Thursday, January 27, 2011

Diana Cosby

GET LOST IN A STORY WITH DIANA COSBY

Diana Cosby has been a generous, longtime participant of Romance Writers of America. She is not only a talented author but constantly shares her expertise with fellow writers. (Now, if you can take your eyes off the male model she's pictured with), please help me welcome Diana Cosby to Get Lost in a Story. ~ Donnell

HIS CONQUEST ~ 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 . . .


Donnell: What’s in your refrigerator right now?

Diana: ~Starbucks breakfast blend, Ghirardelli peppermint bark and whole milk with which I make my daily cafe con lèche. Orowheat sandwich thins, apple butter, Virginia ham, swiss cheese all for sandwiches. And, a box of blush wine. :) With those staples, everything else in food life is negotiable. LOL

Donnell: Is Elvis really dead?

Diana: ~I believe his 'death' is a magnificently orchestrated sales plan that has exceeded expectations. Upon his supposed demise, a wax figure of Elvis was 'removed' from Graceland while the real Elvis was whisked away to a secret tropical location for facial reconstruction surgery so no one would ever recognize him. Elvis now lives a comfortable life in a tropical haven and travels to the U.S. on occasion to visit family. But after a life crowded with people, tours as a constant demand for his time, he enjoys the luxury of sitting back and diving into his secret passion, reading medieval romance novels. :)

Donnell: What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?

Diana: ~My goal is to become a NYTimes Best-Selling author as well as to inspire others as to make a positive difference in others lives. To date the dreams I'm proud to share that are realized are:

-I 've started a writing scholarship at a local high school.

-I support as volunteer for Habitat For Humanity as well as organize writing groups to pick up build days.

-I support as volunteer for Ducks Unlimited.

-I give workshops on various topics of writing.

-I am a Lifetime Member of the National Trust For Scotland.

-I'm an award-winning international best-selling author.

-My latest release, "His Conquest," has remained on the Amazon Best-Seller list for over 12 weeks.

Donnell: Congratulations! What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing/researching a book?

Diana: ~The fact that early in the 1290s, William Wallace was thrown into jail by the English, fed gruel and rotting herring. He fell into a coma. Believing him dead, they tossed Wallace into a dung heap. The nurse of his youth retrieved his 'body' to bury him, but once home she discovered he still lived. Years later, Wallace alongside Andrew de Moray led their combined troops to win a decisive battle against overwhelming odds at Stirling Bridge.

Donnell: Dog person or cat person?

Diana: ~Both, I have a German Short-haired Pointer named Duncan, a part-time Great Pyrenees - Annabelle, and two rescue cats, Bad & Brat. :)

Donnell: Which is your favorite language other than your native language?

Diana: ~The language of the night, the quiet sounds that barely reach you, the soft brush of wind against grass, the scrape of leaves against stone, or how the cool wind shuffles it's way through the trees and at times casts harmonic sighs.

Donnell: What question are you never asked in interviews, but wish you were?

Diana: ~Do you enjoy cooking or baking? If so, are you a follow-the-recipe kind of person or is a recipe your base to explore and create?

And, to answer this, I'm the latter. Unlike my plotter ways when I write, when I cook, I tend to be a seat-of-your pants cook! I love to cook but rarely measure anything. I have fun creating new recipes, and at the end of the interview, I'll add on a chocolate cake I invented. :)

Donnell: If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?

Diana: ~Painting recreations of the masters. I love painting, but my passion for writing leaves me little time to pursue this pleasure. One day in the future I know I will begin again. :)

Donnell: If you could interview one person (and it doesn’t have to be a writer) who would it be?

Diana: ~The Bishop Wishart, because he was one of the original Guardian's of Scotland after the death of King Alexander III and was such a tremendous force behind the Scottish War of Independence. Braveheart portrays William Wallace as a fierce man who inspired many. While true, it negates to mention that it was the Bishop Wishart who sent nobles to support Wallace thereby raising his importance. I believe Wishart was also elemental in uniting the leadership of Andrew de Moray and William Wallace for the monumental battle at Stirling Bridge. There are so many unknown venues that the Bishop Wishart was active in, to me it would be fascinating to truly learn the entire truth.

Donnell: Sounds like a potential nonfiction historical book in the making.

And, as promised the cake I created:

Awesome Texas Chocolate Cake

by Diana Cosby

Devil’s Food Cake mix

Ganache

Cool Whip

Chocolate shavings

Chocolate frosting (*I make homemade.)

Ganache:

.1/2 cup heavy cream

.1 lb. semisweet dark chocolate

*In a heavy saucepan, bring heavy cream to a boil. Remove from heat, mix in chocolate, stir until melted. Chill ganache until consistency you need.

Directions:

Bake two 9” layer cakes according to directions. Once cooled, set first layer on a cake plate. Add coat of ganache. Layer with Cool Whip. Next, add second layer of cake. Coat with ganache. Frost side of cake. Layer top with Cool Whip. Sprinkle on top with chocolate shavings. Chill until served.

*Do you cook/bake? If so, what is your favorite thing to make and why? My sincere thanks for stopping by!

Diana Cosby, Best-Selling International Author

http://www.dianacosby.com/

Diana’s third novel in the MacGruder series, “His Conquest – Seathan’s story,” is available now:
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
Booksamillion.com
Borders
Kindle Edition

"Readers will fall in love with this third MacGruder Brother." - Romantic Times

"Diana Cosby weaves fabulous tales of Medieval Scottish romance." NYT Best-selling Author - Pam Palmer

ABOUT DIANA:

Most people think of retirement as a time to relax. For me, retiring at 36 from my job as a Navy Chief Meteorologist/Oceanographer allowed me to pursue my passion – writing romance novels. With 32 moves behind me and having traveled through many countries, I was anxious to create characters who reflected the amazing cultures and people I’ve met over the years.

After nine and a half years of writing and while I was working on my eleventh novel, I received “The Call” from Kensington and sold the first two in the MacGruder brothers series. A couple of years later Kate Duffy bought the third and fourth books in the series.

I have many passions, but one that resonates most in my life is that of giving. I firmly believe that each of us can make a positive difference in another person’s life. There are so many charities, and, with each book I sell, I will tithe a percentage of each novel to a charity of my choice. In addition, I enjoy volunteering for Habitat For Humanity, Ducks Unlimited, and at a local high school I have an annual Diana Cosby Writing Scholarship.

I am currently working on the next Scottish medieval romantic suspense book in the MacGruder brothers series. I look forward to the years of writing ahead and meeting the amazing people who will share my journey.

Diana Cosby, International Best-Selling Author
http://www.dianacosby.com/
His Captive-Alexander MacGruder/ His Woman-Duncan MacGruder/ His Conquest-Seathan MacGruder
His Destiny - Oct 2011

For those who comment or ask questions on today's GLIAS blog, Diana is giving away book one in the MacGruder Series, HIS CAPTIVE.

Join Get Lost in a Story tomorrow, January 28th, as Heather Snow hosts Grand Central Historical Author, Cara Elliott.


43 comments:

  1. What a wonderful selection of charities! I love the thought of creating a writing scholarship. I'm also very impressed to see you stuck with it through nine years and eleven novels. Persistence and hard work have certainly paid off!

    The chocolate cake sounds amazing...I like to bake. Your recipe reminds me of a layer desert where we smush up Oreos, vanilla ice cream, fresh raspberries and fudge sauce. Not the best food to be eating while dreaming about spring clothes, though. :)

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  2. Diana, congratulations on His Conquest sitting on the Amazon Best Seller list for so long! It sounds like an excellent novel. I love novels about Scotland. Those gorgeous kilted heroes on the covers are just too hard to resist.

    Best wishes for a quick journey onto the NYT Bestseller list!

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  3. Diana,

    It seems every week there's a new accomplishment you've achieved and your friends at DARA couldn't be prouder. Your writing is full of sensory images and sounds, humor and logic, well-crafted plots and fast pacing. I started His Woman yesterday and put it down long enough to sleep, get my child to school, and write. Looking forward to His Destiny!

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  4. Good morning all, please forgive the wicked Google formatting and your untechie host of the beautiful, talented Diana Cosby. First, I can't believe no one mentioned the cover model. Or. Do I have it wrong? If that's your significant other, Diana, I take back all the nice things I said. Welcome. The cake recipe sounds scrumptious.

    Interesting that you're a panster when it comes to baking but not your writing. You have some fabulous international trips coming up. Will you tell us about those?

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  5. Hi Diana! Welcome to GLIAS. It's such a pleasure to see you here. You were one of the first people I met at my very first RWA conference, and were so generous to share some tips with a total newbie :) I am just thrilled to see your success!

    And I didn't know that about William Wallace! How fascinating.

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  6. Gillian Layne said:
    What a wonderful selection of charities! I love the thought of creating a writing scholarship.

    ~Good morning, Gillian, thank you for stopping by. My volunteer work as charities are very personal to me and I am blessed to be able to be a part of such amazing as positive life-changing groups and events.

    I'm also very impressed to see you stuck with it through nine years and eleven novels. Persistence and hard work have certainly paid off!

    ~Thank you, I firmly believe persistence as a clear goal are the key.

    The chocolate cake sounds amazing...I like to bake.

    ~It’s yummy.  I mean, when you begin with chocolate, oh yeah, yum! LOL

    Your recipe reminds me of a layer desert where we smush up Oreos, vanilla ice cream, fresh raspberries and fudge sauce. Not the best food to be eating while dreaming about spring clothes, though.

    ~Oh man, that sounds soooo good! Take care and I wish you the very best!
    Sincerely,

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  7. msullivan said:
    Diana, congratulations on His Conquest sitting on the Amazon Best Seller list for so long! It sounds like an excellent novel.

    ~Thank you very much, it’s as amazing as humbling. Best, it’s dedicated to my parents, so its success makes the dedication all the more special.

    I love novels about Scotland. Those gorgeous kilted heroes on the covers are just too hard to resist.

    ~ I’m with you, the Scots are sooo incredible!

    Best wishes for a quick journey onto the NYT Bestseller list!

    ~My sincere thanks, I’m ultra determined that I will achieve my goal. Take care and wish you every success!
    Sincerely,

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  8. The thought of a writing scholarship is a really powerful one Diana. I met several aspiring writers at my son's international school...I did a career day etc but never thought of that.

    Any ideas on how to make your cake without such things as the cake mix or cool whip? I live in Switzerland and if those things are available I haven't seen them, nor know the words in German!

    Lisa

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  9. Wendy Lee said...
    Diana,

    It seems every week there's a new accomplishment you've achieved and your friends at DARA couldn't be prouder.

    ~Wendy, my sincere thanks for your stopping by as well as your kind words. It’s all truly amazing as humbling. I’m thankful for each success and know it’s not mine alone. Each achievement is shared by everyone along the path who took time out of their crazy lives to make a positive difference in mine.

    Your writing is full of sensory images and sounds, humor and logic, well-crafted plots and fast pacing. I started His Woman yesterday and put it down long enough to sleep, get my child to school, and write.

    ~ I’m so glad you’re enjoying Duncan and Isabel’s story. I loved writing their book.

    Looking forward to His Destiny!

    ~I sincerely hope you enjoy the next in the MacGruder series. I found this book challenging on many levels, but absolutely fulfilling as well. Take care and I wish you every success!
    Sincerely,

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  10. Donnell said...
    Good morning all, please forgive the wicked Google formatting and your untechie host of the beautiful, talented Diana Cosby.

    ~Good morning, Donnell, my sincere thanks for having me on Get Lost in a Story!

    First, I can't believe no one mentioned the cover model. Or. Do I have it wrong? If that's your significant other, Diana, I take back all the nice things I said.

    ~LOL. Shawn lives nearby and runs several Nautilus gyms. He’s totally sweet has a great sense of humor and is an all around great guy.

    Welcome. The cake recipe sounds scrumptious.

    ~I hope you enjoy.

    Interesting that you're a panster when it comes to baking but not your writing.

    ~*Smile* I agree, I have no idea why.

    You have some fabulous international trips coming up. Will you tell us about those?

    ~The two biggest trips on my agenda is the Scottish Gala at the Metropolitan Club in New York City sponsored by the National Trust for Scotland in April. It’s going to be such amazing fun. I start ballroom dance lessons next month. And, in July of 2012, I will be doing a book signing tour in Scotland. I’m going with two of my girlfriends, and it’s going to be ultra amazing. Both will be incredible life moments. I’m sincerely thankful to everyone involved in both for making this happened. Thanks for all of the blog questions-too fun! *Smile*

    Sincerely,

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  11. Heather Snow said...
    Hi Diana! Welcome to GLIAS. It's such a pleasure to see you here.

    ~Good morning, Heather, I’m excited to be here!

    You were one of the first people I met at my very first RWA conference, and were so generous to share some tips with a total newbie :)

    ~If anything helped that’s what it’s all about. RWA is an amazing group. I mean in a venue where it’s tough to sell, romance writers always take time to help the others. Truly a blessing.

    I am just thrilled to see your success!

    ~My sincere thanks, it’s truly as incredible as humbling to do what you love, to make a positive difference in others lives. I’m thankful each day.

    And I didn't know that about William Wallace! How fascinating.

    ~I was blown away when I read that, and as I research, I continue to find fascinating tid bits which I weave into my stories. Thank you so much for having me at GLIAS! I hope you’re enjoying the day and I wish you every success! ^5

    Sincerely,

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  12. Lisa said...
    The thought of a writing scholarship is a really powerful one Diana. I met several aspiring writers at my son's international school...I did a career day etc but never thought of that.

    ~Hi Lisa thank you so much for stopping by. The writing scholarship is one of my dreams. It was exciting to see it come true.

    Any ideas on how to make your cake without such things as the cake mix or cool whip? I live in Switzerland and if those things are available I haven't seen them, nor know the words in German!

    ~I’d use a recipe you have for a chocolate cake. As for the cool whip, use heavy cream and whip it as well as add sugar until it’s sweet enough to taste. Enjoy!

    Sincerely,

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  13. Diana is a beautiful person and I am happy and honored to be her friend. She is indeed a very giving person and it shows in all she does. I would hope to follow in her footsteps.

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  14. Diana,
    The chocolate cake sounds wickedly delicious. :-) I have all your books already so don't put me in the drawing. Let me know when you take time to oil paint and I'll join you. Until then, we have too many stories to write. ;-)
    Have a great day!

    Jeanmarie

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  15. Welcome Diana! Great to see you here. You judged my manuscript (The Haunting of Maddy Clare) in a contest and gave it great marks and wonderful comments. To get that kind of response from a published author meant a lot. Aspiring writers remember these things!

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  16. Hey Diana,

    Folks I've read this woman's books, from rough drafts to finished copy and she is GOOD. No wonder she's an international best selling author.

    And no fair talking about the yummiest chocolate cake ever when I'm trying to diet. Now I have visions of chocolate cake dancing in my head!

    All the best, Maggie

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  17. HI, Diana,
    what a wonderful interview. Before I pop off to the shops to buy the ingredients for your scrummy choc. cake recipe, I wanted to say congrats--you have a writing career I aspire to. Hope it's okay for me to post (I am English--not Scottish--so ergo the enemy ... jk).
    Looking forward to future books from you.
    Best
    Karen

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  18. Just stopping by to say hi to Donnell and Diana, so no need to enter me in the contest. Besides, I have my copy!

    That cake sound amazing! I got full just reading the ingredients!

    Lovely interview, Donnell, and big hugs to you. Diana, well, you know! Have fun at the ball!

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  19. Joy said...
    Diana is a beautiful person and I am happy and honored to be her friend. She is indeed a very giving person and it shows in all she does. I would hope to follow in her footsteps.

    ~*Hugs* Joy, thank you so much for your kind words. -blush- If anything I do inspires you to go for your dreams, that's what it's all about. I believe dreams are visions of what we can become. Thank you for your friendship, I'm truly blessed. Take care and I wish you every success!

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  20. Jeanmarie Hamilton said . . .
    Diana,
    The chocolate cake sounds wickedly delicious. :-)

    ~:) It is, I mean, how does chocolate, ganache and coolwhip not equal decadence? LOL

    I have all your books already so don't put me in the drawing. Let me know when you take time to oil paint and I'll join you.

    ~You're so fabulous at keeping up with your painting. I need to finish my Godzilla one.

    Until then, we have too many stories to write. ;-)

    ~We do. I'm so proud of your success and enjoying your stories! ^5

    Have a great day!

    ~You as well my friend, I'm blessed to have you in my life! *Hugs*
    Love you!

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  21. Simone St. James said...
    Welcome Diana! Great to see you here.

    ~Hi Simone, thank you for the warm welcome, it's my pleasure to be on the GLIAS blog! Y'all are too fun! :)

    You judged my manuscript (The Haunting of Maddy Clare) in a contest and gave it great marks and wonderful comments. To get that kind of response from a published author meant a lot. Aspiring writers remember these things!

    ~*Hugs* Thank you for your kind comments. I've been blessed with so many people in my life who have taken time to make a positive difference in mine, if anything I said helped you, I'm humbled. Please keep your dream alive, believe in yourself and persevere. Wishing you every success!
    *Hugs*

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  22. Maggie Toussaint said...
    Hey Diana,

    ~Hi Maggie, thank you so much for taking the time to drop by. I know life is craziness on your end, but please know I'm so PROUD of you for all of your success!

    Folks I've read this woman's books, from rough drafts to finished copy and she is GOOD. No wonder she's an international best selling author.

    ~-blush- Holy cow, Maggie, I'm humbled by your kind words, more so coming from such a wonderful author as you. I've known Maggie for years, and honestly she's an incredible inspiration on so many levels. I truly wish everyone could have a friend like her in their lives. She is that amazing.

    And no fair talking about the yummiest chocolate cake ever when I'm trying to diet. Now I have visions of chocolate cake dancing in my head!

    ~ROFLOL I might feel guilty. Nope. *G*

    All the best

    ~My sincere best to you my friend, I'm blessed to have you in my life. *Hugs*
    Love you!

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  23. K E M Johnston said...
    HI, Diana,
    what a wonderful interview.

    ~Hi Karen, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by as your kind words. :)

    Before I pop off to the shops to buy the ingredients for your scrummy choc. cake recipe,

    ~I hope you enjoy!

    I wanted to say congrats--you have a writing career I aspire to.

    ~*Hugs* Thank you so much, it's sincerely as incredible as humbling. I feel blessed every day.

    Hope it's okay for me to post (I am English--not Scottish--so ergo the enemy ... jk).

    ~LOL Glad you stopped by, sincerely.

    Looking forward to future books from you.

    ~Thank you so much, I hope you enjoy the upcoming stories in the MacGruder brother series. Keep your fingers crossed there will be books 5 & 6 to finish out the series. :) Take care, believe in your dreams and persevere - I believe in you!
    *Hugs*

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  24. Nancy said...
    Just stopping by to say hi to Donnell and Diana, so no need to enter me in the contest. Besides, I have my copy!

    ~Nancy, thank you so much for stopping by!

    That cake sound amazing! I got full just reading the ingredients!

    ~It's decadent city. *G* Enjoy!

    Lovely interview, Donnell, and big hugs to you. Diana, well, you know!

    ~Big hugs back! Thank you so much, totally fun questions, huge kudos to Donnell! Hope all is going fantastic on your end. :)

    Have fun at the ball!

    ~I will . . . sigh . . . it's going to be a-m-a-z-i-n-g! I just received my ticket in the mail today. I'm floating! Take care and I wish you every success!
    *Hugs*

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  25. Hi Diana, I certainly enjoy reading your answers, particularly about the historical facts. Wouldn't it be nice to discover Wishart's diary! Ganache is a new to my husband & I. So happy to discover the recipe here. We saw it being made on the Create show recently. Without even tasting it, we're sold that its yummy. My husband's passion is cooking & writing too. My passion is tasting & reading! (Unless it's a children's book) I would love to see any of your artwork. You're very gifted. xx Vicki

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  26. Just read that the 2010 Dunes & Dreams Picture Perfect Cover Contest announced its finalists. You'll never believe who's on there.

    His Conquest. Auspicious company you're in, Diana. Congratulations.

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  27. vicki Burgess said...
    Hi Diana, I certainly enjoy reading your answers, particularly about the historical facts.

    ~Hi Vicki, thank you so much for stopping by to say hi. I love, love, love research and have found so many amazing TRUE facts. When I do, I file them to build a future story around the fact. Totally fun. :)

    Wouldn't it be nice to discover Wishart's diary!

    ~Holy cow, that's be AMAZING!

    Ganache is a new to my husband & I. So happy to discover the recipe here. We saw it being made on the Create show recently. Without even tasting it, we're sold that its yummy.

    ~Oh man, it's incredibly amazing and versatile. When softened, it's good on toast and waffles! Not that I know. *G*

    My husband's passion is cooking & writing too. My passion is tasting & reading! (Unless it's a children's book)

    ~Sounds like a perfect pairing. :) So happy you have each other. *Hugs*

    I would love to see any of your artwork. You're very gifted. xx

    ~I love to paint and assure myself I will begin again. At the moment I'm focusing on my writing career. I love what I do and feel blessed daily to live my dream. Take care and my sincere best to you and your husband, may your life be filled with friendship and laughter!
    *Hugs*

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  28. Hello Diana!

    Wow the cake sounds yummy! I love to bake everything except pies. My pies are always a disaster. My favorite thing to bake is banana bread. I grew up in Oklahoma where every store carries buttermilk (a key ingredient in my recipe) but now I live in Chicago & stores rarely carry it. I keep a list of stores that carry southern staples like buttermilk or hominy. Sometimes my mom will ship me seasonings that I can't find here. LOL

    Good luck with your upcoming releases!

    Stacie
    GeishasMom73 on twitter

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  29. Donnell said...
    Just read that the 2010 Dunes & Dreams Picture Perfect Cover Contest announced its finalists. You'll never believe who's on there.

    His Conquest. Auspicious company you're in, Diana. Congratulations.

    ~ Thank you so much, I've been blessed with amazing covers for the MacGruder brothers series. I assure you, the cover artist, my editor and I are absolutely thrilled! Thank you for sharing this special moment! *Hugs*

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  30. GeishasMom73 said...
    Hello Diana!

    Wow the cake sounds yummy!

    ~Hi Stacie, thank you so much for stopping by to say hi. It's really good, which is what happens when you combine chocolate cake, cool whip and ganache. *G*

    I love to bake everything

    ~Oh yeah, I'm a big baker. Too fun.

    except pies. My pies are always a disaster.

    ~Where exactly do you run into trouble? Is it the crust? If so, please let me know and I'll share my grandmother's recipe with you that has believe it or not, vinegar. It's totally yummy.

    My favorite thing to bake is banana bread. I grew up in Oklahoma where every store carries buttermilk (a key ingredient in my recipe) but now I live in Chicago & stores rarely carry it. I keep a list of stores that carry southern staples like buttermilk or hominy. Sometimes my mom will ship me seasonings that I can't find here. LOL

    ~Interesting, I've never made banana bread with buttermilk, but I can see where that'd add another layer of richness, texture as yummy. :) Thanks for sharing the tip!

    Good luck with your upcoming releases!

    ~My sincere thanks, I'm ultra excited for October and the arrival of His Destiny. Take care, enjoy your day and I wish you the very best!
    :)

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  31. Hey Diana!
    I love your books and can't wait till your next one!! Thanks for the recipe! I need all the help I can get lol. My husband will thank you too!!

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  32. kristin85 said...
    Hey Diana!

    ~Hi Kristin, thank you so much for stopping by!

    I love your books and can't wait till your next one!!

    ~Thank you so much, you made my day! I love writing the MacGruder brothers stories, each is a book of my heart. That you enjoy them as well is humbling.

    Thanks for the recipe! I need all the help I can get lol. My husband will thank you too!!

    ~:) Glad you liked it. I hope you enjoy, but yeah, chocolate, coolwhip and ganache are pretty awesome ingredients. *G* Enjoy your day and I wish you the very best!

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  33. Thanks for the great interview! I look forward to reading your books!

    P.S. LOVE your author pic :-)

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  34. Chelsea B. said...
    Thanks for the great interview! I look forward to reading your books!

    ~Hi Chelsea, thank you so much for stopping by. :) I hope you enjoy meeting the MacGruder brothers!

    P.S. LOVE your author pic :-)

    ~:) Thank you so much, the photo shoot was a blast. Hope you're enjoying your day, and I wish you the very best!
    Sincerely,

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  35. HI DIANA (says Angi waving from her living room couch on a short break)!

    You know I'm already a huge fan! Can't wait to see you again and maybe actually get to sit and chat a few minutes. Would love to hear more about the Scottish independence.

    Love the cake receipe and might even get to try it somewhere next October --much further away from the diet and getting used to real food again.

    ~~Angi
    (stuck on the last two paragraphs of the fourth synopsis she's working on today--and several weeks LOL)

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  36. Angi Morgan said...
    HI DIANA (says Angi waving from her living room couch on a short break)!

    ~Hey, Angi, thanks for stopping by, always good to see you! ^5

    You know I'm already a huge fan! Can't wait to see you again and maybe actually get to sit and chat a few minutes. Would love to hear more about the Scottish independence.

    ~:) I know we'll see each other again in the future be it a workshop or National. I love the timeframe of Scotland's War of Independence. It's such a complex as intriguing span of history.

    Love the cake recipe and might even get to try it somewhere next October --much further away from the diet and getting used to real food again.

    ~I hope you enjoy when you try it.

    ~~Angi
    (stuck on the last two paragraphs of the fourth synopsis she's working on today--and several weeks LOL)

    ~Wow, the 4th synopsis today. That's intense. Always nice to see you, hope your muse plays good, and wishing you every success!
    *Hugs*

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  37. My sincere thanks for having me on Get Lost In A Story, totally fun questions and super to meet everyone - it was a blast! Another huge thanks to everyone who took time out of their busy day to stop in and say hi. I sincerely appreciate everything. *Hugs* Please take care and I hope you truly enjoy your New Year, may it be your best yet! ^5
    Slaìnte!

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com
    His Captive-Alexander MacGruder/ His Woman-Duncan MacGruder/ His Conquest-Seathan MacGruder
    His Destiny - Oct 2011

    *Donnell, if anyone else posts tomorrow or otherwise, I will reply. :) Thank you again for all of your hard work. My sincere pleasure being here. *Hugs*

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  38. As was mine, Diana, I had a blast hosting you. Can't wait to read your books! Keep in touch!

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  39. Donnell said...
    As was mine, Diana, I had a blast hosting you.

    ~:) Thanks again for hosting me, totally fun!

    Can't wait to read your books!

    ~I sincerely hope you enjoy meeting the MacGruder brothers. :)

    Keep in touch!

    ~I will, take care, thanks again for everything, and I wish you the very best! *Hugs*

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  40. Wonderful interview! I can't wait to try the chocolate cake recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. Angela said...
    Wonderful interview!

    ~Thank you so much, Angela, and I appreciate your taking the time to stop by.

    I can't wait to try the chocolate cake recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    ~I hope you enjoy. I'm a huge fan of chocolate, cool whip and ganache. :) Have a super weekend, and may your New Year be the best yet!
    ^5

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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  42. I find that seat-of-the-pants works better in general cooking than baking. The other day on TV, I was heartened to realize that Buddy Valastro feels the same way. Of course, that never stops us from experimenting, does it?

    Congrats on all your accomplishments -- I wish you well and cross my fingers for your rise to NY Times success!

    ~Alethea Kontis

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  43. Princess Alethea said...

    ~Hi Alethea, thank you so much for stopping by.

    I find that seat-of-the-pants works better in general cooking than baking.

    ~Really? How interesting. For me it's the opposite, a recipe is a base to explore.

    The other day on TV, I was heartened to realize that Buddy Valastro feels the same way. Of course, that never stops us from experimenting, does it?

    ~*G* It does not. One of my favorite tips to share when you bake is that if a recipe calls for oil, you can use the same amount of natural unsweetened applesauce in its place. I've done that for years with cakes, sweet breads or whatever. No difference. If anything, it's a touch moister.

    Congrats on all your accomplishments -- I wish you well and cross my fingers for your rise to NY Times success!

    ~My sincere thanks! *Hugs* Each persons journey is one shared with everyone along the way who takes time to make a positive difference in their lives and believes in their dream. It's all truly amazing as humbling. Take care and have a fabulous weekend!

    Diana Cosby, International Award-Winning Author
    www.dianacosby.com

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