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Trope Talk: Nurse Heroines

My favorite stories are love stories. I enjoy all sorts of other genres too. Historical fiction, dystopian fiction, biographies, you name it. But when I read love stories, I get to feel like I’m falling in love all over again. Those initial side long glances, wondering if he likes you back, that first kiss… AHH! So good. And, being that I’m a nurse, it’s always a bonus when love stories have medical themes. I thought I’d share some of my favorite romances, featuring nurse heroines.
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Outlander Summer: Save the Dates!

Hold on to ye kilts! The eighth Outlander novel, WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD, comes out today. And the release of the novel is just the beginning of the Outlander mania this summer. Following the release, Diana will begin a book tour in many cities around the world to promote the book. Curious if your city is on the list? Find the whole lineup here. And the new TV series adaptation based on OUTLANDER, Diana’s first book, will premiere on August 9 on the Starz cable channel in the U.S.! A new major novel AND a new TV series? Ah, what a great Outlander summer this will be! Read more about Outlander Summer.

Diana Gabaldon Fan Retreat Livestream

Saturday, June 7th is the Diana Gabladon Fan Retreat in Seattle, WA. Tickets sold out in 6 minutes! SIX MINUTES! If you didn’t manage to beat out the other rabid fans with your mouse clicking skills, we’ve got you covered. June 7th at 12:30pm EST/9:30am PST, there will be a livestream of Diana’s keynote speech where she will be giving readers a look into the making of WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD (no spoil- ers!) and answering fan questions. Check the RH Youtube Channel for the livestream here.
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Jamie and Claire…Oh my! + Giveaway

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.
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Some Of My Favorite Quotes . . . OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon

Happy Memorial Day everyone! In honor of our heroes everywhere, past and present, I hope you enjoy your day and remember the importance of freedom and all that have and will sacrifice the ultimate to keep our country safe. Fortunately, the weather is gorgeous here and I’m enjoying a fun day with family — BBQ on the ready For some reason, I started thinking about past historical heroes and because of my anxious anticipation of Outlander, Diana Gabaldon’s time travel phenomena, Jamie Fraser popped into my mind and his funny quote — one of many — when Claire admitted having come from the future, and Jamie said, “It would ha’ been a good deal easier, if ye’d only been a witch.” Of course back in that day they would probably be one in the… Continue

Friday Afternoon Outlander Fix

Thank God It’s Friday….and Thank God for Sam Heughan (aka Jamie Fraser). Hopefully these short videos of Jamie, ahem, Sam being super sexy will get you through the last couple of hours before the weekend! First up, a new sneak peek at the mini-series:  

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The influence of Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER series by Monica McCarty + Giveaway

It’s hard to think of many authors who have had such a lasting influence on a genre, as Diana Gabaldon has had on Scottish fiction, particularly Scottish romance. Her OUTLANDER series helped to spawn an entire sub-genre of Scottish Time Travel Romance, with favorite authors like Karen Marie Moning (who brought me back to romance in the early 2000s), Janet Chapman, Melissa Mayhue, Veronica Wolff and many others. Although OUTLANDER isn’t technically a “romance” (I’d call it Scottish fiction with elements of fantasy, romance and adventure), many romance readers became hooked on the genre after reading it. For many it was their first introduction to Scotland, its rich history, and those oh-so-sexy lads in plaid. Count me among them.

“Engaged in Sin” . . .+Giveaway!

“Engaged in Sin” (on sale 11/1/11) is my second Dell historical romance, and features one of my most ‘tortured heroes’, Devon Audley, the Duke of March. Wounded in battle at Waterloo, Devon was left blinded and is tormented by memories of war. “Engaged in Sin” includes two of my favorite themes: redemption and healing. I love stories where the heroine heals the hero; where the hero is brave and noble, but is being crushed by the weight of guilt, loss, or painful memories. Devon Audley went to war even though, as a duke’s son and heir to the title, he should not go. He went to escape the grief of losing his fiancee, only to throw himself into a horrifying nightmare of violence and loss. When he returns to England without his sight and suffering… Continue