Talking Playlists with Lisa Kessler and #Giveaway

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to fellow author Lisa Kessler. Lisa is stopping by today as part of her virtual book tour celebrating the release of her latest book, Harvest Moon. Harvest Moon was published on September 28 by Entangled and is the fourth book in Lisa’s The Moon series.

Lisa Kessler is an Amazon Best Selling author of dark paranormal fiction. She’s a two-time San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror and Best Published Romance, as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book. She currently writes the Night Series and the Moon Series for Entangled Publishing. 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, and has performed with San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego. Stay up-to-date on new releases and giveaways by subscribing to Lisa’s newsletter. You can learn more about Lisa by visiting her website, her blog, on Facebook and by following her on Twitter.

harvest moonABOUT HARVEST MOON: Dr. Jason Ayers unleashes all of his rage and his frustration through fists and brute force in an underground boxing ring. The werewolf may be the pack’s doctor, but he can’t even heal his coma-stricken father after the Nero Organization’s attack stopped his heart. And as his Pack brothers settle down around him, he still refuses to believe in the fairy tale notion that every wolf has a true mate… In hiding and on the run, nurse Kilani Akamu is a loose end that Nero is desperate to tie up. She can’t afford to be attracted to a doctor—especially one as unexpectedly hot and complex as Jason. Yet the sexual sparks arcing between them are undeniable…and Kilani’s precognitive senses warn her that temptation is inevitable. All it takes is one touch to send Jason’s wolf howling. But even if he could protect her from Nero, he can’t protect her from himself…

If you would like to purchase a copy of Harvest Moon, click on one of the following links:
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And now, let’s hear from Lisa…

Let’s talk Playlists
By Lisa Kessler

Hi everyone!

I’m excited to be visiting Preturnatura today!

Music is a huge inspiration for me when I write. Most of the time, I’ll even have a basic playlist for a book put together before I start writing it. The music helps me keep the tone and theme of the book focused.

Usually I have a few movie soundtrack pieces that inspire me, and then add a few theme songs that pull out my character’s inner wants and fears.

Here are a few important songs for Jason from my Harvest Moon playlist.

I Could Fall by Evan & Jaron

All of Me by John Legend

There’s No Easy Way Out by Robert Tepper

While I was writing Harvest Moon, Hungry Like the Wolf from Duran Duran even crept into the book during a scene in Hawaii.

Excerpt –

We walked down to the water. The cool water rushed around our ankles and a giggle bubbled up from my throat. “Oh, it’s colder than I remember.”

“You probably splashed around during the day.”

I nodded. “I used to collect sand dollars with my mom. She’d tell me stories about how mermaids used them for money.”

“This must have been a great place to grow up.”

“Yeah. For a while it was…” The moonlight sparkled on the water, and for the first time, I realized thinking about my mom hadn’t made me angry.

Another wave came in hard, splashing up our pant legs. Jason jumped back, laughing. “Shit. That one surprised me.”

Behind us, the band broke into a cover of “Hungry Like the Wolf.” I smiled up at mine. He was sexy even in soaking-wet blue jeans. “Dance with me.”

He chuckled, glancing down the beach. “I’m not much of a dancer.”

“You can’t listen to this song and not move to the beat.” I let my hips sway to the pulsing drumbeat as I took his hand. “There’s no one out here to see. Just feel it.”

He rolled his eyes but gradually started to move with me. The waves crashed and raced toward us, but I barely noticed. I couldn’t take my eyes off of Jason. Once he got over being self-conscious, he could move. I danced around him slowly, enjoying the hunger in his gaze.

As the band finished and started a new song, Jason pulled me close, my breasts pressed tight to his chest. “This wolf is very hungry.”

I ran my hands up his chest. “Dancing can tell you a lot about a person.”

He raised a brow. “I’m afraid of what I just told you.”

I laughed as another wave drenched us. “You like to be in control, but the second you allowed your body to respond to the beat, your instincts took over and you danced. You surrendered.”
Kissing his chest, I whispered, “You have an artist’s passion trapped inside your analytical mind.”

Jason lifted me up, and I wrapped my legs around his waist. His forehead rested against mine. “I’ve never liked dancing.” He started to sway with the music and the tide, turning us slowly. “But maybe I just never had the right partner.”

His lips claimed mine as the waves broke around us. My pulse raced, my body warmed, and gradually he broke the kiss. “You make me feel invincible.”

But he wasn’t invincible. None of us were, and my vision of him bleeding from a gunshot wound was never far from my consciousness.

Thanks for letting me visit today and share some music! I hope you’ll enjoy Harvest Moon


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Thanks, Lisa. Congrats on the release of Harvest Moon.

In association with Lisa’s book tour, she is giving away one $25 Amazon Gift Card (international) and one signed print copy of Night Walker (U.S. Only). In order to be entered for your chance to win, you must leave a comment and then enter using the link below:

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9 thoughts on “Talking Playlists with Lisa Kessler and #Giveaway

  1. There is a skeptic in all of us in believing true mate/soul mate but we do hold on to that hope.

    • I enjoy twisting it as a writer, so one (the wolf) recognizes the mate, but the other doesn’t share that instinct… So one could walk away… 🙂

      Thanks for coming by!

      Lisa 🙂

  2. Loved the playlist and Hungry Like The Wolf takes me back to my childhood, dancing around the living room with my mom and sis 🙂