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Written in My Own Heart’s Blood


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The Eighth Book in the Outlander Series…

The next book in the Outlander series of novels that follows the story of Claire and Jamie is titled WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD, which I am working on now.

I call the book MOBY for short. My Own Heart’s Blood = MOHB = MOH-B = Moby.

Until it’s finished, posted on the right under Excerpts are some links to short pieces from this new book.

Release Date For Book Eight

The publication release date for this book in the U.S.A. is June 10, 2014. Please click here for more information, including possible release dates in other countries.

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About the MOBY Cover

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’s electronic edition (ew.com) revealed the official cover for MOBY in April, 2013. Here’s the link to their piece, which has a few questions and answers (such as they are [cough]).

While I originally wanted an octopus on the cover— both because I really like octopuses and because of the symbolism (there are eight major characters whose stories I’m telling through this book— and it is the eighth book, after all), there were certain technical issues that made that difficult. My husband— never a big fan of the octopus concept— asked whether I could think laterally; surely there were other ways to get an “8″ onto the cover.

So I thought. And almost at once, the word “octothorpe” sprang to mind. I’ve always liked the word, and it certainly was appropriate (you may or may not recognize it in its Very Artistic form here—but it’s the lowly hashtag, or pound sign (#)), as it not only has eight points (and eight “fields” of empty space surrounding it; one explanation of its origin is that it was a symbol on old English land documents for a farm surrounded by eight fields), but is a printing character—and the content of the book does indeed have a certain amount about the printer’s trade in colonial America during the Revolution.

So I went at once to Google and typed in “octothorpe”—and pretty much the first thing I saw was this. I was so ravished by Conrad Altmann’s beautiful octothorpe that I emailed it at once to my editor, with the suggestion that we use this for the central icon of the new cover design. At the upper right is the octothorpe design from the MOBY cover, U.S.A. version.

Now, frankly, the Art Department was so relieved not to have to deal with any more octopuses that I’m sure they would have fallen on any alternate suggestion with cries of gladness. However, they were as pleased with this lovely octothorpe as I was, and came up with this elegant and striking concept, which I Really Like. Hope you will, too!


Cover discussion from the April 5, 2013 blog.

Publisher’s Book Description

The wait is nearly over— Claire and Jamie’s story continues in the next thrilling book in Diana Gabaldon’s multimillion bestselling Outlander series. WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD follows Gabaldon’s characters through revolutionary Philadelphia and onto the battlefields, as Jamie makes a dramatic return to Claire’s side, a new army sweeps the city, and romance and violence brew. This enthralling adventure carries us through betrayal and redemption, death and danger, and through the perilous waves of a family’s loves and loyalties.

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