Read “Bedizened Head,” a new excerpt from Book 9, GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE. It was first posted on my official Facebook page on June 8, 2017.
Remember that my excerpts (“Daily Lines”) contain SPOILERS!
SEVEN STONES released on June 27, 2017!
Alrighty, then! Penguin Random House (U.S. and U.K.) and I are delighted to announce that SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL comes out June 27th!
Read more in my blog from June 7, 2017, including a new excerpt, titled “Scalps,” from one of my stories in SEVEN STONES!
Season Three Returns in September, 2017!
NEWS! Stars and Sony Pictures International announced on February 15 that the ‘Outlander’ TV series will return with Season Three in September, 2017! Click to read the announcement and details on my blog…
Garlic Pinenut Chicken and A New BEES Excerpt
Diana turned 65 years old on January 11, 2017! In her “Birthday Retrospective” blog post, you’ll find her favorite recipe for addictive Garlic Pinenut Chicken and a new excerpt from Book Nine, GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE, titled “John and Hal and William and Amaranthus.”
Happy Birthday, Diana!
Catriona Balfe – 2017 Golden Globe Nominee!
Congratulations to Catriona Balfe! She was nominated for “Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Drama” for her portrayal of Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser in season two of the Starz Outlander TV series, which is based on my OUTLANDER novels. On January 8, Claire Foy (The Crown) won the category at the awards ceremony.
This was the fourth Golden Globes nomination for the first two seasons of the Outlander TV series (Starz). For season one a year ago: the Outlander series was nominated for “Best Television Series – Drama”; Catriona Balfe was nominated for “Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Drama” the first time; and Tobias Menzies was nominated for “Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television” for the dual role of Black Jack Randall and Frank Randall. Many critics of the series have felt that the show should receive more acclaim, and viewers have been especially disappointed that Sam Heughan has not been nominated for a Best Actor award for his portrayal of Jamie Fraser.
Click to view a nice video interview with Caitriona from TheWrap, which also includes some preview information for season three.
Patience is a Virtue… For BEES
In her blog, “SEVEN STONES in 2017,” released on November 28, 2016, Diana discusses antsy readers who “just can’t wait (!)” for Book 9, GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE, and how their please, anxiety and evem worries that they won’t live to see the next book do NOT help her write any faster.
Also, Diana announces that, although BEES will not be published in 2017, SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL will be released in April. SEVEN STONES is a collection of five previously published works of short fiction from the Outlander universe, and it will also contain two brand-new works of short fiction.
GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE!
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.
Please check back often for updates and new excerpts, aka "Daily Lines.". Keep in mind that excerpts of the new book may contain SPOILERS! <g>
Episode 211: Script by Diana!
The Outlander TV series episode 211, “Vengeance Is Mine,” will air on June 18 on Starz in the U.S.A., and is special because Diana Gabaldon wrote the script for the episode! She spent a month in Scotland as it was being filmed. (Script authors have to be on hand as an episode is being filmed.) See: ’Outlander’s’ stars thrill to the writer’s presence on set, by Yvonne Villarreal for the Los Angeles Times. Published on June 9, 2016.
Season 2’s Exciting Finale – July 9
The second season of the Outlander TV series concludes on July 9 in the U.S.A. at 9 p.m. on Starz. It will be a 90-minute episode, instead of the usual one hour, and is titled “Dragonfly in Amber” after the second book in the OUTLANDER series of novels. Before the season finale, Starz will show a marathon of the first 12 episodes from Season Two.
Spoiler: The season 2 finale will introduce Brianna (played by actor Sophie Skelton), the daughter of Claire and Jamie, and an adult Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin).
Outlander Kitchen Cookbook Release and Party!
Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook, by Theresa Carle-Sanders will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2016! It will be available from your favorite independent bookstore or online from the usual sources.
A special book release party featuring Theresa and Diana Gabaldon will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona on June 25, also! Come and hear them discuss this new book. A hardcover copy of this new book signed by Diana and Theresa will be included in your event admission ticket ($40)!
See my officialappearances page for more information on this event! The Poisoned Pen bookstore is hosting this celebration. Note that the event is limited to 500 attendees, so buy your tickets early.
Seasons 3 and 4 Approved!
Starz has announced that both seasons 3 and 4 have been approved for the Outlander TV series!
The Artistry of Outlander Exhibit
Live in Southern California? Or are you going to visit the L.A. area this summer? Don’t miss "The Artistry of Outlander, An Exhibit of Costumes and Set Designs," showing at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, California, from June 8 to August 14, 2016. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Hours are Wednesdays to Sundays from Noon to 5:00 p.m. (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.) The Paley Center, 465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, California.
Exhibit description: "The Artistry of Outlander will take visitors into the world of the critically acclaimed STARZ and Sony Pictures Television series Outlander, showcasing many iconic costumes designed by Emmy-winning costume designer Terry Dresbach. Fans can step into 18th century Parisian society, where they will be able to view actual set pieces from Outlander production designer, Jon Gary Steele, life-size episodic photography, and behind-the-scenes video segments."
New Paperback Version of MOBY – May 31!
Well, here’s news! The mass-market (small size) paperback of MOBY (aka WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD (My Own Heart’s Blood = MOHB = MOH-B = MOBY. Geddit? Also it’s big and white…)) will be released in the U.S. on Monday, May 31, 2016! The suggested retail price is $9.99.
Hope you enjoy it!
This new version of MOBY will be available at your favorite independent bookseller, as well as online from the usual sources.
Copies of this new edition of MOBY signed by me are available from the Poisoned Pen bookstore. Click here to see this edition of MOBY and others available from the Pen. The Poisoned Pen has most all of my titles and editions in stock, and they ship anywhere in the world. Requesting a book with my signature from the Pen is no extra charge.
Season 2 Premiere Festivities: Week of April 4
There are lots of celebrations in the Big Apple from Monday, April 4th through Saturday, April 9th celebrating the broadcast premiere of Season 2 of the Outlander TV series! Events include red carpet events and panel discussions featuring the cast and crew of Outlander, Tartan Week, and finally the Starz global broadcast premiere of Season 2 in the U.S. on April 9!
Join the events in person, OR join the events LIVE on line:
Book Nine: "Nobility Problems"
"Miss England?" Hal asked abruptly.
"Sometimes," William answered honestly. "But I don’t think about it much," he added, with less honesty.
"I do." His uncle s face looked relaxed, almost wistful in the fading light. "But you haven’t a wife there, or children. No establishment of your own, yet."
So begins "Nobility Problems," a new excerpt (aka "Daily Lines") from Book Nine of my OUTLANDER series. Read more at:
This excerpt was originally posted on my official Facebook page on Feb. 9, 2016.
Season Two Debuts on April 9!
Season Two of the Starz Outlander TV series premieres on the Starz network in the U.S.A. on April 9! These new episodes are inspired by events from DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, my second major novel in the OUTLANDER series, first published in July, 1992. Check out the Starz Outlander webpage for more details:
If you live outside the U.S.A., click here for information on some viewing regions and countries around the globe.
Binge On Season One For Free!
Want to binge on the first season before April 9? For a limited time, watch all episodes from season one for free on the Starz Outlander series website! (U.S. viewers only.)
Wedding Claire Bear!
If you like OUTLANDER bears, a new wedding version of the Claire Bear was released by Sony on March 1! The Poisoned Pen is offering Claire Wedding Bears for sale with a special heart-shaped tag signed by me.
Click here for more information about the Wedding Claire Bear, signed copies of my books, and other merchandise available from the Pen.
Book Nine: "Hula Hoop"
On January 19, I posted a new excerpt from Book Nine of the OUTLANDER series, which I am working on now:
It was a sapphire, a raw one. A misty, cloudy blue little thing, half the size of his little finger’s nail. He shook it free of its wrappings and it landed silently but solidly in the hollow of his hand…
Or read multiple excerpts on my Book Nine webpage. Note that excerpts (aka "Daily Lines") do contain SPOILERS…
Myth and Mountain Birthdays – Jan. 11
My birthday was always the coldest day of the year. If not literally true, it was family legend, and everyone knows that myth is much stronger than meteorology, even in the north country, where the snow lies deep on the mountaintops, and houses are built to keep the heat in, not out.
So begins my essay from 1999,"Myth and Mountain Birthdays." (Reposted on my 62nd birthday.)
Golden Globes Ceremony on January 10
The Outlander TV series was nominated for three Golden Globe awards for Best TV Series (Drama), Best Actress (Catriona Balfe), and Best Supporting Actor (Tobias Menzies). Check out my blog on January 10, written before the ceremony started.
Book Nine: “A Small Christmas Present”
My breath steamed white in the dimness of the smoke-shed. No fire had been lit in here for over a month, and the air smelt of bitter ash and the tang of old blood. Read more…
Recipe: New Year’s (and Christmas) Chile!
What do you want to eat on New Year’s Day? Well, if you ask a Scot what the ideal breakfast is, to follow a proper Hogmanay piss-up, it’s a sausage square or bacon butty, washed down with a can of Irn-Bru.
If you ask a New Mexican, though… it’s green chile, with eggs, beans, tortillas, or all three. This is my father’s green chile, which I watched him make hundreds of times. He never wrote down the recipe, but it’s a fairly easy dish—and it’s one that gets better with standing, so good to make it the day or night before. Read more…
Originally posted on December 24, 2015.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, CHAG SAMEACH, JOYFUL KWANZAA, BLESSED SOLSTICE and/or a DELIGHTFUL EID-AlUdha to all of you!
And enjoy a special excerpt from DRUMS OF AUTUMN—chosen by me especially for the holidays—in my blog post from Friday, December 25, 2015.
Golden Globes! Roger Wakefield is Cast!
Exciting news! The Outlander TV series was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards in mid-December, including Best Dramatic TV Series! Catriona Balfe was nominated as Best Actress and Tobias Menzies as Best Supporting Actor in a dramatic TV series.
Plus the “Roger Watch” is over! Image at right. Scottish actor Richard Rankin has been chosen. Read more…
Book Nine: "Cousin Amaranthus"
"Hand me that, will you?" Amaranthus shifted the child expertly from one shoulder to the other and nodded toward another wadded cloth that lay on the ground near her feet. William picked it up gingerly, but it proved to be clean—for the moment. Read more…
This News webpage lists selected news from the past few months about my books, writing, the Outlander TV series,and other projects posted here on my website, my social media pages, and in the news media. Included are new excerpts (aka "Daily Lines") from works in progress as well as special passages from my books and stories in print. Items are more or less arranged by date, with newer ones listed first.
This page was last updated on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 2:29 a.m. (PT).