Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Kudos for The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon



Take a thrilling ride from the Grand Prix jumping circuit to the wilds of the John Muir Wilderness with Gemcie on her trail to self-discovery.

Cowgirl on   Audible


Linda Ballou is an adventure travel writer with a host of travel articles on her site, along with information about her travel memoir, Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales; historical novel Wai-nani, A Voice from Old Hawai’i; as well as her latest novel The Cowgirl Jumped over the Moon at-www.LindaBallouAuthor.com.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Tiip #4 for Travel Writer Wannabe's




Get lots more tips in my handbook How to Make Travel Writing Work for You in the kindle store


Linda Ballou is an adventure travel writer with a host of travel articles on her site, along with information about her travel memoir, Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales; historical novel Wai-nani, A Voice from Old Hawai’i; as well as her latest novel The Cowgirl Jumped over the Moon at-www.LindaBallouAuthor.com.

Sweetheart Deal for Hawai'i Lovers


                      Sweetheart Deal for Hawai'i Lovers

Gift of Wai-nani's Wayfinder with Purchase on my site www.LindaBallouAuthor.com



In need of a great  gift for your friends who love books and Hawaii? I love Linda Ballou's novel Wai-nani. A beautifully written story about a strong woman in ancient Hawaii who leaves her family to follow her heart. It's got everything: romance, action, adventure, Hawaiian history and culture. It really brings ancient Hawaii to life in a can't-put-down drama. 

Linda, it warms my heart that you have taken the time to learn so much about the Hawaiian history and culture I love. Thank you for transferring that knowledge into such a beautifully written novel. Jennifer Crites- Former Editor of Aloha Magazine and Long time resident of Honolulu


Wai-nani's Wayfinder is my gift to you with the purchase of Wai-nani:  A Voice from Old Hawai'i on my site Linda Ballou Author.com

Gift wrapped with free shipping if you  purchase on my site.


                                             

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Gifts for Friends with a Wandering Eye


I love travel narratives.  These are a few of my favorite travel books sure to whet your wanderlust. These are not typical guidebooks, they represent well-written travel literature.

Sara travels in a way that I would love to do, but just don’t have the stamina.
From soggy sleeping bags, to elaborate dinners at elegant haciendas she shares the highs and lows of Chili—a country of extremes. Home to some of the highest volcanoes in the world, vast expanse of desert and tropical forests and of course, the glaciers  of Patagonia, it takes a savvy traveler to navigate it’s wonders.  Ms. Wheeler provides a well-informed look into the culture, history and politics of a place. Her writing is exceptional with lyrical descriptions and amusing observations. If you contemplating a trip to this thin country put this books on the top of your list. Right there next to Bruce Chatwin’s Patagonia
What a wonderful find. Alexandra Fuller captures the seduction of the African sun burnt landscape. The vast spaces that set the mind sailing seduced her parents and made them stay against great adversity. They lived in Kenya when British Colonists spent their days in royal comfort, but those days ended with a revolution and war in the 60’s.  Ms. Fuller masterfully weaves the very personal history of her dramatic childhood and the life of her stiff upper lip parents against the backdrop of a tumultuous time. Her parents chose to remain in Africa after their lands were seized and to set up housekeeping in remote Zambia where they found peace under the” Tree of Forgetfullness.” I have ordered the third book in the trilogy of Ms. Fuller’s stunning memoir.

 Adams delivers a healthy portion of dry information made palatable by interjecting doses of self-deprecating humor that are often laugh-out-loud funny. The pasty-white New York journalist trudges behind a leathery Australian obsessed with the ruins of the Incas, up daunting mountains and then back down into the soggy Amazonian rain forest.  We follow in the footsteps of Hiram Brigham III, who dedicated about half of his life to finding the Lost City of the Incas but had to settle for being credited with the discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911. Adams focuses mainly on Brigham, geography and history, but never tells us much about the Incas themselves. I enjoyed the book, found it very informative and entertaining which is what good travel writing should be, but I felt disappointed that I didn’t learn more about the culture of the people who built Machu Picchu.


 Don George’s very personal travel memoir is about connections with other humans and a few very large creatures. At Notre Dame he feels connected to the past and all those that have walked through that portal to Christianity. In Cambodia, he spends three nights in the home of a family and is moved to tears by the simplicity of the way they share life’s chores and joys in modesty. In the Sea of Cortez he communes with a whale. His writing is poetic broaching lyrical and is very moving. He raises the bar for travel writers. We are not to simply take our readers to a place through their senses in good writing we are supposed to deliver the meaning of life in subtext. I believe the dance is all there is, so I am determined to get to the Cook Islands where Don connected with the shimmying hips of natives in the balmy, palmy breezes.  In fact, I have been so stirred by his descriptions of his experience there that I must go soon! It is no longer some musing in a distant future. Don’s writing has made me want to be there, to know the tranquil beauty of the horseshoe shaped lagoon and the laughing eyes of the Island people. In short to be more connected with the rhythms of life. 

The Tao of Travel- Paul Theroux

When I learned that Paul Theroux, one of my favorite travel writers, had written the Tao of Travel I rushed to get a copy. At first I was disappointed that Theroux would waste his considerable talent on a compilation of other travel writers of note. But, as I got into his very personal critiques and reflections on the greats like Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry David Thoreau, Sir Richard Burton and Joseph Conrad I looked forward to eaves dropping on the “long conversation” about travel writers. Theroux talks about the little known realities of some of the greats. Edgar Rice Burroughs who created the Tarzan character had never been to Africa. Steinbeck did travel with his dog Charlie for three months, but he who also indulged in conjugal visits from his wife along the way. The book reads like a tabloid reality check on “who’s who” in the travel writing genre. Theroux also talks about the paradoxes of travel, the wisdom of travel and its perverse pleasures. As usual, Theroux pulls no punches in his discussion of his peers or precursors. I confess in the end I enjoyed what felt like ”Happy Hour with Paul” even though he slandered my home town, Los Angeles, lumping it in with Bombay and Tokyo “which are known for their ugly buildings and bad air.”


Baboons for Lunch James Michael Dorsey

I love a man with a sense of humor. It’s hard to imagine the distinguished gentleman I know as James Dorsey to be slinging dun balls at monkeys, or bouncing unceremoniously across the desert on a camel, but he does. In his effort to connect with cultures that are rapidly disappearing he finds himself in some precarious situations. He always handles them with respect for his hosts and delivers insights to his readers. This is a wonderful well-written collection of tales from silly to soul searching.  Obviously influenced by Tim Cahill, my travel writing hero, James shares his exploits with self-deprecating humor while delivering a deeper message.


May I add my own contribution to travel literature- LostAngel Walkabout – One Traveler’s Tales reviewed by James Michael Dorsey?

Lost Angel Walkabout by Linda Ballou takes the reader out of their armchair and into the vast world as few travel writers can. Her eye for detail combined with intimate knowledge of her surroundings sets Ms. Ballou heads above most of the travel writing pack. In this age when everyone with a back pack proclaims him or herself a travel writer it takes a book like this one to re-define the genre. The stories are personal and inviting, giving the reader not only a feeling of participation but leaving them with a memory of where they have just visited. This is just plain great travel writing.



Adventure travel writer, Linda Ballou, has a host of articles on her site along with information about her novels and articles at www.LindaBallouauthor.com

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Taking time to get it right





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Linda Ballou is an adventure travel writer with a host of travel articles on her site, along with information about her travel memoir, Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales; historical novel Wai-nani, A Voice from Old Hawai’i; as well as her latest novel The Cowgirl Jumped over the Moon at-www.LindaBallouAuthor.com.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Going through the back door




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Monday, October 8, 2018

Tips for Wannbe Travel Writers

I am sharing tips for peeps who would like to indulge their wanderlust and become travel writers. I created a playlist on You Tube to supplement my kindle book How To Make Travel Writing Work for You. Subscribe to my playlist and get tips as they are posted.


In order to be a travel writer you must learn to write. Samples of the different types of travel writing can be found in my book and on my website.

My book Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales is a collection of travel essays that convey how a given trip affected me personally.

On my website www.LindaBallouAuthor.com have a host of articles that capture a sense of place and are designed to give the traveler the nuts and bolts they need for a given trip

Linda Ballou is an adventure travel writer with a host of travel articles on her site, along with information about her travel memoir, Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales; historical novel Wai-nani, A Voice from Old Hawai’i; as well as her latest novel The Cowgirl Jumped over the Moon at-www.LindaBallouAuthor.com.


 Subscribe to my blog www.LindaBallouTalkingtoyou.com to receive updates on books, and travel destinations and events.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Smooth Sailing in Santa Barbara


 Arroyo Burro Beach a wide strip of powdery sand, locals call Hendry’s, is my favorite stop in Santa Barbara. The trailhead at the southern tip of the parking lot leads to More Mesa a bluff walk with stunning views of the coast.  Para-sailors glide overhead beneath flashy canopies, pelican’s patrol the bluffs in v-shaped formations while far below the aquamarine Pacific purls into billows of foaming white. Irish spring-green grass dotted with wildflowers carpets the mesa shaded by giant sycamores in the spring. You will likely have this walk to yourself save the occasional local walking dogs off leash. Continue out of the park on to Medcliff Road to Mesa Lane and turn right to Mesa steps. Take the public stairwell down to the sea shore. Enjoy a contemplative stroll on this stretch of hard packed sand backed by craggy cliffs back to the Arroyo Burro parking lot and facilities. Be sure you are not walking this stretch at high tide before embarking.


 After this two- mile loop you will be ready for lunch at the Boat House resting on the sand   Zesty sea food pasta was my choice, but shrimp Louis salad and Lobster rolls are also on the menu among many more taste treats.  Diners enjoy the patio shielded from the wind by glass barriers, or dine inside in casual elegance. Happy Hour offers tasty treats at bargain prices. There is a hamburger stand next to the main restaurant for folks in a hurry. A snooze on the sand after a sumptuous repast is in order.
overlooking the beach.

The ocean is relatively calm here and safe to swim. You can walk for miles up the long strand of sand beneath the cliffs. Locals with blankets and lawn chairs gather here to watch to sun slip into the Pacific in a fiery crescendo to a perfect Santa Barbara Day



Arroyo Burro Beach County Park is located 5 miles west of Santa Barbara's city center on Cliff Drive near Hope Ranch. From Highway 101 take Las Positas Road south to Cliff Drive. Turn right and travel 1/2 mile to the park entrance.

This day will be included in my next book Lost Angel at Home in Paradise
Adventure travel writer, Linda Ballou, has a host of articles on her site along with information about her novels and articles at www.LindaBallouauthor.com


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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Behind the Scenes with Eric Trules


Thrilled to be a guest on Eric Trules of E-travels fame. He is an avid traveler who enjoys spotlighting others who suffer from the same addiction. Please take a moment to listen to my interview with Eric.

Come behind the scenes with me   Just click  here
Today I’ll be talking with Linda Ballou, an accomplished travel and adventure writer who challenges her readers to self-actualize and make their own dreams come true.  
Linda is a rugged individualist who knows that she needs tall mountains and shady glens to stay in balance. She enjoys reading travel narratives and historical archives about a place before visiting it… because she doesn’t want to go to a destination until she has a sense of what’s going on behind the gorgeous scenery… which she tries to see with wonder and a sense of humor. She aims to get to as many beautiful places in the world that she can – before they are no more.
Like her travel writing hero, Tim Cahill, she tries not to take herself too seriously. Her historical novel, “Wai-nani: A Voice from Old Hawaii”, lets us see the traditional island society as it existed when Captain James Cook arrived at Kealakekua Bay in 1779. Linda spent 20 years researching and writing the book, immersing herself in historical Hawaiian culture, but shortly before she published it, she was told by protective locals that she would have 200 years bad luck if she did so. Linda bravely persevered and fortunately, that wasn’t the case!
So much more revealed in this candid converstion with Eric Trules. Behind the Scenes with Linda
Linda Ballou is an adventure travel writer with a host of travel articles on her site, along with information about her travel memoir, Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales; historical novel Wai-nani, A Voice from Old Hawai’i; as well as her latest novel The Cowgirl Jumped over the Moon at-www.LindaBallouAuthor.com.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Call of the Wilds in British Columbia

Linda on Apache at top of the world ride in the Chilcotin Wilderness 

In July I answered the Call of the Wild by taking a horse pack trip hosted by the McLean family at their Tyslos Park Lodge in supernatural British Columbia. A heart-thumping flight from Vancouver over the vast snow-packed expanses of the Coast Mountain Range delivered me to their door.
Pink Creek at Goat Camp



 This region is a cross between arid Colorado and the soggy, temperate rain forests of coastal British Columbia. Lying in the shadow of the Coast Range, it receives less rain than the coast and experiences severe winter temps as low as 55 below. The result is snow-capped granite spires gouged by glaciers and streaked with rivulets and slopes of loose scree that only mountain goats can call home.

This is one of the last great rides in North America. This truly is a pristine, roadless wilderness. Unplug here and let the busy world go by. 


My article Riding in the Wilds of B.C. will appear in the September issue of the California Riding Magazine. Stay tuned for details of this grand adventure.

Meanwhile, it is not too late to sign up at www.Tsylos.com. Their season runs May through October. In the fall grizzlies come here to gorge themselves on sockeye salmon on their annual spawning run up Chilko Rover.

Linda Ballou is the author of The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon with many travel articles on her site at www.LindaBallouAuthor.com