Friday, July 6, 2012

Night Walker by Lisa Kessler (Interview + Giveaway)

We feel so lucky to have Lisa Kessler stop by the blog today! She's super awesome and really fun to meet in person :) Check out her answers to our not-so-common questions!



1. Tell us about your 52 short stories in 52 weeks experience. How many pages did you get to per story and did you struggle?

Some weeks were a struggle, but the more I wrote, the easier it became.  I also invested in a handy writer's prompts book to help when I was really stuck to find an idea.  I used "A Creative Writer's Kit" by Judy Reeves.  I think she's got a couple other books like that out there too.

Some of the stories were long, 14 pages, and some weeks I wrote flash fiction, murder in 250 words or less. :)  It was one of the best things I ever did for my writing.  I put my 25 favorite stories into my "Forgotten Treasures" collection and dedicated the book to Ray Bradbury who gave me the challenge in the first place...
2. Do you prefer ice cream or froyo?
Ice cream!!!  My favorite flavors are peanut butter and chocolate and Mint Chocolate chip... Yum!
3. Do you prefer witty characters who always make you chuckle or seductive characters oozing of sexual appeal?
Oh I definitely lean toward the seductive dark tortured characters... 
Arianne: I think I like the witty characters because they can be sexy and funny at the same time. With a seductive character, my hormones would be in overdrive all the time. I don't think I can handle that. Yikes!

4. What is the weirdest fan encounter you've had?
Hmmm... I don't have one yet!  So far all my readers have been the coolest peeps on earth! :)  *knock on wood*
Arianne: Well, we have to change that, don't we? *ehem*

5. How does your family react on your uber success?
Ha!  I think we're still waiting on the uber success! LOL  My family is pretty proud of me, and my hubby is my number one fan... :) 
6. If you could be a paranormal character, which would it be, and why?
Oh I would want to be Fae because I would LOVE to be magical...  *dreamy sigh*  I think it would be wonderful! :)
7. Anything you would like to ask our readers?
What makes you take a chance on a new-to-you author?

Goodreads Blurb:


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Arianne's Review: Night Walker


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.


Random Excerpt - page 74


Calisto raised a brow. The small yellow car was not what he expected.

“Just a sec, I’ve gotta let you in from the driver’s side.” Kate leaned across the steering wheel and unhooked the bungee cord that held the passenger door closed.

He had no love for automobiles. They weren’t from his era and since he had the ability to fly, he didn't see the purpose in learning to drive a car. That did not mean he hadn’t ridden in many BMWs, Lexus, Jaguars, and Bentleys. He knew the luxury of leather seats and climate control.

This car had neither.

He schooled his features to hide his doubts about the car’s viability when he tugged the door closed. The driver’s door had vice grips where the window crank should be, a bungee cord held the passenger-side door closed, and duct tape covered the small tear in the corner of the convertible top. Even though it was November, she had the top of her faded VW bug folded down. He envisioned a surfboard hanging out the back like many of the college students who
came to La Jolla in search of waves to ride. Kate claimed she didn't belong in California, but her car most certainly did.
2012 Book Seller's Best Double Finalist - Best Paranormal & Best First Book
San Diego Book Award Winner - Best Fantasy-Scifi-Horror
“Hot romance and cool characters make Night Walker an all-night read.”
Kelley Armstrong, #1 NYT Best-Selling Author
“A stellar first novel with heart-stopping suspense and a hero to die for.”
Angie Fox, NYT Bestselling author of THE LAST OF THE DEMON SLAYERS


Ends July 31, 2012

34 comments:

  1. I like when an author gives an interview and I can get a feel for their personality by the answers. I also like someone who speaks their mind.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

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  2. thank you for that :) we'll keep it in mind!

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  3. The blurb or characters

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  4. Debbie @ I Heart YA BooksJuly 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    I love Night Walker! I love the cover, every time I see it I think of that song " I'm to sexy for my shirt" lol! and I love the author, she a very cool person! :) Awesome giveaway Arianna & Kayla!!

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  5. Hi
    First is the interviews (the possibility to know the author behind the book), then the reviews (those give you an idea if the book is any good), then the blurbs (sometimes with the blurb is enough) and sometimes if I win the book and like it I end up buying the whole series (I've done that many times. the free book gives you the opportunity to get to know the author without risking it).

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  6. If I like the excerpt from the book, and the author gives an interview with a few details describing a little background on the characters, storyline, creative process, and provide info on if it's a stand alone or a series...if I like what I'm reading...I'll usually bite. It never hurts to see contests and free chapter reads too...to garner interest. Thx for the giveaway op! :)

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  7. great interview. I'm with you Lisa, I'd love to be magical too if I could pick a character to be.

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  8. great interview. I'm with you Lisa, I'd love to be magical too if I could pick a character to be.

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  9. When the author is new to me, I generally try to read at least a couple of excerpts, and the free start at Amazon. I also tend to check if some of the reviewers that I tend to agree with had read the book.

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  10. Hi June! *waving*


    I do the exact same thing! LOL But I often discover the new-to-me-author on a book blog first...


    Thanks for commenting!


    Lisa :)

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  11. Thanks for stopping by Janna!!! :) Glad to hear I'm not the only magic lover out there... :)


    Lisa

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  12. Great info! Thanks for stopping by and commenting Barbara!!!


    Lisa :)

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  13. Hi Dany -


    I'm hoping once the other books in the Night Series come out we might do some giveaways and sales for Night Walker to bring in new readers to the series... We'll see! :)


    THanks for commenting!


    Lisa

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  14. Hi Debbie! *waving*


    So glad you love Night Walker!!! :) Thanks for coming by and commenting!


    Lisa

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  15. Good info! Thanks for commenting bn!!! :)

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  16. Thanks for coming by Yvette!!! THat's great info... Hope you enjoyed the interview too! :)


    Lisa

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  17. For me, the decision to try a new author is primarily driven by my love of books and my need to find something new. Secondly from the recommendation of others. I don't like to feel like I'm missing out so if people say "this book is great" i need to know how great it is.

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  18. Recommendations from book buddies heavily influences me too Shona!!! :) Thanks for commenting!


    Lisa

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  19. Usually when I try a new author it's because of the blurb or summary. I just like what I have read and want more! Other times it's from recommendations from people I know or blog posts like this one!

    I need this book I have decided!

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  20. totally awesome :) did you read my review?

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  21. for me, I sometimes follow the hype... I enter lots of giveaways for a popular book. if there's not enough giveaways for it, I just usually ignore it. But I learned that reading the blurb is more important lol

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  22. Oh yay!!! I hope you enjoy Night Walker Erika!!! THanks for commenting! Lisa :)

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  23. Hee! THe blurb definitely helps! :)
    Thanks for having me on the blog Arianne!
    Lisa

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  24. I choose a new to me author because it can't hurt and you never know if that author might become my favorite. I'm always looking to find a new favorite author. It's like a competition. lol

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  25. Ha! Sounds fun! LOL Thanks for commenting!


    Lisa :)

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  26. I feel the same way.. Maybe not the competition though lol

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  27. I find new authors by just choosing synopsis that look good or if I hear about it from friends. I enjoy trying new authors and indie books. I think for my if the synopsis and story premise sounds good then I will give it a chance.

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  28. Thanks for commenting Jody! :) I love hearing baout books from friends too... Lisa

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  29. i'm a person with lot of curioscity so when i found a new author, i will straightly try to find them on fb, reading their book's sypnosis, review and ofcourse join her contest to have a chance to win and read their book and if i like it i will recommend to my friend and buy their other book :)

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  30. The cover usually catch's my interest, then I will read the back, and decide from there if I want to read it. Sometimes I hear about a must read and I will give it a try. I love discovering new authors. thx

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  31. The cover usually catch's my interest, then I will read the back, and decide from there if I want to read it. Sometimes I hear about a must read and I will give it a try. I love discovering new authors. thx

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  32. Thanks for commenting Eli!!!
    I've found new authors through giveaways too...
    And I love that you recommend books to your friends! :)
    Lisa

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  33. Great to hear you like trying new authors Lona! :)
    THanks for commenting!

    Lisa

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