Outlandish Mother’s Day Gift Guide

The UK already had their Mother’s Day, so now it’s America’s turn! Since I’m a mom, and I love Outlander, I thought I’d make up a handy little list for you own shopping needs! So here are some cards and that will brighten up the day of your Sassenach mama for sure! Let’s start with some cards…

Mum, yer’ pure dead brilliant!

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Show your mom you think she’s the bloody best with this cheeky card. Grad one HERE!

You Kilt It

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Tell your mom who really ‘kilt’ it at being the best mom ever. Order yours HERE before it’s too late!

You’re Pure Brilliant

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This card is pretty self explanatory. They’re available HERE!

Now, onto the meat…

The WeeBox

Now, Sarah and I both received and reviewed the WeeBox, which you can read and watch HERE, and I think it deserves a place on our list. It’s a carefully cultivated subscription box filled with authentic Scottish goodies, straight from the source! Now, Mother’s Day is only one day a year, but why not show your mom you care every month by setting her up with a subscription? Every month she could get a little something Scottish to make her smile, and you get to be the favorite kid with no more effort than plugging in your credit card info. Talk about a win! PS. The kind people at WeeBox have scheduled their Outlander box for September, so if you want a special delivery of Outlander items from Jamie’s homeland, plan your subscription accordingly!

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Check out their website HERE and see if the WeeBox is right for your mom…or you!

A .Malcolm Mug

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Waiting for season three is a killer, even for us book lovers! What better way to classically may homage to Jamie and his new life in Edinburgh, then with this mug that looks straight out of 1700s Scotland? Grab yours HERE and end each day with a sip of tea as you wait for September.

Claire’s Medicinal Tea

I found a shop that caters to the White Witch in all of us called Megan’s Marvelous Medicinals. Using Outlander as an inspiration at times, she’s created some organic, natural tea blends to sooth coughs, cures what ails you, and helps you fall asleep easily. Grab some bags here and pack it up with some a lovely mug for mom! Take a look at her blends HERE and see what might work for you.

Everyday Regalia

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A store so nice, I’ve shopped there twice! We’ve done a product review for this Etsy shop in the past, which you can see HERE, but I’ve recently taken advantage of her ability to rapidly create custom pieces to have bracelets made to commemorate my historical book series (which I’ll obvi share pics of when I get them). The shop’s owner is very fast and willing to work with you to create exactly what you have in mind, so if there’s a particular quote or picture you, or your mom, favors, then just let her know and she can make something awesome! You can even have pics put in. For example, if you don’t know what your mom would like for Mother’s Day and you have kids, make her a “grandma bracelet”! Always a winner.

So if you’re looking at some quality jewelry that cane be made to your absolute liking, is cost effective, and durable, look no further than Everyday Regalia! Check out her shop HERE!

This Lovely Sassenach Shirt

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I always find that this style of shirt is always flattering. I think half the shirts in my closet have type of neckline. This particular shirt from Esoteric Rhythms comes in 17 different colors from black to hot pink to a lovely plum. And at $24 it’s a total steal for something so cute. Grab one for the Sassenach in your life HERE…and one for yourself because matching is always adorable.

Outlander Apron

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Is your mom head cook of your household? Give her something to protect her clothes that also stakes her claim to the kitchen! Grab an apron HERE and give her some more joy in the kitchen for next year’s holiday season.

Claire’s Ring (Show Version)

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Always a classic Sassenach gift, Claire’s wedding ring is a tasteful way to show your Outlander pride without wearing a shirt with Jamie’s face on it (not that there’s anything wrong with that! This Italian Etsy shop offers just the item to add to your jewelry box! Grab one HERE for dear old mom.

Claire’s Ring (Book Version)

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Is mom a traditionalist who favors the book? Don’t worry, Author’s Corner has the perfect ring to reflect the one Diana envisioned when she wrote the series. It even has “Da Mi Basia Mille” engraved inside to finish it off. Order yours HERE now!

Outlander Tank Tops

You know what they say about summer; “sun’s out, guns out”! Add some of these shirts from Glamorously Geeky to your mama’s summer wardrobe. Starting at $15, it’s really a great price for nice shirts you can get in a variety of colors. Order one (or more) HERE!

Lallybroch Teapot

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Is there a tea drinking lady in your life that you’d like to spoil? Make her think of her literary home every time she makes a cup! Order one HERE and prepare a cup of something special.

Dixie Sisters

This shop has quite a few Outlander items that are suuuper cheap. You can get the notebook for $7.50 and the coasters for $6! You could basically make up a whole gift basket in a cost effective manner. Check out the Outlander line HERE.

A Druid Lantern

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Get mom in touch with her druid side with an Outlander inspired lantern to lead the way. Fitted with a flame-less candle, it’s a great little piece to have to brighten up a room (literally), up your Halloween game, or make a power outage a little more fun. Order one HERE!

See the rest of our gift guides, lists, quizzes, and Outlander posts HERE!

Sarah and I both have books out now, so if you like our posts, you’ll probably love our books! First Semester is a thrilling college romance that you can get HERE. Queen of Emeralds is a historic romance set in the highlands that you can get HERE. Both of them come in paperback, ebook, and Kindle Unlimited.

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The Dating Game: Outlander Edition

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The time has come, you’re down to the last ten bachelors and you’re looking for that special someone. But here’s the catch, you only get to know a wee bit about each contestant before you pick, so read carefully and see who will get lucky this week, getting the change at love with you and a weekend alone in the luxury Fantasy Suite. So, let’s meet the bachelors…

Bachelor #1

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Bachelor #1 is a successful businessman who comes from an old family. He enjoys fine clothes, elbowing with the rich and famous, and traveling. His perfect date? Plotting revenge on those who wronged him over a glass of high quality port.

Bachelor #2

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Bachelor #2 is one tall drink of ex-military water. He enjoys horseback riding, bawdy jokes, and quiet nights at home. His perfect romantic getaway? A long weekend in the mountains, with you teaching him a trick or two. Get ready for a man who will die for your hand!

Bachelor #3

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Bachelor #3 is family man through and through, taking care of his motherless daughters alone. He enjoys working out, raising money for charity, and working as a public speaker for causes he believes in. Pick him and you’ll get one hell of a strong man who can handle his drink and always chooses justice.

Bachelor #4

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Bachelor #4 is a highly educated man who loves books, his country, and keeping secrets. While you’ll play second fiddle to his work, you’ll always hold first place in his heart! His future plans are to live the quite life, raise a family, and make you forget about the past.

Bachelor #5

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Bachelor #5 is always up for a laugh. If you pick him, you’ll live a frugal life of fun, partying it up with his main boys, and spending long evenings by the fireside sharing stories. The three words Bachelor #5 would use to describe himself? Hilarious, loyal, and fine-as-hell.

Bachelor #6

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Bachelor #6 is a man with a noble lineage, who wants to take you on the adventure of a lifetime. Always eager to outdo everyone, he will do whatever it takes to impress you, no matter what the cost to those around him. His idea of a perfect naughty date? A sex toy party with plenty of booze and plenty of bosoms.

Bachelor #7

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Bachelor #7 is a true songbird who will always croon you a few love songs. Alone at an early age, he’s looking for that special someone to start a family with ASAP! But it’s not all sweet loving and Gaelic songs with this one, he also possesses a sharp mind.

Bachelor #8

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Bachelor #8 is a no-nonsense man who won’t hesitate to take you over his knee, if you catch my drift. He enjoys grooming, displaying his impeccable manners, distributing justice in the name of the crown and staying loyal to his family until the bitter end. His perfect date? A leisurely dinner, a glass of wine, and a good strapping.

Bachelor #9

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Bachelor #9 is a true diamond in the rough, ready to be cleaned up and taken out by a one lucky lady. While he won’t wine and dine you in a fancy Italian restaurant, you can be sure of his traditional loyalty and faithfulness to you long after you’re gone. Pick him and be prepared for long horseback rides, family dinners, and afternoon romps.

Bachelor #10

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Bachelor #10 is an old-school man who enjoys the finer things in life; well tailored jackets, elaborate parties, and testing his guests for traces of sorcery. To keep up with this catch, you need to be prepared to get a little wild in-and out- of the boudoir. He loves a lady who can do magic tricks, isn’t afraid of getting dirty, and loves the smell of violets.

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How did these ten bachelors sound to you? Have you decided what lucky man gets a romantic weekend with you in this Fantasy Suite?

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Let’s reveal our bachelors!

Bachelor #1 – The Comte!

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Bachelor #2 – Jamie!

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Bachelor #3 – Dougal!

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Bachelor #4 – Frank!

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Bachelor #5 – Angus!

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Bachelor #6 – Prince Charlie

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Bachelor #7 – Roger!

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Bachelor #8 – Black Jack!

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Bachelor #9 – Murtagh

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Bachelor #10 – King Louis

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So who did you get? A handsome Scot? A devilish Frenchman? Someone else? Who will you be spending a night of sin with? Tell us in the comments! And if you want to take another Outlander quiz, click HERE or read all our Outlander articles HERE and escape from Droughtlander.

Sarah and I both have books out now, so if you like our posts, you’ll probably love our books! First Semester is a thrilling college romance that you can get HERE. Queen of Emeralds is a historic romance set in the highlands that you can get HERE. Both of them come in paperback, ebook, and Kindle Unlimited.

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Outlandish Mixology

Are you gearing up for a Voyager party in September? A special viewing with you and your fellow Sassenachs? I know Season three of Outlander is a few months away, but planning a good party takes time! Maybe you just want to have a party to rewatch season 2? Either way, let’s take a look at some super easy drinks to spice up your party!

The Voyager

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Get your guests in the mood with a Voyager inspired cocktail that mimics the deep blue of the sea. For this, all you need is cranberry juice, a lime, vodka, and blue curacao.

  • Directions:
    • In shaker (or two well fitting glasses) full of ice, pour in 1/4 cup of cranberry juice
    • Add 1 ounce of vodka
    • Then add 1 ounce of the blue curacao and a squeeze of lime
    • Give it a few shakes and pour into a glass

Claire’s Concoction

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This is one Sarah thought of this one, which she says is a great representation of Claire: pretty, but packs a punch! It combines vodka (a great sterilizer), champagne (a French staple), and some natural garnishes. All you need is Raspberry Vodka, Champagne, one lime, and a few fresh berries.

  • Directions:
    • Fill a champagne flute halfway
    • Add a splash of vodka
    • Squeeze a small dash of lime into the glass
    • Finish off with a few of your berries for taste and looks

Seumas Ruadh (Red Jamie)

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Here’s a drink that’s tall, red, and fills you with warmth…just like you’d want Jamie to do! It’s also super simple to put together, making it an easy fix for when you’re on the run from Redcoats. All you need is Aperol, any kind of rye whiskey, club soda, and ice. You can also garnish with fruit if you like, but it’s not necessary.

  • Directions:
    • Fill a glass with ice
    • Pour in 1 and 1/2 ounces of the Aperol
    • Pour in 1 and 1/2 ounces of your whiskey
    • Add in a splash of the club soda to tie it all together

Black Jack’s Whip

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This one’s not for the faint of heart, much like Black Jack’s whip. It seems unassuming, but packs quite a bite. For this sharp beverage, you need Yukon Jack honey whiskey and some lime juice, or a straight up lime. BTW, this combo is super strong, so make sure you know what you’re getting yourself, and your guests, into!

  • Directions:
    • Fill a small glass with the whiskey
    • Add a splash of lime juice, or squeeze in a liberal amount of fresh lime
    • Take a sip like a champ

The Emerald Eye

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We all recall the vivid green of Geillis Duncan’s eyes. It’s a trait she’s passed on through the ages and Claire can recall as soon as her name is mentioned. Why not pay homage to the woman we all love to hate with this little mixture made of champagne, sour apple schnapps, triple sec, and vanilla vodka? BTW this recipe serves 4!

  • Directions:
    • In a shaker with ice, pour 2 ounces of schnapps
    • Add 1 ounce of vanilla vodka
    • Pour in 3/4 ounces of triple sec
    • In your glasses, fill them about 3/4 the way with the champagne
    • Finally, pour the green mixture evenly into your 4 glasses of champagne and enjoy!

Black Jack’s Embrace

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Here’s another Black Jack beverage to send chills down your spine. It’s not as strong as the other, as it’s more of a lavender martini, which you know is Jonathan Randall’s signature scent. For this, you’ll need a shaker (or two well fitting cups would do), ice, lavender syrup, vanilla vodka, and a sprig of fresh lavender or mint to spruce up your glass.

  • Directions:
    • Fill your shaker with ice
    • Add about 1 and 1/2 ounces of the vodka to the shaker
    • Then you pour in about 1/4 ounce of the lavender syrup, but you might want more to taste
    • Shake like there’s no tomorrow and pout into a martini glass. You can strain the ice, or not, and add your little garnish

The Bee’s Secret

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This is a sweet little beverage that will have you pining for the next book in the Outlander series. The white rum, honey, and milk mixture might sound strange, but it’s the perfect sipping beverage. You can also add a sprinkling of chocolate on top for an extra sweet treat.

  • Directions:
    • Fill a shaker with ice
    • Add 2 ounces of white rum
    • Pour in 1teaspoon of milk
    • And add 1 teaspoon of honey
    • Shake it up and pour it into a glass! You can choose to strain the ice, or not, and add your shaved chocolate if you wish.

La Dame Blanche

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This unassuming little drink looks innocent, but is much stronger than it appears. All you need for this simple potion is vodka, lemon juice, sugar, and lemongrass syrup.

  • Directions:
    • Ready a small dish with granulated sugar and rim your cup with lemon juice to make it sticky before dipping the rim in the sugar (like the picture above)
    • In a separate glass, combine 1 and 1/2 ounces of vodka, 1/4 ounce lemongrass syrup, and 1/3 ounce lemon juice (or more to taste), and stir
    • Gently pour the concoction in your rimmed glass and enjoy! BTW, I suggest adding a few ice cubes to your rimmed glass to keep things nice and cold.

Murtagh’s Mix

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As we know, Murtagh’s grandmother was Irish. Add in the fact that Murtagh’s constant presence was like a warm embrace from an old friend, let’s take a little twist on the classic Irish coffee as an ode to Murtagh. For this, you just need fresh coffee, whipped cream, nutmeg, some Scottish whiskey, cream (flavored if you’d like), white sugar, and brown sugar.

  • Directions:
    • Brew some dark roasted coffee of your choice
    • In a tall glass, pour in one ounce of whiskey
    • Add a tablespoon of white sugar
    • Add a teaspoon of brown sugar
    • When coffee is brewed, pour it into the glass
    • Add a measure of cream to taste
    • Top with whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg and brown sugar

A Furgus Refresher

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This sweet and tart non-alcoholic drink is perfect for your underage guests. It’s cute, simple, and always a fan favorite. For this, you’re going to have to add grapefruit juice, lemon juice, limes, and Sprite (or other lemon/lime soda) to your shopping list. BTW, this recipe serves 4!

  • Directions:
    • In a pitcher of ice add 1 and 1/2 cups of grapefruit juice
    • Add 1/4 cup of lemon juice and a dash of lime
    • Gently pour in 4 cups of Sprite
    • Carefully stir and serve in fancy mocktail glasses. I think adding in a stick of rock candy would also be a fabulous garnish!

 The French King’s Kiss

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Who can forget how King Louis offered Claire a lovely orange when she went to beg for Jamie’s life? And, even more, how quickly the whole ordeal was over? Let’s nod to that with an orange shot! You’ll need orange juice, Triple Sec, and vodka.

  • Directions:
    • Add 1ouce of OJ, Triple Sec, and vodka into a shaker
    • Give it three firm shakes
    • Pour into a shot glass and enjoy…very quickly and before it’s over

Master Raymond’s Poison

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Nothing says “Master Raymond” quite like poisoning someone. Not saying you should kill anyone at your party (this isn’t a Game of Thrones wedding!), but adding a creepy drink for them to savor might just a nice touch. This simple recipe calls for black vodka and rosemary-lemon syrup (although you can choose any flavor you want).

  • Directions:
    • In a shaker full of ice, pour 4 ounces of vodka
    • Add  2 ounces of syrup
    • Shake the hell out of it and pour into a glass of your choice

That’s it for this week! Click HERE to read all our past Outlander posts!

BTW Sarah and I both have books out now, so if you like our posts, you’ll probably love our books! First Semester is a thrilling college romance that you can get HERE. Queen of Emeralds is a historic romance set in the highlands that you can get HERE.

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Books and Booze Charity Basket

Sarah and Kelsey have donated a basket to the No You Cant’cer Foundation event in Atlantic City tonight. But they didn’t do it alone, not by a long shot. There are four lovely authors who have graciously given their books to be added to this wonderful prize, which will be raffled off tonight with all proceeds going to colorectal cancer and ostomy awareness and education.

17426088_10154400700772286_1265782561820900422_nSo let’s take a look at these four authors, and their wonderful books!

Jeniffer Loring: Firebird

Jennifer Loring’s short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, webzines, and anthologies, including Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from the Lake vol. 1. She has also published a novella, Conduits (DarkFuse, 2014), and a novel, Those of My Kind (Omnium Gatherum, 2015). Jennifer lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, their turtle, and two basset hounds.

Connect with her online at…

Most importantly, get a copy of Firebird HERE!

JL Drake: Broken

Best selling author J. L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children.

When she’s not writing she loves to spend time with her family, travelling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing.

An avid reader of James Patterson, J.L. Drake has often found herself inspired by his many stories of mystery and intrigue.

She hopes you will enjoy her stories as much as she has enjoyed writing them.

Connect with her online at…

Most importantly, get a copy of Broken HERE!

Jennifer Allis Provost: Heir to the Sun

Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

Connect with her online at…

Most importantly, get a copy of Heir to the Sun HERE!

Christine Hartmann: Wild Within

Christine Hartmann grew up in Ohio and Delaware and loves traveling to exotic, romantic settings. After a college semester in Kathmandu, her first three “real” jobs were all in northern Japan, where she lived for almost 10 years. She currently splits her career between her daytime occupation (improving the quality of veterans’ nursing home care) and her nights/weekend avocation (writing both fiction and non-fiction books). Her husband Ron Strickland is a well-known long-distance hiker and trail guide writer and the founder of the 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. Christine loves reading, pilates, bicycling, snorkeling, and health foods that taste like they’re bad for you. You will often find her at a keyboard, a German shepherd at her side, and Ron whispering sweet edits over her shoulder.

Connect with her online at…

Most importantly, get a copy of Wild Within HERE!

The Sorting Hat Goes to Scotland

Sarah and I aren’t just raving Sassenachs, we’re also “Potterheads”, as we grew up with Harry Potter and waited for our Hogwarts letters that never came. Sarah’s a Ravenclaw, as evident by her crazy work ethic and logical way of thought that she uses in her daily life. I mean, I’m an adult, but Sarah’s the adult I go to when I need an adult, if you catch my drift? Anyway, I’m a Slytherin because I look awesome in green and calculate my options before deciding what will best benefit myself and those I care about. So, we wondered what houses our favorite Outlander characters would belong in…

Geillis Duncan-Slythin

Is there anyone else who seems like more of a Slythin than Geillis? She loves potions, uses others for her own personal gain, and her eerie green eyes are certainly the Slytherin hue!

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Bree Randall-Hufflepuff

“A Hufflepuff?” you may ask. “But Bree is so smart! Surely a Ravenclaw? Or A noble Gryffindor?” Nah, she’s a Hufflepuff. She’s loyal to those she loves, and will defend them fiercely…I mean look at how angry she was with her own mother when she found out her bio father wasn’t Frank. Also, if given a choice, she would probably pick whatever house Claire wasn’t in.

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Roger Wakefield-Ravenclaw

Is there any doubt that Roger is a Ravenclaw? He’s intelligent, educated, and his musical prowess shows off his creative side. Also, couldn’t you see this mild mannered reverend’s son as a Prefect?

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Master Raymond-Hufflepuff

Hufflepuffs don’t get enough love, but we think Master Raymond belongs with Hegla Hufflepuff. He’s kind, longs to help, and very loyal to those he cares about. And those herbology skills he has would certainly come in handy during his time at Hogwarts. But some think he might have a pinch of Slytherin in him, after all, his blood line is what keeps things going and he’s very sly, although it’s for a good cause. His pure motives put him in the Hufflepuff house!

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Jamie Fraser-Gryffindor

Was this even a question? That bravery, that loyalty, that shock of red hair! He’s obviously a Gryffindor. Hell, is there anyone else who could give “The Boy Who Lived” a run for his wizard gold like “The Man Who Lived”? Jamie is an unstoppable force and old Voldemort would never stand a change.

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Laoghaire Mackenzie

Hello, she tried to get a woman burned at the stake because she wanted Jamie Fraser all to herself! Although I think a lot of us wish we could be Jamie’s main squeeze, Laoghaire went overboard, showing her cunning and the way she will destroy anyone who opposes her. Also, she’d totally be made into a Prefect because she’s a kiss-ass to those in authority.

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Claire Fraser-Ravenclaw

There’s no smarter woman in the 1700’s like Claire Fraser. She’s a plotter, a planner, and has the brains to potentially change history. Was there ever a question that she’s basically the new Rowena Ravenclaw?

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Mary Hawkins-Hufflepuff

Darling Mary, the poor soul who only wanted happiness and love is just the kind of gentle soul who belongs in Hufflepuff. She’s shy and soft spoken, but when it comes to those she loves, Mary can bare a set of fangs that would make a Slytherin run for cover.

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Black Jack Randall-Slytherin

You know this Grade A jerk would be the one who would open the Chamber of Secrets and don his Death Eater’s hood the moment he got the chance. I even bet he’d be the new Voldemort!

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Dougal Mackenzie-Gryffindor

Yeah, old Dougal can be a bit of a jerk, but often it’s because he’s doing what’s right. He’s still a brave man who wants freedom for his country and the people he fights with. I mean, remember when he trotted out into Redcoat territory and Bonny Prince Charlie practically swooned at his bravery? That’s a Gryffindor for you.

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Compt St. Germain-Slytherin

This slimy snake would sell out his own mother if it meant he could have a bit of power. You know he’d be in favor for the decimation of the muggle born wizards and probably mistreat his house elf. Total Slytherin.

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Murtagh Fraser-Griffindor

Has there ever been a more loyal friend than Murtagh? He’s basically the Ron Weasley to Jamie Fraser’s Harry Potter. He’ll go to the ends of the earth for those he cares about and always keeps his promises. A true Griffindor that belongs on a Chocolate Frog card.

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What do you think? Were all these sortings spot on, or do you have other houses you’d think they’d be better sorted to?  And what house are you in?

Also, check out all our other Outlander posts HERE to help fill the droughtlander void!

And it’s not enough, Sarah and I both have books out now, so if you like our posts, you’ll probably love our books! First Semester is a thrilling college romance that you can get HERE. Queen of Emeralds is a historic romance set in the highlands that you can get HERE.

 

Ultimate Dragonfly in Amber Quiz

We’ve offered many fun quizes, which you can read on our Outlander page here, but sometimes we like to challenge you. We tripped a few of you up in our Ultimate Outlander Book Quiz, here, so let’s see how you do with  quiz that tests your knowledge on Dragonfly in Amber! This quiz doesn’t have any spoilers for the show, but if you want to read the book, then be careful!

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  1. Who painted all the royal portraits in the Great Gallery?
  • Frances Cotes
  • Jacob DeWitt
  • Charles Brooking
  • Samuel Scott

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2.What did Reverend Wakefield do every night before bed?

  • Wrote in his journal
  • Read part of Frank Randall’s history books
  • Sang ‘The Skye Boat Song’ to Roger
  • Had a glass of sherry and listened to the radio

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3. How did Claire keep her teeth so clean?

  • She used toothpaste she made herself from cloves and mint
  • She chewed “gum” made from Spruce resin
  • She washed her mouth out with whiskey to kill bacteria
  • She brushed them with the twig from a willow tree

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4. What did Prince Charles always carry with him?

  • A letter from his father, reminding him he is king
  • A miniature portrait of Louise
  • A cross that belonged to his mother
  • A stone taken from the cairn of a great Scottish king

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5. What nickname does Young Simon say Claire is known by?

  • The White Witch
  • Lady Long Legs
  • Sassanach Sorceress
  • Mistress Honeylips

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6. What famous artist’s work did Claire say the wise woman Mairsi resembled?

  • Sandro Botticelli
  • Amedeo Modigliani
  • Johannes Vermeer
  • Francisco Goya

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7. What was the main ingredient in Monsieyr Forez’s salve?

  • Hanged-men’s grease
  • The blood of a virgin
  • Powdered human skull
  • A guillotined woman’s tears

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8. What jeweled thing was hanging from Madame Nesle de la Tourelle’s pierced nipples?

  • Colorful peacocks
  • Golden mermaids
  • Graceful swans
  • Pale Roses

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9. What relative did Uncle Jared most resemble?

  • Dougal
  • Murtagh
  • Cullom
  • Jamie’s father, Brian

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10. What was the necklace that Jamie gave Claire made of when they went back to Scotland?

  • Amber
  • Cotter Pins
  • Carved stones from a French cave
  • The links of chain from a British wagon

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11. What street was Master Raymond’s shop on and what animal did Claire think he resembled?

  • Rue de Sein and a gorilla
  • Rue de Rivoli and a lizard
  • Rue de Varennes and a toad
  • Rue de Richelieu and a bull dog

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12. What is the last verbal phrase spoken at the end of the book?

  • “He meant to die on Culloden Field…But he didn’t.”
  • “I have to go back.”
  • “Jamie escaped…he’s alive.”
  • “Help me find him. Help me find your father.”

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13. What instrument does Mother Hildegarde play?

  • The harpsichord
  • The clavichord
  • The fortepiano
  • The virginal

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14. What animal does Jamie think he resembles at times?

  • An orangutang
  • A fox
  • A hedgehog
  • A tiger

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15. What occupation did Jamie say he wanted to be when he was a child?

  • A blacksmith
  • A politician
  • A pirate
  • A horse breeder

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16. What saint did Claire think of before her meeting with the king?

  • Saint Nicholas, the savior of prostitutes
  • Saint Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland
  • Saint Joan of Arc, the warrior woman saint
  • Saint Mary Magdalene, the fallen follower of Jesus

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17. What did Jamie give Claire as a belated gift for their first wedding anniversary?

  • Hair ribbons
  • A dapple grey pony
  • A piece of amber
  • His mother’s crucifix

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18. Which Cameron lead 300 clansmen to join Prince Charlie?

  • Jenny Cameron
  • Jacob Cameron
  • Janet Cameron
  • James Cameron

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19. Murtagh wasn’t pure Scottish. What country did his grandmother hail from?

  • England
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Spain

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20. What did Claire do with the money gotten from the sale of her pearl necklace?

  • Se bought blankets for some men imprisoned in Tolbooth
  • She purchased medicinal herbs to help Alex Randall
  • She sent it to Jenny to help her feed Jamie’s tenants
  • She sent it to Jared for safekeeping

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21. BONUS: How did you react to Claire retuning to Frank and her previous life?

  • Ugly sobs à la Kim Kardashian
  • A moment of careful contemplation in which you reevaluated your entire life
  • You ran to book three, hoping for Claire and Jamie to find a way to reunite
  • All of the above

You’ve now finished! Check your answers with those below the naked Scot and see how many you got right. Each right answer is worth 1 point.

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  1. Jacob DeWitt
  2. Journal
  3. Willow (willow was also used as a brushing tool in the movie Shakespeare in Love)
  4. Portrait of Louise
  5. Mistress honeylips (There are worse things to be called, I guess)
  6. Amadeo Modigliani
  7. Hanged Men’s Grease
  8. Swans (ouch)
  9. Murtagh
  10. Cotter pins
  11. Rue de Varenes and a toad
  12. “He meant to die on Culloden Field…But he didn’t.” (*sob*)
  13. Harpsichord
  14. Orangutang
  15. Pirate (Must have been before he discovered his seasickness!)
  16. St. Mary Magdalene
  17. A piece of amber
  18. Jenny
  19. Ireland
  20. She bought blankets
  21. All of the above…unless you have no soul

Now, let’s see what level book master you are!

0-7: Time to reread the book!

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8-15: Not too shabby! You know your way about France, for sure.

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16-21: You are the Outlandish page master!

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Let us know how you did on the quiz! And check out our Outlander page here for more Jamie and Claire goodness to see you through the Droughtlander. And if you’re into organic beauty that Claire would have made, check out Face Affection HERE or Bellissima Bain HERE!

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Sarah and I both have books out now, so if you like our posts, you’ll probably love our books! First Semester is a thrilling college romance that you can get HERE. Queen of Emeralds is a historic romance set in the highlands that you can get HERE.

 

Cauldron

It’s here! My review of Meredith Stoddard’s Cauldron, book two in the Once and Future series. To refresh your memory, here’s my review of The River Maiden. I wouldn’t dream of reading Cauldron as a standalone.You need the info The River Maiden has to offer in order to really immerse yourself in this wonderful tale.

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Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: Scottish Folklore Fiction

Sarah MacAlpin’s life is in disarray. The events of the previous months have left her reeling and wondering what in her life is true and what has been a lie. This doesn’t just include her love life with handsome Scottish folklorist Dermot Sinclair, but her own roots. Sarah’s mother, Molly, has been gone for years, leaving an aura of mystery and unanswered questions in her wake. But Molly has left something behind for her daughter, something that could help clear up some of the muddled truths.

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Old faces and new come into play in Cauldron, taking you on another fantastic journey, picking up right where The River Maiden left off. You feel Sarah’s heartache over Dermot’s return to Scotland and commiserate when she finds out her carefully cultivated research turns out to maybe not be as trustworthy as she thought. Most of all, you get to know Molly, thought of as a mad woman by those who knew her. She’s left a story behind for her daughter, and you learn what secrets it holds.

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As with the first, I loved this book. When you open page one and see a bit of Gaelic, its very comforting. Realism in writing is something that I cherish, and Stoddard certainly puts a lot of research and effort into her work. Everything in this book has a purpose, even if you don’t see it right away. There are breadcrumbs to follow and mysteries to unravel. I know I’ll be waiting for book three with baited breath! Like, will Sarah and Dermot make it work? And what about James and Duff? I highly recommend this series to people who love mysteries, Scotland, Gaelic, fiction, folklore, romance, and reading in general!

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An Outlandish Valentine’s Day

We know it’s not Saturday, but we’d still like to wish you a Happy Valentines Day with a special collection of Outlander cards, made just for you!

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We hope you have a lovely Valentines Day! Check back on Saturday for more Outlander love, and check out our Outlander page here to read all our previous posts! BTW, check out the WeeBox and treat yo self to a piece of Scotland.

Sarah and I both have books out now, so if you like our posts, you’ll probably love our books! First Semester is a thrilling college romance that you can get HERE. Queen of Emeralds is a historic romance set in the highlands that you can get HERE.

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Season 3-Ready for a Voyage?

Morning! We hope you loved our review of the Scottish subscription box, WeeBox, and are now ready to get into some straight Outlander talk! But use caution: This contains Outlander season 3/Voyager Spoilers! Read no further if you haven’t read the the third Outlander series book!

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Now that you’ve been warned, are you ready to talk about Voyager and what might come in season three of Outlander on Starz and what Sarah and Kelsey are looking forward to, plus where you can see some of the stars, besides what we mentioned in another post, which you can read here.

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A final reminder, if you hate spoilers, don’t read any further!

Anyways, here’s Kelsey with some of her book-themed dreams, hopes, thoughts, and feelings before Sarah brings in her movie skills to tell you all about the new actors and actresses that are gracing the Outlander stage with their presence!

♥Jamie’s return to Lallybroch♥

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It’s going to be sad, seeing Jamie wounded and hiding in Dun Bonnet’s Cave for so many years with only a few books to keep him company. As you probably read on our Legends of Outlander post, there was a real-live man named James Fraser who hid in a care and was nicknamed Dun Bonnet by the cap he wore. Nice connection, Diana!I love seeing history come to life and see how things connect. Something I’m not too thrilled about seeing it when little Fergus get’s caught up in the traitor madness and looses his crafty little hand. I assume more than one tear shall be shed for our tiny adopted Fraser.

♥Friends Foreverrrrr♥

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The peculiar relationship between Jamie and Lord John Grey is something that I’m curious to see brought to life on the screen. I’m not saying it’s romantic, you know Jamie only has eternal eyes for Claire, but his friendship with Lord John Grey is going to be one of the cornerstones for the series moving forward. Without Lord John Grey, Jamie’s time in prison, and his later reunion with his biological son, might never be possible. Although, it looks like they’re setting it up to be more romantic in the show than it was in the books, something I’m not really into, as I think their complicated friendship in the series was compelling and deep. I almost feel like making it sound like a torrid love affair, like in some other blog posts and news stories, cheapens their dynamic relationship. If only the show series could do a chapter an episode!

♥Roger and Brianna help Claire Prepare♥

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Okay, so A lot of people have a lot of thoughts about how Brianna was cast for the show, and honesty even I was expecting someone redder and taller, but the acting may surprise us in the coming season! But one thing I had a little bit of an issue with is how the show portrayed Brianna and Claire as not being close, like…at all. In the books I felt that there was much more warmth involved in their relationship that wasn’t represented on the show. However, Starz only has an hour an episode to work with, so I’m trying to ignore it, knowing that it’ll be impossible to ignore their true, loving, feelings as the show goes on. So I’m looking forward for Roger and Brianna to grow close as they help Claire prepare for her return to Jamie. I hope it’s just as touching as it was in the book! BTW, just so you know, we also have a lovely Claire dress guide here, so your clothes can be on point, and Sarah’s done a Claire hair tutorial, which is so easy, even I could do it.

♥Meeting Geneva♥

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This is going to be tough for all those who love Claire and Jamie. I’m going to be honest, I think Geneva is a grade A asshole. Blackmailing Jamie into sex was a low blow and the man’s life has been tough enough. I know I’ll have a rage stroke when she throws out the “bang me or I’ll scream rape” card. At least Jamie can see some joy in the terrible union by his son William grow for a few years. But seeing as how happy he was knowing Claire was pregnant when she left, It’ll be tough seeing him watch his child from afar. There’s a lot of controversy surrounding this particular part of the series, with the word “rape” being used to describe both sides of the coupling. It’ll be interesting to see how the show addresses it. To cleanse the soul, let’s take a look back in time to when Jamie and Claire were #RelationshipGoals

♥Baby Jamie♥

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Jamie and his interactions with his secret son is going to be bittersweet. Their doings takes up a good chunk of book, and for good reason. We all read, and saw, how into being a father Jamie was when Claire was pregnant with Faith and how important it was for Claire to go back to Frank for the safety of their unborn child. It’s going to be bittersweet to see how young Willie sees a father figure in Jamie and Jamie longs to be close to a child he never thought he’d have, after Claire’s leaving. Their bond in the books might be hard to portray on screen, but Starz has done an awesome job, so far. We know Jamie’s big heart is one of the things we all admire about him, and in care you need to be reminded of the other reasons, take a look at our other list here!

♥The Highlight of the Year♥

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I know for a damn fact that I’m not the only person who ugly cried when Claire went through the stones and later learned that Jamie was alive all along. While I understand that she needed to go for her own safety, it’s like she’s still twenty years too late to their reunion. I’m already preparing myself for the Kim Kardashian-like sobs when she finally sees him in the print shop. I’m also dying to see how well Jamie aged. I’m guessing it’s like a fine, beautifully kilted, wine… although he’ll be unkilted for a lot of the season, and not always in the fun way. The fact that we’ll probably have to wait a few episodes for this glorious meeting adds a certain level of delicious suspense. At least it’ll be a smoother journey for Claire, as Roger and Bree help her get the cash and clothes necessary for a successful jaunt through time. Some people are salty that Claire left Brianna in the present to go into the past, saying she’s a bad mom, but Claire did right by her kid and her promise to Jamie, so she deserves to have some Highlander goodness up in her petticoats.

♥The Scorned Second Wife♥

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Dis Bitch is right. Ya’ll probably know that I feel Laoghaire is a dirty home wrecking hussy and no one deserves to get lumpy and gross in their old age more than her…well, except for Black Jack Randall… not that he lives long enough for that. Well, anyways, her coming out of the woodwork again to claim Jamie as her rightful husband is something I’m looking forward to. Like, I get how she saw Jamie as the one that got away but, damn girl, have some self respect! I wouldn’t tie myself for a man who was constantly wishing I was someone else, no matter how hot he was. BTW I’m all sour grapes on how Jenny lashes out at Claire and rats to Loaghaire, even thought Claire told her the potato-planting key to Lallybroch’s survival. I hope Loaghaire’s gun-toting dramatics are just as wild on the screen as they are on the page.

♥High Seas Misadventure♥

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Poor Jamie can’t catch a break. He, along with Claire and Marsali, go to rescue Ian and he’s stuck vomiting with seasickness while Claire is basically kidnapped by the Porpoise, because the ocean has never been kind to Jamie. Like, universe, give the man a break! All he wants is to live the quiet life and plant some crops and make sweet love to his new found wife, not be held captive and taken towards prison. At least he’s conveniently shipwrecked near Claire. Small victories. I’m curious to see how this will play out since, in the book, their oceanic struggles is a large chunk of action. Thankfully, Starz has brought Mr. Willoughby onto the scene, so poor Jamie will have some relief on the ship. Also, it’s said that the Outlander Starz crew will be using some of the same set used to film their pirate series Black Sails, which I highly recommend to people into high seas adventures, sex, romance, murder, mystery, history, and backstabbing.

♥The Return of Geillis♥

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Gonna be real, I’m pumped for the return of Geillis. I know she’s a murderer, adulteress, and all around baddie, but I’m really excited to see her return in all her crazy glory. You have to admire her vicious tenacity and the way she unraveled thousands of years of legends and myths to learn about time travel. Sure, she could have gone around without human sacrifices, but I admire a bitch with flair. I mean, if she had really been killed before having her son, a certain green-eyed man wouldn’t be able to grace us with his presence (lookin’ at you, Roger, you silver-tongued songster)! It’ll be neat to see the witch we love to hate back on the screen.

♥The British Scorch of the Highlands♥

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After the failed Jacobite uprising, England took measures to ensure the Scottish would never rise again. They passed the Heritable Jurisdictions Act of 1746 that outlawed the Scottish chief system, hoping that by removing those men from their places of power, the people would be more accepting of full English rule. The Act of Proscription of 1746 was also put into effect, which outlawed all highland dress (see ya later, kilts) in the Dress Act. This took away a large part of the clan identity, which is exactly what the British wanted. If you were caught wearing a kilt after 1746 you could be fined, imprisoned, or even sent to the British colonies for “indentured servitude”, which was just a fancy term for “slavery”. It explains why the kilts of the previous seasons will be lost for a while and not make any sort of comeback for some time. As a history-lover, I’m curious to see how these real life restrictions will come about on the show. Now…let’s have a moment of silence for the glorious kilt.

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BTW, if you’re interested in learning more about the Clans, and how they fared after the Jacobite rebellion, take a look at our Outlander page here and read up on Outlandish Clan History parts 1-5!

Sarah’s Thoughts

Now, I am here to help keep Kelsey honest lol. No, I read the books up to what’s been shown on TV to keep the spoilers at bay, so I have not read Voyager yet. My fingers are itching and I can’t wait to start, though. So I get excited about other things…like actors.

As much as I try to avoid spoilers, it is nearly impossible. As a result, I know about Jamie’s other daughter, the “Other Fraser” (Ten points if you get this reference). But what really excited me is the casting! Lauren Lyle and Nell Hudson look so alike its scary!

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Perfect casting right? It almost makes you not want to hate Laoghaire…almost.

Okay, we’ll talk about one more kid. Young Ian. I also know who this is, Jenny and Ian’s son but that’s all I know. However, I am a HUGE Jenny fan so I am excited to see the craziness her spawn will likely cause. Plus, he looks like a little Jamie (sorry Ian). It’s alright for a kid to look like his uncle though. In fact, I think it is going to seriously help his future! So, let’s say ‘hello’ to John Bell!

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Alright, let’s get into the big one…John Grey. Now, I know he and Jamie are supposed to be friends, but again, that’s all I know. I have heard the rumors that their bromance may be turned into a romance. All I have to say is, where is Jamie going to find the time to do that? Doesn’t he have enough going on with all the needy women in his life? I think it’s all hype to keep people interested and talking about the show while we’re waiting not so patiently for it to start. However, I will say I am terribly upset with the casting of David Berry! Uh! Did we really need another sexy man on the show? Okay, totally joking. He is a nice piece of eye candy and I definitely can’t wait to see his strutting across my BIG screen TV.

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I love a man in a suit!

Now let’s here it for Fergus! Everyone’s favorite trouble maker is all grown up and lookin finnnneeeee. I’m happy to see he’s still around and even more excited to see where his character goes from here. The hand thing… yeah, that’s going to be interesting. I almost wish they could pull a Hunger Games and pretend like that bit never happened. But, I don’t think it’s going to take our man too long to get his good hand into plenty of trouble. Let’s hear it for César Domboy!

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How about Joe Abernathy? I know he’s a doctor with Claire and he knows about time travel, so that is going to be a whole lot of fun. Mostly because I looked at Wil Johnson’s photos, and he takes a good picture! He has one of those stares that just bores into your soul and leaves you questioning everything in your life!

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So, what are you looking forward to in season 3?  Are you a fan of the new cast members? Let us know in the comments! BTW, if you’re a fan of Scotland, check out the WeeBox here! It’s a subscription box filled with all sorts of fun Scottish items worthy of ever Sassenach♥ And don’t forget to check out our Outlander page to fill up the bitter droughtlander!

Sarah and Kelsey both have books out now, so if you like their posts, you’ll probably love their books! First Semester is a thrilling college romance that you can get HERE. Queen of Emeralds is a historic romance set in the highlands that you can get HERE.

The River Maiden

In our Outlander gift guide, which you can read here, I mentioned the book, The River Maiden by Meredith Stoddard. Now, I met Stoddard in an Outlander Facebook group that we’re both members of, so when I heard she had a book series with a Scottish twist, I knew I had to read it. And I was tickled pink when Stoddard even sent me a signed version, as well as the copy of the second in the series! But we’ll talk about that more later. First, let’s get into The River Maiden

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Heat Level:♥♥♥♥

Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: Paranormal Contemporary Romance

Sarah MacAlpin was raised in the rugged Appalachian Mountains. Her Scottish heritage was always a focal point in her life, as she lived with her traditional grandmother. She spent her childhood surrounded by Celtic legends and and trying to dodge the judgmental townsfolk who looked down on her mentally ill mom. While her upbringing sometimes alienated her from her peers in her youth, Sarah still embraced her culture. A graduate student, she planned on writing her thesis on Scottish folklore. But her musical research brings her to the deviously handsome Dermot Sinclair, who might teach her more than a few scales.

Dermot teaches Gaelic song, and finds most of his pupils completely tone deaf. However, he finds that Sarah sings like a native, and is more than pleasant to look at on stage. But there is more to Sarah than a nice voice and a curvy physic. There are some songs too ancient and magical for Dermot to teach, let alone know, but they dwell within Sarah and the supernatural that lingers around her longs to make itself known.

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This book gave me chills, made my heart beat, reminded me of the songs of Scotland and the Gaelic verses I’ve studied, and made me wish for more. The cliffhanger at the end was a killer, but as you can see in the picture above, I was lucky enough to recently receive book two, so I can continue the journey of Sarah and Dermot. And, Lord, do I want to continue! This isn’t some heaving bosoms romance where Sarah’s tripping over herself to get at the guy with the hot accent. The characters feel real with carefully worded dialogue that flows effortlessly and a connection that is almost otherworldly.

I highly recommend this book to all lovers of Outlander, who are feeling the effects of “Droughtlander”. The River Maiden gives you enough mystery and romance to keep you reading, all tied up in a neat pale blue cover with a hint of Scottish charm. Really, you guys, I couldn’t find a single thing I didn’t love, and neither will you.

Learn about Kelsey’s contemporary novel and her Scottish historical romance series here!

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