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Anyone who follows my blog probably already knows that Lisa Kessler is one of my go-to authors. She writes enthralling and highly entertaining paranormal romantic suspense series and today is the birthday for the first story in The Muse Chronicles series, Lure of Obsession and Lisa has kindly written a guest post about this. Read on to discover what she has shared and to discover more about this book and others by her. There’s even a rafflecopter giveaway!
One of my favorite parts of writing paranormal romance is that all-important first kiss. A single kiss, magical kiss to awaken possibilities between two people.
Sometimes that first kiss and make or break a future relationship, right?
And if you’re a Guardian, marked by the Gods to protect your Muse, you’re also dealing with a new psychic ability of some kind too. Poor guys!
In LURE OF OBSESSION, our hero, Detective Nate Malone is worried he has a brain tumor when he starts getting visions when he touches certain items. He has no idea the ability has awakened because he found his Muse!
Here’s a sneak peek…
Nate arrived first and nursed a Coke at the bar. Although his back was to the door, he was aware of her presence the second she opened it. How was that even possible?
She took the stool next to him, resting her hands on the bar. “What’s so important?”
On an impulse, he placed his hand over hers and braced himself. Nothing. Well. Far from nothing. In fact, his entire body sizzled with need. But he had no visions. He hadn’t had any at the hit-and-run earlier, either. Maybe the visions had been a one-time thing. Or a brain tumor.
“Sorry.” He pulled his hand away. Thankfully she didn’t seem offended, but confusion lined her brow. He got up and pointed toward a corner table. “Let’s talk somewhere more private.”
He followed her, grateful she didn’t mention his inappropriate physical contact.
Once she was seated, her gaze locked on his, her full lips struggling to hold back a smile. “I hope I didn’t come down here to hold hands.”
He raked his fingers through his short hair. “Sorry about that.” He leaned in closer. “Solving crimes is like following a spiderweb. Everything is connected in some way, it’s just figuring out where things intersect so I can find the spider in the middle.”
“And did you find it?”
He shrugged. “Is there a reason you didn’t mention the Muses were daughters of Zeus?”
Her smile faded. She rested her forearms on the table, leaning closer to him. “You were asking about Kronos, not Zeus.”
“Your theater is for the nine Muses, Zeus’s daughters. If I were a crackpot on Team Kronos, I’d hit Zeus where it hurts—his beautiful girls.” He moved even closer to her, pulled in by some unseen magnetic force, an unquenchable thirst to be near her parching him.
“You might be on to something, Detective Malone.” Her breath warmed his lips as she spoke.
“Nate,” he whispered. “Call me Nate.”
“Nate…” she whispered as she closed the distance between them. Her lips brushed his[DRP3] .
Fireworks erupted behind his eyelids, landscapes rolling through his consciousness in a constant stream he couldn’t comprehend. Greece, Rome, Paris, Crystal City. He pulled back, struggling to clear his head.
“Did you see that?” he asked.
She frowned. “See what?”
Maybe he needed to get more than his birthmark checked out. He ran a hand down his face. “Sorry. When I’m around you…”
“Please don’t apologize, you’ll hurt my pride.” She almost smiled. “And I kissed you. Just so you know.”
He was usually smooth when it came to women, but Mel wasn’t like anyone he’d ever met. She threw off his equilibrium, and the crazy visions weren’t helping. He shook his head. “I wasn’t apologizing for the kiss.” He chuckled. “In fact, I’d be willing to try that again sometime.”
Thanks for having me visit Splashes into Books today!
I hope you’ll check out the Muse Chronicles!
Thank you so much for visiting, Lisa – I’ve loved this entire series and have no hesitation in highly recommending this book and all the others I’ve read by you!
Fated Mates meets Clash of the Titans!
Melanie Jacoby is the human vessel for the Muse of Tragic Poetry, but she isn’t prepared for the tragedy of finding her roommate dead at the bottom of the stairs.
Nate Malone is the detective assigned to the case, but as the evidence points to an accidental fall, the visions begin. He sees a killer in a gold Kronos mask.
Mel is the next target, but Nate’s determination to protect her is almost as strong as his desire for her.
And tragedy isn’t part of his plan.
The Prophecy – “Every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn, and with their rebirth are also nine Guardians. They will be marked by the gods, and given gifts to protect his treasure. Their abilities will only be unlocked when they find their muse.”
2016, 2017 & 2018 voted Reviewers Choice Best Fantasy Romance Series – Paranormal Romance Guild
A sexy new paranormal series from best selling author Lisa Kessler featuring Greek gods, Lycan shifters, Navy SEALs, police detectives and more…
“Another beautiful series from an unbelievable author. She gets me every time.” #1 NYT Bestselling Author Sherrilyn Kenyon
Finalist – 2017 Kathryn Hayes When Sparks Fly Contest – Best Paranormal Romance
Reviewers Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2016 – The Paranormal Romance Guild
Top 10 – Best Romance of 2016 in the Preditors & Editors readers poll
Author Bio –
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Lisa Kessler is a 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. Her books have also won the PRISM award, the Award of Excellence, the National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award, the Award of Merit from the Holt Medallion, and an International Digital Award for Best Paranormal.
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.
You can learn more at http://Lisa-Kessler.com
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Now I did say that I’d read and loved all the books in this series so I thought I’d let you know all the titles to look out for and you can click on the titles to view my reviews of each book. I hope I tempt you to read them and you find them as enthralling as I have!
Thank you to Lisa Kessler for writing such great books and the guest post shared today – I’m still looking forward to reading more from you in future!
Thanks, also, to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the book blitz it is part of.