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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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I’m off to Maui to meet up with the Aloha Triofor our book signing at the Barnes and Noble in Lahaina on Dec. 14th. I met hugely popular Toby Neal , author of the Lei Crime Series, online. I found her writing to be crisp, contemporary and fun. According to Toby, born and raised in the Islands, my book Wai-nani, A Voice from Old Hawai’i “Casts a hypnotic spell that takes us to ancient Hawai’i.... Read more of this blog post »
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Linda said "yes" to attending Aloha Trio Book Signing on Maui
date: December 14, 2014 01:00AM
location: Barnes & Noble-Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, 325 Keawe St. #101, Lahaina, Maui, HI, The United States
A Hawaiian mix of mystery, history and Hollywood on tap from three local authors.

The Aloha Trio- Linda Ballou, Author of Wai-nani, A Voice from Old Hawai'i, Toby Neal author of Lei Crime Series Lorraine Brodek- author of A Nobody in A Somebody World share their books. Drawings for gifts. Looking forward to very Maui Christmas.

"The internet works in strange and mysterious ways. Meet Sharon Pohl, a dynamic woman, energetic woman presently living on a tropical isle in the American Virgin Islands. She found me on the National Association of Baby Boomer Women site where I..." Read more of this blog post »
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Enter small town Iowa and shake your head in disbelief as the tale of lives doubling back on one another unfolds. Diann Adamson masterfully takes you into this world and keeps you there with crisp writing depicting small town ironies. The story is mo ...more
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Susan Spano is one of the few travel writers I know who actually makes a living traveling around the planet and sharing her experiences. She is a true professional Lost Angel Walkabout: One Traveler's Taleswith well informed pieces most of which have ...more
Wai-nani by Linda Ballou
"WAI-NANI Brings Peace to Paradise!
By Lorraine Holnback Brodek (Hana, Maui, HI, USA)

The rhythm of Linda Ballou's writing is sheer poetic dialogue. Her descriptions are as mystic as the ancient Hawaiian culture she so graphically describes in this w..." Read more of this review »
Wai-nani by Linda Ballou
"Mahalo nui loa, Linda, for writing this glorious story. As a Hawaiian, born and raised, I loved the journey back into the days of old and the poetic way that you mixed fact, fiction, and legend. Wai-nani is a truly beautiful story, written with lu..." Read more of this review »
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Maria Dear Linda,

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viki thanks for the friend invite,Linda....^0^

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Dee Dearest Linda...thank you for adding me as your friend :)

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Vanessa Hi Linda!

Thank you for you friendship. I am looking forward to discussing great literature with you!


Jennifer Thompson Linda,
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,
Thanks for sending a friend request to this fellow Goodreads author!

Christine Hatfield Thanks for being my friend

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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