Happy Halloween and Welcome to the #CoffinHop

The Gory Blog Hop Details


1) Have fun!


3) THIS TOUR STARTS: October 24, 2011 at Midnight (PST)
THIS TOUR ENDS: October 31, 2011 at Midnight (PST)
Winners will be drawn and posted November 1, 2012




***Authors have full discretion to choose an alternate winner in the event any winner fails to claim their prize(s) within 72 hours of their name being posted or after notification of win, whichever comes first. Anyone who participates in this tour is subject to these rules***

Hi everyone –

It’s my favorite time of year!

Halloween bring us the time of year for the veil to thin between the living and the dead. This is the time for letting those skeletons out of the closet and putting them out on your front porch! LOL

If you’re hopping through and we’ve never met, I’m Lisa Kessler. I’ve published horror short stories and paranormal romance novels. And if you’re here to get Tricks and Treats, I’ve got lots of fun in store at the end of this blog… Woot!

One of my favorite parts of Halloween is sharing scary stories! So I hope you’ll pull up a seat at our virtual campfire here and I’ll share a story… In fact, I’ll let my friend Jeb tell you this one…

The Storyteller – By Lisa Kessler

Jed hobbled off the bus, leaning heavily on his gnarled walking stick. He tugged on the brim of his well-worn leather hat, and shifted the weight of his knapsack on his shoulder as he made his way out of the bus station. The trip up to Canada had been fruitful, but there was definitely no place like home.

His grandson’s Jeep was nowhere to be seen, so the old man sighed and decided to settle on a bench to wait. A young woman toting a little boy on her hip approached with a tentative smile.

“Do you mind if we share the bench with you?”

“Course not,” the old man replied with a warm smile.

“Thank you.” She sat down and peeled off her little boy who sat on the other side of her. She finally turned back toward Jed. “So are you coming home, or just stopping in for a visit?”

“Oh I’m back home for a few weeks before it’s time to travel again. How about you?”

“We’re here to see my sister for a few days–”

“Auntie Rita!” The little boy corrected.

She nodded mussing his blond hair a little. “That’s right, Auntie Rita.” She looked at Jed with a grin. “So you travel a lot?”

“Wherever I’m needed,” he replied.

“Are you a doctor or something?”

He laughed and shook his head. “No Ma’am nothing so distinguished. I’m a storyteller.”

She raised a brow. “A storyteller?” Was she scooting away from him? He couldn’t be sure. “You make a living at that?”

“Most of the time,” he said. “Results may vary from time to time, but I don’t starve. I’m just getting home from a trip to Canada to collect stories.”

“You collect them?”

He nodded. “Yes Ma’am. Some of the best stories are never written down. They’re kept alive through the telling, so if no one collects them and shares them again, the stories die.”

“So you’re like a doctor for stories,” the boy chimed in.

Jed grinned down at the little boy who was now standing in front of him, clinging to his mother’s knees. “I guess you could say that.”

“Tell me a story.” He added with a sheepish smile, “Please?”

Jed glanced up at his mother for her consent.

“You don’t have to,” she said.

“Oh it’s no bother,” Jed said and looked down at the little boy. “So what’s your name?”

“Nathan,” he replied.

“What kind of story do you want to hear?”

“Ummm…” His eyes sparkled with a mischievous gleam and Jed knew what he was going to say before he spoke a word. “A spooky story!”

His Mom rolled her eyes and chuckled. “Nothing too scary.”

Jed winked at Nathan and rubbed his palm together. “Spooky is my specialty. Have you ever heard the story of the little vampire?”

The boy shook his head.

“All right then, I’ll share it with you. Little vampires are very rare, so this vampire was lonely. He could only play at night, and the other kids were all inside after the sun went down. His only friend was his dog, Buddy.”

“What kind of dog was he?” Nathan asked.

Jed grinned. “Vampires only like one kind of dog.”

“They do?”

“Yep. Blood hounds!”

Nathan’s mother chuckled in spite of herself and groaned.

Nathan looked up at her. “What’s so funny, Mommy?”

She shook her head. “Just listen Nathan, don’t interrupt the story.”

Jed started in again, regaling the boy with a fun tale of the child vampire and his dog. It was one of his favorite stories for kids under five. Not really scary at all, but the little ones thought it was spooky because the main character was a vampire. Just as Jed finished up the story, his grandson’s Jeep pulled in.

“That’s my ride.”

“Thanks for the story!” Nathan said.

“Yes thank you,” his mother added. “You’re a very good storyteller.”

He tipped his hat and slowly straightened until he was standing. “Always love to share a good story. Thank you both for listening.”

“Hey Grandpa! Sorry I’m late.” Jason said as he reached for Jed’s knapsack and carried it back to the Jeep. Jed bent down and placed a hand on little Nathan’s shoulder.

“Boy, it’s your job to share that story with others. This is very important. Don’t let that story die. You keep it alive by telling it again, all right?”

Nathan gave him a solemn nod. “Yessir.”

Smiling, Jed gave his shoulder a squeeze and nodded toward his mother. “You’ve got a fine boy here.”

Jed hobbled to the Jeep and carefully gripped the handle to pull himself up into the seat. His grandson Jason was already behind the wheel, starting the engine.

“How was the trip, Grandpa?”

“I collected five new stories from Nova Scotia, and shared some Montana cowboy tales with five different library systems.”

“That’s great,” Jason replied.

Jed looked over at his grandson. Jason was twenty-one now, but he still had the gangly limbs of a fifteen year old. He was a good-hearted young man, with bright blue eyes and a smile that could light up a room.

But tonight his grandson wasn’t smiling. In fact, Jed frowned; Jason was gripping the wheel so hard that the muscles all the way up his arms were tight. A bead of sweat rolled down from his hairline, along his cheek.

“Are you all right, Jason?”

Jason glanced over at him, and nodded. “Yeah I’m fine.”

Jed noticed his eyes looked haunted, or worse. Jason looked… Terrified. He reached over to place a hand on his shoulder. His grandson flinched, swerving on the road.

“You don’t seem fine to me,” Jed said.

Jason shrugged without taking his eyes off the road. “I saw something on my way over to pick you up. I guess I might be shaken up a little, but it’s nothing.”

“What did you see?”

“I thought I saw Llorona went I came over the bridge tonight. It sounds stupid to say it out loud.” He offered Jed a weak attempt at a smile before turning back to the road. “I’m fine, really.”

The color drained from Jed’s face. Stories of Llorona had been recorded all over North and South America since the 1500’s. Although the details of her story often changed, the root of the tale remained the same. She killed her own children and had been weeping for them ever since. The sight of her was beyond unlucky.

Seeing her at night was perceived as an omen of death.

“It’s just a story Grandpa.”

“I taught you better than that.” Jed looked over at Jason. “In the heart of every story is a nugget of truth. That’s why it’s so important to preserve the stories. You know that.”

“Yeah, well I saw a woman in white weeping at the edge of the water. That’s it. I don’t know if it was really Llorona or not. It just spooked me a little, that’s all.”

Jed let it go for the moment and stared straight ahead. Fog was rolling in thick, and Jason had to slow a bit. A chill shot down Jed’s spine when he saw the shape of a person ahead. The tall gaunt man jutted out his thumb, but Jason didn’t slow. Jed glanced in the side mirror as they passed.

The man had vanished.

He peered over at Jason, wondering if he had seen the vanishing hitchhiker too, but he didn’t ask. He was tired, and unsettled with all the talk of seeing Llorona. His imagination was probably getting the best of him.

He hoped that was it.

Uncomfortable silence embraced them for the rest of the drive. Jason pulled into Jed’s driveway and helped him with his bag.

“All set?”

Jed nodded and gave Jason a tight embrace. “Thanks for the ride. Be careful on the drive home.”

“I will. See you tomorrow!”

Jed watched him leave the driveway before he turned to open his front door. He stepped inside, leaned his walking stick against the wall, and hung his hat on the rack. It was definitely good to be home again.

He made his way down the entry hall to the light switch. Moonlight lit the dense fog outside giving it a muted glow. In the faint lighting, he caught a woman’s reflection in the mirror and gasped, wiping at his eyes.

She was still there, shadowed, staring right at him.

“Bloody Mary?”

The wind moaned outside, screeching through the aging window sills.

“It can’t be…” He stopped himself from repeating her name.

According to legend, saying her name to a darkened mirror three times would trap you inside of the glass with her. He reached out with a trembling finger and flipped the wall switch. Light flooded the hallway, revealing his face alone in the mirror.

Jed’s heart fluttered in his chest, and he let out a nervous laugh. He could hear the panic in the echo through the empty house.

Shaking his head, he shuffled toward the kitchen. A shot of whiskey, and a few hours of uninterrupted sleep would fix him right up. The bottleneck clinked against the shot glass as he poured it with a trembling hand.

Tossing back the whiskey, he grimaced, welcoming the warmth as it spread through in his gut. The tremors in his hands calmed slightly, and he poured one more shot. He lifted the glass to his lips when he heard it.

“Myyyyyy arrrrrmmm…”

The glass shattered against the tile floor.

Jed slipped in the spilled whiskey, and struggled to keep his balance and avoid the shards of glass as he made his way back out to the hall closet. His old shotgun was right where he left it, propped against all the coats in the hall closet. He snatched it up and pumped a cartridge into the chamber.

“Who’s there?” He called out.

Only the wind answered with a howl that made his old house groan in reply. Jed kept the shotgun up at the ready. He spun toward the living room when he heard a noise by the window.

Screeeeeeeeeeeeeeech. Tap. Scratch. Tap. Screeeeeeeeeeeech.

The hair on his forearms stood on end. Silently, he approached the window and pushed the drapes back with the barrel of his shotgun. Terror rose like bile up the back of his throat.

But nothing was out there.

He let out a sigh of relief.

Suddenly the front door burst open. Jed didn’t hesitate. He twisted toward the door and fired off a single deafening shot.

Jason fell to the floor.

Jed’s eyes widened. He dropped the shotgun and rushed to his grandson’s side. “Dear God what have I done? Jason! Stay with me boy…”

He reached out to grasp his grandson’s hand. It was ice cold. Jed wiped his tears and started searching for a pulse. Instead he found a hook lodged deep in Jason’s back.

Jed jumped with a gasp, waking to find himself still in his seat on the Greyhound bus. He hadn’t gotten home yet. He wiped his eyes, taking a deep breath in an attempt to slow his racing pulse. Just a dream.

Or was it?

“At the heart of every story is a nugget of truth,” he thought to himself. “This wasn’t just a dream. It was a warning.”

He dug in his pocket for his cell phone and called Jason to let him know he would grab a cab at the bus station. Jason fought him on it, but eventually gave his consent.

“Just stay inside tonight, all right? Do your old Grandpa this one favor.”

“You’re not making any sense. Are you sure you’re all right?” Jason asked.

“I will be if you stay inside. Don’t be on the roads tonight, okay?”

“Fine Grandpa, but call me when you get home so I know you got back safe.”

“Will do, Jason. I love you Boy.”

“Love you too, Grandpa.”

Jed closed his cell phone and slid it into his pocket. Even if it was a dream, this way he could be sure Jason wouldn’t see Llorona at the bridge tonight.

No harm in being careful.

He settled back in his chair, trying to relax, when Nathan, the little blond boy he met in his dream, walked down the aisle. The boy stopped and looked up at Jed with a smile and a spark of recognition in his eyes.

Could he possibly remember him? How could he know?

“Will you tell me a story?” The boy asked.

Jed’s old heart stuttered a little, but he nodded at the boy with a chuckle, “Oh boy, do I ever have a story for you…”

The End

Thanks for Hopping through my blog!!!

Ready for some tricks and treats???

I have treats (aka Prizes) to give away to lucky commenters! (Also if you already follow me, you still get extra chances, just let me know you’re already a subscriber, etc.)

Coffin Blog Hop CONTEST: (You don’t have to do all of these to play! Just extra ways to collect treats! J )

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  1. First Prize: A signed copy of the Dead Souls Anthology trade paperback which includes my vampire stories, Immortal Beloved & Subito Piano. Immortal Beloved was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
  2. Second Prize: A signed copy of my short story anthology, Forgotten Treasures

  3. Third Prize: An eBook copy of Night Thief and a signed set of Night Walker trading cards.

  4. Fourth Prize:
    (5 Winners) – Signed set of Night Walker trading cards and signed Night Thief Promo Postcards!

Thanks for celebrating Halloween with me! I hope you’ll Hop on over to another Spooky blog next! J


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My Very First 5K – Zombie Style!

Hi everyone –

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook then you’ve probably been seeing me whine about running for the past few months…

Since I left high school, I haven’t run more than a couple of parking spaces. Between working a desk job, watching kid sports, and writing at night, my life had become extremely sedentary. When I did exercise, it was usually sitting on a recumbent bike! LOL

Anyway, a few months ago my daughter and some other author friends on facebook pointed out a 5K event that was right up my alley. The Run for Your Lives zombie 5K! It’s about 3 miles, and I thought if I was ever going to run, this would be the event for me.

But I didn’t actually think I would do it.

Then Ken & I started walking, and I got a little Couch to 5K app on my phone and for a few weeks I stayed on week 1 & 2 over and over, praying my legs would remember how to run instead of just lumber around the track! LOL I knew if I didn’t sign up, I’d never push myself past week 2 on the app, so I registered for the 5K and the training was on.

I ran around the high school track, and around the entire high school. I felt almost ready…

But nothing could have prepared me for what I saw on Saturday afternoon when I reached the event. First, the parking was almost a mile from the actual check-in and starting line and about ¼ of the mile was uphill! LOL I did meet a couple of off-duty zombies though, aren’t they cute? So by the time I found the check-in I was already sweaty. Not a good sign!

Then I realized where the course was laid out was straight up a mountain and I texted Panda… “Very nervous… All uphill…”

But I checked in anyway and got my number and my flags. You get 3 flags, and if you finish the race with at least one, you got a survivor medal. If all your flags were gone, you got a Zombie medal. I also got a cool T-shirt for after the run.

Now I just had to live through the run! LOL

When we gathered at the starting line, the fast peeps with actual 5K experience packed into the “Appetizer” row, the people who had completed 5Ks but weren’t ready to burst out into the lead filled the “Entrée” row, and I slid right in with the newbies in the “Dessert” row. They let us go in three waves, and this is the massive mountain we trudged up…

I was somewhere in that pack… We went up the mountain and see the ridge up at the top?

Yes we went all the way up there! *boggle* Definitely not what I had been training for!

Once we got to the last incline up the mountain, the zombie hordes descended and the adrenaline kicked in!

No more lumbering, my legs remembered how to sprint past zombies! LOL

I ran through mud bogs, crawled under barbed wire, dodged zombies, and climbed the wood scoffolding to go down the mud slide… I couldn’t tell how deep the water was at the bottom. I’m sad to report it was deep and my head went completely under in the muddy water…. GROSS!!!!

With the finish line in sight, and as if I wasn’t muddy enough yet, we got to crawl (I opted to scoot) under about 50 yards of wood crawl space… So. Much. Mud. LOL

This event was MILES out of my comfort zone, but I gotta tell ya, when I finished I felt SOOO Hard Core, like some kind of Paranormal Romance Writing Superhero! J

During the race, I saw a couple of people have to take golf carts down the mountain, a couple of people were vomiting, and many folks in much better shape than me said this was the toughest 5 K they’d ever done…

And I made it to the finish line!!! Am I Hard Core or what??? LOL

Those are the muddy thumbs that are typing my next romance novel! LOL And here’s my Zombie medal… It’s now on my desk, proudly hanging beside my San Diego Book Award! LOL

Writers Rock!!!

Lisa J

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Night Thief is visiting Bitten By Books!!!

Hi everyone – 

I’m super excited to be visiting the Bitten By Books review site today!!!  I was interviewed and reveal 3 secrets as well as some insider info about the Night Series!!! 

You can also enter to win an Amazon giftcard and other goodies!!!


Hope to see you there!!!  http://www.bittenbybooks.com/?p=57836

Thanks for all your support!!!

Lisa 🙂

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Across the Veil is #Free – Get it while it’s HOT!

Hi everyone –

I’m not sure how long Amazon will keep the sale price, but for now, Across the Veil is FREE!!!


Princess Talia from Summerland has been hiding across the veil in the human world for the past five years.

Starring in a hit television show as human actress, Natalie Thurmont, her charmed new life is shattered when the past comes knocking on her door.

“Across the Veil” won Romance in the Backseat book review’s Paranormal Fight Club short story contest. 

Short Fiction (6,000 words)

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Across-the-Veil-ebook/dp/B004S7MJAK/

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/across-the-veil-lisa-kessler/1030537858?ean=2940011267697

Hope you enjoy the short story! Thanks for helping me spread the word! J


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Guess what? I’ve got a new release! Night Thief enters the world…

Hi everyone –

Night Thief is finally here!!! YAY!!!

Isn’t the cover gorgeous???

And here is the blurb:

After the fall of the Mayan civilization, Kane, an immortal Night Walker, has taken refuge in France for over 800 years. The modern world holds little interest for him until the night he meets the Golden Thief and is robbed of much more than his pocket watch.

Marguerite Rousseau is living a double life. By day she is the assistant to an eccentric French artist, Antoine Berjon, and by night she dons elegant evening gowns to woo French dignitaries before lifting their wallets.

Sparks ignite when Kane captures the thief, but Marguerite harbors a dark secret that could ruin them both.

You can find it on Amazon:


Barnes & Noble:


Books on Board:


The blog tour is underway, and we’re also holding a “Night Thief & Me” photo contest! After you’ve got Night Thief in your eReader or your Phone, tag me in a picture on facebook, or email me your picture and you’ll be entered…

We’ve already gotten a couple great entries here…

I’ll be accepting entry photos until October 30th and on Halloween we’ll announce the “Night Thief & Me” Winner! J

So what do you win? You get a signed poster of the Night Thief cover, and a coveted pocket watch necklace!!! J

We’ll also be hosting a party on Twitter on Oct. 4th, so follow me and join in the fun! http://twitter.com/LdyDisney

Thanks SOOO much for all your support!!! I hope you enjoy Night Thief!! You can add it to your goodreads shelves here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16053496-night-thief

And one last thing to SQUEEEE about… Ready?

Night Thief is already up to #2 on Amazon for Dark Fantasy!!!!


Thanks again for all your help spreading the word about the book, and I can’t wait to see your “Night Thief & Me” photos… Whee!!!


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The Next Big Thing, the FBI and the Ninja Release Party!

Hi everyone –

Last week I got a call that made me swallow my tongue! LOL

I answered my cell phone and heard someone ask for me and utter… “I’m with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”


Of course for a few seconds all I could think of is… “Why are they calling me? What did I do?”

And then I remembered a few weeks ago I had told a friend who was applying for a new job that required security clearance that she could use me for a reference! SHEW!!!! Ginormous relief! Anyway, two days later I met up with an FBI Agent who flashed his badge and everything!!! For a fiction writer, I was having a blast! I discovered through our chat that as an agent who specializes in background checks, he has to know the Privacy Act and be prepared to recite it to you if you ask… Wow!

But the thing that surprised me most… Ready? At the end he let me know I might receive a questionnaire in the mail from the FBI to get my feedback on our interaction! The FBI does quality assurance surveys! LOL Who knew?

And now from top secret to ninja! (How’s that for a segue way? J)

Night Thief will be releasing before the end of September, but the actual release date will depend on when Amazon and B&N links show up… Ninja-style! So I thought it’d be fun to have a Ninja Release Day party!!! J It’s actually kind of appropriate that Night Thief enters the world like a thief in the night, right? LOL

Anyway, we’ll be partying on facebook all day with party favors like free eBook copies, a signed paperback copy of Night Walker, and a super pretty pocket watch necklace!

All you need to do is go RSVP here… https://www.facebook.com/events/277625185682025/

Once Night Thief enters the world, we’ll also start up the party!!! We’ll share the brand new, never seen before cover with the links all over the place, until Night Thief steals all sorts of facebook timelines!!! Muahahahaha! *ahem* Baby steps to World Domination… J

So go ahead and RSVP for the fun… I’ll wait right here…

You’re back? YAY!

On to “The Next Big Thing”…

This is actually a fun idea that Lynn Rush tagged me in… Basically I’m going to share a little bit about my new Work in Progress and then I’ll tag a couple more writers at the end… Fun!

What is the working title of your book?

I have two titles I’m toying with… “You Slay Me” and “My Personal Slayer”

Where did the idea come from for the book?

It actually came from my hubby! We share an office and one night at about 1am, I was writing and turned around to find him looking at a webcam of the beach. It was a beach hotel here in San Diego with a floodlight casting dim light on the beach. You could see the white break of the waves and there was one person standing out on the beach looking out at the water. My first thought was “What would you do if you saw a man burying a body in the middle of the night on the web cam?” I couldn’t stop thinking about it and this book all germinated from that one creepy idea…

What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary Paranormal Romance

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

My hero is Gabriel aka Gabe and in my head he looks like a cross between Alex O’Loughlin who played Mick St. John on the Moonlight TV series and Christian Kane who played a lawyer from Wolfram & Hart on the Angel TV series.

My heroine is like Jennifer Connelly with auburn hair and dark eyes.

I have pics of all these actors on my pinterest page if you’re curious… http://pinterest.com/ldydisney/character-pics/

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

That’s tough since I haven’t finished writing the book yet! LOL Maybe something like…

Save the world, Slay the demon, and Protect your heart…

You can’t slay true love…

He slays demons, but his love can get you killed…

I’ll keep working on it! LOL

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

My agent will be handling this one and hopefully find a great home for it! *fingers crossed*

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I’m 2 weeks and 11,000 words in so far…

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I’m not going to compare this one to other books… Instead, it feels like a mix of tv shows that I love… A little Angel with a healthy dose of Moonlight and a dash of Buffy! 🙂 If you like hot, tortured demon slayer heroes and heroines who can hold their own, I think you’ll have fun with this book! I’m having a blast writing it…

Who to tag? Yeek! There are lots I could choose, but I’ll just pick three….

Cassi Carver

Melissa Cutler

Ciara Knight

Thanks for stopping by my blog! J Hope to see you at the Night Thief facebook party!


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Night Series – #SixSentenceSunday

Hi Everyone –

We’re busy getting ready for Night Thief’s launch, so I thought I’d give you a little sneak peek of what’s to come…

Night Thief is a prequel to Night Walker. You’ll get to meet Kane, one of the original four Night Walker brothers. Kane meets the love of his eternal life the night she robs him. She steals his gold pocket watch and starts them on a crash course with destiny and a path that could destroy them both.

So in remembrance of the watch that brings them together, I have 3 pocket watch necklaces to give away during the launch! J WOOT! We’ll give away two during the blog tour… (If you have a blog and you’d like Kane to stop by, please shoot an email to Sarah at EntangledPublishing.com so she can add you to the tour! Yay!)

And the third watch will be given as a party gift during the Night Thief Release Party on Facebook! J Be sure to go “Like” the Night Series page so you don’t miss a chance to win! http://facebook.com/NightSeries

We’ll also be giving away free copies of Night Thief and a signed copy or two of Night Walker! WOOT!!!

Since it’s Sunday, how about a tiny Six Sentence peek inside the Night Series? Woot!

From Night Walker… This is the night Calisto finds Kate for the first time and he realizes it’s his lost love Tala, but Kate has no memory of him.

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.

Now we leave contemporary San Diego to travel to Paris in 1840…. Ready?

At this point, Kane tracked the woman who stole his pocket watch and found her alone, cataloguing her treasures from the night. He tells her about rumors of a thief who is charming the men of Paris before picking their pockets.

She met his gaze. The candlelight flickered in the clear sea-blue of her eyes. “Perhaps you were not charmed enough, Monsieur Bordeaux.”

“In my rush to find you, I was nearly run down by a coach.”

She glanced down at the watch in his hand, then met his gaze again. “You do cherish that watch.”

He bent closer to her, until his lips nearly brushed hers. “It was not the watch I was after.”

I should have a cover, blurb and book to share soon! WOOT!!! In the meantime, please swing by and like the facebook page… The party will be starting soon! J


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Scenes from Night Walker brought to you by a reader…

Hi everyone –


I think I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s worth saying again…  Readers Rock!!!


I met Carey at Comic-Con this summer waiting in line after the Paranormal Panel.  After the convention, we connected on Facebook and Carey read Night Walker. I was super excited that she enjoyed the book and joined my Street Team!  Woot!


But the awesome didn’t stop there…  Carey thought it would be fun to tour through the San Diego sights mentioned in the book and posted pictures for me!!!  How cool is that?


She thought other readers who have never been to San Diego might enjoy seeing the places mentioned in the book, so here is your tour! Ready? 🙂


The book opens on the evening of Dia De Los Muertos…  Kate and her friends travel to the oldest building in San Diego, the Mission de Alcala.


  She first runs into Calisto in the courtyard of the Mission after he leaves Romneya flowers at one of the crosses in memory of Tala.


  The following night, Kate has a meeting with Betty from Foundation Arts at The Fish Market restaurant in Seaport Village…  

Later Kate heads to a movie in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego… I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’ll just share the rest of the photos… 🙂 All of these locations are spots from Night Walker…



And Kate’s parents lived in beautiful Point Loma….

I hope you enjoyed the photo tour!!! 🙂  And super huge thanks to Carey for touristing around San Diego for me!!!  Is she the coolest or what??? LOL


Later this month Night Thief will be out…  Can’t wait to share this one with you!  WOOT!





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Surreal Writer’s Life aka If I can do this, you can too!

Hi everyone –

This month has been crazy for me. It started off with some really sad personal life woes that broke my heart, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? *insert Kelly Clarkson song here*

So anyway, after dusting myself off, some really cool things happened this week that made me step back and reflect a little.

This past week, my writing classes opened for registration from San Diego Writer’s Ink. http://www.sandiegowriters.org/?p=4387 I’ve been teaching my short story craft classes online, but this will be an opportunity to work with writers in person and I’m SUPER excited to be able to share and watch them grow!

Then on Tuesday, my BFF took me to see Neil Diamond in concert!!! WOOT!!! Since 1983 we have been seeing Neil in concert every time he comes to San Diego… (I want to point out we were only in junior high for the first concert! LOL)  But this year when we walked into the Cricket Amphitheater, I looked up and saw this on the big screen…

That’s my Tweet!!! My power suit was on the big screen at the Neil Diamond concert! LOL (My tweet actually said “Off to meet up for the @NeilDiamond concert tonight!!! Can’t wait!!!! #PleaseSingSongSungBlue :)”

Sadly he didn’t sing Song Sung Blue… Ah well! J

While we waited for the concert to start, I was emailing with my agent on my phone, and we scheduled a phone call for following evening… Wow!

Wednesday night rolled around, and I had a great phone call with my agent who loves my work and is anxious to shop my books and help me take my career to the next level… WOOT!!!

And tonight, I chatted with my publisher. Entangled has been growing like crazy and they have hired some super new editors to help keep the book release dates on time… I met my new editor tonight and I feel encouraged that we’re going to work well together too. Super cool!

The best news is that it looks like Night Thief (e-novella) will still release in September!!! *fingers crossed*

And with luck and some blood, sweat, and tears, Night Demon (Book #2), will be out in Spring right on schedule!!! YAY!!!!

It was fun to have dinner with my hubby and kids tonight while they tossed out all sorts of plot ideas for the ending of Night Child (Book #3)… Pretty cool stuff.

It’s surreal to sit back and realize that just two years ago, I was coming toward the end of Ray Bradbury’s challenge to write 52 stories in 52 weeks. I was still querying agents and editors, entering contests, and writing more novels. Dreaming of being able to write full-time.

Last year at this time, my first novel, Night Walker, was a launch book for my new publisher, Entangled, and I was working on self-publishing my first short story collection, Forgotten Treasures


And by the time this week rolled around, I felt like a “real writer” whatever that is! LOL

I hope this blog will inspire anyone who is currently chasing their dream. In spite of all the rejections, keep moving forward and don’t give anyone the power to steal your dream. Life can change at the drop of a hat, and your dreams are right there, maybe just out of reach today, but don’t ever give up on them!

They’re waiting for you to reach just a little further, try just a little harder, fight a little longer.

But they’ll be yours! You can do it…

Lisa J

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What a year it’s been… Happy Birthday Night Walker!

Hi Everyone –

I couldn’t let today go by without wishing my debut novel, Night Walker, a Happy 1st Birthday!

And what a year it’s been! I was honored to see Night Walker selected as a launch title for my publisher, and on August 2nd 2011, we started on an epic journey with Entangled Publishing.

Night Walker went from a Print on Demand paperback to a mass-market trade paper re-launch in May of 2012 with copies in Barnes & Noble stores nationwide!

And distribution didn’t stop there… Night Walker was also selected to be a part of Walmart’s Summer Beach Read Promo on their website, and it’s still on sale over there! J

Together, Night Walker and I visited my favorite store… Mysterious Galaxy, and had signings in both the San Diego and Redondo Beach stores! (They may even have a few signed copies left…)

I was also lucky to sign books at RomCon, World Fantasy Con, RT Booklovers Convention and the RWA National Convention! It was such a blast meeting so many readers… Romance readers are the coolest people on earth! J

Along the way, Night Walker won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-SciFi-Horror and was a double finalist in the Book Seller’s Best contest for Best Paranormal and Best First Book! I’m beyond thrilled…

And last but not least, Night Walker was the book of my heart, but there was a time when I lost faith that I would ever get the book published. Between the historical flashbacks and the non-traditional vampire mythos, etc. many publishers handed me rejections saying how much they enjoyed the book, but they couldn’t figure out how to market it.

Entangled took a chance on me and on Night Walker, and I can’t tell you how exciting this year has been…

Thanks SOOO much for all your support this year! For telling friends about the book, for sharing pics of the cover all over facebook, and for the good thoughts along the way!!!

In September, Night Thief, will be released!!! I can’t wait to share this novella with you!!! It’s a prequel to Night Walker and you’ll get to meet, Kane, one of the original 4 Night Walker brothers.

Hope you’ll join me in a round of Happy Birthday for Night Walker, and next month we can welcome the new baby to the Night Series family! LOL

Lisa J

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