Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Guest Post - Lisa Kessler - Night Walker

Come What May…

Hi everyone –

Thanks so much Donna for having me on your blog today! I’m halfway through my Night Walker blog tour and feel like I’m barely keeping up! LOL

Night Walker is a very dark paranormal romance, but the emphasis is on romance. The song “Come What May” from the movie Moulin Rouge was on my playlist while I did a rewrite of Night Walker. The song’s lyrics connected with me and to the story I was trying to convey. “But I love you until the end of time… Come what may, I will love you until my dying day…”

After his one love is murdered because of a confession he trusted to the wrong man, Calisto is offered the chance to live until she is reincarnated and lives again. He takes the offer in a heartbeat for the promise of seeing her again, but didn’t realize he would wait over 200 years to see her again. In that time he’s lost hope and grown bitter.

But he still waits for her. Come what may…

I thought I’d share an excerpt of their first meeting. He recognizes her instantly even though it’s been over two hundred years since he looked into her eyes. He wants to touch her, but she has no conscious memory of him…


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.

There are more excerpts on my publisher’s page…

Thanks again for having me on your blog today Donna!!! And for the readers out there, do you have certain songs that remind you of people in your life or characters that you love? I’d love to hear about them! 


About Nightwalker:

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.

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

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


  1. Thanks for hosting me on your blog today Donna!!! :)

    Had a great tiem meeting you at RomCon!

    Lisa :)

  2. Thanks Lucianne! :)

    Glad you enjoyed the excerpt!

    And thanks for commenting!

    Lisa :)

  3. What an awesome excerpt, Lisa! :)

  4. Awww thanks Jus!!! :)

    Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for commenting!!!

    Lisa :)

  5. What powerful writing, what an intriguing premise. Well done, Lisa.

  6. Thank you Eileen!!! :)

    I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

    Thanks for commenting!