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"Toothpick for Two"
Gordon A Kessler
Gordon A Kessler is a former US
Marine parachutist, recon scout, and Super Squad team leader, with a Bachelor of
General Studies degree in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Science degree in
Industiral Technology. He is a Master Instructor for Johnson County
Community College, the National Academy of Railroad Sciences and BNSF Railway
Company, Inc., and has taught novel writing for Butler County Community
College. Kessler is a founder and current president of the Kansas
Writers Association (a fifteen-year-old group of one hundred and fifty
writers). He is also an "indie writer" with three published
thriller novels; Jezebel,
Dead Reckoning and Brainstorm.
His unpublished thriller A Culling
of Innocents was a finalist for the
Rupert Hughes Award at the 2003 Maui Writers Conference. Two other
unpublished thrillers, Jack
Knight and The Storegga Effect, won
first place consecutively in the KWA's 2003 and 2004 novel-writing
competitions. His nonfiction book specifically targeting
beginning novelists, Novel Writing Made
Simple, won second place in the Oklahoma
Writers Federation's 2004 competition. Brainstorm, his
latest thriller, won first place in the KWA's novel-writing competition in a
previous year and he believes it is by far his best work.
As an independent editor,
speaker, conference organizer and writer, Kessler has made and kept current
numerous contacts with editors and agents in the NY publishing industry as well
as others around the country. He tries to stay connected with
writers and the writing industry by doing speaking engagements at writers conferences
as well as for writers organizations and even small groups. He
conduct full-day writing seminars and workshops in the Midwest in cities like
Wichita, Lincoln (Nebraska) and Kansas City, based
on his Novel Writing Made
Over the past twenty
years, Kessler has edited literally hundreds of fiction and
non-fiction works. His editing services include the full gamut, dependent
upon individual writer's needs— from quick read-throughs to full line edits and story
reviews. As a primer especially for the beginning novelist, his Grabber
1250! is a fun way to help seasoned as well as new writers examine their stories and
ensure that when they present their work to the publishing industry, it will be at
its very best.
What if a small American town is
secretly replicated, populated with kidnapped scientists and psychically talented
civilians, and then used as a proving ground while training psychic assassins?
Political and military leaders of the Free World are the targets of these psychic
warriors, and Project Brainstorm's goal is world domination. The only person
who can stop the unthinkable plot is a seemingly simple man without a
In BRAINSTORM, Gold Rush seems
to be just another sleepy little Colorado community full of friendly, caring
citizens, quaint cottages, and a sort of quiet peace, held gently by the picturesque
mountains that surround it. However, something isn't right in Gold Rush, and
early on a Monday morning Robert Weller awakens with a cautioning and insuppressible
voice inside his head. He soon finds a secret behind every door, a motive with
every glance, and a lie beneath every spoken word. After meeting a strange but
beautiful woman named Sunny who insists they were once lovers, people begin dropping
dead around him without apparent cause. The world he thought he knew twists
upside down as paramilitary teams hunt him, and his own wife and the people he
considers friends turn against him. After his wife falls dead inexplicably, he
is thrown into the middle of a military mission to rescue thousands of the town's
citizens from a plot to destroy the Free World.
In time, Weller discovers he was
once the CIA's top remote viewer (based on an actual CIA project called
Stargate). He finds out he has telepathic powers enhanced to a lethal level,
and his memory has been erased. His subjugators have programmed him with new
memories through hypnosis and hallucinogenic drugs aided by old TV shows,
commercials, home movies, and other sensory stimuli. Led by Dr. Xiang Gao, his
handlers are hoping to make him a psychic warrior in order to assassinate certain
heads of state and military leaders.
Dr. Xiang is no ordinary general
practitioner, and he's certainly more than the Weller family's trusted
physician. Under the guise of a caring doctor, he is a brutal but brilliant
scientist, driven by revenge. As the son of a Russian diplomat and a Shanghai
prostitute, his vendetta against a cruel world for his horrendous childhood makes him
blind to any sort of human empathy. His band of scientists along with Mike Wu, who
Weller thinks is his best friend/brother-in-law, have molded Robert Weller into what
they hope to be one of the most deadly weapons on earth, only one of hundreds they
are now ready to unleash upon the world.
But something goes wrong on the
big test day, and Robert Weller shows a psychic talent beyond their hopes.
After unknowingly doing away with a number of his keepers, Weller breaks free and is
in hiding with the assistance of a strange woman who has seemed to appear from
To stay alive, Weller
subconsciously connects with the ethereal matrix, an eternal grid work that exists
only in the mind (remote viewing). It acts as a never-ending card catalog, linking
his mind to critical happenings in space and time, remote places in the past, present
—and he uses his seemingly newfound ability to outsmart his keepers and escape to
In the end...well, you'll have
to buy the book!
Listen to the first pages of the
BRAINSTORM goes beyond the
bounds of ordinary reason. Research for the novel led Kessler to the CIA's
Project Stargate, a twenty-year exploration into remote viewing and psychic powers
which they actually relied upon even during and after the Persian Gulf War.
Delving into the background information needed for the project, he did extensive
research into the incredible new developments in non-lethal weapons such as acoustic
cannons, sticky foam, anti-traction substances, electromagnetic pulse devices, and
infrared lasers. He also was reminded of some very sobering statistics;
there are still thousands of American MIAs from the Korean and Vietnam
NOVEL WRITING MADE SIMPLE Synopsis:
Novel Writing Made Simple is
an easy to understand study
manual for the beginning novelist, a reference and review for the experienced fiction
writer; Novel Writing Made Simple is a
comprehensive guide to the novel-writing craft. Its straightforward approach breaks
down the rules and conventions of one of the most revered and subjective of all
creative arts to their simplest forms. This thorough text covers everything from
storytelling basics to manuscript submission. If you have room for but one
novel-writing reference book beside your keyboard, Novel Writing Made Simple is the one to
*******Kick start your novel
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!
Here’s what others are saying about Jezebel:
“Gordon Kessler has crafted a compelling and intense novel that grabs you by the throat and
won't let go. His characters are well drawn and complex. You'll find yourself yelling out
loud at them in either fear or frustration. The plot is full of twists and turns that never
let you relax.
“Jezebel is definitely a book you will remember. You may also find yourself looking a
little nervously at your beloved pet. Is that a smile - or could it be a snarl...? Highly
recommended!”—Nancy L. Mehl “Author” from MyShelf.com
“Mr. Kessler is a very strong writer who creates in his first novel an almost palpable
moment in time. Disturbing as his subject matter is, he unabashedly writes what he sees
with the unblinking eye of a well-trained sniper. All of his characters have redemptive
qualities, but are full of the human frailties that the flesh is heir to. The reader finds
himself lusting after the nubile Sarah Hill, while simultaneously trying to focus on the
fantastic Julie Parker waiting at home, willing himself (and the hero) to make the right
choice. Kessler draws you in and forces you to care about his creations even as he rips
their world asunder before your very eyes.
“…an excellent first effort and a really enjoyable read. This is definitely a book that
will be savored by the adult mystery/crime enthusiast. An author to watch.”—Jason D.
“A fine, scary thriller. Gordon Kessler has crafted himself one fine, scary thriller in
Jezebel. The fact that this scenario actually could happen made it all the more frightening
to me. I couldn't help but think while reading it what a good movie it would make. All the
ingredients are at hand: interesting characters, with non-stop fright and suspense that
plays well against the Heartland locale. The prologue alone was enough to make my hair
stand on end.
“Jezebel is a heart pounding, adrenaline pumping story and Mr. Kessler writes well. I
recommend it to adults who enjoy suspense and fright.”—Laurel Johnson, Midwest Book
A young woman investigator goes
undercover aboard a small US Navy ship to find out why its crewmembers are
disappearing one by one. Not knowing whom she can trust, Janelle “"Spurs”" Sperling
encounters high seas, drugs, sexism, homophobia, love and murder aboard a ship of
horrors before discovering the real danger.
She is thrown
into non-stop, life-threatening situations as she uncovers startling clues while teaming
up with both friend and foe to stop an unthinkable terrorist plot to kill thousands of
Americans. She soon discovers that the ones wearing the white hats aren't always the
good guys as memories of a traumatic childhood event comes back to slap her in the face
and reveal that she is an unwitting pawn in a deadly game between the US government,
ruthless terrorists and her own family. She has but one choice. The only way to stop a
catastrophe of enormous proportions is going to be...Suicide!
stand by for heavy rolls! We're coming about and heading into the
"JACK KNIGHT" (short
A teenager growing up in a
small town in the late 60's is introduced to love with the tomboy he's grown up
with and a bond with a neighborhood tough soon to be drafted. He feels the world
changing, and sees it in his friends and the times. With his life twisting in
directions he never saw coming, he finally unlocks a mystery that will forever
change his life and leave him a choice that he may always regret.
"TOOTHPICK FOR TWO"
(short story) Synopsis:
On a stormy night coming home
from a family reunion, a long married couple is reminded why they love eachother.
A simple, thoughtful act warms even the coldest of hearts and can cure what ails
those who have been together for years, but have forgotten how much they really
love each other. True love isn't all fun, but it can be funny, especially when you
find it all over again.
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