Undomesticated Women, Anecdotal Evidence from the Road by Anna Blake Book Tour, Guest Post, & More! {Ends 2/9/24}

Jan 31, 2024 | 1 comment

Book Details:

 Undomesticated Women, Anecdotal Evidence from the Road by Anna Blake
Category: Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 325 pages
Genre: Travel Memoir
Publisher: Prairie Moon Press
Release date: Oct 2023
Tour dates: Jan 15 to Feb 26, 2024
Content Rating: PG. oblique mention of a dysfunctional family, no sex, drugs, etc

Book Description:

Welcome to our year of living compactly. My dog, Mister, and I took to the road pulling our A-frame trailer, the Rollin’ Rancho. I’m a traveling horse trainer/clinician, who became a non-essential worker during the COVID-19 lockdown. Then, in 2022, we bounced back. We were nomads looking for horse training adventure and liver treats. Work paid for the trip; it was part clinic tour, part travelogue, part squirrel hunt. But mostly an unapologetic celebration of sunsets, horses, RV parks, roadkill, diverse landscapes, and undomesticated women.

It’s a book made of adjectives and nouns, blue skies and tornado watches, resorts and reservations, open roads to the horizon, and one-lane dead-ends. We emerge from the truck in a cloud of dog hair and sunflower shells, like disoriented and scruffy rock stars in a GPS haze, not entirely lost or found.

This book isn’t about training, although there are horses in it. It’s a follow-up of Stable Relation, my first book, but my life changed in ways I would never have guessed, so don’t expect the usual sequel. Undomesticated Women is a travel memoir, a peek behind the curtains of what my job is like. I wanted to see this beautiful country, do some time travel, and explore thoughts and memories now that I’ve become a gray mare.

​Mister would tell you it’s his memoir about being tasked with the unreasonable job of guarding me against a wild range of dangers. Like eating dinner late.

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Review By LAWonder10:

In this non-fiction book by Anna Blake, She shares her experiences when visiting various places where she offers instruction on her unique way of training horses. Although horse training is her expertise, she also trains other animals using her unique method.

In her book, Undomesticated Women, she shares with the reader types of challenges she experienced – some humorous, some quite tragic, and some frustrating, but on the whole, the trips were positive experiences. She also acquaints us with her traveling companion, Mister. She returns home, after months on the road with a new appreciation for many things.

The cover image was soft and pleasant but certainly not eye-catching. The title was a clever fit.

This was well-written and interesting but sometimes repetitive.

On a personal note, she states when she is with her crowd of friends, much foul language is used. I appreciate her refrain from using any foul language in her book.

I offer a Four Stars rating for this book.

This book was gifted to me with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.

Guest Post:

 How is a Book Like a Road Trip?

I never thought I’d write a travel memoir until I did. I blame COVID-19 when I became a non-
essential worker. The pandemic began a week before I was due for work in Australia and New
Zealand. I am a traveling horse trainer who specializes in reading body language. Suddenly, I was training horses in Zoom meetings from my writing studio and grateful to be working at all.

Once the lockdown was over, all I wanted was to work outside again and to thank the people
and horses who had kept me going online. I wondered how much the pandemic had changed us.  Previously, I’d flown to different states for clinics, but this time, my dog, Mister, and I took to the road pulling our A-frame trailer, the Rollin’ Rancho. We were nomads traveling 14,000 miles across 30 states and seeing both oceans.

Staying home had given me an unexplainable nostalgic feeling about our country. I was sixty-eight, and it felt like an awkward age. I needed to make peace with that, too.

In Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut used a phrase I’ve remembered since high school. His
character Billy Pilgrim was “unstuck in time.” That’s what road trips feel like to me. You’re never sure what will happen. Landscapes unfold with indescribable beauty, and there are open roads to the horizon with room to remember. You meet strangers in RV parks who share intimate stories that connect in unexpected ways. The small towns tell us who we are, as clearly as a news report. Then you see a rusted-out car like the one your first boyfriend had or an old farmhouse like your grandmother’s and you can smell cookies.

Road trips can become time travel at a glance. It was a solo trip, but I was never alone. I write about a few exceptional women who I’ve met through my animal welfare work. They are like modern-day pioneers. Hard-working and no-nonsense, and humble to a fault. They are each the heroes of their life story. Travel memoir isn’t everyone’s favorite genre, but I value its truthful reality. I hoped to remind us of who we are, in the best sense. Bittersweet and beautiful, and as unique and independent as ever. I fell in love with us all over again.

Avid readers always have a book with them. On this trip, I listened to audiobooks constantly as I drove. It occurred to me that books are the ultimate road trip. They are a journey to the unknown universe, and we are always ready to go. Because we enjoy being unstuck.

Meet the Author:

I’m an animal advocate, award-winning author, solo RV traveler, old-school feminist, dog companion, unabashed lover of sunsets, and professional horse trainer/clinician. I’m sixty-nine years old. I’ve done just about everything and done it well. No longer auditioning.

My books include:
Stable Relation, A memoir of one woman’s spirited journey home.
Relaxed & Forward: Relationship advice from your horse.
Barn Dance, Nickers, brays, bleats, howls, and quacks: Tales from the herd.
Horse Prayers, Poems from the prairie.
Going Steady, More relationship advice from your horse.
Horse. Woman. Poems from our lives.
Undomesticated Women: Anecdotal Evidence from the Road

I was born in Cavalier County, North Dakota, in 1954, the youngest daughter in a farm family. Now I live at Infinity Farm, on the flat, windy, treeless prairie of Colorado with a herd of reprobates, raconteurs, and our moral compass, Edgar Rice Burro. Previously, I was a self-employed goldsmith, showing one-of-a-kind artwork in galleries from coast to coast. My Denver studio and gallery were shared with generations of good dogs.

Early writing included a few screenplays, one of which was produced independently, and articles for several periodicals. Every Friday since 2010, I have posted an unconventional and popular blog about life on the farm and horse training. My unique perspective combines Calming Signals and Affirmative Training for a special method of understanding, training, and respecting animals.

Connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ facebook ~ instagram ~  goodreads 

The Tour Schedule:

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Jan 17 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Jan 18 – My Reading Getaway – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
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Jan 25 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway 
Jan 30 – FUONLYKNEW – book review / guest post / giveaway
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Feb 1 – Liese’s Blog – book spotlight
Feb 1 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 2 – Diane’s Book Journal – book spotlight / giveaway

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  1. Anna Blake

    Thanks for reviewing my book and asking for a guest post. I appreciate your work for authors.

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