Guest Blog with Lisa Kessler

Hello, my lovelies! Today We’ve got a special treat. A really fantastic short story collection to chat about, and a trip down one author’s memory lane. Don’t miss how to enter to win a copy at the end of the post!

Author: Lisa Kessler
Original Release Date: December 21, 2011
Format: ebook, TPB
Pages: 244
ISBN #: 9780615567228

FORGOTTEN TREASURES is an eclectic collection of short stories, ranging from sweet romances, to creepy alien encounters, from heartbroken monsters to pirate ghosts. It’s the perfect read for those times when you only have 10 minutes between classes, or want to grab a few “me minutes” between mommy/daddy duties. I have a special spot in my heart for this anthology. It’s fun, and interesting, and surprising, and it gave me the heebie jeebies, and just plain made me smile.

Voted one of the Top 10 Best Short Story Anthology’s of 2011 according to the Preditors & Editors readers poll

To help celebrate FORGOTTEN TREASURES, the book, Lisa unearthed a “forgotten treasure” of another sort. How many of YOU can remember things you had in your childhood bedroom? What covered your walls, littered your dresser tops, and lived under your bed? What did you keep hidden away in a special box to keep forever, and what has made the journey with you into your present?

Hi everyone –

Thanks to Jennifer for the blog spot today!

I’d like to take you back in time, to the suburbs of San Diego, where I rode my pony to the store to buy candy after school.  Okay it really wasn’t that long ago! LOL  I just lived in the sticks…

Anyway, I was an only child and my closest friend lived just over a mile away, so I spent lots of time alone.  I’m pretty sure that’s what led to my future of writing stories.  In order to keep from being bored, I made up lots of games and stories for myself.

Being in the sticks, we didn’t have cable television and our antennae only got one channel that was usually running a Godzilla movie of some sort, so tv wasn’t a big attraction for me.  In the privacy of my bedroom, I had my own little turn-table record player.  I’m pretty sure it was from Sears.

My Dad was a band director, so I was raised on classical music and instrumentals.  He bought me a library of records by all the classical composers.  I still remember the album covers each had a pen and ink drawing of the composer.  I would listen to the music and dream up stories that the music was telling.

I also quickly discovered Mussorgsky told me WAY too scary stories so I rarely played his record! LOL  I fell in love with Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and my favorite — Sergei Prokofiev.  I loved Peter and the Wolf.  I could listen to it over and over and act out all the parts.

While my childhood bedroom is long gone, my love of music and the stories it tells is still very alive.  I always have a playlist for the books I write and edit that help me keep the mood and tone of the book.  The soundtracks for my writing definitely help to keep me focused and inspired…

And it all started on the record player in my childhood bedroom…

So… now it’s YOUR turn. Tell me about something from your childhood bedroom. Something you had forgotten about, something you still have, something you wish you still had… whatever. One random commenter will win an ebook copy of FORGOTTEN TREASURES! If there are over 25 entries, a second winner will be randomly chosen! Contest will end Saturday night (March 3rd) at midnight pacific. Please remember to leave your name and email in your comment to you can be notified if you win.


  1. Comment by Georgie Lee:

    My bed growing up was an antique dark burled wood sleigh bed. I think that bed inspired my love of antiques and it is still in my old bedroom at my parent’s house.

  2. Comment by Lisa Kessler:

    Oh that is so cool that your old bed is still around!!! Do you go roll around in it when you visit? 🙂

    Thanks for commenting Georgie!!!

    Lisa 🙂

  3. Comment by Liz Crowe:

    this sounds like an amazing anthology! well done!

  4. Comment by cassicarver:

    In my room, I had a 13″ black and white TV that was so old, I’d found it collecting dust in the garage. With an antenna attached, I was able to get all the major channels at the time, and it was such a cool little escape! The first mini-series I ever watched on it was “V”. Does anyone remember the original? It was awesome!

  5. Comment by Arianne:

    What I remember most about my childhood bedroom was the air conditioner. In the Philippines, each room had it – well, okay, my room and my parent’s room had it. It would always be on ALL DAY. Only time I would turn it off is right when I wake up. And then I turn it back on for the rest of the day.

    One thing I’m so glad I don’t have anymore are those mice that would make a journey into my room. They always freaked me out and grosses me out. Thinking about makes me cringe. Let’s just say our house in the Philippines weren’t the greatest.

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  6. Comment by Jennifer:

    That sounds beautiful!! It’s nice that it’s still a part of your family 🙂

  7. Comment by Jennifer:

    It’s awesome, Liz… it’ll make you smile 🙂

  8. Comment by Jennifer:

    I remember the original show, but I didn’t watch it… I’m a scaredy cat, lol. I had a little mini tv like that, too… but we killed that sucker a LOOOONNNNNGGGG time ago, lol.

  9. Comment by Jennifer:

    Talk about bittersweet memories! Living in Florida… every place has an A/C, too. It’s standard, and very necessary. And whether we like it or not… mice are pretty standard, too. Although we do our best to keep them outside, lol.

  10. Comment by Ciara Knight:

    Oh, sounds like a GREAT anthology!

  11. Comment by vicki batman:

    I have always been a big reader. When I turned fourteen and was casting about for anything to get my hands on, my mom gave me Emilie Loring books. Instantly, I fell in love and have read them all. My goal is to have them all in hardback. In a fire, I’d take Dick Francis and Emilie with me. Okay, Handsome gets to go too.

    Good post.

  12. Comment by Christy McKee:

    In my bedroom, I had a large built in desk with drawer stacks on either side that also doubled as a dressing table. Besides the large mirror mounted directly in front of me, there were also two mounted side mirrors that were perpendicular to the large one. When I would stand up and look into either of the side mirrors, I saw the illusion of an entire row of me. It was so cool.

  13. Comment by Lisa Kessler:

    Thanks Liz! Definitely had a blast putting the anthology together… Labor of pure love! 🙂

    Hope you enjoy the stories!

    Thanks for commenting!


  14. Comment by Lisa Kessler:

    You got more than one channel??? Lucky!!! LOL

    Thanks for sharing your story Cassi!!!

    Lisa 🙂

  15. Comment by Lisa Kessler:

    Hi Arianne –

    Wow! I had no idea you weren’t a California native! 🙂 Do you still have family in the Philippines or is everyone here now?

    I wouldn’t have been fond of the mice either… Yikes!

    Thanks for commenting and sharing your story!

    Lisa 🙂

  16. Comment by Lisa Kessler:

    Thanks Ciara!!! It was definitely a huge labor of pure love to put it together! 🙂

    I hope you enjoy the stories! Thanks for commenting!

    Lisa 🙂

  17. Comment by Lisa Kessler:

    Hi Vicki –

    My Mom is a HUGE Dick Francis fan too!!! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story!


  18. Comment by Lisa Kessler:

    Hi Christy –

    Oh I would’ve dreamed up all sorts of scary stories in my head that one of the reflections was moving when I wasn’t… Yikes! Then I’d never be able to stand in front of the mirrors ever again…

    I was such a fraidy cat! LOL

    Thanks for sharing your story!

    Lisa 🙂

  19. Comment by Mary Galusha:

    I spent the first eight years of my life in Great Falls, Montana. I remember sitting at my bedroom window at night watching the snow fall illuminated by the what is now an antique street lamp. It was beautiful.

  20. Comment by Lisa Kessler:

    Oh that sounds beautiful Mary!!!

    Thanks for sharing your story!!!

    Lisa 🙂

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