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Author Interview: Lisa Kessler (Night Walker, Night Series #1)

Today we’re getting a little introduction to a new author in the paranormal world. Lisa Kessler has been writing for many years, has had stories nominated for, and win, many awards for new/unpublished works, and published her first short story, Across The Veil earlier this year. Lisa’s full length novel, Night Walker, is the first book in her Night series, and was just released on Tuesday!! She was kind enough to take a few minutes to tell us a little more about herself.

1)    When you write, do you prefer quiet, or do you listen to music? If you like music playing, what is your preferred genre?  Do certain characters have their own personal “soundtrack”?

I always write with headphones on, and each book has a soundtrack.  It helps me stay focused and keep the tone and mood of the book.  Most of my main characters have a “theme song”.  For Night Walker, Calisto and Kate’s theme song was “I Want to Spend my Lifetime Loving You.” From the movie The Mask of Zorro.

2)   Where do you write? In an office, at the dining room table, at a local coffeeshop? Do you prefer to write alone or with a group? If you write with a group, do you also read/critique each other’s work?

I write in the corner of my office at home.  I do have an online crit group, and my hubby and my Mom are also my first readers.

3)   How do you prepare for release day? Are you calm and focused, or do you get stressed? Do you like to make promotional appearances or stay at home to watch lists and numbers?

This is my first real release day, so I’m still learning the ropes.  I was SUPER nervous when the book went out into the world, but I’ve been over-whelmed with the reader response so far!  I’m so glad people are enjoying the book!  Shew! J

I’ll be doing my first booksigning at RomCon in Denver so I’m really excited about meeting readers in person…

4)   What was your favorite Halloween costume (or other costume party costume)?

Last year my daughter, Panda, made my Evil Queen costume from Snow White…  I LOVE it!  And my Cruella costume I use online would be my second favorite. 

5)    If you could go anywhere on vacation (and not interfere with your deadlines), where would you go, and what 3 items (besides food and clothes) would you bring with you?

Ireland!  It’s my next dream spot I’d like to visit. I’d bring my hubby, my camera, and my netbook! J  (Gotta have email… Yikes! LOL)

6)    What song best describes your life? If you can’t think of one, who would you want to write/perform a song just for you?

Wow that’s a tough question!  I’m going to pick two…  Gonna Fly Now from Rocky.  There aren’t many lyrics, but it’s how I feel about my writing career.  It’s been the toughest goal I’ve ever reached for in my life.  And as far as a song about my personal life, I think I’d choose “Someone Like You” from Jekyll & Hyde.

7)   If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would be it and what would you do all day?

Hmmm….  I’d love to spend a day with Calisto.  He’d play piano for me and I could sing.  We’d walk on the beach in the moonlight and he could just talk with his accent while I tried not to make a dork out of myself by giggling.

8 )  What world record would you love to set for the Guinness Book of World Records? (Remember, they take ALL KINDS of interesting talents into account. Some world records include *fastest 100m sprint, barefoot, on ice = 17.35 secs… *fastest pumpkin carving of a face = 24.03 secs… *longest distance pogo stick jumping = 23.11 miles)

Ha!  I have no idea! LOL  Fastest nostril flaring?  (That’s my only mutant super power! LOL)

9)   If you could have one word removed from the English language, from all dictionaries and out of everyone’s vocabulary, what would it be, and why? If you could ADD one word, what would it be?

I would remove secrete…  Blick!  I just think that’s a gross word.  And if I could add one it would be “frosted” as in so mad you’re ice cold.  “It frosted me that the auto repair shop didn’t apologize for leaving a wrench in my engine!” or “It takes a lot, but that neighbor’s note frosted me.”

10) What is one thing about you that your friends know and you would love your readers to know as well. Or… if you’re in a giving mood… what is one story that your friends LOVE to talk you into telling that you don’t generally volunteer?

Well although most of my stories are very dark, I’m actually an eternal optimist in real-life.  In fact, my friends and family claim I live in “LisaLand” where all people are nice and good things happen to all those good people.  Just don’t tell my poor characters that! LOL  I’m very mean to them… J

 I’d like to thank Lisa for taking time during exciting, crazy, busy release week to chat with us a bit. I can’t wait for you all to read NIGHT WALKER!!! You can hear her reading the first chapter of Night Walker, and a few other snippets recently on Linda Mooney’s BlogTalk Radio by clicking HERE. You can also check out some of the fantastic information she researched and places she explored while learning about the Mayan culture that creates the setting for this amazing story on her blog by clicking HERE.


Now, we have a special treat… Lisa has agreed to give a digital copy of her short story, Across The Veil to one of YOU… and a second person will win some beautiful, autographed romance trading cards featuring characters from Night Walker! All you have to do is comment or ask a question below to be entered into the random drawing. Lisa will be stopping by during the day today to read comments and answer your questions. Have fun, and good luck!!

Review: The Childe by C A Kunz

Publisher: CA Kunz
Language: English
ISBN: 9780615435749
FTC Disclaimer: Finished copy was provided by the authors for the purpose of an honest review.

[from GoodReads]

We all know how difficult high school can be, and for Cat Colvin it is no different. Except for the fact she has the daunting task of trying to hide her budding Childe traits as they begin to reveal themselves at the most inopportune times.

This first book in this coming of age fantasy series follows Cat’s life through the twists and turns toward finding out what and who she really is. Come and take the plunge with Cat into a world filled with biting humor, darkness, and yes, a few life lessons as well.


Cat Colvin is a lot like most teenagers you know. All night movie marathons with her friendsare her favorite pasttime, and her  close-knit, supportive family is as “All American” as they come. She is tall, beautiful, with a fiery personality to match her flaming red hair. Her nature is to be protective of those she cares for, and she’s not not one to back down when they’re threatened.

She ends up with her hands full when girls start disappearing in her home town of Astoria. The town is in turmoil over the missing girls, and Cat starts to notice strange things about herself. With a little help from an unconventional source, she begins to learn more about what’s happening to her, and uncovers a truth that threatens to rock the foundation of everything she ever believed in. She’s been sheltered from certain truths about society, and about herself, and her growth drives the story. Carol and Adam Kunz have done a terrific job for their debut novel. Cat is one of the most fleshed out heroines I have ever read. The reader really experiences every up and down along with Cat as she discovers more about herself.

The tension between Cat and the main antagonist, Isaac, is almost palpable. And the romantic aspect of the story, between Cat and the hunky football player Ryan, seems to follow the typical pattern of “boy and girl like each other, but odds are stacked against them”. Luckily, for fans of the HEA, our lovebirds manage to beat the odds.

Cat’s journey to self discovery, and her understanding of the world around her, starts in The Childe, and will continue in the follow up (we’re waiting on a title and release date). There’s still a lot to learn about the extent of Cat’s abilities, and how she’ll use them to deal with the ongoing mystery in the town. I have a feeling this series will continue to be full of excitement, danger, romance, and a fantastic story.

 4 out of 5 Meows

**Author Interview**

Stop by Books Make Me Happy for a fun “This or That” interview with the mother/son

team of authors that brought us The Childe!

Review: Blood Hunt (The Sentinal Wars, #5) by Shannon K Butcher

Publisher: Signet
Sold By: everywhere – August 2, 2011
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0451234292
FTC Disclosure: ARC provided by author for the purpose of an honest review


They are the Sentinels. Three races, ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn. Now, for one Sentinel, the only way to reclaim her forgotten past is to follow the blood.

Hope appeared out of nowhere, naked and alone, a woman without past. The only thing she knows is that she is imbued with a strange power. It’s in her blood. And two men want to possess it.

One is Logan, a Sanguinar demon-fighter who needs Hope’s essence to survive. As a vampire he’s well-equipped to find her a like-blooded mate whose progeny could sustain his race for generations. The other is Krag, a Synestryn lord whose desire is to enslave Hope, and drain her of the lifeforce. With it he could control humanity forever.

When Hope and Logan both fall prey to Krag, a powerful desire grows between them. But is it enough to thwart their captor’s diabolical plan and his demon warriors, and survive a vampire’s destiny written in blood?

HOLY WOW!! Talk about hitting the ground running!! Shannon’s Sentinel Wars series has always had great action, but in this book, it starts on page 1 and just doesn’t let up! I love this series. It’s vampire mythology is very unique, and the characters are all so detailed and deliberately written. There is no fluff in this story, everything that happens is important.

Logan is a character that, in previous books, I wasn’t quite sure of. He played his part, did his “duty” to the Sentinels and fought Synestryn bad guys… but he DEFINITELY had his own agenda.  I really loved that in Blood Hunt, we learn more about the Sanguinar and what they’re trying to accomplish, and about Logan’s role in that plan. He’s an incredibly loyal, driven warrior for his people. Hope is fantastic as a new face in the story. She’s strong, determined to do good, and a perfect match for Logan. They have some really great dialog, something Shannon is always amazing at.  There’s just enough light and witty, at just the perfect time, to break up the gloom and doom.

I did get a little frustrated at times that Logan was SO self-sacrificing. I had the same problem with Madoc in regards to Nika in a previous book. The repeated “I can’t love you, I have to give you up to save our people”, despite his longing, was indeed noble, but as the reader, it was painful to see over and over. Thank goodness I trust Shannon to not leave me hanging, it was my proverbial “carrot” waiting for me. The scenes between Logan and Hope were so touching, I knew she wouldn’t let me down. And unfortunately, I’ve never been a fan of amnesia in characters. It works for Hope, fits this particular plot, and it’s written brilliantly, but it just bothers me. (It’s a personal issue, most of you won’t have, I’m sure, lol)

This book DOES create a whole new arena for future storylines. There is a wealth of new information that will, I hope, blend back into what we already knew from previous books. Shannon has created worlds that are amazingly diverse and distinct. As much as this book has a different overall focus than previous books, it’s core is the same. It’s definitely NOT something I would suggest anyone pick up unless they’ve read the rest of the series. Having said that… go… now… pick up the rest of the series… then go pick up Blood Hunt!


4 out of 5 Meows


Check out Books Make Me Happy for an interview with Shannon! She’ll be stopping in to read comments and answer questions. Plus, you could win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of BLOOD HUNT!! Good Luck!

Review: Her Dark Angel by Felicity Heaton

  • Publisher: Alinar Publishing (August 20, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00408AQ98
  • FTC Disclosure: Book provided by the author for review

    An angel without a mission, Apollyon lives trapped in Hell guarding the bottomless pit. Surrounded by endless darkness, he longs to fly free on Earth once more but his master hasn’t called him in centuries. When the call finally comes, it’s to serve a new master, a beautiful woman he has often watched over, a woman who has always captivated him.

    Serenity is shocked when a gorgeous black-winged angel shows up in her city of Paris claiming that she called him when she was only casting a simple vengeance spell. He’s no other than the angel of death! When Apollyon offers to obey her and help her have revenge on her cheating ex-boyfriend, she can’t resist the temptation, but can she resist him? Can an angel as dark as Apollyon ever fall for a mortal woman like her?

    Their charade as lovers quickly becomes reality when one dance leads to another and Apollyon proves that he’s as sinful as he looks. His sensual and hungry touch brings Serenity back to life, freeing her from the hurt of being betrayed and reigniting her passion, but she can’t ignore her growing fear. Lost in their moment together, Apollyon realises that there is a reason he heard her call—he’s in love with her.

    But will Serenity see past the wings and believe that Apollyon returns her feelings and won’t hurt her? When her ex-boyfriend asks her to forgive him and be with him again, will she take the easy route or will she find the courage to fly away with her dark angel?

    I’m fairly new to the angel thing, but after having read and reviewed 2 other angel book before (and loving them), I jumped at the chance to read another.

    Serenity is a witch who somehow calls forth an angel to seek revenge on her unfaithful ex-boyfriend. Great premise. The execution, however, left me wanting.

    I’m usually quick to accept the love at first sight thing when supernatural/other worldly forces are involved (angels/demons/vampires/werewolves/etc), but this wasn’t a case of love at first sight, mating, or any other supernatural love-mojo. Yes, they were attracted to each other, but it wasn’t love and he continued to insist (in his thoughts) that he didn’t know why his fellow angels would fall for human women.

    They were only together for a day until they were bumping uglies (which isn’t entirely unheard of – several people engage in overnight relationships) and “in love”. That part was a little too difficult for me to accept, despite the angel & witch aspect.

    And the revenge that she wanted against her cheating bastard of an ex-boyfriend? Was just to make him jealous by going to a club and dancing provocatively with her angel. Felt a little too much like high school to me.

    I didn’t feel the chemistry between the characters, and while I understand that this is a novella (which means word count restrictions), I didn’t feel that the story was fleshed out enough. Maybe if it had been longer and the characters given more time to get to know each other (or have a supernatural force pulling them together like the werewolves’ mating instinct) I might’ve liked it better.

    Rating: 2.5

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    MamaKitty is a mother to a beautiful little girl, wife to her own real life hero, a registered radiographic technologist, student, book reviewer, and author of contemporary romance (as Paige Prince). She hates to be bored, loves a good book, and can usually be found on Twitter or Facebook.

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