Templar Treasure in Scotland?

ForbiddenLegacyPlease welcome Diana Cosby who will take us on a journey to 13th century Scotland in search of lost treasure with a look at her novel Forbidden Legacy ~ The Forbidden Series # 1.

Fascinated by the Knights Templars, I was thrilled at the opportunity to write The Forbidden series.  After hundreds of years, many questions remain about where the Templars fled, what treasure they took, and how were so many valiant knights able to disappear without a trace. In The Forbidden Series, I weave my character’s journey, where they face challenges, and in end fall in love, around these questions and more.

Story ideas come to me in numerous ways.  With Forbidden Legacy, the first book in The Forbidden Series, the hero, Stephan MacQuistan, Earl of Dunsmore, woke me up demanding I write his story.  I spent the next year and a half researching the Knights Templars, and continued researching while crafting Forbidden Legacy.

With an alpha hero, I knew my heroine needed to be strong, and Lady Katherine Calbraith, a fierce, independent woman, was born.  I added tension to the story by forcing her and Stephan into a marriage of convenience, in a setting of Scotland at war.

As a major plotter, I enjoyed weaving in the fascinating history of the Templars into my story along with my speculation as to where their fleet and many of the Brotherhood could have escaped to prior to the arrests beginning in France on the 13th of October, 1307.  In this myth-rich topic, the question of where they could have hidden their treasures still intrigues many today.

I hope you enjoy Stephan and Katherine’s journey where they are forced into a union neither wants, and throughout their danger-ridden adventure, secure the Templar treasures from prying eyes, and in the end find love.


Diana Cosby


Blurb: A Knights Templar, Sir Stephan MacQuistan desires no bride, only vengeance for a family lost and a legacy stolen.  A profound twist of fate tears apart the brotherhood he loves, but offers him an opportunity to reclaim his legacy – Avalon Castle.  Except to procure his childhood home along with a place to store Templar treasures, he must wed the unsuspecting daughter of the man who killed his family. To settle old scores, Stephan agrees aware Katherine is but a pawn in a dangerous game, not a woman he will ever love.

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Diana CosbyAbout Diana Cosby: 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 the third book in The Oath Trilogy and the e Box Set of the MacGruder Brothers series, she is now preparing for the release of the first book in The Forbidden Series, Forbidden Legacy, on 16 August 2016!

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

www.dianacosby.com or contact Diana on Facebook.




15 thoughts on “Templar Treasure in Scotland?

  1. Your new series sounds wonderful, Diana! I think my first exposure to the Knights Templar was in “Ivanhoe,” which was, I’m sure, not a good picture! In recent genealogical research I’ve discovered at least one Templar Knight in my ancestry, which fascinates me. Maybe your research and novel will help me piece together how he left the church to marry and have children! 🙂

  2. Rue,
    My deepest thanks for inviting me to be a guest on Author Travels, Rue Allyn and Friends. Forbidden Legacy, book #1 in The Forbidden Series, is very personal to me. I sincerely hope readers will enjoy this Scottish medieval romantic suspense set during the tumultuous time frame of the Knights Templar betrayal.

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

  3. What an exciting and mysterious premise for a book! I’m almost finished reading this wonderful book. While the mysteries of the Templar’s will remain just that, mysteries, how thought provoking to go on a journey with them and give them give humanity to those who, by all accounts, were some of the most noble and brave men who ever walked the planet. Great blog Rue! Great book Diana!

    • Jinny,
      Thank you so much for stopping by, and I deeply appreciate your kind comments about Forbidden Legacy. The Knights Templar’s history is fascinating, and it was an incredible experience writing Stephan and Katherine’s story set during this tumultuous time. Take care, and I hope you have a terrific rest of the summer! *Hugs*

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

    • 🙂 Thank you for your kind words, Rue. It’s my sincere pleasure to be a guest on your blog. I love writing my stories, and I’m humbled that readers enjoy them as well. Take care. RomVets Rock! *Hugs*

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

    • Than you so much for sharing, Keli, and thank you so much for your kind words. I hope you enjoy Stephan and Katherine’s story. Have a terrific day!

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

    • Keli, I’m intrigued by the Knights Templars and the mystery of where they went and what happened to their treasures. Hundreds of years have passed, and the topic is still very much alive throughout the world today. I hope you find my take on a possible answer interesting. Thank you for your kind words, and I hope you enjoy Forbidden Legacy. Take care.

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

  4. Rue,
    Thank you for inviting me on your blog to celebrate the upcoming release of Forbidden Legacy, book #1 in The Forbidden Series. The history of the Knights Templar is fascinating, and I hope readers will enjoy Stephan and Katherine’s story woven within this chaotic time frame.

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

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