Please give a very warm welcome to Historical Romance author, Mary Wine!
Thanks for having me over to chat! My newest book is on sale and it’s a Highlander tale. ‘The Trouble with Highlanders’ follows ‘The Highlanders Prize.’ So let’s see, you sent me some questions...
10 Reasons Why Highlanders Make the Best Romance Heroes
10 Reasons Why Romance Heroes Look Better in a KiltOh my, I’m distracted just thinking about these. Since I’m a card carrying history Geek, Let’s talk about kilts first. Wool retains ninety percent of its insulating factor when wet. Cotton only ten percent. So you can see why wool was a good choice for clothing in the Scottish Highlands. The kilt as we know it evolved over time. It’s actually very hard to research them in the earlier centuries. This is due largely to the fact that cloth was very expensive. I mean major investment sort of expensive. Wool was one of the backbone industries in Scotland but you still only sheered a sheep once a year. This is why you see kilts. It’s not only your day time wear, it’s what you wrap up in at night. Early on, it was worn a little more like a Roman toga with a belt around the waist. It settled into the pleated, secured at the waist garment you know after the middle ages. Those longer pleats at the back were what you pulled up to cover your head when it rained.
So what makes a Highlander a great hero? Let’s face it, they were powerful men. Anyone who could survive the elements had to be tough and no one did it alone. Belonging to a clan was essential to survival. You pooled your resources to build a castle that would be used to defend against raiders. That sort of loyalty is intoxicating. It really is the stuff that heroes are made of. That dedication to the well being of all, what gal wouldn’t want that directed at her?
The more research I do on this period and setting, the more in love I fall with it. The facts of life, how did you cook up supper? It’s more complicated than just a pot and fire, these people held lavish celebrations. How did they live from day to day and through seasons when there was no fire brigade to summon if you had an accident or supper market to run to if you needed food? Highlanders faced it all and that makes them the stuff of legends in my mind. They composed some of the most cheerful music too.
I hope you enjoy my newest offering.
After a night of intense passion, beautiful heiress Daphne MacLeod left Norris Sutherland without so much as a backward glance. Norris, the son of a very powerful Earl, is used to getting what he wants -- and right now, he wants Daphne back in his bed.Goodreads
When Daphne is kidnapped by a rival clan leader who is intent on forcing her into marriage so that he can control her lands, Norris has a choice to make. Will he let go of the one woman he's ever desired for more than one night, or will he resolve himself to rescuing the woman who has captured his heart?
Excerpt from 'The Trouble with Highlanders.'
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