Thursday, December 31, 2020

Get to know... Authors: CALEB AND LINDA PIRTLE

Today I wanted to surprise authors Caleb Pirtle III and Linda Pirtle with a post especially for them. They are two incredibly talented writers, who like most of us have worked other jobs before settling into writing novels full time.  

Caleb was a newspaper-reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and served for ten years as the travel editor for Southern Living Magazine. 

Linda taught the art of writing and understanding literature for years at three high schools and also Business Communications at Navarro College. 

Caleb and Linda each have wonderfully different writing styles. Both pen suspense, whodunits, thrillers, and mysteries. 

Can you imagine the conversations they probably have at the dinner table? I'm guessing they talk about crime scenes, guns, suspects, and a ton of what-ifs. Oh to be a fly on the wall, just one night while they're enjoying dinner.

Caleb has written more than 80 books, (I need to type that again because it's mind-blowing. He's written more than "80" books) including noir thrillers, but also some nonfiction. His talent doesn't stop there. He's  also penned 2 teleplays:  (1) Gambler V - Playing for Keeps, a miniseries staring Kenny Rogers, Loni Anderson, Dixie Carter, and Mariska Hartigay.  (2) The Texas Rangers, a TV movie for John Milius.

He also has a screenplay to his credit, for one motion picture, Hot Wire

Here's just one of Caleb's many books: 

Linda's stories are cozy mysteries. Her series is titled, The Games We Play, which focuses on how people bent on evil can ruin an innocent, fun game -- The Mah Jongg Murders, Deadly Dominoes, Tarot Terrors, and the most recent in the series: 

Linda has served as an editor for other author's books as well. She's helped Caleb create Venture Galleries, a book publishing company. Together they have - a literary website devoted to connecting readers with today's growing population of authors throughout the world. 

Caleb and Linda are sweet, helpful Texans and incredible word nerds, who've told many stories with their books, teleplays, and screen plays. 

I want to finish this post by saying you should check out all that they have to offer. In my opinion, the best place to start is with their Amazon Author Pages.

Caleb -- On Amazon

Linda -- On Amazon

Saturday, December 26, 2020

A Year of Tears

I'm no poet, but today I was inspired to write my thoughts about 2020 and I wanted to share my scribblings. 


Dark and difficult, 2020 has been rough

Hearts broken, our feelings are raw

The chaos has not ceased,  

And the road remains tough. 

A virus invaded like a giant claw

Until it hurt, no one saw.

It pillaged and plundered,

Many took a hit. 

A horrible blunder,

Families have been split.

A terror specific, yet not the only one

Other heartaches also stole the sun.

Cancer, heart disease, accidents and more

We've lost plenty,

And it's rattled our very core.

A trying time filled with fear,

Lives shattered.

Our eyes have leaked a billion tears 

When the madness finally clears,

One thing will stand firm and true, 

The love we showed, is all that mattered.  

2020 Copyright

Jan Romes