Last Stop on the Lost in a Royal Kiss Blog Tour!

Lost In A Royal Kiss (eBook)

I’m rolling into the final station today with my Lost in a Royal Kiss excerpt blog tour–today’s visit is with the lovely ladies at The Romance Dish.  Read a new excerpt and enter my contest for a chance to win an ARC of Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard, my January release.  Just click here to join the fun!

But the fun and the giveaways aren’t over yet!  This Thursday, Dec. 5th, I’ll be hosting a facebook party to celebrate the release of Lost in a Royal Kiss.  Several fabulous guest authors will be stopping by, including Theresa Romain and Darcy Burke.  There will be giveaways all throughout the party, culminating in a grand prize at the end of the evening.  So please join me on the 5th from 7:30 to 9:30, on my facebook page.  Just click on the graphic below to RSVP.

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Just a few more giveaways to tell you about, including the cute tee shirt contest I’m holding with my pal, Theresa Romain.  We’re each giving away one of these Wallflowers Gone Wild shirts on our facebook pages.  Just click on the tee shirt below for the easy peasy instructions to enter the contest.


And finally, please drop by Diana Cosby’s post on my blog yesterday, for a great interview about her new book.  She’s also giving away a copy of one of her books in the bestselling MacGruder Series.

See you around the blogosphere!


Diana Cosby & Giveaway!!

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I’m always happy to welcome fellow Kensington author Diana Cosby back to the blog.  Diana is a best-selling author of Scottish medieval historical romantic suspense, whose books have won awards and a great deal of acclaim.  She’s here today to tell us about her new book.

His Enchantment is book six in your bestselling MacGruders Series.  Is it a bit different from some of the other books in the series?

Hi Vanessa, and my sincere thanks for having me back on your blog, always fun being here.  🙂  Yes, His Enchantment is unique in several ways, including the fact that it’s a prequel, like they had in the Star Wars seriesHis Enchantment is the much awaited grandmother’s story. In addition to the love story, the reader learns how her chamber in Lochshire Castle came to be and where it’s special powers came about.  Plus, the reader discovers how the halved stones within the bowl came to be, the origin of the myriad of intriguing gifts in the castle we are introduced to during the series,  and how the family division began.  I loved writing His Enchantment, and I sincerely hope my readers enjoy Trálin and Catarine’s story as well!

His Enchantment

Did you find it a challenge to weave together historical and paranormal elements, particularly in an existing series?

That I added paranormal elements to His Enchantment as well as historical facts along with drawing together the how’s and whys of questions raised during the MacGruder Brothers series proved to be an interesting challenge, but one that I loved.  As with every book I’ve written, I’m not quite sure how I’ll figure everything out, but through the magic of story, somehow it all comes together by The End.

What is it about Highland romance that readers love so much?

I think readers enjoy Highland romances due to the depth and passion of the characters who fight for what they believe in as well as the rich history, and the amazing surroundings of the Highlands.   The kilts are an added bonus!

What can you tell us about your work with the International Food Bank Drive?

I firmly believe that each of us can make a positive difference in others lives.  I support many charities, and one that I’m trying to help raise awareness for is our food banks.  A warm meal and a kind word can go a long way in helping someone who is trying to overcome life’s challenges.  It’s more than a meal, but donations from the community that let the person that they’re supported by those around them.

Diana Cosby's 4th International Food Bank Food Drive Challenge winner's prize

How the Diana Cosby’s 4th International Food Bank Challenge works:

Starting on the 1st of November, when you donate to a local food bank, post on my Facebook page or Facebook Fan page, beneath the daily International Food Bank Challenge post, add your donation along with your name and contact information.  On December 5th I will use to draw from all of the names of people who donated that I received. The winner will receive an autographed set of the bestselling MacGruder Brother series to date; His Captive, His Woman, His Conquest, His Destiny, and His Seduction.  I will sign the set, then send them priority to whoever you want to make a personal holiday present.

For more details:

That’s an awesome thing to do, Diana!  And thank you for joining us today.  Readers, Diana is giving away a copy of His Captive, the first book in The MacGruders Series.  For a chance to win, just tell which is your favorite movie from the Star Wars movie series.  One person who comments will win a copy of Diana’s book!


Guest Author: Diana Cosby

Diana Cosby

I’m so happy to welcome fellow Kensington author Diana Cosby on the blog today. Diana is an internationally bestselling author who writes Scottish medieval romantic suspense. She’s also a very interesting person with a very interesting life, as you’re about to find out.

You had a distinguished career in the Navy and travelled all over the world. What made you pick Scotland as the setting for your novels?

Hi Vanessa, my sincere thanks for having me on your blog today.  After writing a viking trilogy, I watched Braveheart, and was intrigued by Scotland’s fight for freedom, so I decided to research and write in this era.

What’s the basis for your bestselling MacGruder series?

The tie in for the best-selling MacGruder brother’s series is the halved stones in the grandmother’s chamber, which they believes hold magic.  I’ve had a blast figuring out new and fun ways for the heroine to ‘leave’ the grandmother’s chamber with the matching half of the respective hero’s gemstone. 🙂

What can you tell us about your new book?

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His Seduction is Griffin’s story, who is an English lord ‘supposedly’ loyal to King Edward I, but is secretly working for the Scottish rebels known as Wulfe.  Griffin has appeared throughout the series, and I was thrilled to write his story.  He’s known for his quick thinking, skill, and always being in control, so I knew I had to toss him out of his comfort zone – enter Rois. 🙂  A woman who loves her father and would do anything to protect him, when she believes Griffin is a threat to her father’s life, she risks it all in a brazen confrontation with Griffin, and so the story begins.  For a fun excerpt:


You’re involved in a great project with Habitat for Humanity? Can you give us some info on that?

My sincere thanks for asking.  For several years I’ve volunteered for Habitat For Humanity.  What a fabulous cause and best, you work alongside potential home owners in helping make their dream of owning a home come true.  Also, as the community comes together to help build the home, the family is blessed by a sincere welcome from their neighbors.

One of my dreams is to sponsor the build of an entire Habitat For Humanity home, and with both romance readers and Habitat For Humanity amazing, I thought, why not pair the two.  Hence, Diana Cosby’s Romance Readers Build A Habitat For Humanity Home was born.

How it works: 

As readers send contributions to Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County, the bookshelf will fill with every donation. []  The goal is to fund an entire home – $55,000.  Send your donation via PayPal using the Donate link in the menu bar or donate funds the old-fashioned way—a check works just fine!

Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County
901 N. Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 2725
Sherman, TX 75091

*Total as of 8/31/2013:  $2050.

Finally, what’s up next in Diana’s writing life?

I’m excited to share that Born To Bite, an anthology with Hannah Howell and Erica Ridley, will be released via paperback on September 3rd!

Born to Bite

Also, I’m thrilled to pass on that book #6 in the MacGruder brother’s series, His Enchantment, will be released December 19th!  Here’s an excerpt:

Thanks so much for joining us on the blog today, Diana!

We Have A Winner!

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The winner of Adrienne Basso’s new book is Christine Blanksvard.  Congratulations!  I’ll be in touch.

I’ve got some great guests coming up this week, including mystery and romance author Flo Fitzpatrick, and Highland historical romance author Diana Cosby.  Be sure to stop back and visit with us!

Guest Author: Diana Cosby & Giveaway!

Most of you probably know that Diana Cosby writes international bestselling historical romance, but did you know she also writes paranormal romance? Well, she does!  In fact, she has a brand new novella that was just released this week.  It’s called Highland Vampire, and it’s part of an anthology that also contains stories by historical romance authors Hannah Howell and Erica Ridley.

Darkly handsome and dangerously sexy, these voracious vampires are out for blood—and bound for eternal love…

Here’s the blurb for Diana’s story:

As King of the Highland Coven, vampire Aedan MacGregor knows that falling for the fey Rowan Campbell could destroy her. But one taste of her healing blood and he craves her like no other. Dare claim her as his own, knowing he might lose her forever?

Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?  The other stories in the anthology look pretty great too, so do check them out on Diana’s book page.

Does that mean Diana is giving up on her historicals?  Heck, no!  Right now she’s hard at work on her next book in her award-winning MacGruder Series.

And take a look at the fab cover for one of the existing books in the series.

Nice, eh?  In fact, Diana is giving away a copy of His Conquest today, to one of my readers.  Just tell us which series books you’re looking forward to reading in the next few months for a chance to win Diana’s book.

And be sure to visit Diana’s website to find out her latest news and to read excerpts for all her books!