• “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.”
  • “These books have to be word-of-mouth books because they're too weird to describe to anybody.”
    —Jackie Cantor, Diana's first editor

Quick Question – 20th-Anniversary Edition

Well, it’s like this:  The new, snazzy, all-signing, all-dancing (well, singing, at least) 20th-anniversary edition of OUTLANDER will be released on July 5th.

On July 5th, I personally will be traveling from New York to Laramie, WY (which is one of those places that you can’t get there from here, so it will take all day, starting before dawn) in order to be the keynote speaker at the Sir Walter Scott Symposium held at the University of Wyoming. What with one thing and another (ThrillerFest, for one–it’s even more impossible to get _back_ from Laramie to New York, taking all night as well as part of the next day), I won’t be back in Arizona until sometime on the 10th.

Now, The Poisoned Pen bookstore has graciously offered to host an event for the launch of this book, if I’d like. The question, though, is really–would _you_ guys like this?

I’d be happy to spend an evening with you and sign your books (and perhaps read a few excerpts from the upcoming SCOTTISH PRISONER and the so-far-untitled Book Eight (I really must come up with a title one of these days), but I don’t know how much demand there might be for Diana Live {g}, given the nature of this particular book. I mean, it’s a _beautiful_ book, and stuffed full of entertaining extra material–but it’s not a brand-new novel, either.

Let me know what you think, and I’ll tell the bookstore in a couple of days.


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  1. Diana, the cover is beautiful.
    I wish I lived nearby [sigh]. It would be a pleasure to spend an evening at the Poisoned Pen, hearing you read excerpts and celebrating ‘Outlander’. It is a book that has brought so much to so many of us.


    • I vote that you stay home and work on book eight! You need to stay focused, chanel your energies, come up with a name and produce!

  2. All I want is book 8. I would love to meet you but I am left hanging!! A friend introduced me to the The Outlander a few months ago and I couldn’t stop reading them. Ive never been a bookseries fan or had any interest in time travel but you have me captured!!

  3. If only, if only… but sadly, I live far too far away to attend. I love the cover and have been meaning to replace my tattered paperback copy of Outlander with a HB version, so now is a good time.

  4. Diana, I have been reading both series for years and it would be a dream come true for me as a reader but most importantly as a writer to meet with you. I will be at the RWA Convention this year and I know you are one of the speakers.

    It would be lovely to meet you. I plan on buying the re-issue of Outlander as well. The cover is gorgeous.
    Because of you, I have been inspired to write my own time travel novels.

    Thank you for all the wonderful years you have provided for us, your devoted fans

    - Lizzie

  5. Diana:

    If I’m not out of town on business, I will be there! I never miss an opptny to hear / visit with you! The book is beautiful.


  6. Like Lynda, I wish I lived close enough to have the trip & meet you at Poisoned Pen. I have loaned my copies of Outlander to several friends, having created co-addicts to the series.

  7. It is indeed a beautiful book and I can’t believe that it has been 20 years since I first fell in love with Outlander. I think that I would not be remiss in speaking for other fans in saying that we would like to imagine you chained to your computer furiously writing away day and night to bring us more Jaime and Claire. Alas, you have a life outside of writing so we must content ourselves with patiently waiting and wondering what the next book will hold.
    Thank you so much for sharing part of your imagination with us for the last twenty years and here’s to the next twenty – providing you don’t get sick of all us rabid fans by then : )
    – keila

  8. If I was any where near there I would go in a heart beat. I love the series and would buy the anniversary edition just to get it signed.

  9. I would go to a launch party if you weren’t so far away! Alberta to Arizona is a bit too far, sadly! :(

  10. If you build it, they will come………your fans will come to listen to you read the Scottsdale phone book! If you want to do this, a crowd will gather. Wish I lived nearby; then I could lead the group.

  11. 20th Anniversary! OMG! I just started reading Outlander on January 1 of this year and I’m finishing #3, can’t wait to read them all. I guess I’m a late bloomer. I’ve got all my friends reading Jamie and Claire story as well. I love them!!! I’m in Oregon, and if I could be there to hear you read and sign a copy, I would. Thank you, Diane, for sharing this wonderful story and letting me escape into your writing!! A fan for life!!

  12. Wow…beautiful colors. Can’t believe it has been twenty years since I first fell head over heals. Safe traveling!

  13. I live in Mesa so would be interested in a launch party. I attended the launch for Echo and Exile and had a great time.

  14. Sadly, I could not get to Arizona.

    One of my other favorite authors (Suzanne Brockmann) does a virtual signing. She takes orders for the books (cover price plus shipping paid via paypal (or check via snail mail)), signs them, and mails them out on the release date. She has agreements with a local bookstore & let’s the post office know in advance. There’s some information here http://www.suzannebrockmann.com/btrVirtualSigning.html but not a lot of details.

    I would TOTALLY buy a copy through a virtual signing (maybe 2 :) )


    • Dear Mhari–

      I do that all the time. That is, if you (anyone) orders a book from The Poisoned Pen, all you have to do is tell them how you’d like it signed/inscribed. I go by there once or twice a month and sign all the orders–and we always sign a _huge_ number of books beforehand when there’s a new release (I signed 1800 of them when ECHO came out ), to be shipped out. (In fact, the Pen will _try_ to mail them out in time for people to _get_ them on release day, though they can’t always guarantee that, the postal services being what they are).

      But yeah, if you want a signed copy of this book and can’t come to Arizona….email Patrick@poisonedpen.com and tell him what you want. (I should maybe mention that the Pen always carries _all_ of my books, in _all_ formats–hardcover, trade paperback (the large size), mass-market paperback (small size), and unabridged audiobooks.


      • That is awesome! I know where I will order mine from then! Thanks Diana!!! What are the details on your trip to NY?! I might be able to go there to see you?

      • Speaking of all your books in all formats; who/where do the Kindle editions come from? I have seen many formatting errors and typos in them. I know they are not your doing.

      • Diana,

        This great information. While I knew that signed copies could be ordered at any time from the Poisoned Pen, I did not know they carried all formats (including trade paperbacks, my favorite). I have enjoyed reading and re-reading this series over the years. I take them everywhere with me, so from time to time my copies fall apart.

        Glad to know you are hard at work on #8 and eagerly await its release.

  15. If it wouldn’t take me an entire day to drive there from here, you bet I’d show up. :)

  16. 20 years? Has it really been that long? I wish I was closer. I would so be there. I wish there was a way to get an autographed copy of the book. Planning on coming back to Canada anytime after the book is released?

  17. What fun! I will definitely get to the Poison Pen to celebrate with you and the staff. I will bring friends!

  18. If I lived in Arizona I would so be there! I think you should do it. I would love to meet you someday (Come to the Pacific NW!) lol You sound like you are going to be insanely busy for awhile! Happy safe travels. Im always looking forward to reading anything and everything you write :-D Thank you for taking the time to blog and share with us :0)

  19. This is a big deal. Count me in.

  20. Good evening Diana,

    I met you once when you came to our National Archives in Ottawa, Canada doing a reading from your book – I believe it was “A Breath of Snow and Ashes”, but I may be wrong. That was many years ago. You looked lovelier in person as I recall

    I have several of your books in storage and had to repurchase them when I finished the latest novel “An Echo in the Bone” a while back. I was at a loss as to what to read, and my husband didn’t want me routing around at the outdoor storage locker in the middle of winter. So I decided to pick up another version of Outlander. Now I have two versions of everything, and intend to keep at least one set handy!

    I can’t tell you how your novels have helped me through so many trials and tribulations in my life. It is difficult to explain, but I seem to get rejeuvenated and relate very well with Claire and her daughters and grandchildren. I am also very drawn to Claire’s medical abilities.

    Between my daughter and step-daughters, I have three granddaughters. Lots of girls! In any case, the description of the children and their behaviour in your books is so heart warming. Remembering certain things still brings a smile to my face.

    I have just finished “An Echo in the Bone” this evening for the second time. I will follow up with Lord John series, which I have on my bookshelves. Then I guess I’ll have to wait patiently for the continuation of Jamie and Claire.

    I want to thank you for sharing your wonderful imagination and skill with us over the years. I sincerely hope you bring us more beautiful writing and I anxiously await your next novel.

    Marlene from Ottawa, Canada

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