Sunday, April 15, 2018

Farewell to a Trailblazer of Nighttime Talk Radio

For those of you who don’t know, I drove team over-the-road with my husband for ten years. He would typically drive during the day, and I drove at night. I spent many a long, lonely night driving the interstate highways of this great country. However, I could always turn on our satellite radio and listen to Coast to Coast with Art Bell, and the miles would seem to fly by. His show was always interesting and managed to challenge his listeners to think outside of the box.

The subjects were intriguing, at times a bit silly, while other times they were just plain out scary. I remember one Halloween night during his Ghost to Ghost show where callers would share their ghost stories; I sat in the driver’s seat of our Peterbilt truck scared shitless. It didn’t help while driving across the desert in Arizona, I drove into a pocket of cold air. This, of course, caused the windows in the cab of the truck to fog up just when he was talking about how ghosts create cold spots at that VERY same moment. Yep, you couldn’t have pealed my hands from the steering wheel. Heck, after that, I was WIDE AWAKE for the remainder of my shift.

I even remember the time my stepmom, who was a huge Art Bell fan, talked my dad into to taking her to edge of Area 51. Dad said, “There were several groups of UFO hunters, all sitting in lawn chairs and looking up at the night sky waiting for a UFO. We sat there ALL night long and never saw one. Well, some thought a shooting star was a UFO.”

However, things don’t last forever. I no longer drive that big ol' truck, and Art Bell is no longer with us. He passed from this existence and on to the next, on, Friday 13, 2018 in his Pahrump home at the age of 72. I find it ironic he would pass on Friday the 13th, don’t you?

Bell was best known for his unsettling conspiracy theories and paranormal topics on his radio show, Coast to Coast AM. He was fascinated by paranormal and unexplained subjects, such as Bigfoot, UFO’s, crop circles, and those things that go bump in the night.


Coast to Coast was syndicated nationwide on roughly 500 North American stations in the 1990’s.  He left the show in 2002 and turned the reins over to George Noory, who continued with the controversial show. Bell broadcast the show from Pahrump’s KNYE 95.1 FM, a station he founded. He was his own producer, engineer, and host.

Bell retired several times in his career, which included a short-lived show on SiriusXM satellite radio in 2013.

Returning to terrestrial radio afterward was not a difficult decision, he told the Pahrump Valley Times in August 2013.

Returning to terrestrial radio afterward was not a difficult decision, he told the Pahrump Valley Times in August 2013. “That’s easy because I love it,” he said at the time. “It’s my life, and that’s all I have ever done. I went through a lot of family problems, so that interrupted things, and I was overseas for four years, and that certainly interrupted things. I went back into radio because I love it.”

Date of sighting: January 1, 2018 Location of sighting: Orlando, Florida, USA Source: MUFON #89261 A fleet of white glowing UFO's.

In 2006, Bell was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, and then the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2008. He also held the Guinness World Record for a solo broadcast marathon, logging in more than 115 hours of airtime while working as a DJ in Okinawa, Japan for a while.

Born in Jacksonville, North Carolina on June 17, 1945, he was the only child of a military family and moved around a lot as a kid. I can relate because I’m the only child of a military family. Huh, maybe that’s part of why I enjoyed his show as much as I did; we were kindred spirits. LOL

According to the Coast to Coast AM website, Bell was an FCC licensed radio technician at age 13. He then went on to serve as a medic in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. However, this did not dampen his love for radio, and while in the Air Force, he created an on-base pirate radio station.
Though, it wasn’t until the mid-1980’s talk radio captivated Bell. He had joined KDWN-AM in Las Vegas, where he mastered his blend of the contemporary and unsettling.

The number of crop circles has greatly increased since the 1970's until today. While many have been proven to be a hoax, others are still unproven. 

In 1996, Bell, then 50 years-old, Bell told the Pahrump Valley Times, “I want to bring topics on the radio you otherwise might not hear.”

Well, I must say he did just that, and millions of his fans tuned in each night to learn about those things the MSM refuses of cover. Thank you, Art Bell, for making my long nights on the road entertaining while expanding my understanding of this grand universe we call home.

Please share your memories of listening to Art Bell below.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Farewell 2017

Wow, it's hard to believe it's nearly time to say goodbye to 2017. It really was a year full of exciting events for me as a writer.  From working with first-time authors to get their book ready for readers to enjoy, to branching out into new and exciting ventures, 2017 has been an interesting year indeed.

I wasn't able to finish any new books of my own this year, but I was thrilled when my Christmas Novella, Saying Goodbye won GOLD for its beautiful cover. If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend you get the FREE download on Amazon. I promise you won't be disappointed.

As the last hours of 2017 tick away, my heart fills with hope for the coming new year. I have several books waiting for me to finish writing them. The second installment of Dragon's Blood Key, Return to Walandra has been patiently waiting, as well as my paranormal thriller, 4.  I had started working on a new series titled Malora Danning which is the story of a woman from a secret real with magical powers. I must admit it's going to be a lot of fun writing this one. Then as the Christmas Spirit took hold of me, the idea for another Christmas Novella popped into my mind.  It's a shame I just can't plug my brain into a laptop and have it write the stories swimming around in there. LOL

So, as we enter the new year, I wish you all nothing but health, happiness, and success in everything you do. I also pray you have a wondrous 2018, and may all your dreams come true.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Joy of Christmas

If you love the Christmas season and all those sappy Hallmark movies as much as I do I know you'll love my novella, Saying Goodbye: The Christmas Gift.
It's a sweet little story of how a woman is reminded of the magic of Christmas and how life is full of love and wonder.
Get your FREE ebook copy today on Amazon, iTunes, or B&N
Here are a few of the reviews left on Amazon
This was one of the best books that I have read in a long time.  It kept me guessing right from the start. As you read you will probably wonder about one of the characters and like me may make up your mind that something isn't exactly right with him. And like me, you will probably decide what you think he may be. But like me, you will probably be wrong.
As you read this book, tears of joy and sadness may form in your eyes but you will be glad that you took the time to read it. Linda Barton, you are a great author.

Quick and easy read. Completed it in one sitting. Such a magical/spiritual story that will bring you both smiles and tears.

This was an amazing story and an easy read. It put a smile on my face the whole time I was reading it. It brought up wonderful memories for me and had a bittersweet ending. Take the time to read it and hopefully it will stir up wonderful memories for you too.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

It's Christmas!!

I LOVE this time of the year with the bright and cheery decorations, the yummy baked goodies, and of course, all the feel-good Hallmark Christmas Movies.  As I look back over this year I can't believe everything that's happened.  Our children and grandchildren are all happy and healthy, we added two little rescue pups to our family, we had to say goodbye to two loved-ones, and my hubby is still the love of my life and writing muse.  Yes, I truly am blessed.

I do have some exciting news to share.  My novella, Saying Goodbye: The Christmas Gift won GOLD in the 2017 AUTHORSdb cover contest.  How cool is that?  I've never entered any competition for my writing, so this was quite exciting for me.  If you haven't read it yet, you can get it as a FREE download on Amazon.  It's received a handful of rave reviews, so I'm sure you'll enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

I'm currently working on another Christmas novella. I don't know if I'll have it ready for this year, but it's going to be a great story that will make you cry tears of joy and sorrow.

So, decorate your tree, bake those favorite yummies, and spend this magical season with those you love... MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

I need YOUR vote...

Okay, peeps, I need a BIG favor. The cover for my Novella, Saying Goodbye is a Semi-Finalist in the AUTHORSdb 2017 Book Cover Contest. I’m asking you to help me continue on by giving my cover a vote. I’m so honored to even be in the running with this beautiful cover. So, warm up your voting finger and help me win this thing!!  
Thank you in advance for your help and please use the link below to vote for my cover.