Guest Author: Diana Cosby & Giveaway!

Do you love the Scottish Highlands?  Do men in kilts make your heart go pitty-pat?  Well, have I got the author for you – Diana Cosby!  But Diana’s books aren’t just your average hot- guy-in-kilt historical romances: they’re also medieval romances set during the time of Braveheart, and have a wonderful sense of that period’s intensely dramatic setting.  Diana’s current series is called The MacGruders, and her first book, His Captive, debuted to great acclaim and wonderful reviews.  


Here’s what New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell had to say about it:

“Finally! At last! A bold, lusty Medieval! Diana Cosby is superbly talented. HIS CAPTIVE is the beginning of a wonderful career.”

I don’t know about you, but I love bold and lusty!

You might be interested to know that writing historical romance isn’t Diana’s first career.  Before she started putting pen to page she was a Navy Chief Meteorologist/Oceanographer, who travelled all over the world.  Now, when I was in university I was persuaded by a guidance counsellor to take meteorology as one of my core science courses.  It was one of the most difficult courses I ever took, and the results weren’t pretty.  So trust me when I tell you that Diana is one smart gal.

So how did a Navy Chief end up writing romance novels?  Well, why don’t we let Diana tell us?

Most people think of retirement as a time to relax. For me, retiring from my job as a Navy Chief Meteorologist/ Oceanographer allowed me to pursue my passion—writing romance novels. With 32 moves behind me and having traveled through many more countries, I was anxious to create characters who reflected the amazing cultures and people I’ve met over the years.  My years of living in Europe drew me to write in the medieval time frame.  After watching the movie Braveheart and with my passion for writing complex plots, I knew I had to write in this volatile medieval timeframe; hence the MacGruder brothers were born.

Diana’s passion for life shines through in her books, and her writing has garnered critical acclaim.  She was named “Accomplished Author for 2010” by Ask An Author, and her second novel, His Woman, was listed as one of the Best Romance Novels of 2010 by  Her third novel, His Conquest, remained on the Amazon historical bestseller list for 145 days straight!

 Here’s the blurb for His Conquest:


Linet Dancort will not be sold.  But that’s essentially what her brother intends to do—to trade her like so much chattel to widen his already vast scope of influence.  Linet will seize any opportunity to escape her fate—and opportunity comes in the form of a rebel prisoner locked in her brother’s dungeon, predatory and fearsome, and sentenced to hang in the morning.


Seathan MacGruder, Earl of Grey, is not unused to cheating death.  But even this legendary Scottish warrior is surprised when a beautiful Englishwoman creeps to his cell and offers him his freedom.  What Linet wants in exchange, though—safe passage to the Highlands—is a steep price to pay.  For the only thing more dangerous than the journey through embattled Scotland is the desire that smolders between these two fugitives the first time they touch . . .

Wow!  That sounds awesome, doesn’t it?

His Conquest is now in bookstore, and available on Amazon and other on-line retailers.  Diana’s next book, His Destiny, will be out in October and is now available for pre-order.  This is one you won’t want to miss!

To celebrate the upcoming release of her book, Diana will give a copy of her first book, His Captive, to one person who comments on the blog.  Hmm.  What shall we talk about today?  I know!  If you could get in Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine and go back in time, what period of history would you choose?


45 thoughts on “Guest Author: Diana Cosby & Giveaway!”

  1. Vanessa and Diana,

    What a great interview! I’m a longtime fan of Diana’s writing and adore her heroes. Bold and lusty does describe her writing, as well as amazing and pageturning.

    And, since I’m such a fan, I have her books already, so don’t include me in the drawing!

    Maggie Toussaint

  2. Vanessa –

    I was lucky enough to already get a copy of His Captive and just started it and it’s going to be read before I have to go back to work on Monday! It’s wonderful so tell everyone if they don’t win a copy to run to the nearest bookstore to pick up a copy!

    Diana –

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with us – I won’t give out any details of the story so everyone has to get their own copy!

    My husband was in the Navy during Vietnam and then in the Navy Reserves and finally retired a few years ago. It seemed that every year he traveled to a different part of the world but had never made it to Scotland. I finally took him on vacation there (my ancestors are from Scotland) and he fell in the with the country. He was amazed at how friendly and welcoming the people were and that they always came up with a great pub where we could have lunch!

    • Jeanne,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. Thank you so much for picking up a copy of His Captive. I sincerely hope you enjoy meeting the MacGruder brothers as well as their stories!
      That’s so neat about him traveling about, but not making it to Scotland. I have to admit I’m as guilty. Worse, I lived in England as a child. *Blush* But, I’m going to fix that as I’ll be doing a book signing tour in Scotland in July of 2012. I’m mega psyched!
      I’ve met so many amazing Scots on FaceBook, and I have no doubt we’ll find excellent recommendations for pubs as well. 🙂 Thanks again for sharing. A sincere pleasure to meet you. Take care and I wish you the very best!

      Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN Ret.

      • Diana –

        When you visit Scotland be sure to visit Lithinglow Palace near Edinburgh. The day we went we were the only ones there and it was amazing. Be sure to check on the history behind it – you will be amazed! Since we went to visit they have done work on the fountain and it’s not to be missed.

        Vanessa –

        My husband worked on ordinance on the flight deck during Vietnam and was on both the Forestal and the Randolph. In the Reserves he was on helicopters and when they closed the squadron we served on P-3’s – think of The Hunt of Red October by Tom Clancy – I’m sure you either read the book or seen the movie!

  3. Hi Diana & Vanessa!

    Please do not enter my name in giveaway, I already have this fabulous book! 😀

    Wonderful post Diana, pretty awesome words about you from Cathy Maxwell. She’s another one of my favorites. You and Vanessa are on my favorites list too!

    Wowzers!! You were a Navy Chief Meteorologist/Oceanographer, how exciting! The stories you can tell about that job would be fascinating to hear. I’m soooo happy you changed careers though!
    Your MacGruder brothers are just to die for reads! 🙂
    Great stories, I can’t wait to get my hands on Sir Patrik Cleary MacGruder story in HIS DESTINY.

    As for time machine travel….hmmmmm…….anywhere a MacGruder is, It’s good for me! LOL!!

    Wishing you the best!

    Have a wonderful day ladies!

  4. Hi Dalila,
    Thank you so much for stopping by as your kind words. Cathy Maxwell is such an amazing person, an inspiration to me, and a person I’m blessed to call friend. Cathy is one of those people who you feel blessed to know. Needless to say, her writing rocks.
    That’s right, a crusty Navy chief. LOL Seriously, I’m proud to have served, and am as proud of my two children who are in the Marines. My youngest enters later this year. Wow!
    I’m so thrilled you’re enjoying the MacGruder brother’s stories. I love writing them, and that others enjoy them as well is so humbling. I had a major blast with Patrik. I’ve loved him from the first story. He never was a villain, but sought to protect his brother, Alexander, from whom he felt unworthy. His Destiny is so complex. I loved writing every single word.
    LOL, yeah, I could deal with living with the MacGruders. ^5 I am working on some more updates for the MacGruders which are ultra exciting. I’ll post the news and information on my website and on FaceBook as soon as it’s set.
    Have a wonderful day and may it be filled with friendship and laughter! *Hugs*

    Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN Ret.

  5. Hi, Diana and Vanessa.

    Great interview, just wanted to drop by and say Hi (Hope to see you at DARA tomorrow, Diana). I have a copy of the book already, so I don’t need to be entered, but for anybody who hasn’t read it, run don’t walk and grab your copy. It is fantastic!

  6. Another great interview. I’m going to have to check out His Captive. I read “sense of that period’s intensely dramatic setting” and was hooked. That sums up my feeling for reading historical fiction in general. It’s what I love most, being transported and experiencing the time period. That is so important for me and what I try to my find in this genre.

    If I could time-travel, without a doubt I would go back to Scotland during the Medieval times. Back to a time of clans, Highlanders and when a strong sense of kinship existed. Living in a castle, eating the food, and seeing the beautiful, vast and wild land -wow that would be such an experience.

    • Hi Na S., thank you so much for stopping by. I agree and read historicals for that ‘sense’ of time, of the intensity of the era, of the passion for those who lived during that challenging time frame. I sincerely hope you enjoy meeting the MacGruder brothers. Take care, enjoy your weekend, and I wish you the very best!

      Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN Ret.

  7. Hi ladies,

    Sorry for coming to the party so late…missed getting back here on Friday. In any event, Diana, thanks for a very interesting interview. You are proof there IS life after retirement! For me, it has allowed me to fulfill my passion too….not writing books…but reading them. I’m somewhat of a book hoarder. My TBR shelf numbers nearly 1000 books waiting their turn in my hand! I’d love to add your work to that list. Your book sounds really good.

    In answer to your question, I’d like to go back to the Regency era in England and/or the Antebellum era in America. Those are two of my favorite time periods. I’d love to have the life experience…once…but I wouldn’t want to stay there. I like my modern conveniences too much!

    • Karen, 1000 books! And I love the idea of retiring and doing nothing but reading books. Good on you!

      I love your choices for eras to visit, too. I’m very partial to Regency (obviously!) and the late Victorian era.

  8. Good morning, Karen. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. There is definitely life after retirement. 🙂 I’m with you, there’s something magical and fulfilling about reading. I’m on move 32, so though I don’t hoard, sigh, I do have waaayyy too many books, but I love them so much! The Regency era is fascinating, and I laud writers who dare enter that rule-laden era. Wow.

    If you check out the MacGruder brothers series, I sincerely hope you enjoy. Take care, I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I wish you the very best!

    Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN Ret.

  9. Hi Diana and Vanessa!

    You are both such amazing and talented writers. And you both have great covers as well.

    I already have the book, just so you know.

    Wishing you both great success!

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