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Comment by Sarah Irving on January 11, 2012 at 5:09pm

Veteran travel writer Dervla Murphy just reviewed my new guidebook to Palestine in British travel glossy Wanderlust... more in my blog post here.

Comment by Linda Ballou on December 29, 2011 at 12:06am

Lost Angel Walkabout on top ten for 2011

My travel collection was selected author Yolanda Renee's top ten for 2011. She shares what when into her choices in this half hour radio show.

Cheers and Happy New Year Linda

Comment by inka piegsa-quischotte on November 4, 2011 at 3:28am
I'd like to introduce me new literaryv travel guide to Istanbul.Istanbul, City of the Green_Eyed Beauty. Following the footsteps of writers Pierre Loti, Barbara Nadel and Orhan Pamuk, I explore districts abd sites of Istanbul which are off the beaten path as well as shedding a different light on some better known places. Read the introduction and a summary and look at some of the book's pictures on the special page of my blog,
Comment by Cara Bertoia on October 28, 2011 at 4:54pm

I love books that tell a great story but I want to learn something at the same time. I knew that since Tripatini member Linda Ballou was a travel writer that I would learn about Hawaii but what I didn't realize is that she is a beautiful writer. This story takes place at the time in history where the Hawaiians are introduced to the Europeans as seen from the Hawaiian viewpoint. It is a story about a strong woman living in a country warlike country. Just get that picture of peaceful Hawaiians out of your head. She weaves a tale that keeps you intrigued all the way to the end. This is a great read about a fierce heroine. In fact, I liked the story so much I asked Linda to do an interview for my blog.  Follow this link to read her interview.

If any of the rest of you have novels set in a foreign land please let me know at


Comment by Cara Bertoia on September 8, 2011 at 11:38pm
Hi eveyone,
I am starting a new blog the Best Travel Novels, so let me know if your novel is set in a far away land, and if you like to be featured. Just e-mail me at I am trying to get new authors exposure. I also think you will enjoy learning about the countries an the author writing process.
Please everyone take a look, tweet and follow.
This week I am happy to present Marita Hansen, and her highly praised novel set in New Zealand. In my years on cruise ships I visited New Zealand many times, a chapter in my novel is even set there. It is a beautiful country filled with the friendliest people I have ever met. Many times the casino staff doubled as tour guides, giving me the chance to visit the Maori community in Rotorua,so I was aware of the social tensions that exist in New Zealand. Like Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby or Push by Sapphire, this novel is a graphic look at the life in Claydon a suburb of Auckland. The novel vividly describes the life led by a group of young adults. In her post Marita tell you how this novel came to life. Follow this link to my blog:
Thanks so much,
Cara Bertoia
Author of Cruise Quarters - A Novel About Casinos And Cruise Ships
Comment by Linda Ballou on August 30, 2011 at 12:01pm
Hi sent you an email. sounds fun Cara
Comment by Cara Bertoia on August 29, 2011 at 12:03am


I just downloaded a sample chapter. E-mail me at and I will send you some questions, after I read your first chapter. It looks great.

Cara B

Comment by Linda Ballou on August 28, 2011 at 1:29pm

My novel Wai-nani Hawaii Chiefess of Hawaii is my ultimate destination piece.

She is a portal into a world  you can't get to any other way. I suggest Cara that is would be a good book for your besttravelnovel blog..for more on Wai-nani you can go to my site or amo.Best



Comment by Cara Bertoia on August 26, 2011 at 10:15pm

Ed, I tried posting on there. I am not sure if it took. If you are a member of that group I would appreciate it if you could pass the word along.

Cara B

Comment by Cara Bertoia on August 26, 2011 at 10:08pm
Great Idea! I will do that.



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