Official Release Date for “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood”

MOHB cover

My husband will have to think of something else to get me for Christmas.

From Herself’s Facebook Wall , two different posts, both on June 10th 2013:

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood has an official North American release date—March 25, 2014! You can now reserve your copy at Amazon ( or Barnes & Noble (, or you can order a signed edition from The Poisoned Pen (

And a little while later, the same day:

Alrighty, then…pub date.  I see Random House has posted the “Official North American Publication Date” …so now we have one.

I sympathize with everyone who would like the book out sooner than March–so would I.   But I thought I might explain just _why_ Random House decided on this date.

Now, my personal deadline (such as it is) hasn’t changed; I still expect/hope to deliver the manuscript sometime this fall.  RH’s thoughts in re setting the pub date for March were:

1.  With a delivery in the fall (perhaps late fall), they’d have to do a huge “crash” production in order to get the book into stores by December.  We’ve done this kind of thing before, with THE FIERY CROSS, A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES, _and_ AN ECHO IN THE BONE.  Having experienced the horrors of dealing with a 1000-page book in a Big Hurry….they _really_ don’t want to do it again, if they can help it.  By itself, though, that wouldn’t be enough reason to push the date back.

2.  What’s a better reason is that if the book came out in mid-December, we couldn’t do a full-scale tour (last time I did a full-scale tour, it covered six countries and took two and a half months).   And as you can see from the chorus of, “But why aren’t you coming to Dallas/SanFrancisco/GopherSprings/Galveston/St.Paul/Wilmington/Bangor/etc./etc./etc….”  _every_ dang time I post an appearance schedule–you’d have to assume that a whole lot of people would really _like_ it if I was able to come sign the new book somewhere close to them.  And I couldn’t do that with a December pub date, ‘cuz much as I love y’all , I love my family summat more, and am not leaving them at Christmas.

3.  But the MAIN reason for moving the date is simple:  the new TV series.   Two parts to that:

3a.  I don’t have CONTROL over the series content/casting/etc.–but I am legally a co-producer and consultant, by the terms of the contract we signed with Sony/STARZ.   They start filming in September; that means I need to be semi-available, at least to give the occasional opinion, as of July or August.  Now, I don’t _think_ that this responsibility will slow down the final phases of the book much (I’m accustomed to working on multiple projects, and to working just about anywhere)—but I’ve never done this before, so I can’t say for sure.   Much more important (to Random House ), though, is…

3b.  They’d _really_ like MOBY to come out close to the air date of the TV series, for very obvious reasons.    The instant I told them that the series had been picked up by Starz, they started plotting marketing, packaging, you name it…it was at a cocktail party, and you could see them all light up like a pinball machine as they got the news.

I’m figuring from the general response to the announcement of the TV series that most of you are more or less in favor of that–but whether you individually are or not…it’ll happen, barring some unforeseen catastrophe.  Which means that it will have a fairly big impact on the books as a whole, and on MOBY as a unit.  And you know…publishers _care_ about that sort of thing.  Intensely.

So that’s it.  For my part–all I can do is give you the best book I can write, and I promise you that. <smile>

Well, it’s not the pre-Christmas date of December 10th that teased us with, but on the bright side, it will give us more time to reread the series/reacquaint ourselves with all the little details that we may have forgotten or overlooked in the past…I canna wait!

♫ All Aboard the Book 9 Train ♫

GREAT NEWS Outlander Fans!

Remember back in March I reported here on the possibility of a Book 9?  Well, just this morning Outlandish Observations observed this:

‘Diana Gabaldon made a couple of Very Interesting comments on Twitter in the last 24 hours.

In reply to someone who asked if there will be a Book 9, Diana said,

“Oh, I’m pretty sure there will be. “

And when I reacted to that, Diana said,

“Well, the book (MOBY, I mean) is starting to Take Shape, to the point that I _almost_ know where it ends. And there’s More.”

I’m not surprised, but I’m very glad to hear this, as I’m sure many of you are!

I thought those of you who are not on Twitter would want to know. <vbg> It’s not official yet, but it sounds like the prospect of a Book 9 is getting more certain all the time.’

As far as THIS Outlander Fan is concerned, there will be a book 9. I can FEEL it!  Feel it with me people!  ♫ All aboard the Book 9 Train…♫

Book 9?

I’ve been feeling pretty anxious lately, desperate even, thinking about Book 8 / Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (MOBY).

I know the Outlander saga began 21 years ago in 1991, but for me it only began in October 2010;  I was spoiled by reading each consecutive book as fast as my little fingers could download them onto my Kindle. I devour MOBY Daily Lines from Diana Gabaldon’s facebook page like they’re Scooby snacks and I want more more more!

I have a lot of questions that need answers, like will Jamie & Claire overcome their immediate-vicinity-challenged relationship?  Will they grow old peacefully somewhere or die tragically-but-oh-so-romantically?  Will Jem & Roger be reunited with Brianna & Mandy?  Will Jenny & Claire rekindle their close friendship?  Will Jamie & Willie bond now that he knows Jamie’s his father?   What about Ian & Rachel?  I hope they get married, poor Ian deserves to be happy.  And don’t even get me started on ***MOBY SPOILER (skip ahead 2 lines if you don’t want to see)*** Roger turning up @ Lallybroch when Jamie was a little boy!

SO  many storylines to tie up and, silly me, I assumed that I’d get all of  the answers when MOBY is released sometime in 2013.  (I can just hear Herself  saying, “Ha!  That’s what you think…”)

Check this out:

  • February 1st 2012, DG said in her blog post ‘State of the Wicket’:

“I don’t know yet if WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD is the last book in this series!!”  (

  • March 14th 2012, someone asked on Diana Gabaldon’s facebook page:

“I thought that I read on this page that MOBY would be the the last book of this series. Can anyone confirm or deny?”   Herself replied:  “I deny it categorically. <g> That is–I don’t yet _know_ for sure whether Book 8 (MOBY) is the last or not…but I’m beginning to think there might just be a Book 9.”  (

I don’t even want to consider that Jamie & Claire might NOT manage to live together under the same roof (or at least sky?) yet.  And what would this mean for our other favorite characters’ predicaments?  I know what it would mean for me:  TORTURE.  But also:  ELATION.  As much as I want everything to be wrapped up neatly and Jamie & Claire to have their happy ending, I admit I would like a 9th book  a wee bit more.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d probably still whine about how long Book 9 was taking, and how hard it is to wait, but it would be worth it.  Oh aye, Jamie Fraser is always, worth the wait, sigh.  I need a Jamie fix…