Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Favorite romantic quotes from the OUTLANDER books

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here are some of my all-time favorite romantic Jamie quotes from Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER books.  It was hard to pick just one per book! I hope you enjoy them.


"Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone. I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One. I give ye my Spirit, 'til our Life shall be Done."

(From OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 14, "A Marriage Takes Place". Copyright© 1991 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


"I'm honest enough to say that I dinna care what the right and wrong of it may be, so long as you are here wi' me, Claire," he said softly. "If it was a sin for you to choose me...then I would go to the Devil himself and bless him for tempting ye to it."

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 22, "The Royal Stud". Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


"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.)


"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.)


"When the day shall come, that we do part," he said softly, and turned to look at me, "if my last words are not 'I love you'--ye'll ken it was because I didna have time."

(From THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 111, "And Yet Go Out to Meet It". Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


"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.)


"Ever heard of coup de foudre, Sassenach? It didna take me more than one good look at you."

(From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 68, "Despoiler". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


"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.)

What are some of your own favorite romantic quotes from the books?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sam and Cait's audition video on Entertainment Tonight Feb. 14

For those of you in the US, the "Entertainment Tonight" TV show will be giving us our first look at Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe's audition videos for OUTLANDER!

The show airs Wednesday, Feb. 14th, but time and channel may vary.  Check your local TV listings!

UPDATE: If you're outside the US or you missed the broadcast, you can see the video here.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

OUTLANDER Season 3 Blu-ray/DVD will be out April 10th!

The OUTLANDER Season 3 Blu-ray and DVD will be released in the US on April 10, 2018!

You can pre-order from Amazon here:

Collector's Edition Blu-ray

Look here for a detailed description of the three editions.

I don't plan to order the Collector's Edition myself, since I was extremely disappointed with the poorly designed packaging for the Season 2 Collector's Edition.

Friday, February 9, 2018

OUTLANDER Season 3 Soundtrack now available!

The soundtrack for OUTLANDER Season 3, featuring music by composer Bear McCreary, is now available!

You can order it here:

Amazon (streaming, MP3, or audio CD)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

What's your favorite episode of OUTLANDER Season 3?

What's your favorite episode of OUTLANDER Season 3?  Please take a moment to vote in the February poll, and feel free to leave a comment here or on my Outlandish Observations Facebook page.

In case you missed them, here are my Season 3 episode recaps:

Episode 301: The Battle Joined
Episode 302: Surrender
Episode 303: All Debts Paid
Episode 304: Of Lost Things
Episode 305: Freedom & Whisky
Episode 306: A. Malcolm
Episode 307: Crème de Menthe
Episode 308: First Wife
Episode 309: The Doldrums
Episode 310: Heaven and Earth
Episode 311: Uncharted
Episode 312: The Bakra
Episode 313: Eye of the Storm

January poll results

Here are the results of the January poll, which asked the question, "Have you ever been to Scotland?"
    There were 958 responses to this month's poll. Thanks very much to everyone who participated!
    • 34.24% - No, but I'd love to visit there some day!
    • 16.81% - I visited Scotland long before I knew Diana Gabaldon's books existed.
    • 12.94% - I visited Scotland after I discovered the OUTLANDER books.
    • 11.17% - Yes, I've been there more than once.
    • 8.56% - I'm making plans to go to Scotland in 2018 or 2019.
    • 2.92% - No, but I'd like to see some of the locations shown in the OUTLANDER TV series.
    • 2.40% - I'd like to visit, but I can't travel due to age or health reasons.
    • 2.30% - I've lived in Scotland all or part of my life.
    • 1.88% - No, it's too far away and/or I can't afford it.
    • 1.77% - I went on an OUTLANDER-themed tour of Scotland.
    • 1.36% - I visited Scotland as a result of seeing, or hearing about, the OUTLANDER TV series.
    • 0.52% - No, I like reading about Scotland or seeing it on TV, but I don't have any desire to go there myself.
    • 3.13% - Other
    I didn't vote in this poll, but I've been to Scotland twice before.  You can see my detailed account of my first trip in 2012 here.

    Please take a moment to vote in the February poll, which asks the question, "What is your favorite episode of OUTLANDER Season 3?"

    Thursday, January 25, 2018

    Happy Burns Day!

    Today is the 259th anniversary of the birth of Scotland's most famous poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796).

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









    Here's the quote that led Roger, in VOYAGER, to pinpoint Jamie's exact location in the past.  It comes from the final stanza of a poem called "The Author's Earnest Cry and Prayer", which Robert Burns wrote in 1786.
    Scotland, my auld, respected mither!
    Tho' whiles ye moistify your leather,
    Till, whare ye sit on craps o' heather,
    Ye tine your dam;
    Freedom an' whisky gang thegither!
    Take aff your dram!
    As Roger explained to Claire:
    "Here it is”--his racing finger stopped suddenly on a phrase-- “‘for as has been known for ages past, “Freedom and Whisky gang tegither.” ’ See how he’s put that Scottish dialect phrase in quotes? He got it from somewhere else.”

    “He got it from me,” I said softly. “I told him that--when he was setting out to steal Prince Charles’s port.”

    “I remembered.” Roger nodded, eyes shining with excitement. “But it’s a quote from Burns,” I said, frowning suddenly. “Perhaps the writer got it there--wasn’t Burns alive then?"

    "He was," said Bree smugly, forestalling Roger. "But Robert Burns was six years old in 1765."

    (From VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 21, "Q.E.D.". Copyright© 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

    Here's Karen Matheson and Paul Brady performing "Ae Fond Kiss". The lyrics come from a poem written by Robert Burns in 1791. You may remember that Diana used "Ae Fond Kiss" as the title of Chapter 19 of AN ECHO IN THE BONE, in which Claire encounters Tom Christie.

    And here's "The Sheriffmuir Fight", performed by the Corries. The lyrics come from Burns' poem, "The Battle of Sheriffmuir". I think this version of the song sounds exactly as Roger recalled it in WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD, including the bodhrans:
    “Oh, that’s braw, man!” Fraser exclaimed. “Though yon poet’s got the devil of an accent. Where’s he come from, d’ye ken?”

    “Er . . . Ayrshire, I think.”

    Fraser shook his head in admiration and sat back.

    “Could ye maybe write it down for me?” he asked, almost shyly. “I wouldna put ye to the trouble of singin’ it again, but I’d dearly love to learn the whole of it.”

    “I--sure,” Roger said, taken aback. Well, what harm could it do to let Robert Burns’s poem loose in the world some years in advance of Burns himself? “Ken anyone who can play a bodhran? It’s best wi’ the drum rattlin’ in the background.”

    (From WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 31, "The Shine of a Rocking Horse's Eyes". Copyright© 2014 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
    Diana Gabaldon's reaction when I posted the link to this video several years ago:
    I especially like the recording/video of "The Sheriffmuir Fight," by the Corries (this is my favorite version of the song--and the one I had in mind when I wrote the scene in MOBY that Karen quotes from).
    Happy Burns Day to all of you!