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Speak Outlander Lesson 7: Je Suis Prest

(via BBC News - North Yorkshire war veteran’s novel nominated for romance award)

A North Yorkshire author who served in the RAF’s Bomber Command during World War Two has been shortlisted for a literary award.
Bill Spence, 90, who writes under the pen name of Jessica Blair, has been nominated for a prize at the Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards.
If he is successful he will be the first male writer to claim the award.
As well as his romantic novels, Mr Spence has also penned Westerns and non-fiction work.
He said he adopted the pseudonym of Jessica Blair at the insistence of his publisher when he wrote his first romance, The Red Shawl, in 1993.
The word romance is fine, it’s great, but these sort of books are really about relationships”
Since then he has written 23 books, mostly set in 19th Century Yorkshire.

(via BBC News - North Yorkshire war veteran’s novel nominated for romance award)

A North Yorkshire author who served in the RAF’s Bomber Command during World War Two has been shortlisted for a literary award.

Bill Spence, 90, who writes under the pen name of Jessica Blair, has been nominated for a prize at the Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards.

If he is successful he will be the first male writer to claim the award.

As well as his romantic novels, Mr Spence has also penned Westerns and non-fiction work.

He said he adopted the pseudonym of Jessica Blair at the insistence of his publisher when he wrote his first romance, The Red Shawl, in 1993.

The word romance is fine, it’s great, but these sort of books are really about relationships”

Since then he has written 23 books, mostly set in 19th Century Yorkshire.

(via: http://www.starz.com/originals/outlander/)

I like the alternate ending. It gives a clear snapshot of Jamie’s character, as well as his appeal. I think that one sentence is at the core of why women have been falling in love with Jamie for years. He’s a man who’s not afraid to make a commitment.  ;)

Coming Soon: The Kiss

I’ve just submitted THIS MOMENT, my contribution to an anthology called THE KISS, which is coming out in February. THIS MOMENT is a Scottish time travel that I’m planning to develop into a series. I’m very excited about the anthology, which will include work of some author friends whose work I admire.

If you’re on my mailing list, you’ve already received an advance reading copy.  :)

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My Favorite Romance Book of All Time

I’m not a great one for re-reading books, but I’m re-reading my favorite romance book of all time. It’s just as good as I remembered it to be. Well, perhaps even better.

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Greetings from the #Outlander writers’ room! Verra exciting things happening over here! 

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Greetings from the writers’ room! Verra exciting things happening over here! 

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lovelikeadinosaur:

Just discovered the Cozy Classics version of Pride and Prejudice at Munro’s. They managed to recapture the plot in about 10 concise words and I’m kind of in love.

I don’t think the video quite does these justice. They’re board books with one word pages. I’ve just ordered Pride and Prejudice. I can’t wait until Jane Eyre comes out in the fall. (No, I don’t have any young children to read them to. They’re for me, okay?)

Cozy Classics Trailer - Pride and Prejudice | Moby Dick (by cozyclassics)

Cozy Classics on Amazon

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Short version: Sam is Jamie.

Diana Gabaldon on the ‘Outlander’ Casting of Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser
…And then, I sit down at my computer, in a lather of trepidation and excitement, to watch the audition tapes.
First five seconds, I’m interested — he looks totally different than he did in any of the stills — and five seconds later, Sam Heughan’s GONE, and so am I. It’s Jamie Fraser, right there in front of me, moving, talking. One of the biggest thrills ever.
And that’s what actors do. Good ones. They can “be” someone else, totally.
…And the bottom line is simply this: He showed up and he 
was Jamie.

Visit Diana Gabaldon’s Facebook page here.



(via Diana Gabaldon on the ‘Outlander’ Casting of Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser | Word and Film)

Short version: Sam is Jamie.

Diana Gabaldon on the ‘Outlander’ Casting of Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser

…And then, I sit down at my computer, in a lather of trepidation and excitement, to watch the audition tapes.

First five seconds, I’m interested — he looks totally different than he did in any of the stills — and five seconds later, Sam Heughan’s GONE, and so am I. It’s Jamie Fraser, right there in front of me, moving, talking. One of the biggest thrills ever.

And that’s what actors do. Good ones. They can “be” someone else, totally.

…And the bottom line is simply this: He showed up and he 
was Jamie.

Visit Diana Gabaldon’s Facebook page here.

(via Diana Gabaldon on the ‘Outlander’ Casting of Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser | Word and Film)

Sam Heughan Showreel (by SamHeughan)


And now, it is official: Scotsman Sam Heughan has landed the lead role of Jamie Fraser in Outlander, a Starz original series being adapted by Battlestar Galactica‘s Ronald D. Moore from Diana Gabaldon’s series of international bestsellers. 
Rumors of Heughan’s casting first circulated last week, though at the time Starz insisted there was “no done deal.”

(via Ronald D. Moore’s Outlander Series Casts Scotsman Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser - TVLine)

And now, it is official: Scotsman Sam Heughan has landed the lead role of Jamie Fraser in Outlander, a Starz original series being adapted by Battlestar Galactica‘s Ronald D. Moore from Diana Gabaldon’s series of international bestsellers.

Rumors of Heughan’s casting first circulated last week, though at the time Starz insisted there was “no done deal.”

(via Ronald D. Moore’s Outlander Series Casts Scotsman Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser - TVLine)


He’ll play Jamie Fraser in the Starz adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s novels.
It’s official: British actor Sam Heughan has been tapped to star in Ron Moore's upcoming Starz drama series Outlander.

The premium cable network on Tuesday confirmed the casting, which leaked via Twitter over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Heughan will star as Jamie Fraser in the network’s adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's internationally best-selling books. Starz greenlit the drama series earlier this year for a 2014 premiere. Production will begin in the fall in Scotland.

(via Ron Moore’s ‘Outlander’ Taps Sam Heughan as Lead)

He’ll play Jamie Fraser in the Starz adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s novels.

It’s official: British actor Sam Heughan has been tapped to star in Ron Moore's upcoming Starz drama series Outlander.

Heughan will star as Jamie Fraser in the network’s adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's internationally best-selling books. Starz greenlit the drama series earlier this year for a 2014 premiere. Production will begin in the fall in Scotland.

(via Ron Moore’s ‘Outlander’ Taps Sam Heughan as Lead)

It’s not that words fail me. It’s just that, well, I’m going to invoke the legal doctrine of res ipsa loquitur.

Mr Darcy emerges from the lake once again: Giant Colin Firth statue built in London’s Hyde Park

Colin Firth’s memorable wet shirt scene in Pride and Prejudice has been recreated thanks to a giant statue of Mr Darcy which has been built in The Serpentine.

The fibreglass sculpture, which closely resembles Firth, stretches 12ft out of the water at London’s Hyde Park.

The image of Firth emerging dripping wet from the lake at Lyme Park, Cheshire featured in the 1995 BBC adaption of the Jane Austen novel.

The scene, which caused a stir at the time, recently topped a viewers’ poll of the most memorable TV moments ever.

The model of Darcy took a team of three sculptors in excess of two months to design, construct and paint.

Lead sculptor Toby Crowther said: “The challenge for us was capturing the spirit of Darcy as handsome and noble but also aloof and proud. The Mr Darcy sculpture is a real mix of the many portrayals of Jane Austen’s most famous hero.”

The sculpture will tour a number of locations before being installed in Lyme Park, where it will remain until February.

Adrian Wills, general manager of Drama, said: “Jane Austen spent a lot of time walking in Hyde Park and along the banks of the Serpentine, so we would like to think she would have approved of our new dashing Darcy.”

The statue has been built to celebrate today’s launch of new UKTV channel Drama, a free-to-air station on Sky and Freeview.