Wild Life: Travel Adventures of a Worldly Woman
a collection of too-true stories
Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Gold Winner for Travel 1st place winner North American Book Awards for travel Best Book Cover North American Book Awards Honorable Mention from the San Francisco Book Festival Awards—I would have preferred a Dishonorable Mention—much spicier!
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.
The image on the cover is very special—not only because of the whimsical quality of a woman on a tightrope—but because of who took the photo— Brooke Shaden. And the model is famous too—the sexy, beautiful fine arts model Katie Johnson. She wrote a story about that photo shoot titled “How to Ride a Unicycle on A Tightrope“.
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
When you’re hitchhiking about in foreign lands, whether in France, Morocco, or perhaps New Zealand, it helps—as California-girl Lisa Alpine discovered—to be “young, blond, persistent, and female.” And to get along, once you’ve reached an approximate destination in hardscrabble exotica, you should be friendly, fearless, and sometimes counter intuitively trusting.
There is daring, humor, and even a bit of Eros in the fourteen stories that span her life from the innocence of eighteen, when she was struck with wanderlust, into middle age. “I am a woman who wanders and wonders and writes,” she explains.” — Foreword Reviews
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 Alpine’s winning title tells much about her personal timeline, and the bestiary of good, bad, ugly or rare characters encountered in these sometimes breathless pages.— David Downie, author of Paris to the Pyrenees and A Passion For Paris
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 about—a deep connection to a 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
Exotic Life: Travel Tales of an Adventurous Woman
1st place winner North American Book Awards for memoir & BAIPA Book Award for Best Women’s Adventure Memoir
From wanting to push her boyfriend out of a plane over the Andes in Colombia to finding a giant dildo in a toilet tank that followed her friends through Mexico, to dancing wearing only a diamond necklace, this collection of stories will inspire readers to follow the call of a wild life and leave home with their doors unlocked.
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. —Rolf Potts’ Vagabonding
Curiosity, courage and fierce determination to remain true to her own search for truth, shines brightly and are at the core of each of Lisa Alpine’s stories. To quote Kurt Vonnegut “Strange travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God” – this could be Lisa’s motto as she dances wherever the spirit leads her. — Maureen Wheeler, founder Lonely Planet Publications
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. — 20th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Self-Published Book Awards review
I adored “Little Chicken Bone” for it’s pure baring of the heart and “spiritual grace under a blue-black sky'” because you deftly returned me to a very same experience I had in Chandi Dasa. ~But you know, the entire collection of short stories held me for 3 hours non stop. I wanted to be you! And because you are an amazing storyteller, I WAS you. I thank you for that Lisa.— Davis Dalbock
Self-Publishing Boot Camp Workbook: Ten Steps to Self-Publishing Success
Published & written by Lisa Alpine and Carla King,
founders of Good To Go Media
This 87-page workbook is a step-by-step guide to self-publishing success. But don’t worry—they won’t make you do push-ups! The workbook explores each destination on the self-publishing journey from conception through promotion and printing and all the way to distribution. The insights, information, tips, worksheets, and checklists in this workbook make this the essential guide to successful navigation through the complexities of your publishing project. The method is simple: When all the tasks are checked off, your book is published.
Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel
For 15 years, Lisa Alpine was a proud member of the Wild Writing Women, a dynamic writer’s group in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose book, Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel, was published by Globe Pequot Press. This book of 24 true travel tales by 12 alpha females covers the globe. Lisa Alpine is the cover model.
WWW authors are daring and intrepid travelers. On the other hand, they can be languid and seductive, or sometimes simply seducing. The nature of the observations and the quality of the writing make this the most distinctive and appealing travel anthology of the year. — Tim Cahill, author of Pass the Butterworms: Remote Journeys Oddly Rendered
Ireland: the Sacred and the Profane
by the Wild Writing Women LLC
This multimedia exploration of Ireland is a fabulously colorful experience delivered in PDF format with over 250 pages of full color photos, tales of adventure, practical tips, plus audio and video clips for hours of full immersion in Eire.
The stories include off-the-beaten-path accounts of ghosts and midnight fire dancing, wishing stones and the unexpected benefits of Guinness, coupled with practical travel tips, linked resource lists, and reviews, events, and excursions.
From definitions of the word skeltering to the best Celtic tunes for the journey, you’ll find that the Wild Writing Women share their expertise invoices irreverent, humorous and unique.