A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows: An Outlander Novella [NOOK Book]

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Available for the first time as an exclusive eBook in this original Outlander novella, Diana Gabaldon reveals what really happened to Roger MacKenzie Wakefield’s parents. Orphaned during World War II, Roger believed that his mother died during the London Blitz, and that his father, an RAF pilot, was killed in combat. But in An Echo in the Bone, Roger discovers that this may not be the whole story. Now, in “A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows,” readers finally learn the truth. ...
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Overview

Available for the first time as an exclusive eBook in this original Outlander novella, Diana Gabaldon reveals what really happened to Roger MacKenzie Wakefield’s parents. Orphaned during World War II, Roger believed that his mother died during the London Blitz, and that his father, an RAF pilot, was killed in combat. But in An Echo in the Bone, Roger discovers that this may not be the whole story. Now, in “A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows,” readers finally learn the truth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345545374
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/3/2012
  • Series: Outlander Series
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 59
  • Sales rank: 887
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Diana  Gabaldon
Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels—Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize), and An Echo in the Bone—as well as the Lord John Grey novels Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner; one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion; and the Outlander graphic novel The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.

Biography

To millions of fans, Diana Gabaldon is the creator of a complex, original, and utterly compelling amalgam of 18th-century romantic adventure and 20th-century science fiction. To the publishing industry, she's a grassroots-marketing phenomenon. And to would-be writers everywhere who worry that they don't have the time or expertise to do what they love, Gabaldon is nothing short of an inspiration.

Gabaldon wrote her first novel while juggling the demands of motherhood and career: in between her job as an ecology professor, she also had a part-time gig writing freelance software reviews. Gabaldon had never written fiction before, and didn't intend to publish this first novel, which she decided to call Outlander. This, she decided, would be her "practice novel". Worried that she might not be able to pull a plot and characters out of thin air, she settled on a historical novel because "it's easier to look things up than to make them up entirely."

The impulse to set her novel in 18th-century Scotland didn't stem -- as some fans have assumed—from a desire to explore her own familial roots (in fact, Gabaldon isn't even Scottish). Rather, it came from watching an episode of the British sci-fi series Dr. Who and becoming smitten with a handsome time traveler in a kilt. A time-travel element crept into Gabaldon's own book only after she realized her wisecracking female lead couldn't have come from anywhere but the 20th century. The resulting love affair between an intelligent, mature, sexually experienced woman and a charismatic, brave, virginal young man turned the conventions of historical romance upside-down.

Gabaldon has said her books were hard to market at first because they were impossible to categorize neatly. Were they historical romances? Sci-fi adventure stories? Literary fiction? Whatever their genre (Gabaldon eventually proffered the term "historical fantasias"), they eventually found their audience, and it turned out to be a staggeringly huge one.

Even before the publication of Outlander, Gabaldon had an online community of friends who'd read excerpts and were waiting eagerly for more. (In fact, her cohorts at the CompuServe Literary Forum helped hook her up with an agent.) Once the book was released, word kept spreading, both on the Internet and off, and Gabaldon kept writing sequels. (When her fourth book, "Drums of Autumn," was released, it debuted at No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list, and her publisher, Delacorte, raced to add more copies to their initial print run of 155,000.)

With her books consistently topping the bestseller lists, it's apparent that Gabaldon's appeal lies partly in her ability to bulldoze the formulaic conventions of popular fiction. Salon writer Gavin McNett noted approvingly, "She simply doesn't pay attention to genre or precedent, and doesn't seem to care that identifying with Claire puts women in the role of the mysterious stranger, with Jamie -- no wimp in any regard -- as the romantic 'heroine."'

In between Outlander novels, Gabaldon also writes historical mysteries featuring Lord John Grey, a popular, if minor, character from the series, and is working on a contemporary mystery series. Meanwhile, the author's formidable fan base keeps growing, as evidenced by the expanding list of Gabaldon chat rooms, mailing lists, fan clubs and web sites -- some of them complete with fetching photos of red-haired lads in kilts.

Good To Know

Outlander may have been Gabaldon's first novel, but she was already a published writer. Her credits included scholarly articles, political speeches, radio ads, computer manuals and Walt Disney comic books.

Gabaldon gets 30 to 40 e-mails a day from her fans, who often meet online to discuss her work. "I got one letter from a woman who had been studying my book jacket photos (with a magnifying glass, evidently), who demanded to know why there was a hole in my pants," wrote Gabaldon on her web site. "This strikes me as a highly metaphysical question, which I am not equipped to answer, but which will doubtless entertain some chat-groups for quite a long time."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Diana Jean Gabaldon (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Flagstaff, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 11, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Flagstaff, Arizona
    1. Education:
      B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1973; M.S., Scripps Oceanographic Institute; Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 1979
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Wow

    Only 50pg story. But its so rich! If you love the series you MUST read this. DG is such a great writer.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    Highly recommended

    ..... but just a tiny little morsel of the banquet that is Ms Gabaldon's Outlander series. If this nudges you to read all the Outlander books then you will be a very lucky person. The series becomes your life, like a soap opera; you simply have to know what happens next. And they are still being written. Do yourself a favor, get hooked.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    You really miss Claire and Jamie when the books end.

    You really miss Claire and Jamie when the books end.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    Another winner from Diana Gabaldon

    I have never picked up material from Gabaldon that was less than marvelous. No matter how long the novel is, I'm not satisfied. She always makes me want more. Her stories are laid out well with breaking points so you can put it down if you have to but so well written that I fight the urge until well after bedtime.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    This very satisfyingly, and with lots of sentimental zing, fills

    This very satisfyingly, and with lots of sentimental zing, fills in Roger's backstory.  Through the author's special alchemy, Roger and Jamie appear too, although the remain unnamed.  Probably only Gabaldon devotees will truly "get" this.  Oh, and it does wrench the emotions!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Excellent!!!

    I loved, loved, loved Jerry & Dolly's story. I cannot wait to hear Roger's side of it in the next installment.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    This story is written in the author's engaging style and it was

    This story is written in the author's engaging style and it was so wonderful to see much-loved characters again! A wonderful "puzzle-piece" novella for the Outlander series.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Enjoyed the story. Recommend reading it after the Outlander series.

    Was a good follow-up to many of the questions left unanswered in the original Outlander series. Good read, easy read. Interesting historical facts woven in among the fiction. Definitely recommend the book.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Loved it.  Gives a little peek into why Roger is how he is.

    Loved it.  Gives a little peek into why Roger is how he is.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    You got to read it.

    Diana Gabaldon has written a story that you will think about long after the book has been put aside. Her ability to interrupt history and bend it into her story line in incredible. After reading this short novel, I kept thinking what a wonderful imagination she must have in order put the reader into the life of the character. As an avid reader of the Outlander series, I was not expecting this novella to top the books, but it did wet my appetite for more shorts of various Outlander characters.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Always amazing

    Any Diana Gabaldon good is fantastic! I escape into her stories and find myself wanting to be a part of the story. Of course Jamie Fraser is the man every woman wants....

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    loved it

    I am a huge Outlander fan and really appreciate this back story about Roger's parents.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    An interesting tidbit of information...

    I always enjoy reading Diana Gabaldon's stories, and is was a quick, comforting reason why. Jerry's experiences as a RAF pilot are so real that you feel you're there with him. And of course all the loose ends get tied neatly together with Frank as well. Then there are the 2 strangers... All in all, a great little nugget to satisfy the craving one gets between major books.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    True Gabaldon Style

    I enjoyed reading about Roger's parents. It was written in true Gabaldon style.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Highly Recommended - a must read

    What really happened to Roger's father? This novella fills in all the blanks and more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Teaser for next book

    I have read all Diana Gabaldon books at least once. I am so disappointed in this prequel that I am mad at all the fans that pressure her for the next book.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Recommended

    Quick short story,you should finish the series before you read this,there is a spoiler for book #7.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

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    Loved it! Love this series!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    All of Ms. Gabaldon's books are wonderful, this one no less so.

    All of Ms. Gabaldon's books are wonderful, this one no less so. Ever since I picked up the first one, I have been in love with Jamie, identified with Claire, laughed, cried, held my breath, and wished that I had that kind of love. I hope when Jamie & Claire over, the next characters will be as alive.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Have read everything by her aside from companion

    Torn between 3 and 4. Just not enough guts to it. I think she writes the 1000 pagers for a reason. She is solid at sculpting. What a suprise when I read her bio after years of being a fan to realize we live in the same part of town. Cool.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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