A retired Navy Chief, Diana Cosby is an international bestselling author of Scottish medieval romantic suspense. Her award-winning books are available in five languages. Diana has appeared at Lady Jane’s Salon, in NYC, and in Woman’s Day, on USA Today’s romance blog, “Happily Ever After,” MSN.com, and in Texoma Living Magazine.
After retiring as a Navy Chief, AGC(AW), 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’s met throughout the world.
Her years of living in Europe inspired Diana to write in the medieval time frame. After watching the movie Braveheart and with her passion for writing complex plots, the idea for the MacGruder Brother’s series was born.
Diana has many passions in life, but one that resonates in her life is that of giving. She firmly believe that each of us can make a positive difference in another person’s life. Some of the charities she supports are listed below:
The National Trust for Scotland, which acts as a guardian of Scotland’s magnificent heritage of architectural, scenic and historic treasures.
Habitat For Humanity, which gives a deserving family more than a home, but a foundation upon which to build their dreams..
Semper Fi Fund , is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to help with immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
Homes For Our Troops, assists severely injured Servicemen and Servicewomen and their immediate families through various venues to aid them in building a home that allows them live a more independent life.
The Navy SEAL Foundation, provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families
Diana is heading a special fundraiser: Diana Cosby’s – Romance Reader’s Build A Habitat For Humanity Home. A life moment where romance readers come together to raise money to build a Habitat For Humanity Home to a deserving family and make their dream of a home to raise their family come true. Current total: $2015K. Goal: 55K.
Each November Diana hosts an International Food Bank Food Drive. This year it’ll kick off at USA Today’s Happily Every After’s blog. As we near November, please check Diana’s website for details!
I am so excited! We have the talented Diana Cosby here with us today to talk about strong heroic female characters. So, grab a seat and get comfy, Diana is going to let us in on her secrets. First Let’s meet The MacGruder Brothers ….
With a wastrel brother and a treacherous former fiancé, Lady Nichola Westcott hardly expects the dangerously seductive Scot who kidnaps her to be a man of his word. Though Sir Alexander MacGruder promises not to hurt her, Nichola’s only value is as a pawn to be ransomed.
Alexander’s goal is to avenge his father’s murder, not to become entangled with the enemy. But his desire to keep Nichola with him, in his home—in his bed—unwittingly make her a target for those who have no qualms about shedding English blood.
Now Nichola is trapped—by her powerful attraction to a man whose touch shakes her to the core. Unwilling and unable to resist each other, can Nichola and Alexander save a love that has enslaved them both?
Lady Isabel Adair is the last woman Sir Duncan MacGruder wants to see again, much less be obliged to save. Three years ago, Isabel broke their engagement to become the Earl of Frasyer’s mistress, shattering Duncan’s heart and hopes in one painful blow. But Duncan’s promise to Isabel’s dying brother compels him to rescue her from those determined to bring down Scottish rebel Sir William Wallace.
Betraying the man she loved was the only way for Isabel to save her father, but every moment she spends with Duncan reminds her just how much she sacrificed. No one could blame him for despising her, yet Duncan’s misgivings cannot withstand a desire that has grown wilder with time. Now, on a perilous journey through Scotland, two wary lovers must confront both the enemies who will stop at nothing to hunt them down, and the secret legacy that threatens their passion and their lives.
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.
THEIR SECRETS WILL DRAW THEM TOGETHER
As one of England’s most capable mercenaries, Emma Astyn can charm an enemy and brandish a knife with unmatched finesse. Assigned to befriend
Dubh Duer, an infamous Scottish rebel, she assumes the guise of innocent damsel Christina Moffat to intercept the writ he’s carrying to a traitorous bishop. But as she gains the dark hero’s confidence and realizes they share a tattered past, compassion—and passion—distract her from the task at hand…
BUT THE TRUTH MAY TEAR THEM APART
His legendary slaying of English knights has won him the name Dubh Duer, but Sir Patrik Cleary MacGruder is driven by duty and honor, not
heroics. Rescuing Christina from the clutches of several such knights is a matter of obligation for the Scot. But there’s something alluring about her fiery spirit, even if he has misgivings about her tragic history. Together, they’ll endure a perilous journey of love and betrayal, and a harrowing fight for their lives…
Coming August 15th - available for preorder
An Impulsive Act…
Lady Rois Drummond is fiercely devoted to her widowed father, the respected Scottish Earl of Brom. So when she believes he is about to be exposed as a traitor to England, she must think quickly. Desperate, Rois makes a shocking claim against the suspected accuser, Sir Griffin Westcott. But
her impetuous lie leaves her in an outrageous circumstance: hastily married to the enemy! Yet Griffin is far from the man Rois thinks he is—and much closer to the man of her dreams…
An Irresistible Outcome…
Griffin may be an Englishman, but in truth he leads a clandestine life as a spy for Scotland. Refusing to endanger any woman, he has endured the
loneliness of his mission. But Rois’s absurd charge has suddenly changed all that. Now, with his cover in jeopardy, Griffin must find a way to keep his secret while keeping his distance from his spirited and tempting new wife—a task that proves more difficult than he ever imagined…
Coming December 19th – available for preorder
Lady Catarine MacLaren is a fairy princess, duty-bound to eschew the human world. But the line between the two realms is beginning to blur. English knights have launched an assault on the MacLarens, just as the families of Comyn have captured the Scottish king and queen. Now, Catarine is torn between loyalty to her people and helping the handsome, rust-haired Lord Trálin rescue the Scottish king…
But He Couldn’t Live Without Her
As guard to King Alexander, Lord Trálin MacGruder will stop at nothing to defend the Scottish crown against the Comyns. And he finds a sympathetic, and gorgeous, ally in the enigmatic Princess Catarine. As they plot to rescue the kidnapped king and queen, Trálin and Catarine will discover a love made all but impossible by her obligations to the Otherworld. But a passion this extraordinary may be worth the irreversible sacrifices it demands…
Vikki: Thank you Diane for being here this morning.
Diana: Hi Vikki, thank you so much for having me at Victoria’s Gossip today, a sincere pleasure.
Vikki: As readers, we love to read about our heroes’ having vigorous strength, fighting for the greater good and possessing massive sex appeal. But, as the saying goes, behind every good man there’s a great woman. In order for those romantic couples to connect they must have the spark to light the flames of passion. So, what qualities must a heroine possess to catch the eye of that sexy beast of a man that will steal her heart. Let’s ask Diana what she thinks.
Diana: I love heroines who are women of strength, who dare to go against convention, have spunk, and persevere in the face of danger. In addition, she must keep the hero off balance as well as make him laugh. This type of woman challenges and intrigue even the toughest the hero. J
Vikki: What qualities must your heroines have in order to catch the eye of a MacGruder Brother?
Diana: As the MacGruder brothers are strong-willed warriors, in addition to the qualities that I mentioned above, a MacGruder heroine has to have emotional endurance and clear focus of their goals.
Vikki: Give us one word that best describes the following lead female characters in your MacGruder Brothers series…
Diana: LOVE THIS QUESTION!
Lady Nichola Westcott (His Captive) – ingenious
Lady Isabel Adair (His Woman) – guardian
Linet Dancort (His Conquest) – purposeful
Emma Astyn (His Destiny) – resourceful
Rois Drummond (His Seduction) – fearless
Catarine MacLaren (His Enchantment) – determined
Vikki: Which lead lady do you relate to the most and why?
Diana: Wow, I love each of the MacGruder brother women. Each heroine has specific strengths that keep me intrigued.
Vikki: In “His Seduction” (Available Aug 15), the lead heroine is Lady Rois Drummond. Can you tell us a little about her?
Diana: At the tender age of nine, when her mother died, a grieving Lady Rois Drummond’s young heart ached at the depth of her father’s sadness. From that moment, she swore to protect him. A passionate woman, Rois’s impulsive manner has often reaped her trouble. The daughter of a powerful and beloved Scottish lord, her innocent mischief is overlooked by a clan who adores her kind heart; they understand her father’s indulgence for a motherless child who is the image of the wife he so loved. When Rois believes her father’s life is threatened if Lord Griffin Monceaux spots him in a war chamber, to buy time for her father to escape, she concocts a story before a room filled with Scottish leaders about Griffin leaving her with child. Except, she doesn’t expect Griffin to call her bluff with a proposal of marriage, or end up married to the enemy.
Vikki: Being a retired Navy Chief, do you think your background and experiences help you create strong female characters?
Diana: A military brat, a career in the Navy, and having moved 34 times are definitely factors that help me create strong female characters. In addition, I’m influenced by the many cultures I’ve experienced and the fascinating people I’ve met around the world.
Vikki: Who are some of your female role models and why?
Diana: My mom and my grandmother are my biggest role models — both are amazingly strong women who inspire me.
Vikki: Thank you so much for stopping by. We look forward to your new release in Aug.
Diana: Vikki, my sincere thanks for inviting me to visit. Also, one name will be drawn from everyone who stops by and posts today. That lucky person will win a signed copy of His Captive, the 1st book in the bestselling MacGruder Brother’s!
And, if asked for a piece of advice, I say, “Dare To Go After Your Dreams!”
I wish each of you the very best.
Diana Cosby, International Best-Selling Author