To Be a Fan Girl, or a Cougar, or Go Shopping for a Billionaire, That is the Question…

*Spoiler Alert*

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Jenny Mc

inspiredbyoutlander@gmail.com

@jennymcinspired – Twitter

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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I would like to thank Susan Kicklighter, my Twitter friend and writer, for tagging me for this Sisterhood Blog Hop. Check out Susan’s blog at http://www.writing4kix.tumblr.com, to find out more about her and the projects she’s working on.  Follow her on Twitter @writing4kix.

The rules for this blog hop are:

  • Link your blog back to the blogger who tagged you
  • Post the Sisterhood logo in your blog post
  • Answer the 10 questions you were asked
  • Nominate up to 10 bloggers to answer 10 questions of your choosing

I am thrilled that Susan tagged me for this blog hop.  I love to read, and I have been told I write a lot, and talk a lot.  My friends sometimes say, “Don’t get her started about books; she’ll go on and on.”  I pinned the picture below on Pinterest via Misty Star.  It can be found on http://www.eatsleepreadlove.wordpress.com.  I have been waiting for the right blog to post it.

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Below are my answers to the questions Susan asked in her Sisterhood Blog Post. Enjoy!

1. What’s your least favorite book?

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is my least favorite book.  Callie discovers she is a hermaphrodite, and I felt that she was portrayed as a freak.  I wanted to know more of the history of her grandparents and the setting of the story as the author took us from the Ottoman Empire to Detroit and the Motor City.

2. What’s your favorite book from childhood?

There are so many it is hard to choose.  The ones that came to mind are Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, The Once and Future King by T.H. White, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart.  I read all four books in her Arthurian Saga.  The story continues with The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment, and The Wicked Day.

3. What author(s) inspired you to become a writer?

I would like to thank Diana Gabaldon and the writers of the television series Outlander.  I started my blog because I was inspired by the Outlander book series and television series on Starz.  Reading is second nature, but it never occurred to me before October to write anything.

4. How do you feel about eBooks?

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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.

5. Are you a compulsive reader or do you take your time getting through the story?

When I read, I read every word.  I don’t usually skip ahead in the story.  If I’m really interested, I increase my pace.  I’ll reread if I think I missed something important.

6. Which book(s) have you reread the most?
I started rereading Outlander to get ready for the beginning of season 1B which will air April 4th on Starz.  I read the first three books in the series three years ago based on a friend’s recommendation.  I’ll reread in order before moving on to the rest of the series.  I’ve also reread all of the books in the Twilight series.  I really enjoyed The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.  I reread that book as soon as finished it the first time.

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7. If you could live in any world depicted in a book, what would it be?

One choice would be 18th Century Scotland with Jamie Fraser.  As evidenced by my response to question 2, I would also like to be transported to Camelot.

8. If you could kiss any book character, who would it be?

Obviously, I would kiss Jamie Fraser.  I must quote Diana Gabaldon from Outlander, “Where did you learn to kiss like that?” I said, a little breathless. He grinned and pulled me close again.  “I said I was a virgin, not a monk,” he said, kissing me again. “If I find I need guidance, I’ll ask.” As Jamie is Claire’s, I am also intrigued by Eric Northman from Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series.

9. Do you communicate with your favorite authors on Twitter?

I follow Diana Gabaldon, @Writer_DG, she is so witty.  I would also recommend following Denise Grover Swank, @DeniseMSwank.  I am a huge fan of her books, and was so surprised when she followed me back.  I’m always looking for new books to read so I follow several authors on Twitter.

10. If you could have dinner with four literary characters, who would you choose?

I would be thoroughly entertained at the dinner table if Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Skeeter from The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and Vivi Abbott Walker from The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells joined me for the evening.

I know I am only supposed to nominate 10 bloggers, but I now nominate any sister bloggers to join me in this Sisterhood blog hop by answering the questions above on their blogs. I love talking about books, and getting recommendations for new books to read.  I look forward to your responses!

Thanks for reading!

Jenny Mc

@jennymcinspired – Twitter

inspiredbyoutlander@gmail.com