The Night Series by Lisa Kessler
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.
Deep within the Yucatan jungle, a demon has awakened…
Gretchen Finch’s job would be much easier if she weren’t alone in the jungle with a brilliant recluse whose every glance sets her on fire. But the more she focuses on her work, the closer she gets to unlocking the mysteries of a terrible creature—the Night Demon—that threatens the world as she knows it. Though her scientific mind tells her it’s impossible, she’s beginning to believe the ancient Mayan tales as the sinister jungle comes alive around her.
Lukas Smith has spent hundreds of years searching for answers to his immortal Night Walker nature. As a series of ancient glyphs become clear, he’s about to find out more than he’d ever hoped, but the more he learns, the more his fate intertwines with the Night Demon, and the harder it becomes to hide his immortal secret from the beautiful, intelligent Gretchen.
Together, they must find a way to stop the inexplicable violence and mass destruction surging across the earth before the Night Demon destroys more than just mankind.
Excerpts from Night Demon
Gretchen nodded. “Agreed. So how do we get there?”
Gretchen jumped back from him so fast, he almost flinched.
“No. Way. No way.” She rubbed her hands up her arms while looking out at the water. “You are not suggesting what I think you are.”
She glanced over at him with panic in her eyes. “You’re not seriously thinking you’re going to fly me over there yourself.” She shook her head vehemently. “I’m not going to be flown over the ocean by a giant owl.”
Lukas took a step toward her, trying to get her to meet his gaze. “We don’t have time for anything else, Gretchen. You know I would sooner die than see you hurt. I won’t let anything happen to you.”
“But you can’t die. Big difference. I’m all kinds of fragile, remember?” She faced the waves again. “No way. Impossible.”
Lukas closed the distance between them and pulled her into his arms. Holding her close, he whispered into her hair. “I swear I will not let you fall. I will never let you fall.”
She pushed him away, swiping at a salty tear on her cheek. “If I agree to this, and I’m only committing to if, then we need to get some things straight between us.”
He opened his hands to her, wishing he could calm her fears. “All right.”
“Good.” She started pacing along the waterline. “Tell me your real name.”
“Oh come on, Lukas.” She stopped, placing her hand on her hip. “It’s not a tough question. I’ve heard you mutter in Russian under your breath. Smith doesn’t sound like a Russian name to me. If I’m putting my life in your hands, I want to know who exactly I’m trusting.”
Lukas pressed his lips together trying not to smile. “Stanislov. My real name is Lukas Stanislov.” Gods it had been centuries since that name rolled off his tongue. “Now can we get you back to the Jeep?”
“Not yet.” She walked toward him and rose up on her toes as she pulled him to her.
The moment her lips brushed his, he wrapped her in his arms and pulled her close. Her body fit against him like she’d been fashioned for him from the beginning of time.
Before he was ready to let her go, Gretchen pulled back, her eyes searching his.
“Just in case this is it, I didn’t want to leave with any regrets.” She took a deep breath. “I must be insane.” She shook her head. “I swear to whatever gods might be listening, if you drop me I will come back and haunt you until the end of time.”
Lukas smiled. “Deal. Now don’t move.”
“Tell me something.” His voice was soft and low, like the tide. “Why haven’t you ever been married?”
“I had bigger plans than a wedding.” Gretchen shrugged, unsure where the conversation was headed but encouraged that Lukas finally asked about something unrelated to work. “I had a couple boyfriends in college, and I dated one of my professors after my doctorate, but relationships don’t travel well, and I like to travel.” She hesitated for a second, glancing his way. “My mom left us when I was little, and a few years ago I lost my dad suddenly. He used to love to take me places camping…” She let out a small sigh. “I feel closer to him when I’m out exploring, I guess.”
Lukas smiled at her, and her stupid heart fluttered in her chest. “Your father raised an amazing woman.”
The brief moment of light was quickly extinguished, though, and his features smoothed back into the chiseled mask of a tormented man.
“What about you?” Gretchen asked. “You’re a good-looking, intelligent guy. Have you ever been married?”
“No.” He clenched his fists, and his forearm muscles contracted. Gretchen did her best not to think about his strong hands as he went on. “I would never wish my life on anyone I loved.”
“You need to look in a mirror, Lukas. Your life is not so bad.” Gretchen straightened up, her brow furrowed. “Maybe you’d notice that if you didn’t waste all your energy pushing everyone away.”
He shook his head, still staring out at the water. “This isn’t what I want.” He stood up and took her hand, sending a jolt of electricity through her body. His gaze demanded hers, and her breath caught in her throat seeing the hunger in his dark green eyes. “There are sins in my past that can never be forgiven, Gretchen. My only solace is to find answers. Anything beyond that…love, passion…it’s all an illusion for me.”
He leaned toward her, and Gretchen’s chin tilted up instinctively, aching to taste him, to heal his wounded spirit. The moment his cool lips brushed hers, her pulse jumped. His kiss, like rich chocolate, infused her senses, making her hungry for more.
A moan escaped her throat as his tongue swept along the crease of her lips, enticing her to open her mouth and surrender to the passion she’d been trying to bury. His fingers slid into her hair and awareness bloomed through her body, forming a pool of heat in her belly. Gretchen let her hands explore his chest, living the fantasy she’d harbored for months, when he suddenly took a step back, breaking the contact.
“T’fu! Dammit.” Lukas shook his head, cursing under his breath. A rich undercurrent of a Russian accent flavored his words. It reminded her again that “Smith” was probably not his real last name.
He released her hand. “Forgive me. I usually have more self control.”
Gretchen wished he had a lot less. Her legs felt rubbery, her senses on overload, and he apologized for it? She thought he’d finally given up keeping a “professional” distance, but no, Lukas was like an onion with never-ending layers. Would he ever let her in?
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.
Praise for Night Demon:
Kessler grips the reader’s attention from paragraph one and leads them on a journey filled with danger, history and romance, all leading up to a twist no one will never see coming. – DarkMedia.com
Overall this was a great read! I recommend it to all vampire lovers and PNR fans! It’s something new and a little different than most vampire stories! – Book Lovin’ Mamas
An amazing read! She brings so many elements into this story that you will be on the edge of your seat the whole way. – Book Monster Reviews
Praise for the Night Series:
“Kessler’s Night Series brings new life to the vampire genre. Move over vampires, the Night Walkers have come to town.” – RhiReading Reviews
“The chemistry between the Night Walkers and the ladies who love them will leave you breathless and begging for more.” – Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace
“Lisa Kessler’s Night Walkers are vampires and shifters cooked into one. You just can’t get enough!” – Provocative Reads
“True paranormal romance for the soul, Lisa Kessler’s Night Series will keep you coming back for more.” – Readers for Life
“Breathtaking fairy tales with true love… And vampires.” – Kristina’s Books & More
About the Author…
Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.
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.
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-Kessler.com
Our interview with Lisa…
Tell us about your book/series. What makes them worth reading?
If you enjoy dark sensual vampire tales, then the Night Series is for you! Night Walkers are similar to vampires, but they originated from the Mayans, not from Dracula or the typical Romanian mythos. This gives the series a little darker more visceral feeling.
How long have you been writing and what inspired you to do it?
I’ve been writing for years. I started out with horror short stories. I didn’t attempt a novel until I met a palm reader in New Orleans. After my reading she told me I was going to be a famous writer someday. I was blown away, but couldn’t stop thinking about it. Six months later my first novel was finished. I’m super grateful for her nudge that took me down this path…
What do you think causes people’s enduring fascination with vampires?
I think it’s two-fold. The knowledge that this powerful immortal could kill you, but instead chooses to protect and/or love you is very sexy in an almost forbidden danger kind of way. I think it’s also intriguing to read about a character who has watched civilizations rise and fall, and still walk among us. How do they stay relevant in a constantly changing world while they remain the same?
What are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
I’m reading Let It Bleed by Jeri Smith-Ready… If you haven’t read the WVMP Vampire Series you are missing out!!! Very original and quirky. I really enjoy it!
The vampires are attacking! Grab the first thing you see to your right and hit them with it! What was it? And how do you think you did in the ensuing fight?
Ha! I have a vampire pen set to my right so I plucked the pen-stake from the vampire chest and jammed it in real vampire’s eye, then I run… Yeek!
The afore mentioned vampire attack didn’t go so well and you were bitten by the vampire…now what?
Well I’ll have more time to write and read so I guess that’s a perk, right? 🙂
In the event of a zombie apocalypse what item would you make sure that you took with you to your underground safety bunker? (we will presume that your family are already safely in the bunker!)
Lots of sugarless gum and chocolate! 🙂
You are planning an awesome dinner party. Which 3 celebrities/fictional characters/historical figures (past or present) would you add to your guest list?
Mozart for sure, and Sylvester Stallone (My first movie star crush ever) and Patrick Swayze! I would love for him to teach me how to dance… 🙂
Can you give us five random facts about yourself?
I’m a Disney-aholic. I’m also a professional singer. The Lost Boys is still one of my all-time favorite vampire movies. I’m choreographically-challenged. Peanut Butter & Jelly is still one of my favorite sandwiches.
Where can readers find your books?
They’re available on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, etc. Anywhere eBooks are sold.
Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
Thank you!!! Thanks for buying my books and reading them! I feel like readers give my characters life when they read the stories and for that I’m eternally grateful.