Thursday, October 27, 2011

Goddess Fish Promotions: JEZEBEL Virtual Book Tour

Book blurb: 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!

Excerpt: In the grayish soup, a dark vision appeared. Floating down the middle of the street, it slowly formed into a recognizable shape.

An animal. A large black animal. A huge Great Dane. It walked with confidence. Long, thin legs. Mouth closed, head and eyes fixed straight ahead. Occasionally, its feet splashed one of the pools. Light from the streetlights caused a sparkle from underneath its neck with every step of its left forefoot. A large diamond, set on a gold tag, captured the light and shot it out like a laser. The dog maintained its pace for what seemed like minutes.

Finally, it stopped. With its body still pointing down the street, it slowly turned its head to the right and looked up a sidewalk leading to the front door of a house. It stared, still emotionless, at the door. At Tony Parker’s door.

Guest Post by Gordon A. Kessler:
Thanks for hosting me on your blog, Laurie and girls!

Believe it or not, Jezebel was inspired by a cute little ferret. Years ago, I was staring at a blank page in my typewriter while sitting at the dining room table, trying to decide what kind of a novel to write. I’d started a humor novel, and was about two-thirds finished, when I heard at a writers conference that humor novels don’t sell unless you’re Jay Cronley (Screwballs, Funny Farm) or Tom Bodett. So, there I was, trying to type that first inspired line onto the page that would open up my creative flood gates to propel me through four hundred pages of a novel, when the family ferret came bounding around the corner from the living room. “Jezebel,” I thought, “Ferret from Hell!”

Well, even a mean ferret isn’t all that scary (and Jezzie was the most gentle thing alive), but what about a huge, black Great Dane. I love Great Danes. They, too, are extremely gentle and intelligent. They’re beautiful and loyal animals. But what if something caused one of these gentle giants to get mean—go bad? Now we’re talking scary! The idea for the novel blossomed from there. It’s actually a revenge novel, and a number of gentle family dogs are influenced to do horrific things that they would never have done in their right minds. I also wanted to populate the story with ordinary people going through the ups and downs of life. The protagonist, Tony Parker is the best example: he’s a struggling family man going through a mid-life crisis—gray hair showing at the temples.

Anyway, I wrote the first version of the novel in about four months, sent it off to a couple of publishers and got a contract right away—wow, that was easy! Trouble was, three years later, the same week the publisher was scheduled to print 10,000 copies, they went bankrupt. That was 1995. Years after that, I finally went “indie” and published it myself—and readers have really loved it. This summer, I put Jezebel out in all eBook formats (along with my other thrillers Brainstorm and Dead Reckoning) and that’s why I’m blogging about my big scary girl, Jezebel, today. Check it out, I know you’ll love it!

Bloggers, how about giving me your comments; what makes a good scare for you?

Here’s how to find out more about my thriller novels Jezebel, Brainstorm and Dead Reckoning

The book trailers on YouTube for Jezebel at; and Brainstorm at 

And you can always find my books at any online bookstore, including Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Nook, etc. All three of my thrillers are currently on sale in eBook formats for only $.99—trying to get those sales numbers soaring! Of course, you can find them in traditional paperback and hardcover at reasonable prices, as well. One more plug for one of my books: Novel Writing Made Simple is an excellent resource for both the beginning and seasoned novelist, as well. You can find the spiral bound and paperback on Amazon, or there’s even an eBook version you can download from iBooks 

Thanks again for hosting me on your wonderful blog! I hope you, the girls, and all your bloggers have a really frightening but fun Halloween!

About the author: 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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  1. A good scare is all about the anticipation. I need to be held in suspense until **BAM**.


  2. A good scare is about the "unexpected" twist or in the ending scenes of the movie "Jagged Edge" when the hand went through the glass ....and I jumped up in the movie theater'm a big scaredy cat so if you build up the momentum...and then something unexpected happens...yeah..I squeal like a


  3. It doesn't take much to scare me, actually. A tree against the window. A creaky door. I'm easy to frighten like that. And yet, I keep coming back for more! :-)
    Wishing you lots of success!