Day 16: Lisa Kessler


A day spent with three great ladies couldn't get any better. Writing can sometimes be a very isolating practice. Once we have our computers booted and our headphones on, the world and everything outside of it disappears. We jump through the proverbial rabbit hole found within the blank page and we immerse ourselves into the world we've created for however long it takes. This separates us from people, favoring the company of our characters instead. But once in a while, we emerge from our writing caves and return to our families, or in my case today, having a ladies lunch.

Taking all the positive energy from the lunch, I want to spread it around through this 24 Days of Guest Posts and Giveaways post.

First, let's announce the winners from yesterday and today.

*drum roll please*

The winner of a paperback copy of Small Town Girl is: Giedre S.

The winner of $10 e-gift card and e-book 3 pack of Violet Midnight, Wasteland, and Awaited is: Alyssa S.


Congratulations, Giedre and Alyssa! Please expect an email from Linda and Lynn soon. Happy holidays!

Now, one of the things I love about the holidays is all the food. It's the time of year where calories are myths. We can eat anything we want! This is why we must have a post about holiday eats. Today, Lisa shares with us her favorite Christmas food.

The blog's all yours, Lisa!


Merry Christmas, everyone!!!

Big thanks to Kate for inviting me to be a part of the 24 Days of Guest Posts and Giveaways

Anyone who knows me will not be surprised that I couldn’t choose only one favorite food. I can’t even choose only one birthday card for family members! LOL

I did manage to narrow it down to two favorites though… Svens Danish and scrambled eggs with chicken livers. It’s actually two separate dishes… Sounds gross all together like that!

It’s funny, I’m not really a fan of chicken livers. In fact, I don’t ever eat chicken livers except for Christmas morning. It’s a once a year meal. My Mom fries them up with onions and you eat them with scrambled eggs. So while I would never choose chicken livers off a menu, they are a Christmas morning tradition.

Even more delicious is the Svens pastry… Mmmm…. It’s pastry dough stuffed with almond paste and drizzled with glaze… Similar to a cinnamon roll crossed with a bear claw! Okay I’m making myself hungry now! LOL

We also have bacon and fruit, but it’s the Svens and the chicken livers with eggs that make it feel like Christmas.

Does your family get together for a Christmas morning brunch? Are there special traditions that you only eat on Christmas Day?

It can’t possibly be worse than chicken livers, right? LOL

Lisa :-)


I think I will pass on the chicken livers, but the pastry I will definitely partake! Thank you so much for sharing with us your favorite Christmas food, Lisa. The pictures are close approximations of the food described in the post. Or at least I tried. *laughs* Click on the source links for the recipes for the food pictured.

Okay, before you leave to check out the recipes, read a little bit about Lisa:

Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for best Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror, and also won the Romance Through the Ages Best Paranormal and Best First Book categories.

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.

Lisa lives in southern California with her husband and two amazing kids.

Then make sure to visit Lisa at these places:

Website –

Blog -

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Facebook Page Links:

Please feel free to follow and like as you go. And then check out Night Thief:

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.

Watch the trailer:

Now you need to grab your copy right? Here's where:

You can see scenes from Night Thief on Lisa's Pinterest Board.


*rubs hands together*

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  1. We get up and open presents then I cook Christmas lunch since I work every Christmas might.

    1. You have to work on Christmas night? Poor thing! My hubby has to do that this year too...

      But Christmas morning is pretty magical seeing the stocking with goodies in them! :)

      Thanks for commenting!

      Lisa :)

  2. We generally make a big southern breakfast, but on Christmas, we have chocolate gravy in addition to the regular stuff. We adopted it from a friend-his grandmother made it. The best way to describe it is chocolate pudding pie filling, but thinner. Sounds weird, but it's not bad. Don't think I could eat it more than once a year though. ��

    1. Chocolate gravy??? Sounds yummy!!! What do your pour it over?

      THanks for commenting Sarah!

      Lisa :)

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    1. Oh the Svens pasteries are SOOO delicious!!! :)

      Thanks for commenting Arianne!!!

      Lisa :)

  4. Thanks for having me on the blog today Kate!!! :)

    I'm hungry now! LOL

    Lisa :)

  5. We always start Christmas morning with our favourite foods. This year Dad and I are starting with Char Sui Bao - Mom's starting with a bacon sandwich and Nan and her boyfriend are starting with Salmon =)

    1. Ha! So you're all having something different! How fun! :)

      I have never heard of Char Sui Bao... I'll have to check out the link!

      Thanks for commenting!!

      Lisa :)

    2. Yeah our family never do anything normal at Christmas lol!! Check out the link and try one - trust me you'll love them (if your not vegan or vegi)

  6. We open 1 gift on Christmas eve. It has been a tradition since I was a child, and I have carried it over to our child.

    Loved Night Walker & Night Thief. :)
    Merry Christmas


    1. When my kids were little we let them open one present on Christmas Eve... Reno came home one Christmas Eve so exhausted, but as he stumbled up the stairs to his room he groaned "Can I open just one present?" LOL

      So cute...

      So glad you enjoyed the Night Series so far!!! Night Demon is coming soon...

      Thanks for commenting!!!

      Lisa :)

  7. Eating a made from scratch Red Velvet Cake!!!!


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