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.   


~Linda 

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.


~Linda 

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?

~Linda 


  

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 Amazon.com 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

~Linda 



  

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. 



Linda


Friday, September 11, 2015

New book, 20 Ways to Avoid Sedona's Red Rock Fever, A Humorous Travel Guide








"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 The Seasoning 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. 

Sedona Resources included.  

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September 2, 1945, End of WWII, by someone who took part.



September 2, 1945:

Excerpt for our Nonfiction book Whispers From the Soul, by Don and Linda Pendleton.

THE MESSAGE

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 peace.   
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 back. 
The Atomic Age had begun.

From "Whispers From the Soul: The Divine Dance of Consciousness" by Don and Linda Pendleton. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ashton Ford Novels by Don Pendleton in Audio



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  

Narrated by James Foster.

http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Time-to-Time-Audiobook/B00YT8B6GQ/ref=a_search_c4_1_8_srTtl?qid=1440974021&sr=1-8http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Heart-to-Heart-Audiobook/B00Z8RZ488/ref=a_search_c4_1_6_srTtl?qid=1440974021&sr=1-6



 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Don Pendleton's War Against the Mafia novels



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.  




Linda


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dancing, Singing, and Love, all in one night of TV Entertainment.

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 tonight!  






Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DEADLY FLARE-UP, A Richard McCord Novel




  Kindle


He Felt Threatened! 



Sex, 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. 



New book by L. R. Pendleton



Friday, April 3, 2015

Interview of Author Linda Pendleton by Author Gregg Townsley

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 the heart.    

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




Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Search for Meaning From the Surface of a Small Planet...Audiobook



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 University, and

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.    

~Linda  

Note, April 24th.  Still time to get a free copy of the audio book.  Leave a comment, please. 


Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Cosmic Breath




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.

In print, Kindle, and now in Audio, narrated by Tim Danko

~Linda 

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Narrated by Tim Danko and in print and ebook formats.   


Friday, January 30, 2015

Don Pendleton's The Executioner: Mack Bolan Ebooks



The first two novels of Don Pendleton's 37 book original Executioner, Mack Bolan Series, are now being offered as ebooks, and War Against the Mafia and Death Squad are currently on sale for $1.99. 

Check out Open Road Media or find them at Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Apple, Nook, etc. 

Don Pendleton's writing style is hard-hitting, fast-moving, gritty, filled with authentic dialogue, and captures keen insights into the inner-workings of his  characters.

Don Pendleton, is known as the "Father of the Action/Adventure." He is creator of the best-selling original Mack Bolan, The Executioner Series, of 37 books, with 200 million copies in print. And after many years, are now offered as ebooks. 

~Linda 





Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Linda Pendleton Interview by Paul Bishop, about Don Pendleton's The Executioner Series Ebooks

 




















I was asked by author, Paul Bishop to do an interview about my late husband Don Pendleton's The Executioner Series and the new release of the 37 novels as ebooks by Open Road Media.  I was happy to do so.

All 37 ebooks of the original series are now available.


The interview is posted in two parts.

The First Part, The Godfather of the Modern Action Adventure Novel 

The Second Part:  The Executioner Always Gave You Something to Think About.



Visit Paul Bishop's Amazon Author page



~Linda Pendleton



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Executioner Original Series by Don Pendleton is Back! Interview.




The release of the new ebooks of Don Pendleton's Original The Executioner: Mack Bolan series is on December 16, 2014.  Thirty-seven books of the original best-selling series published in paperback from 1969 to 1980, are now offered by Open Road Media in ebook format at various online retailers: Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks.   They are on preorder this week and available for download December 16. 



I was happy to be interviewed by author, Brian Drake.  You can read the interview at Brian's Blog 



As I told Brian, I always enjoy talking about my late husband and his works.  We're happy that fans, old and new, can now enjoy Bolan's war against the mafia, once again.



~Linda