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Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone


JSIMBeehive2GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE is the ninth book in the OUTLANDER series of novels which focus on Jamie Fraser and Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser. I am currently writing and doing the historical research for this new novel.

Talking to your bees is a very old Celtic custom (known in other parts of Europe, too) that made it to the Appalachians. You always tell the bees when someone is born, dies, comes or goes—because if you don’t keep them informed, they’ll fly away.


Excerpts, aka "Daily Lines"

As I write, I will post passages of this new novel here. They are listed on the upper right of this page under Excerpts. The excerpts will also be posted on my Facebook and Twitter accounts as "Daily Lines."

About reposting my excerpts, I’d appreciate it if you would not copy the excerpts and post them yourself all over the web. Instead, please do pass on the links to anyone you think might be interested. Thanks!

When Will Book 9 Be Finished?

This is the question I answer most often. Some readers are even worried that they won’t live long enough to read it! <g> I’m afraid that is out of my hands.

An official publication date for this new book has not been announced, and it will not be in 2017. In other words: No, I don’t know yet when I will finish Book Nine of the OUTLANDER series. I am working on it now, and don’t even have a ballpark date. When I get near to finishing the book and have a publication date, I will promptly list it here. So please check back periodically.

My books are huge, and take an enormous amount of time to write. Plus I have to do a lot of historical and other research for each book. (See my blog from September, 2016, “Want to Watch Me Write?”) All of my eight major novels in the OUTLANDER series have taken 2-3 years, or more, to write and research and publish; they take time to create and cannot be rushed. (See another recent blog.)

For my suggestions on what to read until this new OUTLANDER novel is released, check out my Methadone List under the Resources menu.

Thanks, and please check back often for updates.

The image at upper right, which shows what a beehive often looks like, is from Cathe Holden, from her "Just Something I Made" website.

This webpage was last updated on Friday, August 26, 2016. Note that this date does NOT refer to additions or edits of excerpts, aka "Daily Lines," (listed on the right), which each have their own separate dates.