I LOVE Don Juan De Marco!!! I think Johnny depp is going to make a really sexy vampire in Dark Shadows too... *swoon*

Thanks for having me on your beautiful blog again!

Lisa :)

lynnrush said...

Yay, Lisa. Congrats on your release. I'm super excited to read it.

LynnRush (at) cox (dot) net.

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Pam -

I did a TON of research on teh Mission de Alacala and the Kumeyaay for Night Walker, then I took a trip to the Yucatan to tour 3 different Mayan ruin sites.

Lots of research for the series, but I really loved doing it and I think it made the stories much richer having that touch of history in them...

I hope! LOL

Thanks for commenting Pam!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Lynn -

I'm glad Night Walker caught your interest! :)

Thanks for commenting!!!

Lisa :)

Angi Morgan said...

I Listen to Don Juan de Marco all the time. My DVD has the feature of just listening to the soundtrack. AWESOME!

Great new take on the age-old vampire story, Lisa! Best of luck with the series and great to have you back on GLIAS.


LizzieBeth said...

Lovely interview.

Your story is very intriguing. I find it quite interesting that you've based your story around the Mayan mythologies. Your vivid descriptions make me want to read the story all the more.

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom said...

HI Lisa - another great interview on your blogathon tour. Love your answers. Happy to see your success !!!

www.lindathomas-sundstrom (dot)com

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Angi -

Isn't the Don Juan De Marco soundtrack sexy? I love it! Also the Mask of Zorro soundtrack is really Spanish and heroic sounding to write to...

Thanks for commenting and the spot on your beautiful GLIAS blog!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Lizzie -

Thank you! So glad Night Walker caught your interest! :)

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Linda -

Awww thank you!!!

All your support and encouragement along the way has meant SO much to me!!! You rock!!! :)

Thanks for stopping by to comment too...

Lisa :)

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Hi Lisa! I did not know about your singing voice! I'd have made you sing for me at the Leadership lunch table

And You have a sister in purple here! Love that color.

I hope your series is everything you dream of.

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Cynthia -

You've got great taste!!! *high-fiving a fellow purple lover*

Thanks for the good wishes and the comment! :)

PS - We should have kareoke night at National next year! All kinds of fun! LOL

Sherie said...

Hi Lisa! Your books sounds amazing. I cannot wait to read it. I love books with a little mystery and paranormal. I also love history, and you are right the Americas have tons of history no one ever discusses. I am glad to see a book about us and not Europe!

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Sherie -

I'm glad you're excited about Night Walker! :)

I hope you enjoy the book...

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Shea Berkley said...

The Mayans were a blood-thirsty people, so I'm thinking this isn't a light-hearted read. (grin) Great interview, Lisa. I'm a gum smacker too. It keeps me busy and relaxes me while I write. It's in my TBR pile. Can't wait.

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Shea -

Yes it's a very dark paranormal book... LOL

Glad to hear I'm not the only one digging out from under all the gum wrappers at the end of a book! LOL I think it just helps me stay focused while I write.

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

June M. said...

I can't wait to read these. I love vampire stories and seeing how each author changes their vampires, the myths, etc to make them unique. I also love history, especially native American history and ancient societies so I know I will enjoy this book. Thank you so much for sharing with us.
June M. :D

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi June -

I hope you enjoy Night Walker! :)

Thanks so much fro stopping by and commenting!

Lisa :)

susan said...

Night Walker sounds so good and sure would love to read it. I hope to be entered in your contest too. I enjoyed hearing about you and loved the questions you answered. This gave me an idea who you are. Thanks for the time and effect to do this for all of us. susan Leech garysue@dejazzd.com

Na said...

Hi Lisa! I'm really liking so many titles released by Entangled Publishing, and Night Walker is definitely one of them. I find accents so endearing so I like that Calisto has one. Congrats on the 4 book deal!

wendydbooks said...

Sounds like a great read! thank you for an interesting interview!

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desitheblonde said...

the info you have is great but the book is great color and great way you did it i would buy it on stand just by looking at it

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Susan -

I'm glad you enjoyed the interview! :)

Thanks for commenting and entering for the giveaway!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Na -

Thanks for stopping by so many of my blogs for the Night Walker promo tour!!! You rock!!! :)

I hope you enjoy the book...

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Wendy -

I'm glad you enjoyed the interview!

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Desi -

Isn't the cover beautiful!!! My publisher came up with the cover and I was SO excited... The blue cloudy background really captures the dark romantic feel of the book! :)

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Pimpin' Reads said...

Paranormal is my favorite genre. A wonderful read, and I will have to check out that CD. And you sing Oprah..who knew.

Cate Lord said...

Lisa, I love that you put a new twist on vampires and drew upon Mayan and Native American mythology. The story sounds fabulous (and so does Calisto!). Can't wait to read this one!

Chrisbails said...

Lisa is a new author for me and this book looks great and would love to win and read it. I love this cover of this book. I am a cover lover and if I like the cover I usually want buy and read the book. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Pimpin' Reads -

Thanks for commenting! I've got music clips up on my website if you're curious... :) http://Lisa-Kessler.com and click on the music.

I'm glad you enjoyed Night Walker!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Cate -

I had fun making some new vampire mythology and weaving in real history into the book. I hope you enjoy it! :)

THanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

HI Chris -

I love the cover too!!! I was so excited when my publisher showed it to me... Woot!

I hope you enjoy the book!

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Donnell said...

Lisa, I'm a day late, but I had to pop in and say I'm a huge fan! :) Your take on vampires is wildly appealing to me. Best wishes!

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Donnell -

Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!! You made my day!!! :)