Thursday, October 13, 2011
Meet Cujo's Sister, Jezebel!
Alisha: Welcome to my stop for Jezebel's Virtual Book Tour! Glad you're here today, Gordon. ;)
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[Gordon Kessler] Thanks for hosting Jezebel on your blog, Alisha! I thought I’d turn the interview over to Channel Two News reporter Henry Haskins—he is a professional, and a bit of a pompous ass, as well.
Haskins: Look who’s talking. You’re just lucky there’s a lady present. Oh, and what a fine lady it is—good evening Julie Newton. I’ve been so-o-o looking forward to this interview.
Julie: It’s Parker. You know that, Henry. It’s been Parker for over eight years, now.
Haskins: Oh, I remember…. I also remember some of the really good times we had in the back seat of my Chrysler....
Julie: That’s a lie, and you know it. You’re just trying to get things riled up with Tony, again.
Haskins: Well, can you deny we had a little fling?
Julie: Yes, I can. You asked me out. You were nice on the first date so I thought a second time wouldn’t hurt. I was wrong…you got handsy and I had to fight you off with my shoe. I see you still have that little scar above your right eye from the heel.
Haskins: Oh, come on, baby. You can tell the truth…what we had was—
Julie: What we had was a fight, you grabbed where you shouldn’t, and I gave you a heel to the head. Let’s get on with the interview, shall we? (reaching for her shoe)
Haskins: All right, okay…don’t get all weird on me, again. So, tell me about your part in Jezebel. I’ll bet you were scared witless.
Julie: There were times. I was mostly afraid for the children. But when Jezebel was after me…well, I can’t even describe the fear.
Haskins: Yeah, she’s one big, mean bitch, isn’t she?
Julie: Well, not in the way you might think. You’d have to read the story to understand, but she was very misunderstood.
Haskins: Uh-huh. Like when she tore her master’s throat out?
Julie: (sighing) Like I said, you’ll have to read the story to understand. It’s very deep. And there was a lot going on around that time. Things seemed crazy all over. The entire town seemed under some kind of strange spell. Regardless, I knew Tony would keep us safe.
Haskins: Oh, yeah, your big stud, ex-Marine hubby. The guy you caught rootin’ like a hog on that slutty little Sarah Hill.
Julie: (slipping one shoe off) That will be enough. As usual, you have the story completely turned around. I trust Tony—I trust him more than anyone. And Sarah, well, she’s a bit of a tease, but that’s all. I’m sure nothing happened…
Haskins: (chuckling) Yeah, you’re sure—okay, now put the shoe down…Well, anyway what about Lt. Jack Simpson? He’s been Tony’s best friend for a long time. What kind of a guy is he.
Julie: Jack’s the best. He’s a real family man, and he’s been a really good friend. He’s always there when we need him. And he’s a great detective.
Haskins: Uh-huh. Rumor has it that Simpson might not make it through to the end of this story. We know he’s not a big fan of dogs—something about a traumatic attack when he was a child. There’s even talk that this could be the last we see of Doc and Patsy White Cloud. Even a rumor that Tony’s got some sort of terminal disease….
Julie: Talk, talk, talk. Read the book and you won’t have to speculate. Are you a reporter or a rumor chasing busy-body.
Haskins: (with a creepy sneer) Busy body? I wouldn’t mind getting our bodies busy, if you know what I mean. No one has to know. I’ll cut it out of the interview, and ….Ow! Hey, stop it! You’re going to put my eyes out with that thing. Ouch, damn it! Ah, man, you chipped a tooth. Can’t I ever finish an interview without a black eye or broken nose?
Julie: (slipping her shoe back on and heading for the door) An eye for an eye and heel for a heel. Next time you’ll be eating the entire shoe!
Haskins: Good lord! That woman has fire! Anyway, if you get into reading stuff—I’m more of a game player, myself—you might want to check out Jezebel. I’ve heard it’s nothing like what you might expect, and it has a great ending that will give you a smile and a chill at the same time.
Jezebel and Kessler’s other thriller novels Brainstorm and Dead Reckoning are on sale for a limited time as eBooks for only $.99, everywhere eBooks are sold (Amazon, iBooks, Sony, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords). And there’s a great Jezebel book trailer on YouTube HERE and one for Brainstorm HERE.
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!
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.
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.
You can find Gordon at Writers Matrix and Indie Writers Alliance where writers go for help with their writing endeavors.
His author website is HERE.
Tour Stops and Dates for Gordon can be found HERE.
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Alisha: Gee, thanks, Gordon! I was once chased down by a ginormous dog when I was 7 months pregnant. As if I wasn't afraid of dogs enough..yikes!