Randy Ingermanson used excerpts from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander as illustrations of the concepts he taught in his Fiction 301 seminars at the ACFW conference last year. I asked for it for Christmas, along with the other books he used as illustrations, and so far the two I've read have been definite winners. Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon was the first one I read, and today I finished the 850 page Outlander. OH MY GOSH. I haven't read a page-turner like that in a LONG time. Now, before y'all go running out to get it on my recommendation (because I have just that much influence on your reading, I know), I have to warn you that this is a secular romance, meaning the sex isn't just implied or mentioned but somewhat detailed. And the language can be a little rough. But if you're okay with that, then go go go go go get this book. I haven't been able to put it down for days--at one point I was literally "reading" books to Abby from memory while actually reading my book behind her head as she sat on my lap. Hardly devoted mothering, I'll admit, but the book was just that good. And the best part by far was getting to the end and finding an excerpt from the sequel! Yes! There's another one! And if it's only half as good as the first it'll be fantastic.
I'm off to hunt down the author's website and gush to her....
UPDATE: I was wrong--there's not a sequel, there's a whole freaking six-book series! I'm so happy I could cry!
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