Lisa Alpine
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dancer
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News Flash—hot award:
Winner of the silver Solas Awards for Best Travel Story of the Year 2014
And a new book: 

Please come celebrate the launch of my latest book Wild Life: Travel Adventures of a Worldly Woman. I'll be signing books, telling tales, and giving hugs.


Saturday September 13

1 pm

Book Passage in Corte Madera, California

 

What is Wild Life about?

From licking a Monet in Paris, to pushing an abusive macho honeymooner off his sailboat in the shark-infested Galápagos, to saving her toddler son from a charging bull elephant in Africa, these 14 delightful, award-winning true tales will inspire readers to follow the call of a wild life and leave home with their doors unlocked.


"Lisa’s love of travel and her fierce determination to push all boundaries, takes the reader with her on a thoughtful, fun and fearless journey."

— Maureen Wheeler, founder Lonely Planet

 

"Lisa’s stories are not only packed with the humor and adventure that comes from being a solo woman traveler, but also filled with compassion that cuts to the core of what travel is all abouta deep connection toa people and place found when we shed our protective armor and remember we are all human."

Kimberley Lovato, author of Walnut Wine and Truffle Groves

If you live in Albania, France, India or anywhere not near Hawai'i or California, you can order

Wild Life from Book Passage, Amazon $14.95 or Kindle $7.99.

Extra yummy news: 
Sex, Mishaps, and Adventure: Titillating Tales Told by the Titans of Travel
Author Lisa Alpine hosts an ensemble of writers for this series of literary travel tales at the Mill Valley Library. They will read and talk-story from some of their best published works at each program. Pre-registration advised. 
* Fabulous interview and Wild Life book review in Vagablogging. 
* Teaching The Writer's Toolbox: Enhancing Your Narrative Skills for Fiction and Nonfiction at The Writing Salon in San Francisco on October 4 from 10 am - 4 pm.
* "My Traveling Soul" reading performance with artist Delisa Sage at Mill Valley Art Walk. 6-8 pm, October 7 at Mill Valley Community Center.
* Reading at Litquake All-Day LitCrawl in San Rafael at Rebound Books from 10 am - 11am on October 11.
* Teaching travel writing at The Writing Salon in Berkeley, CA on October 18 from 10 am - 4 pm.
* My Travel Style interview with travel guru Johnny Jet is live. I'm thrilled that it incorporates my very honest travel preferences, from favorite nude beaches to an allergic reaction to cruises.
I never tire of talking to Lisa Alpine about her exploits, adventures, and fascinating life. She has carved a path that is an inspiration to any free-spirited, or secretly free-spirited woman. - Constance Hale, author of "Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch" and "Sin and Syntax"
Like the wild poppies in Lisa Alpine's moving story "Rada's Bloom", may these tales take root in your garden, blossom and thrive. - Don George, Editor-at-Large at National Geographic Traveler


Sandwiched between great (and good-lookin') minds at Weekday Wanderlust including the illustrious host Don George. It was an honor to be asked to read a story from my upcoming book Wild Life to a packed house of travel and literary aficionados.
 

Just Released 2nd Edition:
Exotic Life: Travel Tales of an Adventurous Woman
Review by Colleen Wilde from Rolf Pott's Vagabonding:
 "Lisa Alpine’s book Exotic Life is a sprawling anthology of 19 travel tales. Alpine is an inspiration to women travelers everywhere. She fearlessly wanders through one obscure destination after the other, leaving her complete trust in the experience. She answers that timeless question – Can solo women travelers really go there? – by doing just that and carrying away some wildly unique stories.

Hers are the type of spontaneous and quirky tales that vagabonders dream of when they muse on the possibilities of the open road. In true vagabonding spirit, her tales portray a woman with a no-frills approach to travel and a heavy investment in experience. You’ll find impassioned stories about far-flung destinations that can only come from an extended time on the road.

Alpine’s stories might not be to everyone’s tastes. She recounts her experiences with passion, shameless candor, and a huge amount of heart. There is no subject off-limits in her book. If you prefer the safety of clean careful narrative, with strict mindfulness to all Ps and Qs, this collection might be a bit much for you.

In addition to being a collection of travel stories, Exotic Life also explores the many trials and joys of Alpine’s personal life. Readers will not just come away with a host of tales from around the world, but with a vivid sense of the type of woman Alpine is. Her personality leaps from the pages."

20th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Self-Published Book Awards review:

"Lisa's adventures have one flaw: they quit. I would love to see a thousand more episodes in exotic countries or places within those exotic countries. I think my favorite chapter was "Amazon Mom" because of its children and its Green Mansions atmosphere. When Lisa says, "So much water, so much growth . . . I wonder where they live of they can live there no longer" I feel myself transported to a time and place where children need someone for a time, and the Amazon is king.

Lisa's travels are more than exotic. They are wonderful reading. Her dance for her grandmother, naked except for a couple of scarves and a diamond necklace, was enchanting. She can come dance for me anytime.

I have to say this book stayed with me for a long time, and I loved the last three lines about Guadeloupe."

Purchase signed print books for $12.95 from Book Passage in Corte Madera, California, The Depot Bookstore and Cafe in Mill Valley, California, and at the gift stores at Kalani Resort on the Big Island of Hawai'i.

Available by order from Book Passage (the queen of indie bookstores) and on Amazon. Ebook edition available on Kindle for $6.99.

Find out why Lisa wanted to push that boyfriend out of the plane...


Lisa Alpine’s wonderful collection of stories, Exotic Life, is a delicious assortment of sensuous tales much like a box of different chocolates, each distinct and each equally rich and satisfying. There is a kind of erotic, in the grandest sense of the word, tension that fills each story. They aren’t all necessarily sexy or lusty, they are intimate visions into the soul of someone willing to live life fully and who is ready to savor each morsel of existence.

Her stories may make some yearn for a similar life of exotic people and places, but to me, she invites each one of us to explore, in great honesty, the desires and pleasures buried in our own hearts. Lisa models a view of life that is more open to our soul’s promptings than to the constraints of a timid society.

Hats off to Lisa for sharing her life and inspiring me to say, "Yes!” to whatever is presented to me. I heartily recommend these delightful stories to anyone who wants to touch the adventurer in their own soul.
Stewart Blackburn (author The Skills of Pleasure)

I've read it while here in Spain! It was great! I loved it! Jocelyn Crockett
Really enjoyed reading your collection of stories, Lisa. Exotic life, indeed! Inspiration and frolic in well-written pieces. Good format for today's reader - short and to the point for our schedule-packed lifestyles (smile). Anything longer these days seems to require we go on vacation to get through an actual book - but your stories made me want to "up-and-go" more often. Sandra Dean-Marlow

SUCH a fun read! There is so much in there I am going to read it again before I consider which was my favorite story etc., but it sure gave me the travel itch!
Megan McKearney-Inciardi

Great book! Highly recommended - especially if you enjoy stories about travel around the world. Lion Goodman

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