Everyone’s Story welcomes back a most giving, gracious, and sweet friend, author Diana Cosby. Diana writes for the ABA general market and pens international bestselling Scottish medieval romantic suspense novels. I’ve had the honor of knowing Diana for several years now and love sharing her with my viewers. What’s admirable about Diana is that she seldom talks about herself (though I did get her to respond to an interview–do check it out!) but passionately advocates Habit for Humanity, as she shares with us this week. Diana also enjoys photography–below are 2 of her photos of birds. Leave a comment for a random drawing of her BookGiveaway. Diana and I are looking forward to chatting with you.
**Also, I’m pleased and honored to share some personal news with you. See below Diana’s blog feature**
Diana is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter 1 signed copy of His Woman, a Scottish historical novel. The winner will be announced here on Friday, February 17th between 5-6 PM EST.
** For Giveaways: it’s not necessary to insert your private email information within comments.
Romance Reader’s Build A Habitat For Humanity House of Love
By Diana Cosby
Romance readers are AMAZING! And, SO is Habitat For Humanity, a charity that I love supporting and volunteering for. So, I thought, why not pair the two and help a deserving family receive a home? And, the Diana Cosby’s Romance Reader’s Build A Habitat For Humanity House of Love fundraiser was born.
I contacted the Habitat For Humanity office in Grayson County, Texas, where I’ve had the honor of helping with several builds and spoke with Laurie Mealy, Executive Director. She embraced the project, and was thrilled at the thought of pairing romance readers, who love stories where heroes and heroines overcome challenges to make their dreams come true, with making the dream of home ownership for a deserving family a reality.
Goal: Fund an entire home – $55,000.
I kicked off the challenge by donating $200. As I write this, we’ve raised $9,160. Romance readers are amazing, and I have complete faith that as the stories they love, they will join together to raise the amount necessary to give a deserving family a home.
How it works:
As readers send donations to Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County for the ‘Diana Cosby’s Readers Build A House of Love,’ the total contributions are updated below the house graphic on the upper right side of the homepage. Donations can be sent via PayPal by ‘clicking’ on the house, which takes you to the donation page, or by mailing a check or money order to:
Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County
901 N. Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 2725
Sherman, TX 75091
**Please note on your donation: ‘For the Romance Readers Build A HFH House of Love.’
My sincere thanks to Elaine for inviting me to visit Everyone’s Story, and another thank you to everyone for helping make an incredible difference in a deserving family’s life. For when they walk into a Habitat For Humanity house, it’s more thank mortar and wood, but a place where they can call home.
Diana Cosby, International Best-Selling Author
The Oath Trilogy
MacGruder Brother Series
Forbidden Series: Forbidden Legacy-#1/Forbidden Knight – June 6th, 2017
Questions for Diana Cosby:
Diana, my #1 description of you is “a caring soul.” What during your childhood or early adulthood prompted your reaching out to others?
I grew up with very simple means, which includes living in a home without running water during my youth. I understand the importance of what having a home makes in a family’s life, which is my motivation for volunteering for Habitat For Humanity, along with the reason that I help others when I can.
While you were in the navy you traveled to many countries. Please share some of your favorite places and why.
~I’ve been blessed to see and live in so many places in the world. Some of my favorite memories are:
-Alaska: I went to high school in Alaska and experienced earthquakes, watched the salmon run, worked at a riding stable, and loved watching the eagles.
-Maine: I had a blast snowshoeing, fishing, hiking and loved the great variety of seafood.
-Hawaii: I loved hiking, scuba diving, and hiking over the Kilauea volcano before it erupted.
-Guam: Loved scuba diving during the day, but with the crystal clear visibility, diving with a full moon illuminating the ocean, with bioluminescent animals glittering all around you, is a life experience.
-Morocco: I re-enlisted for my final tour in the Navy on the back of a camel in Tangier.
-Midway Island: While not on duty, I enjoyed my time as a DJ.
-Korea: My friend and I had an amazing time shopping; we enjoyed the magnificent architecture, and meeting so many fascinating people.
-Philippines: An amazing experience seeing the jungles, the wonderful food, super nice people, and riding in the jeepneys.
What was your impetus for writing Scottish historical novels?
I owe my interest in the medieval times due to my living in Europe along with my love or being a huge medieval romance reader throughout my life. I started writing once I retired from the Navy, but once I saw Braveheart, I began moved my stories to the timeframe of Scotland’s fight for independence.
Do you have any plans or daydreams of writing contemporary novels or other genre stories?
I’d actually finished the rough draft of a contemporary romantic suspense, plus had almost finished an Inspirational Romance when I sold my first historical romance. I love writing in the medieval timeframe, so for now that’s where I’ll remain.
A few fast ones:
Favorite food indulgence: Chocolate.
Another country on your visit list: Scotland.
The top book on your TBR pile: Julie Garwood, “Sweet Talk.”
If you had tons of free time you’d learn this language: Gaelic.
A favorite pastime: Photography.
Favorite music: A tie between country and Celtic.
Three people from a time ago you’d love to chat with: Bishop Wishart, Robert Bruce, and Jacques de Molay, who was the Grand Master of the Knights Templar in 1307.
Diana’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:
Scottish Romance author Diana Cosby Speaks Up: Habitat for Humanity and #RomanceReaders build homes. (Tweet This)
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Everyone’s Story: Interview with Scottish Romance author Diana Cosby #BookGiveaway (Tweet This)
A retired Navy Chief, Diana Cosby is an international bestselling author of Scottish medieval romantic suspense. Books in her award-winning MacGruder Brothers series have been translated in 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,” MSN.com, 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’s met throughout the world. After the release of the bestselling MacGruder Brothers series, The Oath Trilogy, and Forbidden Legacy, book #1 of The Forbidden Series, she is now working on book #2, Forbidden Knight which will be released in June 2017.
Diana looks forward to the years of writing ahead and meeting the amazing people who will share this journey.
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Diana and I look forward to your comments.
I’m honored that my novel Always With You
is up for the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award.
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