Monday, May 7, 2012

Author Lisa Kessler on Reading as Escape

Welcome guest author
Lisa Kessler
to the blog today!
See below for her giveaway!
Lisa's here to talk about her vampire romance Night Walker, a GDRWA Booksellers' Best Contest Finalist for Best Paranormal and Best First Book, and to talk about the importance of reading to a writer. Read on...

Hi everyone! Thanks for letting me visit the blog today! 

As a writer, I think it’s really important to keep reading.  There are a few reasons why…  It helps to know what’s being published in your genre.  It’s great to support other writers you know by reading their books and maybe even leaving a review on Goodreads.  But for me the most important reason is for my sanity!

Right now I still work a full time day job, and then I go home and write and edit all night.  It’s a crazy busy schedule, but I always reserve my lunch hour at work for reading. I treasure that hour to lose myself in a great book!

I’ve learned that I really need that reading time to allow my mind to escape into another world without deadlines, and bills to pay! LOL When I don’t make the time to read for pleasure, I can feel my frustrations creeping up on me.  My fuse gets shorter, and when I get home at night to write and/or edit I have a hard time focusing.

This might be a good time to meet the villain from Night Walker.  He’s extremely focused on his goals, and they’re not the goals his Monastery thinks they are…
Blood marred the stone wall of his modest dorm room. His knuckles stung each time his fist slammed into the rough rock. Pain cloaked the bitterness and rage that festered inside him.
The monsignor had passed him over. Denied his chance at his destiny.       
Again.
It would be Brother Cardina who would fly across the Atlantic Ocean to San Diego. Brother Cardina would watch over the Night Walker and witness immortality with his own eyes.
Grinding his teeth together, he struck the wall once more, imagining it was Brother Cardina’s pious face, but he held back, careful not to hit too hard. Bruised and bloodied flesh could go unnoticed within the ancient walls of the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo, but broken bones would not help his cause.
Pain burned up his arm, calming him. He stepped back and basked in the ache.
Brother Cardina was no match for an immortal blood drinker.
He moved closer to the wall, drinking in the earthy scent of his blood. He would get his chance. Staring at the fresh crimson stain, he stuck out his tongue and allowed himself a long, slow lick. He closed his eyes and smiled, resting his cheek against the wall. For now, he would be patient.
Clenching his raw fists, he opened his eyes and stared at his pencil sketches of ravens. His chance would come.
Soon.
So why do you read?  And what are your favorite books to read when you need an escape from the real world?
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. 
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Thanks for being here, Lisa! Lisa is giving away a signed paperback of Night Walker, a signed Night Walker poster and a $25 Amazon giftcard! Isn't that awesome! So leave her some comment love and enter on the Rafflecopter form!

Thanks for reading,

Laura

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28 comments:

Shelley Munro said...

Hi Lisa,

I totally agree about reading. I read for research, to keep up with trends and also for relaxation. I go through phases with reading and change genres. At the moment I'm reading a historical romance.

Sandy said...

Great excerpt...sounds interesting

sandy@thereadingcafe.com

JoAnne Kenrick said...

WOW I don't know how you do it..working full time, writing and reading?! I bow down to your awesome time management skills.
I read mostly at night, in bed. It helps me forget the day's garbage and to unwind. A little slice of relaxation in my hectic life.
Congrats on the awesome success NightWalker is enjoying! always seeing awesome reviews being posted for it WOOT

Hai-Yen said...

Great excerpt! I have yet had the pleasure of reading you Lisa, but I will definitely add you to my TBR list. I love to read and my favorite genres are romance, paranormal romance, erotica and horror (think Kelley Armstrong, her Otherworld series are in that category). I find it's a great way to escape the day-to-day routine and keeps me sane. Thanks for the giveaway!

fuonlyknew said...

Reading is my escape. After a long day, I can open a book and enter another place and leave today behind. My mind relaxes and I absorb the story. I am happy to have discovered you here and look forward to reading your stories.

Aurian said...

I totally agree with you on reading during your lunchbreak! I have to escape and relax my mind with a good book, so I am fresh to start the afternoon's work. Ofcourse, the book is always on its most exciting when my lunchbreak is over and I have to stop reading ...
Looking forward to reading your new book.

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Shelley -

Thanks for commenting!!! :)

I don't read much historical romance, but I did recently enjoy Mozart's Sister! It's historical fiction, not much romance, but SOOOO interesting!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Thanks for stopping by Sandy!!!

I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi JoAnne! *waving*

Thanks for commenting!!! It's always great to see you!!! :)

Reading at night is risky isn't it? A super good book and you stay up WAY too late, right? LOL

Lisa

divavixenqueen said...

Great excerpt.

Reading is great.
Never know what you'll learn that you didn't know before
and you get to discover a new authors to.

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Hai-Yen -

Oh I love LOVE Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series!!! I'm anxiously awaiting the final book, Thirteen! :)

I'm glad you enjoyed the Night Walker excerpt!

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi fuonlyknew -

Thanks for commenting!!! I agree, I think reading is one of the best escapes ever! :)

Lisa

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the great comments for Lisa already, guys! Reading is such a wonderful escape for me, too. But I find I can't let myself read when I'm on deadline but I'm such an obsessive reader that I can't put a book down until it's done. So I tend to read and write in cycles, and often create a pile of books that will be my reward for getting a project done! :) Fun topic!

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Aurian -

Ha! That happens to me too!!! Right when I get to this huge exciting point, lunch hour is over... So mean! LOL

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Divavixenqueen -

I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt!

And I agree with you, I almost always learn something I never knew!

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Laura -

Thanks for the blog spot today! :)

I totally understand about getting sucked into the book! That's why I have to limit myself to lunch hour reading... When I get home at night I have to write... LOL

Lisa :)

Chrisbails said...

I love to read. I read because it is a fun way to escape. Either though imagination or putting yourself in someone else's shoes. I love to read just about anything. Prefer historical or paranormal, but loving trying new genres. I love to learn new stuff, especially history. I love discovering new authors and sharing with everyone. Lisa is a new author for me and will be adding to my must buy/try list.
Thanks for the giveaway.
christinebails@yahoo.com

Renald said...

Love the cover, and sounds like a great read. ;)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Chris -

Thanks for stopping by!!! I hope you enjoy Night Walker!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Renald -

I love the Night Walker cover too! :)

I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt...

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Arianne Cruz said...

I read to escape too.. Esp when I feel like crawling into my corner, I turn to a book and bury myself in it.

Lisa Kessler said...

I'm with you Arianne!!! Life getting you down, escape in a book! :)

Thanks for commenting!!!

Lisa :)

Laurie said...

Hi Lisa,
I read to escape for a while as well. I read mostly PNR so it's fun to delve into a world where anything is possible! The book sounds great and I have it on my reading list!

Sophia Rose said...

I read for lots of reasons, but if its right after I come home from work, its definitely for escapism. I always have more than one book going at a time and they range all over the genre spectrum.

The books sounds great with that kind of dedication to love and I'd love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Linda said...

I read because i can´t stop myself, i love being able to experience so much in my own sofa =) with the comfort of my cats, dogs and my hubby by my side. I´d read anything with shifters, vamps, alpha males or regency not to mention steampunk, paranormal or just "plain" (*gigglesnort*) erotic.

Best wishes, Linda xo

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Laurie -

That's one of the things I love about Paranormal too! I like a book where anything is possible... :)

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Sophia -

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy Night Walker!!!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Ha! I love that you're open to reading anything Linda!!! :) Just push a good story your way, right?

Thanks so much for commenting!

Lisa :)