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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        The Bold Trail by L. R. Pendleton



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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.