Some Things About Me by Mary Wine – Guest Blog and Giveaway

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Mary Wine as she visits with us as part of her virtual tour promoting her new release. Leave a comment or ask the author a question for a chance to win a print copy of The Highlander’s Bride Trouble (US/Canada only), the fourth book in her Sutherland’s Saga.

Thanks so much for having me over today. I’ve just giddy about my new release. The Highlander’s Bride Trouble. It’s book four in my Sutherland’s saga and I hope everyone is looking forward to it….so, about me….
• Balancing life and writing:

This is always a challenge. I’m lucky enough to be a full time writer. One thing I’ve always said is this….If you don’t treat it like a job, don’t expect it to support you…..and that about sums it up. I get up with the rest of my family in the morning and go to my office. I put my hours in. There are times when a scene is burning a hole in my head over the weekend and I sit down and write it. The rest of my family are big Gamers. I’ve never played Xbox or any of the others because my imagination is my playground.

• Character creation:

Charters pop into my head. In fact, they are door busting down sort of arrives. There are times I wish I could slap a few of them in chains until it’s their turn. I’m telling you, these Highlanders don’t grasp the concept of ‘wait your turn’. Sigh. I guess that’s part of the allure, isn’t it?

• Lessons I learned from my hero

With Saer McLeod, I learned to love myself because no one else is going to until you do. Except for your mom. He was born on the wrong side of the blanket and kicked to the curb by his fathers wife. He grew up unwanted by everyone but his mom. But he held his head high. I loved the way he was taking the McLeods in hand. They were beaten down and reduced to asking for him to be their laird. I loved the way he planned to build them up. Successful people don’t just happen.

• If I’d never heard of me would I read my book?

Yes, because that’s how you discover new things! I love ice cream. I had to try it for the first time once. Think what would have happened if I never tried it? And there are all those flavors! Just like authors. Give them a try and discover new delights.

Thanks for having me by.

Mary Wine

Enjoy an Excerpt-

He reached out and stroked her cheek. “’Tis a sad thing to see how hard yer feelings are. But there is naught more to fear, she’ll nae have the opportunity to inflict such ills again.”

Nareen jerked away from the contact. She even took a swipe at his hand, but he moved faster, withdrawing in time to avoid being struck. Someone chuckled from where his men clustered near the fires, but Saer was watching her from narrowed eyes.

“I am nae afraid of anything,” she assured him.

“Is that so?” Saer inquired in a silky-smooth tone.

Nareen nodded. Satisfaction began to fill her, but it was cut short as he reached out and stroked her face again. She jumped, completely unable to control her reaction.

“Ye are making sport of me in front of yer men, like a savage.”

His eyes glittered, but it wasn’t with the outrage Nareen had intended to provoke. Instead, there was an unmistakable pleased looked in those dark orbs.

“I am a savage, Nareen.” He stepped forward, placing himself within touching range again. “I do nae let words stand alone. If ye truly have no interest in me, there is no reason to avoid me touch. Stand steady and prove ye are nae moved. I have no taste for a frigid woman.”

She laughed at him but stepped back again. “Then it seems we have a common ground, for I crave no man’s touch.”

His lips thinned. “Now that is something ye shall have to prove as well.”

“I will nae. Me word should be enough on the matter, if ye truly are me brother’s friend.” She didn’t care to hide behind her brother’s name, but the circumstances offered her few alternatives.

“As ye noted, I am a savage, and I always demand proof before I believe.”

This time, she was ready when he reached for her cheek. She stepped aside, avoiding him. She was just beginning to smile with her victory when he closed his hand around her wrist. He really was huge. His fingers closed easily around her smaller wrist, clasping it in an iron grip. She braced herself for pain, but there was none, only a secure hold that defied her attempt to break it.

“Release me.” Her voice had risen, and she shut her mouth before revealing any more of her unsettled state.

“Prove ye are unmoved, lass, and I shall be content to accept yer dismissal.” His tone had deepened, becoming something hypnotic.

“I am irritated.” And remaining still was proving too difficult. She twisted her hand, trying to break his hold again.

“Aye, ye are that.” He lifted her hand to his face and pressed a kiss on the delicate skin of her inner wrist. She shuddered, the touch intensely intimate. She’d never realized her skin might be so sensitive. The simple touch of his lips unleashed a bolt of sensation that shook her all the way down to her toes. His eyes filled with satisfaction.

“But ye are also affected.”

He released her, and she stumbled back a pace because she’d been resisting his hold so greatly. Laughter erupted from his men. Saer stiffened, and he crossed his arms over his chest.

“What?” she said. “Are ye trying to impress me by controlling yerself now that ye see yer men are enjoying the sport ye are making of me?”

“Aye, I am,” he answered darkly. “I am nae the one who chose this setting for our meeting, Nareen. Ye should nae have refused to see me again at court. That left me no choice but to chase ye.”

8_15 mary wine book coverHer clan is in chaos…

Raised by her father and brother, Nareen Grant is strong, confident, well-educated—and skilled with a bow and dagger. It’s a tumultuous time for Scotland, and events conspire against her. Betrayed by her family, she makes her way alone, until she lands in the lap of Saer MacLeod. But she wants no help from a savage man of the Isles.

And rivalries are deadlier than ever.

Raised on the rugged Scottish Isles, Saer MacLeod is considered fierce even by Highlander standards. He’s enchanted by the independent and headstrong Nareen. But when an old feud endangers her life, Saer’s fascination with her escalates into a ferocious desire to protect her… and claim her for himself.




About the Author:8_15 mary wine copy

Acclaimed author Mary Wine has written over 30 works of erotic fantasy, romantic suspense, and historical romance. An avid history-buff and historical costumer, she and her family enjoy participating in historical reenactments. Mary lives with her husband and two sons in Yorba Linda, California.







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  1. That is such a hot cover and delicious premise. Can’t wait to read it!

  2. Interesting lesson

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