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What I Learned From Outlander

Over the past few years, I’ve been completely taken over by Outlander. I have a slight obsession with Dougal, while most people would leave their own personal Franks for the chance to look under Jamie Fraser’s kilt. While we clearly all watch Outlander for the history, there have been some other things that I’ve learned along the way. Here’s a comprehensive list…maybe you’ll learn something from me.

  1. It’s now okay to hear voices, but only if they come through stones. Otherwise, you’re still crazy…or a witch. stones
  2. Speaking of witches, I also learned that vaccine scars will kill you faster than the actual disease.
  3. However, whipping scars…now they won’t kill you. In fact, whipping scars are very useful.
  4. On the other hand, sometimes diseases can be used to your advantage.
  5. Sleeping with, excuse me, marrying the second in command is the way to go. When he overthrows number one, you’ll rule. Er, you’ll help him rule. married
  6. The way to get your man isn’t by giving your honey pot away–your life has to be at risk. That whole damsel in distress thing is the clincher. It works even better, if once you have him, your independent woman side comes out.
  7. If you think a ghost is watching your wife, it’s probably time to force her to leave.
  8. Always befriend your man’s sister. Only she can help prevent those hussies from coming around. Jenny
  9. It’s never to late to reconnect with the love of your life. However, you may have to deal with some leg hair first.
  10. The saying may be, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” but I think “When in France, do as the French do” is better. 
  11. If you’ve kept your daughter’s father a secret for most of her life, don’t be surprised when she get’s pissed…especially if she’s a red head. bree
  12. Never take your mother for granted. You have no idea what she went through to have you…(in this case though, we know she went through the stones).
  13. Smoozing multiple men is one of the best ways to assure loyalty… and gifts. Lots of shiny presents.
  14. If you are curious about time travel, killing someone may not be the only way to accomplish it. I would consider continuing to look for a way. Karma catches up to you.
  15. Always shout out your skills when dealing with kings, lairds, and chieftains. They may find use for you, even if you are a spy.
  16. If you wish to see a King, just hope he had plenty of fiber that day. In fact, maybe send him some fiber the day before to prepare. It should be number two on your list.
  17. Being known for your beauty is one thing, but being known as a badass who can curse you is even better.
  18. When you have an open marriage, try to set rules and boundaries so no one get’s hurt…or crashes a graduation party.
  19. A red coat is not a fashion statement. If the red coats are coming, they are not referring to a trunk sale. Run the other way. black jack
  20. Never underestimate a good dog. They’re quite handy to have around.
  21. Speaking of being handy, when stealing, it’s vital to be crazy sneaky. You certainly wouldn’t want to ask anyone for a hand.
  22. If you find out there’s a slim chance that the love of your life didn’t die on a battlefield, maybe hire a private investigator. They know everything, that’s why their hair is so big. Or research yourself until you’re sure.research
  23. Never assume someone was taken by faeries. They may be tricky, but they aren’t malicious. This goes for adults and children.
  24. If you must travel all around, bring an accountant. They may not be able to fight with a sword, but their words are pretty dangerous, especially when written down.
  25. Finally, I learned that waiting is the worst thing to ever happen to a Sassenach. Book 10…we’re ready.

The next episode of Season 3 is starting soon! How do you think it’s going so far? I mean, I know we haven’t gotten to the print shop scene, but I’m enjoying it. What has your favorite part been so far? Comment below.

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And maybe check out Kelsey’s review of the special Outlander themed WeeBox, a subscription box straight from bonny Scotland. Check it out HERE!

About the Authors

Sarah Fischer and Kelsey McKnight met in college and haven’t stopped talking to each other since. Sarah works a day job doing background investigations which is a fancy way of saying she gets to be nosy for a living. Kelsey runs two non-profit organizations and raises the most precious child on the planet. However, at night, they turn into two saucy romance novelists.

Sarah writes college romances that would make Mrs. Fitzgibbons blush. Roger and Bree would definitely approve.

They can be found HERE

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Kelsey writes Scottish Historical Romances. No, it isn’t Outlander, but her stories have men in kilts, ladies in elegant dresses, and overwhelming drama. She also has a contemporary romance that plays with contracts, love, money, and business. Kelsey and Sarah also both have short stories in the anthology Craving Bad. It’s filled with bad boys and the girls they love.

They can be found HERE

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WeeBox

You’ve been waiting, I’ve been waiting, the world‘s been waiting, for the latest WeeBox. That’s right, they’ve finally released the exclusive and limited edition Outlander themed box. It’s a little purple package filled with all sorts of Outlandish fun, straight from Scotland.

As before, I was really impressed with what came inside this box. Everything was cute, usable, and worth the money. And what’s also nice about it is that it’s not just full of cluttery knickknacks you’ll never use or appreciate. Here’s an itemized list of everything that came in my special purple box:

  • A delightful Outlander bag by WeeBox, filled with words and quotes we all recognize
  • A cute little bag of heart-shaped tablets by Sixpenny Blue that would satisfy any sweet tooth!
  • A whisky barrel candle holder by Whisky Wood Scotland, in which the tea light can be replaced, so this little holder can have a long life
  • An official Outlander mortal and pestle set with a book of quotes, so you can pretend to be a witch every time you muddle up some mint leaves for a strong brew
  • A print of Scottish standing stones by artist Kevin Hunter that will look perfectly in place on your mantle

Everything I got was just so much fun and even my daughter got into the action, “sharing” the candy with me and taking the Outlander bag to use for all her ballet gear! I say she’s chosen a lovely little, durable, machine washable bag to take back and forth. My child has wonderful taste!

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While the WeeBox is fun and a nice gift to give and receive, the company also tries to give back when they can. Their most recent philanthropic endeavor is participating with The Yard, a disabled children’s charity. I found this particularly heartwarming since my own younger brother is mentally handicapped and was helped in his youth by many similar organizations.

Each month has a different, fantastic theme that celebrates some aspect of Scottish culture or history. For example, in the past they’ve had a Highland Games box while the next on deck is one that gives a wee nod to the St. Andrew’s celebrations!

Learn more about the WeeBox by visiting them on any of their pages!

  • Visit their website HERE
  • Follow them on Twitter HERE
  • Like them on Facebook HERE
  • Check out their Instagram HERE

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Check out our past WeeBox review and all our other Outlander posts HERE! And if you enjoy my posts, you might like my books. The first three installments of The Scottish Stone Series is available HERE on Amazon.

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Vice

This morning I told you where to get Vice by Rosanna Leo, but now I’m going to tell you what I thought about it. It’s ten pounds of sexy in a five pound bag.

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Heat Level:♥♥♥♥♥♥

Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: Contemporary Romance

On the surface, Liam has it all. He’s handsome, rich, smart, and oozes all the personality that make other men jealous. But when it comes to real connections, he’s a total failure. One night stands and flings only get you so far and he’s been married to his work far longer than is really healthy. His obsession with having it all may leave him with nothing, or turn him to an early grave. Then Kate walks into the picture and may have the power to change everything.

Kate is wounded, feeling a bit damaged by how a gambling addiction ruined her father. She makes it her life’s mission to help those who can’t say no toy a deck of cards of the thrilling ping of a slot machine. But taking down the newest casino is going to be harder than she thought when the undeniable attraction to it’s owner, Liam, makes it difficult to stay true to her convictions, and her heart.

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First off, this cover is amazing. The color combinations are eye-catching and I can feel the heat radiating off the page, and that feeling continues as you begin to read. While the story is dark and gritty, a true-to-life representation of addiction in several forms. But the desire felt between Kate and Liam has you begging them to fight through the tough times to be able to really enjoy the passion felt between them. If you like stories that could really happen, check out Vice now!

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Vice

This morning I’m turning up the heat by introducing the first book of the

Vegas Sin Series, Vice, by Rosanna Leo.

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Casinos, gambling, money, and women, these are all the things Las Vegas has to offer. For a handsome business entrepreneur it’s paradise.

Wearing success like a well-tailored suit, Liam Doyle knows exactly how to lure customers into his grand casino hotels. Every night it’s business as usual while he runs his multi-million dollar empire…until a pesky protester catches his attention.

Staging a one-woman protest, Kate Callender has the potential to be a huge pain in his ass. If he doesn’t take care of her soon, there will be bad publicity slapped all over Vice, the newest addition to his chain of casinos.

But there’s just one tiny little problem Liam didn’t count on—the feisty red-head isn’t about to go down easily. She’s fighting him every step of the way…and he’s starting to like it.

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Buy Links (Kindle Unlimited)

You can also add this gem to Goodreads HERE!

Author Bio

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Rosanna Leo is a multi-published romance author. Winner of the Reader’s Choice 2015 in Paranormal Romance at The Romance Reviews, Rosanna draws on her love of mythology for her books on Greek gods, selkies and shape shifters.

From Toronto, Canada, Rosanna occupies a house in the suburbs with her long-suffering husband, their two hungry sons and a tabby cat named Sweetie. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair.

A library employee by day, she is honored to be a member of the league of naughty librarians who also happen to write romance.

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Giveaway: 1 print copy of Vice (North American giveaway only)

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Want to win a paperback copy of this spicy read? Click HERE and enter now!

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His Tarnished Ruby

Today is the release day of His Tarnished Ruby, the third installment in The Scottish Stone Series. It follows Flora MacLeod, the fiery young woman who’s been dreaming of marriage…not just any marriage, but one filled with passion, one with the man of her dreams, a man she’s already handpicked to be hers.

The choices Flora make may ruin her, kill her reputation and her standing in the world she was raised in. It may just force her into situations she could never dream possible for a highborn lady. But when someone offers to face them with her, she must decide if she can bear the weight of true and innocent love.

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Order His Tarnished Ruby today and run away to London with Flora to escape her past in the Highlands.

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About Kelsey McKnight

From Scottish lairds to billionaire businessmen, Kelsey McKnight will ignite your soul, no matter what century it lives in.

Kelsey is a university-educated historian from southern New Jersey. She has married her great loves of romance, history, and literature to create her newly finished works, “The Scottish Stone Series”. This collection takes readers on a journey through the bustling streets of Victorian London and into the lush hills of the Scottish Highlands. Her second book, a contemporary romance titled “The Non-Disclosure Agreement”, is also available now and features a bad boy politician and the small town girl that could change his ways. When she’s not writing, Kelsey can be found reading, drinking too much coffee, spending time with her family, and working for two separate nonprofit. Visit her Amazon page HERE to learn more about all her published works.

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There is also a giveaway at play, which has three of any of Kelsey McKnight’s ebooks up for grabs. Enter now by clicking HERE.

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Voyager Gift Guide

Season three is here and we’re seeing Voyager come to life! And how should you celebrate this amazing occasion? By getting yourself a little something nice. That’s right, keep the Outlander high going with a gift to yourself, from yourself.
So, here’s a lovely little list of goodies from shops we love, in a variety of prices, and with something from the brawest Scot to the sassiest sassenach.

Fangirl Pixie Jar

You probably saw the product review for this little shop HERE a few weeks ago, but the owner of Fangirl Pixie Jar is still letting you shop all her fandom goodies with 15% off until the 20th! These necklaces are already only $12 so 15% off is a major cut. Just use the code MIDNIGHT15 and grab these beauties, or even get a custom piece done! There are a variety of Voyager quotes to choose from, just reach out!

Petrey Cuts

The owner of this store is an actual Outlander fan, which you can see by some of her work. They do custom pieces as well as the classic monograms. So if your car is missing a little something or your reusable coffee mug for work needs some spice, check out their page HERE!

Outlandish Obsessions

Here’s a shop where you can buy quality Outlander goodies at a price that won’t hurt your pocket. Dealing in mostly keychains, which start at $5, there are also several charm bracelet and earring sets for you to peruse. Check out all the listings HERE!

Canterbury Candle Co.

I love candles and probably have at least one in every room in my house. Scents have the ability to transport us to new places, which is why it’s always great to light one up when you open Outlander and can literally smell the forget-me-note and highland hills. Grab this Outlander inspired candle set HERE or pick them up individually!

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Who here doesn’t like fun prints? This shop has this print on antique style paper that would look at home on any wall. They also vary book covers for others in the series and different books for all reading fans. Visit this shop HERE!

Coconut Garden

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I think there are many readers that identify with this mug. It has a delicate design and a witty little quote to put a smile on your face when you pour that first cup of coffee in the morning. Grab yours for $12 HERE!

Outlander Themed Charm Bracelets and Other ThingsThis store is a mouthful, and their charm bracelets a literal handful! They offer a small, but durable and carefully made, collection of Outlander inspired jewelry that is decently priced and beautiful. See their entire collection HERE!

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This shop is much larger than the others, but carries a huge collection of Outlander phone cases. There’s Jamie in a kilt, Claire and Jamie in steamy embraces, and tons of quotes. Check them all out HERE!

Outlander Scarves Art

This shop makes beautiful Outlander inspired scarves with permission for Diana Gabaldon herself! They start at $60, but if you’re a scarf lover like me, that’s a small investment to make for something you can enjoy for years to come. See more at the etsy shop HERE!

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This cape is perfect for fall and has the same feel of Claire’s cape that we’ll see in season three. You might think this coat will be super expensive, but it’s only $50! Really a steal, if you ask me. See if it’s something you might rock this year HERE!
And we see so many people going to check out this specific dress from a previous post that we wanted to add it once again to this list. Get the Claire inspired white dress below for $40 HERE!

We have many more gift guides, quizzes, and articles for you to read HERE!

And if you like my Outlander posts, you might enjoy my historical romance series that takes place in Victorian England and Scotland. Check them all out HERE!

 

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Teaching the Dom

Wow. I’ve just finished the spiciest little piece of fiction by Grace Risata called Teaching the Dom and I have a lot to say…but I’ll begin by saying that this book is firmly for the 18+ crowd, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

  • Heat Level: ♥♥♥♥♥
  • Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers
  • Genre: Romantic Erotica

When Melody’s younger sister Harmony signs her up for the latest charity activity, Melody is less than thrilled. She’s not great at collecting money from strangers and is looking forward to heading home after a long, hot day. But a silver fox opening the door and giving her an offer she should refuse, brightens her mood. 

Konrad is a has-been, long removed from the fame and fortune he once had as an author, although the ego stuck around. He’s drawn to Melody, and thinks she might just make the perfect muse to his latest book…one that focuses on BDSM. 

But this isn’t some “call me daddy”, filthy, smut novel. It’s a little bit more with some surprising elements I normally don’t see in reads that involve BDSM. I was very pleased to see that it wasn’t some gross representation of the BDSM community, but one that’s accessible and not over the top. This book is great for fans on steamy, Midnight reads that might just make you blush.