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Linda Ballou

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A love triangle of extremes has proven to be a solid base for my writing. From my roots in Alaska I receive strength, solitude, centeredness and respect for the awful power of nature. In Hawaii I found nurturing, a spiritual awakening, sensuality, peace and my heroine for my historical fiction, Wai-nani-A Voice from Old Hawaii. In proud California I obtained a degree in English Literature from Northridge University and a doctorate in urban savvy. I continue to enjoy opportunities here for intellectual stimulation, exciting contacts and friends. It makes a great base for exploits that I share in my travel collection Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales released May 2010

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Award winning narrator Christine Padovan created this lovely trailer for Wai-nani, A Voice from Old Hawai'i - The Audio Book is coming soon for all those people who don't have time to read. Christine is doing a marvelous "talking story" and bringing my characters to life. I am thrilled with her work!

Working hard to get Wai-nani audio book out by March!

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Thanks for adding me as a friend! It's always interesting to me to learn what others are reading and what they think and recommend. Looking forward to yours. If you get the chance, I'd love it if you visited my blog at http://jenniferthompsonbooks.blogspot... where I have revealed the book trailer for my new novel, THE SCENT OF A SOUL, soon to come out. Thanks for your support, I hope to see you there. Have a great one, and good luck with your writing endeavors.

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Beth Hi Linda,
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Maureen Mullis Hi Linda, thank you for inviting a fellow author into your circle of friends here on Goodreads. I hope you'll add my novels What Would Nancy Do?, Lethal Prescription, In the Company of Women, The Christmas to Remember and Finding Normal to your to-read list. I look forward to reading your book reviews and recommendations. Happy reading!

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