Lisa Kessler shares how her Muse Chronicles were born and an exclusive #excerpt from her upcoming Breath Of Passion!
Please help me welcome the fantabulous author Lisa Kessler back to GraveTells!
Hi everyone! It’s great to be back on GraveTells! When my first book came out, I think I was the first review on the site too! And six years later, we’re both still going strong… Yay!
[DVK: You were the first interview, and I was SO TERRIFIED! A real author, on my site!! You were such a doll, so patient with my annoying (and probably boring) self. Readers can gawk at our interview here. Feel free to comment over on that post, peeps. Good times! 😉 ]
So I’m back to talk about my new series, The Muse Chronicles. The series takes the myths about the Greek Muses and brings them into our world today. I actually got the germ of the idea after meeting Ray Bradbury.
At that time, I had my first novel written and most of the second, but the rejections were starting to pile up and my love of writing had faded. Ray challenged me to write a new story every week for a year.
[quote]Ray Bradbury challenged me to write a new story every week for a year.[/quote]
And during that challenge, I wrote a short story called Unemployed Muses Anonymous. In that tale, the muses were still around and formed a company to rebuild the theater of the muses.
But what stuck with me was that the “muse” inside of them influenced their personality in spite of how they tried to fight it. And the concept of inspiring something in others intrigued me too.
Plus, this series allows the core group to be women instead of men. Usually in paranormal romances the Pack are male wolves, or the SEAL team are males, or the vampire brotherhood is males. This series gave me a chance to have the “family” be women, and I really love seeing how they come together and support each other through good times and bad.
I also love turning the “paranormal secret” on its head. In this series, the women have their muse inside of them and the gods have marked a man to be their Guardian. The men have no clue until they meet their Muse and a new ability surfaces! I love writing the scenes when they notice their new “gift” and the reveal scenes when they’re finally brought into the fold and told what’s “really” happening! So much fun!
[quote]I also love turning the “paranormal secret” on its head. In this series, the women have their muse inside of them and the gods have marked a man to be their Guardian. [/quote]
In the new book, BREATH OF PASSION, our hero is a firefighter and Erica is the Muse of Erotic Poetry. This book is filled with fire and passion. I had such a wild ride while I wrote it. I was also lucky to know a retired firefighter and he sat for a couple of hours, helping me make Reed real, and the fire scenes real, and my admiration for these first responders grew.
I’ve given GraveTells an exclusive excerpt from BREATH OF PASSION. This scene takes place the day after Reed and Erica had a hot night of passion, and the cantina where they met up has burned down. Reed is looking for leads, and Erica is worried the passion her muse kindles will take him down a path toward obsession.
Music always inspires all my books and these two songs were played quite a bit… 🙂
Seduces Me by Celine Dion
I Want You So Bad by The Beatles
This video is an outtake… Listen to the one from Abbey Road… So good, you feel the madness of lust… Worth grabbing a copy!
© Copyright 2017 Lisa Kessler
The front door closed and the dead bolt turned, leaving Erica alone with her phone and Reed’s number. She worried her lower lip. He had said he wasn’t looking for a relationship, either. Maybe they could keep it physical. No emotional attachments.
God, she shouldn’t even be considering it.
But she was.
She swiped her phone from the comforter and dialed his number.
“This is Reed,” he answered.
His deep voice warmed her insides. This was a very bad idea. “Hey, it’s Erica.”
“Good to hear your voice.”
“Likewise.” She closed her eyes for a moment, imagining his hands on her body.
He cleared his throat. “Did Callie tell you about the fire?”
“Yeah… Was anyone hurt?”
“One employee was trapped, but I got her out. She was shaken up and swallowed some smoke, but the paramedics said she’ll be all right. We got lucky. They weren’t open yet.”
He’d been inside the burning building.
Her eyes widened, surprised at her concern. “Are you all right?”
He paused. “I’m fine.”
“Good.” She sighed. “Callie said you needed to ask me some questions?”
“Yeah. Someone turned off the fire sprinklers for the building. So we’re looking at arson.”
A chill slid down her back like a cold finger. “Hey, I was with you all night.”
He started to chuckle. “I’m not saying you’re a suspect, but we have to ask everyone in the bar if there’s anyone who has threatened them in the past.”
Her free hand brushed over the scar on her shoulder, her stomach tying in a knot. “Not recently.”
“Someone threatened you?” Aggression tinged his voice.
She swallowed the lump in her throat. “Nothing a restraining order couldn’t fix.”
He huffed out a breath. “I’m going to need all this asshole’s information.”
“I can bring you what I have, but since the restraining order, I haven’t heard from him. I don’t know if any of it is still current, either. It may not turn out to be much help.”
“If we have a name, we can find him. I’m going to Callie’s for a barbecue after my shift. Can you meet me there?”
Another bad idea. Just hearing his voice had her fantasizing about him. She wasn’t sure she was strong enough to see him again so soon and keep away from him.
“I’m still here.” She rubbed her hands on her jeans. “Can’t I just e-mail or text you?”
“Did I do something wrong last night?”
“Far from it, but…I’d just like to make sure it stays that way,” she admitted.
“What if I promise to keep my pants on?” The smile in his voice had butterflies fluttering in her stomach.
She stared up at the ceiling. “Fine. But you’ll have to leave mine on, too.”
“Well, shit.” His laughter warmed her all over. “You drive a hard bargain.”
“I’m all about hard things.” She ran her tongue along her teeth.
“You do have that effect on me.”
Her clothes were suddenly too constricting. “I’m not sorry.”
His voice became husky. “I’m only sorry we can’t enjoy each other again.”
The flirtation and double entendres were like breathing, feeding the yearnings of her muse. And although her head was screaming to hang up the phone, the muse kept teasing, stoking the fire.
And after dredging up Jack and the restraining order, she was eager for a distraction.
“Dangerous.” She pulled off her top and put the phone to her ear again. “But you’re all about danger, right?”
His heavy breathing teased her ear, his voice dropping to a throaty whisper. “If I weren’t on duty right now, I’d be inviting you to my place.”
She tugged her pants off and laid back on the bed in her bra and panties. “And what would we do once we got there?”
She heard footsteps on the other end of the line. When he finally spoke again, his voice was a caress. “Then I’d run my hand over your body.” He paused. “Are you alone?”
She closed her eyes. “Yes. In my bed. You?”
“Yeah. I’m out back on the empty basketball court. Wish I was with you.” He groaned, the hungry sound making it easier to imagine his hand running up her rib cage.
“Your touch feels good,” she murmured. “Then what?”
“I’d cup your breast and lick the tip while I watch your face.”
She slid her fingers inside her bra, pinching her nipple. Her breath caught.
“That’s it.” He growled. “You’re so sexy. I’d move my other hand lower.”
She followed his lead, sliding hers down, her voice becoming a more of a gasp. “Panties on or off?”
“Off,” he whispered.
She wedged the phone between her ear and her shoulder, then lifted her hips to pull her underwear free. “They’re gone.”
“I’d slide my hand to your inner thigh and push your legs apart.”
She parted her thighs. “Gods, I wish I could touch you.”
“Fuck, so do I,” he murmured. “Then I’d move my fingers higher, to see if you’re wet for me.”
She moaned in answer. “Oh yeah. Very.”
“Mmm, good.” Hearing the desire in his voice had her so turned on, she was already on the edge. “Now I’d slide them farther up, until I find the spot that makes you gasp my name.”
She found it instantly. “Oh, Reed.”
“Yeah, baby. Right there…” His breathing began to quicken. “Now I’d rub and tease you, watching the pleasure on your face, your hot lips moaning. I want to see that moment when you surrender.”
Her hips bucked into her fingers as she followed his directions. “Feels so good…”
“Now come for me,” he growled into the phone. “Come for me, Erica.”
Every muscle in her body contracted as she peaked, crying out his name. Trembling, she whispered, “This is why seeing you again would be a bad idea.”
“Nothing about sex with you is bad, even when I only get to enjoy hearing it.”
She smiled, slowly opening her eyes to the reality of her empty bed. “Are all firefighters as hot as you?”
He scoffed teasingly. “Hell no.”
A giggle bubbled from her parched throat. “Okay, you win. I’ll see you at Callie’s. With my pants on.”
“I’ll wear mine, too.”
She grinned. “Deal.”
She ended the call and dropped her phone on the bed. Now that the bliss of her orgasm was fading and blood was returning to her brain, she sat up with a groan. What the hell was she doing?
Did anyone else get chills when Lisa described this series?
And how totally hot was that excerpt?! *whew*
I love the Muse Chronicles. The idea that it is a sisterhood, and the men are marked ones…yeah that’s pretty awesome. But I also adore the fact that it’s only paranormal peripherally. These ladies (nor their men) won’t live forever, and they’re not superpeople. The analogy is there—that each of us has this something special inside of us, a muse that encompasses our passions and drive—if we’re just willing to dig a little deeper within ourselves.
Anywho, now you need to check out the books, right? Breath of Passion is the third book in the series, and the buy links and book info are below. If you’re a serial reader and need to start with the first book in a series, here’s my review for Lure of Obsession. Or you can just skip right over to Amazon and download your very own copy*…
Series: Muse Chronicles #3
on May 15, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal elements
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Reviewers Choice Best Fantasy Romance Series of 2016 - The Muse Chronicles - Paranormal Romance GuildThe 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.”
Erica Sterling owns her curves, and inspires passion in every person she meets. It's the curse of having the Greek muse, Erato, lurking in her soul. After a hot night with a firefighter, she struggles to keep her distance from him. The gods have other plans, but Erica has crossed the line between passion and obsession once before, and she's never going back. Not even for her Guardian.
No one understands fire and heat like firefighter, Reed McIntosh. After being burned by a bad marriage, he's sworn off love. But he's never been with anyone like Erica, and after meeting her, a dormant ability is awakened inside of him, along with the desire to keep her safe.
When a stalker's threats turn up the heat, Reed will put his life—and his heart—on the line. But when the ashes settle, will love be too late?
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