Friday, June 16, 2017


I'm so pleased to have Diana Cosby on the blog this weekend. She is just as sweet and friendly as she sounds in her post. Diana is one of the most generous and thoughtful people I've ever met. For instance, on Thanksgiving, she has frequently taken a turkey dinner to the firemen on duty near her. She routinely takes pies and cookies to firemen and police to thank them for their service. She also builds a Habitat for Humanity house each year--or as much of one as she can raise funds to complete. Diana is an accomplished photographer who shares her photos on Facebook. I don't know about you, but I enjoy a book more when I know the author is a genuinely nice person. You can enjoy Diana's books with that assurance.

Please welcome Diana to A Writer's Life!

Diana Cosby
Genre: Historical Romance

Date: 6/6/17

Deep within Scotland, a healer and a
warrior join forces to protect Scotland’s future . . .

There is an intruder in the woods near
King Robert Bruce’s camp, but when Sir Thomas MacKelloch comes
face-to-face with the interloper, he is shocked to discover his
assailant is a woman. The fair lady is skilled with a bow and arrow
and defiant in her responses. The wary Knight Templar dare not allow
her beauty to lower his guard. Irritated by his attraction, he hauls
her before his sovereign to expose her nefarious intent.

Outraged Sir Thomas dismissed her
claim, Mistress Alesone MacNiven awaits the shock on the arrogant
knight’s face when he learns that she has told the truth. But it is
she who is shocked, and then horrified, as it is revealed that her
father, the king’s mortal enemy, has betrothed her to a powerful
noble, a deal that could jeopardize the king’s efforts to unite
Scotland. Robert Bruce orders Sir Thomas to escort Alesone to safety.

As they embark on a harrowing journey through the Highlands, Alesone
tries to ignore her attraction to the intimidating warrior, but as
she burns beneath Thomas’s kiss she realizes this fearless knight
could steal her heart.

Author Blog Post:

by Diana Cosby, and creating baked goods as Scottish Medieval Historical Romance

In addition to my love of crafting stories, I enjoy baking. I admit that I tend to look at a recipe as a suggestion and often stray to a great degree from the ingredients listed. So in essence, like writing a story, when baking, I find that what I often planned to do takes a different and creative path.
While writing the bestselling MacGruder Brothers Series, I had fun making up a dessert for each of the heroes. I thought readers would enjoy making their favorite hero’s dessert, or a reader’s group could choose to make each of the deserts to bring to their next book discussion.
As well, I love sharing baking tips that I’ve learned over the years:

-When a baked dessert recipe calls for cooking oil, as long as allergies to apples aren’t an issue, I substitute natural apple sauce, measure for measure, in place of the oil.

-If alcohol content isn’t a concern, I substitute amaretto for vanilla.

-When a recipe calls for a sprinkle of butter, I freeze a stick of butter and then grate it over the item.

If you’d like to see some of the recipes I’ve created, please check out Hobby Reads at Kensington Publishing Corp.:

As with writing FORBIDDEN KNIGHT, book #2 in The Forbidden Series, when I’m in the kitchen mixing together a batch of cookies, a cake, or any other dessert, I’m having a blast. Thank you so much for stopping by, and if you choose to read one of my books or try one of my recipes, I hope you enjoy!


Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.


A frustrated exhale sounded behind Lady Alesone.

“Do you always interrogate the people you meet?” Sir Thomas asked.

Though tired, Alesone smiled.  “Only the interesting ones.”

Ice crunched beneath the horse’s hooves as his destrier picked his way through the litter of rock and snow down the incline.

At her protector’s silence, she glanced back.

In the cloud smeared moonlight his gaze held hers.

At the intensity, a shiver swept through her.  From their less than cordial start, she’d doubted they’d ever come to a point where she’d look at him more than a man to avoid.  Yet, something about Thomas drew her.

Drew her?

An understatement.  In truth, from the way his eyes held hers, his direct manner, and how he moved with predatory stealth left tingles of awareness sliding through her body.  He was unlike any man she’d ever met.

Off balance by the needs he evoked, she shifted to a safer topic.  “I want to apologize.”

“You have done naught to apologize for.”

“I have.  Although praised by our king, I doubted you.”

“Lass,” he said, fatigue weighing heavy in his voice, “your belief in me is irrelevant.  Once you are safely delivered, never will we see the other again.”

She stiffed, hurt that he could dismiss her with such ease when he lingered on her mind.  Why?  ‘Twas nae like she wanted him to stay.  Still, a foolish part of her needed to know.  “And when you ride off you will forget me?” she teased.

Thomas grunted.  “Anyone who drives an arrow paces from my heart I remember.”

A retired Navy Chief, Diana Cosby is an
international bestselling author of Scottish medieval romantic
suspense. Books in her award-winning MacGruder Brothers series are
translated into five languages. Diana has spoken at the Library of
Congress, Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC, and appeared in Woman’s Day,
on USA Today’s romance blog, “Happy Ever After,”,
Atlantic County Women Magazine, and Texoma Living Magazine.
After her career in the Navy, Diana
dove into her passion – writing romance novels. With 34 moves
behind her, she was anxious to create characters who reflected the
amazing cultures and people she’d met throughout the world. Her first two
books in her Scottish medieval The
Oath Trilogy, AN OATH TAKEN and AN OATH BROKEN, both hit
bestseller lists in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. 
Diana looks forward to the years of
writing ahead and meeting the amazing people who will share this

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1 comment:

Caroline Clemmons said...

Hello, Diana--see me waving from Texas. So nice to have you on my blog. Wishing you continued success!