Thursday, June 30, 2011

Last day to enter the contest!

Today, June 30, is the last day to enter the OUTLANDER 20th Anniversary Contest!

Many thanks to all of you who've sent in your essays already!  I've received a total of 67 entries so far.  That's over 50 pages worth of personal stories.  I'm just delighted with the response to this contest, and I'm sure Diana will enjoy reading your essays very much.

If you haven't yet sent in your entry, or you've been procrastinating <g>, time is running out!  Contest entries must be received by midnight Eastern Time TODAY, June 30th, in order to be included.  You can post your entry here on my blog (please remember to sign your name, and leave an email address where I can reach you if you win), or email me at with the subject line "OUTLANDER 20th Anniversary Contest".

The winner of the contest will be announced here on my blog on Friday, July 1.  Good luck to all of you!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Diana Gabaldon had some interesting comments on Compuserve recently, about the "shape" of THE SCOTTISH PRISONER:
It's a very _balanced_ book, I'd say.  I told my UK editor that it's shaped like a ziggurat, with a double rainbow over it. <g>

Which is to say, Jamie and Lord John each has a complete arc.  The motivations--and hence the arcs--are different, but they support each other.
I always find these descriptions of the "shapes" of Diana's books fascinating.  Some of you may recall that we had an in-depth and very interesting discussion about the caltrop on ECHO's cover on Compuserve about a year before that book came out.

So, what's a ziggurat?  I picture it as looking something like this:

(That's the Ziggurat in Sacramento, California.  Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.)

Something like a pyramid, only constructed in stages, with each successive layer smaller than the last, like the tiers of a wedding cake.

I like this image a great deal as a metaphor for Jamie and Lord John's friendship, which will have to be rebuilt literally from the ground up in THE SCOTTISH PRISONER, after what happened between them in the stable scene near the end of BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE.

My first reaction is that a ziggurat is a structure with a solid foundation, built to last for a very long time -- much like John and Jamie's friendship. <g>

It also occurs to me that a ziggurat is not as smooth as a pyramid -- there will no doubt be problems, conflicts, misunderstandings, arguments along the way <g> -- but it's still solid and enduring.

Not sure what to make of the rainbows, yet, except as two separate story arcs, one for Jamie and one for Lord John.

What about the rest of you?  Any thoughts on what this shape might mean?  The discussion on Compuserve is here if you're interested.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Which opening scene for SCOTTISH PRISONER?

Diana Gabaldon has just posted a new blog entry titled "Jamie, or John?" in which she asks for readers' opinions on whether THE SCOTTISH PRISONER should start with Jamie's first scene, or John's.
As it stands, I’m opening the book with Jamie’s point of view—but I _could_ open with Lord John’s first chapter instead, and do Jamie’s second.  I did it this way because I’d like people to realize right away that this is Jamie’s book, as much as Lord John’s—but it _is_ a Rather Unusual {cough} way to open a book.

If you haven't seen the excerpts in question, click on the link above to see Diana's blog post, then scroll down past all the information about her public appearances, and you'll see both opening scenes.  Which one do you think should go first, John's or Jamie's?

You can post a comment on Diana's blog, if you want to tell her what you think.  There's also a thread on Compuserve here.

I thought we could also have a discussion here about which opening scene people prefer, and why.  If you are an excerpt-avoider, you might want to stop reading now.









My vote is for Jamie's scene. <g>  (If that first line doesn't grab readers' attention right away, I don't know what would.)  But I can also imagine that starting off with Jamie's scene might scare off some potential readers, who might be taken aback by seeing the word "c*ck" right at the beginning of the book like that. <g>

What about the rest of you?  Which opening do you prefer, and why?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

20th Anniversary Contest Update

The entries are still coming in for the OUTLANDER 20th Anniversary Contest.  Thanks very much to all of you who've sent in your essays already!  I'm delighted with the variety of stories I've received so far, and I think Diana will appreciate them very much.

I've received a total of 59 entries so far.  That's fantastic!  Please keep them coming!  If you haven't yet sent in your entry, or you've been procrastinating <g>, you have about five days left to think about it.  Contest entries must be received by midnight Eastern Time on Thursday, June 30th.  You can post your entry here on my blog (please remember to sign your name, and leave an email address where I can reach you if you win), or email me at with the subject line "OUTLANDER 20th Anniversary Contest".

The winner of the contest will be announced here on my blog on Friday, July 1.

Friday, June 24, 2011


I just found out this week that Diana Gabaldon has written a chapter in a multi-author mystery novel called NO REST FOR THE DEAD, due out on July 5, 2011.

From the publisher's description:
More than twenty New York Times bestselling authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel -- a collaboration that combines the skills of America's greatest storytellers to produce a gripping, spellbinding mystery.

"The lineup of writers who have contributed to this mystery is akin to the Murderers' Row of the 1927 New York Yankees. There is not a weak spot in the bunch."
—David Baldacci, from the Introduction
In this innovative storytelling approach, each of these twenty-five bestselling writers brings their distinctive voice to a chapter of the narrative, building the tension to a shocking, explosive finale. No Rest for the Dead is a thrilling, page-turning accomplishment that only America's very best authors could achieve.
There is a list of the contributing authors here, and a thread about the book on Compuserve here.

UPDATE 6/24/2011 5:25 pm:

Diana has now commented on the book, and I think it's worth quoting what she said on Compuserve in its entirety, just so everyone has a realistic idea of what to expect:
   I wouldn't want to discourage anyone from buying the book (considering that the proceeds go to cancer research), but truth in advertising compels me to note that

 1) this is a collaborative mystery novel, one chapter written by each of the contributors.  I.e.,

  2) it doesn't involve any of my characters, and I didn't either choose the characters nor set the style, and

  3) since it's collaborative, the editor "smoothed" all the chapters, so the details would be congruent and the voice of the book not too different between chapters. 

  4)  I wrote my chapter three years ago, and no longer remember anything whatever about the characters (not even their names) nor the story, and

  5) because of 3), I don't even know whether my chapter _sounds_ much like me.

   _Caveat emptor_. <g>

(As Diana noted, all proceeds from the book go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.)

If you are in the New York area, there will be a multi-author signing for NO REST FOR THE DEAD on July 8th at the Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th Street, at which Diana Gabaldon and a number of the other contributing authors will be appearing.  Commenting about this event yesterday on Compuserve, Diana said, "Since this isn't a bookstore, my guess is that you could bring in your own books, but....I don't know for sure."  Look here for details, if you're interested.

I have never been much of a reader of mystery novels, and given Diana's comments above, I don't think I'm going to buy this one.  But feel free to post here with your comments on the book, after it comes out on July 5th.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My new travel scooter!

Forgive me for a rare post that has absolutely nothing to do with OUTLANDER, but I had some very exciting news today and I wanted to share it with you all.

I bought a new travel scooter today!  It's a brand new model called the Amigo TravelMate III.

You can see a brief video here demonstrating how it folds down.

I use a more heavy-duty model for everyday use, but I do often need something more portable, that can be folded up and put in a car trunk, or used on trips away from home.

It's been a long and frustrating seven weeks since I first saw this scooter on the Amigo web site in the first week of May.  They had just introduced this new model that same week, believe it or not, so no one here at my local shop had ever seen one before.  From the first time I saw a description of it, it sounded like exactly what I've been looking for, an ultra-lightweight portable travel scooter as a replacement for the 15-year-old Amigo model I'd been using as a spare (pictured here), which they no longer make parts for.

They sent out a demo model of the TravelMate III for me to try out on May 27.  Unfortunately, it turned out that unit was defective; it was almost impossible to fold down the handle (something that's supposed to be very easy to do) and a part actually fell out of the scooter while we were looking at it (!)  I was, naturally, disappointed, but not by any means ready to give up on this scooter.

Three weeks later (June 15), I got an email from the local shop.  "Amigo says they can't ship any more demo models.  They are filling orders for this new model and shipping them out to customers as fast as they can build them, and they have none to spare."  I was told it might be weeks, or months, before I could get another one to try.  Unwilling to take "no" for an answer, I called the manufacturer in Michigan, and eventually got through to someone who was both sympathetic and very helpful.

I started off the conversation by saying, "I've been using Amigo scooters for 30 years (since 1980).  I'd love to give you the business.  Is there any way you can help me?"  I told him that I didn't think it was right that I should be penalized by being "sent to the back of the line", so to speak, when the original scooter they sent out turned out to be defective. 

He said, "I agree, but you had ordered a red one, and the only one we have available to ship out at the moment is blue."

"Blue is good.  I drive a blue car!  I like blue."

"We can have it on a truck to you tomorrow morning."  And he promised to test it personally before it shipped out, to make sure it was working properly.

My persistence paid off, big time!  Yesterday I got a call that the scooter had arrived at the local shop.  We went in to pick it up today.  Everything worked beautifully!  I'm so excited, and relieved, to have got it home at last!  Now I need to spend a few days figuring out all its little idiosyncrasies.  The controls are somewhat different than I'm used to (there is a switch you have to push to go from forward to reverse, for example) but I'm already getting the hang of it.

It folds up into a very compact little package, weighing only 53 pounds without the battery, and I don't anticipate any trouble flying with it.

I'm exhausted but very happy (not to mention relieved!) this evening, and looking forward to trying out the new scooter as much as possible in the coming days.

UPDATE 6/23/2011 6:27 pm:  I got a nice email today from Drew, the Amigo rep who shipped the scooter out to me:  "I’m glad we were able to fix this situation for you."  What a great example of customer service!

Attention e-reader owners!

Attention e-reader owners:  The e-book version of Diana Gabaldon's upcoming novel, THE SCOTTISH PRISONER, is now available for pre-order on both and Amazon!

Kindle edition   

Nook edition

Release date says November 29, 2011, although that's not totally official yet, and may be subject to change. 

I pre-ordered the Nook edition last night with no problem at all.  I called B&N's customer service about a separate issue and was assured that my credit card would not be charged until the book actually comes out.

The US hardcover edition is still not listed anywhere that I know of.  If I find out any more information about the hardcover release date, of course I'll post it here.

This is the first time I've pre-ordered any of Diana's books in e-book format.  I'm looking forward to being able to read SCOTTISH PRISONER on my Nook Color the moment it's released!  (I've had my Nook Color about four months and I love it.)

Please pass this information along to anyone else you know who may be interested.  Thanks!

Monday, June 20, 2011

A new title for SCOTTISH PRISONER!

Diana Gabaldon confirmed on Compuserve today that the title of the upcoming Lord John-Jamie book (formerly known as LORD JOHN AND THE SCOTTISH PRISONER) has changed to:


As Diana said in answer to my question,
We decided that was better, as the book is half Jamie's.

I like the title better this way, I think.  It might draw in more OUTLANDER fans who haven't read the Lord John books, and it definitely underscores the fact that (as Diana often says) the Lord John books are actually an integral part of the overall series, even though they are marketed separately.  It's all one immense story, and everything interconnects.

Please pass the word to any other fans you know who are looking forward to this book.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Update on the 20th Anniversary Contest

This has been quite an impressive week for the OUTLANDER 20th Anniversary Contest.  Thanks very much to Carol and Tracey, Anne V., and Lara for helping to spread the word on their sites.  I really appreciate it.  (If anyone else wants to post about the contest, by all means, go ahead.  Just send me a link, if you do.  Thanks.)

I'm pleased to report that there are now a total of 50 entries in the contest!  That's fantastic!  Please keep the entries coming.  The contest ends Thursday, June 30, 2011, at midnight Eastern Time.

Just a reminder, for those of you who have posted contest entries here on my blog already, or are planning to do so:  Please make sure to send me your email address, so I can contact you if you win.  (April Bonner, if you're reading this, I don't have your email.)  If you don't want to post it in public, you can contact me at  Thanks.

Good luck to all of you who've entered the contest!  I'm really pleased with the collection of essays so far.  I think it's going to be a wonderful 20th anniversary gift for Diana.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Some interesting news about SCOTTISH PRISONER this past week:

Final Frenzy

Diana continues to make progress on the writing, which she expects to finish in the next few days.  Here's what she said Thursday on Compuserve:
I counted up yesterday (gettin' down to it) and have 110,000 words, plus the few hundred I did in the midst of racing to and fro today....I do think it's going to come out pretty darn close to the 120,000 I was aiming for.  Three and a half (more or less) scenes to write, one messy one to corral and tidy up, and about a dozen little bridges for getting from point A to B, C, D, etc....and that's IT.  (Well, bar reading through and checking for water-tightness, which might take a couple of days.)
This is great news, and I'm so glad that the writing is going well.  (I don't know how many pages 120,000 words equates to, but if it ends up around the same length as BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE, I'll be happy.)

A possible release date?!?

It is looking more and more likely that SCOTTISH PRISONER may be out on November 29, 2011.  This is NOT official, I hasten to add!  Diana has been making references to a late-November release date, but when I asked last week if they'd settled on a definite date, she said,
Not totally official yet-- I think they're waiting to see if I _really_ deliver the manuscript this month <g>--but there's a rapprochement between US and UK, at least.
If you're wondering what her UK and US publishers have been arguing about, look here for the details. I think it's great that they managed to come to an agreement, even if it's not 100% finalized yet.

I'm starting to see that November 29 date in various places online, though, so I think I believe it:
  • On the Canadian Amazon site.

  • On the UK Amazon site (complete with the cover art, shown above, which I think is very nice)

  • On Random House's Diana Gabaldon page (this is Diana's US publisher's site, so I would think they'd have an accurate date).  Oddly enough, the only thing listed there for SCOTTISH PRISONER right now is an e-book version.  (What kind of e-book format?  It doesn't say.)  I'll keep watching that page and will, of course, post here if I find out anything further about the US hardcover edition.
Interestingly, the Random House site lists the book under the title THE SCOTTISH PRISONER (A Lord John Novel).  I don't know if they've decided to change the title officially from LORD JOHN AND THE SCOTTISH PRISONER, or if that's just a mistake on the part of whoever put the information online.  Diana is in San Diego at a conference over the weekend, but when she comes back next week, I'll ask her about this.

[UPDATE 6/20/2011 6:52 pm:  Diana confirmed this on Compuserve today; the title has indeed changed to THE SCOTTISH PRISONER (A Lord John Novel).  Look here for details.]

Anyway, please remember that all of the above information is subject to change!  Until Diana confirms it, or makes some sort of announcement on Compuserve, her blog, or her web site, please don't take any of this information as set in stone.  I'm just passing it on because I thought it was interesting.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Summer pictures

Here's a collection of photos from various locations mentioned in the OUTLANDER books, mostly with a summer theme.  Hope you enjoy these!

The Cape Fear River, North Carolina

Sunset at Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland (Roger's birthplace)

Bee gums, Great Smoky Mountains National Park (NC/Tennessee)

Long-Haired Cow, Scottish Highlands
A Highland cow

Wild strawberries

A swamp in Bladen County, NC (Diana called this "very much like the Great Dismal")

Glen Coe, Scottish Highlands

If you like these, please check out my previous Wordless Wednesday posts:

Wordless Wednesday: Men in Kilts

Wordless Wednesday: Places in the Books

Wordless Wednesday: Standing Stones

Wordless Wednesday: OUTLANDER Places

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Contest update, and my essay for Diana

The entries are still coming in for the OUTLANDER 20th Anniversary Contest.  Thanks very much to all of you who've sent in your essays already.  It's shaping up to be a great collection of stories, and I'm sure Diana will enjoy reading them.

Things seem to have slowed down this week, though.  I received only four new entries during the past week, bringing the total up to 36 so far.  I can understand that people are busier now that summer is here, but I hope you won't forget about this, if you're still planning to participate.

Special thanks to Carol and Tracey from My Outlander Purgatory, and Anne from My Writing Existence, for helping to spread the word about this contest!

If you haven't yet sent in your entry, or you've been procrastinating <g>, you have about 2 1/2 more weeks to think about it.  The contest will run through the end of June.  You can post your entry here on my blog (please remember to sign your name, and leave an email address where I can reach you if you win), or email me at with the subject line "OUTLANDER 20th Anniversary Contest".

I'll include my essay below.  You may need to click on the "Read more" link to see it.  I plan to send this to Diana Gabaldon along with the rest of the contest entries.  (I've added some links to previous blog posts, for the benefit of those of you who may not have seen them before, but otherwise this is basically identical to what I plan to send to Diana.)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Book 8 title suggestions

We've been having a very entertaining discussion on Compuserve the last couple of days, about possible titles for Book 8.  Some of them are silly (THE TESTICLES OF TIME), some are more serious (THREADS OF INK AND BLOOD, or Diana's suggestion, THE BOAR OUT OF THE WOOD), but it's mostly just for fun, and I thought the rest of you might like to see what some of the ideas are, or suggest your own.

The thread on Compuserve is here.  If you want to see why Diana has been talking about octopus imagery in relation to Book 8, I would suggest that you read the thread from the beginning.  (The recent part of the discussion starts around message number 310.)  It really is pretty entertaining, even hilarious at times.

Please keep in mind that Diana didn't actually ask for our help in coming up with a title for Book 8 -- although she seems perfectly happy to discuss the pros and cons of the titles that various people have suggested.  As she noted on Compuserve today,
Oh, titles always show up when they're ready.  Sometimes, I have them immediately--like VOYAGER and SCOTTISH PRISONER; I knew those before I'd even seriously started work on the books.   Others--like OUTLANDER <g>--didn't come around until after the whole manuscript was done.  Most of 'em show up somewhere in the process, though.

As I've probably said before, it's like polishing rocks; I throw handsful of promising pebbles into the back of my mind and close the door.   Every so often, I pull out a handful and check to see if there's anything shiny in it.
Anyway, I thought this would be a fun way for the rest of us to keep ourselves entertained while Diana is finishing up the writing of LORD JOHN AND THE SCOTTISH PRISONER over the next few days.  After she's done with SCOTTISH PRISONER, she has said that finding a title for Book 8 is the next thing on her agenda.

So, keeping in mind that this is all in fun....anybody out there have any title suggestions?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

How to identify an OUTLANDER first edition

I just stumbled across a site that describes in detail exactly how to identify an OUTLANDER first edition.

From what I understand (and I'm no expert in these matters!), most of the "first edition" copies for sale on sites like eBay are in fact book club editions, and therefore much less expensive and less desirable for collectors.  The First Edition Points site explains how to tell whether it's the real thing or not.

If you click on the picture above, you'll see that currently has a signed OUTLANDER first edition available for $575.00. (!)

Also, there is an autographed hardcover copy of CROSS STITCH up on eBay right now, selling for $625.00. (!)  Here's a picture of the cover: 

This is, by definition, a "first edition", as Diana says there was only one printing of the original CROSS STITCH hardcover.  It's worth a look, just for the rarity of it, even if you don't have that kind of money to spend on a book (and I certainly don't!)  As Diana explained on Compuserve in 2009,
The original UK hardcover edition of CROSS STITCH had a print run of only 2000 copies--so is probably much more "collectible" than OUTLANDER, which had a print run of 25,000.
I have no desire to collect the first-edition hardcovers myself, but I just thought I'd pass along the information in case any of you are interested.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Download the RT Book Reviews article here!

Earlier this week, I wrote to RT Book Reviews magazine asking permission to post a copy of my interview about OUTLANDER online so that all of you can see it.

This afternoon I received an email from the publisher, Carol Stacy, saying,
You can post the Web Browser page immediately as long as you [state] that it ran in the July issue of RT Book Reviews magazine and as long as you post the page in its entirety. It would be great if you can link our name to our website.  RT Book Reviews owns the copyright which does not expire.
Click here to view or download the PDF file.  Diana Gabaldon called it "an excellent article", and I'm delighted to be able to share it with all of you.  Hope you enjoy it!

Why OUTLANDER is like a teenager

I just stumbled across this blog post by Jeannine at Chasing Chapters and I can't resist sharing it with the rest of you.

The Outlander Series: Why it's like the unpredictable teenager on my bookshelf
Yet, much like an unpredictable teenager, the road isn't always smooth.  There have certainly been hiccups along the way.  Moments when I wondered where the author was taking me, or why.  Moments when things have dragged on forever and I almost gave up (the Gathering at Mount Helicon in Fiery Cross, anyone?), or times when I was annoyed or disappointed by the path the characters or story had taken.

Kind of like living with a teenager, don't you think?  ;)
I can relate to this.  I'll never forget my reaction on the first reading of FIERY CROSS ("A hundred and fifty pages, and they're still on the first day?!?  Isn't there going to be a plot in here somewhere??")  I've since found that FIERY CROSS improves on re-reading, like a fine wine <g>, and it's become one of my favorite books in the whole series.  But that Very Long Endless Day does take some getting used to!
And strange as it may be, with both a book series and a teenager, one really good moment often has the power to help you forget all the bad. Or at least allow you to put the not-so-great stuff aside long enough to appreciate that nice moment.
I certainly agree that this is true of Diana Gabaldon's books.  For example:  The first time I read ECHO, I was extremely upset (understatement!) at the Claire/Lord John subplot (mentally yelling, "No no no no no, this is just WRONG!!"), and that incident did indeed have a negative impact on my opinion of the whole book, temporarily.  Then I got to the line where Claire says "fuirich agus chi thu" (chapter 98, "Mischianza", p. 794 in the hardcover).  For those of you who don't know, that's "wait and see" in Gaelic, one of Diana's favorite phrases, and an inside joke among those of us who hang out in Diana's section on Compuserve.   I laughed out loud when I saw this in the book, because I was so pleased and surprised to see it in print.  And then, quite suddenly, I found myself enjoying ECHO again.
It can be challenging, and has it's share of head-scratching and cringe-worthy moments, but I just can't seem to turn away.  Somehow, I just know it will be worth it in the end.
Indeed. <g>  I think that's very well put.

Monday, June 6, 2011

A tragic story

A very sad story on Compuserve this evening.  Whether you are an OUTLANDER fan who's traveled to Scotland, or only dreamed about it, this story will break your heart.

After hearing this, I'm in no mood at all for Palin jokes, or Weinergate, or any of the other nonsense that passes for "news" these days.  Even thinking about Jamie and Claire makes me feel slightly sick at the moment.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Babs and her family! I don't know her personally, but she's an OUTLANDER fan who's just suffered a horrible tragedy. Just heartbreaking.

Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

20th Anniversary Contest update

Thanks very much to all of you who have sent in your entries for the OUTLANDER 20th Anniversary Contest!  I received 9 new entries during the past week, bringing the total up to 32 so far!  I'm sure that Diana will be delighted to read all of your stories.

If you haven't yet sent in your entry, there's still time.  The contest will run through the end of June.  You can post your entry here on my blog, or email me at with the subject line "OUTLANDER 20th Anniversary Contest".

Thanks, and please let me know if you have any questions.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Vote for your favorite OUTLANDER TV ad!

The Outlander Book Club site has started a poll on which of the three OUTLANDER TV ads created by Random House is your favorite.  Click here to vote.  (I'm not sure if you have to be a member of OBC to vote or not, but it's free.)  Thanks to TwilightTink on OBC for setting this up!

[UPDATE 6/5/2011 7:32 am:   If you're looking for the thread from the main page of the OBC site, it's in the "OUTLANDER News" section.]

If you haven't yet seen the TV ads, here they are:

Ad #1:

Ad #2:

Ad #3: (Diana says this one was produced by Random House Canada, specifically for the 20th anniversary)

Personally, I like the first one best, but I think they're all terrific!  Please take a moment to vote in the OBC poll.

Brianna's bridies

Some of you may remember that a few months ago, an OUTLANDER fan named Theresa posted a recipe on her blog for the pigeon rolls with truffles mentioned in VOYAGER.  Well, Theresa has done it again!

Check out Diana's latest blog post for a link to Theresa's recipe for bridies like the ones Brianna bought in DRUMS OF AUTUMN.

They look yummy. <g>  And there's a vegetarian version, too.  If you decide to try this, please let us know how they turn out.

Thanks to Diana for the link!

Friday, June 3, 2011

More OUTLANDER-related art

The very talented Silvia has produced another wonderful drawing, and I just can't resist sharing it.  Here's Frank Randall:

Diana's reaction to this picture on Compuserve:
Pretty good!   This one is less smirky [than previous attempts], and with a nice faint touch of melancholy.  I like it a lot. <g>

I think this drawing is excellent.  Particularly the look in his eyes.  You can see why Claire fell in love with him.  I see this as a young Frank, maybe during the time after Claire disappeared, or soon after her return.  And it's not hard to imagine his face transformed into Black Jack Randall's. <shudder>

If you want to see the rest of Silvia's artwork, there's a thread on Compuserve here.  I've posted links to some of my favorite pictures here.

Finally, I saw this poster of the standing stones of Callanish on Zazzle yesterday, and I love it!  I'm thinking seriously of ordering a framed print of it.  Just gorgeous!  Thanks to Louise (aka jamiefraserfan on Twitter) for the link!  If you haven't checked out her Outlander Movie blog, by the way, it's definitely worth a look.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My interview in RT Book Reviews magazine!

The July 2011 issue of RT Book Reviews magazine (aka Romantic Times) has just been published, and I was thrilled to learn that my interview about OUTLANDER is included!

I haven't yet seen the actual magazine (I'll check the local stores this week) but Diana Gabaldon was kind enough to email me a PDF copy of the article this morning.  It's not included in the online version of the magazine, apparently (believe me, I looked! <g>), so the only way to see it is to get a printed copy of the magazine.

I've never been interviewed before, and I was just delighted to see that the author of the article, Stephanie Klose, included everything I told her. <g>  As I told Diana this morning, "I meant every word of it."  I really couldn't be happier with the way this turned out.  (Nice to see my picture there, too.  That's the same photo that appears on Diana's web site, here.)

If you've seen the article, feel free to post a comment here and tell me what you think.  There's also a thread on Compuserve here, if you want Diana to see your comments.

Diana's reaction:  "It was a _really_ nice piece. <g>  Thanks so much!"

UPDATE 6/4/2011 11:57 am:  I got a copy of the magazine at Barnes & Noble this morning, and the article looks fantastic!  It's on page 22 of the July issue, if you're looking for it.  I sent an email to the author of the article asking permission to post it online, perhaps after the July issue is no longer on the newsstands.  I really hope she says yes.  I'd love to be able to share it with all of you.  Keep your fingers crossed!

UPDATE 6/7/2011 8:16 pm:  This afternoon I received an email from the publisher, Carol Stacy, saying,
You can post the Web Browser page immediately as long as you [state] that it ran in the July issue of RT Book Reviews magazine and as long as you post the page in its entirety. It would be great if you can link our name to our website.  RT Book Reviews owns the copyright which does not expire.
Click here to view or download the PDF file.  I hope you enjoy it!

May poll results

Here are the results of the May poll:

How did you discover the OUTLANDER books?
  • 30.77% - A friend or family member recommended the books to me.
  • 27.05% - I stumbled across them while browsing in a bookstore or library.
  • 17.87% - A friend or family member gave me a copy of OUTLANDER, saying, "Read this, you'll love it!"
  • 5.71% - I read a review in a newspaper, magazine, or online.
  • 4.96% - I discovered the audiobooks first, then decided to look for the printed version.
  • 2.73% - I found a used copy at a garage sale, second-hand bookstore, etc.
  • 2.23% - Someone at my book club mentioned them.
  • 0.74% - I had been reading excerpts of Diana's work on Compuserve since before OUTLANDER was published.
  • 0.25% - I happened to see Diana at a book-signing or other public event.
  • 7.69% - Other
There were a total of 403 votes in this poll. To say I'm delighted with the response would be an understatement! This is by far the biggest response to one of my monthly polls since I started doing them in November, 2008. Thanks so much to all of you who participated!

I didn't vote in the poll myself, but I fall into the second category, because I discovered OUTLANDER completely by accident, browsing in Barnes & Noble in 2006.  The full story of how I found OUTLANDER is here, if you're interested.

The June poll is all about the 20th Anniversary edition of OUTLANDER.  I hope you'll take a moment to vote.  Thanks!