So much news! Yes, Outlander fans, Book 8 has a title! With some tweaking and a few changes, Diana Gabaldon has settled on the title for her next book in the Outlander Series. Most likely it will be published sometime in 2013. I like the title a lot. It goes without saying, I'm looking forward to it, now more than ever since I just got back from my dream vacation in the Scottish Highlands! (And yes, I took this picture of the Clan Fraser stone while visiting the battlefield of Culloden.)
I apologize about the lack of posts lately. I have a bunch of books waiting to be reviewed which I will tackle soon, but I've been so busy, first in Scotland and now just trying to catch up on things here at home and work. Plus, I'm so tired! Please be patient, I hope to post a recap of my trip soon with pics - it was awesome!! Scotland is breathtaking!
Here's a brief peek of what's to come...
Above is a picture of the first place I went to upon my arrival in Scotland. For those of you that are familiar with Ciji Ware's Island of the Swans, this is Lady Jane Maxwell's island in the novel, which is one of my favorite books. Loch an Eilean Castle is near Aviemore and it is a beautiful romantic ruin that sits on a small island in the middle of the Loch. There is no bridge to the island, the ruin sits peacefully alone, lending a quiet grace to the area.
Lining the banks of Loch an Eilean is a small forest of ancient Caledonian pine trees, which were once found all over the Highlands, but now sadly, only a few forests of the great pines remain today. Their pungent smell was wonderful and fresh as I stood there among the trees, taking it in. It was cool and damp in their shade and even though I'd just flown six and a half hours across the Atlantic on the red eye the night before - and then another three plus hours driving up from Edinburgh to Aviemore - I wasn't tired - I was exhilarated! At last I was able to see Lady Jane's castle, patiently waiting for me in it's hidden and out of the way setting. Breathing in the fresh air I had to pinch myself as I whispered aloud "I made it! I'm here!"