Writing romance has been something I’ve always wanted to do. I think I was in fifth grade when I picked up my first book by Johanna Lindsey and ended up hooked. It wasn’t exactly the career choice my mother wanted to hear and I recall getting in big trouble at school when I wrote it down on an assignment. But here I am and I am so thankful to every reader who enjoys my books.
MBA&M: What makes your cringe?
Boys who don’t know you use a belt to hold your pants up.
MBA&M: How do you get your creative juices flowing?
I’m not sure my ever stop. Sleep can prove elusive because I wake up with ideas playing across my mind. My Dad had a motorhome when we were kids and I used to sit in the back of it and just day dream while the miles went by. But if a scene isn’t flowing, I get up and clean something. Nothing like housework to kick start the muse.
MBA&M: What is your inspiration for writing stories with Highlanders, Scottish romance and Historical Romance?
I’ve been a long time history nerd. I meet my husband at the renaissance fair. I actually own clothing from these periods and wear it out.
MBA&M: What is the single most important thing you have ever done?
I’ve tried to be a good mom and wife. And I do mean tried. It’s hard but I keep trying. Family is everything and it takes care and nurturing. I believe you get out of life what you put into it. So I put a lot out there.
MBA&M: What is the first book you remember reading as a child? Why do you remember this book?
Scuffy the Tug boat. Still love that one. I struggled to learn to read. I recall my mom, sitting me down with a bag of books and putting me on restriction. The only entertainment I could have were those books. I got bored enough to read them but my mom was right. I got better. I remember some of those books…Sister of the Bride, The Cat ate my Gym suit, Island of the Blue dolphins, The Red Castle Women…..so many worlds and I loved them all.
MBA&M: What is next in your writing career?
My next book is coming from in just a few days. Dream Shard is a follow up to ‘Dream Shadow’. You can find it on my website. MaryWine.com
MBA&M: If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be and why?
Back in grade school, I would have said my nose….kids can be mean little things at times. But I don’t think I’d change it now. Nope. Part of me is glad I learned to love myself in spite of those bullies. Not going to let them have any power over me, so I’ll keep my nose.
Oh, thank you so much for stopping by today, Mary! Congratulations on your two latest releases. I cinge with those darn pants thingy too!
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.”
The Highlander’s Bride Trouble
By Mary Wine
August 5, 2014
Her 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.
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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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