Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Outlander Giveaway!

As I mentioned yesterday, a package arrived on my front porch Monday morning with an unfamiliar return address.  I had no idea who it was from. 

But it was such a pleasant and unexpected surprise!

Because when I finally got around to opening the box, I discovered: 


Eleven of them, to be exact.

Ten 20th anniversary, paperback editions of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon...to give away!
And one hardback copy of Diana's newest book, a graphic novel called The Exile.  (For me!)

Why, you may ask, did this box of books make me so happy?
Well, let me explain. 

I discovered Outlander when it was first published, way back in 1991.  Yes,that was twenty long years ago when my oldest child, Todd, was just a toddler.  (Todd, the toddler, ha ha.)  I picked up the paperback version of the novel one afternoon while I was pushing my little red-headed baby boy around a Houston mall.  I chose it because it was really thick, because it was set in Scotland, and because the main male character had red hair. 

I mean, let's be honest here, how often do you come across a hero with red hair??
Not all that often.
Well, since I had a handsome red-headed young husband, had never been to Scotland (still haven't), and needed a serious diversion (a long novel to get lost in while my child napped) I purchased the book.

And fell in love.

Now Outlander is not your average novel.  It's a historical novel, but not stuffy or boring.  It's romantic, but not a "bodice-ripper."  It's fast-paced.  It's interesting.  The author has a wonderful way with words.  You just have to experience it for yourself.  Jamie and Claire are likable characters.  You can help wanting to hear more about their lives. 

I've recommended Outlander too many times to count over the past twenty years and I'm proud to say that I'm personally responsible for dozens of converts.  In all these years only one person (Hi mom!) hasn't liked it.  (Which was weird since we usually have pretty similar tastes in reading material.  I figure she must have some deep-seated issues concerning tall men or red-heads or something...)


Here we are in 2011, and now there are seven books about these characters lives and adventures.  They just keep on getting better. I own a hardback copy of every one, and I can't count how many times I've read them through.  Can we just say that most of them are worn out.  In fact, a few of them are sort of falling apart.  Sadly, I loaned my first edition, hardback copy of Outlander to a horrible person last year and will most likely never see it again.  Sigh. 
The eighth novel is due out...umm...well, I don't really know when, but I can definitely wait.

Yes, I said I CAN WAIT.

Because this is potentially the last book about these beloved characters and I don't know if I can stand it if she writes about either of their deaths.  Well...they've been a part of my life for 20 years, so you know...

You don't know?

Would you like to?

Because I have some copies to give away.

Five of them, actually. 

If you're one of the first five to leave me a comment telling me which is YOUR all-time favorite book, I will mail a copy of Outlander to you.  You can keep it for yourself, or share it with someone else.
But only if you live in the US. 

That shouldn't be a problem since five people rarely comment here. 
Seriously, I get the traffic, I get no comments.  I have no clue...

Thank you, Random House, for sending me such a terrific surprise! 

Random House sent ten copies of Outlander to me for the purpose of giving them away to friends. 
My opinion of Diana Gabaldon's works were not solicited in any way, nor was I compensated for giving writing about them.  No one asked me to review the books or comment on them. 
I fell in love with Diana's novels twenty years ago and have been raving about them ever since.


The Momster said...

First, that is just so awesome that this happened! I am soooo excited for you!

Now my favorite book of all time. There are so many...but for some reason one that is coming to mind right now is a book called "Triad" that I found on the bookshelf when I was about the bug's age. It was intriguing and a little bit scary.

Well that and "Are You There God, It's Me Margaret". :)

Lorrie said...

WOW! You're so lucky! I dont have a "Favorite" I LOVE them all!

Hezra said...

oooh, I HAVE NEVER READ THIS! Oh my word. a book I haven't read???? How can this be?? and um, what is wrong with a little bodice ripping? ;-) j/k

Patty said...

I hope I'm in time for a copy of Outlander. For now this is my favorite one. My friend told me about them and I remembered starting Outlander many years ago and for some reason couldn't "get into it". But this time I gobbled it up so fast and am now half way through Dragonfly. I'm 68 years old, on a fixed imcome so I only bought the first 4 in paperback. This is so far the best novel I have ever read and I'm so glad I have lots more to look forward to.
When I really fall in love with a novel I like to get the hardcover for my "keeper" and then loan the paperback out to unenlighten friends to get them hooked. Thanks for offering this wonderful book.

The Source said...

Momster, Hezra, and Patty ~ if you'll send me an email with your address, I'll get your book in the mail to you!! Just to clarify, these are paperback editions, but they are special covers and they're brand new.

Lorrie ~ I already have yours, thanks!

My email is fourmonsters (at) yahoo.com

(remove the spaces and use @ symbol)

Thanks for commenting and I hope you'll enjoy your books as much as I loved them!

mommabear said...

OMG! I just discovered your blog while hunting for Google Images. My poor, sad paperback copy of Outlander has literally come out of it's cover and is danger of losing some pages. I SO wish I'd found your contest sooner. :(
Regardless, I think my favorite is the first one - because, how can you NOT love the book that started it all. And then...hmmm...I think the next would be A Breath of Snow and Ashes.

mommabear said...

Oh, and that was SO cool and such a nice surprise for you to receive the box of beautiful books! And I feel the same way about the 8th book - bittersweet. BUT, I thought I also saw a rumor somewhere in cyberspace that perhaps the 8th isn't the last one...?