Thursday, August 4, 2011

Guest Post: Lisa Kessler - What do you like to read?

Today I have a treat for you. Lisa Kessler author of Night Walker is here to post today! So without further ado, I'm going to turn over my blog to Lisa!

Night Walker (The Night Series, #1) (Volume 1)Hi everyone!

Thanks for letting me visit the blog today! When I saw “A Chick Who Reads” on my blog tour it made me smile, because I too am a Chick Who Reads! LOL
As a writer, I think it’s really important to keep reading. There are a few reasons why… It helps to know what’s being published in your genre. It’s great to support other writers you know by reading their books and maybe even leaving a review on Goodreads. But for me the most important reason is for my sanity!

Right now I still work a full time day job, and then I go home and write and edit all night. It’s a crazy busy schedule, but I always reserve my lunch hour at work for reading. I treasure that hour to lose myself in a great book! In fact, I just got a new one in today that I’ve been anxiously waiting for… Kelley Armstrong’s latest “Spell Bound”. Yay!

I’ve learned that I really need that reading time to allow my mind to escape into another world without deadlines, and bills to pay! LOL When I don’t make the time to read for pleasure, I can feel my frustrations creeping up on me. My fuse gets shorter, and when I get home at night to write and/or edit I have a hard time focusing.

This might be a good time to meet the villain from Night Walker. He’s extremely focused on his goals, and they’re not the goals his Monastery thinks they are…

Blood marred the stone wall of his modest dorm room. His knuckles stung each time his fist slammed into the rough rock. Pain cloaked the bitterness and rage that festered inside him.

The monsignor had passed him over. Denied his chance at his destiny.


It would be Brother Cardina who would fly across the Atlantic Ocean to San Diego. Brother Cardina would watch over the Night Walker and witness immortality with his own eyes.

Grinding his teeth together, he struck the wall once more, imagining it was Brother Cardina’s pious face, but he held back, careful not to hit too hard. Bruised and bloodied flesh could go unnoticed within the ancient walls of the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo, but broken bones would not help his cause.

Pain burned up his arm, calming him. He stepped back and basked in the ache.

Brother Cardina was no match for an immortal blood drinker.

He moved closer to the wall, drinking in the earthy scent of his blood. He would get his chance. Staring at the fresh crimson stain, he stuck out his tongue and allowed himself a long, slow lick. He closed his eyes and smiled, resting his cheek against the wall. For now, he would be patient.

Clenching his raw fists, he opened his eyes and stared at his pencil sketches of ravens. His chance would come.


So why do you read? And what are your favorite books to read when you need an escape from the real world?

Thanks for having me on the blog today!

Author Info:
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 2nd.

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.

You can find Night Walker on:

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Chris Marie Green/Crystal Green said...

Lisa--so happy that this is finally out! I hope everyone out there enjoys NIGHT WALKER as I did. :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Thanks so much Chris!!!

Means the world to me coming from you!!!


Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Aubrie said...

It is soooo important to keep reading! Whenever I read, I write better that day. No matter what I read. As long as I read!


Lisa Kessler said...

I'm with you Aubrie!!!

Reading definitely inspires my writing...

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Jus Accardo said...

Great post, Lisa!

Kelley Armstrong is amazing. Clay and Elena from BITTEN are my favorite fictional couple of all time :D

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Jus! *waving*

You have great taste!!! :) I love them too, but I think my favorite couple from that series is Karl & Hope... Mostly because Karl makes my knees weak! Such a bad boy! LOL

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Terry @ Krazy's Place said...

I have to read! Don't know what sort of crazy person I'd be if I couldn't fall into book or my nook and get away from the "real" world at least for a little while each day. One of my favorite series right now is Night Huntress by Jeanie Frost. Love the stories and she makes me laugh. Even when the story is dark and on the scary side ;)

Terry @ Krazy's Place said...

Forgot to say.....Cat and Bones. My pick for one HOT couple. Love his English accent!

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Terry -

I agree! My mental state is in direct proportion to the time I get to read! LOL

I haven't read any Night Huntress books yet... but I've heard they're great!!! :)

Thanks for commenting!!

Lisa :)

The Mistress of the Dark said...

Thanks for posting today, Lisa! I'll have the review of Night Walker up either tonight or tomorrow :)


Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Andrea -

Thanks so much for having me on your beautiful blog today!!! :)

I hope you enjoyed Night Walker!

Lisa :)

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