I am going to discuss the Shopping for a Billionaire series of books by Julia Kent and how they relate to Sam Heughan and Outlander.
I first blogged about these books in my post, https://inspiredbyoutlander.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/twitter-teslas-tartans-and-time-travel/
Here is an excerpt from that post:
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I watched Outlander every week, and enjoyed every minute as the story unfolded. As each show aired in the U.S., Sam started popping up on my Facebook news feed, Twitter, and Pinterest account. When he appeared as a Pop Culture reference in a book I was reading on my Kindle as “Sam Heughan”, curiosity killed the cat so to speak. The book is not related to Diana’s books in any way, and he is described in a most complementary fashion.
At this point, I’d like to expand on what I wrote in November. The book I referenced above was book 4 of the series. Sam also appears in book 1.
Book 4, however, was my motivation to Google Sam for the first time. I was minding my own business reading, as I do every day, when I came across this passage that even today I can’t bring myself to quote directly. My apologies to Julia Kent and to all of you dear readers.
“Power walk or ice cream. Power walk or ice cream. That’s like asking if you want to have ____ with Sam Heughan or just use your ________, Amy.”
I thought to myself, “Wait? What?” All I had ever seen of Sam at that point was his work in Outlander. In my head, he was “Jamie”. Of course, very attractive as Jamie. I stopped reading, and Googled “Sam Heughan”, 516,000 results came up in 20 seconds. Ahhh…my inner dialogue was in Shrek’s accent, “Hold the phone.”
I’ll pick back up here with my November post.
Naturally, I started following him on Twitter. This begins the period I refer to as “the week I lost to the Twitterverse and the World Wide Web”. I spent more time on Twitter that week than all the combined time spent since I joined three years ago. I was sucked into the Outlander fandom. In my humble opinion, he is a social media genius. I especially love the witty conversations between Sam Heughan and Diana Galbaldon. Diana describes his fans on Twitter as, “taking the bait, hook, line, and sinker.” We do.
I discovered Julia Kent’s Shopping for a Billionaire while browsing through the “Free Book” options on my Kindle. I saw the series categorized as Literature and Fiction, Humor and Satire, Romance and Romantic Comedy, Women’s Fiction, and Humor and Entertainment. In my opinion, it is intended for a mature audience. The books are very funny, the protagonist finds herself in many hilarious predicaments. I read all the time, and look for original stories to read. I would recommend reading these books, I’ve read the first four books in the series, and will leave a review on Kindle and iBooks as soon as I publish this post. In my research, I found two titles to add to my “to-read” list, Christmas Shopping for a Billionaire and Shopping for a Billionaire’s Fiancee. My impression is that this author is also a fan of the Outlander book series. Geillis Duncan gets a shout out too.
In my post, “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award”, https://wordpress.com/post/77250966/284/, I responded to ten questions regarding books. I also I posted this picture, and I think it is appropriate to post again. I pinned the picture on Pinterest via Misty Star. It can be found on www.eatsleepreadlove.wordpress.com.
I’d like to share my response to question 4 because I feel it is applicable to this post as well.
How do you feel about eBooks?
I read books on my Kindle and “traditional” hardback and paperback copies. I think I have read more books because of the eBook format than I would have if I were reading only hand-held copies. I could spend my whole paycheck on books. I have discovered new authors through the “Free Book” feature on Kindle. However, I would like to offer some tips I’ve learned along the way as my Kindle is now a constant companion.
Pro Tip 1 – A Kindle Fire’s graphics are so much more detailed and prettier than the basic Kindle. My husband received a Kindle Fire for his birthday one year, and I was happy with my original black and white version. When I downloaded Accidentally Married…to a Vampire, by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, I honestly couldn’t see the thumbnail version of the picture on the cover. My husband said, “What are you reading?” as he showed me a picture of a shirtless man who could be Fabio’s twin on his Kindle Fire. Oops!
Pro Tip 2 – Do Not share a Kindle account with your husband. Between vampires and grey silk ties, I answered the question, “What are you reading?” frequently. Unfortunately, my husband’s device suffered an untimely death, not by my hands. He chose not to replace his, and I am the proud owner of a Kindle Fire.
For some reason, I feel compelled to share that I also have Pride and Prejudice on my Kindle. Please read “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award” to see more of my favorite books. I am a huge fan of the Outlander book series and television show, a married mother of two who works part time in a preschool. I’m a soccer mom who is involved in the PTA, and my daughter’s Girl Scout troop.
I don’t wish to have framed restraining orders as possible momentos of meeting anyone involved with Outlander.
I don’t have an area in my home like this dedicated to Sam Heughan. I respect him in a married woman kind of way, I promise!
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I really enjoyed the Facebook and Twitter posts and chats this weekend about the Shopping for a Billionaire series! Thank you again so much for reading!
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