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Shooting an Albatross combines:

TITANIC'S look to the past

The Notebook's touch of the heart

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Available Now! Peeking at Pillars

Writers have called writing everything from curse to cure, art to addiction, passion to purpose.  Some called it a reason for living; others thought it a cause of death.  Peeking at Pillars is a collection of quotations about writing from which author Steven Lundin seeks universal truths about writing and reconciles them with his five year experience of writing seven days-per-week.  He relates the humor, hopes, fears, and frustrations of the pillars of writing to the modern experience of writing.

  
For example, Lundin uses:

  • Margaret Atwood’s “The wastebasket has evolved for a reason” to explain how her “write, wad, and toss” has become key press, backspace, delete-delete, cut, copy, and paste,”  explaining that failure has gone green
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you,” to explain how to write: “First you write a character, then the character tells his story, then you take the credit”
  • Virginia Woolf’s, “For a woman to write fiction…,” to explain what it takes For A Man to Write Fiction
  • Tolstoy’s “All happy families are alike…” to warn writers how the first line of a novel can assure Your Place in the Grave
  • P.G. Wodehouse’s “I just sit at my typewriter and curse a bit” to remind writers how fortunate they are to have computers – “that is, they’re fortunate when the damn things work.”

Peeking at Pillars is for readers and writers, men and women, young and old, and the busy and the bored.  Its bite sized portions make it ideal for travel or late night reading.




Shooting an Albatross wins Independent Novel Award (INA) for 2009

January 31, 2010,
INA winner: Shooting an Albatross by Steven R. Lundin  

It was a tough call. Both Threshold and Shooting an Albatross were strong books populated by good characters...Steven’s book had a stronger story. From the opening pages, Shooting an Albatross sets up a powerful question in the reader’s mind. As you may have surmised from the previous award winning book, Chion, here at the New Podler we like strong stories. Cinematic stories. Muscular stories with good, clear lines of action are what we think make great books. Shooting an Albatross is such a book. But it is more than just a story that crackles with tension. It is a story of the inability to forgive and let go, a story that leaves you with a chill down your spine. Lundin manages not only to create a strong plot but also a human story of love and loss and revenge in his book.
- The New Podler Review of Books


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The Story
Shooting an Albatross, is set during the only year in history the PGA canceled the entire season of professional golf and, strange but true, the same year a unit of the US Army occupied the El Rancho Golf Course in Los Angeles. The formal publication date is July 26th, the same day in 1943 that the Army actually occupied the El Rancho Golf Course in LA.

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"...a delicious story that is set against the historical events  of 1943 involving the war effort and the only year the PGA’s entire season was canceled.  Wrapped around these events is a plot that keeps you reading well into the night...Lundin shows his remarkable literary talent in the way he introduces and blends his characters into the plot.  You sense every movement and sensation that pulls the main characters together and the conflicts that ensue fueled by passion, hidden agendas, deceit, jealousy and rage."

           - Ladies on the Tee, September 17, 2009


“‘Shooting an Albatross’ by Steven R. Lundin is a fascinating story set during WWII on a golf course in California. It is a story of love, rivalry, deceit and revenge. You don’t have to be a lover of golf to follow along into the lives of the young lovers, his superior officer and the others. Lundin creates an interesting set of characters that are well developed which allowed me to dive straight into the novel and absorb myself into the tale.”
           - Dan’s Journal, September 8, 2009


“Lundin takes [historical] facts and spins a tale about golf, about love, about jealousy and about revenge. He explains the title and in the process a lot about golf, not just as a sport, but as a philosophy and a pastime. Even if golf is an unknown, the reader cannot help but get caught up in the tale and the exquisite narrative of the author.

‘The sounds are those that come without man, such as leaves rustling, birds singing, woodpeckers knocking, squirrels chattering, naturally-pruned twigs hitting the ground and little flying things flapping and buzzing in the air.’

…Lundin’s narrative style explain[s] what seems to be the most captivating aspect of the book…illusions, the descriptions, and the narrative….”
          
- Chris Phillips, Booksellersworld.com, September 6, 2009

“Steven Lundin's new book Shooting An Albatross has a little of everything. There is mystery, golf, romance, history and murder. I had slight trepidations with the golf theme of the book, as I do not play, but I am a sucker for historical novels. I surprised myself at how much I learned about the game and the intriguing story had me quickly turning pages…After the first initial pages, I quickly became drawn into a tale that spanned decades…Shooting An Albatross is not just a golfing story, it is a suspenseful and exciting tale that is woven into the history of our country.”

           - Cyndee Kromminga, Bookpleasures.com, July 27, 2009
"A compelling historical-fiction golf adventure...The mansions of movie makers and their plush lifestyles serve as backdrop for much of the military and golf-course action, and [Lundin] weaves this interesting theme into elements of romance and suspense...The novel's strongest points are the cleverly arranged story elements that inspire readers to uncover plot twists...An interesting...read for golf enthusiasts and suspense fan."


      
    - Kirkus Discoveries, Nielsen Business Media

     "Golf is the backdrop to [Lundin's] very wonderful novel Shooting an Albatross...Of course a mere golf match would not make for much of a story. Oops I have likely upset the millions of golf lovers by that statement. What I meant to say is golf is merely the fairway that Steve Lundin uses to paint his story. Steve Lundin does a fabulous job of creating a most believable scenario, and he does it in such a creative way.

     The book opens with someone talking to the 94 year old Major Floyd Akerly, the man who was in charge of El Rancho when the story started. The book ends with Major Floyd Akerly, and in a very surprising twist.

     I would love to share more with you, but this is a story that you have to uncover for yourself. Shooting An Albatross is a wild wide. I was not sure that I would enjoy a book that seemed to be golf related, how wrong I was."  
          - Simon Barrett in Book Reviews, Blogger News Network

      "The metaphorical title, implying eliminating a threat, begins with an Army General and Navy Admiral appointing surrogates, from the ranks, to play golf against one another. Hollywood film moguls, golf fans, and military characters are interlaced in the book’s plot. The alchemical mix is brilliantly portrayed in this literary novel, with all the elements of human emotions and actions, including friendly fire."           

          - The Mindquest Review of Books, Lightword Publishing 

      "The book begins and ends relating a series of visits by a distinguished guest in the home of 94-year-old Floyd Akerly. Floyd narrates the story of the golf game, Evan Wilkins, the European battlefield and of his part in the story. The final scenes lead to a climactic, unexpected, dramatic conclusion.

     Golf enthusiasts will know that to shoot an albatross is rare, a double eagle. It may mean shooting a seabird, or shooting an individual that holds back a man's achievement. Steve R. Lundin has masterfully crafted "Shooting an Albatross" around this theme.

     This is a book for anyone enjoying the genre of intrigue, suspense, or romance. Lundin includes the use of comedy and the game of golf to draw the reader into a look into the past, a heartwarming story, and a madman's psyche. "Shooting an Albatross" by Steven R. Lundin is a great read." 
    
      - Richard R. Blake, Reader Views, Polka Dot Reviews, Book-Critique.com

     "Lundin's plot in Albatross is of literary quality, and Albatross is a study in the nature of evil, deliberating on its origin and tracking its progress through human lives as it leaves a trail of destruction and suffering, moving from one generation to another, from one life into another, like a terrible infestation poisoning all that it touches."  
          - The New Podler Review of Books


“…this novel should be made into a movie… [Shooting an Albatross] will have a mass appeal…the imagery is fantastic…this will be a HUGE, HUGE success.”  
         
- Cynthia Sherman, Independent Critic 

The sequel
 Legacy Management, is complete and author Steven Lundin is working on the next book in his Albatross series. Be sure to watch for both in the following months and years.

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2009 Independent Novel Award eligible books list

Shooting an Albatross by Steven Lundin
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