Monday, November 11, 2013

Historical Romance Week with Mary Wine of How to Handle a Highlander (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Hello lovelies and welcome to another Historical Romance Week where spend the week spotlighting our favorite historical romance books and authors! Please give a warm welcome now to Mary Wine who is joining us with her recent release of HOW TO HANDLE A HIGHLANDER!

We love those Historical Romances!!!

Hello everyone! Thanks for having me over today.

The first romance book I bought was a historical. Discovering this amazing genre was a dream come true! I still have that book, it’s ‘So Speaks the Heart’ by Johanna Lindsey. At least for the girl that I was, I adored those men of honor and times gone by.

So here I am, all grown up and writing historical romance. I still read it too. What is it that draws us to it? Well I’ll admit that I do love the clothing. In fact, I make a lot of historical clothing. I do own a bustle and wear it. As the holiday season comes around, I’m debating which bustle dress to wear for New Years Eve.

After that, there are the men. Where else can you find a warrior with a tender side? That’s right, in the pages of a historical romance. Okay, maybe there were a few real ones too but we’re talking romance reading here. There was one thing I could always count on when I picked up a historical romance and that was that the hero would be gallant. There’s a word we don’t use very much today. It’s a great word, packed with honor and devotion. 

The reality of history was harsher. I do love to poke around in historical facts and records. Sometimes it’s dry but every now and again I’ll find a law that makes me giggle. Like one that Henry the Eighth passed that made it illegal to have sex in church while the host was being elevated. You know…they don’t make laws unless there is a need, so that one makes me giggle as I think of what couple gained the kings notice during …ah…services.

Sometimes I find my stories among those dry records too. My newest book, How to Handle a Highlander is formed around some of the sharper edges of reality that these people had to deal with. Marriage was a business first. Blood line, money and alliances took precedence over personal feelings. It might sound romantic to be the lairds daughter but you had responsibilities too. In the case of my heroine Moira, she’s charged with wedding an old man, not necessarily because he’s a lecher, but because one of the prime functions of marriage was to produce children. Older men often married young wives for this purpose. A lot of us think..yuck! But if she refuses, his clan will not be thinking very kindly toward her clan. As the daughter of a Liard, you had to think about the trouble insults could start.

Thanks for having me over. You can find ‘How to Handle a Highlander’ in stores and online now.
Mary Wine

How To Handle A Highlander 
(The Sutherlands #3)
by Mary Wine
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Moira Frazer is betrothed to a man who is old enough to be her father, but it's her duty to her clan to marry him, and she's determined to see this through…until she meets Gahan Sutherland.
Gahan knows this match is designed to start a feud between the clans, which is why he decides to stop the wedding. But when Moira awakens a passion within him that he never knew existed, he realizes that the outcome of this perilous situation will determine the future of his own happiness.
As trust and honor clash with forbidden attraction, manipulations, rivalries, and schemes will threaten to blow the Highlands sky high…

Sourcebooks is giving away one copy of this book to one reader. (US/CA only please.) To enter, just leave a comment on this post and fill out the rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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  1. This book sounds amazing. I really love the cover.

  2. I'm always up for a Highland historical romance! Along with Regency, that's about all I read. I'm so glad to be introduced to a new-to-me author, Mary! I really need more and more of these books to feed my reading habit. :-) Thanks for this post!

  3. I love forbidden romance, especially when it puts tension between two clans in the highlands! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Love books about highlanders and I can't wait to read this one. Thanks

  5. I love Highlanders!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I love the covers. I always wonder how much input you have into them. Highlanders are one of my favs!

  7. Highlanders are my favorite!! I also love the historical elements as well. You always learn so many fascinating facts.

  8. this sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I haven't met the Sutherlands yet, but I'd like to!

  10. This sounds like a great read and I can't wait to read it. I will be adding it to my TBR stack. Thanks for sharing :)

  11. Mary Wine is a favorite author. Her books are always must-haves!!

  12. Mary is on my list of favorite Authors. I've read all her books and can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  13. Sounds like an amazing read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. You can't go wrong with a Highlander story, and Mary Wine writes great ones. I'm looking forward to reading How to Handle a Highlander. :D

  15. Nice post. Gorgeous cover and thanks for the chance to win.

  16. I'd love to handle one *snicker*.


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