Saturday, June 13, 2009

Attention Diana Gabaldon Fans (and I know there are LOADS of you out there)

Fans of the rampantly popular historical/romance writer Diana Gabaldon will be thrilled to know that not only does this prolific, entertaining and beloved author have a release date for her latest novel in the Cross Stitch/Outlander Jamie/Claire saga...but she's coming down under!!!

Her latest offering,
An Echo In The Bone, (tentative cover art to the right) is due out in the USA in September and to promote it here in Australasia where she is immensely popular, (17 million copies of her novels sold worldwide and we're one of her "hottest" audiences) Diana will be touring in early November!

From her blog:

"Orion Publishing, my UK publisher, has asked me to go to New Zealand and Australia, which I’m happy to do. I don’t yet have dates to match to cities, but I’m leaving Oct. 31st, arriving in Auckland Nov. 1, and will be doing appearances/signings in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, before zipping off to Australia on the 7th, for two weeks. In Australia, we have a much more ambitious schedule than on previous visits. I’ll be in (no particular order here): Perth, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane. See y’all there!"

Knowing how long her loyal fans have been waiting for this latest (and possibly last?) instalment in the series, Diana has included a blurb on her blog about what we can expect in seventh book.

"Jamie Fraser, erstwhile Jacobite and reluctant rebel, knows three things about the American rebellion: The Americans will win, unlikely as that seems in 1777; being on the winning side is no guarantee of survival; and he’d rather die than face his illegitimate son—a young lieutenant in the British army—across the barrel of a gun.

His time-travelling wife, Claire, knows that the Americans will win, but not what the ultimate price may be. That price won’t include Jamie’s life or happiness, though—not if she has anything to say about it.

And in the relative safety of the 20th century, their daughter Brianna and her husband, Roger, watch the unfolding of her parents story in the past—a past that may be sneaking up behind their own family.”

  • I know I can't wait for the novel and can't think of any good reason why I won't be grabbing the opportunity to meet her with both hands! Anyone up for a road trip?


Café Chick said...

I have never read a Diana Gabaldon novel but, in my defense, I have Cross Stitch on my TBR list. Does this excuse me?
*hangs head in shame*

Kelly said...

The Cross Stitch books seem to be a series you either love with a passion or hate. The first one was pure magic for me, a few of the later ones drag a little but she really cracked along in the last one. Not a fan of the off-shoot "Lord John" series though.

I'll be really interested to see your thoughts when you do get to reading it!