Scotland: The Land That Inspired OUTLANDER
OK, this is pretty cool. <g> If you can’t afford to go to Scotland and view the beautiful purple heather at first hand this year… you can at least see Culloden battlefield, Loch Ness, or an ancient stone circle or two virtually up close. The official Visit Scotland website announced in a press release on August 8 that special Outlander travel resources are now available at:
Aimed at readers of the OUTLANDER books and viewers of the Starz Outlander TV series, the new website is designed to help explore the real places that appear in my books, as well as locations which resemble the imagined ones (NB: the Clava Cairns are actually not the inspiration for Craig na Dun, but it is an authentic— and impressive— ancient stone circle).
The site is "part of a wider VisitScotland marketing campaign entitled Scotland: The Land That Inspired Outlander." Really flattering <g>— and a lot of fun. Also a great resource for those of you who are planning a trip to Scotland in the near future. (NB: The site mentions a particular tour company, and I’m sure they’re excellent. You might also want to check here on this site under the Resources menu, where several other "Outlander" tours that I’m personally acquainted with are mentioned, with contact info, in case you’d like to explore a number of possibilities.)
Upper right: image of Ben Lawers (Gaelic: Beinn Labhair), the highest mountain in the southern part of the Scottish Highlands and the tenth highest mountain in Britain. From the Visit Scotland official site.
The OUTLANDER TV Series!
The first eight episodes of the first season of the Outlander TV series made its debut in the U.S.A. on the STARZ cable network on Saturday, August 9. I think it’s amazing, and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do! The second half of the first season will be shown at dates to be announced by STARZ.
Image at right: OUTLANDER is featured on cover of the August 11 issue of TV Guide.
The first year of the series has sixteen episodes and will be shown in a “split” format. Eight episodes will be shown, one per week, starting on August 9, and the second eight episodes will air at a date and time to be announced by the Starz network. Click here for news about the series, information on viewing the series in other countries, and links.
The Outlander TV series is being shown on cable networks outside the U.S.A., with new viewing options being continually announced for different countries and cable regions as they become available. Please check with your local cable provider to verify dates and times.
MOBY (Book Eight) and OUTLANDER Are Bestsellers!
WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD (aka “MOBY”) made its debut at number one on the June 29 best seller list of the New York Times in the Hardcover Fiction category AND in the Combined Print and E-Book Fiction category! (The June 29 list reflected the sales in the U.S.A. ending on June 14, 2014, only four days after MOBY was released on June 10 in the U.S.A. and Canada.) The new book is also a best seller in Canada!
In addition to book eight, the recent reissue of OUTLANDER in paperback — with an image from the TV series on the cover (at left) — is also a bestseller! OUTLANDER was first published more than twenty years ago, and was my first novel. Thank you so much, dear readers!