Please Welcome Author Lisa Kessler!!!
Hi everyone –
Thanks to Leanne for giving me and my new novel, Night Walker, a spot on her beautiful blog today!
I met Leanne on Facebook, in a book group. Not only is she fun and intelligent, but this girl loves books! I’m so glad we met, and not only has she pointed out some great books, she also posts fun make-up tips too. J
But I never would have known any of that if it weren’t for social media. As a debut author, I wonder how many people would have heard about my book if it weren’t for facebook and twitter and amazing book bloggers?
Social media has not only made our world smaller, it has also brought readers and authors together. As book stores close, online book groups and book bloggers become even more important to bring attention to new books and new authors. Without them, it’s tough for a book to gain exposure in the crowded online marketplace.
In Night Walker, my hero, Calisto, is an over 200 year old immortal who doesn’t like cars or computers. So he had to find his one love when she was reincarnated the old fashioned way, in a dark courtyard on the evening of Dia de los Muertos. J
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.
Thanks again to Leanne for inviting me here today!
So what do you think about social media? Is it a great way to meet people, or are you like Calisto and enjoy meeting someone the old fashioned way?
I’m very chatty online, so feel free to connect! J