• “The smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting 'Scrooge McDuck' comics.”—Salon.com
  • A time-hopping, continent-spanning salmagundi of genres.”
    —ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
  • “These books have to be word-of-mouth books because they're too weird to describe to anybody.”
    —Jackie Cantor, Diana's first editor

FREE Outlanders!

Well, this is nice. Random House, as part of a promotion to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of OUTLANDER’s publication next year, is doing _two_ giveaways!

First, a program to give away promotional copies of OUTLANDER paperbacks–see here for the details!

And secondly….for a limited time, Random House is giving away the Kindle edition of the OUTLANDER e-book FREE! See here to download it!

You know, ever since that book was published, I’ve had The Worst Time trying to describe it to people; never been able to do it in twenty-five words or less. [g] After some trial and error, I finally took to telling people, “Look–open it anywhere, and read three pages. If you can put it down again, I’ll pay you a dollar.” Never lost any money on that bet [g]–though do note I’m not making it here (too many difficulties of administration).

Still, the point stands. It’s One Odd Book (well, heck, they _all_ are), and as my first beloved editor used to say, “These _have_ to be word of mouth books, because they’re too weird to describe to anybody.”

That being true, the only really good way to explain them is to let people look for themselves–so kudos to Random House for giving us fresh opportunities to spread the word!

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  1. Dear Tricia–

    How lovely to meet you! Congratulations on the success of your idea [g]. And wonderful to hear that you've been enjoying the books–hope I run into you somewhere along the line!

    –Diana

  2. Dear Sandra–

    OUTLANDER has certainly been translated into Hebrew, because I've seen it. [g] (An Israeli friend tells me that title translates as "Not Kosher," which I thought was hilarious.)

    And there _are_ Spanish editions, but the earlier ones are hard to find because they were done by a different publisher. We're hoping to get those rights back at some point, in order to make them easily available again.

    –Diana

  3. Hi Diana;
    Funny enough, my mom was very upset on the phone with me this morning (as if I were the publisher) because she cannot get her hands on FORASTERA which is the translation for OUTLANDER. It is out of print in Argentina. And listen to this one, they told her at a major bookstore that you were born in Spain! How about that?

  4. Can I get Outlander ebook for free if I live in Europe? Or is it only for those who live in US?

  5. Dear Sandra–

    [laughing] Well, that's a new one! My Dad's family certainly came from Spain–about 500 years ago. Settled in what then became New Mexico. (My mother's side is mostly English, from Yorkshire, with one German branch. My facial features come from that branch; I look very much like my German great-great-grandmother, though with my father's coloring. All of which causes people to think I'm a Native American. [g] (Not saying there _is_ no Native American in the mix, given the New Mexico connection, but if so, it could be anything from Azteca to Cheyenne, with Apache or Yaqui being the most likely.)

    For the record, though, I was born in Williams, Arizona.

    –Diana

  6. Diana…

    USPS just delivered a box with 10 paperback copies of “Outlander” ! I forgot that I’d signed up for those.

    Already working on getting them out to friends that would like to read it. If they are anything like me they will be “hooked” and purchase the rest of the series. btw… I took advantage of the free download for Kindle earlier in the year and read the whole series, am about to re-read it again after getting a signed copy of your 20th Anniversary Edition of Outlander. Thanks by the way, I’m a HUGE fan !!!

    ~Dave

  7. I applied for the free books as mentioned in this message. One day they just showed up on my doorstep. I’ve managed to find good homes for all of them and already have feedback from three friends who plan to read further in the Outlander series!

  8. hi i am a girl in love with your books, but i live in Honduras a very por country with out book stores that have your books i realy want to know if in your last book jami and clare stay together!!!!!

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