My Chat with Diana Cosby

Hello and welcome!

Today I have an author whose books I love a lot. She is also an amazing photographer and she shares her photos with her readers. My favourite pictures are of Liam, he just makes me smile.

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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 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. With the release of her first two books in her new Scottish medieval The Oath Trilogy, An Oath Taken and An Oath Broken, both which hit bestseller lists in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom, as well as the release of the eBoxSet of the MacGruder Brothers series, she is now preparing for the release of the last book in The Oath trilogy, An Oath Sworn on 23 December, 2015!
Diana looks forward to the years of writing ahead and meeting the amazing people who will share this journey.

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Welcome Diana Cosby!

What is one word best describes you?
Determined, focused.

What makes you laugh out loud?
Witty dialogue.

What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
I love the smell of horses. It reminds me of living in Alaska where I worked at a riding stable and often rode over the tundra with incredible views of the ocean beyond.

Favourite place to spend time.
As an amateur photographer, I love seeing what photos I can take, which can be birds, flowers, bugs, to out-of-the box pictures. I often share photos that I take on my Facebook Author page.

Is there a genre that you refuse to read?
For me, a good story is exactly that. Each genre offers a unique story focus.

Writing! What started it?
I’ve read romance novels since my teens. When I retired from the Navy, I decided to try my hand at writing the stories that I loved.

If you could choose another career what would it be?
It’s a toss-up between painting pictures and photography. I love both!

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
I have a general theme in all of my stories — all is not what it seems. In addition, my hope is that readers will be inspired by my characters and the struggles they overcome to believe in themselves and dare to go after their own dreams.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?
My intended audience is readers who enjoy Scottish medieval romantic suspense wrapped around the history of the story’s timeframe.

What is next in your writing?
Next in my writing is the release of “An Oath Sworn“, book 3 in the bestselling “The Oath Trilogy” in December. Colyne and Marie’s story is a book of my heart, and I sincerely hope my readers will enjoy it as well.

Tell us about your current charity project.
One of my passions is that of giving back and helping others. As a volunteer for Habitat For Humanity, one day I was thinking how romance readers are AMAZING as is Habitat for Humanity. So, I thought, why not pair the two and help a deserving family receive a home? And, Diana Cosby’s Romance Reader’s Build A Habitat for Humanity Home 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.

How it works:
As readers send contributions to Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County for the Romance Readers Build A Habitat For Humanity Home project, the home on the upper right side of their homepage on their website will fill in. The goal is to fund an entire home – $55,000. Donations can be sent via PayPal using the ‘Donate Link,’ or donate funds 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

I kicked off the challenge by donating $200. I have total faith that romance readers together are an unstoppable force, and as the stories they love, they will leave a deserving family with a happy ending.

Goal: Raise $55,000 to build a Habitat For Humanity Home. Now—$6,335!
That is such a great cause Diana!

My sincere thanks for having me as a guest author today. I appreciate everyone who stopped by. Take care, and my deepest wish is that you believe in yourself and dare to go after your dreams!

Thank you Diana for taking the time for a chat with me! Looking forward to more books and more pictures of Liam 😉

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Thanks for joining me on this chat and I hope you enjoyed reading it. You probably remember me mention Ms. Cosby’s name when I had one of my book boyfriends, Sir Nicholas, from An Oath Takenbook 1 in The Oath Trilogy, for a chat in March 2015.

Ms. Cosby is not only a gifted writer, amazing photographer, but also a truly caring person. Check out the interview on one of my fave blogs, Booktalk with Eileen, where she shares another of her humanitarian projects.

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.  She supports many, among them are:

The National Trust for Scotland, which acts as 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.

To keep in touch with Ms. Cosby and check out her other books, follow these links:

websiteNewsletterFacebook • Twitter • AmazonB&NKoboGoodreads

I hope you check out Ms. Cosby’s Facebook page… say hello from me!

Liam had the honour in picking a book for the giveaway and looks like His Captive, book 1 in the MacGruder Brothers series is his favourite. The signed print book is going to one lucky reader, chosen by Sexy Mr. Random. Comments will stay open until 3pm EST, Monday, October 5, 2015.  GOOD LUCK!

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Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

Diana Cosby drops by to talk about her 5th International Food Bank Drive Challenge

Check out Diana Cosby’s International Food Drive talk on Eileen Dandashi’s blog! Awesome cause and a generous giveaway!

Diana Cosby drops by to talk about her 5th International Food Bank Drive Challenge.

My Chat with Lathir and… Rónán?

Hello and welcome!

Do I have a treat for you today. Read on and see for yourself.

Please welcome Lady Lathir and Sir Rónán!

What is your full name?
Rónán O’Connor, I am a Knights Templar
Lady Lathir McConaghy of Wynshire Castle

Do you have a nickname?
Both shake their head

What is one word best describes you?
Protector.
Determined.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Yes.
Yes.

What is your favourite dessert?
Baked apples.
Honey and butter on toasted bread.

What is your favourite drink?
Ale.
Wine.

What is your greatest fear?
Failure to protect those I’m charged to care for or love.
Losing those I love.

What is your favourite colour?
Red.
Emerald.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Nothing.
A gown.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
I am not ticklish.
Very ticklish on the bottom of my feet.

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
The sea; to me the scent of the sea represents freedom.
Baking bread; the scent of baking bread reminds me of when I was young and would help my mother in the kitchen.

Looking at Lathir I ask, When you look at a man what catches your interest?
His confidence.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest? I ask Rónán.
Her intelligence

Do you have somebody in your life now?
They look at each other and smile.

What is one word best describes him? I ask Lathir
Formidable.

What is one word best describes her? I ask Rónán.
Determined.

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
It is Lathir who answers, Forbidden Realm is the fifth book in The Forbidden Series.

Thank you for joining me for a chat. I really enjoyed your story and wish you many blessings.

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Hope you enjoyed the chat.

As they mentioned, Lady Lathir and Sir Rónán come from Forbidden Realm, the 5th book from The Forbidden Series by one of my fave authors, Diana Cosby. Releasing April 14, 2020.

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For the price of honor, he must walk away from the woman he loves…

Orphaned young, a childhood of loneliness and brutality led Sir Ronan O’Connor to join the Knights Templar and vow never to return to Ireland. But now a mission to transport a cache of Templar armaments for King Robert the Bruce forces the knight back to his homeland. Under his protection on the journey is an Irish nobleman and his daughter, Lathir McConaghy. Trained in combat, Lathir will bend to no man . . .

After the death of her betrothed in battle, Lathir guards her heart fiercely. Until an attack at sea forces her and Ronan to rely on each other for their survival. In the storm-filled days adrift at sea, a passionate bond forms between Lathir and the fierce warrior. In a realm torn by treachery and turmoil, they fight for their future even as secrets threaten to destroy their mission, and any chance at love.

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Read an excerpt here, where you will find the buy links too. Although the stories are connected, you can read them as a standalone too.

My review: 5 stars

I knew from previous reads that Ms. Cosby is an amazing writer, but I think this is my fave so far. I loved that Lathir is determined, stubborn, independent, and not in an insufferable way either, she is courageous and can take care of herself knowing the use of a blade. As I read the story I fell in love with her more and more. With Ronan was insta love for me, his quiet command, loyalty, powerful without being overwhelming, his soft heart. They are quite a match, but their road to HEA is hard and life threatening. The ending though steals the show, I can’t tell you because it would be a spoiler but… Many wrongs are righted leaving me with a happy heart. WOW I am still grinning even hours after it. It was perfect.

To keep in touch with Ms. Cosby and check out her other books, follow these links:

website • Newsletter • FacebookAmazon • B&N • Kobo • Goodreads

Ms. Cosby is not only a gifted writer, but also an amazing photographer. Check out her Facebook page where she posts the beautiful photos she takes.

Also check out the previous chats I had with my BBF from her books and with the author herself.

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A signed copy of His Destiny, book 4 in the bestselling MacGruder Series could be yours, courtesy of Ms. Cosby. Sexy Mr. Random will select the winner from the comments on this post after 3pm on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Open to US and Canada. Good luck!

Until next time read, or listen to, a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

My Chat with Eileen

Hello and welcome!

Today I have a good friend from the blogging world whose opinion I respect. Her reviews of books and audio books are amazing, in-depth that give you a real insight without spoilers. What attracts me the most to her blog is her way with words that pull me in and keep me engaged.

Please welcome Eileen from BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN !

Eniko, thank you for having me on your blog. I know you’re always chatting with an author, a narrator or a character.   I’m not an author, although I love to meet and get to know them.  I’m not a character in a book, but I’ve been one thousands of times.  Today, I present myself as a reader firstly and then a reviewer.

When we spoke earlier you said you’d like to talk about POV (point of view) of a reader.  What did you mean?
I stop to read blogs about reviews, the importance of a review to an author.  I want to hear what authors have to say about reviewers.

Today, however, I’d like to talk about what readers have to say about reviews? I’ve been reading quite avidly for the last 15 years.  I read, so therefore I’m a reader.

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What prompts you to read a certain book?
The cover, along with the title, are the first two items to catch my attention. It doesn’t, necessarily, keep my attention. I quickly read the synopsis on the back cover, or publisher’s summary available on Goodreads, Amazon, Noble and Barnes and the author’s website. Am I still interested?

I, then, look at genre. I’m partial to historical romance, if any of your readers who have stopped by my blog, Booktalk with Eileen or my page on FB, have seen I also like fantasy, paranormal, mysteries, time travel, and stories which are contemporary in a small town setting. I will venture outside my likes, but there are so many wonderful books to read in my chosen genres, I almost don’t have time!

You do a lot of reading. I see that from your blog.
I’m driven, or mayhap, I live to read. To live those lives I can’t live myself. That’s the beauty of finding a gifted author that does this for me. So writing style is very important. I’ll latch onto some authors and whatever they write I’ll read. Style and plot, additionally description need to transcend me outside myself, if you will.

As a reader, I must be drawn into the story, not just standing on the side. I must be emotionally connected to the characters, either with compassion, or disgust. I love to be so emotionally impacted I end up crying. And when the author makes me fall in love with her/his world they have created a fan and a forever reader. For example, I’ve followed Christine Feehan and read some of her books three or four times. She always takes me to her world over and over again, no matter how many times I’ve read the book. It is never boring. Others that come to mind: Kathryn Le Veque, Mary Morgan, Amy Jarecki, Cynthia Wright, Deborah Cooke, aka Claire DelaCroix, Diana Cosby, Lucinda Brant, Sharon Cullen, to name just a few. I’m sure as I continue exploring new authors I will add to the forever fan reads.

I get that, because I’m a reader, too. But what about reviews? Let’s say you love the book, how do you write a review?
Okay, I read a book which has me totally engaged. I think it’s terrific. My review should express my enthusiasm for the read. Perhaps mention a quote which captures a feeling of a particular character. The excerpt also helps the reader see the writing style of the author. I don’t, generally, quote a long excerpt. I like to talk about the characters, not so much tell the story, but something of the characters’ flaws, challenges and connections to each other.

But what about the elements of a great book? Things like pacing, scene structure, internal dialog, arc? Shouldn’t they be talked about?
You know, I think it’s nice to add some of that. As I read more and more about how to craft a novel, I’m learning the terminology and as I read, I will identify these parts. But are they so important in a review? But you may ask, if you don’t like a story and can identify why, shouldn’t you tell the review reader?

In this case, I would mention it. For example, I’ll mention the story didn’t totally engage me from the first page because there was little action I could react to. If the story does pick up and I’m connected, I’ll add that to. If dialog feels contrived, I’ll mention it is a bit stiff, or if I can’t stop reading – the book won’t let me put it down—I’ll mention that. Certainly, these feelings are due to the skill of crafting a story. If the author has a sluggish story, that is a question of pacing, it hampers the overall like of the book. Consequently, my gushing moment of excitement in the review will not be there.

But, as a reader of a review, I, personally, am not really interested in knowing the craft elements that make the reviewer like something, just that the book was awesome and why or conversely why not.

Now, maybe some of the readers of your blog could comment on what I just said.

I think my mission in writing a review is either to make the reader of my review say, yes, I’ve GOT to read this book or maybe this isn’t the book for me to read, because I don’t like, for example, plenty of violence, or scenes to make your toes curl, or weak women!

I don’t like to read a review which only says the book was great, or a fantastic read. It isn’t enough to capture my attention. It doesn’t clarify anything about the book.

So there you have it, Eniko, my POV as a reader and a reviewer. I’d love to have a discussion take place on this subject. I’d also like to know if a reader of a review on a blog doesn’t see a star review, does this make a difference to her/him?

May I ask a few more questions?
Certainly.

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What is the first book you read that started your love of reading?
I loved reading from the first words I could read. (chuckling) I remember running around the house and reading my Dick and Jane book. I’d read it over and over to anyone who would listen.

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By age 12, I would borrow during the summer month from the school library 40 books or so and read. I probably am the person I am through the experiencing those stories.

What started your journey in blogging/reviewing books?

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I love technology, because I grew up learning to type on one of those old Underwood typewriters with round keys. I lived technology, from electric typewriters, to word processors, to my Commodore, and now desktops, laptops, iPads, smartphones, coupled with cyberspace. I’m excited to be able to live in this day and age, enjoying how quickly it all changes.

When we returned to the states in 2011 after our last 8 years in living in Lebanon and I decided to learn about blogging. I kept hearing the word. While living in Lebanon I read a lot. It was how I entertained myself. Coupled with my love of reading, I started a blog to review what I read.

But I want to take this question of yours further. I’d like to use my blog, eventually, to share what I am writing. Yes, I have the writing bug. Reviewing allows me to express myself, but personally I want more. I took the NaNoWriMo challenge back in November 2013 and wrote my first draft of my first novel. I laughed. I cried. I talked about the characters to my hubby ad nauseum, and couldn’t seem to stop. (He thought me mad.) To those authors out there, I get it when you talk about your writing. I know the elation of creating the microcosm of reality, for indeed it is your reality.
That is great! I hope I get to read what you wrote one day.

What is your advice to the readers who think they are not good at writing reviews?
My advice is what I would tell anyone who wants to learn a craft or skill. Practice, practice, practice. Learn what a good review consists of, what to avoid discussing, how to delicately parse what you don’t like, and how to express your delight in a good read. I find taking notes while reading helps me remember some moment of irony, poetic justice, a down and out calamity, a gut-wrenching moment, etc. This makes it easier to formulate your thoughts in the review process. I strongly urge you to find your creative voice, yes, even writing a review. Reviewing, as when writing a novel, painting, singing, running, etc., it’s also about you, your expression of how you react to the story experience.

Do you have a nickname?
Well, I guess I’d say yes. I lived in the Middle East close to 18 years. My name is not common there so they tended to pronounce it wrong. I took the last of my name, ‘leen’, and made a nickname, spelled Lina. It is a common name in the Middle East. I still have people from that part of the world use my nickname and I answer to it, as well.

What is one word best describes you?
Diligent.

What makes you laugh out loud?
Comical, eye-rolling situations where the initiator of a situation tries to fix it and only makes it worse! Or if I get tickled!

What is your favourite dessert?
I love dark chocolate candy, the kind that melts on your palette and is rich, creamy and smooth.

What is your favourite drink?
Red wine in winter, white in summer.

What is your favourite colour?
Teal.

What is the perfect romantic date?
Ha! I’m not sure what a date is any longer, let alone romantic. But if I were younger… I’d say dinner for two at a restaurant with plenty of ambiance. Perhaps afterwards go to a piano bar, talk and dance.

Thank you Eniko, for having me on your blog. It has been a genuine pleasure to share what I enjoy and who I am.

Eileen, the pleasure is all mine. Thank you for chatting with me.

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Thank you for joining us and I hope you enjoyed the chat and get a little insight into the blogging world and writing reviews.

Let us know your opinion about reviews, why you write them, or why not. Maybe answers some of the questions Eillen asked.

I urge you to subscribe to Eileen’s blog, if you haven’t done so. You will discover many new books, as I did.

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

My Chat with Sir Colyne

Hello and welcome!

Today I have somebody I am meeting for the first time and from what I’ve seen I am so looking forward to reading his story. I did have one of his friends last year for a chat, Sir Nicholas! Remember him?

Get comfortable and read on…

Welcome, welcome!

What is your full name?
Colyne MacKerran, Earl of Strathcliff

Do you have a nickname?
Mac

What is one word best describes you?
Loyal

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
A fine kilt with my clan colors, which fall beneath Clan Grant.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Aye, she did a fine job of sharing with the reader who I am.

What makes you laugh out loud?
A good joke told by a bard

What is your favourite dessert?
My favorite dessert is freshly baked bread slathered with butter, and dipped in honey.

What is your favourite drink?
Spiced wine

What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is letting down those I love.

What is your favourite colour?
The soft purple of heather

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Nothing he winks

What is the perfect romantic date?
The perfect romantic date would be sharing a bottle of wine, and sitting on a blanket at the ocean enjoying a brilliant sunset with the lass I love.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
Very ticklish all over.

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Having grown up in a close family, the scent of freshly baked bread is my favorite scent as it reminds me of the mornings with my family.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
A lass’ eyes always catch me first, for they’re truly windows to ones soul. Second, their wit.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
Aye, an amazing lass, Marie Alesia Serouge. A twist of fate brought our lives together. Who knew that one day the daughter of a king would give me the happily ever after I’ve always yearned for deep inside my heart. I’m blessed to have Marie in my life.

What is one word best describes her?
Strong and fierce. What can I say, she’s an incredible woman, and one word alone canna describe her.

Is your book part of a series?
Aye, “An Oath Sworn” is book 3 in The Oath Trilogy, with book 1, “An Oath Taken”, and book 2, “An Oath Broken”, featuring two of my close friends, Sir Nicholas Beringar, and Giric Armstrong, Earl of Terrick.

What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
With The Oath Trilogy completed, in August 2016 the Forbidden Series begins with the release of book 1, “Forbidden Legacy”.

Thank you so much Colyne for chatting with me, I am looking forward to reading your story.

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Thanks for joining me today and I hope you enjoyed the chat.

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As Colyne mentioned, he hails from “An Oath Sworn”, book 3 in The Oath Trilogy by one of my fave authors, Diana Cosby who you met already here on my blog in October when she stopped by for a chat.

Bound by honor to save a country they love …

The bastard daughter of the French king, Marie Alesia Serouge has just one chance at freedom when she escapes her captor in the Scottish highlands. A mere pawn in a scheme to destroy relations between France and Scotland, Marie must reach her father and reveal the Englishmen’s treacherous plot. But she can’t abandon the wounded warrior she stumbles upon—and she can’t deny that his fierce masculinity, Scottish or not, stirs something wild inside her.

Colyne MacKerran is on a mission for his king, and he’s well aware that spies are lying in wait for him everywhere. Wounded en route, he escapes his attackers and is aided by an alluring Frenchwoman…whose explanation for her presence in the Highlands rings false. Even if she saved his life, he cannot trust her with his secrets. But he won’t leave her to the mercy of brigands, either—and as they race for the coast, he can’t help but wonder if her kiss is as passionate as she is.

With nothing in common but their honor, Colyne and Marie face a dangerous journey to safety through the untamed Scottish landscape—and their own reckless hearts…

Buy links are found on Ms. Cosby’s website, just click on the name of the book and it will take you there, where you can also read an excerpt.

To keep in touch with Ms. Cosby and check out her other books, follow these links:

websiteNewsletterFacebook • AmazonB&NKoboGoodreads

I hope you check out Ms. Cosby’s Facebook page, she takes amazing photos… say hello from me and tell her we need more pics of Liam 😀 he is so cute.

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Ms. Cosby actually took a few pics of him and posted them for me at Christmas XOXO I hope she doesn’t get tired of me asking for more LOL

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For the giveaway, Sexy Mr. Random will select one person after 3pm on Monday February 15th, 2016 from all who comment on this post. The winner will receive a signed copy of “His Destiny”, book 4 in the bestselling MacGruder Series.

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

My first author-reader conference!

Hello and welcome!

I am still grinning from two weekends ago when I attended my first ever author-reader conference at the Romancing the Capital in Ottawa, organized and sponsored in part by Eve Langlais and other fabulous authors, helped by her awesome minions.

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I didn’t know what to expect, I was a bit nervous, but a whole lot excited. The closer the date came, the bigger the excitement and as usual I thought of my costume on Wednesday night, I was up until 3 am to get it done o_O I was the book boyfriend sorceress, had a whip too so I can keep them in check 😉 Went to work in the morning, then took off a bit early. My friend, Carolann, came with me. The previous post on my blog was my chat with her. She is a good friend, she put up with my endless chatter and bubbling as the event came closer ( we work together! ) and she drove the whole way to Ottawa, bless her heart… and back too!

I met a lot of new authors to me, among them Reece Butler, Ashlyn Chase, Viola Grace, Cynthia St. Aubin, Trinity Blacio, Jessica E Subject, Leah Braemel, Robyn Peterman, Kellie Kamryn, H. A. Fortman, and many more. I met a few whose book I read and looooove: Deborah Cooke, Zoe York, Eve Langlais.

Zoe York has been a guest on my blog before, we had a chat recently. I also had Liam, one of my book boyfriends from one of her series.

I will have Deborah Cooke‘s Erik, who is my Pyr book boyfriend coming soon for a chat *sigh*

I am hoping I can choose my book boyfriend from one of Eve Langlais‘s books, but I still have lots to catch up in her series 😉

I bought quite a few books at the signing held the Saturday of the event… a few are not in the picture because they were e-books or surfaced later from the many folds of my luggage…

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… and also received a few as gifts 😀 The top middle one is Erik’s book, which I read before but this one is a signed gift from Ms. Cooke and I will treasure it forever.

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SQUEEEEEE  Sorry, I’ve been doing that a lot, I mean A LOT 😀

I am looking forward to get lost in each story and find a few more book boyfriends along the way.

Met lots of readers, bloggers. Some brought their daughters, some their grannies and some their husbands. Cool, eh? The costumes at both dinner parties were from awesome to cool, we had a blast! Some chose not to wear costumes or only partial ones, but that was ok too. We took part of discussion panels during the day, where we got to ask questions and listened to authors share their insight in their respective genres or had fun doing crafts, naughty ones ;), or do puzzles or play games for prizes. There was a lot of laughter and cheers all over the place.

AAAAH THE MEMORIES!!! Check out the pics on the event page. I think the giddy feeling I had at the event will stay with me for a long time, it felt really good being among those who love books as much as I do. So few of my real life friends read, some do not read at all and I see when I talk about books ( true, I do talk a lot about books ) their eyes start to glaze over LOL

I am so happy that I found many fabulous ladies on the web from all over the world who love books, read the same books as I do and a few have become really good friends. We support each other in times of joy, sorrow and everything in between. Great ladies, I hope I will get the chance to meet them face to face one day.

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The planning for the next event in May, 2016 is started so don’t miss out, here is  the link to get your ticket. Early bird prices are still going, but not for long. I will be there, wouldn’t miss it for anything!

I took with me a lot of swag I had extra on hand to share with fellow readers from M. A. Abraham, Sharon Hamilton, Cara Covington, Heather Rainier, Brandy Walker, Michelle M. Pillow, Melissa Schroeder, Diana Cosby, it was swept up in less than an hour … ALL OF IT. Also put together a basket from Sharon Hamilton that was put in the Friday night event’s draw, the lucky winner was sitting beside me at the dinner table, talk about a small world. There were a lot of happy readers on both days I tell you.

I brought back a lot of swag, some of it already on its way to my biggest supporters here on my blog and I have two bags left which I would like to share with two readers, all you have to do is comment on this post what kind of swag do you like the best and which bag, red or green, would you choose. As you can see in the picture below, there is a lot of swag in each bag, most of it from the event and a few of what I have left extra in my own stash. No chocolates though, those I kept for myself 🙂

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The winners will be announced after 3pm, EST, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. GOOD LUCK!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

My Chat with Sir Nicholas

Hello and welcome!

Today I have somebody who I met recently and at first I didn’t know what to think of him, but then… *sigh*… I fell in love.

Time to open a bottle of wine and have a glass while reading this. Cheers!Extra-Virgin-Wines-Glasse-005

Please welcome the castellan.

What is your full name?
Sir Nicholas Beringar, castellan of Ravenmoor Castle.

Do you have a nickname?
No.

What is one word best describes you?
Trustworthy.

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
I’m wearing full gear as I’m out riding on the borders as there has been an increase in reiving on my land.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
I believe she did an excellent job of showing the care and concern I have for those whom I protect.

What makes you laugh out loud?
A good joke.

What is your favourite dessert?
I love fresh strawberries.

What is your favourite drink?
A tankard of ale.

What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is that I will fail to protect those whom I am sworn to protect.

What is your favourite colour?
Purple.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Nothing.

What is the perfect romantic date?
A bottle of wine, a basket of fresh strawberries to feed whom I am with, and to spend time alone with that person on a secluded beach.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
A little ticklish.

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
I love the smell of pine. It reminds me of my time growing up spent with my brother in the woods.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
Her genuineness.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
At the beginning of my story, no. I have no time for a woman in my life with a new castle to rebuild as well as reivers to quell.

Is your book part of a series?
Yes, An Oath Taken is book #1 in The Oath Trilogy.

What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Book #2 in The Oath Trilogy, An Oath Broken, will be out 22 June, and book #3, “An Oath Sworn”, will be released 23 December!

I am looking forward to reading the next ones too. Thank you for joining me and answering my questions.

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Thank you for joining me today and I hope you enjoyed this chat.

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Sir Nicholas hails from An Oath Takenbook 1 in The Oath Trilogy by sweet Diana Cosby.

As the new castellan, Sir Nicholas Beringar has the daunting task of rebuilding Ravenmoor Castle on the Scottish border and gaining the trust of the locals—one of whom wastes no time in trying to rob him. Instead of punishing the boy, Nicholas decides to make him his squire. Little does he know the thieving young lad is really…a lady.

Lady Elizabet Armstrong had donned a disguise in an attempt to free her brother from Ravenmoor’s dungeons. Although intimidated by the confident Englishman with his well-honed muscles and beguiling eyes, she cannot refuse his offer.

Nicholas senses that his new squire is not what he seems. His gentle attempts to break through the boy’s defenses leave Elizabet powerless to stem the desire that engulfs her. And when the truth is exposed, she’ll have to trust in Nicholas’s honor to help her people—and to surrender to his touch…

Read an excerpt by following this link, where you will find all the buy links also.

Here is my review: “Wow! My heart is still galloping, the story is so intense. Love Nicholas, he is a fair, honourable man, charged by his King to put right the wrongs done by his predecessor. Except Elizabet turns his world upside down, in more ways than one and then she steals his heart. Loved how the story unfolds, the unexpected twists, the chemistry between Nicholas and Elizabet. You got to read this book!!! I am looking forward to the next one.” 5 stars

To keep in touch with Diana Cosby and check out her other books, follow these links:

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I hope you check out Ms. Cosby’s Facebook page… say hello from me! She is also an amazing photographer and she shares her photos with her readers. My favourite pictures are of Liam. Isn’t he adorable? He just makes me smile.

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Ms. Cosby asked Liam to pick a book for a giveaway and he picked a signed print book of His Captive, book 1 in the MacGruder Brothers series going to one lucky reader, chosen by Sexy Mr. Random. Comments will stay open until 3pm EST, Monday, March 16, 2015.  GOOD LUCK!

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