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!

The Scottish Prisoner (no spoilers, dinna fash yerselves!)

As you may know I own a Kindle, and having preordered  The Scottish Prisoner  was able to read it the day it was released, November 29th 2011.  My intention was to take my time with it, read only perhaps a chapter every couple of days, really draw it out.  This would be, after all, the last time I could savor brand new things about Jamie, get inside his head *cough* kilt until the release of Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, due out in 2013.  (That being said I really do appreciate Herself’s Daily Lines from MOBY- they keep me going!)  Well, that opening scene; I mean just the thought of him desperately aching with longing/loneliness for Claire- it was all downhill after that.  I devoured it, finished it in like 2 days.  I had to keep reading until I got my next Jamie fix!

Yes, I was happy to learn more about Willie.  And yes, I do so love Lord John and enjoyed his scenes too.  But let’s be honest, what I love most about The Scottish Prisoner is that Jamie is in it, a lot, and that’s good enough for me.  I got my Jamie fix!

Outlander Community

I think I know what it is about “Diana Gabaldon’s” Outlander series that incites obsession among her legions of fans.

Admittedly part of it is the lust factor;  you know how some married couples have a ‘celebrity clause’, where if one or the other were to meet a specific/predesignated celebrity of their dreams they’re allowed to have guilt-free sex with said celebrity?  Well my husband has nothing to worry about because my free pass would be a fictional character, Jamie Fraser (unless a movie or mini-series finally gets made and then I’d have to consider the actor who plays Jamie, but that’s for another post, lol).

Another reason, at least for me, is when I read the series it feels like home.  The characters feel like my intimate friends & family, and I am truly and emotionally invested in their well-being.  To say I’m waiting on pins and needles over the release of the eighth book “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood” (or MOBY, as Diana and her fans refer to it ) would be a gross understatement.

Quite frankly, I do whatever I can to stay connected.

There is a large community of people that feel the same way I do, and many of us have joined groups on Facebook (among others) for the sole purpose of being able to discuss and share anything/everything about the series, the characters and all things generally Scottish (hello to my friends @ Outlander ★ Je suis prest on Facebook).  They provide an outlet for our anxiety, our eagerness (ok desperation) to stay connected to the story & characters.  (At the risk of sounding a little crazy, I confess it feels uncomfortable referring to it as a “story” or to the people as “characters” – it seems like I’m doing them an injustice).

MOBY is due out in 2013, and I have just begun to reread the series from the beginning, in order to reacquaint myself with every detail for when the time comes.  The first time around I read all of the books in 4 months, up many of those nights into the wee hours of 1:00/2:00am.  This time however,  I’m taking my time, reading slowly and savoring all of the little details that I didn’t realize I’d forgotten.  It’s like getting to know a long lost friend all over again, and I’m so grateful to Diana Gabaldon for creating the connections, both with the books and the community of fans that love her books too.