If you ask romance readers if they’ve read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, most will immediately smile and perhaps even sigh. I don’t know what it is that we love so much about this series. The characters? The setting? The author’s ability to make the stories come to life? Whatever it is, we can’t get enough of it, and now we’ll get to see the story play out on TV.
I remember the first time I heard about Outlander, which was just a few years ago. I must have been the only person on the planet who hadn’t heard of Diana Gabaldon. My critique partner was so excited about this book she’d read. I trust her judgment so I picked up the book. Usually, I don’t care to read about the time period Outlander begins with, but I kept reading, and when I’d finished the entire book, I was hooked.
Big Mistake! I was in the middle of a deadline on my highland warrior series, and I got completely sucked into the Outlander series. I’m embarrassed to say how many hours I spent reading instead of writing. Thank goodness my editor didn’t find out.
I don’t know what it was about the series that captured me, but I couldn’t stop reading until I’d read them all. And you know how long those books are, so let me tell you, I did some serious reading. And some occasional skimming… Deadline, remember? But I had to know what happened. I think that’s one of the things that compelled me about her writing. Each sentence made me want to read the next one, and each paragraph made me want to read the next one…and so on. I had to know what happened! She brings life to her stories and characters.
It’s not easy to write a series, and to have this many books with the same characters and keep it fresh and interesting, that’s an accomplishment. But she brings an authenticity to the story that grabs readers. I don’t just mean knowledge of some historical facts. She knows how to make the events and people seem real. I can feel them, see them, almost smell them. I can close my eyes and see the hair on Jamie’s legs and touched the scars on his back. I’ve felt Claire’s anguish over staying with Jamie and the life she left behind.
I loved Diana Gabaldon’s stories as a reader, and as an author I learned from her. My writing is very different. My stories are fast paced and loaded with suspense and romance, but I learned a lot about telling a good story and keeping the characters real. I’m glad I found her books, and I can’t wait for the TV series on STARZ 8/9/14.
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Here’s a sneak peek of her latest release:
A bloodthirsty evil stalks the Connor Clan…
Brave, beautiful, and haunted by her past, demon hunter Anna MacKinley will do anything to help the Connor Clan. Under divine orders, the headstrong warrior travels the world, slaying demons and vampires. When she stumbles upon a hidden stone fortress while searching for her clan’s lost Book of Battles, dark forces swiftly imprison her—and she discovers her cell mate is a gorgeous Scottish warrior who has no memories, but looks strikingly familiar.
And only a secret from the past can win the day…and her heart.
The warriors of the centuries-old Connor Clan are searching for their missing time-vault and the powerful relic within. What they find is a grave…and a kilt-clad body they fear is the long-lost Tavis Connor. But there may be more to the Highland warrior’s fate than a pile of bones. Desperate to save his brother and his clan’s Book of Battles from a demon hell bent on destruction, Tavis begins a 150 year quest that will end in modern-day New York. But when he wakes, he discovers he’s the one in need of help. His only hope of rescue is a bonny lass who claims to be a warrior. A warrior waging war on demons…and his heart.
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Anita Clenney writes mysteries and paranormal romantic suspense about Secret Warriors, Ancient Evil, and Destined Love. Before giving herself over to the writing bug, she worked in a pickle factory and a preschool, booked shows for Aztec Fire Dancers, and was a secretary, an executive assistant, and a real estate agent. She lives with her husband and two children in suburban Virginia. To find out more, visit http://www.anitaclenney.com/. You can also find Anita on Twitter @anitaclenney and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/anitaclenneyAUTHOR.
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