• “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

Sam Wins RadioTimes SciFi Genre!


Congratulations!! Both to Sam and MOST OF ALL, to the fans who voted their fingers off!

"Sam Heughan has a special message for Outlander fans after Sci-Fi Champion win!"

Text from the article:

"Outlander fans have proven they are the most passionate, supportive and dedicated," says the star of the Scottish time travel drama, after racking up millions of votes in the RadioTimes.com tournament.

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Also posted on my Facebook page on Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

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Outlander Quotes Fanpage

Courtesy of the delightful Kristin Matherly, here’s a link to the "humor" page of her vast compendium of Great Outlander Quotes—have fun exploring!


Also posted on my Facebook page on August 31, 2015.

New Projects – Sam and Tobias!

Congratulations to Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies on their new projects!

"Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist, Outlander’s Sam Heughan Set For Screen Gems Love Story, ‘Oxford’"

From the article:

"Heughan got a great deal of attention for his work in the final Outlander episodes, in which his swashbuckling character was raped by his nemesis. In a coincidence, the actor who played that other role, Tobias Menzies, also just signed on for a Screen Gems film as he will play a key role in Underworld: The Next Generation."

Also posted on my facebook page on August 28, 2015.

Wedding favorite…

Some of the readers asked about our younger daughter’s wedding on…er…"Penis Island" <cough>.

Jenny just sent me this beautiful photo, as she says it’s her favorite one of their wedding, and it shows a good bit of the White Chapel at Mount Stuart, which a few people had mentioned. Thanks, Jenny! It was a wonderful day! (Click on the image to view a larger version.)


Also posted on my facebook page on August 26, 2015.

“Expedition” (from Book Nine)

Below is an excerpt from Book Nine of the OUTLANDER novels, which I am currently writing. Note that there are SPOILERS…

They were heading northwest. Roger had learned to steer by sun and stars, when he’d surveyed the boundary lines of Jamie’s land, years before, but it wasn’t a skill he’d needed much in Scotland. He thought they were near the edge of the land grant now; he thought he recalled this rocky outcropping. Granted, there were thousands of similar rock formations in western North Carolina, but something about this one rang a mental bell.

"It smells like grapes," Jemmy said, sniffing deep. "Smell ‘em, Dad?"

"Aye, I do." That was it; the whole hillside was a tumble of pale, huge boulders, unusual among the dark rock of the nearby ground—but more unusual for the vast tangle of wild grapevines that crawled over the boulders and climbed the sparse trees that sprouted among them. The grapes had long since ripened and gone, most of them scavenged by birds, insects, wolves, bears and anything else with a sweet tooth. Still, the faint perfume of raisins lay like a veil on the air and the bitter tang of the drying vines was sharp beneath it.

Jamie had pulled loose a length of the tough, woody vine, and was engaged in chopping it into several gnarled sticks, each about three feet long. He handed one to Jem and another to Roger, with the terse adjuration, "Snakes."

Click here for more excerpts on my Book Nine webpage.

This excerpt was also posted on my Facebook page on August 23, 2015.


As we seem to be in a flowery mood here— I thought you might be interested in this piece by Claire MacKay (who was herbal consultant to the TV show), regarding possible suspects for the blue flower that lured Claire to the stones:

Forget-me-What? 6 Alternative Blue Flowers of Scotland

Also posted on my Facebook page on August 23, 2015.

Late summer…

Ah…Santa Fe in late summer….




Also posted on my Facebook page on August 21, 2015.

Aachen Images

European Championships Aachen 2015: Beatriz Ferrer-Salat & DelgadoFor those of you who like lovely horses, dressage, and sporting events—great photos from this year’s Aachen events, by our lovely German translator, Barbara Schnell— who is a talented photojournalist when not translating the Outlander novels.

Well, she still is that, even when translating, but you don’t get any photos until she’s done and can go play with horses. The fact that she can go to Aachen and frolic with her lens means that…DRAGONFLY IN AMBER’s new German translation is done! And I’m told it will be out November 2nd!)


Also posted on my Facebook page on August 21, 2015.

Nobody Likes Bagpipes



Also posted on my facebook page on August 19, 2015.

The Dog Days of Summer


pink-gecko-zoomIt is—plainly—the Dog Days of summer. When I got home from Calgary last night (at midnight), the first thing my husband said to me was, "Welcome to Hell!" It was 117 degrees (F.) last Friday (which was OK, because I was in Calgary, where the inhabitants kept apologizing for the <ahem> "heat" (it was about 85)), and 112 or so today.

Still, many things thrive in this climate—including prickly pear cactus (above) and geckos (right). This little pink guy (he’s about three inches long) is one of the family of office geckos who live in my cabinets, where they helpfully eat the little caterpillars who pupate between the pages of books and infest my chocolate supplies.

Dachshunds aren’t that wild about heat (neither would you be, if you were black and furry), but they still want to go out every day and hunt lizards and toads. I fill the tree basins while they do that, and while they aren’t wild about baths, cooling their tummies in a muddy puddle is a whole different thing.


Note: This blog entry was also posted on my FaceBook page on August 18, 2015 at 3:48 a.m.