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Diana Gabaldon is the internationally bestselling author of many historical novels including CROSS STITCH, DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, VOYAGER, DRUMS OF AUTUMN, THE FIERY CROSS and A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES. She lives with her family in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Diana Gabaldon on her influences...
I know writers of novels who say they don't read fiction at all while working on a book, out of fear of "being influenced" by what they read. I am struck by horror at the thought of going years without being able to read fiction (though perhaps these people write faster than I do, and take long vacations between books?)—but more struck by the sheer silliness of this.
Everything writers see, think, and experience influences their work. How could it not? Now, it's true that people do ask writers, "Where do you get your ideas?" and that writers--out of facetiousness or desperation--give answers like, "From the Sears catalog" (or "From Ideas.com," depending on the writer's vintage). But the truth is that writers get ideas from every damn thing they see, hear, smell, touch, taste, think, feel, or do—including the books they read.
Naturally, one wants to develop a unique voice, but do kids learn to talk without ever being talked to? You have an individual voice, by virtue of being an individual. And your individuality is composed of your essential God-given spark of personality and of the sum total of the things you encounter in life. Now, whether each encounter is a bruising collision or a fruitful act of love…who knows? But all of it is grist to a writer's mill; so much should be obvious, if one reads at all widely.
Personally, I learned to read at the age of three, and have read non-stop ever since. I'll be 58 next week; you can read a lot of books in fifty-five years. I'm sure that every single book I've ever read has had some influence on me as a writer, whether negative (I've read a lot of books with the mounting conviction that I would never in my life do something like that) or positive.
This is the Second Novel in the Bestselling Outlander Series - now a major new TV series. For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to the majesty of Scotland's mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones, about a love that transcends the boundaries of time, and about James Fraser, a warrior whose gallantry once drew the young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his... Outander Season 2 is due in April 2016. Click below to view the trailer.
It is June 1778, and the world seems to be turning upside-down. The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win. But for Claire Fraser and her family, there are even more tumultuous revolutions that have to be accommodated. Her former husband, Jamie, has returned from the dead, demanding to know why in his absence she married his best friend, Lord John Grey. Lord John's son, the ninth Earl of Ellesmere, is no less shocked to discover that his real father is actually the newly resurrected Jamie Fraser, and Jamie's nephew Ian Murray discovers that his new-found cousin has an eye for the woman who has just agreed to marry him. And while Claire is terrified that one of her husbands may be about to murder the other, in the 20th century her descendants face even more desperate turns of events. Her daughter Brianna is trying to protect her son from a vicious criminal with murder on his mind, while her husband Roger has disappeared into the past...
Oh what an entertaining series this is, I have read each book as it has been published since the early 1990’s. Cross Stitch is the first in the series and sets the scene for Claire and Jamie’s meeting. This is historical fiction with just the tiniest winiest smidgeon of fantasy as Claire Randall steps through a stone circle in 1945 into the midst of a skirmish in 1743. Diana Gabaldon wields a mighty pen, combining a beautiful relationship story with bloody battles, political shenanigans and a somewhat brutal fight for survival. The Outlander series is now on TV, I highly recommend starting with the books, they are fabulous! Books in The Outlander Series: 1. Outlander / Cross Stitch 2. Dragonfly in Amber 3. Voyager 4. Drums of Autumn 5. The Fiery Cross 6. A Breath of Snow and Ashes 7. An Echo in the Bone 8. Written in My Own Heart's Blood Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
This is the sixth novel in the bestselling Outlander series - soon to be a major new TV series. Their love has survived the test of time. But can it survive fate? America, 1772. It is only a few years before the war of independence and the colony seethes with unrest. As battle lines are drawn up and loyalties tested, no one is safe in this new country. Jamie Fraser receives a message from Governor Josiah Martin. He wants Jamie's help to keep the backcountry safe for King and Crown. But Jamie knows what's to come. His wife, Claire, has travelled back from the twentieth century and she knows what will happen to those loyal to the King of England. Exile or death. Neither prospect appeals to Jamie. But Claire knows something else. From her own time she's read an article, dated 1776, reporting the destruction by fire of their home on Fraser's Ridge and the death of those who live there. Jamie hopes Claire is wrong, for once, about the future. But only time will tell...
This is the fourth novel in the bestselling outlander series - soon to be a major new TV series. How far will a woman travel to find a father, a lover a destiny? Across seas, across time - across the grave itself. It began in Scotland, at an ancient stone circle. Claire Randall was swept through time into the arms of James Fraser whose love for her became legend - a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return to the present to bear his child. Two decades later, Claire travelled back again to reunite with Jamie, this time in frontier America. But Claire had left someone behind in her own time - their daughter Brianna. Now Brianna has made a disturbing discovery that sends her to the stone circle and a terrifying leap into the unknown. In search of her mother and the father she has never met, she risks her own future to try to change history - and to save their lives. But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past - or root her in the place she should be, where her heart and soul belong...
The time is 1771 and the colony of North Carolina teeters on an uneasy edge - an internal conflict between the colonial aristocratic rich planters and the struggling pioneers of the backcountry is threatening to explode. Jamie Fraser is a man of worth - respected by all, born of good family and possessed at last of the land he has longed for. But Jamie has a lot to lose. His wife, Claire, is known notoriously as a wise woman or a witch. As a traveller from the twentieth century she is all these things and more. Her unique view of the oncoming Revolution is both a deliverance and a danger- a torch that may light Jamie's way in the perilous years ahead or the spark that may ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes. And far more than just their lives hang in the balance. The lives of Jamie's tenants, his daughter Brianna, her husband Roger, his grandson Jemmy, his nephew Ian and his foster son Fergus could all get caught in the blaze. Claire and Jamie know war only as those can who have survived it can. And they will have to use all that knowledge, and more, to follow the path of the fiery cross to battle once more. and try to survive it if they can.
This is the third novel in the bestselling outlander series - soon to be a major new TV series. Their passionate encounter happened two centuries ago when the gallant renegade Jamie Fraser sent her back to her own time, pregnant with his child, believing he would be killed in the bloody Battle of Culloden in 1746. Now their daughter has grown up and Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Drawn back across the chasm of time she seeks once more the man she could never forget, the destiny she cannot ignore...
The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win. But for Claire Fraser and her family, there are even more tumultuous revolutions that have to be accommodated. Her former husband, Jamie, has returned from the dead, demanding to know why in his absence she married his best friend, Lord John Grey. Lord John's son, the ninth Earl of Ellesmere, is no less shocked to discover that his real father is actually the newly resurrected Jamie Fraser, and Jamie's nephew Ian Murray discovers that his new-found cousin has an eye for the woman who has just agreed to marry him. And while Claire is terrified that one of her husbands may be about to murder the other, in the 20th century her descendants face even more desperate turns of events. Her daughter Brianna is trying to protect her son from a vicious criminal with murder on his mind, while her husband Roger has disappeared into the past...
Time travelling and historical fiction blend in these four extraordinary stories featuring characters from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series which has sold over 18 million copies worldwide. In two of them soldier come spy Lord John can be found in Jamaica battling Zombies and in Quebec changing the outcome of a crucial battle. The remaining two focus around the time travelling adventures caused by a series of special stones. An interesting fillip for any fan of the series.
Corruption, conspiracy and murder abound in the 4th full adventure for the aristocratic soldier come spy Lord John, who we first encountered in Diana Gabaldon’s time travelling Outlander series. Set in the late 18th Century these fascinating historical fiction novels are easy to read, really well researched and interestingly have a gay central character at a time when being homosexual was a capital offence.
Once upon a recent time Claire stepped through some standing stones in Scotland and found herself in the Jacobean uprising. Six books ago she fell in love with Jamie and married him. Her big gift to him is her knowledge of the future, but things have got a lot more complicated as the books grew. We are now in America in 1777 and the War of Independence trudges on … Comparison: Kate Mosse, William Davenport (James Long), Javier Sierra (Lady in Blue).
The long wait is over and the seventh instalment in the Outlander series is here. Packed full of historical detail and characters galore, settle down with 800 plus pages of pure enjoyment. The Outlander series: 1. Cross Stitch 2. Dragonfly in Amber3. Voyager4. Drums of Autumn5. The Fiery Cross6. A Breath of Snow and Ashes7. An Echo in the Bone
A real page-turner featuring a spin-off character from her Outlander series that, interestingly, is gay in 1750s London. Great stuff and easily read at 300 odd pages.
Deutschlandpremiere: Die sieben wichtigsten Kurzromane aus der Outlander-Reihe von Diana Gabaldon erstmals in einem Band. "e;Outlander - Im Bann der Steine"e; enthalt folgende Kurzromane der Bestseller-Autorin:- Lord John und der Usus der Armee- Die Stille des Herzens- Lord John und der Herr der Zombies- Wie ein Blatt im Wind- Unschuldsengel- Minervas Geheimnis- Die Kanonen von El MorroDer New-York-Times-Bestseller erscheint endlich auf Deutsch und bringt die Figuren aus Diana Gabaldons Outlander-Reihe zurck: In sieben Abenteuern - zwei davon bislang unverffentlicht - strzen Sie mit dem Weltkriegs-Flieger Jerry MacKenzie durch die Steine, erfahren, wie die Spionin Minnie Rennie im Herzog von Pardloe ihren Meister findet, begleiten den jungen Jamie Fraser nach Frankreich und reisen mit Lord John Grey von Kanada ber Jamaica bis ins belagerte Havanna. Jeder der sieben Kurzromane spielt zu einer anderen Zeit und an einem anderen Ort, und doch sind sie alle mit jener epischen Saga verbunden, die 1946 in Schottland beginnt, als Claire Randall in den magischen Steinkreis tritt und im Jahre 1743 erwacht.
In Band 7 der erfolgreichen "e;Outlander"e;-Serie von Welt-Bestseller-Autorin Diana Gabaldon erwartet die Fans der groen Historien- und Zeitreise-Saga erneut ein opulentes Epos voller Leidenschaft und Liebe, Kampf und Rebellion. Dabei fuhrt der Weg von Diana Gabaldons groem Liebespaar, Claire und Jamie, diesmal zuruck nach Schottland, wo erneut Abenteuer, Leidenschaft, Romantik und Spannung auf die Liebenden warten. Inmitten der Wirren des amerikanischen Unabhngigkeitskrieges beschliet Jamie Fraser 1777, mit seiner geliebten Claire nach Schottland zu reisen. Er will seine Druckerpresse aus Edinburgh holen, um die Rebellen zu untersttzen. Heit es nicht, die Feder sei mchtiger als das Schwert? Die Reise birgt so manche Gefahr fr die Liebenden, whrend ihre Freunde sich in den zunehmend blutigeren Gefechten auf verfeindeten Seiten wiederfinden. Der 7. Band der Outlander-Saga wieder in exklusiver Premiumausstattung!- Band 1: Feuer und Stein- Band 2: Die geliehene Zeit- Band 3: Ferne Ufer- Band 4: Der Ruf der Trommel- Band 5: Das flammende Kreuz- Band 6: Ein Hauch von Schnee und Asche"e;Es kann nur eine geben - Diana Gabaldon ist die Mutter aller Highlander!"e; Brigitte
An original short story from iconic thriller collection Match Up, edited by Lee Child, featuring a never-before-seen pairing between bestsellers Diana Gabaldon and Steve Berry .What happens when you bring together the 18th-century world of Diana Gabaldon and Steve Berry's modern-day hero Cotton Malone? The result is a rollercoaster ride of a short story set in the wilds of Scotland and spanning several centuries.For more exciting short story pairings, don't miss all eleven short stories in Match Up!
Previously published as A Trail of Fire. Includes two never-published-before short stories from the bestselling author of the Outlander series. Featuring all the characters you've come to love from the Outlander series, this brilliant collection of short stories throws you into the magical world of Outlander. Includes previously published Virgins, The Space Between, Plague of Zombies, A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows and The Custom of the Army, plus two never seen before works - Besieged and A Fugitive Green. A must-read for all Outlander fans!
Im sechsten Band ihrer legendaren Highland-Saga "e;Outlander"e; begeistert die Welt-Bestseller-Autorin Diana Gabaldon erneut mit einer spannenden Geschichte von leidenschaftlicher Liebe und dramatischem Kampf um Freiheit und Unabhangigkeit. Claire und Jamie, Gabaldons auergewohnliches Liebes-Paar, das auch in der TV-Verfilmung der "e;Outlander"e;-Serie Fans weltweit in seinen Bann zieht, muss in diesem sechsten Band furchten, in den Vorwehen des amerikanischen Unabhangigkeitskriegs alles zu verlieren: ihr Haus, ihre Zukunft, ihre Liebe. Im Jahr 1772 stehen die Vorzeichen in der Neuen Welt auf Krieg: Claire macht sich groe Sorgen um ihren geliebten Ehemann: Zwar hat sie, die als Zeitreisende aus dem 20. Jahrhundert Wissen ber die Zukunft besitzt, Jamie davor gewarnt, dass die amerikanischen Kolonien bald um ihre Unabhngigkeit kmpfen und diesen Krieg gewinnen werden, und Jamie hat sich um politische Neutralitt bemht. Doch nun bittet ihn der Gouverneur von North Carolina, das Hinterland fr die britische Krone zu einen. Wird Jamie, wie schon in seiner schottischen Heimat, erneut auf der Seite der Verlierer stehen? Und was hat es mit jenem Zeitungsartikel aus der Zukunft auf sich, der von Claires und Jamies Tod bei einer Feuersbrunst berichtet?"e;Denn genau das ist die Outlander-Reihe: Historisch korrekt und trotzdem frisch, lustvoll und ppig erzhlt."e; Neue Westflische"e;Die US-amerikanische Autorin schreibt in flottem Stil und hat grndlich recherchiert: Durch ihre detaillierten Beschreibungen liefert sie dem Leser ein anschauliches Bild des 18. Jahrhunderts. So werden die Buchseiten zum persnlichen Steinkreis, der den Leser in die Vergangenheit zieht."e; Freisinger Tagblatt
In dieser groformatigen und besonders hochwertig ausgestatteten Prachtausgabe, "e;Die Welt von Outlander"e;, bietet Weltbestseller-Autorin Diana Gabaldon neues und einzigartiges Hintergrundmaterial zu ihren "e;Outlander"e;- Romanen und der Verfilmung. Alle Fans der groen Highland-Saga finden in diesem ultimativen Begleitbuch zur Serie:In Die Welt von "e;Outlander"e; bietet Weltbestseller-Autorin DianaGabaldon neues und einzigartiges Hintergrundmaterial zu ihrenOutlander-Romanen und der Verfilmung. Alle Fans der groenHighland-Saga finden in diesem ultimativen Begleitbuch:vollstndige Inhaltsangaben aller bisher erschienenen Bnde derOutlander-Reihe sowie der Lord-John-Romaneeinen berblick ber smtliche Charaktere der Serieeinen Blick hinter die Kulissen der Fernsehserie mit persnlichenFotos der Autorin vom Film-SetStammbume, Karten und Lageplneein Glossar glischer BegriffeHintergrundwissen ber schottische Kruterheilkunde und dieKche des achtzehnten Jahrhundertseinen persnlichen Einblick in Diana Gabaldons Schreibprozess"e;Die Welt von Outlander"e; - ein einzigartiger Guide mit Fakten, Hintergrnden und Bildmaterial!
In "e;Der Ruf der Trommel"e;, dem vierten Band von Diana Gabaldons opulenter Zeitreise-Saga "e;Outlander"e; bietet die internationale Bestseller-Autorin wieder alles, was man von einem ihrer mitreienden Schmoker erwartet: Abenteuer, Leidenschaft, Romantik und Spannung. Die leidenschaftliche Liebes-Geschichte von Diana Gabaldons zentralem Liebes-Paar Clare und Jamie Fraser findet hier ihre spannende Fortsetzung vor der malerisch-wilden Kulisse North Carolinas im 18. Jahrhundert:Nach einer langen und abenteuerlichen Reise ber den Atlantik erreichen Claire und Jamie Fraser im Jahr 1767 die amerikanischen Kolonien. Doch nach einem Schiffsunglck stehen sie mit leeren Hnden da. Weil Jamie sich nicht in die Abhngigkeit von seiner verwitweten Tante Jocasta begeben will, nimmt er das Angebot des Gouverneurs William Tryon an: Gegen das Versprechen, im Falle eines Aufstands Soldaten fr die Krone zu stellen, erhlt Jamie Siedlungsland in North Carolina. So ziehen er und Claire zusammen in die Wildnis und bauen dort die Siedlung Fraser's Ridge auf. Doch Claire frchtet den Moment, in dem William Tryon die Einlsung des Versprechens einfordern wird Der 4. Band der Outlander-Saga (Band 1: Feuer und Stein; Band 2: Die geliehene Zeit; Band 3: Ferne Ufer) wieder in exklusiver Premiumausstattung!"e;Es kann nur eine geben - Diana Gabaldon ist die Mutter aller Highlander!"e; Brigitte
Read the first three books in the million-copy bestselling Outlander series that inspired the TV show.What if your future was the past?Book 1: Outlander1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage. But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer - her husband s six-times great-grandfather. Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach - an outlander - in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats.Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.Book 2: Dragonfly in AmberFor twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to the majesty of Scotland's mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones, about a love that transcends the boundaries of time, and about James Fraser, a warrior whose gallantry once drew the young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful daughter as Claire's spellbinding journey continues in the intrigue-ridden court of Charles Edward Stuart, in a race to thwart a doomed uprising, and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.Book 3: VoyagerJamie Fraser is lying on the battlefield of Culloden, where he rises wounded, to face execution or imprisonment. Either prospect pales beside the pain of loss - his wife is gone. Forever.But sometimes forever is shorter than one thinks. In 1746, Claire Fraser made a perilous journey through time, leaving her young husband to die at Culloden, in order to protect their unborn child. In 1968, Claire has just been struck through the heart, discovering that Jamie Fraser didn t die in battle.But where is Jamie now? With the help of her grown daughter, Claire sets out to find the man who was her life - and might be once again.
The perfect gift for fans of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels and the Starz original series, this spectacular coloring book features forty-five all-new illustrations! THE WORLD OF OUTLANDER AWAITS From the lush green of the Scottish Highlands to the military red of a British soldier's coat or the vibrant hues of a tartan kilt, the colorful world of Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser is now yours to explore. Featuring gorgeous natural landscapes, detailed drawings of Claire's medicinal herbs, depictions of the books' most beloved scenes and characters, and intricately rendered clothing, weapons, and armor straight out of eighteenth-century Scotland, these exquisite black-and-white images-from renowned illustrators Juan Alarcon, Yvonne Gilbert, Craig Phillips, Jon Proctor, Tomislav Tomic, and Rebecca Zomchek-are designed to dazzle and inspire. Fans of the series, as well as lovers of history and art, can party like it's 1743.
FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE JAMIE MET CLAIRE IN THIS BRILLIANT NEW OUTLANDER SHORT STORY. 1740: Young Jamie Fraser has left Scotland and, with his best friend Ian Murray, is running with a band of mercenaries in France. Both men have good reason not to go back to their homeland: both are nursing wounds, and despite their best efforts to remedy the situation, both are still virgins. So when a Jewish doctor hires them to escort his granddaughter to Paris, they readily agree. Both men are instantly drawn to the beautiful young lady. What neither know is that their lives and their friendships are about to become infinitely more complicated - and a lot more dangerous ...
Besser denn je: Der 3. Band der "e;Outlander"e;-Saga, "e;Ferne Ufer"e;, von Bestseller-Autorin Diana Gabaldon jetzt in ungekurzter Neuubersetzung. 20 Jahre lang hielt Claire ihre groe Liebe Jamie Fraser fr tot. Nun findet sie heraus, dass er die Schlacht von Culloden wider Erwarten berlebt hat. Untersttzt von ihrer Tochter Brianna kehrt sie durch den Steinkreis zu ihm zurck und findet ihn im 18. Jahrhundert lebend wieder. Aber ihre Raum und Zeit berwindende Liebe bleibt nicht lange ungetrbt. Denn Jamie hat 20 Jahre lang sein eigenes Leben gefhrt, auerdem engagiert er sich nach wie vor fr Schottlands Unabhngigkeit. Und so mssen Jamie und Claire frher, als ihnen lieb ist, das Hochland verlassen und sich aufmachen zu neuen, fernen Ufern. Doch sie wissen, dass ihre Liebe und ihre Leidenschaft freinander sie jedes Hindernis berwinden lsst.
For writers looking to make sure their next physical interlude on the page inspires readers to share the moment rather than to laugh at it, bestselling author Diana Gabaldon divulges the writing secrets behind the sex scenes in her wildly popular Outlandernovels.';Ask me to your bed,' he said. ';I shall come to ye.'In this revealing compendium, acclaimed writer Diana Gabaldon shares her invaluable lessons for creating an immersive reading experience, from evoking a mood to using the power of emotions to communicate physical intimacy. You'll learn the difference between gratuitous sex and genuine encounters that move the story forward, and how to handle less-than-savory acts that nevertheless serve a narrative purpose. Gabaldon also notes that sex can be conveyed instead of described. With such tips as "e;The Rule of Three"e; for involving the senses, handy lists of naughty euphemisms (with instructions for use), and Gabaldon's own examples from the Outlander novels,"e;I Give You My Body..."e;is a master class in writing to draw readers in and keep them riveted to the page.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *; For writers looking to make sure their next physical interlude on the page inspires readers to share the moment rather than to laugh at it, bestselling author Diana Gabaldon divulges the writing secrets behind the sex scenes in her wildly popular Outlander novels. ';Ask me to your bed,' he said. ';I shall come to ye.' In this revealing compendium, acclaimed writer Diana Gabaldon shares her invaluable lessons for creating an immersive reading experience, from evoking a mood to using the power of emotions to communicate physical intimacy. You'll learn the difference between gratuitous sex and genuine encounters that move the story forward, and how to handle less-than-savory acts that nevertheless serve a narrative purpose. Gabaldon also notes that sex can be conveyed instead of described. With such tips as ';The Rule of Three' for involving the senses, handy lists of naughty euphemisms (with instructions for use), and Gabaldon's own examples from the Outlander novels, ';I Give You My Body . . .' is a master class in writing to draw readers in and keep them riveted to the page.
Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon divulges the writing secrets behind the sex scenes in her wildly popular Outlander novels. Ask me to your bed, he said. I shall come to ye. In this revealing compendium, acclaimed writer Diana Gabaldon shares her invaluable lessons for creating an immersive reading experience, from evoking a mood to using the power of emotions to communicate physical intimacy. You ll learn the difference between gratuitous sex and genuine encounters that move the story forward, and how to handle less-than-savory acts that nevertheless serve a narrative purpose.Gabaldon also notes that sex can be conveyed instead of described. With such tips as The Rule of Three for involving the senses, handy lists of naughty euphemisms (with instructions for use), and Gabaldon s own examples from the Outlander novels, I Give You My Body . . . is a master class in writing to draw readers in and keep them riveted to the page.
A young Jamie Fraser learns what it really means to become a man in this Outlander prequel novella. Featuring all the trademark suspense, adventure, and history of Diana Gabaldon's #1 bestselling novels and the Showcase original series, Virgins is now available for the first time as a standalone ebook.Mourning the death of his father and gravely injured at the hands of the English, Jamie Fraser finds himself running with a band of mercenaries in the French countryside, where he reconnects with his old friend Ian Murray. Both are nursing wounds; both have good reason to stay out of Scotland; and both are still virgins, despite several opportunities to remedy that deplorable situation with ladies of easy virtue. But Jamie's love life becomes infinitely more complicated--and dangerous--when fate brings the young men into the service of Dr. Hasdi, a Jewish gentleman who hires them to escort two priceless treasures to Paris. One is an old Torah; the other is the doctor's beautiful grand-daughter, Rebekah, destined for an arranged marriage. Both Jamie and Ian are instantly drawn to the bride-to-be--but they might be more cautious if they had any idea who they're truly dealing with.Praise for Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series';Marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex . . . perfect escape reading.'San Francisco Chronicle, on Outlander';History comes deliciously alive on the page.'New York Daily News, on Outlander';Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves.'The Arizona Republic, on Dragonfly in Amber';Triumphant . . . Her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer.'Publishers Weekly, on Voyager';Unforgettable characters . . . richly embroidered with historical detail.'The Cincinnati Post, on Drums of Autumn';A grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries].'CNN, on The Fiery Cross';The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters.'Booklist, on A Breath of Snow and Ashes';Features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect.'People, on Written in My Own Heart's Blood