The collection will include:
- "The Custom of the Army" (originally published in 2010)
- "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows" (originally published in 2010)
- "A Plague of Zombies" (originally published in 2011)
- "The Space Between" (originally published in 2012)
- "Virgins" (originally published in 2013)
- "A Fugitive Green" (new story about Hal and Minnie in 1744)
- "Besieged" (new story about Lord John and his mother Benedicta)
I like SEVEN STONES as a title for this book. It made me think instantly of Jamie's habit of collecting pebbles or small stones for remembrance of his family.
A scatter of stones, picked up because of their feel in the hand or a pretty color. He counted them; there were eleven: one each for his sister, for Ian, for Young Jamie, Maggie, Kitty, Janet, Michael, and Young Ian; one for his daughter, Faith, who had died at birth; another for the child Claire had carried when she went; the last--a piece of rough amethyst--for Claire herself. He must look out for another now: the right stone for William. He wondered briefly why he had not done that before. Because he hadn’t felt the right to claim William even in the privacy of his own heart, he supposed.SEVEN STONES: a collection of small stories, that can fit in the palm of your hand, so to speak (especially as compared to the Big Books! <g>), but each one is something special and unique, that can be savored and appreciated on its own.
(From THE SCOTTISH PRISONER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 38, "Redux". Copyright ©2011 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
I'm looking forward to adding SEVEN STONES to my collection sometime in 2017!
That's all I know about this book right now. I will post more information as soon as it becomes available.
(In case you're wondering, yes, of course Diana is still working on GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE, Book 9 of the OUTLANDER series. She often says that she likes to work on multiple projects at once, because it keeps her from getting writer's block.)