Monday, December 8, 2014

Aloha to Diana Cosby and AN OATH TAKEN

From Diana ...

Many of you know that I love volunteering my time and energy in helping to make a positive difference in others’ lives. As a military brat, a retired Navy Chief, a former military wife, and a mom of three children who have served in the military—two in the Marines and one in the Army, all who have served in Afghanistan—I understand the demands on members of the military and the impact on their families.

Upon return from combat duty, many Veterans face challenges including depression, PTSD, survivor’s guilt, suicidal thoughts, brain injury, as well as physical issues incurred during deployment. I wanted to do something that would make a difference and help these Veterans. So, I will be donating 100% of my proceeds from the first week of sales of An Oath Taken (8 December 2014 – 14 December 2014) to veterans’ charities and causes that support military service members and their families.

I shared my idea with my editor, and then asked if she could notify me of my royalties after the first week of sales for An Oath Taken. My editor’s response brought tears to my eyes. Kensington Publishing Corp. would gladly do as I asked — and make a matching donation. I'm awed by my publisher’s generosity, more so that I know the money raised will go toward making a positive difference in military members’ lives.

It’s hard to deploy and leave ones family, friends, and miss the holidays, more so for those who are placed in harm’s way. But, it’s also a tremendous challenge for the family members left at home wondering every single day if their loved one is alive. And when the family is reunited with their soldier after a dangerous tour of duty, regular family difficulties may seem overwhelming. Many military families need support to stay strong as their soldier receives proper treatment, which is one of the functions of the military charities I support.

Education, proper diagnosis, and treatment are the key to good physical and mental health. I sincerely hope that my 100% donation from my first week of sales of An Oath Taken, combined with my publishers matching contribution, can help returning Veterans as they continue their on-going fight in overcoming personal battles on the home front.

Thank you all for your time, and may God bless our troops and their families!

A retired Navy Chief, Diana Cosby is an international bestselling author of Scottish medieval romantic suspense. Her award-winning MacGruder Brother books are available 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,”, 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 6th book in the bestselling MacGruder Brothers series, she’s now preparing for the release of the 1st book in her new Scottish medieval The Oath trilogy, “An Oath Taken,” which will be available on December 8th, 2014. In addition, she’s excited about the upcoming release of The MacGruder Brothers e-Boxed Set on February 24, 2015!

Diana looks forward to the years of writing ahead and meeting the amazing people who will share this journey. 

Learn more about Diana and her books at

Caerlavorck Castle near the Scottish Border
Public Domain (link)

Mahalo, Diana, for your endless support of military families.  I am giving away Scottish swag to celebrate the release of AN OATH TAKEN:

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...

To enter the giveaway,

1.  What would you name your family's castle?  Be creative!

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, December 13, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, December 14.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

My children playing checkers at Caerlaverock Castle.


  1. Kim,
    My sincere thanks for having me on SOS Aloha today to celebrate the release of An Oath Take, but more, to share the military charity fundraiser with your readers. My sincere hope is that we raise a significant amount to help our troops and their families as they deal with so many challenges after serving.
    Fun question. I'd name my family castle - Raedwulfe Castle!

    Take care, and my sincere thanks for all that you do to support our troops. God bless you, and I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

    Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.

  2. I love to hear of those supporting our troops. My brother is active and I see what effect it has on his wife and 4 kids. Thank you for any support to the military men and women! As for my own castle, I have a million things I would want to name it. Caledonia Redneck is my faovrite. LOL

  3. Good afternoon Susan,
    Thank you so much for stopping by. And, my sincere thanks for your brother's service. As you well know, when a member joins, his entire family is affected by all they experience or endure. Please know that I'm keeping him and your family in my prayers. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

    Diana Cosby

  4. I named our cottage Pale Rose, perhaps it would fit for a castle too. In many ways our cottage already is my castle :)

  5. Kim,
    My sincere thanks for sharing my military charity fundraiser with your readers, a huge thanks to your readers for stopping by. I wish each of you a wonderful New year, may it be filled with friendship, laughter, and blessings. And Kim, thank YOU for all you do to support our troops.

    Diana Cosby