Thursday, February 26, 2015

OUTLANDER on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK starting March 26!



It's official: OUTLANDER will be shown on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK starting on March 26, 2015. The first 8 episodes will be available on March 26, with new episodes available weekly starting April 5, only a few hours after they are broadcast on STARZ in the US.

Diana Gabaldon commented on Facebook:
Amazon Prime Instant Video will be presenting the show--and has also announced that they will not (as many carriers _do_) edit any of the original content. You'll see everything exactly as it's shown in the US. Watch it anywhere, anytime, and as often as you want!
For more information, look here and here.

Here's a new UK trailer.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

New OUTLANDISH COMPANION FAQ page!



I just posted a new FAQ page about the two upcoming OUTLANDISH COMPANION books that Diana Gabaldon will be publishing this year.

Diana's reaction on Compuserve last night: "Beautifully organized and clearly expressed, as always!"

I hope you find it useful.  Please pass the link on to any other OUTLANDER fans you may know.  Thanks!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

REPOST: Winter pictures

Considering that many parts of the US are suffering bitterly cold temperatures this week, I thought it might be a good time to repost this collection of winter pictures that remind me of the OUTLANDER books, along with some of my favorite winter quotes.  Click on the photos to enlarge them.



1) Grandfather Mountain, NC, near where Fraser's Ridge is supposed to be located.  (Photo credit: akunkle99, on Flickr.)
The snow was falling thicker and faster, and I felt some uneasiness. If it covered his tracks before I found him, how would I find my way back to the cabin?

I looked back, but could see nothing behind me but a long, treacherous slope of unbroken snow that fell to the dark line of an unfamiliar brook below, its rocks poking up like teeth. No sign of the cheerful plume of smoke and sparks from our chimney. I turned slowly round in a circle, but I could no longer see the falls, either.

“Fine,” I muttered to myself. “You’re lost. Now what?” I sternly quelled an incipient attack of panic, and stood still to think. I wasn’t totally lost. I didn’t know where I was, but that wasn’t quite the same thing. I still had Jamie’s trail to guide me--or would have, until the snow covered it. And if I could find him, he presumably could find the cabin.

(From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 21, "Night on a Snowy Mountain". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)   



2) Ashness Bridge, the Lake District, England, near where Helwater is supposed to be located. (Photo credit: Mark & Sue, on Flickr.)
It was so cold out, he thought his cock might break off in his hand--if he could find it. The thought passed through his sleep-mazed mind like one of the small, icy drafts that darted through the loft, making him open his eyes.

(From THE SCOTTISH PRISONER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 1, "April Fool". Copyright© 2011 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)  



3) The Plains of Abraham, Quebec (where William spent the winter of 1776-77).  You can see in the center of the photo one of the old cannons left from the 1759 battle described in "The Custom of the Army".  (Photo credit: Francesco Santini, on Flickr.)
The Snow is deep, more may come at any Moment, and Business must be urgent indeed which could compel a man to venture any Distance. I am of course somewhat disturbed at Captain Randall-Isaacs's abrupt Departure, curious as to what might have happened to cause it, and somewhat anxious as to his Welfare. This does not seem a Situation in which I would be justified in ignoring my Orders, however, and so...I wait.

(From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 24, "Joyeux Noel". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)



4) Icicles in Boone, NC, in the vicinity of Fraser's Ridge. (Photo credit: eightylbs, on Flickr.)
January 21 was the coldest day of the year. Snow had fallen a few days before, but now the air was like cut crystal, the dawn sky so pale it looked white, and the packed snow chirped like crickets under our boots. Snow, snow-shrouded trees, the icicles that hung from the eaves of the house--the whole world seemed blue with cold.

(From A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 111, "January Twenty-First". Copyright© 2005 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


5) Soldiers' quarters at Valley Forge, PA. (Photo credit: paulbradyphoto, on Flickr.)
Valley Forge looked like a gigantic encampment of doomed charcoal-burners. The place was essentially a wood lot, or had been before Washington’s soldiers began felling everything in sight. Hacked stumps were everywhere, and the ground was strewn with broken branches. Huge bonfires burned in random spots, and piles of logs were stacked everywhere. They were building huts as fast as possible--and none too soon, for snow had begun falling three or four hours before, and the camp was already blanketed with white.

(From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 86, "Valley Forge". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Hope all of you in the US stay warm and safe over the next few days!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Favorite romantic quotes from the OUTLANDER books

In honor of Valentine's Day, here are some of my all-time favorite romantic quotes from the OUTLANDER series.  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.)

"I have burned for you for twenty years, Sassenach," he said softly. "Do ye not know that?"

(From VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 25, "House of Joy". 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....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.)
“Thy life’s journey lies along its own path, Ian,” she said, “and I cannot share thy journey--but I can walk beside thee. And I will.”

(From WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 57, "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night". Copyright© 2014 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Feel free to suggest your own favorites!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

New OUTLANDER trailers!



Just in time for Valentine's Day, here are a couple of new OUTLANDER trailers, including a sex scene from an upcoming episode!

If you live outside the US and the videos on that page don't work for you, try this site instead.

Monday, February 9, 2015

OUTLANDER on Amazon Instant Video and iTunes!



The first 8 episodes of OUTLANDER Season 1 are now available for download via iTunes and Amazon Instant Video in the US.

And at long, long last, we are FINALLY hearing some positive news for fans in the UK!  According to several different sources (here and here), Sony has signed a deal with Amazon Prime Instant Video to show OUTLANDER in the UK.  I have no further details at this time.

Also don't forget, the of the OUTLANDER Soundtrack Volume 1 will be released on Feb. 10.  It's available on CD, or you can download it via iTunes or Amazon.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

OUTLANDISH COMPANION Volume II



I just saw this on the website of Random House, Diana Gabaldon's US publisher.  The OUTLANDISH COMPANION Volume II (covering THE FIERY CROSS through WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD) now has an estimated release date of October 27, 2015!

Keep in mind that

a) Publication dates are never set in stone (as we learned with MOHB!)
b) Even the information on the Random House site is subject to change.
c) Last we heard, Diana was still working on this book. <g>
d) October is a long way off!

Still, it's good to see the OC II officially listed!



I think the updated OUTLANDISH COMPANION, Volume I (pictured above, due out March 31, 2015) and this all-new Volume II will look absolutely gorgeous as a matched set <g>, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what's in the OC II.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A new trailer, plus a preview of the soundtrack!

Here's the latest trailer from STARZ!



And here is the "Castle Leoch" track from the upcoming OUTLANDER Soundtrack, Volume 1, featuring music by composer Bear McCreary, which will be released Feb. 10.



For more information about the soundtrack, look here.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Results of the January poll

Here are the results of the January poll, which asked the question, "Who is your favorite supporting character (EXCLUDING Jamie and Claire) in the OUTLANDER TV series?"
  • 39.28% - Murtagh
  • 20.80% - Dougal
  • 10.24% - Rupert
  • 6.20% - Black Jack Randall
  • 5.13% - Angus
  • 4.18% - Frank Randall
  • 3.98% - Mrs. Fitzgibbons
  • 3.26% - Ned Gowan
  • 2.91% - Geillis Duncan
  • 0.78% - Colum
  • 0.09% - Laoghaire
  • 1.93% - I haven't seen the OUTLANDER TV series.
  • 1.21% - Other
Here are the responses for "Other":
  • Can't pick just one! They are all great
  • no cable, buying dvd- like Dougal
  • Jenny
  • jenny
  • Roger
  • All of them.
  • Angus & Rupert
  • wee Roger
  • Jennie
  • Love them all
  • Roger
  • Frank and BJR
  • I like a lot of them!
  • Little Roger
  • All are great, too hard to choose!
  • Rupert and Angus.
  • Mrs. Graham, The Druid Seer
  • All of them together make the show so great!
  • This was a difficult one, how can I choose?! But then again, Murtagh...
  • hats
  • Rupert & Angus in their scenes together
  • Willie
  • Dougal first, then Muragh, third Frank Randall
  • Rupert and Angus
  • Too many to pick! I pick wee Roger-scene stealer!
  • I canna choose from this embarrassment of riches!
  • All of the above!
  • Not 1- Rupert/Angus team for comic relief, Black Jack/Frank for drama.
  • all verra verra bonnie
  • Willie
  • they ALL do a bang up job!
  • All of them! This is so well cast, I can't choose just one.
  • Rupert and Angus TOGETHER--comedy gold!
  • The comedy team of Rupert and Angus
  • Hugh Monroe
  • Rupert and Angus should be together!
  • can't choose between Murtagh and Dougal.
  • Black Jack functions as a lead character for the story, so I can not get by him
  • All of them. The actors are doing a fabulous job.
  • jenny
  • Jenny
I thought this would be an interesting question, and I was right.  There were 3,467 responses to this month's poll.  Thanks so much to everyone who participated!



I was really surprised that Murtagh took an early and commanding lead.  I've never been much of a fan of Murtagh in the books; although he's a much more likeable character in the TV series, he's still not my favorite.  But obviously there are a LOT of Duncan Lacroix fans out there! <g>

I didn't vote in this poll, but I think I would have chosen Dougal.  I love watching him.

Please take a moment to vote in the February poll, which is all about how you found the OUTLANDER books.