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Who can forget the opening minutes of the very first Outlander episode on Starz when the 1940s incarnation of Claire and her intellectual husband, Frank, tour the cool, dank ruins of an ancient Scottish castle? Frank reaches around Claire and cups her derriere to lift her into a sitting position on a stone slab. He steps between her legs and begins sliding up her hobble skirt. And then—whew <fanning face> Is it warm in here? 

While steamy in it’s own right, that scene foreshadows the future when Claire goes back in time and makes love to her new husband, the swashbuckling, kilt-wearing Jamie—Frank’s polar opposite—in that very same castle.

It is warm . . . August, to be precise. “I Give You  My Body: How I Write Sex Scenes” is already #2 on Amazon under the category of Arts & Entertainment—and it doesn’t even officially come out until tomorrow. For romance writers everywhere, Gabaldon’s wee gift is like Christmas in the hottest part of summer. I may have to stay propped on my pillows with my greedy little hands wrapped around my Kindle until midnight when I can open my present, preordered weeks ago!

From Amazon’s About the Author: “She [Gabaldon] says that the Outlander series started by accident: ‘I decided to write a novel for practice in order to learn what it took to write a novel, and to decide whether I really wanted to do it for real. I did – and here we all are trying to decide what to call books that nobody can describe, but that fortunately most people seem to enjoy.’ And enjoy them they do – in their millions, all over the world. Published in 42 countries and 38 languages, in 2014 the Outlander novels were made into an acclaimed TV series starring Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser and Caitriona Balfe as Claire. Seasons three and four are currently in production. Diana lives with her husband and dogs in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is currently at work on her ninth Outlander novel.”

Available on Amazon

Need to catch up? Now you can get The Napa Wine Heiresses in a pretty boxed set for $9.99 here.