@grahammctavish and @ETCanada @showcasedotca on Twitter Today!


gmct ol@grahammctavish had a treat for his Hobbit and Outlander fans today as he put his fingers to the test and answered as many questions as he could get to. Here is only a small part that b2b caught and is bringing it to all of you! Enjoy this extremely talented man! 

Get those ?’s ready ….Rhenish at the ready….


Is McTavish even your real name?  


Absolutely and proud of it!

Do you have a family or clan tartan?

Yes, McTavish and my Grandmother was a Graham.

What is your clan motto?

Non Oblitus

Best thing about being Dougal?

Being entrusted with bringing him to life

Do you have fun playing a dwarf? 

Yes, a lot of fun, with some great people.

Do you like playing bad guys or good guys better?

All bad guys should have some good

What is the most demanding part of filming Outlander?

Getting a Latte up a mountain…

Best part about dwalin’s costume/make up?


What have you enjoyed the most at Outlander-Set?


Is that actual wine or is the Rhenish on set just pink fizzy juice?

Gary insists it’s real

Describe Peter Jackson in one word


Has whiskey ever gotten you into trouble?

Too often….

Is there a place you’ve never been but that you really want to visit?

South America

Would you let Fili & Kili ‘babysit’ your daughter?


Same here for me and DH. Besides whisky, what’s a drink you favor?

Gin, tequila, rum, IPA, Wine etc

Who has the most retakes/bloopers?

We’ve all had our fair share!

Can really drink the boys under the table (or off the couch)


Thoroughly enjoying Will there be more of these adventures? 

Watch this space

How long is a day of filming?

It varies. Longest was 17hours on the Hobbit one day…

Which is scarier to run from? Smaug or Mark Hadlow? 

Mark is a VERY fast runner,….

Any acting plans after filming this season of Outlander? Or just R&R?

Announcement soon…

What’s your favorite part of the day?

The sound of a cork popping…

I always forgot to ask you WHAT you like to draw??


How much, if any, Gaelic did you know before Outlander?

I owe it all 2

have u ever been injured on set?

A few stitches here and there but nothing too bad, touch wood.

Hi. what is the strangest thing a role required u to do?

If I told you you wouldn’t believe me!

Can I call you Scottish Santa?

Depends if you’ve been naughty or nice….

I would love to continue but time to rest my fingers. Hope U enjoyed it, and hope you enjoy the show!…. .

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@Outlander_Starz & @lotteverbeek1 on Twitter Today!

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@lotteverbeek1 had a treat for her fans today as she tried to answer as many questions as she could get to. Here is only a small part that b2b caught and is bringing it to all of you! Enjoy getting to know the actress and the character!

Hi everyone! lets :-)

What inspires you about Gellis?

Great question! she is just always full of surprises, even for me :-)

How many languages do you speak?

5 Dutch, English, French, Italian, German. Oh and outlandish makes it 6 :-)

What is your favorite characteristic of Geillis?

Can i pick 2? Playfulness and Passion

Which episode are you currently filming?

I am wrapped! but they just started the last block (= 2 eps)

Do you relate to your chr in anyway?

Relate to geillis in a lot of ways. though she prolly goes a bit further and crosses more lines than i do!

Is it hard to think “Dutch” at times? You must mainly be speaking/thinking in English…

I am rarely aware of switching languages, have been doing foreign films since i graduated, 6 years ago!

What’s next for you until Outlander season 2 begins production? Theater, movie, vacation?

Am so lucky!! already shot another film and two more to come. jay!

What was your favorite costume to wear?

Let’s see. there was ‘the monkey jacket’ ‘the moth’, ‘the raven’… cant choose!!

Did you get to collaborate with Terry for your costumes?

Absolutely! she is amazing caus i am just as stubborn as like to wear things my own way :-O)

What historical person would you like to have a drink with?

Jeanne d’Arc

If you were a real witch, what would you use your power for?

I would fly. potentially on a broom.

Does it take a long time to put on your Geilis costumes? Are they very heavy? They look like they are…

There is a team to help us get dressed but the wearing we have to do ourselves. jeans are more comfy..

What characteristics do you share/differ with Dougal and Geillis?

Passion, drive, belief for sure. am personally less lethal though :-)

Thanks everyone for all the support for greeting, meeting you in the chat! watch ep 3 tom!!!!

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Outlander Ep. 102 – ‘Castle Leoch’

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Recap: I was pleasantly surprised that the second episode picked up right at the end of the first, Claire’s arrival at Castle Leoch.

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Stablemaster Old Alec greets Dougal

Stablemaster Old Alec greets Dougal

After two days and nights on the back of a horse and in the company of the rough man, our Claire is now pretty sure she’s going to need someone’s help if she’s to get back to those stones, and so she needs to ‘bide’ her time, keep a low profile [YEAH!] and draft someone to aid her …maybe.

The audience is taken to the bosom of the Castle Leoch as much as Rupert and Murtagh are to Mrs. Fitz’s. We get a glimpse of many characters that will in some way touch our heroine, among those are the Laird Colum MacKenzie and his wife Leticia; Old Alec, the stablemaster; Geillis Duncan, herbalist that befriends Claire; little Hamish, the heir of Colum MacKenzie. And of course, the woman who runs the show, from top to bottom, Mistress Fitzgibbons, Mrs. Fitz as she likes to be called.

From that first moment that Mrs. Fitz spots Claire, we know this woman is warm,

Laird Colum Mackenzie

Laird Colum MacKenzie

affectionate and don’t take ‘shite’ from no one. A formidable woman who our heroine is better off to heed, yet our Claire is one strong female as well and stands her proud self erect while the older dame casts a suspicious look at her, having Jamie introduce them and explaining how they ‘acquired’ her.

After insisting to Mrs. Fitz that Jamie needs tending and that she’s capable of doing it, all three head into the castle, at which point Claire is reminded of her visit to its ruins with her Frank.

Mrs. Fitz finds some decent lodgings for Claire and leaves her and Jamie alone by the fireplace so she can tend him properly. Both we and Claire get to see the deep, ugly scars spanning from one end of his back to the other.

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He tells her they are from a few floggings administered to him by the Redcoats. As she asks him the crimes he committed, he recounts a few and tells her of the first flogging done by Captain Jack Randall.

His father was at a funeral, he in the fields, and Redcoats came that day to ‘collect their levy’. He heard screams coming from the house, ran to see what was happening and found his sister Jenny fighting off the Redcoats. He doesn’t hesitate to help her, telling her to run into the house, and taking on the two guys, only to be stopped by the casual, low-voiced Captain Randall, holding a gun to his sister’s head.

"You need not be scared of me, nor anyone else here. As long as I'm with you." "When you're not with me?" "Just never forget that you're English in a place where that's not a pretty thing to be." - Jamie

“You need not be scare’t of me, nor anyone else here. As long as I’m with you.” – Jamie

He surrenders to them and asks the Captain to let his sister be. Randall is intrigued by the fact that this is his sister and compliments her on her beauty then very calmly wipes her dirty face with his saliva and suggests that he’d like to “take a closer look”, ripping her bodice open, exposing her naked breasts. The man shows he’s one son of a bitch even more by having his men hold Jamie and lifting his head to look at her!


He then proceeds to whip him until he’s all sweaty and thirsty from all that ‘hard work’ of whipping a tied man. He asks Jenny if he should continue or is she ready to offer him “better entertainment”, at which point Jamie orders her not to do it even if she has to watch them cut his throat. She finches as Captain Randall reaches for his knife, approaches Jamie and …knocks him out. He then tries to excuse his sisters compliance with the evil Captain by telling Claire why she chose to join him in the house, and how he ended up in the back of the cart with the chickens, who were not the best of company on the way to Fort William.


As Jamie comments on her kindness, gentle touch and that her husband’s a lucky man, her thoughts flashback to Frank and what he might think of her disappearance, which brings her to tears. Jamie asks her to tell him what’s distressing her and she tells him, prompting him to offer her some comfort her by holding her. Both are a bit surprised by their connection; his compassion and her confusion add to the awkward moment of quick separation and a hasty exit, but not before he tells her not to be ‘scairt’ of him or anyone else in the Castle, as long as he’s with her, yet when she asks him what happens when he’s not around, he tells her to remember that she’s English in a place where that’s not so popular.

Clair Hair

Clair Hair

The next morning Claire is woken from a deep sleep by Mrs. Fitz, who brings her some porridge and tries to get her ready to be presented to the Laird of Castle Leoch. It was so poignant watching this scene where she sheds all her 20th off for the 18th Century. A look on Mrs. Fitz’s face was priceless as she is confronted with Claire’s bra which she explains as a ‘French’ fashion.

"It's a brassiere ... ... from France." - Claire

“It’s a brassiere … … from France.” – Claire

Murtagh escorts Claire to a meeting with Colum, and she is now sure of the century but not the year, so she does some quick look-about Colum’s quarters, trying to find anything that would help her find out the year she apparently ‘fell into’. A letter dated 1743 on his desk helps her greatly when it comes to Colum’s gentle interrogation. As they sit and talk, she tells him who she is [using the knowledge Frank once imparted about interrogations], so she sticks as much as she can to the truth, telling him she’s a widow from Oxfordshire, on her way to see distant relatives in France.

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She was robbed by brigands, and then attacked by Captain Randall. Colum isn’t buying her story and tries to point some facts about the Captain, but our Claire stands her ground and veers the conversation to the arranging her transport to Inverness as soon as possible, which it seems is only five days away. In the meantime, he offers her his hospitality and she accepts it, leaving him and heading out for some fresh air and trying to hold onto her sanity, I believe. She spots Dougal jovially sword playing with some boys and especially the one red-headed boy, picking him up and twirling him around. She is comforted to believe that ‘this alien world’ may not be so much alien after all.

“It’s true that Captain Randall has a certain reputation. But he is an officer. A gentleman. And you’re saying that a man bearing the king’s commission decided to rape a stray lady traveler that he came upon int he woods for no good reason?”  – Laird Colum MacKenzie


“Is there ever a good reason for rape, Master MacKenzie?” – Claire

That night she joins the people of the castle for their evening meal in the hall and is greeted with stares from many, and offered a prominent seat between the brothers, Colum and Dougal. Colum’s wife Letitia, seated to his right, is introduced to her and they converse a bit and while Colum is always ready with her wine refill, she tries to find out where might Mr. Mactavish be.

Dougal tells them all that he has him at the stables, taking care of the horses and outside the castle walls. Colum questions that decision for only a minute but complies with Dougal’s decision, and at the same time continues the questioning of Claire.

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She welcomes the distraction of the young red-headed boy she saw earlier in the day with Dougal and introduces herself, at which point Leticia asks the boy to give her his name, Hamish he says, and Claire assumes he’s Dougal’s son, and tells him she saw him play with his father, reminding Dougal of the incident. Well, you could hear a feather drop in that hall after that little exchange! The boy is a bit confused and tells her he’s the son and heir of Colum Mackenzie …and as our heroine is just about to pass out from all that wine, she thinks retreat is the best course of action. The permission is granted by the great Laird and off she goes on her wobbly feet, but still holding her head high.

The following day, Claire is pointed by Mrs. Fitz into Jamie’s direction, by the stables and she’s off to feed and re-bandage the young man. We see that she has acquired a ‘shadow’ [Rupert is the 'eyes' of the 'head' of Dougal and is now watching her closely].

" ...I trust you ..." - Jamie

” …I trust you …” – Jamie

She smiles as she spots Jamie training a horse and she tells him why she’s there, so they hide from the rain under the roof of the open stable to have a bite of food. Jamie decides to trust her and let’s her know why his uncles from his mother’s side, Colum and Dougal, have him hid in the stables [a good price on his head for murder that he didn't commit but was responsible for]. He also tells her his surname is not Mactavish, but never divulges what is.

As they finish the meal, she heads back but stops to talk to Dougal’s ‘eyes’ and Rupert admits to watching her at his orders, telling her she better be happy Angus isn’t following her! Her decision to face Dougal might have been smart at the time, but the man has no gumption telling her that he believes her to be English spy and threatens to have her as long as she’s with them. Well, what’s a woman to do?! She tells him to have fun next four days as she’ll be leaving on a Saturday with the tinker! Take that and smoke it, Dougal! The man is shocked at that information and she can tell, so she drives that point right in. It looks like he doesn’t ‘ken’ his brothers mind!

To kill the time, Mrs. Fitz has her working in her gardens, gathering herbs and vegetables for the kitchen and that’s where she meets Geillis Duncan, a very interesting village woman that’s into herbs as much as Claire. They hit it off and are later seen in the hall of the castle as the Laird dispenses his justice among his people, with Dougal standing to his right.

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“They say I’m a witch.” – Geillis Duncan

One of those that are seeking his counsel and punishment, is a father for his wayward daughter. In steps Jamie volunteering to take the punishment for her, choosing fists and not the straps and Rupert is the one doling out the punishment. Before Rupert starts beating the crap out of Jamie, Murtagh warns him that his Uncle Dougal is up to something and to be careful. Well, needles to say Rupert gets on with the business of punishment, but is always looking at Dougal for the sign’s to stop, which doesn’t come until the blood is drawn from Jamies eye. Poor Claire is ready to rush in and help the poor lad but Geillis stops her from interfering and takes her to him as he leaves the hall.


While tending to his wounds yet again, she is curious about why he did it, did he know her? Jamie tells her that he’s seen her around but never talked to her and the reason for doing it is simple. It would be harder for the girl to get over the shame of being punishment in front of everyone, while he’s only bruised a bit.

Happy to leave ....

Happy to leave ….

Mrs. Fitz steps in the kitchen [the girl Laoghaire’s (Leree) grandmother], bringing Jamie some concoction for pain. As Claire finishes tending him, she tells him to he’ll be taking off his bandages by himself as she’ll be leaving tomorrow with a tinker. Even though this comes as a surprise to Jamie he wishes her a safe journeys and that’s when Claire spots Laoghaire hovering by the kitchen door obviously wanting to speak to him alone, she bids him goodbye and retreats to her rooms.

Saturday arrives and we see Mrs. Fitz and Claire running down the steps to meet the

Assailed with memories and faced with the Laird's decision that she is 'invited' to stay on as a healer ....

Assailed with memories and faced with the Laird’s decision that she is ‘invited’ to stay on as a healer ….

tinker and as soon as they bid their farewells, BOOM! Dougal stops by the cart and tells her that Colum would like to talk to her and points her back to the castle. She soon realizes where he’s taking her and is very apprehensive about it, feeling that something is up but not knowing what; she is left with no choice but to follow Dougal into the room only two days ago her husband made love to her in.

Meeting Colum in that room did nothing but bring memories of her and Frank, and she really tries very hard to hold her own and demand to be let go after learning that Colum changed his mind and decided to keep her as long as it takes for him to make sure her secrets are not going to hurt his family and his clan. She is devastated as she can’t help but, once left alone in the dark apothecary, break into sobs.

...lonely and alone she breaks into sobs ...

…lonely and alone she breaks into sobs …

Bookworms, am I the only one that’s totally immersed into the Outlander World? Are you watching it? What do you think about it so far?

The above photo’s are my favorite moments [among many]. Tell me which one was yours?

CREDITS: Written for television by: Ronald B. Moore

Directed by:  John Dahl

Starring: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Duncan Lacroix, Graham McTavish, Gary Lewis, Lotte Verbeek, Nell Hudson, Annette Badland

@Outlander_Starz & @Heughan on Twitter Today!

shSam Heughan had a treat for his fans today as he tried to answer as many questions as he could get to. Here is only a small part that b2b caught and is bringing it to all of you! We only thought to give you some of the questions and answers that were not answered [asked] before, so enjoy getting to know this young man as he’s not going anywhere any time soon! Especially now that the OUTLANDER has been renewed for its second season!

@Outlander_Starz sent a Tweet yesterday:

Tweet questions to @Heughan TOMORROW using #AskOutlander. You might want to ask him how Jamie’s shoulder is feeling!

Sam responded today getting us all in a ‘lather’!

@Heughan TODAY 1pmET/6pmBST Can’t wait to speak to you all. “Gasta!”


His second Tweet was a pic of:

@TobiasMenzies and @ginger_jasper deep in rehearsal. pic.twitter.com/7VDUAikgxL

Actor Tobias Menzies rehearsing [photo taken by Sam Heughan]

Actor Tobias Menzies rehearsing [photo taken by Sam Heughan]

As an actor how do you prepare for scenes like Wentworth? Do you find them difficult? 

We’ve just been rehearsing those scenes. We have a wonderful script and great director but it’s a good challenge.


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Cats, dogs, or hedgehogs?

All together? Eugh.

Scared by fame?

Hmm, maybe losing anonymity..?

What is your natural hair color?

I’m soooooooo blonde


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If you weren’t an actor, what would you choose as a profession?

Chef… Barman!

Best pub you’ve ever been to?

Oh, one underground in Texas. Or one on walls of Dubrovnik city. Hmm, One on beach in Brazil

Have you ever broken any bones in real life?

Maybe my nose when I was young. Nothing since…

How many times did you have to film that scene where you jumped off the horse in the first episode?

We maybe did 4/5 takes of that part of scene. No more than usual.


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What would your perfect day be like?

Ahh, starts with breakfast in bed and buckets of coffee….

Do you watch Game Of Thrones?

Love the Hound. Sat with Rory on flight to San Diego!

If all the whisky was gone what would be your next beverage of choice?

What you buying? #anythingWet

Have your fans recognized you on the street yet (non-Outlander appearances)?

Recently in NYC. So lovely!


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What is your favorite fairy tale?

One about the Giants that threw rocks, that became the scottish islands….

Jamie can’t sing. Can you?

Makes two of us

You’re a child of the 80s like me, what TV shows, cartoons, movies, etc were your favorite?

Crystal Maze. Thundercats.

What do you like most about film vs stage?

Stage is magical. Where I started. Transports audience somewhere else without leaving seat.

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Trek. Firefly. Deep Space. Battlestar.


Photo taken by Matt Roberts

Photo taken by Matt Roberts

What luxury will you buy with your #Outlander wages?

I bought a car…! And a record player.

What has been the funniest scene to film thus far?

The intimate scenes aren’t funny but are rather “strange/Surreal”…. Lots of people in the room!!!

Someone’s probably asked already, A) do u prefer cats or dogs? B) Boxers or Briefs?

Cats and @ginger_jasper . B….Neither.

What was your reaction for Outlander Season 2? I’m very happy for this!! Congrats!!!

Delighted! Thank you. We are all so happy!

Thank to everyone who followed #AskOutlander Sorry could reply to all. And I was late… Enjoy episode 2, saturday on @Outlander_Starz


Outlander Ep. 101 – ‘Sassenach’

129RECAP/REVIEW: From the first frame, first sound and Claire’s narration the viewer is intrigued and drawn to the story.

"Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I bought that vase and made a home for it. Would that have changed things? Would I have been happy? Who can say?I do know this. Even now, after all the pain, and death, and heartbreak that followed, I would still have made the same choice."

“Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I bought that vase and made a home for it. Would that have changed things? Would I have been happy? Who can say?I do know this. Even now, after all the pain, and death, and heartbreak that followed, I would still have made the same choice.”

Through her narration, we are informed that this woman is longing for permanence in her life after the WWII. Even their holiday in Scotland is used as a second honeymoon, an excuse for reconnection. They chose Scotland as their destination for a few reasons, but mainly to investigate Frank’s ancestry and are successful in locating one man in particular, Jonathan Wolverton Randall or “Black Jack” as he was known to the Highlanders of the 18th century.

Frank & Clare on holiday in Scotland; second honeymoon and "a convenient mascarade to get to know the people we've become" after 5 years apart ...

Frank & Clare on holiday in Scotland; second honeymoon and “a convenient mascarade to get to know the people we’ve become” after 5 years apart …


Every flashback we see is there with a purpose to tell us about the character of this woman. Right off the bat, as we get a glimpse of her fixing a wounded soldier, we are confronted with a character that is decisive, brave and tough. Yet, as she stands all alone on the sidelines as everyone else is cheering the end of the war, we can feel her loneliness, her vulnerability.095

Another one is a very short scene in which Claire at tender age of around ten lights a cigarette for her Uncle Lamb, an archeologist on a dig, [he brought her up after her parents died in a car crash], and even that small glimpse is telling of a woman that she has become. You have no doubt about her upbringing because she tells you that it was unconventional and you see that she was loved and enjoyed the time with her uncle.

As we watch these two try to resuscitate the relationship they once had through their activities during the day and night, you get a sense of the two vastly different characters. In all scenes, Claire is shown to be outgoing, fun-loving extrovert, while Frank appears to be an introvert, bookish and subdued but both are definitely sophisticated lovers, which is in full evidence at the ruins of Castle Leoch. Here is a line that you haven’t heard before my Outlander fandom.

 “Why Mrs. Randall, I do believe you left your undergarments at home.”

Got to admire this modern woman who freely admits that she relies on sex to bridge that divide both she and her husband feel it’s there.

The 'ghost' ...

The ‘ghost’ …

It’s plain to see that Frank loves this woman very much, so much so that as he is walking back to the B&B on a stormy night and spots a man in all his Highlander garb on a corner of the street watching his wife comb her hair, he immediately accepts the notion that this man might be her lover that is seeking a reconnection and is willing to forgive her the infidelity. That’s how much he loves her! She is a bit too quick to forgive him, although we can clearly see that Frank’s apology and his declaration that he loves her no matter what, comes from the heart.  Once more she falls back on using sex to burrow as close as she can to a man we can see and feel is torn with something, but are not sure with what.



Craigh na Dun, a circle of stones on a nearby hill, offers another adventure. Both are fascinated with these women dancing around and watching them made Claire feel a bit uncomfortable and unwelcome. The ‘dancing druids’ was such a mesmerizing scene and I can only say that the music made it poignant and eerie. Claire wasn’t the only one feeling unwelcome as a voyeur.

226Following scenes are also heartwarming; Frank is off by himself, again deep into researching his ancestry, and Claire is on her own as well, going back to the circled stones to check out the flower she thinks is ‘forget-me-not’. Those are scenes that are telling of the relationship these two have. They are modern people with a sophisticated marriage. Both are highly intellectual and both seem to support one another’s endeavors, yet portrayed so brilliantly by Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies, you can feel the awkwardness of two people who are trying243 hard as hell to figure out how to go on after the ravages of war. Their conversations are stilted yet touching, such as the scene in which Claire tells Frank of how much she missed the sounds of her husband’s loving, and he comes back with a heartbreaking revelation that he used to doodle her palms lines on everything, even his reports, just to bring her closer to him.

247And we come to the crucial scene of ‘falling through time’ as Claire hears one of the stones come to ‘life’ with an eerie, loud and frightening hum that to me sounded like a combination of running cattle and tornadoes fury. Again, my kudos go to the show’s creator and his team to handling this part with care and forethought. There is no CGI here. What Claire experiences, the audience does as well. She admits to not being able to define it, yet tries with the only comparison she could237 find in her mind, and even that, of a person that has fallen asleep in a passenger seat of a moving car, feeling serene weightlessness, and as that car went spinning out of control, she felt a sickening sensation of falling,  but even that “falls woefully short” of what she felt happen to her.

253The first thing the viewer notices as she wakes up, laying on the grass at the same circle of stones, is the bright color of the green grass and the second is the loud chirping of the birds. Neither was seen or heard in the previous scene. She is confused, disoriented and visibly baffled as she can’t locate her car. You will find me gushing on many occasions for the brilliance of the creator of this masterpiece [YES! It will be, if it already isn’t], Ron D. Moore. Pure genius for having the next few scenes void of any distracting music or narration, and letting the viewer be lolled into sense of security with the sounds of the forest and visage of the landscape…only to jump [DAMN that shot was loud] upon hearing a shot, then spotting some red-coated men running after some men dressed in kilts.


Watching it without a sound, you see a woman looking at the running men, but without narration, we are lost to Claire’s thoughts.

As we get privy to all her fear, Bear McCreary‘s music hits you in the solar plexus! And as she stops running, BAM! The music stops as abruptly and here is a man who on a first look is her Frank, and on the second as he introduces himself as Captain Randall, she is off and running, only to be caught, questioned, assaulted, rescued and knocked unconscious by another strange man.


It’s worth pointing out that the show will feature plenty of Gaelic speech, but no subtitles. We will be in the dark as much as Claire is. We will be all ‘Sassenachs’! BRILLIANT!


As the man who dragged her out of the Captain’s clutches brings her in the little cottage, she rationalizes, deduces and shows her pluck all at the same time. Caught by men that are dressed strange, armed to the rafters and very rough-looking, knowing that she must escape, but can’t in the dark, she is better off keeping her mouth shot. She still can’t help herself as she watches some men attempt to 004wrongly ‘fix’ a dislocated shoulder of a young warrior [Sam Heughan] crouched by the fire, letting her instincts take the charge of the situation.

I loved watching grown, tough men squirm as she gets on with her nursing! And speaking of the word, it005 was pure pleasure watching the young man look at her bosom as she tells him, not a wet-nurse!

As they all leave the cottage, she realizes that electrical lights of Inverness are nowhere in sight, and finally admits something her rational mind is fighting to accept. 20th century is not where she’s at. In the next few scenes we see her riding out, warning the Highlanders of a possible ambush, and when they are attacked, once more she tries 089without success to run away from them, only to be tracked down by the young man she nursed, and threatened into going back with him; stopping in the middle of the night to tend to his new wounds and once more showing her stubbornness and pluck as much as showing him her understanding and acceptance by offering him a hand to stand up. He also showed his gratitude by sincerely thanking her for tending to him.101

As this first episode ends, the motley crue arrives at the castle our heroine only left two days ago, in 1946 and this viewer is left with a long sigh and longing for the second episode.

I honestly enjoyed this first episode from start to finish. I’ve read many reviews of it and there are some issues that are of this first episode as ‘slow paced’, the narration to be ‘excessive’ and ‘boring’ and sex scenes unnecessary. To anyone out there with these issues, I say ‘bah humbug’!


Seriously though, I respectfully disagree with all of you. I watched this episode without the sound and I dare anyone that had not seen it do the same and come back and tell me what they got out of the show. I guarantee you it won’t be as poignant as my take.


Regarding the three scenes of marital sex in the show, here is what I think. This is a married couple that was inseparable before the war, and very much in love. Both supposedly had no sex during the five-year separation, so sex was something both craved and used as “the bridge” to getting back to what they had before. The first scene [jumping on bed at B&B] was tender and sweet, and left it to our imagination. The second [at the ruins of the castle] was not explicit, and no nudity involved, and yet conveyed to the viewer that the woman is an equal to the man and very sexual. The third [after Frank hints of her possible involvement with another man] is more explicit, but still adding to the story, telling us that once more both characters are using one tool available to them [to bridge the divide and try to piece their marriage] – sex.

PREVIEW of Episode 102!

All the scenes involving sex were thought out carefully and presented to the viewer in a way that we would understand these two and connect with them. They were sensual and in no way gratuitous, and all served as an expansion to their love story. ‘The Black Sails’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ which I am fond of btw, however use sex as T&A, placed in their stories willy-nilly, for the sole purpose of titillation of their male audience. None serves to the enlightenment of a character or the story.

I applaud Ronald D. Moore, the shows writer and runner, for giving me both. With a slower pace, he took me into the life of this woman and her marriage, and with her narration I went straight into her heart!

I would also like to discuss the opening credits. To many fans of the books, they are meaningful because they include the symbols of the books, especially the stag, which is on Fraser of Lovat Clan Crest. The music composed for it is haunting and the lyrics could easily be applied to Claire. Just take a minute and listen…

Before I saw the show, I had to come to grips with which ‘eye’ will I view it. As a fan of the books written by Diana Gabaldon, I had a decision to make and it wasn’t an easy one. I needed to let go of everything that I read so far [and yes I read the latest one, MOBY] and watch the show with an unbiased eye. Let me start off by saying, DAMN but it was hard to do it the first time I saw it. It wasn’t easy to separate THE written word from THE visual offered to me, something I waited for over 23 years to ‘see’, and there were tears…

Photo credit: Matt Roberts

Photo credit: Matt Roberts

I recommend each fan to do the same. Please let go of everything you’ve read and concentrate on the story developing right in front of you. Don’t look or wait for ‘that’ moment or ‘this’ quote as it may never come, but embrace the new ones as they come. I did and it was a glorious experience and I am bursting with joy to share it with all my friends and am looking forward to each episode.


Spotlight on Dawn Crandall and ….

Everstone Chronicles [Whitaker House Books]

dc thhThe Hesitant Heiress
After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy disappearing before her very eyes. Now the only way to achieve her goal comes with high stakes for someone set on avoiding men as much as possible: marry within the year to inherit her grandmother’s fortune. Amaryllis reluctantly takes part in her aunt’s society, intent on getting to the west coast on her own… and without a husband.
Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself falling in love with the most unlikely of men, Nathan Everstone, whose father not only had a part in her expulsion, but whose ominous presence has haunted her dreams for a decade since her mother’s tragic death. Nathan turns out to be much more than he seems and everything she never knew she wanted. But just as everything Amaryllis has recently hoped for comes to fruition, it all falls apart when she finds that the real culprit who has been “managing her life” isn’t who she thought at all.
Book 1, The Hesitant Heiress releases August 2014
dc BoundHeartThe Bound Heart 
One accidental kiss. That was all it took to throw Meredyth Summercourt’s world upside-down. Determined to marry the ever-elusive Vance Everstone, she simply doesn’t have the time or the desire to fall for her friend Lawry Hampton. However, with Vance out of the country and Lawry constantly at her side, Meredyth can’t help but wonder if what’s holding her to Vance is nothing more than a desire to redeem herself from their unfortunate past.
When Vance comes home to stake his claim on Meredyth, will she be strong enough to break free from the tangled web she’s convinced she deserves? Or will she find the strength to accept that God’s plan for her life could include redemption… and quite possibly the love of her best-friend?
Book 2, The Bound Heart releases November 2014
dc CaptiveImposterThe Captive Imposter 


Sent away for protection, hotel heiress Estella Everstone finds herself living undercover as a lady’s companion at Everston, one of her father’s opulent hotels in the mountains of Maine. Within the week, Estella discovers that her ex-fiancé is in the area and is set on marrying someone else. Reeling from her feelings of being unwanted and unworthy, Estella forms a friendship with the manager of Everston, Dexter Blakeley. She soon discovers that he is not simply the manager, but the new owner.
Saddened by this fact, Estella severs their friendship. She manages to avoid Dexter until she finds herself fired from her position due to a misunderstanding. Coming to her rescue, Dexter offers her a job as companion to his sister. Though she doesn’t want to be indebted to him, Estella sees no other choice. While rebuilding their friendship, Estella realizes that although she’s been lying to Dexter about her identity, she’s never been freer to be herself in her life. However, when he proposes, she has to tell him the truth—a truth he isn’t happy to find out.

Book 3, The Captive Imposter releases February 2015

dcAUTHOR BIO: A graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education, and a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn’t begin writing until 2010 when her husband found out about her long-buried dream of writing a book. Without a doubt about someday becoming published, he let her quit her job in 2010 in order to focus on writing The Hesitant Heiress. It didn’t take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do. Dawn is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary.

Apart from writing books, Dawn is also a first-time mom to a precious little boy (born March 2014) and also serves with her husband in a premarriage mentor program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Dawn is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, secretary for the Indiana ACFW Chapter (Hoosier Ink), and associate member of the Great Lakes ACFW Chapter.

The Everstone Chronicles is Dawn’s first series with Whitaker House. All three books composing the series were semifinalists in ACFW’s prestigious Genesis Writing Contest, the third book going on to become a finalist in 2013.

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Spotlight on Nina Rowan and …

… A Daring Hearts Series!

nr asisA Study in Seduction (#1) 

BOOK BLURB: A Heart Divided

Blessed with an uncanny gift for mathematics, the lovely Lydia Kellaway can solve the most complex puzzles. The one thing she can’t figure out? How to manage the most infuriating man she’s ever encountered.

A Passion Multiplied

Alexander Hall, Viscount Northwood, has purchased a one-of-a-kind locket from a pawnshop, unaware of the priceless sentiment it holds for Lydia. The gentlemanly thing to do would be to simply return it. But Lydia sparks a desire that has Alexander curious to see just how bold this brilliant beauty will be…

A Love Unequaled

What begins as a playful wager quickly escalates into a contest of the minds, a clash of the wills—and a battle of the sexes—as their fiery attraction grows. Even a genius like Lydia can’t account for the feelings Alexander arouses with his smile, or the fire he ignites with his touch. But when a dark family secret is suddenly thrown into the equation, it just might divide them forever.

REVIEW: What a wonderful début novel this is!

Nina Rowan must have had a blast writing this one. I certainly did reading it. Only a handful of authors out there are willing to gift their readers with strong, smart, complex and intellectual heroines such as Lydia. This woman with her brilliant mind adds a very unusual ‘equation’ to this well told story and I reveled in her wit and charm from page one.

As for Alexander Hall, Viscount Northwood, I honestly couldn’t have found anyone better suited to her even if I wrote the story myself [said she wistfully!].

Ms. Rowan paced the story perfectly so we would enjoy the relationship she built between Lydia and Alexander, and watching them get closer to each other was a lot fun.
I truly enjoyed everything in this story, from prose to plot; characters and historical aspect of the story; all of it was well researched and thought out. Whole heartedly recommend it!

nr apfpA Passion for Pleasure (#2) 

BOOK BLURB: Prelude to a Kiss

A brilliant pianist and notorious rake, Sebastian Hall indulges his passion for music and women with equal aplomb. But now that his elder brother has married, his father insists he pursue a more respectable path and find a suitable wife.

Music to Her Ears

As a girl, Clara Whitmore quietly loved her piano teacher from afar. Yet her youthful crush cannot compare to the powerful desire she feels when she unexpectedly meets Sebastian again. Perhaps the man who once dominated her dreams could be the husband she has hoped for—and save her from the fate she most fears.

Love Strikes a Chord

Risking scandal, ruin, and their own reputations, Sebastian and Clara enter into a marriage of convenience. But the pair soon discovers that their undeniable attraction is anything but convenient. Swept up in a crescendo of desire, Sebastian and Clara take each other to new heights of ecstasy—until secrets from the past threaten to doom the duet forever. Now Sebastian will have to change his tune—and prove his love is true.

REVIEW: This second book in Nina Rowan’s Daring Hearts series, we are treated to Alexander’s brother Sebastian’s happily ever after and once more Ms. Rowan gifts us with a very ‘lyrical’ character such as Sebastian.

Sebastian Hall was a gifted pianist as well as well known womanizer, once upon a time, but those days are now gone and he must figure out how to appease his father and find himself a bride and at the same time help Alexander locate the plans for a machine that he’d like to build. Enter Clara Whitmore, a widow with a possible plan that just might solve both their dilemmas.

She is a mother that is willing to sacrifice everything for getting her son back from her own father who took the position of her son, thinking her unfit to raise him. She misses him dreadfully and needs a plan to get him back. Enter Sebastian, her former piano teacher who she had a crush on since she was sixteen.

Together, these two will forge a bond in matrimony, friendship and passion in order to face their past and create a future together.

This story has it all, from intrigue, romance, mystery and characters as real as you and I. I’m beginning to like this authors way of telling interesting and complex stories very, very much.

nr ttnbm‘Twas the Night Before Mischief (#2.5) 

BOOK BLURB: When Penelope Darlington is persuaded to elope with a most unsuitable suitor, she wastes no time. With visions of passion and adventure dancing in her head, she steals away in the middle of the night, just before her father’s Christmas feast.

Fearing for his daughter’s reputation, Henry Darlington begs Darius Hall, the Earl of Rushton’s daring yet discreet son, to bring Penelope home. When Darius finally catches up to Penelope, he is shocked. She’s not the silly little girl he expected, but a beautiful woman with a sharp mind and an allure that cannot be ignored.

Now forced to kidnap Penelope in order to bring her home, Darius and his new charge spend the next several days—and nights—in very close quarters. Penelope wanted passion and adventure, but she never could have imagined the pleasures Darius can provide…

REVIEW: This was my first time reading and reviewing this author and I read this little novella over the holidays, but I’m sharing it here again with those of you that missed it last December.

At a first glance, this might sound like a predictable story, but the further you go into it, the more you realize that not to be the case. It is one of those love stories that involves two people who have a total misconception of one another, yet both are attracted to the other.

I thoroughly enjoyed the journey they took to finally come together. I can’t recommend this one enough for the simple reason that this hero may as well have been my husband. It made me chuckle all the way through. It really is true that opposites attract, and I can vouch for that!

nr adodA Dream of Desire (#3) 

BOOK BLURB: No Distance Can Keep Them Apart.

For most her life, Lady Talia Hall has been dreaming of the day James Forester will take her in his arms and kiss her with unrestrained passion. Tired of waiting, Talia decides to take drastic measures to make James see her as more than his best friend’s little sister. But her bold plan goes awry when the scoundrel informs her that he is leaving London—and her—for a life of adventure traveling the world. Crushed, Talia throws herself into her reform work and vows never again to let her foolish heart get the better of her.

But even halfway across the world, James can’t stop thinking of the beautiful Talia, her bold declaration . . . or her brazen kiss. And when James learns that Talia’s reform work has thrown her into the path of danger and scandal, nothing can keep him from returning to London. But a broken heart is not easily put back together, and old habits die hard. Talia and James must learn that trusting in true love is the greatest adventure of all…

REVIEW: In the third book of this series we watch Talia, Alexander’s sister, get her heart broken by the only man she ever loved, James Forester, Baron Castleford, and put back together by the same man, many years later.

Damn but there’s so much I liked in this book, I’m not sure where to start! In spite of this being a romance novel, this little gem of a story encompasses a lot of historical detail about reformation of a juvenile prison system in England, to which our heroine dedicates her time and resources as well as her love for those less fortunate.

I also loved the characterization of the hero. He was a typical Beta hero that by the end of the book was all Alpha and I loved his whole nature, his explorer side as well as his outlook on the society in general.

Talia was another strong and capable heroine that I’m used to by now from Ms. Rowan. Her heroines are not just beautiful but smart, tenacious and very witty.

The romance was slow, sweet and subtle; characters were rich in-depth and the plot fast paced and engaging.  This whole series was a pleasant surprise from the first book to the last. I highly recommend you read it.

As someone who cherishes her time, I’ve become a bit of a cynic when it comes to ‘new to me authors’ [especially début authors], and that’s why I try to buy books that are novellas.  I started this series with ‘Twas the Night Before Mischief, a #2.5 in the series, and just knew I’d like all the others that were coming up. You can do the same. It’s still only $1.99 so go forth and check it out!

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copies provided by the publisher