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Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone


GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE (aka “BEES”) is the ninth book in my 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. No publication date has been set yet by my publisher (see below).

Where did the title come from? 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.

GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE follows WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD, aka "MOBY," which was the eighth book in my OUTLANDER series.

Information About Creating BEES

In March and April, 2019, I released the (probable) chapter titles of GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE. Click here to view them.

On September 2, 2019, I released a blog titled, “BEES-Workmanship Example,” which discusses how I choose which words to cut during writing and editing this new book.

Excerpts, aka "Daily Lines"

Egyptian-bee-hieroglyphAs I write, periodically I will post passages, or excerpts, from this new novel, listed on the right side of this page by temporary titles, to help you tell one from another. (These temporary titles are NOT chapter titles in the new book.)

The excerpts are listed on the right of this webpage in order of release, from the oldest at the top of the list down to the newest at the bottom.

The excerpts are also posted on my Facebook and Twitter accounts as "Daily Lines." As of August 1, 2020, I have released more than sixty of them! (I don’t release new excerpts (“Daily Lines”) on a regular schedule.)

About reposting my Daily Lines excerpts, these are copyrighted works. So please do not copy and post them yourself (in whole or in part) on other websites, social media, or printed works. Instead, pass on just the links (URLs) to anyone you think might be interested, and direct them here to my official website. Thanks!

When Will BEES (Book 9) Be Finished? And Published?

Getting Closer… Still Not Finished

As I’ve posted here and on social media, I am getting close to finishing writing and research for BEES, but no, I don’t have a specific date. Soon.

After I have completed the BEES manuscript, a lot of things have to happen with my publishers before it is printed, released, and on the bookshelves for you to buy.

What Happens When I Finish Writing BEES?

After I have completed the manuscript, a lot of things have to happen before it is published and it’s on the bookshelves for you to buy. Read more at:

Brief Explanation Of How Publishing Works, my blog entry from January 5, 2020.

What Finished Means To An Author, my blog entry from August 3, 2015, which also has a flow chart of the multiple steps necessary to publish a book once the manuscript is completed.

My Writing Process

For more information on my writing process in general, see “Want to Watch Me Write?” which is part of my Writer’s Corner.


Artwork for the cover of this new novel has not yet been created.

The images above on this page show an ancient Egyptian amulet with a bee hieroglyph. Ancient Egyptians were the first documented beekeepers in human history, dating to 5,000 years ago.

Archaeological evidence of beekeeping goes back even further, to about 9,000 years ago!

This webpage was last updated on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 5:00 a.m. (Central Time) by Diana Herself or Diana’s Webmistress.

Please do NOT send email asking for the date when this book will be released by Diana’s publisher! That information will be promptly posted here on this webpage when known. Diana’s Webmistress can no longer respond to these email requests.

Note that the revision date and time listed above refers ONLY to this webpage. It does NOT refer to the additions of—or changes to—excerpts (Daily Lines) listed and accessible at right, which have individual creation and revision dates.