Monday, March 18, 2019

Diana Gabaldon is coming to North Carolina in April!



Very exciting news for OUTLANDER fans in North Carolina! Diana Gabaldon will be coming to NC on April 26-28 for several events, including:

Appearances at Tryon Palace in New Bern (where Claire stayed with Gov. Martin in A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES) on April 26-27.

Talk and book-signing at the Paramount Theater in Burlington, NC (in Alamance County, near the site of the Battle of Alamance depicted in FIERY CROSS) on the evening of April 27. Tickets for this event are $50 for the talk and $50 if you want a signed book and a photo. That's pricey for this sort of event, but I believe proceeds are going to support Alamance Battleground.

A brunch and tour of Alamance Battleground on Sunday, April 28. This is a special event limited to 40 tickets, at a cost of $300 each (!) Again, my understanding is that the proceeds will go to Alamance Battleground.

UPDATE 3/19/2019 6:12 am:

I mentioned the cost of the tickets to Diana on TheLitForum.com yesterday and here is her response:
Yes, those tickets do look pricey--they didn't ask me about what they could/should charge, but all events are indeed fund-raisers for the acquisition and curation of the Alamance Battlefield and/or the preservation/improvement of the Tryon Palace historical building.
My mom and I just got tickets for Diana's appearance in Burlington on the 27th.  Naturally I'm very excited! It's been a year and a half since the last time we met in person. This is a relatively small venue, only 390 seats, which is a good thing, as far as I'm concerned. And it's only an hour's drive from where I live. <g>

For more information about the events planned for Diana's visit to NC, see the Appearances page on her website.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Diana Gabaldon receives a Thistle Award from VisitScotland!



OUTLANDER author Diana Gabaldon will receive a special “International Contribution to Scottish Tourism” award from VisitScotland at the Scottish Thistle Awards tonight (March 14).

UPDATE 3/17/2019 7:30 pm: Here's a closeup of the award, which is a "book sculpture" of OUTLANDER and Craigh na Dun. Very cool!



Congratulations, Diana, and many thanks for inspiring me and countless other fans to visit Scotland! I went on the Celtic Journeys OUTLANDER Tour in 2012, along with my mom and my sister, and we had a fabulous time! You can see my posts about that trip here.

Friday, March 1, 2019

February poll results



Here are the results of the February poll, which asked the question, "Have you attended any of Diana Gabaldon's public appearances?"
  • 31.91% - Yes, I've been to one or more of her book-signings or other public appearances.
  • 29.79% - Not yet, but I would like to see her in person some day.
  • 21.47% - No, I live too far away.
  • 5.61% - No, I'm not interested in attending a book-signing.
  • 2.71% - Yes, many times!
  • 2.32% - What public appearances? When and where?
  • 1.74% - I'm planning to attend one of her appearances later this year, or when Book 9 comes out.
  • 0.77% - I would like to, but I'm too busy with family, work, or other commitments.
  • 0.58% - No, the crowds at these events are getting too big.
  • 3.09% - Other:
There were 517 responses to this month's poll. Thanks very much to everyone who participated!

I didn't vote in the poll myself, but I have seen Diana in person four times, most recently in 2017. The photo above is from my first encounter with Diana, at an appearance in Columbia, MD, in 2009.

Please take a moment to vote in the March poll, which asks, "Do you read excerpts or #DailyLines from Diana Gabaldon's upcoming books or stories?"

Friday, February 15, 2019

OUTLANDER Season 4 Blu-ray/DVD will be out May 28!



The OUTLANDER Season 4 Blu-ray and DVD will be released in the US on May 28, 2019! (It will be available digitally on May 27.)

You can pre-order from Amazon here:

Blu-ray
DVD
Collector's Edition Blu-ray

Look here for a little more information about the extras available on the Blu-ray, including deleted scenes. I will update this post when more detailed information becomes available.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Favorite romantic quotes from the OUTLANDER books



Happy Valentine's Day!

Here are some of my all-time favorite romantic quotes from Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER books.  It wasn't easy to choose just one per book! I hope you enjoy them.

*** SPOILER WARNING!! ***

If you haven't read all of the OUTLANDER books, there are SPOILERS below! Read at your own risk.


OUTLANDER:

“Ye know,” he observed, letting go at last, “you’ve never said it.”

“Neither have you.”

“I have. The day after we came. I said I wanted you more than anything.”

“And I said that loving and wanting weren’t necessarily the same thing,” I countered.

He laughed. “Perhaps you’re right, Sassenach.” He smoothed the hair from my face and kissed my brow. “I wanted ye from the first I saw ye--but I loved ye when you wept in my arms and let me comfort you, that first time at Leoch.”

The sun sank below the line of black pines, and the first stars of the evening came out. It was mid-November, and the evening air was cold, though the days still kept fine. Standing on the opposite side of the fence, Jamie bent his head, putting his forehead against mine.

“You first.”

“No, you.”

“Why?”

“I’m afraid.”

“Of what, my Sassenach?”

The darkness was rolling in over the fields, filling the land and rising up to meet the night. The light of the new crescent moon marked the ridges of brow and nose, crossing his face with light.

“I’m afraid if I start I shall never stop.”

(From OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 31, "Quarter Day". Copyright© 1991 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

DRAGONFLY IN AMBER:

“I will find you,” he whispered in my ear. “I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you--then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. But there is the one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest.”

His voice dropped, nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me.

“Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well.”

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 46, "Timor Mortis Conturbat Me". Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

VOYAGER:

"To have ye with me again--to talk wi’ you--to know I can say anything, not guard my words or hide my thoughts--God, Sassenach,” he said, “the Lord knows I am lust-crazed as a lad, and I canna keep my hands from you--or anything else--” he added, wryly, “but I would count that all well lost, had I no more than the pleasure of havin’ ye by me, and to tell ye all my heart."

(From VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 27, "Up in Flames". Copyright© 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

DRUMS OF AUTUMN:

“But do ye not see how verra small a thing is the notion of death, between us two, Claire?” he whispered.

My hands curled into fists against his chest. No, I didn’t think it a small thing at all.

“All the time after ye left me, after Culloden—I was dead then, was I not?" [....] “I was dead, my Sassenach--and yet all that time, I loved you.”

I closed my eyes, feeling the tickle of the grass on my lips, light as the touch of sun and air.

“I loved you, too,” I whispered. “I always will.”

The grass fell away. Eyes still closed, I felt him lean toward me, and his mouth on mine, warm as sun, light as air.

“So long as my body lives, and yours--we are one flesh,” he whispered. His fingers touched me, hair and chin and neck and breast, and I breathed his breath and felt him solid under my hand. Then I lay with my head on his shoulder, the strength of him supporting me, the words deep and soft in his chest.

"And when my body shall cease, my soul will still be yours. Claire--I swear by my hope of heaven, I will not be parted from you."

(From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 16, "The First Law of Thermodynamics". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

THE FIERY CROSS:

“I love you,” she murmured against his mouth, and he seized her lip between his teeth, too moved to speak the words in reply just yet.

There had been words between them then, as there had been words tonight. The words were the same, and he had meant them the first time no less than he did now. Yet it was different.

The first time he had spoken them to her alone, and while he had done so in the sight of God, God had been discreet, hovering well in the background, face turned away from their nakedness.

Tonight he said them in the blaze of firelight, before the face of God and the world, her people and his. His heart had been hers, and whatever else he had--but now there was no question of him and her, his and hers. The vows were given, his ring put on her finger, the bond both made and witnessed. They were one body.

(From THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 16, "On the Night That Our Wedding Is On Us". Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES:

“Claire,” he said, quite gently, “it was you. It’s always been you, and it always will be.”

(From A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 31, "And So To Bed". Copyright© 2005 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

AN ECHO IN THE BONE:

“Thee is a wolf, too, and I know it. But thee is my wolf, and best thee know that.”

He’d started to burn when she spoke, an ignition swift and fierce as the lighting of one of his cousin’s matches. He put out his hand, palm forward, to her, still cautious lest she, too, burst into flame.

“What I said to ye, before ... that I kent ye loved me--”

She stepped forward and pressed her palm to his, her small, cool fingers linking tight.

“What I say to thee now is that I do love thee. And if thee hunts at night, thee will come home.”

Under the sycamore, the dog yawned and laid his muzzle on his paws.

“And sleep at thy feet,” Ian whispered, and gathered her in with his one good arm, both of them blazing bright as day.

(From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 103, "The Hour of the Wolf". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD:

“I have loved ye since I saw you, Sassenach,” he said very quietly, holding my eyes with his own, bloodshot and lined with tiredness but very blue. “I will love ye forever. It doesna matter if ye sleep with the whole English army--well, no,” he corrected himself, “it would matter, but it wouldna stop me loving you.”

(From WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 24, "Welcome Coolness in the Heat, Comfort in the Midst of Woe". Copyright© 2014 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
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What are some of your own favorite romantic quotes from the books?

Friday, February 1, 2019

January poll results



Here are the results of the January poll, which asked the question, "Would you go through the stones, if you could?"
  • 24.39% - Of course, if Jamie Fraser was waiting for me!
  • 21.85% - Maybe for a short visit, but not to live there permanently.
  • 10.04% - Yes, but I'd have to bring some essential items with me.
  • 9.38% - No. I like reading about it and/or watching it on TV, but I have no desire to time-travel myself.
  • 9.16% - Yes! I'd love to see the 18th century.
  • 6.62% - No, I couldn't leave my family and friends here.
  • 5.63% - No, I wouldn't survive in an earlier time.
  • 5.19% - No, I'd miss the conveniences of modern life too much.
  • 2.43% - I'm not sure.
  • 1.99% - No, it took a lot of hard work to live in the 18th century.
  • 1.32% - I don't believe time-travel is possible.
  • 0.66% - No, it sounds too dangerous.
  • 1.32% - Other
There were 906 responses to this month's poll. Thanks very much to everyone who participated!

Please take a moment to vote in the February poll, which asks, "Have you ever attended any of Diana Gabaldon's public appearances?"

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

OUTLANDER composer Bear McCreary talks about the music of Season 4



OUTLANDER composer Bear McCreary's latest blog post is all about the music of OUTLANDER Season 4. I found it very interesting, and I think many of you will, too! (There are spoilers in his post if you haven't watched all of the Season 4 episodes.)

Please note that we still do not have information on when the Season 4 soundtrack will be available for pre-order (Bear says at the end of the article that he is still working on the soundtrack), but I'll post here as soon as I hear anything.