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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Author Anecdotes: Ewe won’t believe this! Lisa Kessler (Ice Moon book tour)

Author Anecdotes
Ewe won’t believe this!

So in January of last year, I took another trip to Reno, Nevada to research for the next books in the series.

We flew into the Reno airport and I immediately found a new friend! LOL

But who knew that Yeti advertising the Mt. Rose Ski Resort would come back to haunt me…

The next day we set out for Lake Tahoe. It’s normally about a 45 minute drive from Reno. I wanted to see the lake and the forest surrounding it since that’s where the wolf pack goes up to run during the full moon.

So we started up the Mt. Rose highway in our little Nissan Sentra rent car. I was driving and excited, and Ken, my hubby, was navigating. It was sprinkling a little as we headed up, but all was well.

Until the sprinkles turned into snow!

I’m a San Diego native. I don’t do snow. But at first it was pretty. I loved all the pine trees and the snow stuck in patches along the highway.

Gradually the incline on the mountain grew, and so did the snow until I was trying to stay in the tire tracks on the highway. It reminded me of Autopia at Disneyland, only if I didn’t follow the tracks here I could skid into a ditch or off the side of the mountain… Yikes!

My knuckles were getting white on the steering wheel and Ken (Who is an east coaster and snow veteran) kept calm and told me I was doing just fine.

We rounded a corner. There was a sign. Ken calmly encouraged me not to look at it. Too late. AVALANCHE AREA! Ack! By now my heart is racing and my rental car has a helpful dashboard light showing a skidding car to warn me that the tires have no traction.

I’m ready to turn around at this point, but there wasn’t anywhere to go on this two lane mountain highway. I was stuck. My mental mantra of “We’re almost there” began. We passed a sign reading 8,300 feet above sea level. The next sign was completely covered in snow. We rounded another corner and a Jeep 4X4 was in a ditch, stuck. My pulse rate kicked up a notch.

And remember those Autopia tracks for me to follow? Yeah those were all gone now. Just me and white snow… Oh and the handy dashboard light!

We passed the Mt. Rose ski resort. The yeti was smiling at me. Yeesh!

Around the next corner the hazard lights are flashing on the “MUST HAVE SNOW CHAINS” sign. I’m pretty sure my finger dents will be in that steering wheel forever. I reminded myself we must be almost there, so I asked my navigator how much further.

Ken was still completely calm and used his most soothing voice to tell me we still had NINE MORE MILES!!!!

I almost cried. And thankfully I found a place to turn around. When we got to the bottom of the mountain I almost jumped out of the car and kissed the ground! I don’t know how all of you who live in snow drive in it! YIKES!!! You all have my respect… Scary!

But I wouldn’t let that ruin my day… We took off across the valley and up the mountains on the other side to get to Virginia City.

But I had to stop at a turn out and take a picture of the Blizzard that tried to kill me on the way to Lake Tahoe! LOL

Yep I was up in those angry clouds over there in a Nissan Sentra with no snow chains…

Such a San Diegan! LOL

And all in the name of book research!

ICE MOON is out now, and that blizzard did make it into the book… LOL

Lisa Kessler

Ice Moon (Moon #5)
by Lisa Kessler
ebook, 330 pages
November 16th 2015
Entangled: Select Otherworld
One touch and she is his…

Jared Ayers works outdoors, embracing a solitary life, hiding from his inner demons. But after so many of his Pack brothers have found their mates, he starts wondering if there might be a mate in his future too. His world turns upside down after he's hired by the "Ice Queen of Lake Tahoe". One touch is all it takes. One touch to send the wolf howling within...

A gifted psychic with pyrokinesis, Taryn Goldstone wields fire beyond her control– sometimes with dire consequences. With Jared, she discovers that some flames are meant for passion–and healing. She has enemies who covet her powerful gift, but they are about to learn just how far a wolf will go to protect his mate.

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.


  1. Hi Lisa. This year, our first blizzard was in early November. Of course, I'm about 4 1/2 hours from Reno, and we seem to be much colder than that area, but I think we're kind of comparable to Tahoe. It was great fun. We had 8-10 inches of snow and it was preceded by ice. That resulted in the branches of the trees breaking under the heavy weight of the ice and snow and then falling on everything, including the power lines. People here aren't accustomed to ice, so we were told we'd be without power for as long as 4-5 days. Ugh. Fortunately, it was only 14-16 hours. Yay!

    1. YIKES!!!! I hope you stayed inside! LOL I'm glad the power came back!

      Driving in snow was a harrowing experience for sure! :)

  2. Thanks for having me on the blog again!

    Tomorrow ICE MOON and the blizzard will be in Kindles everywhere... So exciting! LOL

    Lisa :)