Guest Post & Giveaway: Lisa Kessler, Author of Night Walker

Posted May 5, 2012 by Shari in Book Tour, Excerpt, Guest Post / 78 Comments

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Today I am delighted to turn Delighted Reader over to Lisa Kessler, author of Night Walker.


Hi –

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!  Thanks so much for letting me visit the Delighted Reader blog today!

I’m in San Diego, and being so close to the Mexican border, Cinco De Mayo is very festive around here!  Lots of dance, soccer, and delicious Mexican food!

Another Latin American tradition we celebrate is Dia de los Muertos.

If you’re not familiar with it, Dia de los Muertos is the holiday celebrating ancestors who have passed away.  On November 1st and 2nd the veil between the living and the dead is thinned, and we celebrate with them.

In San Diego, when the calendar changes to October, you start to see skull sugar cookies… And skeletons posed in all fashions of life, playing in a band, dancing, etc.

But these aren’t scary Halloween-type ghouls.

Dia de los Muertos is actually a joyous celebration for loved ones who have passed away.  On the evening of November 1st, candles are left at gravesites to remember loved ones. It’s a beautiful, moving event to behold.

In my novel, Night Walker, Calisto has been waiting over 200 years for his one love to live again. Their paths finally cross on the night of Dia de los Muertos as Calisto is leaving his offering of flowers in memory of his lost love.

Here’s an excerpt from the book… Hope you enjoy!

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According to her friends, Dia de los Muertos was the perfect night for ghost hunting. Lori and Edie always enjoyed ghost stories when they were kids, and their fondness grew until they considered themselves amateur paranormal investigators. What better place to find them than in the oldest building in San Diego on the one night a year reserved for the dead?

Kate didn’t share their zeal for spirits, but she had no problem waiting for them to have their fun. She was happy to have a few minutes to herself anyway.

The candlelight glimmered around her, the flickering flames left to burn out sometime before morning. The warm glow made for eerie light, casting long shadows of the weeping crosses over the garden. It was exquisite and melancholy in the same moment.

She caught a sudden chill. The longer she lingered, the more her sadness mutated into unease. The back of her neck prickled. Kate crossed her arms and walked toward the sanctuary doors. She suddenly felt exposed and alone.

Before she reached the doors, Lori and Edie came up the path at the other end of the courtyard, snapping pictures as they walked, until Lori disappeared from view.

When Edie saw Kate approach, she grinned. “Oh, you should see some of the great shots we got tonight. We had lots of orbs in a couple of pictures of the bell tower. There might be even more when we can look at them on a larger screen.”

“You’ll have to show me once you get them on the computer.” Kate glanced around the courtyard. “Where’d Lori go?”

Edie turned around. “She was right behind… “

“Edie… Kate.” Lori’s voice, a loud and insistent whisper, emanated from the shadows.

Kate flinched when she heard her name. She had no idea why she was so jumpy tonight. They tracked down Lori and found her kneeling by one of the crosses. She beckoned them closer.

Edie rushed over with an eager grin, camera at the ready. “Wow. Look at this.” She squatted beside Lori. The cross was smaller than most of the others, weather-beaten and canted. There was a single letter in the center, a T, and a single candle burned beside a bundle of large white blossoms.

“Who do you think left those?” Lori whispered.

Kate shrugged. None of the other crosses had fresh offerings. “Probably the priests, right?”

“I don’t know.” Lori glanced at the other crosses. “Maybe this person’s relatives still visit every year.”

“Can you imagine?” Edie whispered. “Being remembered like that? I hope someone’s still bringing me flowers after I’ve been dead

a couple hundred years.”

Kate thought about correcting them, telling them these crosses were memorials to the Native Americans. But she didn’t. Something about the cross held her rapt. The conversation around her faded away as Kate moved in closer to the fragrant blossoms.

She’d never seen flowers like these with huge, beautiful blooms of white, silky petals and a center like pure sunshine. And the scent. It was the primrose-like perfume that made her reach out to touch them, entranced by their spell.

Had she seen these flowers before?

“Kate? Are you okay?”

Kate looked up at Lori, her brow furrowed and mouth pinched in concern. “I’m fine,” she said, yanking her hand away from the flowers. “Just a little tired, I guess.”

“We’re almost done. We need a couple more pictures around the front by the steps,” Edie said.

“All right.” Kate straightened, still unable to pull her attention away from the cross and its bouquet. “I’ll wait for you here, okay?”

Lori continued to frown, but Edie said, “No problem. We’ll be right back.”

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.

I hope the excerpt helped you feel the mood of Dia de los Muertos. It is supposed to be the one night a year that the veil between the living and the dead is blurred, and instead of being a time of mourning, it’s a time to remember and celebrate…

Do you have any international holidays you recognize?  I’d love to hear!

 

THE NIGHT SERIES – Book One by Lisa Kessler

Title: Night Walker
Author: Lisa Kessler
Genre: Paranormal Romance

BOOK DESCRIPTION

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.

BOOK TRAILER

 View the book trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OTD8VdDCOc


ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

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 5th.

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.

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GIVEAWAY

Want a chance to read Night Walker?

Lisa is giving away a signed paperback of Night Walker, a signed Night Walker poster and a $25 Amazon giftcard.

Entering is easy, just use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!


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Lisa Kessler
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Thanks for having me on your blog today!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!!!

Lisa 🙂

Wendy/books4me
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Wendy/books4me

We don’t celebrate any international holidays although every year I think about celebrating the Chinese New Year but I always forget!

If I win the poster, my hubby says it’s ok if I put it up in our bedroom. He’s still on the floor laughing when I told him it could be his motivation to lose weight…sigh….guess that’s why I’m grateful you write these books… so a girl can dream….

Lisa Kessler
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Ha!!! Okay I officially think your hubby is the coolest!!! LOL

And there’s nothing wrong with dreamin’!!! 🙂

THanks for commenting Wendy!!!

Lisa 🙂

mommabearsbookblog
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mommabearsbookblog

This sounds like a sad book, but I hope it gets happier. I don’t read excerpts but the blurb was really interesting. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Lisa Kessler
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Poor Calisto is very tortured, but I think it makes his Happy Ending much sweeter… 🙂

You’ll get to see him smile by the end of the book I promise! LOL

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa 🙂

Karen H in NC
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Karen H in NC

Happy Cinco De Mayo! Hi Lisa, You are a new-to-me author and I enjoyed reading the excerpt from your book. It sounds like a terrific story. Looking forward to reading more. Thanks for the giveaway.

Lisa Kessler
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Happy Cinco de Mayo Karen!!! 🙂

I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Lisa 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

I have never participated in the Day of the Dead, but it sounds fascinating. I just participate in typical American holidays though we’ve had fun with Chinese New Year and Cinco de Mayo on occasion.

The blurb and the excerpt sound interesting. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Lisa Kessler
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Chinese New Year is really fun to celebrate except I always forget my animal… I think I’m the rooster? LOL I need to check again…

I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt!! Thanks for commenting!

Lisa 🙂

Michelle Bledsoe
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Michelle Bledsoe

I have been hearing such good things about Night Walker. I cannot wait to read this book.

Lisa Kessler
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Thanks so much Michelle!!!

I hop[e you enjoy the book…

Lisa 🙂

Diane Sallans
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Diane Sallans

I’ve never read a book with this kind of theme – I’d love to read it – I’d probably learn a few things!

Lisa Kessler
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Thanks Diane!!! 🙂

I hope you enjoy Night Walker!

Lisa 🙂

Stella (Ex Libris)
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Hm, I don’t think we celebrate foreign holidays, we don’t officially even have Halloween. But with my high school best friend it’s our tradition, each year we celebrate Halloween with something: it may be cupcakes in ghost form, gummy bats or something else silly but cute that reminds us of the first Halloween party we threw when we were 14 and brought out all the big guns: we made a creepy soundtrack that played in the background built a maze in the garden with traps, etc. We had so much fun 😀

Lisa Kessler
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Oh I love Halloween!!! Every year I set up our haunted porch and we head over to the elementary school’s Halloween carnival to scare kids there too… 🙂 All in spooky fun!

Thanks for commenting Stella!

Lisa 🙂

Joy F
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Joy F

This book looks great, would love to win. Thanks.

Lisa Kessler
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Thanks for stopping by and commenting Joy!

Hope you enjoy Night Walker!

Lisa 🙂

Sue Sattler
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Sue Sattler

I can’t wait to read this book. It’s been on my must read list for awhile, I just have to wait until I unground myself from buying books. *sigh, hi my name is Sue and I’m a book addict! lol)

proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lisa Kessler
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Grounded from buying books??? *GASP* You poor thing Sue!!!! LOL

I hope you get to enjoy Night Walker soon… 🙂 THanks for stopping by and commenting!

Lisa 🙂

Shadow
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Shadow

Hi! Your book sounds wonderful! Ive been wanting to read it since it came out. Sounds awesome! I also love that its gonna be a series. Awesome!! 😀 Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win! Wishing you the best!
shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

Lisa Kessler
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Hi Shadow!

I hope you get to read Night Walker soon! 🙂

Watch on facebook May 15th… I’ll be giving away even more signed paperbacks… Lots of fun!

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa 🙂

Gale Nelson
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Gale Nelson

Thank you for this awesome giveaway! I would love to win the signed copy of your book. Thanks agaqin. Gale

Lisa Kessler
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Thanks for stopping by and commenting Gale!! 🙂

Lisa

Kiara
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Kiara

This book looks great!
austma7@aol.com

Lisa Kessler
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Thanks for commenting Kiara!

Hope you enjoy Night Walker!

Lisa 🙂

Chelsea Rafferty
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Ohhh I’ve been dying to read this book for AGES Lisa!!! Just stopping by to show my support, and try for my own chance LOL! 🙂 We’d love to have you on Paranormal Addicts sometime dear, feel free to poke me anytime about it <3 Isn't your 2nd one due out sometime soon? 🙂 I can't wait to read it, one of the sexiest covers I have seen! 😀

Lisa Kessler
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Hi Chelsea!!! *waving*

Thanks for coming by and commenting!!! You rock!

I’d love to be on Paranormal Addicts for sure! I’ll poke you on facebook… Muahahaha!

Lisa 🙂

PS – Night Walker’s cover is pretty AB-tacular isn’t it? LOL

Amanda Grinstead
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Amanda Grinstead

This book sounds great! I can’t wait to read it ^.^

Lisa Kessler
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Thanks for stopping by and commenting Amanda!!!

Hope you enjoy Night Walker!

Lisa 🙂

Crystal Young
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Crystal Young

The Book sounds great Thanks for the great giveaway!

Lisa Kessler
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Thanks for stopping by and commenting Crystal!!!

I hope you enjoy Night Walker!

Lisa 🙂

Joanne B
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Joanne B

We celebrate Dia de los Muertos also. I love the skull cookies. This book sounds amazing. Can’t wait to read it to see what happens between Calisto and Kate. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Lisa Kessler
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Hi Joanne –

The cookies are delicious aren’t they? 🙂

Even Disneyland had a Dia de los Muertos display set up in the Mexican restaurant in Frontierland last year! 🙂

I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt!

Lisa 🙂

Gabrielle J.
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Gabrielle J.

The trailer was lovely and the books looks awesome, when I was still in school I think we had a special celebratory lunch to celebrate Cinco De Mayo so that was kind of cool but I think that’s only thing that I’ve really done to celebrate Cinco De Mayo.

We don’t usually celebrate Dia de los Muertos, but it sounds like it would be a lot of fun to celebrate and the skull cookies sound kind of yummy!

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

kakuchouakisame_19@yahoo.com

Lisa Kessler
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Hi Gabrielle –

I’m glad you enjoyed the book trailer! Calisto actually plays that music in one scene of the book! (Insider trivia… LOL)

Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!!

Lisa 🙂

April
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April

Wow I ca t wait to read this book its on my wish list.butterfli262002@Yahoo.com

Lisa Kessler
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Thanks for stopping by April!!

I hope you enjoy Night Walker…

Lisa

April Kirkland
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What a great way to celebrate…. with a giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

April K.
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Lisa Kessler
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Thanks for celebrating on the blog April!!! 🙂

Hope you enjoy Night Walker!

Lisa 🙂

DARLA KIDDER
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DARLA KIDDER

We just recognize The 4Th Of July and I celebrate May 4Th as Star Wars Day..
luckylady4163@yahoo.com

Lisa Kessler
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Ha! We celerated May the 4th be with you and tomorrow will be Revenge of the 6th! LOL

THanks for stopping by and commenting Darla!

Lisa 🙂

bn100
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bn100

I enjoyed the excerpt. The book sounds good.

Lisa Kessler
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Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!!

I hope you enjoy Night Walker!

Lisa 🙂

Lisa Kessler
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Ha! We celebrated May the 4th be with you and tomorrow will be Revenge of the 6th! LOL

THanks for stopping by and commenting Darla!

Lisa 🙂

Adrienne gordon
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Adrienne gordon

looks good

Lisa Kessler
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Thanks for commenting Adrienne!

Hope you enjoy Night Walker!

Lisa 🙂

Cynthia C
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Cynthia C

Sounds like a page turner.

Lisa Kessler
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Thanks for commenting Cynthia! 🙂

Hope you enjoy the book!

Lisa 🙂

Julianne
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Julianne

I love the cover for Night Walker, it’s so luscious. Great excerpt, I enjoyed it so much. Thanks for sharing. I really gotta have this book. 🙂

Lisa Kessler
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Hi Julianne –

Isn’t the cover AB-tacular??? LOL I love it too! 🙂

And wait until you see the posters… Yum!

THanks for commenting! I hope you enjoy Night Walker! 🙂

Lisa

carol
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carol

would love to win this book…thanks for the great giveaway

Lisa Kessler
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Thanks for commenting Carol!!!

I hope you enjoy Night Walker!

Lisa 🙂

Aurora
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Thank You Sophia! I can’t wait to have the chance to read this myself!!!!

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

You’re welcome! I now wish I had paid more attention the last time I visited a museum and saw a Greek statue. LOL!

Susan Smith
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Susan Smith

Thanks for the giveaway , sounds like a great book

Lisa Kessler
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Thanks for commenting Susan!!!

I hope you enjoy Night Walker!

Lisa 🙂

Lacey
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Lacey

I really can’t wait to read this book. It sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

Lisa Kessler
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Thanks for commenting Lacey!!! 🙂

I hope you enjoy Night Walker!

Lisa 🙂

LorettaLynn
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LorettaLynn

Looks really good, can’t wait:)
thanks for the giveaway!

Lisa Kessler
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Thanks for commenting Loretta!!!

Hope you enjoy Night Walker!

Lisa 🙂

Kyl Neusch
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Kyl Neusch

hope to win this book!

Lisa Kessler
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Thanks for commenting Kyl!!!

hope you enjoy Night Walker!

Lisa 🙂

Jason Vaughn
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Thanks so much for this contest.

chestnutyouth(at)hotmail(dot)com

Lisa Kessler
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Thanks for commenting Jason!

Hope you enjoy Night Walker!

Lisa 🙂

Krysta B.
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Krysta B.

Great excerpt. Thanks for the chance to win.

Lisa Kessler
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I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt Krysta!!!

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa 🙂

JOYE
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JOYE

I have yet to read this author’s book so would welcome a copy.

Lisa Kessler
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Thanks for commenting Joye!!!

Hope you enjoy Night Walker!

Lisa 🙂

clynsg
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clynsg

Not my usual type of reading, but the premise is interesting.

JackieW
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JackieW

Hey Lisa I live in the San Diego area and have been to several musical events…the SD Opera included…I’ve probably heard you and never associated that you were the writer. kudos Would love to read your book.

Lisa Kessler
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Hi Jackie –

Great to see another San Diegan!!! 🙂

I wonder if you did see me? LOL I haven’t performed with the opera for a few years now… Writing has taken up all my rehearsal time…

I’ll be doing a reading from Night Walker at the Lady Jane’s Salon in San Diego on May 23rd if you’re around… 🙂

Thanks for commenting!!!

Lisa

Janna Johnson
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Thanks for the contest

Diane F
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Diane F

Sounds like a great book to read! I will have to put it on my list to read!

Andie Wardlow
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Andie Wardlow

Can’t wait for this book!!! Any man who would wait 200 years for his love is swoon worthy!!! *sigh*

I don’t really celebrate any international holidays:)

andieleah78@gmail.com

angie
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angie

This looks terrific.