Thursday, March 17, 2011

Leigh Bale Talks About Forest Rangers

I am delighted to announce that there will be several more books in the new Forest Ranger series I’m writing. My editor at Harlequin Love Inspired called last week to buy three more books for a total of five in the series.

The first book is titled The Forest Ranger’s Promise and will be released in May 2011. In this sweet story, the hero is struggling to keep a number of promises he has made to various people even though each promise seems out of his control. He quickly learns to depend on the Lord to help get him through. The story opens with a bang. Literally! You’ll have to read the first chapter when the book comes out to see what I mean. :)

The second book in the series is titled The Forest Ranger’s Husband and will be released in November 2011. In this story, the hero is a hotshot wildland fire fighter who suffers a life-altering event that sends him on the path of repentance and faith.

The third book has been tentatively titled The Forest Ranger’s Baby and doesn’t yet have a release date. The heroine in this story struggles with committing herself to a promise she doesn't dare make for fear she won’t be able to keep it. You can expect some very action-packed scenes in each book as the main characters deal with grizzly bears, wildfires, floods, and their own aching hearts as they search for their faith in God.

Because my father is a retired forest ranger and is serving as my consultant, many scenes in each book are based on actual events in my dad’s life. I’ve tried my best to write faith based stories that are both very realistic and romantic. Let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you! To contact me, visit my website at:
Enjoy! Leigh


  1. Hi Leigh:

    They bought five books and none have yet been published! What a vote of confidence! I can’t wait to read book 1. This kind of reminds me of the ‘face that launched a thousand ships’.

    Have you read any of Nevada Barr’s national park ranger books? They are among my favorites.


  2. My son always wanted to be a park ranger when he was little. I think he should have stuck with it, but a paralegal's okay I guess. :-)

  3. Leigh, way cool. Five books!

    Vince, Navada Barr's a great writer.

    Lyn, what made your sun change his mind? LOL My six year old wants to be a cop.

  4. No, I've never read Nevada Barr, but I just checked her out on and figure I should download one of her books to my new Kindle reader. She looks like a great author with interesting stories, so thanks for the lead!

  5. Lynn, a paralegal can definitely make a nice living. They have to know almost as much as a lawyer!!! I don't think I could ever be a forest ranger, although I loved day trips with my dad. I like to shower too much and he came home from fighting forest fires looking like someone had dumped a bucket of dirt over top of his head. All you could make out were his eyes and teeth when he smiled. Eyuck! HAHAHA!

  6. Congrats, Leigh!! I look forward to the books.

  7. Hi Leigh:

    I think by far the best Nevada Barr novels are her first books. There is so much energy. And there is much more on the politics of the National Park Service, the employees and how they are treated and treat each other. The heroine is young and does more interesting things in the outdoors. Here is a list of the books that I think you’d like from a forest ranger POV.

    Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr (Kindle Edition - June 3, 2003)

    Ill Wind by Nevada Barr (Kindle Edition - June 1, 2004) –

    High Country by Nevada Barr (Kindle Edition - Feb. 1, 2005)

    Blood Lure by Nevada Barr (Kindle Edition - Feb. 5, 2002)

    Iliked Ill Wind the best but then I was at Mesa Verde when I was reading it. It takes place there. Wonderful.



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