My Favorite Things

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Pocket JamieThe authors of Embracing Romance have come together to spread holiday cheer with a huge basket of our favorite things up for grabs this holiday season. Of course, I have many favorite things, like dogs, Jane Austen, and tea to name a few. It was difficult to decide what to include. But one thing stood out to me this year: the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

Outlander (Cross Stitch in the UK) was originally released in 1991. I was in college at the time and wasn’t even aware it existed. Fast forward a few years to Christmas 1997. My mom worked at an independent bookstore for many years, so of course she gave me books for birthdays and Christmas. That year, one of the books I received for Christmas was this huge paperback about a British nurse from World War II who time traveled to sixteenth century Scotland. I was very pregnant with my first child at the time, I had never read Scottish set books, and I was too tired to consider reading something that long. So I set it on my nightstand and forgot about it.

Finally, in the summer of 1998, my son was six months old and a very happy baby, and I had a week of vacation, so with my mother’s persistent insistance that I would love it if I would only try it, I picked up Outlander and dug in. Let’s just say, I managed to keep the baby fed and changed, but that was about all I did during my week of vacation. The book sucked me in and never let me go. I tore through the other three books in the series after that, and have anxiously awaited each new installment since then. If you haven’t read the books yet, get yourself to a bookstore immediately. Tackling the entire series should occupy your reading time well into the new year, but you won’t be disappointed.

Damsels Dont DistressSo, in honor of the Starz series, I decided to include Outlander items in our Favorite Things basket. I’ve included a Pocket Jamie, because everybody should have one, and in honor of Claire, a t-shirt to remind us that “Damsels Don’t Distress.”

Be sure to answer our daily trivia questions to win Our Favorite Things basket.

Trivia Question: What year was Outlander first published?

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Ally lives in Texas and is convinced her house is shrinking, possibly because she shares it with three kids, five dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and several reptiles. Oh, and her husband. She likes to curse in Russian and spends most of her time letting dogs in and out of the house and shuttling kids around. She writes historical romance set in Regency England and Imperial Russia. She loves to hear from readers and you can find her on her website, Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter, though she makes no claims of using any of them properly.

13 Responses

  1. Love the t-shirt, Ally!

    • Ally Broadfield

      Thanks, Sandra! I should have bought one for myself when I ordered it!

  2. I’ve got some serious lust in my heart for Jamie Fraser/Sam Heughan.

  3. One thing I have to thank Outlander (besides Sam, of course) is that it’s getting people to read again! LOL and they are also getting interested in the Scottish culture (let’s get cultured people) and best of all, Romance seems to be garnering a wider audience and it’s no longer being considered lit-chick 😉 Love it <3 ( I guess that was more than one, right?)

    • Ally Broadfield

      Agreed, Joanna! There’s just so much to love about Outlander.

  4. I’ve yet to read it, but loving the television series!

    • Ally Broadfield

      You really need to read it, Maggi. At least the first three…or four…or eight…

  5. I’ve read Outlander, but none of the rest in the series. It sure sucked me in. 🙂

    • Ally Broadfield

      The second book, Dragonfly in Amber, is my favorite.

  6. laurieg72

    I haven’t read any of the Outlander series.

    • laurieg72

      I can’t put in my answer to the Romance trivia question. Am I too late?

      • Ally Broadfield

        You’re not too late. Try using the entry form on the homepage, and let us know if that doesn’t work. Sorry for the inconvenience!