Linda shares why is was so important for her to write Embrace of the Wild in this interview on Big Blend Radio 
Turning Lemons into Limoncello
 In writing Embrace of the Wild I hope to have turned the lemons of Covid-19 into limoncello—a zesty elixir that excites and satisfies the senses.


Some people live to travel; Isabella Lucy Bird traveled to live. Dare to saddle up with this equestrian explorer on her way to becoming the best-loved travel writer of her day. Set off on a voyage from England to the South Seas. Jump ship in Honolulu, then hop on board the Kilauea steaming its way to sleepy Hilo. Be captivated by the lavish beauty of the Sandwich Islands. Charge up the flank of a living volcano, ford roaring torrents on the way to Waipio Valley where the gods come close. Feel the loving touch of the healing hands of a Hawaiian elder and let go of chronic pain that has held you captive.

Invigorated from your stay in Hawai’i press on to ride solo in Colorado on a 600-mile mountain tour. Here you meet an unlikely soulmate in the form of renegade Rocky Mountain Jim. Convince him to guide you to the top of the loftiest peak in the Rocky Range, and try not to fall in love with him and the majesty of his realm. Know the wild abandon of giving rein to your mount with tears streaming, hair flying, and blood pumping. Set your spirit free with Isabella as she breaks through physical and social barriers to follow her dreams

What Readers Are Saying About Embrace of the Wild

“Reading this inspiring book makes me want to go out to the barn, saddle up and explore this wonderful world! This is one of those books that you would just love to see brought to life, Netflix, Amazon, check this one out! 
- Lisa Diersen Director – EQUUS Film & Arts Festival

Ballou sweeps you away with vivid scenes and characters of old Hawaii and Colorado, and bittersweet views of a changing world. But the real joy is riding with a recovered-invalid Englishwoman whose zest for life bursts from every page.
- Carole T. Beers, author of “New West Mysteries with Heart”

Fascinating portrait of Isabella Bird for those who love authentic historical fiction. Linda Ballou tells the truly amazing story of Isabella Bird, the British explorer in the nineteenth century in great descriptive detail. - Rebecca Rosenberg author of Gold Digger-The story of Baby Doe 

 A GREAT story inspired by an AMAZING woman, British explorer Isabella Lucy Bird, Isabella's journey is told through her own eyes as she travels the world with wild abandon on the back of a horse, even finding peace and joy with a Colorado mountain man along the way. A wonderful ride!
- Robin Hutton, author Sgt. Reckless America’s War Horse

The author skillfully puts herself in saddle of Isabella Bird and gives us a thumbnail sketch of what it took to launch the career of one of the greatest, most gifted, adventure travel writers of all time. Hold on for a wild ride and beautifully crafted descriptions of grand vistas, mountains, valleys and rivers most people will only dream about. 
- Dr. Karen L. Moran Pacifica University

Swift, Exciting Plunge into an Adventurous Life. Ballou crafts a fast-paced novella that carves Isabella Bird firmly into our memories. - Mark Hein-Amazon Reader

Interview with Rebecca Rosenberg host of the American History Novel Group
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