Saturday, October 28, 2017

Ray "Crash" Corrigan, film actor, stuntman, and owner of Corriganville Ranch.

Ray "Crash" Corrigan, film actor, stuntman, and owner of Corriganville Ranch, Simi Valley, CA.  Many Western films and TV series were filmed there beginning in 1938 into the 1960s.  I believe the first movie filmed there was The Drums of Fu Munchu serials; then Fort Apache (1948); The Long Ranger 1949-1957; Cisco Kid 1950-1956; Adventures of Kit Carson; Rin Tin Tin 1954-59; Have Gun Will Travel 1957-1963; Casey Jones 1957.   According to his own letter I read at his son Tom's restaurant website, Crash stated that more than 3,500 films and TV shows used his ranch at one time or another.   

From 1936-1938, Corrigan appeared in the first 24 Mesquiteers films (Republic made a total of 51 Mesquiteers films from 1936-1943)  Corrigan often got into his gorilla suit for film rolls.  He died in 1976 at the age of 74.    

Photo by my family on our visit there in 1953.  

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Don Pendleton's The Executioner: Mack Bolan Series

A new interview of me by Brian Woodman Jr. concerning my late husband, Don Pendleton and his creation of The Executioner: Mack Bolan Series.  The series and spin-offs now number almost 900 books. 

You can find it HERE:  QA-The-classic-paperback-series-The-Executioner.  Thanks,Brian for the opportunity. 

Don Pendleton's original series, books 1-15 and 17-38, are avail;able as ebooks, and books one - three, War Against the Mafia, Death Squad, and Battle Mask, are also available in print.  

This is what one fan, James Smothers, had to say about Don Pendleton and the series. 

"Why do I like Mack Bolan? In May 2012 I was laid off from a job I worked for 9 years. Prior to this I hadn't read Bolan for 20 years. Read him from 1983 to 1991 with sporadic books but could never locate the first 38 books prior to internet. Since I had a summer off I decided to read Don's original books. Enmeshed myself in the beginnings of Bolan's quest. Don's writing was amazing. Read the first 7 books multiple times. Helped me forget all my troubles with lack of employment and sent me on a wonderful journey. Don empowered me to work on goal setting and never give up. With Satan's Sabbath (Don's last book) I realized how much of a genius he truly was. I felt like I accomplished a great thing as Don spoke to me from yellowed lost pages."

Thanks,James for sharing.   


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Reference Books on Writing

Books on writing, among those I have on my bookshelves or Kindle.   

Stephen King: On Writing.

Elmer Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing.

Don Pendleton:  The Metaphysics of the Novel: The Inner Workings of a Novel and a Novelist.

Michael Newton: How to Write Action Adventure Novels.

Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel.

Donald Maass:  The Fire in Fiction.

Donald Maass: The Emotional Craft of Fiction.

Richard Rhodes: How to Write.

Alexandra Sokoloff: Screenwriting Tricks for Authors.

Maren Elwood: Characters Make Your Story.

J. Michael Straczynski: The Complete Book of Script-Writing.

Scott Meredith:  Writing to Sell.

James Scott Bell:  Revision and Self Editing

Jack M. Bickham:  Scene and Structure. 


Friday, August 18, 2017

Phyllis A. Whitney, mystery writer

Phyllis A. Whitney (1903-2008), was one of my favorite mystery/suspense writers. She published more than 70 novels. In 1988, she was recipient of the MWA Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement. Her novels have been translated in 30 languages and sold in the millions. She was still writing into her 90s.
She ascribed her success as a writer to persistence and an abiding faith in her abilities. She wrote in her "Guide to Fiction Writing:" "Never mind the rejections, the discouragement, the voices of ridicule (there can be those too). Work and wait and learn, and that train will come by. If you give up, you’ll never have a chance to climb aboard.”


Thursday, May 25, 2017

"Don't We Know Who We Are?"

"We are the sun, the moon, the planets and stars, the wind and the rain, the sands and the seas–we, the miracles of creation, are everything that has ever been.

"What's more, and what's more important, we are everything that ever shall be!

"We are atoms and empty space, molecules and living cells, a colony of sentient beings called together from the depths of time to re-experience the world!  We are consciousness and understanding, awareness and appreciation, sensation and cognition.  We are fragments upon which is written all the secrets of creation and existence–and in which is carried the seed of all that can ever be.  Don't we know who we are?" ~Don and Linda Pendleton, Whispers From the Soul

Print, Kindle, Audiobook


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Don Pendleton, Father of Action Adventure, Comments on His Creation of Mack Bolan Novels.

Don Pendleton, the "father of the Action Adventure genre."

Don Pendleton was asked by his publisher in 1988, how he believed Action Adventure had developed since he created Mack Bolan twenty years earlier. His response:  "Bolan is the first of the modern action-adventure heroes, and need I say, the most durable.  His success serves as encouragement to breed others and has everybody looking for variations on that theme—essentially, one man against some personification of evil.  Almost any situation where people put their lives on the line in the service of an ideal became a legitimate excuse for clones of Mack Bolan—and I don't begrudge that.  The basic observation is that the field broadened a lot, and as the world changed, the genre kept pace by focusing on new issues.  International terrorism, for example."

"Publishing a book like WAR AGAINST THE MAFIA, was a courageous act for any publisher.  It seemed to amount to a glorification of violence, and things like that were done only in pulp fiction.  I was glad to get away from all the psychoanalysis and endless, helpless hand-wringing popular in literature at the time. Essential to the action adventure novel is the hero with ideals, a man who feels that his actions make a difference.  This conviction is his motivation for unfailingly risking his life again and again.  He feels he can change the world, which he sees without the surface layers of the illusions generated by society.  He faces a grim world bathed in the light of a harsh reality where good and evil do battle. It is the gritty realism, unrelenting and revealing, that distinguishes action adventure.  It shows us violence, too, because the word is violent, and depicts the world as deep down we know it to be but which we avoid thinking about just to mange to survive and get on with our lives."  

Available as Ebooks, 1-15 and 17-38

First three books also in print,
War Against the Mafia 
Death Squad
Battle Mask.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sculptor, Vinnie Ream and Abraham Lincoln

A look back to 1864, to a woman whose hands left an imprint on history. Vinnie Ream (1847-1914), had sculpted a bust of Abraham Lincoln, which took her five months to complete, and it is said he sat for her.  After Lincoln's death, at the age of eighteen, Vinnie was commissioned by the U.S. Government to sculpt a full figure statue of Lincoln for the Capitol.  She was the first female and the youngest, to ever be commissioned, and in addition, she was one of the first women to be employed in the Dead Letter Office of the United States Postal Service (from 1862-1866).  The Abraham Lincoln statue was unveiled in 1871, when she was twenty-three years of age.  Later she was to sculpt two more statues, now part of the Statuary Hall Collection:  Iowa Governor during the Civil War, Samuel Kirkwood; and Sequoyah, Cherokee leader.
I took a photograph of the Lincoln statue on a visit to the Capitol, some years back.  I had no idea at that time the history behind the statue.
She wrote: “Congress appropriated money to erect a marble statue of the martyred President in the Capitol, it never occurred to me, with my youth and my inexperience, to compete for that great honor; but I was induced to place my likeness of him [Lincoln] before the committee having the matter under consideration, and, together with many other artists--competitors for this work--I was called before this committee. I shall never forget the fear that fell upon me, as the chairman (the Hon. John H. Rice, of Maine, who had a kind heart, but a very stern manner) looked up through his glasses, from his seat at the head of the table, and questioned and cross-questioned me until I was so frightened that I could hardly reply to his questions: "How long had I been studying art?'' and had I ever made a marble statue?'' My knees trembled and I shook like an aspen, and I had not enough presence of mind even to tell him that I had made the bust from sittings from life. Seeing my dire confusion, and not being able to hear my incoherent replies, he dismissed me with a wave of his hand, and a request to Judge Marshall, of Illinois, to kindly see the young artist home! Once there, in the privacy of my own room, I wept bitter tears that I had been such an idiot as to try to compete with men, and remembering the appearance before that stern committee as a terrible ordeal before unmerciful judges, I promised myself it should be my last experience of that kind."
"Judge then of my surprise and delight when I learned that, guided by the opinion of Judge David Davis, Senator Trumbull, Marshal Lamon, Sec. O. H. Browning, Judge Dickey, and many others of President Lincoln's old friends, that I had produced the most faithful likeness of him, they had awarded the commission to me-the little western sculptor. The Committee on Mines and Mining tendered me their room in the Capitol, in which to model my statue, because it was next to the room of Judge David Davis, and he could come in daily and aid me with his friendly criticisms. His comfortable chair was kept in readiness. He came daily, and suggesting ‘a little more here--a little on there--more inclining of the bended head--more angularity of the long limbs,’ he aided me in my sacred work by his encouraging words and generous sympathy.”
She wrote this after the unveiling of the Lincoln statue in January, 1871:  “This night when the Lincoln statue was unveiled in the rotunda of the Capitol was the supreme moment of my life. I had known and loved the man! My country had loved him and cherished his memory. In tears the people had parted with him. With shouts of joy and acclamations of affection they had received his image in the marble. Upon the very spot where a few years before they had gathered in sorrow to gaze upon his lifeless body lying there in state while a nation mourned, they had gathered again to unveil his statue. ‘The marble is the resurrection,’ say the old sculptors, and now the dead had arisen to live forever in the hearts of the people whom he loved so well.”
Her work included sculptures of other famous people, President Ulysses S. Grant, Senator John Sherman, Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, Frederick Douglas, but one I find especially beautiful, is her Sappho, Muse of Poetry, which is at the Smithsonian Museum.    

 Sappho, Greek Muse of Poetry, Smithsonian Museum

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Catherine Winter, Private Investigator Series

Shifting Focus

Third Novel in the Catherine Winter Series

"Greed, 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 style." -Catherine Winter, Private Investigator


The 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. 

Working 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 ever.  

"Linda 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.

Book One and Two in Print, Kindle, and Audio
Book Three in Print, Kindle, and soon in Audio


Saturday, December 31, 2016

153 Years Ago, Janusary 1, 1863, A Proclamation

A Transcription By the President of the United States of America:

A Proclamation.

Whereas, 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 States."
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:
Arkansas, 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 persons.
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 reasonable wages.
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.
By the President: ABRAHAM LINCOLN
WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Writing the Catherine Winter Private Investigator Series

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. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Don Pendleton Speaks on His Writing of His Executioner Series.

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.   


Don Pendleton's The Executioner Series, Books 1-3 in eBook Bundle

Don Pendleton's The Executioner Series of Novels

37 in all.  First published beginning in 1969. 

Now ebooks (1-15 and 17-38).

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 battlefields.

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.


Friday, November 4, 2016

Encouragement to Read and Write Books


"If you wish to be a writer, write."
–Epictetus, C. 50-120 A.D.

  Me and Daddy. 

My 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?



Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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.

Don Pendleton 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 and Barnes and Noble.   


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Times do change.

Today 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 fiancĂ© 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 2014.    

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 good.   

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ebooks of Don Pendleton and Linda Pendleton,

Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction 

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. 

You can see the books and descriptions at my Bunch of Ebooks



Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"To Follow to the Battlefield, The Banner of our Land."

"We parted with a cheerful smile,

When last I pressed her hand,

To follow to the battlefield

The Banner of our land."  
 ~Silas I. Shearer, 1865   

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:

"We parted with a cheerful smile,

When last I pressed her hand,

To follow to the battlefield

The Banner of our land.

Her glowing glance in memory

unceasingly will burn,

For well I know she will bestow

The same when I return."

"When gazing at the glimmering stars,

And resting on the ground,

While soldiers, wearied by the March,

Are slumbering around,

How oft, to hold that little hand,

And hear her vows I yearn,

For well I know she will bestow

The Same when I return."

~Silas I. Shearer, Iowa Soldier

 ~Linda Pendleton
Copyright by Linda Pendleton.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Linda's Crockpot Beans for Dinner

Easy Crockpot Dinner 

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.