Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Guest Post w/Night Walker author Lisa Kessler

Today I have a fabulous new author, and a super cool lady in general, joining us for a fun guest post. Please welcome Lisa Kessler! You can check out my review of Lisa's new release, Night Walker, *here*

Hi everyone –

Thanks so much to Crystal for letting me hijack… *ahem*…  I mean have a guest spot on her blog today!

I thought I’d share some behind-the-scenes author stuff with all of you!  Ready? J

My debut novel, Night Walker, was just released last month, and I’ve spent the past 6 weeks in a promotional blur of guest blogs, interviews, blog talk radio spots and even a trip to RomCon to meet readers.  Reviews have been coming in, and most of them have been positive!  *knock on wood*  YAY!

The next thing everyone asks me is, “How are sales going?”

Sadly,  I have no idea of any sales figures yet, but I hope the word is getting out about Night Walker.  I can share that a publisher in Turkey has just bought the foreign translation rights, so in 2012, Calisto will be in Turkish!!!  WOOT!!!

World Domination is still a ways off, but baby steps, right?  LOL

Out of all the book promo craziness, I can honestly say that my most favorite part of becoming a published author has been connecting with readers!  After so many years of struggling to find a publisher that would believe in Night Walker and my dark hero, Calisto, it’s been a dream come true to finally be able to talk to people about the book and share it!

If you haven’t read Night Walker yet, it combines contemporary paranormal romance with a historical angle that made it a really tough sell for me with publishers.  While many of them read the whole novel, I kept hearing “But we don’t know how we would market it.”

It was tough to keep moving forward in the face of so much rejection, but I’m a reader myself.  I read a LOT of paranormal romance, urban fantasy and horror, and I really believed readers would enjoy a new take on vampires and the blend of historical background, even if some publishers didn’t.

So hearing from readers that they “love” Calisto, or that the book touched them on an emotional level, makes every single rejection worth it! LOL  And check out all these happy readers!!! J

I squealed with every picture people sent me! LOL  And I’ve got 5 more to add now…

Why am I sharing all this?

Because you may not know it, but when you finish a book and take the time to post a review or email the author to let them know you enjoyed the book, no matter what’s happening or how busy we might be, you TOTALLY made someone’s day!!! 

So if you’re reading a great book right now, I encourage you to reach out and let the author know! J

Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks again to Crystal for letting me say Hello!!!  I really appreciate all the support and enthusiasm for Night Walker!!!

And if you leave your email address in a comment, I’d be happy to show my appreciation with a signed set of Night Walker romance trading cards!!!  (They’ve got the AB-tacular cover on them too!)

Also, if you’re reading a book/series right now that you really love, give them a shout out in the comments…  I love adding new books to my to-read list on Goodreads… J


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.


  1. Is this open worldwide or just the U.S? If it is for international as well count me in :)

    I have to say also, that is one of the most drool worthy covers I have seen in a while.


  2. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us, Lisa! I'm always interested in knowing some behind-the-scenes stuff. I'd love to be entered to win some trading cards with that fantastic cover on it of it's open to Canadian residents too!

    As for some of my favourite book series: Night Huntress series by Jeanine Frost, Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward, I-Team series by Pamela Clare, Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs and many more!


  3. Hi Jet -

    Night Walker trading cards love to go to other countries!!! :)

    I'll send you an email to get your mailing address...

    Thanks for stopping by!!!

    Lisa :)
    PS - It is a yummy cover isn't it?

  4. Hi Winnie -

    I'd be happy to send some trading cards to Canada! :) I'll shoot you an email for your mailing address...

    I just started reading the Marcy Thompson series and I'm really enjoying it!!! :)

    Have you read Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series yet? I love those too!

    Thanks for the book chat! :)


  5. Hi, Night Walker sounds great and the cover is so beautiful!
    I started today Slow Burn by Ednah Walters. I don't have an opinion yet but It seems very interesting so far.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  6. Hi, Lisa. I guess you must have been through hard times. I love the cover, it's a I-AM-SO-HUNGRY-YUMMY-YUMMY cover, LOL. I really want to read it. And since I'm living in El Salvador, it's so difficult to me to get it. But, you know what? I have a super sister in US that buy to me books and send them to me here =) So, I'm saving for buying your book and to make your day with my review. =) So, can you send to me those lovely cards here?

    Lissette_125 at hotmail dot com

  7. Thanks for the chance to enter this giveaway!!! =)

    Valerie Long

  8. I haven't read this series but now I'm interested - "abtacular" :D that's really nice..
    My fave series right now, I have so many:
    Immortals series by Alyson Noel
    Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
    Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris
    Personal Demons Trilogy by Lisa Desrochers


  9. Your book looks to be a really good read and that cover is one of the best I've seen for a while.Going on the 'need to read' list!
    from the UK

  10. Hi Diana -

    Thanks for stopping by!!! :)

    I'll send you an email to get the address for trading cards...


  11. Hi Lissette -

    Wow! What are you doing in El Salvador???

    I'd be happy to send Night Walker cards to you! I'll shoot you an email to get the address...

    Thanks for adding Night Walker to your to-read list!!! I'd love a pic of you with Night Walker too!!! You'd be the first from El Salvador!!! :)

    World Domination is the coolest... LOL

    Lisa :)

  12. Hi Valerie -

    Thanks for stopping by! I'll send you an email for your mailing address...

    Lisa :)

  13. Hi Arianne -

    Hee! We've also dubbed the Night Walker cover AB-tastic too! LOL

    So glad you've added it to your to read list!! :)

    I'll send you an email for the address to get the trading careds to you...

    I've been hearing lots of buzz about the Personal Demons series... I might have to check that one out! :)

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa :)

  14. Hi Irene -

    Thanks for adding Night Walker to you to-read list! :)

    I'll send you an email for your mailing address...

    Lisa :)

  15. Congrats on your book and selling the foreign translation rights. World domination is just a beat away. :-)

    I loved the book trailer. Very nice.

    Best wishes to you on your literary journey.

  16. Hi Lena -

    Ha! Thank you!!! I can feel World Domination lurking right around the corner... somewhere! LOL

    Thanks for checking out the book trailer and for commenting!!!

    Lisa :)

  17. Your book looks like it will be really good.


  18. Thanks Kara!!!

    I hope you'll enjoy Night Walker!!! :) I'll send you an email for your address for the trading cards...

    Lisa :)

  19. Hi Lisa!! I've been hearing so many great things about your book!!! I've added it to my wishlist on my Nook!! Can't wait to read it!!!:-) Loved the book trailer!!! Thanks for sharing!!! The series I'm reading right now is Scanguards Vampires by Tina Folsom!!!


  20. HI jfort -

    Thanks so much for adding Night Walker to you to-read list! :) You'll have to send me a pic of you with Night Walker on your Nook when you get it! :) I'd love it! :)

    Thanks for commenting!!! I'll send you an email for your address to send the trading cards...

    Lisa :)

  21. Hey Lisa! Congratulations on the Night Walker rights being bought for release in Turkey! That's fantastic.

    I just wanted to say thank you for being so accessible. No matter if someone emails you, comments on a blog post, mentions you on Twitter... you always respond and you always sound excited and happy to chat with your readers. I know we all cherish that, especially those of us who do reviews. So keep up the awesome work! I'm looking forward to reading the next Night Walker book!

    <3 DaVinciKittie of GraveTells

  22. HI Davinci Kittie! *waving*

    Awwwwww thank you!!!! *HUGS*

    I do try REALLY hard to answer everyone because I really am excited to hear from readers and knowing you guys are enjoying my stories is the best!!!

    I get super busy sometimes and lose emails, or forget things, but I really do appreciate reviewers and book bloggers and readers!!! You make staying up all night after working at my day job all day SO worthwhile!!! :)

    And sleep is highly overrated, right? LOL

    Thanks for commenting!!!


    Lisa :)

  23. Hii Lisa!
    I would love to have some of those HOT/Sexy Trading Cards!! :3
    Im from El Salvador too!
    World Domination! :D
    Liss and I will spread the word about this sexy book of yours! :)


  24. Hi Giselle!

    Another person in El Salvador!!! That is so cool!!! LOL

    Look out El SAlvador... Calisto is heading your way... World Domination!!! LOL

    Thanks for commenting! I'll shoot you an email for your address...

    Lisa :)

  25. Hi Lisa.

    Stalking, err following you to enter for the chance to win. Goodreads follower,(Renee Bennett) GFC Follower (Nay Nay) blog follower, (Nay Nay)Facebook friend (Renee Bennett)

    Can you tell I want this book :}

    reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

  26. :D It's been fun to have been part of the blog tour Lisa went on and to watch the enthusiasm for Night Walker spark everywhere.

    I'm baffled as to how anyone could find it unmarketable. The Native American element alone is what I thought was the perfect selling point. Ah well.

    I'd love to add your trading cards to my tiny collection, Lisa!

    -- Rhianna
    always.and.never AT gmail DOT com


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