Thursday, July 28, 2011

Brainstorm by Gordon Kessler Interview: Goddess Fish Tour Stop

I'm very pleased to welcome Gordon Kessler today. Gordon is touring his new book, Brainstorm.  I am anxious to find out more about his book, as I am sure you are, too.  So, just scroll on down and enjoy!

Thank you for hosting me on Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews! Once again, I'm feeling a little lazy, so I thought I'd turn the blog over to a couple of characters from two of my thrillers. Since Channel 2 TV News reporter Henry Haskins from Jezebel is the interview pro, I've asked him to sit down with Sunny McMaster from Brainstorm. Go ahead Haskins.

Haskins: Oh so it's just "Haskins," not "Mr." or even "Henry"?  When will I ever get the respect I deserve? I'm too good for this crap...I'm outta here! I don't need to do this gig---Whoa!

Sunny: Mr. Haskins, please sit back down.

Haskins: Oh, uh, sure, sweetheart.  You're Sunny McMaster? I'd heard you're a real babe, but I had no idea...

Sunny: And don't start getting any ideas. I'm here to promote Brainstorm, not stroke your ego. You can call me Sunny. I will not answer to sweetheart, babe or any other endearments that might somehow sexually stimulate your pathetic fantasies.

Haskins: Sure, sure, okay. Let's get down with it, then—I mean the interview. Let's talk about Brainstorm. What's this story really about, anyway. Is it a gut-wrenching, action packed thriller or some kind of mamby-pamby, sissie-assed romance?

Sunny: I don't like your description of romance, and I'm sure none of the other bloggers appreciate it either. Brainstorm is not a conventional romance, no. But the underlying theme is all about true love and undying passion. And the storyline is action-packed, no doubt. It's like a roller coaster ride. You can see the thrill ride coming, the plot coming to a turning point that's like that first big hill. Then, when you go over the top, all you can do is hold on for dear life, because it won't stop until the very end.

Haskins: And I'll bet that's the way you are, too—you really know how to use that "undying passion" stuff to please a man.

Sunny: I'm going to pretend you're not a creep and are sincere. Yes, I love my man, and I show him that I do—and he shows me in reciprocation.  There's nothing kinky or nasty about it.

Haskins: Oh, yeah, that brings us to the question of just who your man really is? Is it your husband, Daniel, or is it this Robert Weller guy. I understand you had an affair with him.

Sunny: There are a lot of things you might think you understand, Mr. Haskins, but I don't believe you truly would unless you read Brainstorm. Did you?

Haskins: Well, let's say I skimmed it. I didn't see any real juicy parts, though. I don't read novels—I think it's a waste of time.  I watch movies.  Maybe when they make Brainstorm into a movie, I'll "understand".

Sunny: You have a real creepy smile, Henry.  By the way, that's quite a bruise on you jaw.  I'll bet that hurt. Daniel gave it to you in the last interview, didn't he?  

Haskins: A sucker punch.  Let's get on with the interview, shall we? You're not a commando, you're not some kind of trained CIA operative: what exactly is your role in Brainstorm? How do you qualify to go on a rescue mission with a group of highly trained Air Force PJs?

Sunny: I can't tell you that, it's classified.  I can tell you that it was my job to get Robert Weller to talk.

Haskins: Really, I'd think after having an affair with him, you wouldn't want him to talk—Oh! My nose!

Sunny: Please excuse Mr. Haskins.  He's had to leave the set to take care of a sudden nose-bleed. Let me finish this interview for him.  I think you'll enjoy Brainstorm, because it isn't just another shallow thriller full of gratuitous action. It's about the human condition, and how, no matter what a person goes through, if their love is true, it will shine through in the end. Please give it a try.

Like NY Times bestselling author Douglas Preston said, it's “ exciting and fast-paced as a thrill ride on a dive bomber, a maelstrom of action, violence, murder and mayhem, way too much fun to put down.. An outstanding novel.” And NY Times bestselling author James Rollins said Brainstorm is "...a kickass adventure story that will have you thrumming through the pages well into the night...handled with stunning effect."

Check out the Brainstorm book trailer on at: —it's kind of fun! And you can find out more about Gordon and his other thrillers Jezebel and Dead Reckoning on his website . For a limited time during this blog tour, all three thrillers in eBook format are only $.99! Give them all a try! Thanks for blogging about Brainstorm, and may you always have happy endings!

Laurie:  Thanks so much Sunny! And, I have to say, you showed admirable restraint this morning.  I got an ice pack for Haskins, but he, of course, just brushed me off and said "That little gal is feisty, huh...".   Thanks for being here today!


THE AUTHOR WILL BE GIVING AWAY  a basic Kindle, Kobo, Sony Reader or Nook to one randomly drawn commenter from this tour.  The lucky winner selects the device. Follow along on the tour, find out cool new stuff at each stop, and comment.  Each comment automatically increases your odds of winning. The tour dates can be found here.  


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 and his world twists upside down as paramilitary teams hunt him, and his own wife and friends turn against him. Weller 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.
Time is running out: Weller, Sunny and thousands of innocent citizens are facing nuclear devastation. Major “Jax” Jackson and a U.S. Air Force Para Rescue team are their only hope—but how can Jax and his PJs save them all, armed only with nonlethal weapons?
“ exciting and fast-paced as a thrill ride on a dive bomber, a maelstrom of action, violence, murder and mayhem, way too much fun to put down...based on an actual black CIA program known as ‘Project Stargate. Kessler...really knows his stuff. An outstanding novel.”— Douglas Preston, bestselling author of The Codex, Relic and Book of the Dead and many more.
"...a wild ride into the reality of human consciousness...a kickass adventure story that will have you thrumming through the pages well into the night...handled with stunning effect."— James Rollins, bestselling author of Black Order, Sandstorm and Map of Bones as well as many others.

I had no idea I would begin a killing spree on such a lovely morning.  I felt animosity for no one.  I willed no one dead.
My name is Robert Weller.  I’m the type of guy who will trap a spider in the shower, take it out to the bushes in the middle of the night and bid it farewell and happy hunting.  But early on this Monday morning a change seemed to come over my life as subtle and lethal as a glass of Chardonnay laced with arsenic.
I was dreaming. I saw myself sitting in a large room, white and cold. It smelled of antiseptic. In the middle of the room was a table with a large brown envelope propped up on it. I sat to one side in a hard oak chair. On the opposite side of the room, behind a small, gray-metal desk, sat a woman in a U.S. Army uniform. Her name was Lieutenant Vanzandtz, and she appeared to be in her early thirties. Her mismatched chair was thick and upholstered in burgundy leather or more likely cheap Naugahyde.
In this dream, I was shirtless and covered in goose bumps. I didn’t know what the cathode-ray tube beside me monitored, nor did I care. That was their business. I was getting three hundred bucks. The jumping green lines and the constant blips from the machine were becoming annoying, however. The monitor’s leads were stuck to my temples and to well-shaven areas on the base of my head and on my chest.
I closed my eyes but didn’t concentrate on the envelope as the lieutenant had just instructed. Instead, I thought of her. She had yet to smile. I guessed she’d have a pleasant smile if she’d ever try. But she just sat behind her desk, her face stern, mouth small and tight. I considered how a broad smile on her narrow face would’ve nicely balanced out her large-framed glasses and the bun of walnut hair on top of her head.
My focus changed to the contents of the envelope. Somewhere behind my eyes a three-dimensional image formed. I saw blue-green water, deep but calm, near a beach with sand as white and fine as table salt. In the water, a white sailing yacht, probably eighty feet, floated peacefully with three large sails billowing in a light breeze. The name Chairman was scrolled in blue across the leisure vessel’s stern. To the left of the boat, the sun posed like a huge tangerine ball drifting in the ocean, and above, the clouds were wispy ghosts painted coral by the sun’s last rays.
With eyes still closed, I turned my attention to a thick file folder in front of the lieutenant. Another vision came clear, the file’s jacket. Project: Grill Flame, it said in large, stamped-on letters. On its index tab was a name I didn’t recognize—Daniel McMaster. I focused on the heading of the first page. Remote Viewer Evaluation, it said. A list followed with all of the boxes farthest to the left checked under the Excellent column. Under Notes was written: Top candidate. Subject excels in all measured areas. Someone’s entire life put down in letters and numbers, I thought, and I got the distinct impression that this man’s file, this Daniel McMaster, was being used for comparison—some sort of watermark, the bar everyone else should strive to reach.
I told the lieutenant what I saw in the thin package on which she had requested my attention, but I said nothing of what I’d discovered in the file folder, and I opened my eyes.

Author 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 Jezebel and Dead Reckoning, and a book about the novel-writing craft, Novel Writing Made Simple.  He is a founder and former 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 has 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 www.IndieWritersAlliance are landing pages for writers to help them in their writing endeavors.


THE AUTHOR WILL BE GIVING AWAY  a basic Kindle, Kobo, Sony Reader or Nook to one randomly drawn commenter from this tour.  The lucky winner selects the device. Follow along on the tour, find out cool new stuff at each stop, and comment.  Each comment automatically increases your odds of winning. The tour dates can be found here:  
Next Up on Tour
7/29/2011: My Odd Little World
8/1/2011: Minding Spot

Full Tour Lineup

Thanks so much for visiting today and I sincerely hope you had as much fun as I did.  Remember, every comment you make during this tour increases your chances of winning a brand new reading device.  So ask your question or share a thought.  I LOVE to hear what you have to say! 

Promotional materials were provided by Goddess Fish Promotions and the author.  I may be eligible for certain "Thank you" incentives depending on the success of this post in comparison with other similar posts on this tour. "Success" is defined in this instance as number of comments generated.

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Karen said...

Great character interview. I think Mr. Haskins got what he deserved!

kacbooks at hotmail dot com

marybelle said...

Loved the excerpt thank you.


Elijana said...

hehehe, I love interviews like this. And rotflmsao at "just another shallow thriller full of gratuitous action". Sounds like a great read and I'm adding it to my TBR list.

Good luck on the blog tour!
elijanakindel (at) gmail (dot) com

ruby95660 said...

Loved the interview! It was great!

Na said...

Did I mention I really like character interviews? It helps me connect better with them and gives them the chance to show us their personality. I really like Sunny's. She has that non-nonsense, get down to business demeanor about it. Then again she also has steel in her. I like that she clocked Haskins in the nose, gutsy move!


Lori in Philly said...

First time and I really enjoyed it! Will be back for more.

Laurie said...

Hey all!! Thanks so much for the great comments and for stopping by today. I personally loved this character interview and got a hardy chuckle from it, too!! :) Good luck to everyone on the giveaway!!

Gary said...


What a great way to introduce everyone to one of your characters. Brainstorm sounds like an exciting summer read.

Krystal said...

This needs to go on my to-reads list, I love learning more about the characters. Thank you!

Denise said...


Chalk one up for Sunny! Loved the character interview.

Julie S said...

Sounds like an intense read. Great tour and post.

The Tame Lion said...

Wonderful! Terrific!

L. K. Below said...

Fantastic interview. The excerpt really whet my appetite for more. Best of luck with your new release!


Shah Wharton said...

Oh I do hope you get a 'thank you' gift. Great post so it'll be well deserved. I'm only doing my first 'book tour posting' (as you perhaps saw on my blog) although I have obviously reviewed and promoted privately. I really want to do a good job - I have a few more coming up.

This book looks cool. I won't need an entry into the comp though as I have a Kindle (which I cherish).

Thank you so much for linking up at my blog hop too!

Shah .X

night owl in IL said...

Thanks for being a part of this blog hop with the contest/giveaway!

Lea Ellen {night owl in IL}

KristinCanRead said...

Hey Laurie! Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I am now your newest follower! Yay! --Kristin

Lexi said...

Great character interview, so much fun to read. And a great way to hook people on the book!
Thanks for a chance to win.


Devon Ashley said...

I'd probably smack him too. :P

devonashleywrites at yahoo dot com

The Happy Booker said...

I love the character guest posts and interviews. This sounds like an exciting read!

Donna @ The Happy Booker
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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

the character interview was so cute and thank you for the excerpt and contest!!

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Darlene said...

I enjoyed the excerpt - Weller's character intrigues me.

Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

TheJay2xA said...

Enjoyed reading this so much! thanks for sharing!

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geschumann said...

Nice excerpt! Want to read now. Thanks! Gloria

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Kristen said...

The book sounds excellent. Right up my alley. Love the interview!

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Rabid Fox said...

I don't often get into character interviews, but that one was pretty good. Enjoyed the excerpt too. I'll have to definitely keep this book in mind down the road.

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Michele said...

Thanks for the character interviews!! That was fun!! Looks like one i'm going to put on TBR list!!


GFC Michele Luker

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Amy (ArtsyBookishGal) said...

What a fun character interview! Loved it!

Amy // amyismyfriend at aol dot com

frunchezzcuh said...

I enjoyed the interview very much. And also the excerpt. I will definitely add it on my TBR list! :)


Thankyou. God Bless!

Andra said...

Wow thanks for the chance to win! :)

andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

rhonda1111 said...

hope you win. the book sounds like it is full of action. cant wait to read it.

Darryl said...

Funny interview. Another excerpt was great to read.

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Alicia said...

I read the excerpt and your entry! I don't read thrillers too much, but I might give this one a try :)

Thanks for the great giveaway! alicia.ebaugh at gmail dot com

We Fancy Books said...

lovely interview! awesome excerpt as usual!

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IdentitySeeker said...

Haha! Loved the interview. Haskins certainly got what he deserved. You go, Sunny!:)


Leah said...

what a fun interview! i enjoyed the excerpt and will definitely be checking out that book!
thanks for a fantastic giveaway!
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Bella said...

Loved the excerpt and great giveaway. Thanks!

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jessica said...

Great excerpt! The red color on the cover catches the eye.
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hendy said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win, the book looks great
hendymartin1 at yahoo dot com

Megan said...

Great interview! The cover of the book is cool.

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J.L. Campbell said...

The first couple of paragraphs do a good job of making we want to read on. Wishing Mr. Kessler success with this novel.

Maeva said...

Haven't heard about this book until I read your post. That's one of the coolest things about book tours, we find out great posts about books we probably wouldn't ever see around there. Putting it on my wishlist!


Guta Bauer said...

The excerpt got us really curious and now I want to read this book! ;)

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Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

you are one busy author!
the pace of this book seems to match your own ") and i'm sure your writing students will gain much from the knowledge and expertise you offer.. thanks for sharing so much with us today! and congrats on your tour ~ your giveaway generosity is hugely appreciated. will it come with your novel already syncd?

Lovely said...

thanks for the chance!