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“A Bomb In The Hand…” (Book Ten)


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[Excerpt from Book 10 [Untitled], Copyright © 2022 Diana Gabaldon]

2022-03-31-Diana-Gabaldon-chair“What are you thinking?” I asked. “I know it’s about William.”

“Oh, aye?” He glanced at me, mouth curled up at one side. “And what do I look like if I’m thinking of William?”

“Like someone’s handed you a wrapped package and you’re not sure whether it’s something wonderful, or a bomb.”

That made him laugh, and he put an arm around me and pulled me in close, kissing my temple. He smelled of day-old linen, ink and hay, and the dribble of honey that had dried down the front of his shirt, like tiny amber beads.

“Aye, well, one look at the lad and ye ken he’ll explode before too long,” he said. “I only hope he doesna damage himself doing it.”

“Or you.”

He shrugged comfortably.

“I’m no very breakable, Sassenach.”
“Says the man with four—no, five bullet holes in his hide, to say nothing of enough surgical stitching to make a whole crazy quilt. And if we start counting the bones you’ve cracked or broken…”

“Ach, away—I’ve never broken anything important; just the odd finger. Maybe a rib, here or there.”

“And your sternum and your left kneecap.”

He made a dismissive Scottish noise, but didn’t argue.

We stood for a bit, arms about each other, listening to the sounds outside. The younger children had fallen asleep under bushes or in their parents’ wagons, their happy screeching replaced by music and the laughter of the dancers, the clapping and calls of those watching.

“He came to me,” Jamie said quietly. He was trying to sound matter-of-fact, but he’d stopped trying to hide what he was feeling.

“He did,” I said softly, and squeezed his arm.

“I suppose there wasna really anyone else he could go to,” he said, off-handed. “If he canna find his grace, I mean, and he couldna very well talk to anyone in the army, could he? Given that….” He stopped, a thought having struck him, and turned to me.

“D’ye think he knows, Sassenach?”

“Knows what?”

“About—what he said. The… threat to Lord John. I mean—” he elaborated, seeing my blank look, “does he ken that it’s no just a canard.”

“A—oh.” I stopped to consider for a moment, then shook my head with decision. “No. Almost certainly not. You saw his face when he told us about what Richardson was threatening. He’d still have been scared—maybe more scared—if he knew it wasn’t an empty threat—but he wouldn’t have looked the way he did.”

“Anxious? Angry?”

“Both. But Anyone would be, wouldn’t they? Under the circumstances.”

“They would. And… determined, would ye say?”

“Stubborn,” I said promptly, and he laughed.

“A bomb for sure, then.”


This is excerpt is from Book Ten (as yet untitled) of my major Outlander series of novels, Copyright © Diana Gabaldon 2021. All rights reserved. Please do not copy and repost this excerpt elsewhere; instead please share the link to this blog post. Thank you.

This excerpt (aka “Daily Lines”) was also posted on my official Facebook page on Thursday, March 31, 2022.

5 Responses »

  1. Thank you for these delicious excerpts!

    I’m rather new to OL, having seen all the TV seasons and read all the books just last year. I love it all!

    I have a (maybe) silly question. It’s a small thing — did Claire bring the pearls with her to the future? What did she do with them when she got there? Later I know she has them and gives them to Bree. In the series, Fiona gives them back to Claire.

    Thanks for entertaining trivial OL questions!

    V.

  2. Huge fan of the books. I Also purchase them in spanish. When will the spanish version of book nine be published?

    • Hi, Claudia,

      That is up to the publisher who is doing the Spanish-language edition. Usually it takes about a year after a book is released in the USA to be translated to most languages other than English.

      Loretta
      Diana’s Webmistress

  3. I Just finished the ninth book and feel sad that i will have to wait for such a long time before part 10 will be published and translated. So please hurry as your books are so addictive. Love from the Netherlands, Willy

    • Dear Willy,

      As Diana has stated multiple times, she cannot rush her creative process and time needed for background historical research. To “hurry” or cut corners would sacrifice quality, and she would never do that.

      More information on her writing process is under the Resources menu on her website under “Writer’s Corner: What I Do:”

      http://www.dianagabaldon.com/resources/what-i-do/

      Diana’s books are well worth the wait IMHO.

      Cheers,
      Loretta
      Diana’s Webmistress

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