Thursday, February 24, 2011
Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
It is an exciting day here at Slice of Life ! I have the great pleasure of spotlighting one of my all-time favorite authors...Diana Gabaldon, author of Outlander. Anyone who knows me will tell you that Diana captured my attention several years ago when I first discovered the Outlander series, and it's been an amazing journey as I eagerly anticipate each new installment. (Fans are on pins and needles right now waiting for Book 8 to be written and published!!) If you are a fan of Diana Gabaldon's series, please let me know by leaving a comment below and telling me why you love Outlander. It's fun hearing from other readers who enjoy the series as much as I do. If you haven't read Outlander yet, now is a great time to begin the adventure! This year actually marks the twentieth year anniversary since Outlander was published, so join in the excitement of this milestone celebration. Here's a little background on Outlander to tempt you to get started:
Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...
In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
About the Author:
Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, #1 NYT-bestselling OUTLANDER novels.
The adventure began in 1991 with the classic OUTLANDER (“historical fiction with a Moebius twist”), has continued through six more New York Times-bestselling novels–DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, VOYAGER, DRUMS OF AUTUMN, THE FIERY CROSS, A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES, and AN ECHO IN THE BONE, with nineteen million copies in print worldwide
The series is published in 26 countries and 23 languages, and includes a nonfiction companion volume, THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION, which provides details on the settings, background, characters, research, and writing of the novels. Gabaldon has also written several books in a sub-series featuring Lord John Grey: LORD JOHN AND THE PRIVATE MATTER, LORD JOHN AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE, and LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS. Another Lord John book, LORD JOHN AND THE SCOTTISH PRISONER, will probably be published in 2011).
She has also written a graphic novel titled THE EXILE (set within the OUTLANDER universe and featuring the main characters from OUTLANDER), but told from the viewpoint of Jamie Fraser and his godfather, Murtagh. The graphic novel is illustrated by Hoang Nguyen, published by Del-Rey.
Gabaldon is presently working on the third Lord John novel (LORD JOHN AND THE SCOTTISH PRISONER), and the eighth book in the OUTLANDER series.
She and her husband, Douglas Watkins, have three adult children and live mostly in Scottsdale, Arizona.
You can visit Diana online at www.DianaGabaldon.com
You can purchase Diana's books here.
If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of this book, simply leave a comment on this post indicating that you would like to be entered in the drawing (please include an e-mail address for contact), and Random House will provide one lucky winner with a copy of Diana Gabaldon's fabulous Outlander. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on March 10, 2011
***THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED - thank you****