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




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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





Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Executioner Series of Novels by Don Pendleton




In 1973, Don Pendleton had this to say about the writing in his very successful original The Executioner: Mack Bolan Series of Action/Adventure:  "The books are narrated as the closest thing to docudrama, with an authoritative third-person objective viewpoint occasionally shifting into stream of consciousness via Bolan and other characters.  The emphasis is to explain the action as an approving, historical account in a stirring presentation, and to dimension as much as possible the violent activities of the hero."



"Styling of the Mack Bolan stories requires a structure for carrying fast-paced hard-hitting action sequences.  The writing is punchy, declarative, stirringly graphic.  The reach is toward the reader’s belly, designed to evoke visceral response and rousing empathy.  This is 'heroic' fiction."



Open Road Media will release ebooks of 37 Original Executioners by Don Pendleton on December 16, 2014. The ebooks can now be pre-ordered at Amazon, Nook, Kobo and other online ebook retailers.   

Update:  Books are available for purchase now.   Check Open Road Media for the full list of books.   


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Original Executioner Series EBooks by Don Pendleton



 

Forty-five years ago, author Don Pendleton's War Against the Mafia, the first novel in what would become the international best-selling The Executioner: Mack Bolan Series of Action/Adventure novels, was published.  Don Pendleton wrote 37 books in the original series.  And now all 37 novels will be released again on December 16th, 2014, this time in ebook editions, published by Open Road Media.  The books are now on Pre-Order at Amazon, Kobo, Nook, iTunes, and other ebook retailers.



Don Pendleton is acknowledged as the "father of the modern Action/Adventure novel." His Mack Bolan, The Executioner, theme is "Live Large" and not long ago the Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Volume II (H-O) gives derivation credit for "live large" to Don Pendleton and his Executioner Series.



At the height of the Executioner success many publishers and writers attempted to ride on the coattails of Don's success. Some succeeded. Others did not. In many of those books, what appeared to be missing were the elements that Don Pendleton had so skillfully crafted with his presentation of his fictional hero, Mack Bolan.   



Don wrote the first novel in the 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.



Within his Bolan stories are strong values with an underlying theme of a higher morality that Bolan follows. More than once Don said about the Executioner novels, "My biggest job throughout writing the series was to keep faith with Bolan–that what he is doing is right. I wanted an enemy beyond redemption–an enemy that all civilized procedures had failed to put down. The Mafia was ready-made. They embodied all the evils of mankind."



Since 1980, the Executioner: Mack Bolan series, pretty much left the Mafia behind, and moved on to fight terrorism within several spinoff series:  Phoenix Force, Able Team, Stony Man, Mack Bolan, and The Executioner.  Currently close to 1,000 books have been published, based on Don Pendleton's original Mack Bolan character.



In August of 2014, it was announced that Hollywood screenwriter and producer, Shane Salerno had acquired the film rights and a film franchise is planned. And soon after, Warner Brothers announced Bradley Cooper to star.

Read more about Don Pendleton

Follow on Twitter:  @waragainstmafia

~Linda


Sunday, September 14, 2014

"Every Novel Has a Living Soul." -Don Pendleton



A Meeting of the Minds ... 

"Well, I believe that every novel has a living soul. It is a fragment of your own soul, if you are the novelist, added to a fragment of the world soul that stole as an essence into your imaginative creative mind and then re-imaged through your rationale and clothed for travel to another mind. Something very special and magical has happened there. In that joining of minds between author and reader, in a satisfying novel, a larger quality leaps off the pages, a quality larger than the author and larger than the reader, larger than the two combined; it is a quantum leap, larger even than the sum of all its parts.


"I don't know what it is. I have written something more than a hundred books, but I still do not know what it is."

~Don Pendleton, from The Metaphysics of the Novel: The Inner Workings of a Novel and a Novelist



A book for aspiring writers and for those who desire to know more about the creative process of writing.





~Linda  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Don Pendleton's Mack Bolan, Now a Film Franchise




This week successful Hollywood screenwriter, producer, Shane Salerno announced the film franchise of Don Pendleton's Mack Bolan best-selling series.  In the 1970s, at the height of Don Pendleton's success with the original series, Don had this to say about his books:  "I do believe that I have managed to utilize highly, highly dramatic situations, perhaps bordering on the melodramatic to bring out the deeper values that are inherent in all human life.  I’m very strongly aware that many young and impressionable readers read my books and I feel a sense of responsibility there.  I work very hard to see that my hero is a truly three dimensional person with very high purpose.  I try to present the things he does in the context of tremendous meaning."
 
"I will never apologize to anyone for my Executioner books.  I feel they are a testament to the human spirit of mankind and I find it personally gratifying that the books have evoked such a wide response in the American reader.  And it has been a wide response, not just in the numbers of books sold but in the cross section of American society who happen to be reading the books.  The readers are professional people, white collar workers, blue collar people, military people, men, women, children from age twelve to age ninety four.  The books are more than simple escape literature.  The books do actually involve the reader in a rather high cause–the perpetration of human excellence, high human values, and besides that, they are just entertaining, that’s all."
"Beyond that, I don’t know how to evaluate the books.  I doubt very much that any writer can really give a purely objective evaluation of his work.  The only sort of gauge I have is in the way I feel when I write those final words, The End.  If I have a good feeling when I put those words down, then I feel I have accomplished my objective.  I’ve said what I’ve started out to say and told the story I started out to tell, and if I finish the book feeling good then I have to assume that the reader will finish the book feeling the same way–and that’s really my primary goal."
"I want to entertain and along with the entertainment, I do want to include something that does dignify the work a bit.  That doesn’t mean that the time spent reading the book is lost time-completely frittered away–but that along with the entertainment there has been a few moments of perhaps introspection on the part of the reader, perhaps a little bit of understanding of the world about him."
"I don’t suppose the books will ever go down in the big registry of great literary masterpieces, as certainly, they’re not that.  I could only hope that Mack Bolan will take his place along with such American fictional heroes as Mike Hammer, Travis McGee, Perry Mason, Matt Helm, and of course James Bond, who is not an American hero but an Englishman, but nevertheless, in the same genre.  And I hope it can be said that Mack Bolan is his own man–his own type–and he does stand apart from the other heroes, perhaps no better than they are but unique in his own right, and aside from the hope that the books will have continuing acceptance, that they will continue to sell, this is about the most I could ask for."
~Don Pendleton. 
The photo I took of Don Pendleton autographing a book for the young boy was at the Mack Bolan Convention in San Francisco in 1985.  
Read more at my previous blogs on the 40th Anniversary of Mack Bolan, in 2009, beginning with Part One, The Birth of Mack Bolan
~Linda

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Don Pendleton and his Joe Copp, Private Eye Character


“Pendleton, author of the long-running paperback Executioner series, shows in his first hardcover that hardboiled writing can be insightful as well as action-packed.” ~Library Journal


Last night I had a dream about my writing and my late husband, Don Pendleton.  For those of you who do not know, Don Pendleton was creator of the best-selling, The Executioner: Mack Bolan series of novels, the first one being, “War Against the Mafia,” published in 1969. Don is also considered the “father of Action/Adventure.”

My vivid dream, and dream discussion with Don of my PI novel I’ve been working on, got me to thinking today about Don’s Joe Copp character, who first appeared in his novel, Copp for Hire, first of the six books in the Copp series.   This morning I also saw a FB post about fictional characters.  It also reminded me (as if I needed to be reminded) of the ease and skill of writing that Don had.  He allowed the creative flow to do just that, flow. 
So my mind went back to the first of Don’s Copp books.  We were at our dining table, after a nice breakfast, enjoying our coffee when Don said, “Today I’m going to start a new private eye series.  The opening is:  ‘I smelled trouble all over this kid the instant she stepped into my office. She was hot.’”  He picked up a pen and jotted that on paper.

He started writing that day, and a few days later, Don sent off a proposal to his agent, and if I recall, with three chapters.  Not long after he had a contract for hardcover publication of the series of six books with New York publisher, Donald I. Fine, Inc., and in addition, that was followed soon after by a nice paperback deal on the series.      

Joe Copp was a California cop, turned private eye.  A tough, hard-boiled guy.  But Joe had a big heart and a teddy-bear personality, that is, as long as you were on the right side of the law.  If you were on the wrong side, he would just be as happy to get rid of you in the easiest way possible.   

Copp for Hire:  “Tough, cagey, ex-cop turned private eye, Joe Copp, descends into the labyrinth of forbidden sex, corrupt politics, and multiple murders. It is a powerful story of gray and light and shifting shadows that conceal as much as they reveal about human nature. The fast moving story takes Joe Copp to the rough and tumble, down and dirty, anything-goes underbelly of Los Angeles and on to the deadly vice pits of Honolulu's Chinatown. “

I loved the character.  And so did many professional reviewers. 

"Pendleton's Joe Copp is a dynamo."
–Roanoke Times and World News

“Pendleton, author of the long-running paperback Executioner series, shows in his first hardcover that hardboiled writing can be insightful as well as action-packed.” ~Library Journal

"Pendleton mines another bestselling vein with the cases of ex-cop/private eye
Joe Copp, the toughest operator this side of Mike Hammer."
–ALA Booklist

"The latest Joe Copp adventure reads like an express train...
Pendleton knows how to keep us turning pages."
–Publishers Weekly

The books are available in print, ebooks, and audiobooks.  Books 1 and 2 in a Boxed Set at Kindle.  


 ~Linda




  

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

The battle for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness–and equality for all citizens of the United States of America–has been long and hard.  Generation after generation, people have passionately fought to establish freedom and equality for all, no matter the color of skin, sex, religion, sexual orientation, physical disability, or social position. 

It should be the hope of all of us that one day in the 21st century there will be an end to the horrific atrocities that have plagued the world, and that peace, freedom and equality will be in the minds and actions of all earth’s inhabitants.  It may be a hope and a dream that appears impossible–but what is life without a dream?

It was Thomas Jefferson who said, “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”  

So let’s hang onto the dream that with each new day the world grows better.  

~Linda Pendleton, Excerpt from her book, A Small Drop of Ink 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

My Garden Vegetable Bake, an Easy Favorite



Today I baked my favorite Garden Vegetable Bake, and Whole Wheat Bran muffins, with carrots, raisins and apple.  Both low calorie and low sugar.  The Veggie Bake is 140 calories a serving, but I alter the Betty Crocker recipe and most always leave out the corn.  So carbs and sugar are less.  The muffin recipe, I alter also, and it comes out about 114 calories.  I love the Garden Veggie bake as I always freeze some for a quick breakfast or lunch. (pop in microwave)  Here is the recipe for the Garden Vegetable Bake.

1/2 cup grated low-fat Parmesan Cheese
1 generous cup of chopped zucchini
Optional:  2/3 Cup whole kernel sweet corn
1 small tomato, chopped 1/2 cup. 
1 medium onion, chopped 1/2 cup
3/4 cup of Bisquick HeartSmart mix
1 cup fat-free skim milk
1/2 cup fat-free eye product or 4 egg whites.  (at times I use one whole egg with the added whites).
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
I often add a dash of Italian Seasoning, and about 1/4 of shredded cheddar cheese, and/or chopped mushrooms.  

1. Heat oven to 400.  Spray 8 or 9 inch square baking dish with cooking spray.  Sprinkle 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese in baking dish. Top with zucchini, tomatoes, onions [corn]. Sprinkle remaining cheese, [add cheddar, if used].
2.  In small bowl, stir and blend remaining ingredients.  Pour over vegetables and cheese.
3.  Bake uncovered for 32 to 35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.  [30 minutes in my oven so keep an eye on it.  Let stand 5 minutes before cutting. 
Makes 6 servings.    
Serve with fruit, salad, or avocado, and in my photo, a Bran Muffin.    


~Linda 


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Linda Pendleton's The Unknown, A Novel, now in Audiobook







Happy to say my novel, The Unknown, is now an audiobook.  It is narrated by Rick Frederick, who did a great job in the reading of it.  Rick Frederick, is an actor, writer, and audio book narrator, via ACX.com.  

I've recently have had several of my books done as audiobooks.  I have found it to be so pleasurable to listen to someone narrating my words.  At first, it seemed strange, especially with my novel, Shattered Lens, Catherine Winter, Private Investigator, because that book and the second of the series, Fractured Image, are wirtten in first person---a female voice and I am used to that voice of Catherine being my voice in my head as author.  But soon I became used to just "listening" and not thinking about it.  Enjoyable, for sure.  

I am very happy with Rick Frederick's narration of The Unknown.  I had listened to his sample narration at ACX, and knew he was the one I wanted to have narrate The Unknown.  So I contacted him and he accepted the offer to narrate.  

Check out his short sample reading of The Unknown, and let me know what you think.  I hope if you decide to get the book, you will enjoy listening as much as I did.  The book is also at Kindle and in print for those of you who might not prefer audiobooks. 

Linda 


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Power of Words Within Small Drops of Ink




I have often been asked what my favorite quotes are.  I have so many favorites that it is difficult to choose only a few.  I believe my choice at any particular moment may depend on my frame of mind or mood.  I may be looking for wisdom, inspiration, motivation, or comfort.  Then again, there may be times when I read something that hits me at a deep level, words that resonate within me, touch me deeply, or even move me to tears.

I would say that this Lord Byron quote would be near the top of my list, as it really says it all about the power of the written word.  It was for that reason that I chose a part of his quote for my non-fiction book title, A Small Drop of Ink. The words of Lord Byron, penned many years ago:
                                                           
“Words are things; and a small drop of ink,
Falling like dew upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions think.”


The goal of the creative process is to move thoughts toward things so they can be experienced and shared by others.  Thoughts become things when expressed. Words can produce vivid mental images.  This quote does that for me.  I see that small drop of black ink falling down upon a thought, and the ink allowing the words to be indelibly stamped into the mind of millions to experience.  Some of the most enjoyable quotations are metaphors, literally a figure of speech in which a word or phrase that is ordinarily and primarily used to describe one thing or event is used to describe another.  The metaphor provides color, harmonies, musical notes, symphonic results, and that allows for you to feel the words as they cascade through you.  A way to emphasize that feeling is to read aloud.  In doing so, the words magically move from a somewhat static form to one that comes alive with the help of vocal expression.  

One can’t help but wonder if English poet Lord George Gordon Byron (1788-1824) had any idea of the impact of his quote on future generations.  Obviously, as a successful poet he probably had a good idea that his works would be enjoyed by future generations.  What I find so interesting about a collection of famous quotes that spans centuries is that the quotes are often as illuminating in today’s modern world as they may have been when written or spoken. 

Another quotation that is a personal favorite is this by Albert Einstein:

"There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as if everything is."


I choose to believe that everything is a miracle.  I hope you do, too.  It is also my hope that you find my collection a treasure and that you keep it beside your favorite chair or bedside and read it when you desire pearls of wisdom on such things as life, success, beauty, creativity and love.  You can find it at Amazon.com, both in Print and Kindle. 

~Linda



Monday, April 14, 2014

The Creative Rationale by Author, Don Pendleton. A Unique Look at Writing the Novel

“The writer is always working from his own individual world view, whatever the subject, so an honest writer cannot conceal himself in the work no matter how hard he may try to do so.”–Don Pendleton (1927–1995)



Renowned author, the late Don Pendleton, recorded "The Creative Rationale" in 1986.  It became the opening to the book, The Metaphyics of the Novel. The Inner Workings of a Novel and a Novelist by Don Pendleton, with Linda Pendleton.  

Don's unique and inspirational look at the creative processes that move the modern novel and what creative forces move the novelist is not only for aspiring writers but for those who love books.  

Don Pendleton is known as the father of the Action/Adventure, a genre he created with his original The Executioner: Mack Bolan Series.  The first book was published in 1969, War Against the Mafia. After book 38 of the series, Don franchised his characters to Harlequin and they continue to publish The Executioner Series, now about 1,000 books.  In addition to Mack Bolan, Don wrote SciFi, mysteries, including the Joe Copp Private Eye Series; Ashton Ford Psychic Detective Series.   His books have been published in many languages world-wide.   So who better to turn to for an understanding of the creative rationale than a successful novelist, whose career spanned many years and many books.   

Author Jon Guenther had this to say:  "I can guarantee first hand that The Metaphysical of the Novel is invaluable for anyone with the genuine desire to write and publish their book."  


Author Stephen Mertz, who knew Don for many years, said this about the book, "A profound study of the spiritual aspects of the novelist's art.  If you're looking for a quick-fix list of agents and the like, look elsewhere.  Pendleton has deeper truths to share in a work that entertains as it enlightens, examining the creative rationale that is the source of good writing."  


I consider this book to be an important book for aspiring writers, just as Don did.  In listening to Don's unique approach to creativity, I believe you will understand why.


~Linda Pendleton




   

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Building Suspense in Fiction


This is an excellent video by three successful writers on building suspense in fiction writing.   I found their views on first person vs third person of particular interest.  I have written in both viewpoints.  My Catherine Winter Private Investigator Series is in first person.  My last novel, Sound of Silence is in third, and the current novel I am writing is again in third.  It's a toss up as to which I prefer, but I think third person is less restrictive and allow for more freedom in creativity.  

Outlines--I have never liked them, going back many years to my high school and college days.  So I do not use them.

I've written screenplays so I can identify somewhat with what both Paul and Lee have to say about screenwriting, which they have both done.

 

~Linda