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Bubonicon, DragonCon – and an Excerpt

Ooookay. THIS weekend (August 26-28) is Bubonicon, which takes place in Albuquerque, NM, at the Airport Sheraton Hotel. I’ll be there from Friday evening through Sunday, and will be doing several different appearances:

8:30 PM on Friday night—a panel on “Beyond Goddess/Whore”

1:00 PM Saturday–a panel on Jules Verne

4:00 PM – Mass Autographing (with other authors) – I _think_ this is open to the public, but can’t swear to it, and

10:00 AM Sunday – a 70-minute talk/reading (with Sam Sykes)

I’ll also be taking part in the Sunday afternoon tea, and will just be generally around most of the time. See you there!

Or if not at Bubonicon….

NEXT weekend (Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-4), I’ll be at DragonCon in Atlanta. I’m doing two appearances there:

Title: Whiskey, Haggis, & Madmen: Myths & Reality of the Scottish Highlands
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: International BC – Westin (Length: 1)
Description: The stories that made Scotland famous: why kilts, why Braveheart was an inspiring fairy tale, and how the Scots invented everything. Yes, everything.

Title: An Hour with Diana Gabaldon
Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: International BC – Westin (Length: 1)
Description: The best-selling author discusses her time-traveling Outlander series, and more!

Now, I’m _not_ doing the Decatur Book Festival this year, but with due regard for Atlanta-area folk who might want to see me and get a signed book, but don’t want to fight their way through the DragonCon zoo {g} (or pay for the privilege of doing so)….I _will_ be doing a talk/reading/signing event in Decatur (about three miles from downtown Atlanta):

3 PM Sunday – Talk/reading/Q&A/signing
Eagle Eye Book Shop
2076 N. Decatur Road
Decatur, GA 30033
404-486-0307
www.eagleeyebooks.com

This is a free public event, so for any of y’all that can’t make it to DragonCon (or turn pale at the thought {g})—I’ll see you in Decatur!

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Righto. Now, with business out of the way, I did promise to post the excerpt that made tents full of people gasp in Fergus last week. {g}

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WARNING/WARNING/WARNING/WARNING/WARNING/WARNING

IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE SPOILERS FROM BOOK EIGHT

DON’T READ THIS!!!

(still with me?)

(OK, then….)

Excerpt, Book Eight: Roger in the Past
Copyright 2011 Diana Gabaldon

[You may recall that at the end of AN ECHO IN THE BONE, we left Roger embarked on a quest through the stones to find his son Jem, whom he believed had been taken into the past. From Craigh na Dun, Roger goes immediately to Lallybroch, figuring that if Jem had managed to escape from his captor, he’d head for home.]

His heart rose in spite of his anxiety, when he came to the top of the pass and saw Lallybroch below him, its white-harled buildings glowing in the fading light. Everything lay peaceful before him; late cabbages and turnips in orderly rows within the kailyard walls, safe from grazing sheep—there was a small flock in the far meadow, already bedding for the night, like so many wooly eggs in a nest of bright green grass, like a kid’s Easter-basket.

The thought caught at his throat, with memories of the horrible cellophane grass that got everywhere, Mandy with her face—and everything else within six feet of her—smeared with chocolate, Jem carefully writing “Dad” on a hardboiled egg with a white crayon, then frowning over the array of dye-cups, trying to decide whether blue or purple was more Dad-like.

“Lord, let him be here!” he muttered under his breath, and hurried down the rutted trail, half-sliding on loose rocks.

The dooryard was tidy, the big yellow rose brier trimmed back for the winter, and the step swept clean. He had the sudden notion that if he were simply to open the door and walk in, he would find himself in his own lobby, Mandy’s tiny red galoshes flung helter-skelter under the hall-tree where Brianna’s disreputable duffel-coat hung, crusty with dried mud and smelling of its wearer, soap and musk and the faint smell of her motherhood: sour milk, fresh bread, and peanut butter.

“Bloody hell,” he muttered, “be weeping on the step, next thing.” He hammered at the door, and a huge dog came galloping round the corner of the house, baying like the bloody hound of the Baskervilles. It slid to a stop in front of him but went on barking, weaving its huge head to and fro like a snake, ears cocked in case he might make a false move that would let it devour him with a clear conscience.

He wasn’t risking any moves; he’d plastered himself against the door when the dog appeared, and now shouted, “Help! Come call your beast!”

He heard footsteps within, and an instant later, the door opened, nearly decanting him into the hall.

“Hauld your wheesht, dog,” a dark man said, in a tolerant tone. “Come in, sir, and dinna be minding him. He wouldna eat you; he’s had his dinner.”

“I’m pleased to hear it, sir, and thank ye kindly.” Roger pulled off his hat and followed the man into the shadows of the hall. It was his own familiar hall, the slates of the floor just the same, though not nearly as worn, the dark wood paneling shining with beeswax and polishing. There was a halltree in the corner, though of course different to his; this one was a sturdy affair of wrought iron, and a good thing, too, as it was supporting a massive burden of jackets, shawls, cloaks and hats that would have crumpled a flimsier piece of furniture.

He smiled at it, nonetheless, and then stopped dead, feeling as though he’d been punched in the chest.

The wood paneling behind the halltree shone serene, unblemished. No sign of the saber-slashes left by frustrated redcoat soldiers, searching for the outlawed laird of Lallybroch after Culloden. Those slashes had been carefully preserved for centuries, were still there, darkened by age but still distinct, when he had owned—would own, he corrected mechanically—this place.

“We keep it so for the children,” Bree had quoted her uncle Ian as saying. “We tell them, ‘This is what the English are.””

He had no time to deal with the shock; the dark man had shut the door with a firm Gaelic adjuration to the dog, and now turned to him, smiling.

“Welcome, sir. Ye’ll sup wi’ us? The lass has it nearly ready.”

“Aye, I will, and thanks to ye,” Roger bowed slightly, groping for his 18th-century manners. “I—my name is Roger MacKenzie. Of Lochalsh,” he added, for no respectable man would omit to note his origins, and Lochalsh was far enough away that the chances of this man—who was he? He hadn’t the bearing of a servant—knowing its inhabitants in any detail was remote.

He’d hoped that the immediate response would be, “MacKenzie? Why, you must be the father of wee Jem!” It wasn’t, though; the man returned his bow and offered his hand.

“Brian Fraser of Lallybroch, your servant, sir.”

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  1. Oh please please please finish soon!!!!!!!! :) I have been looking forward to this since the last page of Echo – and I’ve read it three time since then!!!

    • Sooo Good!!!, I love Roger but he sure gets the raw end of the stick

      • I agree, he has the worst luck in the series. Something terrible always happens to him and he ends up in the worst situations. I really hope things can work out for him.

      • Finally…someone else who thinks Roger always ends up in terrible situations. I get the worse anxiety over this character! I LOVE Roger, and do wish that such horrible things wouldn’t happen to him.

    • I have just read the little taster of things to come and I am never going to sleep tonight ……………….I am an ozzie fan from Queensland Australia

  2. Ooooo. Oh Oh oH.
    That’s wonderful.
    If I wasn’t waiting for the next book before, I really am now.

    Time travel is such and inexact science isn’t it.
    thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Hee hee hee. Love it.

  4. OH. MY. GOD. Roger went TOO FAR BACK!!!! Ooops. I can’t wait for the book now!!

    • Omg is right. Echo was a tornado at the end and now Roger goes back too far?….the trouble these Scots find themselves in…..go figure :)

  5. Thanks for the treat. I am just re-reading Drums of Autumn, for the third time. Just waiting for the eighth book. Take care of yourself. We so appreciate you, Diana!

  6. *gasp* As if I wasn’t already on pins and needles…. ACH!! Must. Have. More.

  7. Hooohhhhllllyyyyy COW! that is all. Here we go….

  8. No wonder they gasped. I did too – you are a sneaky, sneaky woman.

  9. I gasped too! Bubonicon = Convention for People with Bubonic Plague? :)

  10. My first response to this was: “Holy crap!…he is goes back even further and gets to meet Jamie’s father” Please don’t let anything happen to Roger…I have continually felt that he is always at risk of something not very nice.

    Oh…the tangled web you weave Diana!

  11. WOW!! is all I can say. Diana, you simply must stop all this traveling and book signing, etc. and finish writing this book! I really cannot hardly wait now.

  12. SNAP is right! Along with OMG!!! But Thank You so much!

    On another note – I so wish I could be there to see you and Sam Sykes do your thing together!
    All in the Family huh?!?!

  13. Holy bloody hell! We get to meet Brian and Ellen!
    Can. Not. Wait.

    • I’m wondering if we get to meet Ellen after all. I’m sure Roger was thinking of Jem when he went through the stones, and since Jem never went through, the next closest person would probably be Jamie as a child (since Jem looks so much like him). Sort of similar to when Claire went through the first time, thought about Frank, and ended up in Jack Randall’s time. Just speculation of course, but maybe Jenny is the “lass” Brian is referring to?

    • It’s raelly great that people are sharing this information.

  14. Secound read of An Echo in the Bone, thought that was what happened to Roger and William. Can’t wait for book eight. But amazed that he goes back so far. Take care of him ,Brianna needs him.

  15. Now you’ve made my imagination go into overdrive! I can’t wait to hear more!!!!

  16. A MacKenzie showing up on Brian’s doorstep. TORMENT US!

  17. Diana you are killing me! You are the most brilliant writer on this planet, this is a twist that I never expected. I don’t know how I am ever going to stand the wait for the release of book eight. My husband wants you to stop travelling and finish the book before I drive him stark raving mad! OMG, OMG I am so excited, thank you for this little taste of what is to come!

  18. This is fantastic! Of course you leave us wanting more! :)

  19. Oh my freakin’ Aunt Fanny!!! Roger is such an awesome character (loved the story of his Da and Frank Randall in “Songs of Love and Death”) and … oh geez, if I say any more those who haven’t read “Echo” will have more spoilers! I will be patient, I must be patient for the next … always worth the wait, though ;0

  20. LOVED the except but…., where the hell is Buck?????????? Argh I’m so confused right now.

  21. You’ve made my heart race…poor Roger.

  22. HOLY SH@#!!!!!!!!!

  23. As usual, awesome writing! When I read “a dark man” I got goosebumps, guessing what was coming. Sadness for Roger, but excitement, too.
    I can’t wait for Book 8 :-)

    I wish I could make it to DragonCon. It looks like fun.

  24. Holy CRAP!! We get to meet Brian!!! Oh please, please hurry and finish the book!!!!

  25. OMG!!!!! First time responder…..LOVE THE SERIES!!!!! Never in a million years saw this coming….can’t imagine the next step. What does Roger do now?

  26. I love to be spoiled and pry ahead sometimes. Never ruins a story for me… Therefore, I’ll admit, I just finished book 1 – I KNOW – and after failing to fall sleep for a week, cause I couldna put it down…I’m so excited to see I get 7 more books to lapse nearly into a coma for!!! I canna wait to find out who all the people are that I’ve met a wee bit of in the excerpts. And anyone with the last name “Fraser” [Brian here], gets me all giddy, cause I just adore Jamie…♥

  27. As my daughter so aptly puts things — “Holy Crap”!!!!!!!

  28. WHEN DOES THE NEXT BOOK COME OUT???? Okay, sorry about that. I’ll be okay. Asking you to hurry wouldn’t help things, would it? :)

  29. J. H. Roosevelt C!
    Soooo looking forward to Book 8!!!

  30. WOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am stunned….I don’t know what to say after reading this excerpt…WWOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!

    Diana, I am so excited to see how you will tie this in with everything else that will be going on in book eight.

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!! I am still stunned. I don’t if I will have another coherent thought today because I will be thinking about this excerpt.

  31. Hmmmmm! (satisfied sigh). You are a devilish writer and we love you for it. Now I know “all” excerpts do not make it into the final book, but I’m hoping that this one does! Thank you for the taste of book 8…have you figured out the shape of this one yet? Maybe an oxer (as in show jumping, not an armpit!)?

    It seems your plate is overflowing with appearances, signings and talks, this is why your fans love you, you produce amazing stories and then are so generous with personal availability with signings and readings.

    Wish I was in Albuquerque this weekend instead of next month! Thanks for the name of the shop in Sante Fe, we go to Sante Fe whenever we are in the area to place flowers on the folks graves over looking the San de Cristo mountains. Now I have an excuse to go shopping too! My DMIL would have loved it!

  32. Wow…that just makes my mind spin…Roger is fantastic..wondering if he gets to meet young Jamie!. Looking forward to book 8. It is like waiting patiently for a letter from a old friend…..thank you for the excerpt.

    • Wooooow! I wasn’t expecting Roger to go too far back! You are an amazing writer to think so outside of the box. I agree with everyone else….PLEASE Hurry up and finish book 8! Waiting for your books are like waiting to hear from old friends…..

  33. Thank you!! Like everyone else, I am so excitedly waiting for book 8. Thanks for the teaser.

  34. Ooooooooooo!

    Wonder if they share a family resemblance, beyond the dark hair.

  35. oh oh oh oh OH! I’ve with Jill. I got all tinglely as I saw who the man was going to be. Tangled web indeed!
    Oh, Please hurry. all these little bits just make me want more!!!!!

  36. OMG! How wonderful to see yet another dimension to the story! I can’t wait for Willie and little Jamie to come around the corner.

    Thanks for the sneak peek!! :)

    • maybe little Jamie will come around the corner with a new secret playmate – our Jem. Imagine the tricks they could get up to!

  37. Holy Moly Macaroni!

    Will someone please help me pick my lower jaw up from off the floor??

  38. Oh my oh my oh my…do we get to meet Brian and Ellen?!?! Perhaps Jenny as a young lass? Oh the suspense of it all. I so can’t wait! Thank you for the little pieces of Scotland Diana!

  39. To quote my favorite English nurse, “Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ”! I didn’t see that one coming! Can’t wait for the next book!

  40. Oh-ho-ho… every hair on my arm stood up individually. Eek! And how long do we have to wait? :) Will miss you at the Decatur book fest, my yearly pilgrimage to a DG event. But I’ll hope to stop in the bookstore signing. Thanks for the excerpt, and enjoy the DragonConners…

  41. oh my goodness – holy MOTHER OF GOD – it was bad enough when you left the poor child in the cave but now you’ve gone and put poor old Roger in the wrong time zone (even if it is fascinating to meet Brian Fraser) Can I echo the plea to mind Roger – he is the most battered of your characters – be gentle with him Diana please … Great excerpt though.

  42. OMG!! WWWOOOOWWW!!! Absolutely brilliant–unbelievable and exciting! The hair on my arms stood up, too! You are THE most gifted and amazing writer and we love you for it! Can’t wait for Book 8 and I wish it was ready to print today because I will go absolutely crazy waiting! Thank you for the excerpt–awesome!!!

  43. Hair standing up here as well. How on earth do you manage that with only written word? Can not wait for that book….

  44. OhhhhhMyyyyyyy…all the air just sucked out of this room, and into my lungs…goose bumps all over me…Oooooo how do you do it…we are all breathless…hmmm love you!
    Ok Bubonicon, only ladies with lovely Bubbies? Hmmm its time for the West coast…except I want you to go home and rest…and then write….please…

  45. As others have hoped, I too want so much to meet not only Brian and Ellen, but Jamie and Jenny as kids, and especially Willie! This is the perfect opportunity to let the reader become acquainted first-hand with the older brother Jamie always had such deep love and regard for (maybe we can even get a peek at him carving that little wooden snake that Jamie always carried with him). Diana, I hope that after Labor Day your schedule settles down to allow you plenty of writing time… even waiting another year for this book is going to be very hard!!!!

  46. How would Jem get to Lallybroch from Craig n’Dun? I’m confused which is nothing new.

  47. I haven’t been reading the forum and such lately but had a sneaking suspicion and checked your website this afternoon. Thank you much for the excerpt…I do have to say, though, that I knew it…I knew it…I KNEW IT!!! I just KNEW Roger was going there. Even so, it was great. Now, I go back to waiting for the hurricane.

    Kate in Maryland

  48. Dammn that was good.

  49. Roger tumbling around the universe through time without Bree, Jem, and Mandy. I can’t wrap my mind around it. Guess I’ll have to wait and see. Tomorrow is not soon enough!! Thanks Diana for your wonderful books.

  50. Not bad Diana, not bad at all. :-)

  51. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. So excited for the new book!

  52. As if I was excited before now! I just can’t get enough. I can’t wait!!!

  53. IF the “lass”-preparing supper- Brian refers to is indeed Jenny it would probably mean Ellen is no longer alive. The big question is -one of many- why did Roger ended up that far back????… I don’t see this as a spoiler, on the contrary, is a huge incentive to read the book, as if I needed any.
    This is getting intense !!!
    Diana Gabaldon YOU ARE THE BEST !!!!!

    • I also think it’s Jenny making dinner because Ellen has already died and a young Jamie may yet wander in.

      It’s my belief that because of the rule of TT (a body can’t physically exist in the same time period, twice), Roger & Buck had to go back before Buck’s time line began, so prior to 1745 (or thereabouts) since Geillis was preggers with him before Culloden. No just how FAR back….that remains to be seen! :-)

      (Reference “Leaf on the Wind of All-Hallows” for more info)

  54. Shut the front door! I was NOT expecting that. Looking forward to how this all pans out.

  55. Yup, I was one of the ones gasping in the tent in Fergus. I even kinda did it again:). Can’t wait!!!!

  56. I cannot wait for this book to come out. We are waiting on a hurricane today and I wish I had book 8 to keep me busy during the storm. Keep writing! Love your books.

  57. Holy cow–Jamie’s father!!!!!!

  58. I have read all the exerpts available – this one blew me away !
    I canna wait for book eight…………..

  59. Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ!!!!!!! That definitly puts a spin on the story to say the least. Oh cant wait for book 8 to be out. Have any titles in mind for it yet DG?

  60. Diana-

    You are the best. I am so excited! Now I have to hurry through my re-reading of the series to be ready for 8!! Thanks.

  61. Oh oh
    I’m so much waiting for the next book now, if not before XD
    I’m surprised Roger didn’t spot the Fraser blue eyes right away XD

  62. Holy Cow! I did not expect that! This is going to be an awesome storyline!

  63. Fantastic! Shocking!! I am truly on the edge of my seat waiting for the roller coaster to start! Thank you, Diana! Now hurry up, we are all waiting patiently!

  64. OMG!!!!! Diana, YOU ARE KILLING ME!!!! Please pleaseplease post some more of this! I simply can’t wait one more year!

  65. I work in a bookstore, where I periodically check the blog… I caught a few customers off guard when I read this excerpt with my very audible “whoa…” Am excited to read on and hoping Roger is able to reunite with his family sometime soon…

  66. Thank you so much for that! Any updates on when any new books are going to be coming out? Sorry, this makes me just get more excited for the next one. :)

  67. Oh, hell…

  68. I can’t wait! Will the Eagle Eye Bookshop be your only signing stop in Atlanta? Or will you be doings signings at DragonCon as well?

  69. @ @ OH…MY…GOD!! Wow.

  70. Oh, not another book narrated by Roger!! Others may not agree, but I’ve never cared for him, don’t understand how Brianna puts up with him (other than for the reason that he is taller than she) and find him an all-around wuss. Wasn’t it enough that we had to be inside Willie’s head in Echo and left with so many balls in the air when that book ended…..
    I’m just hoping that Diana may be using this to venture into the “back story” novels of Brian and Ellen that she said she would write when the Outlander saga wrapped up. It’s very surreal to be now because the first book came out while I was pregnant with my daughter, who just turned 20 this past week, and now she has her own set of the books too!!

    • Ferrrrr real?!!!!!!!! Not_care_for_Roger?!!!! I’m shaking my head at you. And not like Willies insight to the story? Tsk tsk madame.

    • Poor Roger…he is the most beat up in this series and you don’t see what Brianna see’s in him? Sigh….But we all have our likes and dislikes about characters and there are times that Claire makes me bat sh*t crazy!

      • Agree totally…love Roger, feel bad for him…and occasionally so tired of Claire (and Bree). The theme seems to be that modern women can travel back in time and be VERY useful, while the modern man is only a burden in the past. Not sure I can agree with that as I imagine if I were to travel back, I would be completely (ok, maybe not COMPLETLY) useless. And I think Roger is the most “relatable” of the time travelers.

    • I like Roger but it’s Brianna I can’t stand! I’m rereading the series, just finished DOA and she was so irritating!! Now I’m on FC and with her impending marriage to Roger, she’s becoming tolerable!

  71. Oh crap! Sitting here gasping…happy to read it and mad that i did…cuz now the wait is even longer! sigh…love your twists and turns! Was honestly worried about where he would end up, and of the places…with Jamie’s dad is probably the best!

    Since you don’t seem to tour south to where I live and my chances of meeting you are slim…I vote for more writing and less signing! lol have a great trip…can’t wait for #8!!

    • “Oh crap! Sitting here gasping…happy to read it and mad that i did…cuz now the wait is even longer! sigh…love your twists and turns!”

      COULDN’T AGREE MORE!!!!

  72. Will you be doing a signing at Dragon*Con? I don’t see you listed in the autograph section with D*C’s information, but it may not be up to date. Thank you!! See you there :)

  73. O..Emmm…Geee!!

    • Oh, but then, oh my, this excerpt has been going round and round in my head, and i just thought… what about Rogers so-many-times great grandfather, he went through with him as well. did he not make it and die, did he go to some other time… im sure he went through, coz bree gave them both some of the brooch she chopped up, WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM? Jesus Christ on a peice of toast, you know how to keep us hanging! This is going to haunt my every thought for a while now, but GOSH i love it :-D

      • They both made it through. In Diana’s short story, “A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows”, there is a brief segment about Roger and Buccleigh. It’s really a very sweet story, and answers a few questions related to Roger and his parents. The usual Gabaldon mix of sighs and gasps!

      • Hello Amy,

        You have to get a hold of ‘Songs of Love and Death’ an anthology.

        In Diana’s included short story ‘A Leaf on the Wind of All Saints’ somethings that happened as a consequence of Roger and his G.G.G.Grandfather passing through the stones are explained.

        Now if that poignant story doesn’t haunt you I don’t know what will…….

        Warmest regards from
        Antipodean Janet

        • Where do you get these short stories..?? I need moere to read!!

          Grazi!!

          • Ooooh Thank you, will have to order it over the net, my local bookstores are cr@p, so they dont stock ANYTHING besides the series! Fishpond or Amazon here i come!

  74. I love your writing and have seen trailers of a forthcoming movie is there a movie due soon

  75. O.M.G! That one I didn’t see coming. What a great twist! And now I really can’t wait anymore…

  76. Wow!! Something to look forward to.

  77. The excerpt threw me for a loop and I’m amazed at the comments of those who saw it coming. I love Barbie’s theory of introducing a young Willie and giving us a glimpse of a young Jamie and Jenny, but I think that’s too much to hope for. I do hope the lass doing the cooking is Ellen though, and you did say you wanted to tell Brian and Ellen’s story, so does it follow that it will appear in this book? The wait has become even longer. Nevertheless, I love the little teasers and look forward to reading more while we anticipate the outcome of all those cliffhangers from EITB.

    • Ah, the Big question (other than will Roger get back to the time he left), is–Will Roger blab to Brian after all and swear him to secrecy (maybe let B see him go Through), or will Roger keep his trap shut and think up something plausible and get the you-know-what out of “Dodge?”

  78. OMG! Can’t wait to read the rest. I was so left hanging in so many areas after Echo.

  79. Ye are a wee, wicked woman, Diana Jean Gabaldon Watkins…….wicked.

  80. The sun has finaly come out in hurricane ravaged NJ and I can breathe easier. But now I’m anxious over Rogers predicament. I am a big fan of Rodger; Oh, please, please, be easy on him and get him back to his family!

  81. Woohoo! So glad you’ll be in Decatur! I’m planning to be at Dragon*Con Saturday night (you convinced me to go and now I’ve got friends joining me to boost my bravery) but if the crowds are too bad to meet you on Saturday night (or if I cannot last that long after a full day), it’s so good to know I can catch you in a more intimate, less-crazy setting the next day! I’m thrilled and really looking forward to this weekend!

    Amy in Atlanta

  82. So, I was in Barnes and Noble today, looking over the Bargain Books, and found “How the Scots Invented the Modern World” by Arthur Herman. So, having read this blog, I of course, had to buy it. Anyway, just wanted to let you know, I know you didn’t make it up.

  83. WWWOOOOWWWW!!! Totally blew my socks off Diana! When is Book Eight released? When is Book Eight released? When is Book Eight released? When is Book Eight released? When is Book Eight released? When is Book Eight released? When is Book Eight released? When is Book Eight released? When is Book Eight released? When is Book Eight released? Lol just. can’t. wait.

  84. I couldn’t sleep last night after reading this, not a good thing with a newborn baby! =) If Roger feels compelled to change anything in the future (his past) please let it be to have his beautiful singing voice back. Please, please, pretty please!

    Danger doesn’t even begin to describe his situation, he has the potential to delete his whole family. As for Buck, I assume he is either dead as per his family chart, or he has landed in his own time as he would have tunnelled towards Morag.

  85. Ohmygosh !! goosebumps all over.

  86. Ohmygosh !! Goosebumps all over !

  87. I haven’t thought much about reading for months. Last night, like a flash of light – BAM! I remembered…..When is # 8 coming out? So there’s some time to pass here…I’m gonna read your Lord John series!. Thank you for the excerpt and thank you for taking the time to make your books so incredible :) (But I really don’t want to wait..pout pout.)

  88. I’ve spent my first summer as a newly retired teacher reading and re- reading the entire series (3rd time around) and because I could not stand the thought of having no Gabaldon to read, I read all the Lord John’s too. How will I make it till book 8 comes out? I just know Roger is about to meet young Jamie if “the lass” is making dinner! How will Roger move ahead to get to the right time? aaaaaagggghhhhh! Please take pity on us poor readers and hurry!

  89. Ahhhhhh! You did it again, I gasped out loud. Holy Crap it’s Brian!!!! And will it be Jamie and Jenny there or Ellen?? :)

    Love, love, love it!!!!

    Lisa

  90. DIANA!!! I didn’t see this S/L coming. But when the panel was unblemished, my mouth fell open and stayed that way through the end of the read. I couldn’t wait before (heck, I never could!), but this will be simply amazing. Black Brian and Ellen…are you practicing for your prequel? Please stay home and write, as you are killing me. Love from Tucson.

  91. Holy Smokes! Don’t tell me he just met Jamie’s father?! Well, now I’m going to worry about whether Roger can make it back to Brianna! Oh, the waiting….

  92. THANK YOU !!!!

  93. That is an excellent twist. LOVED IT!!!

    All the implications, he could meet Jamie as a child or even just before he is taken by the English. And Brian dies watching Jamie while he is flogged.

    Holy Cow the possibilities are amazing. I can not wait to read the book.
    Not to rush you or anything but, write, write, write…

  94. Ok. I’m beginning to understand why you wear long large sleeves. You have so many tricks hidden in them.

    Great to know the anticipation is going to be worth it.

  95. Thanks so much for the excerpt! Looking forward to seeing you at Dragon Con next Saturday. I am now kicking myself that I didn’t book a later flight on Sunday as I am staying with a friend in Decatur. ARGH!

  96. I just finished listening to ALL of the unabridged versions (took about 2 months!!) and came here to see if there was news of the 8th book…the excerpt is a wonderful tease!!! Could this possibly mean the next is coming soon????

    I can imagine this as a difficult time for Roger…knowing what he does…if he tells ANYTHING, this could change EVERYTHING!

    • Weren’t they wonderful?? I’ve listened to them 3 times! I can’t wait til the 8th book comes out!!

      • Wow it’s great to know I’m not the only one going crazy and trying to fill my life with great reads or inspiring literary entertainment. After reading the series and the companion books three times. I have no other choice but to fill my void with the audio books.OK I confess, I’ve actually read Outlander 4 times. But now I’ve moved on to my First audio book!!!( I’m an avid reader but nothing is satisfying my thirst but Diana and her marvelous books)Never thought I’d like an audio book but I MUST GET MY Jaimie, Claire, Roger, Brianna fix. OK mainly Jaimie and Roger but God I’ve turned into a junkee. Look at me it’s nearly midnight and I’m searching this website for any scrap of wonderful info on the next book.
        Your miserable devoted fan!! Can’t wait for your next book!!!You really are Brilliant!!

      • Gee whiz, and I thgohut this would be hard to find out.

    • Oh Yes! The Davina Porter’s narrations are wonderful aren’t they. I never thought that I would like the audio book format, but now I am hooked, often until the wee small hours of the morning. I cannot imagine any other ‘voice’ for Claire, Jamie, Lord John, Ian, Jenny, et al…..
      Anyone out there who hasn’t added the extra facet audio books to their Diana Gabaldon library, be advised you don’t know what you are missing…..
      Warmest regards from
      Antipodean Janet

      • Davina Porter is the Goddess of narration, not just for Diana’s books but all the books she narrates! We are blessed to have her bring Outlander to life! 8>D

  97. Ah, anticipation. We can stand the wait. Good wine or whiskey, or a good story, is worth the wait and takes a while to brew. So, 200 years give or take a few is not so certain. Reuniting Roger’s family just became even more difficult. Imagine his horror at that thought.

  98. Yay!!!!!! That’s so awesome!

  99. I keep getting wave after wave of chills!!! DG, you have a special way of torturing us so that we’re forced to come back for more!

  100. Woah…..So freakin exciting! i have shivers.
    Ms. Diana your books are the most gut wrenching, heart stopping, nerve wracking, cant put the damn thing down yet suppers burning, bite all my nails off, tear jerking, weirding out my kids with my bad scots accent, makin’ me fantasize while I fall asleep, addictive masterpieces i have ever read. But I think you almost hate your characters as much as you love them what with all the BAD things you let happen to them….(gasp!!!!!) I know you have said it but, you_really_are_Black_Jack_Randall.
    You are this Great Goddess puppet-master magic orb weaver, with us all at your mercy. Just PLEASE dont kill off anyone important! I don’t think the masses could handle it. I know I couldn’t….. But love u! Cheers!

  101. This is torture. You know that right? In spite of the lame disclaimer at the top (like that would stop ANYONE). How in the blazes can you expect anyone to sit on their hands awaiting the next installment of Clan Fraser?

    Now I know why writing all the prison torture bits in Outlander came out so well – you truly do have a talent for torture.

    Pleeeeaaaaassssseeeee, put us out of our misery soon and give us another book.

  102. I would love to have Brian and Ellen’s story included in this book. I would especially love it if Jem could meet them, or see Jamie again. But Roger with Brian? I can only stand it if Bree is coming around the corner! One more year…I can hardly wait…and will probably read this book in a day! OK, two days!! Thank you, Ms. G. You’ve touched me (and so many others) deeply!

  103. You slay me Diana, what a gift you have! Can’t wait for the book, and I am sure you are sick of us whiners going on about it!
    Still youtr Number One Fan!

  104. Oh my god!! That was such a tease. I don’t know how I am going to make it until the next book is done :):)

  105. Thank you for the “teaser!” Am anxiously awaiting (like everyone else!!!) the finished product. And know you’ve heard it a million times over, but I have never read a book(s) that have touched me the way these have. Thank you for sharing your gift of storytelling.

  106. Argggh, woman! You have us all holding our breaths now for what comes next. But I love the idea of meeting Brian and young Jamie and Jenny, and maybe even their older brother. What a twist!

    Can’t wait to see you at Dragon*Con – they will gasp there, too, I have no doubt! :)

    Thanks for the excerpt – I am sure this one will be a wild ride!

  107. Wow, came to read about Dragon*Con, and got an awesome excerpt, thanks!

    For those who **are** coming to Dragon*Con, the Saturday evening panel promises to be a hoot, complete with a piper and lots of men in kilts. :)

    (And afterward, there will be a Pub Sing panel and a pilgrimage to a pub that is next door to the hotel, so anyone on here reading this, feel free to stick around for the fun.

    Diana, you are most especially invited! :)

  108. Oh — never in MY wildest imaginings would I have believed we’d learn about young Jamie!
    We’re going backwards more! And Bree is in the “present” with her children and a crazy man!
    Questions:
    Is William still alive? how old are Jenny and Jamie?
    Will Bree & Roger find each other?
    Will Roger try to get back to the “present”? or rather, when?
    Will Bree and Jem be forced to go to the 18th century with Rob (?) for the Spaniards gold?
    Who are Rob’s ancestors?
    What happened to Buck? — did he get to the 18th century?
    and, and,

    We needs must wait for more to be shared with us —
    Meantime, I’m on my 4th reading of Dragonfly…..and first of Outlandish Companion — just became available at my library after months and months of waiting!

    Diana, you are indeed blessed almost as much as we by being able to read your creations.
    M

  109. I think I may have just inhaled all the oxygen out of the air in this room.

    Diana, you are a genius! LOVE this.

    Waiting for book 8 is making me itchy and easily distracted from reality.

  110. You never fail to disappoint. But take your time – the story is always so much better when there is a long lapse. Call me a sadist….

    • JESS, you are sick! LOL, none of us can wait, and you WANT a long lapse?! :-)

      • I think we should nail Jess’s ear to the pillory.
        Only joking.

        • I agree with that!!! Jess, do not encourage her to take her time or she will be reading 20 books a day, doing endless book tours, and wringing her hands while giggling like a mad chemist because of the torture she knows she will be giving us. Meanwhile, the rest of us will be withdrawing like crazy crack-heads waiting for a book that may or may never come all because you said, “Take your time.”

          Although, in all truth I know Diana could never be that cruel to her fans. She knows we love her. I just wish this book was already in my hands. Sorry if I took out my frustration on you Jess. Maybe we will only nail one ear to the pillory. ;-)

  111. Thank you for sharing – loved it.

  112. How exciting! Can I hold your pen for you? Get you coffee? Take care, dear.

  113. Well, that has taken the wind from my sails, for sure.

    Imagine if Jem and Jaime were pals!!! And so poignent if Willie still alive.

    Looking forward to getting to know Brian Fraser, and hopefully, Ellen too.

    You sure know how to reel us in!!!

  114. You’re killing me! My favorite is Roger. First you leave Jem in a tunnel and then Roger goes back to early…there’s no peace with you! (said lovingly of course)

  115. Tricksey, TRICKSEY Hobbit!

  116. Write, write, write, it has been almost 2 years since the last book, I don’t know if I can stand the suspense for another year.

  117. That was so delicious! Give us more of these snippets! Thanks so much!

  118. She makes it hard to read any other authors.

  119. Diana, I just finished OUTLANDER. Now I have to find the rest of these books. AMazon is high for paper backs I was like geez. I’m hoping to search Barnes and Noble for the others. I keep thinking about Jamie and Claire even since I finished it and read the excerpt of DRAGONFLY IN AMBER. You covered all the quesitons so well about time travel. I was in tears there when Jamie was at the monastery in France. I will have to find a copy of the movie too.I will be looking for the rest of the series and it seems I better get caught up soon before number 8 comes out. Great writing I loved teh book.

  120. Love it! Great stuff. Can’t wait to meet the rest of the cast!

  121. Diana did not SAY it was Ellen, Brian referred to “the Lass.” Possibly Jenny?

    • Futher more, if the lass is Jenny, maybe this is the time before Jaime was beaten so badly, that Brian died from the stroke. Could this be altered in history? Leave it to Diana to get my mind a wondering!

  122. I don’t know what you put in these things but I am definitely addicted. I am only 44 years old but I am afraid something might happen to me and I will never get to finish the story. I could not go to my grave without the ending. Peacefully anyway

    • Oh my gosh!!!! I have had this exact same worry for over a decade!!!!

      • Weird isn’t it. I was in a dangerous situation recently and one of the thoughts that went through my mind was “drat… maybe I won’t get to read the series to the end.” I was also thinking of my family, but I was trying to distract myself.

    • That is exatly what I just said. What if I die? I’ll forced to roam the earth forever as a ghost longing for a book!!

  123. OMG That is so AWESOME!!!! Sure didn’t expect that! LOVE IT THOUGH! I can’t wait for book 8. I just preordered Scottish Prisoner too, GREAT WRITTING DIANA!

  124. WOW!!! Can’t wait for the next book, thank you for being such a wonderful author! :-)

  125. There are no words.

  126. Gahhh! Too much to handle…

  127. This first thing that came on my mind was : does this affect Jamies future ???

  128. Diana!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my word!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can see thousdans of folks gasping at this–I did–given the chance.
    Oh wow… Just totally… WOW!!!
    Okay, now that words have really failed me and make me look less educated than I like, I’ll quit.
    Thanks for sharing that!

    • OMG Diana how on earth to you expect us to sleep at night with these great spoilers lol..wow i cannot wait to read this book . Echo in the bone was awesome and the cliff hangers were jaw dropping!!

      I cherish your books as they were once my nans shes been gone almost 2yrs now and i feel like im reading it for her also she didnt get to read echo in the bone so i hope she was looking over my shoulder reading it with me. Your story lines are riveting and once i picked up one of your books i cant put it down till im falling asleep lol..

      love your work xx

  129. Love the excerpt. I stumbled onto the Outlander series in late June and spent the rest of the summer reading the entire series without stopping. With no book eight in sight, I started over again with book one. I have never, ever done something like that before. Please, stop touring and finish book eight!

  130. I normally don’t do fangirl noises or anything near it but when I read this I went oh my god, OH MY GOD, OHMYGOD!!! in a highpitched voice XD
    thanks for sharing this with us, I’m really looking forward to nr 8 ^^

  131. LOVE IT! And the big dog must be Nairn!!

  132. SWEET BABY JESUS ON A PIECE OF TOAST!!! I sucked all the oxygen out of the room when Roger saw the unmarred cabinet. Thank God I read this after my DH went to bed…he thinks I’m Outlandishly Over the Top already!!!

    I spent a week trying to figure the timeline relationship between “Leaf”, “Echo”, and Roger’s Childhood….this blows that totally the heck out of the water!! Poor Roger…could he be anymore tied up the the knots of time??? I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE knowing we’ll meet the ‘early’ Fraser Family.

    Guess I’m in the minority regarding publication…I say take your time, so we can savor the the sweet anticipation… Keep up the amazing work!! Thanks for this wonderful tease!

  133. I had to gasp inwardly and quietly (try that! lol) as I just read this excerpt with my 16 mo old granddaughter napping in the room. Now I am gasping for air! OM goodness, Diana Gabaldon, I love you!

    Diane

  134. OMG! Please finish as soon as possible! I have just finished reading The Exile and am now patiently awaiting the next part of the saga! Fell in love with Claire and Jamie with the first book, which I can say I have read probably 30 times now and the subsequent books almost as much! Everytime you have produced another book, I read it and then start over with the first and re-read them all! And now to find out that the Lord John books overlap with Claire and Jamie! Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into writing these wonderful tales! You have provided a much needed escape from the daily life of a working woman!

  135. OH MY WORD! Holy cow…I can not wait to read this book. Holy cow….I have goosebumps. Never saw this one coming… How do you do it? Never cease to amaze me in your creativity.

  136. Ok so Jenny is likely the lass making supper (remember she took all that on when her mother died in childbirth) so is he going to walk into the next room and find his chubby little redheaded father-in-law Jamie? Or is Jamie older and away from home? The possibilities are endless. All I can say is Roger and Uncle Buck must have had far too many gemstones on them. Holy Fireworks—He is going to have to wait a long time for Jem to show up –or did they wind up there because they were thinking of Jem and that is where her went—-What if he didn’t go back at all!!I’m exhausted thinking about it all!

  137. Oh golly!!! Will we get to meet Helen? and little Jamie ? Oh my god, the wait for this book will kill me.

  138. Diana – YOU MUST HURRY!!! PLEASE PLEASE!!! I never NEVER saw this coming. I’m dying to see how this comes out. HURRY!!!!!!!!!!!! You have to be quick about this… what if I die in the next couple of months?I’d never be able to leave the earth still roaming around looking for book 8. hahaha HURRY!!

  139. Holy Shiat!!
    Diana you really do keep us on our toes!! Did not see this coming at all!!! eek! I’m so excited now!! hurry and finish (I know you have to have a life as well and writing something this fantastic can’t be an easy task) ahhh I can’t stop thinking now of hmmm… what is going to happen next!!

  140. OMG! I have SOO many questions!! My sister called me last night and told me about the excerpt, and after reading it, we spent the next several minutes gasping at each other with goose bumps and our minds running wild! Eventually, we had to get off the phone and off to bed, but the general consensus is! OMG, I have so many questions!! lol

  141. Oh my Gosh!

    It took me a few seconds before I realized what that meant! At first I was like ‘Huh? None of the Murray’s children are called Brian…” and then the name and the undamaged panelling fell into place….

    So he went that far back? I’m wondering how that happened. (He’ll do, too, I guess.)
    And I’m wondering if Jamie’s already alive – it would be pretty weird for Roger (esp. if he is to meet adult Jamie again some time….), but a peek at wee Jamie? Yes, please!

  142. Started reading the series a month ago. Where have I been, under a rock? Started memorising parts. Keep writing.

  143. HOW CAN WE PRE-ORDER THIS SO WE GET A BOOK ASAP?!!!!!!!
    I can’t wait for me some more Jamie Fraser in my life. I’m in COMPLETE love with that man!!! and I so can’t wait to meet his parents!!!! and omigod, does this mean we get to meet Jamie and his siblings as kids?? HOLY CRAP THIS IS GOING TO BE AMAZING!!!

  144. Perfect honesty: I orriginally picked up Outlander because Diana Gabaldon and I have the same name, and I am a writer as well (though still an unpublished one). Call it challenging fate or looking for guidance, but I wanted to see what someone with my name could do…and I was blown away.

    I just finished Echo in the Bone and have come to discover the amazing community of people who surround Diana and her works of art. Diana, your books are beautiful. Keep it up and I can’t wait to read the next one!

  145. ……….. _Brian_?! WOW. I guess the thought never occurred to me that they might overshoot their destination at some point, haha.

    Good work DG. I can’t wait for the whole enchilada, but these excerpts in between are wonderful. Thank you so much for the peeks into the story.

  146. Nooooooo!

  147. OH NO YOU DID’NT!!!

    Seriously – I think that Roger will meet Jamie as a young boy – or – Jamie will be away with his “Foster Father” Dougal – otherwise Jamie would remember Roger from his past especially as Roger will not have changed. Lord, that I can read the new book very soon!!!

  148. My point is – even though Roger may/may not see Jamie, Jamie will never meet/remember he met Roger – but really, is there any point in me trying to second guess DG – the queen of curve balls? LoL

  149. GAAAAAAH!

    Tease.

    As if the ending of the last book wasn’t cliffhangery enough. :)

  150. Oh my gosh, Diana do you have something against Roger, the poor guy always gets the wrong end of the stick!!! Only you could come up with something like this

  151. Ever since I read this, my mind has been going over and over the other books trying to figure this all out! I think Frank Randall found Claire, Brianna and Roger when he was looking for Jamie, which explains why he taught Brianna to ride & shoot and also why he left the note for her. And I can’t help but wonder if Roger was thinking of “Jeremiah” (not by his nickname Jem) and as his son was not in the past (another excerpt shows Jem still in the tunnel), Roger goes to where his father is. If Roger does get to meet a young Jamie, I think it will be like Jamie said of William that at that age you don’t remember. Of course I love a good mystery plot and that is just what Exile is, a number of mysteries waiting to be solved! So Diana I’ll continue to re-read the other books and try to come up with my own resolution while I (im)patiently wait for HOB to come out and see how close (or how far off!) the mark I was!!!! Thank you again for all the enjoyment you have given and continue to give through your wonderful talent!

  152. Your Outlander Series is the absolute Best Group of books I have ever read and I don’t think I’m patient enough to wait for the 8th book! You’re a GENIUS and my Hero. I’m with your other fans here…PLEASE get a Move on it! (Very respectfully ordered, of course!)

  153. It`s even worse for me because I have to wait for the German translation :(
    I`m not so much accomplished with English that I would be able to get every detail. But I`m thankful for the extract so I know what I can be looking for …

  154. What a fabulous twist!! It is shame though if the walls could ‘heal” from being in an earlier time, Roger’s voice could not be “healed” by being in an earlier time. I always hated he lost his ability to sing. I know… I know… logic.

    Looking forward to the next book.

  155. Holy Cannoli!!!!!!! Love it!!!!!

  156. Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ! Yay for us, we get to go back farther but poor Roger! If he didn’t have bad luck he wouldn’t have any luck at all! I think it’s time for another re-read for me…I guess we will have time if the next one won’t be out until 2013…( walking away pouting now)

  157. Oh snap! BRIAN? Roger went too far back! PLEASE take good care of Roger in this book, he’s gotten such a raw deal up til now! I’m gonna have to re-read the series and see about adding some new Lord John books to get through waiting for this one to come out.

  158. I was fortunate to be introduced to your writing by the lovely owner of a used bookstore when the first book came out all those years ago. Since that time I always enthusiastically tell any reader I meet that the series is a must. I have read each book several times, but recently my husband showed interest and we have taken to reading them aloud. We have just started the second together. While it will be sometime before we both get to the one you are now writing, you can bet all the heather in Scotland I shall not be waiting for him to catch up!

    You are clearly a born storyteller who delivers such joy with your creative imagination and turn of phrase. I admire the research you put into your tales and absolutely adore the length. It is a treasure well worth the wait. I am so glad that in the thousands of pages you haven’t tired of the story enough to scribble a quick ending. Thank you for this little teaser. Perhaps the need to read your next novel alone will be enough to keep the world from ending later this year. LOL