Guest Post (& Giveaway): Lisa Kessler, author of Moonlight

Lisa Kessler is one of the nicest ladies in the biz,and her brand new book, MOONLIGHT, just came out! Lisa was kind enough to treat us to a post about why she loves complicated villains. There’s also a giveaway, so check out the details after the post!

Please welcome Lisa back to the blog!

Moonlight_finalcover-WithBlurb-Digital (2)I’m super excited to be back on My Bookish Ways with the first book in a new series for me! Moonlight, Book 1 in the Moon Series, is a Paranormal Romance that definitely leans toward Urban Fantasy. I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for good villains. The harder they fight, the more they push the hero until I’m not sure the good guys will win, the better it works for me.

When the early reviews for Moonlight started appearing, I was thrilled to see many of the readers mention Sebastian, and that they wanted to know more about him.

Sebastian isn’t the hero.

He’s an assassin with his own agenda. Sebastian was fun to write because he’s very intelligent and he watches out for his own interests. There are a few times in the book where he even helps the heroine, but his motives are vague and he is happy to jump sides when it suits him.

There is also secondary villain, Sasha, and she’s more of a tortured villain. She’s doing what she feels she “has” to do to regain control of her life. To add to her torment, she also used to be a police detective. Every time she hurts someone, it is also hurting her, dragging her further from the person she thought she’d been.

It was juicy to dig into these dark characters while I wrote this new series because they’re very complicated with real motivations for their actions. Many of their choices fell into a gray area. Are they evil or redeemable? It was fun to watch the scenes unfold as I wrote them. They both surprised me more than once. 

More importantly, I hope they’ll surprise you as well… So what about you? Do you like complicated villains?

Moonlight_finalcover-WithBlurb-Digital (2)About MOONLIGHT:
Rancher Adam Sloan is more than meets the eye. As the heir to his Pack, the sexy werewolf’s biggest challenge is keeping his kin’s true nature under wraps. But a group of jaguar shifters threatens to reveal the pack, blasting into town killing humans in plain sight. And when he smells one at the local diner, his standing orders are to take her out.

Lana Turpin doesn’t realize she’s a moving target. Raised in the foster system, she only knows that she blacks out during the new moon and wakes up without remembering a thing. But now she’s being tracked by some strange organization that wants her back–even though she’s never stepped foot inside their compound. And the stranger across the diner is watching her like an enemy.

It should be a simple mission for Adam, but when he touches the frustratingly beautiful Lana, his inner wolf howls…mate. Now, the two must find and stop the people who hunt her…and Adam must keep his own family from killing the only woman he will ever love.

Lisa9About Lisa Kessler:
Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.

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.
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

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  1. OMG! I finished Moonlight last night… it was the best book I’ve read in a while (since your last one Lisa!) Loved it!!!!!!

    • Awww thanks so much Linda!!! 🙂

      I’m really excited that you enjoyed Moonlight!!! Hunter’s Moon will be out in October so not too long to wait for more… 🙂

      Thanks for commenting!

      Lisa 🙂

  2. I do like complicated villains! No one wants to read about a stereotypical one.

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