power, and sex—that's all some strive for, all they desire. And eventually it
destroys—or kills. Welcome to the world of entertainment, Hollywood
Winter, Private Investigator
divorce of a gifted singer and songwriter leads Catherine Winter into the dark
shadows of drugs, sex, and power.Determined to find the killer of an entertainment attorney to Hollywood's elite,
Catherine discovers the multifarious and convoluted connections between several
people as she searches for truth and justice.
closely with the Los Angeles Police Department, and teaming up with former cop
and private investigator, Joe Copp, the hunt is on to find a killer.Catherine Winter has seen it all in her many
years as a Southern California private
investigator, and now in her sixties, she's as determined and dedicated as
Pendleton's first private eye novel is a brilliant debut.Shattered
Lens is good enough I hope it becomes a series."-Richard S. Prather, Author of the Shell Scott Mystery Series.
Transcription By the President of the United States of America:
on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the
United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:
"That on the first day of January, in the year
of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as
slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall
then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward,
and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including
the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the
freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or
any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.
"That the Executive will, on the first day of
January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of States,
if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be in rebellion
against the United States; and the fact that any State, or the people thereof,
shall on that day be, in good faith, represented in the Congress of the United
States by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the
qualified voters of such State shall have participated, shall, in the absence
of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such
State, and the people thereof, are not then in rebellion against the United
Now, therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the
United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief, of
the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion
against the authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and
necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do, on this first day of
January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three,
and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the full
period of one hundred days, from the day first above mentioned, order and
designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof
respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States, the
following, to wit:
Texas, Louisiana, (except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson,
St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche,
St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans)
Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and
Virginia, (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also
the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess
Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth), and which
excepted parts, are for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation
were not issued.
And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose
aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said
designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free;
and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military
and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said
And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to
be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence; and I
recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for
And I further declare and make known, that such
persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the
United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to
man vessels of all sorts in said service.
And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act
of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke
the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and
caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this first day of
January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three,
and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-seventh.
I like the fictional characters I put in my novels ... even
the bad guys. While writing, I never know what characters will pop in and want
a role in the story.The characters I
create within my own mind, and who find their way onto the pages of my books,
may be nothing more than a spark of creation from my own view of life, or from small
pieces of others, who may have come in and out of my life, whether it be in a
passing glance, a momentary speck of passion, an irritation, a voice, a song, a
smile, a frown, or even a word.
A male acquaintance once asked if my fictional characters in
my Catherine Winter, Private Investigator Series, were modeled after anyone I
know. My answer was, “Not really.”
But if he would actually end up in any of my books, he won’t
recognize himself.That is, unless he
notices the male character with a small dimple when he smiles, or a guy with a
bit of a tease in his voice, or the tall, handsome man who wins the heart of
the little kid, or the heart of a mistreated puppy.
Don Pendleton, creator of The Executioner: Mack Bolan Series,
and considered "the father of action/adventure," speaks in this short
video about his writing of the Series. The first book in the Series, War Against the Mafia was
published in 1969, had numerous printings, domestic and foreign, and
Don went on to write 37 books before franchising his characters to
Halequin, and since about 900 books have been published with this Mack Bolan characters.
Don also published the Joe Copp Private Eye Series; the Ashton Ford Psychic Detective Series;Roulette, the Search for the Sunrise Killer
(with Linda Pendleton); other fiction and nonfiction books throughout
his long career. He also wrote a book for aspiring writers--The Metaphysics of the Novel, The Inner Workings of a Novel and a Novelist by Don Pendleton with Linda Pendleton. The book are in print, ebooks. The Copp Series and Ford Series are also in audio.
The first three ebooks are in a
bundle, and sale priced on Monday, November 28, 2016.
War Against the Mafia:In the jungles of Southeast
Asia, no sniper was more ruthless than Mack Bolan. After twelve
years in-country, with ninety-five confirmed kills, he returns home only to
find that his father has gone berserk, slaughtering his family before taking
his own life.For the sake of his
father, Bolan declares war on the men who drove him mad—the Mafia.
Death Squad:Hunted by the police, the FBI, and every mobster
in America, Mack Bolan plans
his next attack with the help of his Death Squad, ten soldier pals from the Vietnam
Battle Mask:With a bounty on his head, and every cop in Los Angeles hot on his tail, Mack Bolan, with
a new look, and his own trademark cunning, infiltrates the mob syndicate.
These first three books of Don's Executioner Series are also available in print for the first time since the late 1980s.
Published by Open Road Media and available at Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iTunes, Google, indiebooks.
father was an avid reader, mainly mass market paperback books, although my
parents did subscribe to Book of the Month Club.Of those books I recall Kon-tiki, Payton
Place, Captain and Kings, What Makes Sammy Run, A Woman Called Fancy, all of
which I read as a kid, along with others.Daddy would read every night as soon as he finished reading the
newspaper.He always had a book in his
hand, whether he was watching TV, or just sitting in his upholstered platform
rocker in the living room.He was the
main reason I came to appreciate books as I did.After I was married, he would often give me a
bag of paperback books, usually lots of Detectives and Westerns, Louis L'Amour,
Max Brand, and a few spicy books (spicy for those days of the early
1960s).I recall reading one of the
spicy popular gems, and deciding I could write that.So one night after putting my two young
children to bed, I got out my typewriter and began to write a sexy novel.Didn't go well.I gave up on the second night.So for a time that squelched by writing
career.I told my Daddy and he just
smiled.A couple of years later, I wrote
a nonfiction children's science proposal and sent it off to NY.I soon had a response and the editor wanted
to see my manuscript when completed.Well, that scared the hell of me!I never finished the manuscript!Soon
after I did write a children's storybook but NY turned it down. I often wish my Dad was still here to
experience my writing since those days.He passed in 1978, before I seriously got back into writing. But I thank him for encouraging me to read!
Did you receive encouragement from someone to read books?
Don Pendleton's first book of his internationally best selling The
Executioner, Mack Bolan Series, originally published in paperback 47
years ago in 1969; and then re-issued 26 years again 1988; ebooks of
the series for the first time in Dec. 2014; and now again, War Against
the Mafia is in PRINT as of October 11, 2016. The next two books of the series,
Death Squad, and Battle Mask, are in print now, also.
is considered "the father of the Action/Adventure literary genre," a
term he himself coined. Random House Historical Dictionary of American
Slang, Volume II (H-O) gives derivation credit for "live large" to Don
Pendleton and his Executioner Series.
The print books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
I was thinking about newsstands, those places one could drive to for national
and international newspapers, magazines, candy and cigarettes—24 hours a
day.I loved doing term papers for high
school and college.For my senior high school
Civics class I choose to do a report on the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, also
known as the Labor-Management Relations Act.Senator Taft was the eldest son of President William Howard Taft and a Supreme
Court Justice. Fred A. Hartley, Jr, was House Representative from New Jersey.The Act caused controversy and was vetoed by President
Truman, but Congress overrode the veto and it became law.
So in those days, more than half a century ago, research
consisted of the school library and town library.I wanted a copy of the New York Times, and
from what I recall, the Times must have done an article or was doing one in the
upcoming edition, so my only chance of getting a copy of the newspaper was to go
to Los Angeles (40
minutes away) to one of the several newsstands.My fiancé and soon to be husband, drove me to buy a newspaper. I don't
recall which newsstand we went to, either one in Los Angeles
or in Hollywood,
but it seemed like going to the big city for a "big city" newspaper. And
that "big city" newspaper was thick, heavy, and huge compared to my
local daily newspaper.I recall it was
evening, and the stand was on a corner and took up a good part of the city block.
The photo I found here, is of World Book and News, in later years on N.
Cahuenga, just off Hollywood Blvd., and after 78 years in business, it closed in
All this for a term paper, and why I choose to report on
labor law, I don't know.I do know I
received an A+ for the term paper.Today
we can easily do research online, find archives of newspapers, interviews,
documents, and not have to leave our computers.Times do change, especially over decades.Sometimes it is good, sometimes not so
I redid one of my websites: Ebooks of Don Pendleton and Linda Pendleton, Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction. We have numerous ebooks, including Don Pendleton's The Executioner: Mack Bolan Series; Joe Copp Private Eye Series; Ashton Ford Psychic Detective Series; and Linda Pendleton's Catherine Winter Private Investigator Series. We also have a few Thrillers, SciFi, and a number of nonfiction books. Most are also in print, and a lot are in audiobooks (both fiction and nonfiction). Many were originally published by traditional NY publishers, and I have chosen to return them to publication. Don's original international best-selling Executioner Series of the War Against the Mafia are now in ebooks, published by Open Road Media and available at various online ebook retailers.
In honor of my great, great
grandfather Silas I. Shearer, who served in the Civil War as a Union Soldier,
Company K 23 Reg't Infantry, Iowa
Volunteers.Enlisted in August 1862 at
the age of 24.Discharged as a Sergeant
in late 1865.Born in 1838, he was a
farmer, prior to the war, and after continued his farming, was on Board of
Supervisors, Postmaster, Justice of the Peace, and father of eleven
children.My great great-grandmother Elizabeth died in February,
2014, and it is said that Silas said that he would not live more than one year
alone without his wife. He died in March,
1915 at the age of 77.
Silas wrote this for his
wife, by candle light, in one of his many letters home to Elizabeth:
One of my favorite crockpot foods is my variation of mild chili
beans.Easy and good for a couple of
meals for me.Two cans of kidney beans,
drained; half a chopped onion or more; top sirloin steak cut into bite size (as
much as you want); one 16 oz. jar of Pace Mild Picante Sauce; small can of green
chilies, chopped; touch of cinnamon; season to taste with salt, pepper, onion
salt, garlic powder (if you like garlic more than me, then chopped fresh garlic).Small can of corn can also be added, but I
prefer without.I use top sirloin rather
than stew meat or other steak, as it is always tender.I cook on high for an hour or so, then low
for two or three hours. Serve with a green salad.I gave my recipe to a friend and she now makes
it often, too. It's perfect for fall and winter meals.
"Linda Pendleton skillfully combines
wit with visual artistry through her description of magical Sedona. I think I
just caught the Red Rock Fever bug!" ~Athena Demetrios, Author of TheSeasoning
of A Soul
20 Ways to Avoid Sedona's Red Rock Fever is a humorous
travel guide to Sedona, Arizona's Red Rock country.Come along with Linda Pendleton and her Red
Rock "critters" and laugh a little as you learn about Sedona.A visit to Sedona will be one that most
people will never forget, but if you follow the instructions within these
humorous vignettes, you may avoid catching the Fever!
A tourist attraction for many years, Sedona is a special
place where movies were filmed among the breathtaking scenery, a place where
artists live and numerous art galleries can be found.It has a New Age reputation for crystals,
energy vortices, spas, and UFO sightings.Having one of the most photographed scenes in the southwest, second only
to the Grand Canyon, Red Rock Crossing's Cathedral Rock along Oak Creek, is always a beautiful spot any
time of the year.Golf courses, hiking
trials, good food, luxurious resorts, a wonderful vacation spot or place to
live; that is Sedona.
Excerpt for our Nonfiction book Whispers From the Soul, by Don and Linda Pendleton.
On board the Attack Transport USS Rutland, riding anchor in the Philippines,
Radioman Second Class Don Pendleton was on duty in the Radio Shack when a “plain
language” Morse Code message from Washington
D.C. produced a flurry of
excitement.Most messages received
during those war years were cryptically encoded for security purposes.A plain language message from the President
of the United States
himself would have been reason enough for some degree of anxiety for the
radioman on duty at the moment.This
particular message was awesomely stunning as the young radio-telegrapher began
typing in the surprising announcement.
The Rutland was the Flag Ship of Attack Transport
Division 47 which was already involved in the preparations for an all-out
assault on the Japanese homeland.This
division, comprising six Attack Transports with their full contingents of five
hundred combat soldiers on board each ship, had been assigned to lead invasion
forces in Northern Japan and they had been
outfitted with foul-weather gear designed to protect them against the colder
climate of the Northern Pacific.Don was
a part of the Flag Group itself, directly under the supervision of the Task
Group's commander, Captain C. L. Hutton, where his principle assignment was as
the Petty Officer in Charge of an elite ten-man group of “Scouts and Raiders”
who performed special ground missions behind enemy lines.When not involved in those duties, he worked
alongside the Ship's Company in the Radio Room.
When the startling
message from President Truman began forming in Don's earphones, his fingers
caressed the keyboard of the typewriter and he was stunned to discover that he
seemed to be typing out a script for a science-fiction movie.An Atomic Bomb had been dropped on Hiroshima, Japan?!
All of these warriors
had known from the moment that the Task Force had begun marshaling for an
invasion of Japan
itself that this operation would be “one bloody son-of-a-bitch!”After Guam, after the Philippines, after Iwo Jima, after Okinawa and Ie Shima, they all knew that a ground assault
of the Japanese mainland would produce the most ferocious and brutal battle that
they had ever encountered.
But–an Atomic Bomb?What the hell could that mean?They were soon to discover what it
meant.After the second Atomic Bomb had
been dropped, this one on Nagasaki, the shaken
Emperor Hirohito of Japan
announced to his people that the war was over.
The “Tokyo Task Force”
was already steaming north from Manila
and all now understood the full import of that astounding message from
the President.This war was finally
over.The Japanese had sued for
For the soldiers and
sailors of the “Tokyo Task Force,” it simply meant that they would all be going
home soon.A few weeks later, on
September 2, 1945, Don and his small group of Scouts, en route to a survey of
the docking facilities in Yokohama, sped in their small launch directly beneath
the fantail of the USS Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay, as the official
surrender ceremony was being readied for General MacArthur, Admiral Nimitz and
the Japanese emissaries.The Tokyo Task
Force soon after became a leading element of the “Magic Carpet Fleet” which
began taking home soldiers, sailors and marines from around the Pacific.
Yes, World War II had
ended.Planet Earth had just entered a
dramatic new phase of human evolution from which there would be no turning
The Atomic Age had
From the Soul: The Divine Dance of Consciousness" by Don and Linda
Don Pendleton's Private investigator Ashton Ford has special
powers - powers that some call supernatural. A former naval intelligence
officer who is highly knowledgeable in cryptology and philosophy, Ford will
shatter your ideas of reality and take you into a mystical world of vision,
intuition, and psychic truth. A phenomenal psychic, an unparalleled lover, and
a true Renaissance man, Ashton Ford can see into the future and even into the
distant past using his psychic powers to assist special clients who are in
crisis. The fifth and sixth popular Ashton Ford novels are now in audio, too.
Available at audible.com Amazon, Print, and Kindle
Forty-six years ago, Don Pendleton's first book in the best-selling The Executioner Series, War Against
the Mafia was published.In December
2015, Open Road Media published the original 37 books of Don's series.Today, June 1st, 2015, War Against the Mafia
was again a best-seller!Number One in
Amazon Books and Amazon Kindle, in the Action Adventure>.Mystery, Thriller,
Suspense>Crime category. And Number
Four in the Kindle, Mystery category.
Last night was a
great TV night of entertainment!Happy
that Val Chmerkovskiy and Rumer Willis won Dancing With the Stars.It was a good few nights of dancing this time
with the top several couples.And heck,
Robert Herjavec (Shark Tank), and Kym Johnson apparently found love; Army vet,
double amputee, Noah Galloway, showed us what courage and determination is all
about with his incredible dancing with partner Sharna, who designed some fantastic
choreography to accommodate his disability, which brought tears to many of us
including the judges and host of the show; Riker Lynch showed that a kid can
dance like Fred Astaire; Chris (the farmer Bachelor) dancing with Whitney, now
gets to go home to his Iowa farm and to the other Whitney; and Patti LaBelle demonstrated
that at age 70, she can still shake it as well as sing.Then there was The Voice with Sawyer taking
the win.I voted for him and also for Meghan,
and knew it would be close with the top four. I also liked songwriter, singer,
Joshua.Great show, good talent this year, too.And then the Bachelorette—two woman to chose
from, but I was sure it would be Kaitlyn over Britt.I'm sure we can look forward to lots of drama
on this season's show.Every season, I
wish Chris Harrison could find a good woman.Had to watch Jimmy Kimmel to see Britt the short-term Bachelorette, on
his show.So glad I can record shows, as
I still have to watch Tuesday's David Letterman, and of course, his last show
drugs and missing money … not your ordinary
trip to the dentist!An ex-con, a
stripper, a psychologist and a dentist, all have one thing in common ─ former
Southern California D.A., turned private investigator, Richard McCord.
Richard McCord is not one to walk away from a challenge, but soon after being hired by wealthy
dentist, Frank Howard, to investigate missing money and drugs, he begins to
wonder if the challenge this time might be too much, not only for his
professional life, but especially for his love life.McCord is attracted to Jessie Conway, the
half-sister of one of the suspects in the case.While McCord is streetwise and hardened, having been a Southern
California deputy distract attorney who left the DA's office due to serious
drinking and womanizing, he is not totally prepared for Mandy Freidman, dental
assistant to Dr. Howard, and part-time exotic dancer, who seems to enjoy
playing sexual mind games with McCord. Is
he about to sabotage his relationship with Jessie Conway and turn to the
mysterious Mandy Freidman?The maze of intrigue
expands greatly with murders and drug trafficking by the local Mexican drug
cartel.Richard McCord's longtime
friend, Lieutenant Carlos Hernandez heads up the San Gabriel Valley Drug Task
Force, and McCord brings him into the case.McCord is convinced someone is out to kill him, or to frame him for
murder, and he is determined to find answers, that is, if a bullet does not
stop him first.
Western Author Gregg Edwards Townsley asked me to do an interview and I was happy to do so, as I always enjoy doing interviews. Meet author Linda Pendleton, author of more than a dozen fiction
and nonfiction books, and the wife of the late action-adventure writer,
Don Pendleton. Gregg: Linda, thanks for being the first of our interviews on The Writers Edge. You’re an accomplished artist and writer, and a businesswoman too,
judging by what I see online. Your books, websites, your late husband’s
books and the possibility of a few movies — can I ask you what motivates
you to create? Is it the muse or the mortgage?
Linda: I write because I love to write and have a desire to
satisfy my creative drive. I enjoy the inspirational flow and passion I
feel as my creativity is expressed on the written page,
and I enjoy sharing it. I have been told that some of my readers have
found my nonfiction writing to be not only inspirational, but healing
and comforting. As a writer, that is always so nice to hear and it warms
A writer has to be a business person as well as a writer.
Writing is only part of the game. In the past, it was finding agents,
publishers, and wasting a lot of time. I now self-publish, thanks to
Amazon Kindle and Createspace. But I also have my husband’s body of work
to manage, in addition to ours, and my own. So a writer’s work is not
done when he or she writes “The End.” Read More of the interview at Gregg Townsley's The Writers Edge
I'm giving away several audible.com editions of the nonfiction, A Search for Meaning from the Surface of a Small Planet, over the
next few days.If interested, please
leave a comment along with your email address, and I will send a free code for
the audio book.Of course, a review at audible.com would be nice
if you are so inclined.The audio book is
narrated by Tim Danko.
This award winning nonfiction book, A Search for Meaning
from the Surface of a Small Planet, is both sober and lighthearted, sometimes
awed and sometimes irreverent (toward both science and religion)-but always
intensely personal, rational, stretching and pressing toward a wedding of
scientific understanding and mystical thought.
In this book, Don dramatically investigates the sciences,
religions and philosophies with a view toward dignifying the human experience
and provides a frame work in which the individual reader may validate his/her
own life and dreams relating to the whole.Don's slant into the material is unique; often humorous; the findings
evocative; conclusions satisfying for the rationalist; inspiring; and, perhaps,
even transformational for the true seeker.
For those who wish to be challenged by innovative thinking
and daring ideas-reaching with their minds to coax out an understanding of the
world as well as the meaning of their own lives-will find this book takes them
on a spiritual search as well as an intellectual one
"Don Pendleton was not only a writer with a strong
sense of how to use language, but he was also an interdisciplinarian whose
interests are far-ranging. A SEARCH FOR
MEANING is nothing less than an attempt to synthesize metaphysics and physics.
Yet, the tenor of the book invites a broad audience to read, to think about, to
puzzle over the many questions he asks in his quest to understand the meaning
of ‘meaning.' Integrating many domains of knowledge, Pendleton touches on
questions of religion, God, relativity, and brain research, among other
fields...all in all, this book is a must-read for a general audience."
-Gabriele Rico, Ph.D., author of the best-selling, Writing the Natural Way,
Professor of English and Creative Arts at San Jose State
Independent E-book Awards Judge, 2002.
A Search for Meaning From the Surface of a Small Planet won
the Independent E-book 2002 Best of Nonfiction Award and the Digital
Literature Best of Nonfiction, 2002.Available in Tradepaper and Kindle, as well.
Note, April 24th. Still time to get a free copy of the audio book. Leave a comment, please.
Is there a reason for the existence of the world? This is perhaps the
most basic question of metaphysics.
Don Pendleton's metaphysical essays
dramatically explore the human experience and the spiritual meaning of
existence. In Don's inspirational examination of religion, science, and
philosophy, his findings are thought provoking, inspiring, and perhaps
even transformational for the true seeker.