Fabulous Historical Romance Contest!


Here’s something that’s pretty exciting! I’m teaming up with six other acclaimed historical romance authors to give away lots of goodies – including an iPad Mini! There will also be book and gift card giveaways and some really sweet reading swag, too. Interested? Well, all you have to do is visit the Rafflecopter link below and sign up to receive newsletters from acclaimed authors like Christi Caldwell and Erica Ridley. If you haven’t read some of these authors, you’ll definitely want to check them out!

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Great Deal for Historical Romance Lovers!!



Every now and again, I like to tell my readers about an especially wonderful book or a great deal.  Well, here’s a whopper – Tempted by His Touch, a ten book anthology of historical romances by fantastic authors like Lila DiPasqua, Anthea Lawson, Erica Ridley, Delilah Marvelle, and Erica Monroe.  And that’s ten FULL-LENGTH books!  Even more amazing, this set is on sale for only $1.99 to 70 cents, depending on the retailer.

The catch?  It’s a limited time offer, so be sure to check it out on Amazon, B & N, and Kobo (where it’s discounted down to 70 cents), or other digital retailers.  Honestly, how can you go wrong?!

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?

His Seduction high resolution

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. [http://graysonhabitat.org/]  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!  http://www.dianacosby.com/borntobite.html

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!

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!



We Have A Winner!

The winner of Erica Ridley’s latest book, Too Sinful To Deny, is Dalila G.!  Congrats, Dalila.  I’ll be in touch soon.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by the blog.  My guest authors next week will be historical romance writer Lila DiPasqua and contemporary romance writer Cheryl Alldrege.  Be sure to stop by and see what they’re up to!

And tomorrow I’ll be posting another excerpt for #SampleSunday from my sexy new contemporary romance, Hardball, written under the VK Sykes pen name I share with my husband.

See you around the blogosphere!