Gordon Kessler


Gordon Kessler is a thriller novelist living in the Kansas City metro area with his golden retriever, Jazmin (Jazzy Brass). He's taught novel writing for several community colleges, worked over twenty years for the BNSF Railway, and is a former US Marine Recon Scout, Super Squad team leader, parachutist and troop handler. He enjoys SCUBA, sailing, snow skiing and sharing time with his kids and grandkids.

His thriller novels Jezebel, Dead Reckoning, and Brainstorm are all in both paper and eBook. His latest men's action/adventure thrillers, Knight's Ransom, Knight's Big Easy and Knight's Late Train are about half the size of his big thrillers and are fast, fun reads.

Gordon's also published two short story eBooks: a humorous piece called "Toothpick for Two" and a nostalgic romance called "Jack Baron". Please check them out.

As a consultant and editor on numerous book and eBook projects over the past twenty years, Gordon has published five books for writers. Novel Writing Made Simple is a great primer for beginners and an excellent refresher for the experienced wordsmith. EBook Writing Made Simple focuses on the actual writing of eBook novels and how they can be crafted more effectively for the eBook novel reader rather than as a work written for the traditional publishing industry. How to Write a Novel--Storytelling, the Writer and the EBook Novel is one of his latest works, published especailly with the beginning eBook novelist in mind.

Gordon is a founder and past president of the Kansas Writers Association, a sixteen-year-old organization of some very special people. Last year, he started a group to help support independent authors called the Indie Writers Alliance--another group of great people.

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Toothpick For Two
Price: Free! Words: 3,280. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Humorous, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A silly, simple little short story about two silly and simple little people, Grace and Benny Bevermeyer. Originally written for audio in a Tom Bodett-style narration, "Toothpick for Two" is a long married couple is reminded why they love eachother on a stormy night coming home from a family reunion. True love isn't all fun, but it can be funny, especially when you find it all over again.

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Smashwords book reviews by Gordon Kessler

  • River of Murder on Nov. 19, 2011

    Author Conrad Jestmore's River of Murder, reminiscent of the "Rockford Files," is populated with outwardly simple but inwardly complex characters, all unique and interesting. It's one of those mysteries that pulls you in and makes you feel like you're riding along in the passenger's seat as James Garner tracks down the bad guys around LA in his Pontiac Firebird Esprit—but Jimmy O'Reilly drives a pickup and his bad guys are mostly in and around small town Chisholm, Kansas. Jestmore's writing is smooth and casual, the plot full of twists and the dialogue realistic and fun. The story opens with Jimmy O'Reilly's elderly mentor and friend turning up dead from a suspicious farm accident. It's a tragedy for the former detective and PI, but the fun is only beginning for us mystery lovers. This is a fast and fun read that will keep you guessing until the end as Jestmore guides you through the twists and turns as skillfully as James Rockford doing his famous "J-turn" turnaround. Highly recommended.
  • Running into the Darkness on Oct. 10, 2012

    FEMME FATALE With a Motive! D A Bale has me hooked! Running Into the Darkness will lead you on a roller coaster through suspense, action and intrigue, and it won't let you off until the ride's over. It opens doors to rooms you've often wondered about, but knew you should never open. The DC Politico and an underworld organization of assassins are key players, and you'll be surprised which side you find yourself rooting for. Characters are deep and real, and the plot is complex and engaging. Entertainment is the name of this game, and it's a big boy and girl's ride