Friday, December 7, 2018

Catherine Winter Mystery Series Box Set at Kindle

“Hollywood is glitter and gutter. Some make it to the top and stay there, basking in the splendor of it, while others hit bottom and are engulfed by the ugliness of it.”  ~Catherine Winter, Private Investigator

Three Catherine Winter Mysteries
Shattered Lens
Fractured Image
Shifting Focus

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Don Pendleton on Writing

Excerpt from Don Pendleton's "The Metaphysics of the Novel, The Inner workings of a Novel and a Novelist." 
"To get way down deep, though, the novel provides the deepest and most lasting insights, those movements of mind that come closest to defining the human reality.  I also write books of non-fiction and these allow me to grapple with concepts and realities which may lose a bit of credibility in a fictional format, so I am fortunate that my fiction has opened other publishing doorways for me–but I suppose that the novel will always be my main dish because it is such a hellacious challenge.  I never know where a novel will take me, the consummate characters I might find there, the adventure and fascinating locales, the truths I will discover while traveling the high and low roads with my characters." 

"It is really not that difficult to get started as a writer.  All you really need is a few hours of free time each day, pencil and paper, an inquiring mind.  During my first ten years as a writer I was also, at first, an air traffic controller, later an aerospace engineer and deeply involved in the Moon Shot program.  By the time I was able to wean myself from the security blanket of a "respectable career," I had produced (and published) some twenty minor novels, none of which earned me great bundles of money but at least gave me some sense that my six kids would not go hungry while "Dad" was trying to build a new career as a writer."

"Okay, yeah, there were a couple of times during the early going when I was about ready to forget the dream and slink back into industry to shoulder my family responsibilities but I hung it through and within a year I was off and running well, doing better financially than ever before, and I have never "looked back" again.  I got lucky, sure, but there was more to it than luck.  I had a dream, I had a vision, and I had reached a point in my life when "I could not bear" to not play God with my dreams."

"Thirty years later, I am still "not looking back."

Copyright 2000 Linda Pendleton.  Available at Amazon and Kindle.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Executioner: Mack Bolan Short Story by Don Pendleton

Willing to Kill—   

"From first word to last, Don Pendleton is in pure form—as is his creation: The Executioner!"
~Jon Guenther, Author

At the beginning of his impossible war, Mack Bolan had not envisioned himself as the arch-foe of the Mafia world.  He had simply reacted to a terribly disheartening situation—in the same way in which any man of like talents and ideals would have done—without knowing that soon he would become the most feared and hated enemy of the crime kingdoms.

Bolan had learned to live one heartbeat at a time—with no thought beyond the next battle line—or beyond the next police trap.  The men behind the badges were, in Bolan's understanding, "soldiers of the same side," but in the official book, Mack Bolan was the largest criminal of all.  And he accepted that, and would have it no other way. 

He had also learned early in his war that he was stronger when standing alone—and, indeed, this was how he preferred to operate.  He was not "operating" at all, though, that fated morning in Dallas when he stumbled upon the Mafia hit team. 

Something large was going down, and Mack Bolan invited himself to the war!

"The name of the game is Hit the Mafia. We'll hit them so fast, so often, and from so many directions they'll think hell fell in on them."

~Don Pendleton, Mack Bolan, Death Squad

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Interview with Author John L. Davis IV, by Linda Pendleton.

I'm pleased to interview novelist John L. Davis IV, author of the "American Revenant Series," and his latest suspense thriller, "Average Joe." 

Linda: John, in our previous correspondence when you did an interview with me regarding my late husband, Don Pendleton's, The Executioner: Mack Bolan Series, you had indicated that a Mack Bolan novel, "Tuscany Terror," written by Stephen Mertz, not only had introduced you to Don's Executioner Series, but to reading and collecting paperback books at a very young age.

At that time, while doing a lot of reading, were you beginning to have an interest in writing novels? Do you recall the first story you ever wrote? And what inspired the story?

John: Linda, thank you for interviewing me. I started writing stories of my own about two years after reading "Tuscany Terror."  My shelves were filling with books pretty quickly, and I was reading a little bit of everything, discovering new authors at a wild pace. It was wonderful.

My first few attempts at writing my own stories were all action-adventure oriented. The only one I ever completed was for a school project, and it was my take on the Johnstone post-apocalyptic survivor kind of story. I got some funny looks for that one when it was read in front of class.

The first short story I’d ever written entirely for myself was a dark, twisted little piece about a guy who is “murdered” by his friend when the man intentionally gives him a deadly disease. It was a weird piece, and I still have it, tucked away somewhere in a box. I think only three people besides myself have ever read it, and I intend to keep it that way. I can’t really say what inspired it. On a side note, I can say with surety that I’ve never thrown away anything I’ve ever written. I have it all. Reams of paper with tons of poems, half-written novels, and start-and-stop short stories.

Linda: Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way? Who is your favorite author or authors? 

John: This is a list that could go on for ages, if I let it. I’ll do my best to keep it lean, I promise. Don Pendleton’s “Executioner” series, and William W. Johnstone’s “Ashes” series were formative to my love of reading, and storytelling. I loved the rapid pace and larger-than-life heroes. I’ve always wanted to tell those kinds of stories, the ones that leave you a little breathless and maybe a bit shell shocked, even as you’re reaching for the next one on the shelf.

The other two most influential authors, for me, are Dean Koontz and Stephen King. The depths of the characters and worlds they create took me even further in my literary adventure, and gave me new goals to shoot for. I’ve read and re-read nearly everything they’ve written, numerous times.

Linda: As a novelist, as well as newspaper journalist, tell us a little about what led to your newspaper work. You've also done screenwriting and film work?

John: Writing for a newspaper is something I’d never even considered until about a year and a half ago. I was looking for work, my wife sent me a Facebook post from a newspaper looking for a new writer and I answered. To be entirely honest, I never expected them to give me even a first glance, let alone a second.

I don’t consider myself a journalist. I’m a storyteller, first and always. I enjoy telling stories about local people and events.

Screenwriting was another one of those things that I kind of fell into. I had considered it, simply because I love movies, but never seriously. I’d met an actor/filmmaker via social media and he read one of my short stories, loved it and asked if I could turn it into a script for a short film. I learned the art of screenwriting on the fly, so-to-speak.

That film, titled “Digger” has a few touches to be completed, and he’s hoping to release it next year. Since then, I’ve written several short screenplays, filmed one here with a local director (a sci-fi action short called “Friend”), and have others waiting to be filmed. (I hope.)

Linda: As most writers, I've read a number of books on creative writing and techniques of novel writing. What books on writing have you found to be of value early on in your career, and why? 

John: I’ve read several over the years, such as James A. Michener’s "Writer’s Handbook," "How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy" by Orson Scott Card, just to name a couple, but the one that has done the most for me is Stephen King’s book "On Writing." King has a way of stripping away the mystery and pretense of the writing process from his point of view. It’s the one book I go to the most when I’m struggling with a plotline or character. I find it motivates me like no other book dedicated to the craft of writing has.

Linda: Of the elements that go into a novel such as characterizations, dialogue, action scenes, plotting, sex scenes, and setting, among other things, which do you find easiest for you personally in your art of writing? In other words, what do you consider your strength to be? 

John: I’ve never written a sex scene. Some may find that funny, but it’s true. So far, none of my stories have called for it. Action scenes and emotionally powerful moments are two places where I feel I excel. I feel my own blood racing when I’m crafting an action scene, be it a fight or a chase, I lose myself to the moment. The same for the more emotional scenes. I caught myself sniffing back tears more than once when writing my newest novel.

Linda: Now that you have moved from zombies and post-apocalyptic fiction to an adventure thriller genre, with your new novel, "Average Joe," what inspired the new book, and will there will be more with your character, Joe Pruitt?

John: I love the big, over-the-top action heroes, whether it’s Mack Bolan, Ben Rains, Frank Castle or Jack Reacher. Those archetypal characters are always fun, but they’re out there all over the place. I wanted to see that kind of story, but from the point of view of someone who wasn’t hard-core and highly trained. How would he handle the physical act of killing a man in defense of self or someone else. How does someone like that process these moments of helplessness and violence. That was the genesis of the story, itself, but the plot comes from a combination of news stories about human trafficking and my own fears as a father.

Would I be able to do the right thing, would I freeze in fear, or jump on the back of a moving vehicle to prevent the kidnapping of a kid I don’t know? Would someone do that if they saw my daughter being kidnapped?

A big part of what we do as writers is the “what if” game. What if I saw this happening? What if I couldn’t call for help? Then we place our characters in the situations and let them develop their own “what if” reactions.

As for more Joe Pruitt, I have ideas. Always with the ideas. He may turn up again. A little less naive, a little more ready for the unknown, but still just an Average Joe.

Linda: What is your favorite quote?

John: “In the real world, as in dreams, nothing is quite what it seems.” The Book of Counted Sorrows, Dean Koontz. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam" - I shall either find a way or make one. Attributed to Hannibal when he was told that it was impossible to cross the Alps on elephants.

Linda: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? 

John: Always write. Even on the days you don’t want to. Dream, and dream big, but don’t quit your day job, because “It” isn’t going to happen overnight. Don’t let your mom (dad, best friend, spouse) read your book until after your editor has.

Linda: Tell us anything about you as a writer that you think might be interesting or unusual.

John: I’m never going to settle into one genre. I dislike the idea of being confined to one certain shelf in the bookstore. If I have another post-apocalyptic story to tell, I’ll tell it. I’ve got an unfinished science-fiction novel or two just waiting for the impetus to drive them forward. I’ve got notes on a few ghost stories, and several more suspense thrillers. My writing tastes are just as eclectic as my reading tastes. One day it’s Koontz, the next, Asimov. From men’s adventure to classic fantasy. Every story is a journey, and I hope to take as many rides into the unknown as possible before my final word is written.

Linda:  Thank you for such an interesting interview, John.  Good luck with your books and your film projects. 

John's books are available at Amazon.  Visit his Amazon Author Page.  


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Five Writing Tips for Authors and Aspiring Authors

Author Robert W. Walker challenged me to write 5 helpful tips for authors. Here they are. 

1. Write, write, write! We write because we have to. We have to allow our creativity the avenue to find its proper place–expressed on the written page. 

2. Unless you're under contract to produce a certain book and don't have the freedom to write the book you want, write what you desire, and in the genre you want. As the late, great, Joseph Campbell stated, "Follow your bliss." Campbell's quote not only applies to your life, but also to your writing.

3. Leave a chapter, or even a sub-chapter, with what some refer to as "a page turner," a dramatic moment in the story that invites the reader to turn the page and continue his or her journey through your story. This same strategy can be skillfully used in non-fiction, as well. 

4. Do your research. One thing that every novel needs is credibility. Your story must be plausible, meaningful, and entertaining. 

5. Make sure your dialogue is sharp, and real. Your characters must talk like real people. Your fictional world must seem more understandable and coherent to the reader than the world in which he lives daily. The writer has to be in complete charge of the fictional world he or she creates.

-Linda Pendleton

Monday, August 20, 2018

My Western in German

My new book, The Bold Trail, A Samuel Garrison Western, will also be in audio in a few weeks--and it will be in German Translation soon.  I just signed a contract with a German publisher for this book and a number of other novels to be translated.    


Thursday, August 16, 2018

New Book, The Bold Trail. A Samuel Garrison Western


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Sunday, June 24, 2018

A New Western Novel by L. R. Pendleton

The Bold Trail
A Samuel Garrison Western

In 1851, in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California, gold hunters search for their riches, but Samuel Garrison is on an even more intense search.  He is on the trail of a dangerous and evil man, and he carries .44 caliber bullets in his Colt Dragoon with the man's name on them. In Columbia Township, Ohio, Garrison left behind a busy life as a farmer and horse rancher, and at times, he wishes he was still in Ohio, rather than in this wild and barely-civilized frontier; but he is in gold country because he made a promise, one he intends to keep, even if it means his death.  Garrison discovers his world changing dramatically as he faces anxiety, family secrets, denials, death, and grief.  Can Samuel Garrison meet the many challenges and terrors that he faces in this raw land, and will he be able to transform those fears into courage? 

  Sierra Pines Publishing


 Now at Kindle, and in Print.

Monday, May 21, 2018

A Meeting of the Minds: Don and Linda Pendleton

My article, "A Meeting of the Minds: Don and Linda Pendleton," is published in the latest issue, #101 of Paperback Parade, which just came out by Gryphon Books, Gary Lovisi.   I write about my late husband's long writing career, our books, our writing, paperback covers and lots more.  

A short look at author, Don Pendleton:

"Fifty years ago, in 1968, The Executioner, Mack Bolan was conceived in the mind of Don Pendleton.  It was an unsettling time in America with the Vietnam War, civil unrest on our city streets and college campuses, love and flower-power in the psychedelic streets of San Francisco's Height-Ashbury and Berkeley, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy, while grief and disbelief had barely healed from the earlier assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the long and troubling iniquities of the Mafia and organized crime.
  "Don wrote the first novel in his Executioner series, War Against the Mafia out of his desire to express his discomfort with the reaction of many Americans to our soldiers who were dying for our country in the jungles of Vietnam and those coming home to outrageous verbal and physical abuse. So Mack Bolan became Don's symbolic statement. He also became every soldier's voice. Don created a heroic character in Bolan, a true hero who was dedicated to justice. The enemy that Bolan had to fight was no longer on the battlefields of Vietnam but right here on American soil, and that enemy was the Mafia.

     "With the March,1969 publication of the first paperback, War Against the Mafia, the response was great and not only was it the beginning of a long-lasting best-selling international series, The Executioner: Mack Bolan, but the launch of a new literary genre, Action/Adventure, a term Don Pendleton coined for the purpose of marketing his books."


 Don and Linda Pendleton

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Magazine for Western Fans: Head West! Summer 2018

My article, "Inherit the Genes," was published today in the first issue of Head West! Western Magazine, published in print by Piccadilly Publishing.   It is available in print at Lulu and I believe soon at Amazon.  The magazine for Western Fans Everywhere.  Piccadilly is the publisher of numerous Western Series and is bringing back into ebooks  some of the most popular and best-loved Western and action-adventure series fiction of the last forty years. 

I enjoyed writing my article on Westerns.  I'm currently writing a Western novel, my first Western, although I did an historical set in the Civil War period:  Corn Silk Days, Iowa, 1862.  The novel I'm working on is set in the California Gold Rush.  I'm looking to have it released early summer.  



 Thanks, Piccadilly.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Artist Gil Cohen Interview

Author Don Pendleton and Book Cover artist, Gil Cohen, 
1985.  Photo by Linda Pendleton

The original The Executioner: Mack Bolan series was created by Don Pendleton in 1969. It went on to become one of the most popular action/adventure franchises in history, selling hundreds of millions of copies worldwide.

In 1972, Gil Cohen began painting the covers for the Executioner books, and did so for many years.  His depiction of Mack Bolan was,  and still is, the "image" of Don Pendleton's Mack Bolan character for many readers of the books, now close to 900 books.

A few years ago, Gil Cohen left book cover illustration behind and focuses on his love for aviation.  He is an internationally known painter of aviation and military art.  

Read Gil's very interesting interview by Bob Deis.   There you will see some of Gil Cohen's Mack Bolan book covers. 



Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Interview of author Linda Pendleton by Ben Boulden

Ultimately, all writers long for the opportunity to share their creation with the many. That is why most writers write. But we also write because we have to. We have to allow our creativity the avenue to find its proper place–expressed on the written page.” ~Linda Pendleton

My recent interview with Ben Boulden for his excellent blog, Gravetapping--Read my interview here

Thanks, Ben.  You might also want to check out Ben's latest book,  his second book in Stephen Mertz' Blaze! series of adult Westerns:  Spanish Gold 

My latest novel, my third Catherine Winter Private Investigator Series, now in Print, Kindle, and Audio.    

Friday, February 2, 2018

Free UFO Book

Brothers In Space

I stand alone upon the night,
In awe to see the angel’s light;
The cosmos opens like a sea,
Enveloping, embracing me.
My heart beats fast to watch you fly,
A streaking brilliance through the sky,
But just a glimpse as you flash by;
You tip your hat—to say goodbye?
I hold my breath as you return,
Then see your lights, how bright they burn;
This time you slow, and let me see—
Our minds collide–eternity?
I feel the bond, I know the place,
No matter here or outer space;
I ask the question from my heart
Is it too late?  Too late to start?
Within the beam of light I stand,
My soul leaps forward to expand;
I know my brother comes to find
A gift of love from all mankind.
~ Linda Pendleton

Crop Circles in the Fields, Objects in the Skies; and Creature in the Bedroom is a FREE book by Linda Pendleton. It is a collection of articles related to the idea that extraterrestrials do exist and periodically have made visits to earth, and continue to do so. As a result there appears to be evidence of their existence and has led to studies and research by scientific methods. A look at extraterrestrial contact, abduction, UFO crop circles, by professional researchers, including the late Harvard professor, psychiatrist John E. Mack, author of two books on abduction research, including his research into the sightings by 62 school children in 1994 in Ruwa, Zimbabwe; newspaper article written by Stephen Coan of The Witness Newspaper, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa about American filmmaker Randall Nickerson who is making a documentary on the Ruwa sighting; Nuclear physicist, UFO researcher and author, Stanton Friedman writing on the UFO challenge; crop circles researcher, and president of the BLT Research Team, Inc., Nancy Talbott, and her intensive research on crop circles in the Netherlands; Lucy Pringle, photographer, International authority on crop circles and pioneer researcher into effects of electromagnetic field on living systems; Contactee, Athena Demetrios, medium and author; Shawn Randall, crop circle researcher, medium and author; stories of personal UFO sightings by three authors, decades apart; and a look at the United States Space Policy, adopted 2006.


 Brothers In Space, Copyright 2000, Linda Pendleton.  Appeared in Whispers From the Soul by Don and Linda Pendleton, 2000.  

Download the FREE Book at my page at Smashwords


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Reading Devices

I often smile at comments being made about ereader devices, mainly Kindle.  Some people are resistant to them, yet they will read on their cell phones constantly, whether it be an article or messages.  The point is, you do not need a Kindle or a Kindle Fire, to read an ebook.   You can download the Kindle FREE app to your devices.  I have Kindle app on my Kindle Fire, my phone, and my PC.  I read from my PC more than my other devices.   I suppose I like reading that way because I am so used to writing and reading my manuscript on my PC monitor.  I wonder if some are just stubborn in holding onto the idea that you cannot read a book without the tactile feel of paper. Maybe it's like using the Sears catalog instead of toilet paper. 😉  Wasn't there resistance when we went from vinyl record albums, 33 1/3, 78s, 45s, and left the turntable behind as we went to digital cassettes, CDs, MP3?  Some of you are too young to have used the turntable records, although I hear they are coming back.  So reading has changed, whether it be a newspaper for our daily news, or a book.  I tend to still want nonfiction books I purchase to be in print, especially ones for my research library.  I find it easier to research a print copy.  Maybe that goes back to doing research in volumes of encyclopedias.  As far as fiction, it, too, depends on the book, the author, or genre, if it is something I want on a real bookshelf.  After having to reduce the number of books in my home several times, it's nice not to add bookshelves, especially when downsizing or running out of wall space.  So the future is ebooks.  Just like music changed, so is reading.


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.