Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Introducing Guest Blogger: Gordon Kessler

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of horror stories, so I’m excited to welcome Gordon Kessler, author of the exciting thriller, Jezebel. When a Great Dane goes on a rampage, beloved family pets start following suit. Read this story. You’ll never look at your pet in the same way.

Gordon will be giving away a $50 Gift Card to one randomly drawn commenter during his blog tour.

Find about his other stops here:

Today Gordon is talking about the books, movies, etc. that inspired him to write a horror novel.

Gordon: I’m not so much into vampires and werewolves, but I can remember one of the scariest movies I ever saw when I was a kid was “I was a Teenage Werewolf” with Michael Landon. Of course I read Cujo and I’ve read all of Dean Koontz’s novels. The first Koontz novel I read was Midnight, and from then on I was hooked. I really enjoy the supercharged suspense that Koontz is able to create. Yet Koontz isn’t all horror. He spends a lot of time to make his characters sympathetic and believable. They are multi-dimensional and you can’t help but empathize with them. I’ve also found Douglas Preston novels extremely engrossing. All three of these authors are able to keep me hooked until the last page, especially due to their characters. I don’t write a whole lot of horror, but I had so much fun writing Jezebel that I’m about to write a sequel with a couple of recurring characters—I’ll let you read Jezebel and decide which ones they might be.


Sleep lightly tonight…

A madman has come to town seeking a diabolical revenge and large dogs begin attacking their masters for no apparent reason and with heinous results.

Animal Control Director Tony Parker must find out why and stop the murderous attacks. Meanwhile, Jezebel, a huge black Great Dane has killed her master and is loose, terrorizing the city and stalking Parker and his family. Parker and Sarah Hill, his beautiful and seductive young assistant, attempt to unravel the mystery and stop the terrible carnage while dealing with their own demons and lusty desires.

The attacks must be stopped. Jezebel must be found-and soon, you see--there is one other complication. Parker seems to have come down with an annoying little virus. No, it's not one of those irritating summer colds. It's certain death.

She's a murderess, huge and black as a hell-bound night.

Beware. Jezebel is on the loose!


Hill went to the front door and watched Chin’s van make a U-turn at the corner and head down the street. The headlights flashed in Hill’s face, momentarily blinding her. She winced. The light burned her already blood-shot, weary eyes.

A silent moment passed before a sound came from outside. The back yard. Scratching. Something was climbing over the fence.

The rifle. It was still next to the back door. Hill moved quickly toward the kitchen. As she made it to the hall, the dog port began to open. Hill stepped to the side, out of sight, before seeing what was coming through.

She trembled, backing up to the wall next to the large window that was painted shut. She could run for the door, but by the time she reached it, she’d be seen. No way out. Hide. Where? There was no place. Behind the sheer curtain, maybe. In the dark, she might not be seen if she was quiet and didn’t move.

She pulled the curtain around her. She could see through it, but it made the already dim room even dimmer. The blowing fan was the only noise. Nothing moved except the oscillating shadows of the fan blades beating the stale air through the room. The green flash of the clock on the CD player caused an eerie, strobing light.

A dark shape slowly emerged from the hallway and moved into the room. Large. Huge. Black.


You can view the Jezebel YouTube book trailer at:

and my Brainstorm (sci-fi thriller) book trailer at:

Please check them out and give them a “thumbs up” and a nice comment, if you like them.

I hope you enjoy Jezebel, and try out Brainstorm as well as my mystery thriller Dead Reckoning. They’re all on sale for a promotional price of $.99 in every eBook format in all the most popular online book retailers.


You can find out more about me and my novels on my website:
and my retail bookstore for “indie” authors:

Also, if you’re a writer and are thinking of “going indie,” check out my websites

Bio: Gordon A Kessler is a former US Marine parachutist, recon scout, and Super Squad team leader, with a bachelor's degree in creative writing. He is a Master Instructor for Johnson County Community College, National Academy of Railroad Sciences, and the BNSF Railway. He has taught novel writing for Butler County Community College, English Composition for Hutchinson Junior College and has previously indie-published the thriller novels Brainstorm and Dead Reckoning, and a book about the novel-writing craft, Novel Writing Made Simple.

He is a founder and current president of the Kansas Writers Association and tries to stay connected to writers and the writing industry by doing speaking engagements at writers conferences and for writers organizations, and does his own "The Storyteller" seminar in Wichita, Lincoln (Nebraska), Kansas City, and other Midwestern cities based on his Novel Writing Made Simple book.

His websites, and http://www.indiewritersalliance/ are landing pages for writers to help them in their writing endeavors.
His author website is

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marybelle said...

Great blurb & excerpt: "huge and black as a hell-bound night". I'm loving this.


Calisa Rhose said...

I used to read everything SK wrote- and then I discovered romance again... Your book sounds frightening! Congrats and good luck.

Hales said...

What a great blog post. I have always been a bit scared of thrillers. I read IT as a kid and I'm still afraid of clowns. Unrational fear lol. I had no idea there was a Kansas Writers Association. I'm from Lawrence and not far from there now. I daresay are you a Jayhawk fan?

I love the premise of your story and imagine my son would love it, he's into thrillers right now in highschool.

JP said...

Guess I'd think twice before having Jezebel bring me the paper! Added to my must read list for sure.

Joni said...

Wow, just reading the excerpt gave me the shivers. Sounds like a great thriller!!


Maeve said...

Wow! That book should definitely inflict a delicious case of the "heebie jeebies". Yep. I'd be leaving all the lights in the house on at night just to get rid of any ferocious looking shadows!

Gordon Kessler said...

Don't be afraid of Jezebel! She has much more to offer deep within. If you read the story, you'll find out what I mean. Thanks for your very interesting comments, ladies! And, yes, of course I'm a Jayhawker!

Chelsea B. said...

Thank you for sharing the excerpt! I am looking forward to reading your book!


Krysykat said...

Thanks for the excerpt!