Third Wheel

Today Sarah Fischer released Third Wheel, the final installment of her Elton Hall Chronicles, which follows the lives and choices of three college friends. In each book there’s love, desire, heartbreak, passion, and danger. But what Christie faces in Third Wheel is a new kind of danger that’s as thrilling as it is deadly.

Christie lives the solid traditional life at home with a working father, a house-keeping mother, and a set of strict southern rules that make up her world. She’s sheltered with her whole life set up before her…but it isn’t what she wants anymore. What Christie craves is freedom and the chance to live her own life before she settles down into her role of wife and mother.

Illegal street racer Shane is more than up to the task. Born into a Korean household where education and family values are held close, he understands Christie’s need to break free. A no-strings-attached relationship suits them both fine…until it doesn’t. And once Christie takes a walk on the wild side, she might find it hard to go back to her old self.
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Third Wheel is available now for purchase in ebook form or paperback now HERE and is free to read for all kindle users. 

But that’s not all! The first two books in the series, First Semester and Second Snowfall are both on sale for a limited time. Get First Semester HERE and Second Snowfall HERE. Go back to school for a real education at Elton Hall University.

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Trying Sophie

Trying Sophie is the first in A Dublin Rugby Romance series by Rececca Norinne. Set in Ireland and featuring a cast of people with beautiful, traditional names, I was pretty hooked from the first page, which has a handily pronunciation guide. So let’s chat a bit about this newest read…

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Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: Sports Romance

Declan O’Shaughnessy was known as a looker, a charismatic, athletic, Irish man since birth. And he knows it. So when he first meets American Sophie Fitzgerald, he’s not exactly keen on the “half-Irish”, bespectacled girl with frizzy hair. In fact, he’s downright nasty, as most children are when faced with something new. So when shy, bookworm Sophie leaves Ireland to go back to the US, she knows she’ll never forget cruel Declan O’Shaughnessy.

20 years later and Sophie is no longer the ugly duckling that was teased for her looks and her parent’s marital troubles. But when she has to to return to Ireland to take care of her elderly grandparents, she forced back into a place she gladly left behind, and the boy who made her short time there terrible. But Declan’s all grown up now and ready to make ammends.

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Declan always held a candle for Sophie, and now that she’s turned into a beauty that’s a match only for her brains, his heart goes into overdrive. But when he was such a jerk to her in their youth, can he convince her that behind the tough, rugby playing, mask there’s a guy who only wants to treat her right? Not likely, but Declan’s no quitter.

This book was great, you guys. I sat by the pool and devoured it. Sophie is funny and saucy while Declan has that bad boy with a heart of gold thing that makes people melt. Our main girl can be a little trying at times, a little too on edge, but that’s what makes her more human and her interactions with him a little more meaningful. There needs to be a little messiness in a dirty romance. And this book is dirty. Not filthy in the erotica way, but let’s just say that Norinne can bring the heat. Overall, this was an enjoyable read that I could see many people diving into. 

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Gilmore Girls

We all know that Rory and Lorelai have taught us a lot. I think what makes this show amazing, isn’t just the lessons we learn from them,  but what we learn from the secondary characters. There are plenty of them so let’s talk about them.

Miss Patty- One of the beautiful things about her is her belief in love. She was married four times to three different men, and yet, she is alone now. Some people would be depressed, some would question the institution of marriage, and some would give up. However, Miss Patty celebrates love. She gets excited when Rory finds it and encourages, sometimes unprovoked, Lorelai to find it. As so much of this show is based off relationships, this hope is something we feel deep in our souls and to see it reflected on the screen is a constant reminder it is possible.

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Babette- How can we talk about Miss Patty without Babette? They are the dynamic duo. But I am here to talk about her real other half, Morey. I look at their relationship as a foil to Emily’s and Richard’s marriage. Both have been married forever and both are from a different generation than Rory and Lorelai. But when you see Morey and Babette, you see a very different relationship. Throughout the show, you see the consideration the two have for each other. Obviously, we don’t see them as much as the Gilmore’s, but I think it’s safe to say their relationship was a lot less intense. They seemed happy together and the perfect example that love and marriage can work when you find the right person. They accepted each other’s intricacies and loved the other more for them. I think it’s safe to say they’re relationship goals.

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Kirk- He was the child everyone had to parent. I would say people needed to raise him more than Rory. But he had an important role and I would say it’s to teach perseverance. He taught us more about starting over than anyone else could. I know one of the things that irritated everyone is that Rory seemed to give up on her journalism career and her wish to be a warzone corespondent. In contrast, there was Kirk. He tried everything to its fullest and if it didn’t work, he found something else to put his whole self into. Yes, Ooober was a disaster, but he tried everything and never lost faith that he would find his perfect niche. He got beaten down sometimes, but he always was able to find the positive in everything.

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Lane- Besides teaching us that dying your hair black is rebellious, she taught us that you have to be true to yourself. Lane, despite growing up in a strict Christian household, worshiped the gods of rock n roll. Why was this so important? Rory already grew up in an environment where she was encouraged to do whatever she wanted. Lorelai would support Rory in whatever she tried to do (except that whole thing with Dean when he was married). But the world isn’t like that. Moms aren’t like Lorelai so we needed the strict family dynamic to remind us that it is okay to hide cds in your floor board, and to follow your dreams, even if it goes against your family’s wishes.

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Sookie- I think that what makes Sookie so special is that she was passionate and weird, but also that she is the ultimate best friend. She loves Lorelai to no end and would do anything for her. Sookie is the best friend we all want to have. What makes her the perfect bff for Lorelai? It’s the weird. She is the perfect balance for Lorelai, who is generally the cool and exciting character we all love. Sookie, despite being pregnant, or a mother of small children, or busy, she always had time to listen to a crisis, to give advice, to provide a silly quip, or even to take her out for a girl’s night that turned into a regular movie night. At the end of the day, we all need a Sookie. Without her, Lorelai would be lost in the wild…

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Michel- I know what you’re thinking. If Sookie is the perfect bff, then what is Michel? Yes, he’s cranky, moody, over the top, and yet we still love him. So what does he teach us? He teaches us tolerance. There will always be someone in your life, in your circle of friends, in your office, or in your neighborhood who is a grumpy pants. But does that mean they’re a bad person? Does that mean you ignore them? No, they play a role too. Without Michel, I’d venture to say the inns would have been very different. He loved the girls with his whole heart and showed up to work every day. He hated people, something many of us understand, yet he worked with people every day. No one put on that fake smile better than him. People aren’t perfect and everyone can’t be a ray of sunshine. We need the grumps to complete the cycle. But man did he have a great sense of fashion.

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Jackson- The man behind the vegetables. Other than teaching us that four in four is a terrifying idea for the person who has to birth them, he showed us all that the third wheel is a thing and it’s something to be proud of. I think it’s safe to say that whenever Sookie, Lorelai, and Jackson did something together, Jackson was the third wheel. But he took it in stride. He loved Lorelai, and yes, sometimes he wanted her to butt out of his relationship, but he accepted her and accepted that she was important to his wife. He should be a reminder to men how important your girl’s best friend is and how she could literally shape your relationship. You should probably be nice to her, or at least make sure the zucchini you bring to the inn she manages is up to par.

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Mrs. Kim- How can we talk about Mrs. Kim if we talked about how great Lane’s individuality was? What we learned from Mrs. Kim is to be a savvy business owner. She was strict, tough, and provided a good product. Her store was open for years and always had beautiful fixtures in it. She was the original feminist in this show. Take that in for a second. Where was Mr. Kim? He wasn’t running the business. Mrs. Kim was and she did not let anyone push her around. Being a powerful business woman is a great thing for us to aspire to be. Yes, Patty did own her dance studio but she wasn’t nearly as ruthless.

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There are several other characters in this series. Obviously, we could talk about Taylor, and his insanity. But that insanity kept the town running smoothly and he usually had the best intentions. We could mention how Paris, though sometimes cruel but always brilliant, taught us the importance of loyalty. Or we could talk about all three of the top three guys and how they each taught us about love, life, and mistakes. So, instead of me saying it, you tell me. What did the other characters of Gilmore Girls teach you? What about them resonated with you or your life? I’m eager to hear your thoughts.

About Me

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I am a background investigator by day, and a romance author by night. My college series, Elton Hall Chronicles is available for purchase on Amazon in ebook or paperback. They follow three best friends as they learn about love, friendship, and life during their first few semesters in college. Let’s just say Rory would definitely blush while reading them but Lorelai, Miss Patty, and Babette would eat them up.

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First Semester- Amazon Link

Second Snowfall- Amazon Link

Third Wheel- Amazon Link

I also have a story in a “bad boy” romance anthology. Basically, a collection of all the guys you shouldn’t date but can’t help but love. It’s the collection for those of us that are “Team Jess.”

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Craving Bad: Amazon Link

Thank you for stopping by to see my thoughts on the series. I’m still devastated it’s over and I see both sides that claim another Netflix series is a good and bad idea. In the meantime, I’ll still be talking about it. To see my other thoughts… check out these other Gilmore Girls Posts.

Gilmore Girl’s Review

Gilmore Girls Revival Video

Ultimate Fandom Gift Guide

Dating Bender Book Review

I’m here today with The Dating Bender by Christina Julian. It’s a fun and liberating story that takes a look at society’s expectations for women (especially the ones with strict parents with family expectations) and gives it the middle finger!

 

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat: ♥♥♥♥♥

Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Samantha’s family is completely insane, strict, drunk, and hysterical all at the same time. After reading the beginning, it’s clear why she was desperate to marry and start her life. Obviously, this goes terribly wrong because I said the beginning. Things with her husband become…strained. I guess that’s a good way to put it. He is offered a job away from their home in Florida and takes it without discussing it with Samantha. Bad move, bro. However, it leaves Samantha in the perfect position to take the job that’s been offered to her across the country. Here is where we meet her boss, Babs. This woman…oh man. She is basically Samantha Jones and within five minutes we find her banging some young sexpot in the bathroom. Power to her. This is the story of how Samantha takes Babs’ advice and finds her own bathroom buddy, or maybe more than one.

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This story started off a little slow for me but picked up steam quickly. The characters are fun, likable, and realistic. I think that was one of the things that I enjoyed most about this story. I have a large group of girlfriends and I felt like I was talking to them and hearing their stories. This book is written well, has enough humor to keep you smiling but not too much that the satire becomes cheesy and overdone. However, there are parts that may involve laughing out loud. In which case, roll your eyes at the people judging you because they haven’t experienced the world you’re living in.

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Third Wheel

You’ve met Violet, went to class with Annabelle, but now it’s time to take a ride on the wild side with Christie in the third installment of the Elton Hall Chronicles by Sarah Fisher. Introducing Third Wheel, a thrilling romance novel that isn’t all rainbows and happy endings.

This must read book is part of the series, but can be read as a standalone novel, for those of you brave enough to get on the back of bad boy Shane’s motorcycle. A true Romeo and Juliet of a tale, Christie was raised by firm, Southern, Catholic parents who are gunning for her to marry well. Shane lives with one foot on the racetrack and the other in the world of his traditional Korean family. Together there’s magic, but is the love of the forbidden and the thrill of the unknown enough to keep them both satisfied?

Find out by preordering Third Wheel on Amazon HERE

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But if you still want to see how Christie’s best friends Violet and Annabelle met their matches, there’s more than enough drama at Elton Hall University to keep you satisfied. First semester follows Violet’s exploration into all that her college has to offer, including her mysterious professor. You can order it now HERE. Second Snowfall is about Annabelle’s struggle to learn that when you play with fire, you’re going to get burned. Order it HERE and see what sparked the flame.

Scottish Sorcery

Scotland has had some problems with witchcraft for years! All those pesky sorceresses have been poisoning the wells, killing off the livestock, and spreading the plague since the beginning of time! But when did witches and the devil’s brides really come to light in Scotland? When did the downfall of women like Geillis Duncan begin? Gather ’round, fellow Sassenachs and I’ll tell you the story of witchcraft in Scotland…and it doesn’t begin with ancient druids…

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Picture it, Scotland, 1563. The crops are failing, the animals are sick, and the children are all being born weak. Things aren’t looking too good and they can’t figure out why. They’ve been to church, pay their taxes, and try to be good people. So, obviously, it must be the work of the devil. And the historic tools of the devil’s work? Wayward women, who are often swayed by promises of beauty, wealth, and the power sorcery can provide.   That gave birth to the Witchcraft Act of 1563, which was based on several others put into action in England. It made witchcraft and associating with witches a capital offense. Sound familiar?

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There were a few witchcraft trials here and there in Scotland, but the North Berwick trials from 1590 to 1592 put them all to shame. They involved nobles, various countries, and 70 victims who were put to death…one such person was named…Geillis Duncan.

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I know this might not be a shocker if you like to dabble in history, ever gave Geillis a google search, or read one of our previous Outlander posts about the real history mentioned in the books. But Geillis was a real, flesh and blood, woman whom the book character was based on. First, let’s talk about how these trials first started and then get into how Geillis got roped in.

The real trials began with King James of Scotland, who had been very nonchalant about earlier talks of witchcraft in Scotland. But rough sailing in 1589 changed all that. There were so many violent storms during his way to pickup his new wife Anne of Denmark, and on his way home, that he thought it would only be the work of witches. In his mind, no one else would dare mess up his blessed nuptials.

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I mean, as anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows, it’s stressful enough without witches ruining your big day. And since James had the pleasure of seeing a few witch trials in Denmark and learning how their tried their witches, he knew he needed to clean up his country. So he dipped back to the Witchcraft Act of 1563 and pushed it to those in power, giving way to the North Berwick trials, which James couldn’t help but attend.

With the green light from the king, there were arrests left and right. The charges, beside overall sorcery, were things like poison, trying to sink the king’s ship, killing a neighbor, and overthrowing the monarchy with help from the devil. Getting someone arrested for witchcraft was as easy as a pointed finger and a bad word. Hmm…reminds me of someone…

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Anyways, once someone in North Berwick was accused of dancing with the devil, the torture would begin. I’m not going to be graphic, but in evolved poking, pricking, beating, drawing, and many other violent ways where the victim would be basically forced to not only confess to witchcraft, but also name the other members in their “coven”. This created a domino effect that ended up with even more people being tried.

Geillis Duncan was nothing but a lowly maid in Tranent when she was arrested. Her employer accused her of having magical healing powers and generally sneaking around to do the devil’s bidding. What followed were weeks of torture, the finding of a so-called “Witches Mark”, and her naming more than 7 fellow witches, who were also tried and put to death by hanging.

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Then there were the Great Scottish Witch Hunts of 1597, 1628, 1649, and 1661. Each time, hundreds of accused witches would be arrested, tried for their supposed crimes, and then put to death. Torture was throughout, and the loose tongues brought on by hot pokers and pliers resulted in more “confessions” and accusations. In 1597 almost 400 people were put in trial throughout Scotland with around 200 being executed. In the last hunt, in 1661, nearly 700 people were tried in a 16 month period.

By the time of the last witch trial in 1727, between 4,000 and 6,000 people were tried with around 2,000 actually being executed. It declined mainly for two reasons, the first being that a larger portion of the population was getting educated. The second was when Scotland became a commonwealth to England in 1652, which largely took the power of the smaller Scottish courts…not that it really made much of a huge difference at first. The hysteria over witchcraft really came to an official end in 1763 when the British government repealed the original Witchcraft act of 1573, making the whole “death to witches” thing legally impossible. Good news, right, Claire?

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Finally, what made someone a prime target to be tried as the devil’s mistress in those days? Certainly not just a rocking’ bod and a soul you’re willing to bargain for. A witches’ mark  was one of the first things the captors searched for. Now these weren’t all forms of birthmarks, but if there was a raised feature on your body like a mole, wart, or even ac actual third nipple, they would claim it was the teat from which you fed your familiar, the personal helper of the accused. Usually, these perfectly normal marks would be pricked to check for bleeding, since everyone knows that black cats and crows only drink blood.

And not just birthmarks were in the spotlight, your ability to say certain prayers would be tested as well as your ability to handle holy items like crucifixes and the sacraments. They would also take a look at your livestock. If you had a shifty looking rooster or an owl roosted in the barn that couldn’t say The Lord’s Prayer, they were probably in league with the devil, thus helping you in your evil schemes. And if you had the misfortune to have a spouse die? Obviously that would be a sign that you’ve killed them off. And finally, after all the torture and seeing if you died when thrown in a river or hung from a tree, they would ask again the most important question…

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That’s all for this week! I hope you liked reading a bit more about the witch trials in Scotland and you come back soon to see what else we have cooking for season three. If you want to read our other posts, or even take our Outlander witch quiz, click HERE!

 

And did you see our product review this morning? This great shop Fangirl Pixie Jar is selling Outlander, and other fandom, necklaces for only $12.35 and that’s without the 15% discount that comes only from us! To see more, click HERE!

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My blog partner Sarah’s latest book just came out and it’s my fav of her college romance series. So if you like steamy stories, bad boys with hearts of gold, street racing, true love, and some action, click HERE to preorder Third Wheel now!

Finally, I personally have two romance novels out that are set in Scotland! The third book will be out soon, but the first two are all set for your reading pleasure. Queen of Emeralds is available HERE and The Amethyst Bride can be picked up HERE!

 

Fangirl Pixie Jar

We’ve both been so busy lately, we haven’t had the chance to introduce you all to any new shops to try! So we’re very pleased to start again with a fun little shop called Fangirl Pixie Jar. It’s run by the lovely Mireille, who specializes in fandom and book themed jewelry that encompasses such books like The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and The Lunar Chronicles. But if none of those tickles your fancy, don’t worry because she also does custom work! And, of course, she has our fav…Outlander! To get ready for season three, she’s sent us both a surprise necklace. Now let’s take a closer look!

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So the necklace I was lucky enough to receive says one of my favorite phrases, ‘Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ’! We all know and love it as Claire Fraser’s go-to saying in times of excitement, confusion, or frustration. Some fans have even taken to saying it themselves! But it’s not an obvious, flashing beacon to everyone, but a lesser known one that’s almost like a secret message to let other fans know that I love Outlander. But that’s perfect for me, as I’m not one to go over the top with my obsessions…usually.


The necklace itself if beautifully made with a great filigree frame that really brings in the feel of 18th century Scotland. The script used is also fun and the watercolor dragonfly is a delicate and pretty nod to Dragonfly in Amber. With a strong, adjustable chain, light metal body, and streamline design, it’s great for everyday wear for those of us who want to show off our fav fandom without being over the top. Really, the chain being so sturdy is important, as I have a toddler who’s always stealing my jewelry or playing with them while they’re still around my neck!

At $12.35, this necklace is a total steal! Really, I expected it to be so much more in the shop, or at least cheaply made for the great price, but I was so wrong. This necklace is an amazing deal and you can get one for yourself, your BFF, your mom, your neighbor, and your book club buddy without breaking the bank. You can order yours HERE in time for the season three premier!

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My necklace says ‘Sassenach’, the more well known phrase that makes us all swoon when said by a certain red-headed Scot! The pendent is really fancy and sturdy, but not heavy at all. I wore it all day today with no irritation, which is important if you have sensitive skin like me. Although, as you can see below, I was wearing a high-necked shirt. The chain is adjustable so you can change the length, which I totally love. It fits Outlander perfectly, as it’s solid but feminine, just like Claire!

The picture within the pendent is centered perfectly and appears very delicate with the floral border around the words. I also like the fancy script and the fact that it looks handwritten. The only thing that could make this piece better, not that it really needs anything, is if the flowers came in purple like the Scottish heather we see within the series. But the multi-colored flowers are also fun and whimsical.

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This necklace is also only $12.35, can you believe it! For how well it’s made, I also wouldn’t guess it has such a great price. You can order your own HERE! While you’re at it, get Kelsey’s necklace for a friend. It’s like having BFF necklaces, but so much better.
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Overall, Fangirl Pixie Jar has something for everyone in your life, and there are even some steampunk pieces if you’re looking to really spice up your wardrobe!

And there’s something else to get excited about…we have a special 15% off code for Fangirl Pixie Jar! It’s MIDNIGHT15

You can see these and more over at Fangirl Pixie Jar’s shop HERE
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See the rest of our product reviews HERE and check out our Outlander posts HERE!

Droughtlander Reading List

Outlander is almost back and soon we’ll be able to watch, take in, dissect, and discuss each episode as they come. But there’s still a month before that and what if your kindle is a little light and your bookshelves are growing bare? I know that feeling and I’m here to help with some more of my favorite novels that Outlander fans might enjoy. To pick up any of these books, just click on the title to take you to their Amazon pages.

London by Edward Rutherfurd

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This is for fans who miss stories that span the decades. This book follows London’s history from the ice age to the present day in the steps of several families. It’s great for history buffs who want some sex, action, and mystery in their reading. It’s a bit of a hefty undertaking, but my trusty paperback copy has been re-read so many times, I think it deserves top slot.

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

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This is an author you’ve probably already heard about and one that Gabaldon actually likes as well. The Winter Sea is a novel about an author named Carrie who goes to Scotland to write a book about the Jacobites and finds out that she’s writing a true story, one that her ancestors lived, without even knowing it at first, in the form of waking dreams. There’s time travel of sorts, a touch of romance, a lot of history, and even more fun.

Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati

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In 1792 a woman named Elizabeth finds herself unmarried at the age of 20 (gasp!) and moves from her comfortable estate to join her father in the mountains of New York. There she meets a man who lives among the Mohawk people and although her father tries to marry her off to a local doctor, Elizabeth is too headstrong to just sold off like a cow. Soon, she ends up at odds with the local slave owners, her family, and finds herself torn between the live she has the life she wants. Sounds a bit like Claire, doesn’t it?

A Rip in the Veil by Anna Belfrage

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Somehow, a woman named Alex is thrown from 2002 to 1658 and into the path of a Scottish outlaw named Matthew. Both are confused by the occurrence, but when both of you are basically on the run, it’s easy to take up together. While Alex grieves the lost of coffee, showers, and cars, Matthew begins to grow on her, especially when they begin to try and find out how she ended up back in time. This one is a hit or miss for Outlander fans, who may not enjoy the “younger” voice of the heroine and compare it a bit too much to Gabaldon’s rousing series. But it’s a good read that I think deserves a shot.

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

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In the midst of the Civil War, midwife Mary isn’t okay with staying home in safety as the menfolk fight. She joins the wounded, using her skills to help where she can and learning the realities of war as she goes. She is refused traditional medical schooling, but that doesn’t stop her from getting the guidance of two trained surgeons. This is a story of heartbreak, the horrors of war, and the will to live and succeed when others want you to fail.

Wishing for a Highlander by Jessi Gage

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Melanie is single, pregnant by a guy who ran away, and working in a museum when she daydreams about a hunky, kilted hero to save the day (don’t we all?). Then she’s pulled back in time and thrown into 16th century Scotland where people obviously thinks she a witch. Enter Darcy Keith, who finds himself drawn to the woman his people were about to try. Will Melanie long to return back to her own time, or be happy her wish literally came true?

The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick

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Emma of Normandy is trapped in a loveless marriage to the King of England in 1002 and finds out that her husband is a terrible ruler. When the Vikings threaten their shores, Emma ends up having to take charge and defend her new home from invasion. But when her husband dies and the Viking king claims everything, Emma had a whole new world to battle with. This author marries the true accounts of Emma of Normandy with the touches of fiction that makes it a great read.

Waterfall by Lisa T Bergren

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Along with her sister, Gabi spends every supper being shlepped around archeological sites with her parents. They’re at a dig in Tuscany when she places her hand on a hand print in an ancient tomb. Then, you guessed it, Gabi is thrown back in time and into the arms of handsome Italian knight Marcello. But Gabi’s sister Lia was also pushed back to Marcello’s time and it then lost. Now Gabi must try to survive in the past, fight through her feelings to a man she can never be with, find her sister, and a way home. Now, this is technically a teen book, but it makes for a nice, light read.

A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland

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Modern day Elizabeth is a failed romance author who has been suffering from writers block. But then dreams come to her of a kilted hero who can save her from herself. She takes a walk in the park, falls asleep by accident, and wakes up in the 1300s. She finds herself in the presence of a feared Scottish lord who has never shown any interest in  women…until her. This is a traditional romance with a bit of action.

Transcendence by Shay Savage

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Here’s one you didn’t expect…caveman romance! That’s right. A caveman is checking his traps one day and comes upon a woman wearing odd clothing and making noises he couldn’t understand. Yes, that woman was sent to the past and instead of a Scottie hottie, she got a caveman. But there’s still a love story and an ending readers all love.

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That’s all for this list, but there’s more to see over on our Outlander page HERE!

And if you like all my Outlander posts, you’ll probably love my historical romance series. Set in Victorian England and Scotland and featuring two kilted men and the British woman who try to stay away, you can get Queen of Emeralds HERE and The Amethyst Bride HERE!

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Have you ever heard of the WeeBox? It’s a subscription box from Scotland that’s filled with perfectly cultivated items to give you a taste of the Highlands. Well, they’ve gives us a special wee box to give to one of you! Click HERE for all the super easy and free ways to enter.

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Oh, The Places Claire’ll Go!

If you haven’t read Voyager or have any issue with spoilers in Dr. Seuss form, don’t read any further! Unless you want a chance to win a WeeBox (a subscription box from Scotland) then just scroll down very fast until you see a picture of a purple box!

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You’ve found some old papers!
You shall go through the stone.
You’re off to to find Jamie! But you must go alone!

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You have old coins in your pocket.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer through time
any direction you choose.
You’ve said ‘goodbye’ to Brianna. And all that you know. Now YOU are the lass who’ll decide where to go.

In Edinburgh you’ll look up and down streets. Look ‘em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

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And when the printshop decides to go and burn down.
In that case, of course,
you’ll head straight out of town.

It’ll be safer there
in the wide open air                                                                                                                    where if your name’s not ‘Malcom’ no one will care!

Out there things can happen and frequently do
to people who have come
through the stones just like you.

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And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along,
to Selkie Island with you!

OH!
THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!

You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the booze smugglers who who print pages at night.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.

You’ll pass the whole clan and you’ll soon take the lead.                                             Wherever you sail, you’ll be best of the best
Wherever you go, you will heal all the rest.

Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t. Because sometimes the sailboats just won’t stay afloat.

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I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that kidnaps
and redcoats can happen to you.

You can get all hung up on the Porpoise’s bow.
And the Artemis will sail on. You’ll be left…just for now.

You’ll come down from the ship, after jumping off the deck.
And the chances are, then,
that you’ll be shipwrecked.

And when you’re in a shipwreck, you’re not in for much fun. Un-shipwrecking yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place called Rose Hall where you might find your kin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?

How much can you lose? How much can you win? When wee Ian is locked with the witch who loves sin.

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and IF you go in, should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it’s not, I’m  afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind when Geillis is trying to travel through time.

You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.

The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a ship to go
or a redcoat to come, or a wife to go
or the war to come or the clans to go or the future to come, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.

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Waiting for the Jacobites to fight
or waiting for wind to sail like flight
or waiting around for Samhain night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle James or a some medicinal plants, or a list of clan names
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.

NO!
That’s not for you!

Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places
where the land of brave will soon be free.

With banner flip-flapping,
once  more you’ll sail fast!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a lass!

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are witches to kill. There are wars to be won. And the magical things you can do through the stones
that will remind you of the future, where you find Geillis’s bones.
Sassenach! You’ll be famous as famous can be,
It’ll be like when you faked sorcery for Jamie to be free.

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Except when you fail. Because, sometimes, you will.

I’m afraid that some times you’ll still have to kill. Just like in wartimes

when soldiers all fell, you’ll be in charge of bringing sick men back from hell.

All Alone!

Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl. On you will go
for there’s the two of you, now.

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Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore and your lies may grow weak.

On and on you will hike.
And I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step.

Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

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And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3⁄4 percent guaranteed.)

CLAIRE, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So…

be your name Beuchamp or Fraser or Bray or Jesus Roosevelt Christ O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!

Fraser’s Ridge is waiting. So…get on your way!

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Think that was a fun little post? Check out our other Outlander articles and quizzes HERE!

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Win a WeeBox

The lovely founder of WeeBox, Amy McCusker has invited us to host a special giveaway in honor of Outlander‘s upcoming third season. She’s given us a surprise WeeBox to give to one lucky Outlander fan who’d love a piece of Scotland!giphy.gifJamie gets it. Are you just as excited? Now, if you don’t know what WeeBox is, let’s chat so you can get just as pumped as our favorite kilted hero.

WeeBox is a subscription box that is filled with all sorts of wonderful mystery items, straight from Scotland! Sometimes they have snack boxes with goodies and treats from all around the country and sometimes they have special boxes that highlight the magic of special events like the Highland Games. We’ve received the special Valentines WeeBoxes in the past and thought they were adorable! If you’d like to see what we got, click HERE!

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