Thursday, August 19

Summer of Love: His Conquest

Good morning, everyone! As many of you know, historicals are near and dear to my heart, and Diana Cosby, our author for the day, is a fabulous historical author. She is giving away a signed copy of one of her wonderful historicals, His Captive(many apologies to Diana, that I did not correct this before posting, I thought I did. It is HIS CAPTIVE as the giveaway). You know how I love Scottish historicals and Diana has a whole bevy of sexy MacGruders!

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THE ONLY MAN WHO COULD SAVE HER





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.



WOULD FIRST NEED SAVING HIMSELF

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 . . .



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Through the carved window, Lady Linet Dancort scanned the midnight sky battered by hard, spring-fed rain. She must hurry. With a steadying breath, Linet pushed back her hood and stepped into the torchlight. A slight scrape sounded as her slipper touched the stone floor.


The Scottish rebel whirled to face her.

Lightening split the sky. Thunder snarled in its wake. Lord Grey’s eyes, feral like a wolf’s, locked on hers.

A tremor rocked her as potent as the next blast of thunder. Her body commanded she retreat. Linet refused. Like the air pulsing with energy, her every sense became charged with awareness.

The urge to shield her face from his unapologetic glare stunned her. Throughout her life she’d been given the freedom to study alongside her peers. Her father had encouraged her to speak her mind. Never had a man’s presence, much less his gaze, incited her interest to a mind-spinning degree. It was illogical this prisoner could make her feel anything by a mere look.

But standing paces away, with his warrior’s dark gaze burning into hers, her body trembled. She owed her reaction to nerves. And rightly so. By the rebels formidable height, scathing look and arrogant stance, there was little safe about the Scot. And with orders for Seathan MacGruder to be hung at first light, he must be desperate.

As was she.

Head held high, she stepped to within a hand’s length of the cell door. Lightning illuminated the chamber, exposing he’d shifted his body, his feet now braced in an aggressive stance.

“I have come to set you free.” Thunder rumbled, this time closer, an ominous backdrop to her quiet offer.

The earl remained silent, his expression raw with distrust.

The rebel doubted her. She’d expected as much. God forbid if he discovered Lord Tearlach, his sworn enemy, was her brother.


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Diana is giving away a signed copy of His Captive, the first in the series! Just comment to get your name in the hat!
 

39 comments:

Terry said...

Oh I can't wait to read this! That excerpt left me wanting more RIGHT NOW! :D Very good. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Terry

Diana Cosby said...

Hi Melissa, thank you very much for having me on your Summer of Love tour! After I watched Braveheart, I was drawn to write in this era and am still enjoying every moment.
Sincerely,

Diana
www.dianacosby.com

Diana Cosby said...

Terry said: Oh I can't wait to read this! That excerpt left me wanting more RIGHT NOW! :D Very good. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

~Hi Terry, thank you very much for stopping by. I love the MacGruder brothers, each is a book of my heart. Enjoy your weekend as well!

Diana

Sue said...

Hi Diana!

Looking forward to starting your MacGruder brothers series once I manage to get my toddler-high tall TBR pile shortened down some. I really don't know how authors manage to hold a full time job, write and find time to read. Not too mention taking care of spouse, kids and house as needed!

Question about the name Seathan -- how do you pronounce the Gaelic? I know from the research into my SCAdian name (Sebhdann, pronounced as best as I can determine SHEV-ah-don) that Gaelic and English have nothing in common in pronunciation, especially with Gaelic not having as many letters as English.

Take Care,

Sue V.

Debra Key Newhouse said...

I've already read the other books in this series and have pre-ordered the next book. Diana is one of my favorite authors. I love this excretion, but darn it's a long time until November!!! LOL.

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

Debra Key Newhouse said...

LOL. I'm writing on my Droid and it doesn't always write What I say. That should be EXCERT. NOT excretion.

My deepest apologies!!

Diana Cosby said...

Sue said: Hi Diana! Looking forward to starting your MacGruder brothers series once I manage to get my toddler-high tall TBR pile shortened down some.

~Hi Sue, thank you very much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoying meeting the MacGruders. I hear you on the TBR pile. I think we try and convince ourselves we'll get through it as we're purchasing more at the bookstore. *Smile*

I really don't know how authors manage to hold a full time job, write and find time to read. Not too mention taking care of spouse, kids and house as needed!

~I remember when my kids were young, once they headed off to school, I used the quiet time.

Question about the name Seathan -- how do you pronounce the Gaelic? I know from the research into my SCAdian name (Sebhdann, pronounced as best as I can determine SHEV-ah-don) that Gaelic and English have nothing in common in pronunciation, especially with Gaelic not having as many letters as English.

~I asked a guy I know in Scotland, and he told me it's similar to Shawn. I didn't know that when I chose it, I think I envisioned it more as like See-than. :) BTW, I find all of my story names from historical records for the books time frame.

Take Care,

~You as well and my sincere thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

Diana
2009 Booksellers Best Finalist

Sue V.

Diana Cosby said...

Debra Key Newhouse said: I've already read the other books in this series and have pre-ordered the next book. Diana is one of my favorite authors.

~Hi Debra, thank you so much for stopping by and your kind words. *Hugs* And, my sincere thanks for pre-ordering Seathan and Linet's story. I sincerely hope you enjoy their journey.


I love this excretion, but darn it's a long time until November!!! LOL.

~It's almost here, really. I saw the 3rd flock of geese fly over my house this week this morning. :)

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

~I am, just finished my workout, now I'm off to write. Take care and I hope you enjoy these last days of summer! *Hugs*

Diana
2009 Booksellers Best Finalist

Diana Cosby said...

Debra Key Newhouse said: LOL. I'm writing on my Droid and it doesn't always write What I say. That should be EXCERT. NOT excretion.

~:) I didn't even catch that until you reposted. LOL Have a super day! *Hugs*

Diana
2009 Booksellers Best Finalist

crys said...

MMMM! I have your other books, and was talking about them the other day and there were ears perked up and hands out to borrow. I think I'll have to hide my pre-ordered book and NOT SHARE. ;) Get 'em hooked and then I'll have people who understand why I love your books SO much!

Wait. Maybe I'll just order more to tuck into stockings! :)

Diana Cosby said...

crys said: MMMM! I have your other books, and was talking about them the other day and there were ears perked up and hands out to borrow. I think I'll have to hide my pre-ordered book and NOT SHARE. ;) Get 'em hooked and then I'll have people who understand why I love your books SO much!

~*Hugs* Thank you, Crys, for the kind words/belief in me and dropping by. It's always wonderful to see you. Congratulations on an amazing summer. I'm so happy for you.

Wait. Maybe I'll just order more to tuck into stockings! :)

~*Chuckle* I might just do that as well. Take care my friend, always a blessing to see you. Enjoy the rest of your summer! *Hugs*

Diana
2009 Booksellers Best Finalist

Angi Morgan said...

I loved HIS CAPTIVE. I finally have time to read HIS WOMAN. And can't wait for the fall release of HIS CONQUEST !

WOO HOO !!
~~Angi

Diana Cosby said...

Angi Morgan said: I loved HIS CAPTIVE. I finally have time to read HIS WOMAN. And can't wait for the fall release of HIS CONQUEST !

WOO HOO !!

~:) Angie, thank you so much for stopping by, and I'm thrilled you're enjoying meeting the MacGruder brothers. Each is a book of my heart. I'm thrilled to share that the first chapter of His Destiny, book #4 in the series, will be at the end of His Conquest. I'm waiting to hear back if my editor is picking up books #5 & 6 in the series, Griffin's and the Grandmothers, so please keep your fingers crossed. Again, my thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!

Diana
2009 Booksellers Best Finalist

Jeanmarie Hamilton said...

Diana,
I'm anxiously awaiting the release of your next book, His Conquest! Loved the excerpt. Can't wait!

Don't put me in the list for the drawing since I already have a couple copies of His Captive. :-)

*Hugs*

Kathy said...

Diana I've read HIS CAPTIVE and loved every page of it. I hope to snag a copy of HIS CONQUEST when I can. Awesome books great job.

Anonymous said...

Love Scottish historicals. The kilts, the sexy Lairds, oh my!!!

Can I be entered???

Valerie
valb0302@yahoo.com
in Germany

Diana Cosby said...

Jeanmarie Hamilton said: Diana, I'm anxiously awaiting the release of your next book, His Conquest! Loved the excerpt. Can't wait!

~Thank you so much for your kind words and your dropping by. :) I hope you enjoy Seathan and Linet's book. I've been trying to figure out what to call it, and I finally realized, it's a "Quest." A journey to overcome the odds, and against all reason, to find love. :)

Don't put me in the list for the drawing since I already have a couple copies of His Captive. :-) *Hugs*

~A couple. Holy cow - thank you! And my best to you on your release of Moonlight Desperado! ^5

Diana
2009 Booksellers Best Finalist

Diana Cosby said...

Kathy said: Diana I've read HIS CAPTIVE and loved every page of it.

~Hi Kathy, thank you for stopping by, and I'm so glad you enjoyed meeting the MacGruder brothers. They're so fun. :)

I hope to snag a copy of HIS CONQUEST when I can. Awesome books great job.

~Thank you so much, I hope you enjoy Seathan and Linet's story. I hope you enjoy the twist at the end. *Smile* Have a great day!

Diana
2009 Booksellers Best Finalist

Diana Cosby said...

Valerie said: Love Scottish historicals. The kilts, the sexy Lairds, oh my!!! Can I be entered???

~Hi Valerie, thank you very much for stopping by. Absolutely! :) I had a reader e me the other day that they saw my books on the shelves in Germany. How amazing is that? Hope you're enjoying your summer. Take care and thanks again for dropping by!

Diana
2009 Booksellers Best Finalist

Colleen said...

Have not had the pleasure of reading your books... the excerpt was great... love historicals, have to hop on over to your website to see what else you have! :)

Mary J. Forbes said...

As always, Diana, you entice me with your excerpts! Only two months and I'll have HIS CONQUEST in hand...can't wait for Seathan to take his place on my keeper shelf. :)

Hugs,
Mary

Diana Cosby said...

Colleen said: Have not had the pleasure of reading your books... the excerpt was great... love historicals, have to hop on over to your website to see what else you have! :)

Hi Colleen, thank you very much for stopping by. I write Scottish medieval romantic suspense set in the Braveheart era. Each book in the series is stand alone, but if you want to read them in order, they begin with His Captive. There are excerpts for each book in my books section on my website.
http://www.dianacosby.com/books.html

If you decide to check out the MacGruder brothers, I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. Take care and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Diana
2009 Booksellers Best Finalist

Diana Cosby said...

Mary J. Forbes said: As always, Diana, you entice me with your excerpts! Only two months and I'll have HIS CONQUEST in hand...can't wait for Seathan to take his place on my keeper shelf. :)

~Hi Mary, thank you so much for dropping by and your kind words. I have to say I reciprocate as your novels are wonderful! Take care and I hope you have a fabulous weekend! *Hugs*

Diana
2009 Booksellers Best Finalist

Brandy W said...

Another new to me author and book I'm going to have to have. I mean who can resist a Scottish warrior. Certainly not me.

Diana Cosby said...

Brandy W said: Another new to me author and book I'm going to have to have. I mean who can resist a Scottish warrior. Certainly not me.

~Hi Brandy, thank you very much for stopping by. I'm with you, I LOVE Scottish historicals and the men who filled them. :) I hope you enjoy meeting the MacGruder brothers, each story is a book of my heart. Take care and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Diana
2009 Booksellers Best Finalist

Tina said...

I am so excited to find another fantastic author to add to my ever growing list!! I can't wait to get my hands on these books. I now have another reason to head to Barnes and Noble tomorrow !! There is just something about a man in a kilt that gets my blood boiling!! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and chat !!

Diana Cosby said...

Tina said: I am so excited to find another fantastic author to add to my ever growing list!! I can't wait to get my hands on these books. I now have another reason to head to Barnes and Noble tomorrow !! There is just something about a man in a kilt that gets my blood boiling!! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and chat !!

~Hi Tina, thank you very much for stopping by, and thank you for checking out the MacGruder brothers. I'm with you, love a man in a kilt! :) If you're interested, I have excerpts for the first three books on my website:
http://www.dianacosby.com/books.html

Take care and I'd love to know what you think. Have a wonderful trip at Barns and Noble and a fabulous weekend!

Diana
2009 Booksellers Best Finalist

Anonymous said...

Hi Diana,
You know how much I loved your other two books and now I am awaiting "His Conquest". You have me so hooked on these brothers and now its Seathan story. Can't wait.
Love me some Scottish history,
Frances Lucia

flchen1 said...

This sounds terrific, Diana! I've been hearing good things about this series, and look forward to catching up!

Diana Cosby said...

Frances Lucia said: Hi Diana, You know how much I loved your other two books and now I am awaiting "His Conquest". You have me so hooked on these brothers and now its Seathan story. Can't wait. Love me some Scottish history,

~Hi Frances, thank you so much for stopping by, and I'm thrilled you enjoyed meeting the MacGruder brothers. I love them all. I hope you enjoy meeting Linet, the heroine in His Conquest. She's the perfect woman for Seathan, except he's not convinced. LOL Take care and have a fabulous weekend!

Diana
2009 Booksellers Best Finalist

Diana Cosby said...

flchen1 said: This sounds terrific, Diana! I've been hearing good things about this series, and look forward to catching up!

~Hi Flchn1, thank you so much for stopping by. Thank you, I hope you enjoy meeting the MacGruder brothers. I work hard to ensure that the historical facts I weave in my stories are true. The huge historical story fact you read in His Captive, true. :) Take care and have a fabulous weekend!

Diana
2009 Booksellers Best Finalist

NanRee said...

Love what I've read so far!Can't wait to read the rest!Nothing like a Kilt to put a fire in the blood;)

Diana Cosby said...

NanRee said: Love what I've read so far! Can't wait to read the rest! Nothing like a Kilt to put a fire in the blood;)

~:) Hi NanRee, exactly. Men wearing kilts are hot! Thank you very much for stopping by, and I hope you're enjoying your summer!

Diana
2009 Booksellers Best Finalist

cories said...

It's the kilts and what they wear under it, isn't it? ;) I'm definitely going to add this series to my shopping list for my next trip to the bookstore. Thanks!

cories119[at]yahoo.com

Diana Cosby said...

cories said: It's the kilts and what they wear under it, isn't it? ;)

~Cories, thank you very much for stopping by to say hi. Yes, the kilts. Sigh, they're amazing, including the Scottish heritage they cover. :)

I'm definitely going to add this series to my shopping list for my next trip to the bookstore. Thanks!

~Thank you so much for checking out the MacGruders. I'd love to hear what you think. Take care and I hope you have a fabulous summer!


Diana
2009 Booksellers Best Finalist

Diana Cosby said...

Melissa,
Thank you very much for having me on your, "Summer of Love Blog Contest!" Sue V, congratulations on winning a signed copy of His Captive! I hope you enjoy meeting Alexander, the middle MacGruder brother and Nichola, the feisty woman who turns the Scottish rebel's world upside down. :) Another huge thanks to everyone who stopped by. I sincerely appreciate all of your kind words and hope you enjoy meeting the MacGruders as much as I did writing their stories. When I think of the Scots and their men, the image is of men of valor, love and a touch of magic. Take care, enjoy the rest of your summer, and may a touch of magic always be infused within your life.
Sla├Čnte!

Diana
2009 Booksellers Best Finalist

Diana Cosby said...

*If you're on FaceBook, here's a link that will answer the age old question of kilts and what's underneath:

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=146839415343858&id=336691429368&ref=mf

Enjoy!

Diana
www.dianacosby.com
His Captive/Alexander MacGruder
His Woman/Duncan MacGruder - 4 star Romantic Times review - 2009 Booksellers Best Finalist
His Conquest - Pre-Order now! / His Destiny - Nov 2011

Sue said...

OMG! Diana, thank you so much!!! Well, I guess my TBR pile just gained 2 more books -- I'll use my Border's Rewards discount and pick up 'His Woman.' When 'His Conquest' hits stores I'll be able to read all three, one right after another! YAY!

Diana, do you need me to send you a snail mail address?

Hugs,

Sue V.

Diana Cosby said...

Sue said: OMG! Diana, thank you so much!!!

~:) I hope you enjoy Alexander and Nichola's story. :)

Well, I guess my TBR pile just gained 2 more books -- I'll use my Border's Rewards discount and pick up 'His Woman.' When 'His Conquest' hits stores I'll be able to read all three, one right after another! YAY!

~Thank you so much, I hope you enjoy meeting the MacGruder Brothers!

Diana, do you need me to send you a snail mail address?

~Yes, e me at diana@dianacosby.com your full name/snail mail address. You want me to sign it to Sue, correct? My sincere thanks again. Have a fabulous weekend!

Diana
2009 Booksellers Best Finalist

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