SOURCEBOOKS AND MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PRESENTS…..
Good morning Mary, and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!
Thank you so much! It’s a blast to be invited over to chat about my newest baby.
MBA&M: For the readers, who may not know you, please give them some insight into Mary Wine?
MARY: I’m engaged in a constant battle to catch my own tail. Hummm, maybe that isn’t the best way to put it. I am a writer of romance novels and I love it! For the past couple of years, I’ve been working on steamy historicals. This month, The Highlander’s Prize is releasing. It’s the first book in a new saga, set in the era of the war of the roses.
MBA&M: What do you feel the appeal for Highlanders is in today market?
MARY: The Celtic people are amazing. They survive in a place that is as rugged as it is beautiful. Their culture is old and their land mystical. The Highlanders I write about are men devoted to their honor and to the well-being of their people. What girl doesn’t dream of a man who might aim some of that focus toward her? The reality of life is often in conflict with what our inner princess longs for. When I pen a Highlander tale, I’m reaching into my own heart to find that hero I’d like to have sweep me off my feet.
MBA&M: How much research goes into writing a historical romance set in Scotland?
MARY: Research is a state of mind for me. I adore history. I don’t think there is a history channel special I haven’t adored and prowling around old buildings is my idea of a fun afternoon. When it comes to my books, I really do like to get the setting correct. I want my Highlander novels to be more than just the hero and his castle. There were just as many stresses in these times as now and I believe that enriches the story.
MBA&M: Have you been to Scotland, if so what is some of your favorite memories?
MARY: Actually no. But it is on the bucket list that I plan to start on as soon as the nest is empty.
MBA&M: Of all your books, which is your favorite and why?
MARY: I’m always in love with my new babies but there is a spot in my heart for my first book, Dream Shadow. It isn’t on sale at the moment but it is very dear to my heart. In August my newest endeavor will launch, a three book Steam Punk series that I am having a lot of fun writing. But even after that, my Highlanders really hold onto a large section of my heart.
MBA&M:Who is your favorite character in “THE HIGHLANDER’S PRIZE”?
MARY: Broen, my hero. He’s devoted to his people but drawn to Clarissa. What fascinates me about him is his patience. He was a little bit Ninja there, just placing himself in front of her time and again until she yielded.
MBA&M: If you could step into a book and that world, where would it be? Even if it is not one of yours.
MARY: Oh my, what a question. Shall I say Narnia or just expose my inner geek and say Earth of Star Trek? I’ll tell you this, wherever I go, there is going to be high teck medical stuff…no more dentist drills for me!
MBA&M: When you do a series, do you have each book in mind before you start writing or do they come after?
MARY: When I begin I always have the next book in mind, which lasts exactly until I write book one and some other character decided to hijack the next book. This leads to the most interesting conversations with my editors.
MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “THE HIGHLANDER’S PRIZE” is available?
Mary:As I’m writing this, I’m all packed and ready to depart for the Romantic Times Book Lovers convention. I will be signing at the book signing on Saturday.
Mary, do you have anything else to add?
Mary:I want to wish everyone a wonderful spring. Get out and catch some sun, feed some ducks and cheer for your favorite team! Thank you so much for reading and please drop by my Facebook page for information and new contests. Cheers.
It is such a pleasure to have you visit with us and our readers. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us!!
Giveaway is sponsored by the publisher, Sourcebooks. Giveaway is for 1 print copy of THE HIGHLANDER’S PRIZE by Mary Wine. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian Residents only. No PO Boxes please. Giveaway will run the 15th through the 22nd of April. In order to win you MUST leave a valid email address, no email no prize.
To win please tell us your favorite Highlander Hero.
Good Luck to everyone! Please share with others!
*PS we are at RT and WendyK set this one up not AprilR*