Guest Post and Giveaway: Lisa Kessler, author of Night Walker!

Today I’m handing the blog over to the lovely Lisa Kessler, author of the brand new paranormal romance from Entangled Publishing, Night Walker! One lucky commenter will win an ecopy of the book, so be sure to see details at the bottom of the post!

Please welcome Lisa to the blog!

Hi everyone –

Thanks for allowing me to stop by during my Night Walker blog tour! One lucky commenter will win a digital copy of the book!

When I saw this beautiful blog with tabs for urban fantasy, paranormal, and horror, I’ll admit my pulse raced a little. Then my gaze wandered over the gorgeous header with the window open to a barren wasteland with ravens in the distance.

Be still my heart.

The two chess pieces, steampunk cogs, and the feather quill in ink weren’t lost on me either. My first impression was that this blog was different, special. We might even have the same kind of reading tastes. (And the zombie tab made me smile too! I have a twitter zombie t-shirt that I love. They’re tweeting with the hashtag #Braaaaaaaiiiiinnnnnssss! LOL)

*ahem* Okay back on topic here…

First impressions are really important, and it’s no different in fiction, right? If you read Charlaine Harris, you probably remember that first meeting when Sookie notices a vampire in the restaurant. She gets herself all worked up before she goes over and introduces herself. And when her immortal man of mystery says his name is Bill, she cracks up. Vampire Bill? Really?

In my novel, Night Walker, my hero and heroine experience very different emotions during their first meeting because Calisto has been alive for over two hundred years, waiting to find his murdered love again. The night their paths finally cross on Dia de los Muertos, he recognizes her instantly, but she has no conscious memory of him.

So while Calisto aches to pull her into his arms, he’s forced to keep his distance…

EXCERPT:

Kate watched them wander off before kneeling closer to the cross. Unable to stop herself, she traced her finger along the T in the center.

Behind her, someone cleared his throat. Kate jerked her hand away and shot to her feet. When she turned around she found a tall, dark-haired man staring at her.

Her cheeks flushed with heat. She hoped he hadn’t witnessed her touching the relic. She waited for some kind of admonishment, but he didn’t say anything.

Not with words.

Something in his dark eyes captured her. His gaze wandered over her face like a tender caress, and strangely, instead of screaming for Lori and Edie, she caught herself imagining his touch on her skin.

“I hope I did not frighten you,” he said.

His deep voice resonated through the empty courtyard, and the intimate tone weakened her knees. The hint of a Spanish accent didn’t hurt, either. Nervous laughter escaped her before she could contain it.

Her face warmed all over again. “Just a little startled. I didn’t see anyone else out here.”

He stepped closer without encroaching on her personal space, his eyes locked with hers from beneath thick lashes. “Forgive me.”

She swallowed hard and prayed she wasn’t blushing. “No problem.” She looked away before she embarrassed herself even further, focusing on the cross. “It’s beautiful isn’t it?”

“Si.” He nodded slowly. “Yes, it is.” His barely there smile made her think he wasn’t referring to the flowers or the cross. “I am Calisto. Calisto Terana.”

Expectation hung as heavy as the scent of eucalyptus, as if he waited to hear something more than just her name.

“I’m Kate.” Instead of offering to shake his hand, she tucked a stray lock of hair behind her ear. “It’s nice to meet you.”

“The honor is mine, Kate… ” His accent colored the vowel in her name. It had never sounded more beautiful. She reminded herself to breathe.

When he hesitated for a moment waiting for her to speak, she realized she hadn’t shared her last name as he had. She flipped through a rapid pro and con mental checklist, and decided it couldn’t hurt. Maybe they would meet again.

“Bradley,” she said.

A sexy smile curved at the corners of his lips. “I hope this will not be our last meeting.”

She glanced around the shadowed courtyard, feeling vulnerable, and almost gave in to her first instinct—to run. But she remembered her promise to herself. Be strong. Take action. She lifted her chin and said, “I guess you never know.”

With a smile that said he had every intention of seeing her again, he tipped his head. “Buenos noches, Kate Bradley.”

Her heart raced and her palms sweated when she realized he meant to leave. No man made her palms sweat. Ever.

His gaze held hers for a moment, full of unspoken promises she didn’t understand. Without another word, he walked away.

Thanks for having me on the blog today!!! I hope that I made a good first impression! LOL

So do you have some first meeting stories to share? What was your first impression of your significant other? I’d love to hear…

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**GIVEAWAY DETAILS**
1. Giveaway is for one ecopy of Night Walker to one winner.
2. To enter, leave a comment with a way to contact you.
3. For ONE EXTRA ENTRY, follow Lisa’s twitter (@LdyDisney) and let me know you did so!
4. Giveaway is international!
5. Giveaway will end 8/26/11

Thanks so much to Entagled Publishing for sponsoring the tour!

62 Comments:

  1. Sounds like a very interesting book. I’d love to win a copy!

    ~Kayla
    I’ve followed on Twitter- kcrochet002@gmail.com

  2. Thanks for following Kayla! 🙂

    And I hope you enjoy Night Walker!

    Lisa

  3. I met my husband online- years ago. And not on a dating site either- just through aol IM. He was in Georgia and I in Michigan. Then he moved up here and we met in person. The first time we met in person was still like a blind date ven though we’d chatted online and spoke on the phone.From the first meeting I was love struck. I guess he was too- we’ve been together ever since.

    I can remember thinking that night “this is the guy I’m going to marry”. He says he thought the same about me.

    Of course me falling out of his big 4×4 lifted truck on huge tires probably sealed the deal. LOL. Yes on our very first date I fell for him, hard.

    It was snowing I was wearing high heels, my heel slid on the step side rail (it has a fancy name but I don’t know it)as I was getting out of the truck. I hit the pavement. He tried hard not to laugh and I tried hard not to be embarrassed, neither succeeded.

    But hey we have a great story to tell the kids about our first date. LOL

    (Oh no need to enter me in the giveaway)

  4. Wow! That sounds really really brilliant! I really hope i can read it! I can’t help it, i feel attracted to him already!! I really want to read it, i feel like I’m on a cliff hanger right now haha. i absolutely love this genre and i already feel like i am reading the book now. this book sounds like it is going to tick all of the boxes, mystery, fantasy and of course the hot guy 😉 thanks for the giveaway and chance to win!
    Katie 🙂

  5. Just realised it didn’t show my email.. it is:
    katieseco@sky.com
    🙂

  6. That sounds like an awesome book. 🙂

  7. Ha! Roxanne I LOVE your story!!! (Sorry about the fall though!! LOL)

    I met my husband online too! We were in an online writing group together and when my marriage started imploding I confessed to the online group that I was going through a divorce and couldn’t participate for a while…

    He messaged me off the loop, going through the same thing… We became friends and I’m so grateful we found each other event hough we lived on opposite coasts at the time! LOL

    Thanks for sharing your story!

    Lisa 🙂

  8. Hi Katie! *waving*

    I’m so glad Calisto already stole your heart!!! 🙂 He does make a pretty good first impression… Yum! LOL

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa 🙂

  9. Great excerpt…Calisto sounds mysterious and sexy!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    boosk4me67 at ymail.com

  10. Hi Terri –

    I’m glad the book caught your interest! Hope you enjoy it!

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa 🙂

  11. Ooo, shadowy courtyard, mysterious attractive man. Either she’s gonna get killed or she’s in for a very good time. Yep, my imagination usually goes from one extreme to the other. (grin) Great excerpt, Lisa.

  12. Hi Wendy –

    Calisto is definitely mysterious and sexy… And his Spanish accent always makes me swoon… (Think Anotonio Banderas in the Mask of Zorro… Shew! LOL)

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa 🙂

  13. Thanks Shea!!! I’m glad you enjoyed the little sneak peek!!!

    Calisto does have plans for her, but lucky for Kate they don’t involve killing her… LOL

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa 🙂

  14. Lisa! I just want to tell everyone how much they’ll enjoy this book! Such a beautiful love story. 🙂

  15. well my current i meet in a pool hall…if i remember correctly i was trying to keep several tables between us and he still managed to get close to talk to me…he introduced himself and i laughed cuz he was the 1st guy i ever kissed back in grade school and here 12 yrs later he is trying to pick me up in a bar…oh that was 15 yrs ago…

    i would love to read this book
    seachele71@hotmail.com

  16. FINALLY an ebook!!!!! please please!

  17. This book looks fantastic — and I kind of want to lick the cover. 😉

  18. Awwww thanks Chris!!!

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Night Walker!!!

    Thanks for commenting!!! 🙂

    Lisa

  19. Hi Chele –

    That’s an awesome story!!! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!!! I’m glad you’re interested in Night Walker too…

    Lisa 🙂

  20. Hi Anna –

    Hee! I’m a eBook convert too!! LOL I love the hands-free reading…

    THanks for commenting!!!

    Lisa 🙂

  21. HI Chelsea –

    Isn’t the cover full of Yum??? LOL

    Glad Night Walker caught your eye…

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa 🙂

  22. I love the premise of this book and really enjoyed the excerpt. Would love to read more, thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

    chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. I really enjoyed the tidbit made me blush and a little hot under the collar hehe

    vbarton24 at gmail dot com and the cover omg almost as good as ian somerhalders abs on the vampire diaries. cold shower cold shower lol

  24. liked on twitter my usernasme is morgaine24 vbarton24 at gmail dot com

  25. Would love to be our lucky winner. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

  26. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win it.!!!!!!!
    candrbeyer@gmail.com

  27. I would love to win this book, thank you so much for the chance! The plot looks great and I love the cover. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  28. twitter follower of author as Icecream1891

  29. After reading the excerpt..um….ahhh..uhh…yeah oh gosh…yummmmmmm.
    LOL
    This is on my gonna run and get a copy soon list!
    Thanks for that it made my night.

    musicalfrog at comcast dot net

  30. Night Walker is on my wishlist so I’m really happy for the chance to win! After centuries apart it sounds like this couple is ready for love 🙂

  31. Victoria Zumbrum

    Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

  32. Thanks for entering everyone!!! I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt and Calisto made a good First Impression… LOL

    For anyone who loves the cover, I do have Night Walker romance trading cards with the cover on them! 🙂 I’m happy to send anyone a set… Just email me your mailing address… LdyDisney at aol.com

    THanks for commenting!!! You all have made my Friday!!!

    Lisa 🙂

  33. Oh wow, what an excerpt. I definitely want to meet this Calisto guy 🙂 Very sexy. I agree about first impressions especially with when Sookie met Bill. In the book and on the show it was so electric and then we learn his name is Bill, then I laughed LOL! I still loved the scene. Hey it is better than him having an expected vampire name like Lestat or something like that LOL! But I can’t wait for this. I added it to my wishlist a few weeks ago. Thank you so much for this post amd the giveaway. I am a new follower of yours on Twitter.

    Twitter name: @harleyquinn0887

    Thank you guys again 🙂

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  34. Great first impression!! Loved the intro, loved the excerpt, loved the cover-HOT! I’m adding it to the TBR list 🙂

    Followed on twitter (Rogue237)

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  35. Calisto sounds as hawt as the cover of Night Walker! Sounds like a great book.
    I am following you on twitter as @TiDubb. Please follow back. : )

    kamwh1207(at)att(dot)net

  36. Thank you for sharing today. I too still remember the first meeting with Vampire Bill – back when the book first came out. You are so right about first impressions staying with you. The excerpt was a good first impression for me 🙂 My first impression of my hubs was that he was just too cool for school – but in reality he is a wonderful man 🙂 I appreciate the fun today and the lovely giveaway opportunity.

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

  37. Would love to win this book it sounds like a great read.
    flanagan@mebtel.net

  38. Im a twitter follower of LdyDisney
    I follow as lilblupixie

    flanagan@mebtel.net

  39. Sounds like an interesting read ^_^

    faefever25 at hotmail dot com

  40. Hi Lisa when I first met my husband I don’t think I looked twice at him. I have a one track mind and was not into dating at the time. Thats how things go I guess when your not looking, there they are. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I’m now following you on Twitter @RainMaidenJen

    jnmt3@hotmail.com

  41. Sounds terrific. eventer at accessus DOT net.
    Thanks!!

  42. My significant other and I had gotten our wires crossed a little so when we eventually met up I thought he was a little lacking in the ability to give directions! But he had a wonderful smile and is a great guy!

    robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

  43. Ha! I love all your First Impression stories!!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing them!!!

    SO glad Calisto made a good first impression… 🙂

    Lisa

  44. When I met my DH he was dating a figure skater he’d been with for 4 years. Fortunately he broke up w/ her soon thereafter. I always snicker about that, b/c she was an athlete and I sooooo much skinnier. Petty? Yes, I’m afraid so!

    rwschwarz11ATgmailDOTcom

    And I follow Lisa on Twitter (RebeLovesBooks)

  45. Ha! THat’s funny Rebel! 🙂

    My daughter is a figure skater… She’s about to try out for Disney on Ice! 🙂

    Thanks for commenting and following on Twitter! 🙂

    Lisa

  46. Hey! Sounds great and the cover is delicious too. (so I’m a little shallow feeling tonight. lol)

    But this sounds like a great read. And wonderful post.

    (no need to enter me, don’t have an ereader. 🙁 but thank you!)

  47. Great interview! I am very excited to read this book.
    Thanks!

  48. forget to say I do follow Lisa on twitter (annereeths)

    areeths AT new DOT rr DOT com

  49. Hot and sexy, just the way I like my stories. Excellent interview and even better book.

  50. Thanks for the comments!!! 🙂

    Melissa I’m so sorry you don’t have an eReader yet… You could still enter and read it on your computer! Not as fun, but you could still win a free read… 🙂

    I’m glad you enjoyed the interview and excerpt!

    Lisa

  51. It sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  52. I really don’t have a good story to tell 🙁 but my sister’s is really cool. She met her husband in a french chat room on -line. I remember telling her she was crazy and that he could be lying about what he looked like and personality. Well They chatted for about a year and then he flew here to the states to meet her. Long story short, they got married and now have two kids. He can speak very good english now 😉 They go back and forth from France to here. I probably could have never done that but it turned out awesome for her =) Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book. Please count me in.
    Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com

  53. Met my husband when we were college students, he was a bus boy at my sorority. He didn’t wash too many dishes AFTER we were married, though! We now have 2 beautiful sons in their 30s and 4 grandkids!
    blomette@yahoo.com

  54. I’d love a copy of this book!

    mictsu613 AT gmail DOT com

  55. would love to read it.

    rosez_8@hotmail.com

  56. Sorry, haven’t met the One yet so I don’t have any heart-pounding stories. This one will do for me, though, until then. Love the excerpt (and that cover, that cover is mmm, yum.)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. books sound good, never read anything by Lisa Kessler but look forward to it!
    bluesun1218@dishmail.net

  58. Sounds like its going to be a great read! Love Lisa’s twitter pic – am a Disney fan too lol.

    follow Lisa on twitter – pams00

    pams00 @ aol.com

  59. Looks like it is a wonderful book
    Conniegarcia@comcast.net

  60. The book sounds great, can’t wait to read it, thanks for the interview! Artesia at comcast dot net

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  62. Thanks for all the great stories and comments everyone!!! 🙂

    And Pam I’m glad you like my “power suit”! LOL No one messes with Cruella, right? 😉

    Thanks again for all the interest in Night Walker!!!

    Lisa

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