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“Bear” (BEES)

Below is a new excerpt from GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE, which will be book nine in my OUTLANDER series of novels.

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Egyptian-thingieJamie and Brianna came back in mid-afternoon, with two brace of squirrels, fourteen doves, and a large piece of stained and tattered canvas which, unwrapped, revealed something that looked like the remnants of a particularly grisly murder.

“Supper?” I asked, gingerly poking at a shattered bone sticking out of the mass of hair and slick flesh. The smell was iron-raw and butcherous, with a rank note that seemed familiar, but decay hadn’t yet set in to any noticeable degree.

“Aye, if ye can manage, Sassenach.” Jamie came and peered down at the bloody shambles, frowning a little. “I’ll tidy it up for ye. I need a bit o’whisky first, though.”

Given the blood-stains on his shirt and breeks, I hadn’t noticed the equally stained rag tied round his leg, but now saw that he was limping. Raising a brow, I went to the large basket of food, small tools, and minor medical supplies that I lugged up to the house site every morning.

“From what’s left of it, I presume that is—or was—a deer. Did you actually tear it apart with your bare hands?”

Brianna snickered.

“No, but the bear did.” She exchanged complicit glances with her father, who hummed in his throat.

“Bear,” I said, and took a deep breath. I gestured at his shirt. “Right. How much of that blood is yours?”

“No much,” he said tranquilly, and sat down on the big log. “Whisky?”

I looked sharply at Brianna, but she seemed to be intact. Filthy, and with green-gray bird-droppings streaked down her shirt, but intact. Her face glowed with sun and happiness, and I smiled.

“There’s whisky in the tin canteen hanging over there,” I said, nodding toward the big spruce at the far side of the clearing. “Do you want to fetch it for your father while I see what’s left of his leg?”

“Sure. Where are Mandy and Jem?”

“When last seen, they were playing by the creek with Aidan and his brothers. Don’t worry,” I added, seeing her lower lip suck suddenly in. “It’s very shallow there and Fanny said she’d go and keep an eye on Mandy while she’s collecting leeches. Fanny’s very dependable.”

“Mm-hm.” Bree still looked dubious, but I could see her fighting down her maternal impulse to go scoop Mandy out of the creek immediately. “I know I met her last night, but I’m not sure I remember Fanny. Where does she live?”

“With us,” Jamie said, matter-of-factly. “Ow!”

“Hold still,” I said, holding the puncture wound below his knee open with two fingers while I poured saline solution into it. “You don’t want to die of tetanus, do you?”

“And what would ye do if I said yes, Sassenach?”

“The same thing I’m doing right now. I don’t care if you want to or not; I’m not having it.”

Click to visit my BEES webpage which has information and links to more excerpts from this new book.

This excerpt was also posted on my official Facebook page on January 19, 2018.

26 Responses »

  1. Thank you for this most recent gift – It is all that’s keeping me going until Bee’s is released. Cheers, Richard

  2. Oh I love reading these. I can always visualize the scenes you write like I’m sitting in the room with them. Makes my day! Thank you for always sharing your talent!

  3. Diana,
    I love your books, I can not wait to read this when it comes out.
    Thank you for your writings and sharing them with us.
    Thank you

  4. Thank ok for sharing your gifts. Each book, daily lines and various articles are so special and most loved. They make my day glow.

  5. I look forward to seeing the gang come to life with your words.

  6. Jamie seems to have 99 lives! I thoroughly enjoy the daily lines….always wishing for more. Looking forward to the final product.

  7. I’m a very big and longtime fan of your writings. I tried to meet you at the Scottish Games a few years ago, but couldn’t get close due to the mob of your other fans. I just wanted tell you how much I love your writings and that your books have helped me many times over the last few years!!!! Thank you so much!!!!

  8. I have become addicted to this series. I am now watching Outlander on Starz just waiting for Book 9.

    I admire your writing skills and love the way you combine history (I often check your historical events and you seem to be always spot on) and stories of people who have become almost real to me. Sometimes I think of something I should tell them when I’m shopping or doing some mundane thing of the day.

    What a gift you have.

    Please hurry with the next book and never stop writing them. They’ve become family and I need to know what happens to all of them.



  9. Thanks so much for the teasers. I can hardly wait for you to finish the book so I can see them in the correct context. Thank you!

  10. So looking forward to “Bees”. Loving the excerpts. About to reread “Drums” again before season 4 begins.

  11. This is so classic Jamie and Claire! Can’t wait for the next book. I’m sure it will be as amazing as its predecessors.

  12. Thank you for these wonderful books poised with excitement for Go tell the bees that i am gone

  13. I just finished the last of the “big” books and I feel very lonely, almost in mourning. The snow is falling on my garden at the moment, how appropriate ! The characters are now like real people living in a corner of my memories, as if I had actually met them. I can’t believe the space they have taken in my life. Which show how good a storyteller you are. Your books are historically very interesting as well. That’s great ! It’s a good excuse to indulge in the pleasure I have to read them. My favorite thing (after the big love story) is the description of a fictional family which could be “the” ideal family, even though you give each of its members some very hard times indeed. Thanks dear Diana. Please keep on writing.

  14. I can hardly wait for BEES to come out!!! Of course I’m worried that someone dear to us is going to die, from the title. One can only hope it implies “gone” back to Scotland.

  15. Hi diana,

    I’m a real fan of jamie and claire and really curious how brianna and roger find the way to frasers ridge. The books are really addictive. I hope you enjoy writing them as much as I like to read them

  16. I am so excited for this new Outlander book! I devoured the whole series in about three weeks; I’m looking forward to delving into your new material!

  17. Hil there! I’m a french reader and I hope my english spoken Will be understandable… I discovered Outlander on the tv Last summer and I really loved the show. Unable to wait september to watch thé season 3, I bought the third book in August. And… it was a really love story Who begun between the book and me. Then I readed the 4, 5, 6 and 7 book. I already just finish the sons of liberty and I Will buy with emergency the book 8 tomorrow!! I am a big big fan!! My poor english cannot translate my passion but I could tellement you MERCI!!!!!!! Tank you…

  18. I read your books as they were released. Then reread the first four after Outlander finally made it to TV.
    Broke my foot on xmas day and have read all of the first seven and am on the eighth. Kept me sane when I was on crutches. Love your books.

  19. I just feel like Bri should be humming ‘and a partridge in a pear tree’ as she’s walking. tee hee hee….

  20. Oh how I love Jamie and Claire banter!

    I have read the eight books over and over. I cannot wait for Bess.

    I would like to say whenever I am feeling down or just blah I start reading and almost immediately I feel dreamy and romantic. I just want to go home and kiss my hubby even if it was him that put me in a bad mood.
    There is something magical going on here! :)

    Thank you!


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