Friday, September 2, 2011

Interview and Giveaway with Author Lisa Kessler


Please join me, WildAboutBones , in welcoming author Lisa Kessler as we talk about her book Night Walker (The Night Series #1) and other goodies.

Author Bio:
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, was 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 http://Lisa-Kessler.com

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

Would you tell us a little about yourself?
I’ve been publishing short stories for ten years and just had my first novel released in August. When I’m not writing, I also sing professionally and I’m a total Disney-a-holic.

Do you have a process or any special rituals in your writing routine?
I need the right “mood” music when I write. I usually make a playlist for the book before I start writing it. I also chew gum. Lots of gum! LOL It helps me focus while I’m writing, but it’s not pretty when all the gum wrappers start to encroach on my keyboard! ☺

You write several different genres. Which is your favorite genre to write and why?
That’s a tough question! I love short stories because they’re so powerful and character driven. You can pack a big punch in only a few words, but I also love writing paranormal romance because I enjoy watching two characters come together and learn to trust one another in order to face their foes. So I guess it’s safe to say I don’t really have a favorite… LOL

How did you come up with the idea for Night Walker and this new series?
I wanted to write a vampire novel, but I wanted to set it in San Diego and I wanted my vampire to be from the Americas not from Europe. I started researching San Diego, and also the oldest civilization in the Americans, the Mayans. The more I read, the more the story started to come alive in my head.

Tell us one quirky thing about Night Walker’s Calisto? Love the name by the way.
My favorite Calisto quirk, besides his thick Spanish accent, is the way he usually answers your questions with another question. It drives Kate crazy in the book, but it really endeared him to me as I wrote it… ☺ And I’m glad you like his name! When I was trying to come up with a Spanish name that also sounded sexy and old fashioned, I poured through Spanish baby name sites, saying the names out loud, and once I found Calisto I knew that was it.

There are several intriguing characters in Night Walker. Can you tell us a little bit about what’s next for this series? Who, from the book, might get the lead in upcoming books?
I can tell you that Lukas is the lead in Book 2, Night Demon. Calisto mentions him in Night Walker and he has a brief appearance in one of the flashbacks. He’s still alive and has spent his eternity researching the origins of the Night Walkers. Also Edie and Lori are still around too. You’ll see them more in Book 3, Night Child.

Out of the books and short stories you’ve written so far, do you have a favorite hero or heroine? If so, who and why.
Ack! That’s like picking your favorite child! LOL I can say that Calisto will always hold a special place in my heart because Night Walker really was the “book of my heart” and he helped me reach my dream of publication. I can also say that Muriah, the heroine in Night Child is one of my favorite female characters I’ve ever written. She’s a little rebel, but not snarky, and independent, but not cold. I really have fun writing her!

There is also a character from one of my short stories that I will always love. His name is Sheelak. He’s a demon who has a guilty pleasure. He loves Christmas! ☺ I’m publishing a short story anthology later this year, and Sheelak’s story is definitely a shining star…

Who are some of your favorite authors and what are some of your favorite books? And which has made the biggest impact on your writing career?
I love Anne Rice, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Kelley Armstrong, Jeri Smith-Ready, and the list goes on and on. I’m not sure which has made the biggest impact on my writing, but Kelley Armstrong definitely made a huge difference in my publishing path because she encouraged me to join RWA and network. I would probably still be searching for a publisher if she hadn’t nudged me toward RWA.

Do you have a hobby for when you aren’t writing or something to help you unwind and relax, if so, what?
Singing definitely relaxes me, but my favorite thing to unwind is to visit Disneyland. It’s such a wonderful escape for me to walk through those gates! Love it!

What is/are your favorite type(s) of paranormal character(s) and why?
Immortals are my favorite because I really enjoy being able to twist history into my stories. Plus someone who has experienced lifetimes on earth usually has much deeper scars than the rest of us. Fun to write about! ☺

Is there something you’d like to tell your fans that no one ever asks you in an interview? Every time someone tells me on facebook, twitter, email, or my blog that my book touched them, they totally make my day!!! It’s scary to toss a book out into the world, but it’s worth every second of worry to know that you connected with the story. Thank you SO much for reading!

Can you tell us a little bit about what, if anything, you’re working on next, besides The Night series?
I’m almost finished editing my first anthology of short stories, Forgotten Treasures, and I’m also working on placing my werewolf series, so hopefully I’ll be able to share those books with you soon…

Some Fun Quick Questions:
Boxers, briefs or commando for your hero? Boxers
Dog, cat or ferret person? Dog
What’s your favorite fairy tale? Beauty and the Beast
What’s your favorite cartoon character? Evil Queen from Snow White
What are you currently reading? Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
What is your favorite movie and/or TV show? Rocky
What’s the first book you remember reading? First Book was probably Hop on Pop! I thought that was the funniest book ever! First novel - The Phantom Tollbooth
What character name have you been dying to use as a main character, but haven’t found the right fit for yet?
Logan, but he will get a book in my werewolf series. He sings lead in a rock band… Yum! ☺

Find Lisa online at:
Lisa says, "I’m very chatty online, so feel free to connect!"

http://Lisa-Kessler.com

http://lisakessler.wordpress.com
http://twitter.com/LdyDisney
http://facebook.com/LisaKesslerWriter
http://facebook.com/NightSeries
http://goodreads.com/LisaKessler
http://www.entangledpublishing.com/night-walker

Purchase Links:


Thanks so much, Lisa Kessler, for taking the time for this interview.

WildAboutBones' Review of Night Walker

GIVEAWAY
Giveaway open September 2 - 5, 2011 (midnight)

Lisa Kessler will be giving away a copy of her eBook Night Walker to a lucky winner.
This is an International giveaway.
To enter, be a follower and make a comment and/or ask Lisa Kessler a question, along with your email address so we can contact you if you win.
Good luck, everyone!

74 comments:

  1. Thank you for the opportunity to win your book, Lisa! I've heard lot of good reviews on Night Walker and am looking forward to reading it! :)
    impy80 at hotmail dot com

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  2. Hello, Great Interview. I'll ask the same question I ask all authors. Do you set aside a special place/room to write? or just plop down where you are when the mood strikes you?

    ~Kayla
    kcrochet002@gmail.com

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  3. Hi Kara -

    Oh I'm so glad you've been hearing about my book! :) Being a debut author, people aren't going to be searching for me on Amazon, so I'm doing all I can to get the word out about Night Walker...

    Thanks for commenting! I hope you enjoy the book...

    Lisa :)

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  4. Hi Kayla -

    I'm a night owl, so I'm usually sitting the my corner of the office typing away until the week hours... :)

    I can write on my netbook (until it was stolen last week! *sob* But that's another story) but I prefer to write at my desk.

    THanks for the great question!

    Lisa :)

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  5. Great interview. I had no idea you were a professional singer! I had kinda picked-up on the Disneyland thing, though. LOL

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  6. Thanks for the oppurtunity for a chance to win. I have been eyeing this book and reading up on it. Sadly haven't bought it tho. I love how you came up with his name and it does sound sexy :)

    alycia(at)thejeepdiva(dot)com

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  7. A great interview. The book looks great and I want one. :)

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  8. Hi Jeff! *waving*

    Yeah my Disney obsession is probably no surprise given my Cruella "Power Suit"... LOL

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

    Lisa :)

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  9. Hi Alycia -

    Thanks for stopping by!!! I'm so glad you've heard about Night Walker and I hope it makes your to read shelf soon! LOL

    Lisa :)

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  10. Hi Kiru -

    Thanks for commenting!!! :) I'm glad you want a copy of Night Walker... It's a delicious cover too, isn't it? :)

    Lisa

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  11. I've heard about this book from friends and am most interested in reading it, so thank you for the chance to win it. If I get lucky it means I won't have to wait for the funds :D

    felinewyvern @ googlemail . com

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway! I came across this one a couple of weeks ago & it's on my wishlist, so thanks for the opportunity to win it ;)

    I'm a follower!

    sandric.sk at gmail dot com

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  13. Hi Feline & Aleksandra -

    Thanks for the interest in Night Walker and for commenting! :)

    I hope you both enjoy the book...

    Lisa :)

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  14. Lisa, I'm so envious that you can sing. I can carry a tune in my head. Open my mouth and even the bugs try to get away from me as fast as they can, lol. I had a dog years ago who'd howl!

    Good luck with your series.

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  15. Hi Jannine -

    Ha! I'm sure your singing isn't that bad!!! LOL

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I really appreciate it! :)

    Lisa

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  16. Lori rnlmac@msn.comSep 2, 2011, 1:25:00 PM

    Great interview! Can't wait to read your book!

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  17. wow..your all over the blog with your new book. I followed your book tour and I received my trading cards...thank you :) I see you liked Hop on Pop...my son loves that one too. We've been reading a lot of the rhyming books lately. Thanks for another chance to win your book.
    Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. Lisa, this is a fabulous interview. Congratulations on the debut. Having met you and knowing how nice you are, I can totally believe the Disney obsession. Too fun!

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  19. I enjoyed the interview and look forward to reading Night Walker (and the series!). If you were going to take a long car ride, what character (from a book) would you like with you and why?

    kacbooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  20. HI Tanya -

    Oh I'm glad you got the Night Walker trading cards! Yay! :)

    Thanks so much for coming along on my very first book tour Tanya!!! You rock!!!

    Hope you enjoy the book...

    Lisa :)

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  21. Ah a new Vampire Book.Want it.that it's part of a series just make it better love series.
    sasluvbooks(at)yahoo.com

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  22. Hi Shea -

    I'm glad you enjoyed the interview! :)

    And my Disney obsession is a scary thing! LOL

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

    Lisa :)

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  23. Hi Karen -

    Great question!!! Hmmmm.... I think I would want to take a car ride with Karl Marsten from Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series.

    Something about him makes him mysterious and uber-sexy to me! I'd love to hang out with him and see what makes him tick... :)

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa

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  24. Hi Lori -

    I'm glad you enjoyed the interview! :)

    Thanks so much for commenting...

    Lisa :)

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  25. Hi Stacey -

    I hope you enjoy Night Walker! :)

    THanks for stopping by and commenting...

    Lisa :)

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  26. I'm so wanting to read this book!!! I added it to my TBR list!!! Luv me some vamps!!! I also enjoyed the interview & the Quick Questions section!! Rocky is one of my all time favs too!!! :-) Thanks for the chance to win!!! :-)

    jfort357(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  27. Hi jfort -

    So glad Night Walker caught your attention! :)

    And you obviously have terrific taste in movies too!!! LOL

    Thanks so much for commenting! I hope you enjoy the book...

    Lisa :)

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  28. Hi Lisa,
    Love the interview and excerpt. Thank you for the chance to win. Night Walker is definitely going on my TBR list.

    Renee
    reneebennett35(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. Great interview, I love reading anything paranormal so your books are right up my alley. I'm new to your books, but I'd love to start off "getting to know you" by winning one of them!
    I'm also a follower of this blog.

    1jenniferlabelle(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  30. This book has been on my wishlist for a while now and I would love to win a copy of it. Thanks so much for the chance.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  31. It makes me smile seeing this book growing in popularity in the reading community. I have been eyeing this book ever since I heard about it.

    I can't say singing relaxes me only because I can't sing but in a similar way, music does soothe me. Sometiems I will discover a song that matches a scene perfectly and play it over and over just to relive that moment.

    Cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  32. Hi Renee -

    Thans so much for commenting and adding NIght Walker to you TBR list! :)

    I hope you enjoy the book...

    Lisa :)

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  33. HI Jennifer -

    Thanks so much for commenting! :) I'm looking forward to getting to know you too! LOL

    I hope you enjoy the book...

    Lisa :)

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  34. Lisa! Gorgeous, gorgeous Lisa.... great interview and excerpt. Got Nightwalker on my TBR list!!! And Disneyland is definitely the place. We go every chance we get!!

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  35. HI June -

    I'm honored to be on your wish list! :)

    THanks so much for commenting and following my blog tour! I really appreciate your support!

    Lisa :)

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  36. Hi Na -

    Music is a powerful thing isn't it? It can rile you up, encouragement and relax you too... Love it! :)

    THanks so much for commenting and following my blog tour! I really appreciate all your support for my first book!

    Lisa :)

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  37. Sounds like a great book. Congrats on the release!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  38. Hi Brindle -

    I'm glad you enjoyed the interview and thanks for adding Night Walker to your TBR list!!! Woot! :)

    I hope you love the book!

    Thanks for commenting!!!

    Lisa :)

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  39. Hi Donna -

    Thanks for the good wishes and the comment! :)

    I hope you enjoy Night Walker!!!

    Lisa :)

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  40. Great Interview, Lisa! I'm planning a read instead of write holiday any day now and this is on my list - Calisto sounds gorgeous - I love a good Spanish accent!

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  41. Loved the interview! I've been wanting this book for a while now!

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  42. Okay, I forgot to incl. my email addr.
    salter8jeff[at]yahoo[dot]com
    thanks for entering me

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  43. Hi Lisa - I read an excerpt from the book and it definitely caught my interest. It sounds intense and I love lots of angst in my books. I'm always curious about research - did you come across any facts in yours that you thought were particularly striking?
    GFC follower
    jen at delux dot com

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  44. Great interview! I've been wanting to read Night Walker for awhile now... I can't believe disneyland relaxes you..whenever I get home from disneyland, i need a big glass of vino...then again, I have 3 & 6 YO boys, but I do love disneyland. Thanks for the contest!
    Book Savvy Babe
    booksavvybabe at gmail dot com

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  45. Hi Lisa! Ohh I really liked reading your interview! I learn something new everytime I stalk you or Minnette to different places lol ;) Like I didn't know you sang (and possibly Opera?) that is just such a cool fact lol :)
    I'm a bit surprised that you go to Disney to RELAX AND UNWIND?! lol :P Seems more like a fast paced get around the park thing lol ;)
    I think its really cool that Kelley encouraged you.. I really LOVE her books too :P

    Btw, Moon Called is FAB if your still reading it.. I'm so addicted to all my books/stories ;) If you ever need a new paranormal read and you need help picking feel free to poke me hon ;)


    Would love to read about Calisto ;) Think I'll stalk you soon for some trading cards *grins* Got some from Minnette and another hop.. so I actually have a "collection" now.. though I think I need to find a Romance trading card hmm container? lol

    swtlilangel4jc at yahoo dot com

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  46. Looks likea great book-think the author is wonderful too. Would love to read and review this book for my own site :) edysicecreamlover18@gmaiDOTcom

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  47. OMG Thanks for all the fabulous Saturday comments you guys! :)

    You made my day!

    I promise to get them all answered soon too...

    Lisa :)

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  48. HI Nina -

    I hope you enjoy meeting Calisto! I think he's super sexy... LOL

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa :)

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  49. Hi Megan -

    So glad you're excited about Night Walker!!

    Thanks for commenting!!!

    Lisa :)

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  50. Hi Jen -

    Great question! :) I did a ton of research for this series including taking a trip to Chichen Itza down in the Yucatan...

    For Night Walker the coolest piece of research I found was when I discovered a small footnote in a Kumeyaay culture book. They had "Kuseyaay" healers who would put their mouth over a wound and heal it with their healing saliva. I was able to use that to weave in Night Walkers as kuseyaay, healing wounds with their own immortal blood. They cut their tongues and healed wounds with their mouths without ever revealing their nature to the tribe...

    It was the last puzzle piece I needed to tie my supernatual Night Walkers into Kumeyaay history! :) I hope it helps make the book feel more real to readers.

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa :)

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  51. I have heard so many good reviews on your book and I would love to win a copy.

    My question to you is what is your pet peeve when you read other books that you would refuse to include in your books?

    For example my pet peeve is when the author puts the H/H together in the first and lets say the second book as well and then tearing them apart in the following book.

    I love to hear what other authors dislike in books and wouldn't include in their own writing and why.

    Thank you so much for this wonderful interview.

    redfirewood888(AT)yahoo(DOT)ca

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  52. Hi Book Savvy Babe!

    Disneyland wasn't nearly as relaxing when my kids were little!!! LOL

    Nowadays, my hubby and I can go up an wander around without feeling like we have to go on every ride so it's much more relaxing and more of an escape from reality! :)

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa :)

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  53. Hi Marilyn -

    Glad you enjoyed the interview!

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa :)

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  54. Hi Chelsea -

    I sang Opera for years! :)

    And I'm happy to send you Night Walker trading cards, just email me or shoot me a message on facebook... :)

    So had you read Kelley Armstrong's Spell Bound yet? I'm dying to dicuss!!! LOL

    THanks for commenting!

    Lisa :)

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  55. Hi Krystal -

    Thanks so much for your interest in Night Walker!!! :) I hope you get to read it soon...

    THanks for commenting!

    Lisa :)

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  56. I love reading about the Mayan civilization, and I can't wait to see how you've incorporated it into your novel!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  57. HI BloodyVamp -

    I'm glad you enjoyed the interview! :)

    THanks for the great question...

    I guess my pet peeve is making a character too all-powerful. As a reader I usually relate to flaws so it can be annoying when a character is perfect and all-powerful and secondary characters all tlk about how perfect and all-powerful they are.

    I like seeing the chink in their armor and how they work to overcome it.

    I hope that makes sense... :)

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa

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  58. Hi Darlene -

    THanks for commenting! I hope you'll enjoy the Night Series! :)

    Lisa

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  59. I love this cover. Mostly because of that little line of hair. Crazy, right?! Thanks for the giveaway.
    jepebATverizonDOTnet

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  60. Hi Jen -

    It is a delicious cover isn't it??? :) That little happy trail of hair really does make it! LOL

    Thanks for commenting!!!

    Lisa :)

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  61. Lisa,
    That is just so interesting to me :P Opera :D I remember singing the Phantom of the Opera for Middle school once :P And ohh I'll give you a poke tomorrow on the trading cards then :P I think I'm going to start collecting them :D Minnette sent me a few signed ones and they were so awesome :D

    And I think I'm behind on Kelley's series :( I've read quite a few but yeah I don't think I'm up to date lol XD I need to look through the list and check off which ones I've read.. I think the last one I read I think was when a certain female was prego :D I'll need to put them in order and start over again and get them all lol XD

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  62. Hi Chelsea -

    I love romance trading cards! So fun! :)

    And let me know when you get caught up on Kelley's series. There's only 1 book left to go after Spell Bound so it's getting super crazy...

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa :)

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  63. All this time we've been talking on Twitter and I just now find out we share mad live for Kelley :-) Congrats on the Night series and woot for sexy rockers!

    Selestial/Seleste

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  64. I'm very surprised, because Calisto is Spanish! You were right, Calisto is really old fashioned! Since XVI century it isn´t a popular name, but will be always remembered because it´s the name of the main character of a Spanish literature classic: "La tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea", or "La Celestina" by Fernando de Rojas, a great story, BTW.

    I hope I'll have good lucky in this giveaway :D
    kasumigogo[at]gmail[dot]com

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  65. Hi Seleste -

    Ha! Who knew! :) Have you read Spell Bound yet??? I'm dying to discuss with someone! LOL

    Thanks for coming by and commenting! :)

    Lisa

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  66. Hi Kasumi -

    Wow! I had no idea there was a Spanish tale that includes Calisto in the title! :) And my hero Calisto was born in the 16th century so it worked out perfectly! :)

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa

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  68. Thank you for the great interview and giveaway! I've heard great things about Night Walker and it is definitely on my to-read list.

    jrosemergy@gmail.com

    And PS- I LOVE the Phantom Tollbooth :)

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  69. Hi
    Great interview.
    I haven't read the book and saw that there are at least 4 books planned... are they all connected?
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Daniela.
    dany7578 at hotmail dot com

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  70. I enjoyed the interview:) I also love Nightwalker's cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

    jcross719(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  71. HI Jessica -

    Isn't the Phantom Tollbooth a fabulous book?? :)

    I'm so glad Night Walker made your to-read list!!!

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa :)

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  72. Hi Daniela -

    I'm glad you enjoyed the interview! :) Yes the Night Series books are all connected. Three novels and one Novella which is like a prequel to Night Walker.

    Book 2, Night Demon, should be out this Spring...

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa

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  73. Hi Jess -

    I got so lucky with the Night Walker cover!!! I love it too!!! LOL

    THanks for commenting!

    Lisa :)

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