Mary Wine Guest Blog, Author of Highland Hellcat

My Book Addiction and More; October 28, 2010


A day as an author…


Or at least a day as me, being an author. Sounds a bit like make believe, but since we’re heading into Halloween—maybe that fits!


I’m an early riser. In the last couple of years, I’ve had a little help ensuring I continue on with this habit that has earned me many a scowl from my husband… who is not an early riser. The assistance comes from our parrot. He’s lucky he’s so cute because he gets away with everything and then offers me that sweet looking face. Well, he loves to crawl to the bottom of the cage he sleeps in and pull on the metal bars. Pinging noises go through the master bathroom until I get up.


I put the time to good use. Those early morning hours when they house is quiet are when I dig in and get a good start on my word count for the day. My computer is in a downstairs bedroom that also serves as my sewing room. I’ve learned to clean up whatever project I might have been working on before going to bed because it will distract me on a writing day.


Once my boys are up, I get them fed and off to school which eats a fair chunk of time. Once home, emails tend to be rolling in. One of my biggest challenges is to stay off the internet. It handy for research but a real distraction. Sometimes, I get my best work done on my portable mini laptop. I load up my current work in progress and take it along when my boys have weekend events. More than one of their friends has wondered who the lady is trying to kill her keyboard, LOL! I type hard, often chipping off the paint before the keyboard fails.


In the case of Highland Hellcat, I had my idea set for the story but there were a few days there where both Brina and Connor where being stubborn. I know where I wanted to get them but wasn’t entirely sure how to go about it. A few scenes fell to the editing ax because they just didn’t fit. The last thing that’s important to my writing is reading. I try to read one novel after I finish one of my own. You can often find out on my website blog what I’ve been reading. Drop by anyway to discover what I’ve got coming your way.








“Hot enough to warm even the coldest Scottish Nights…”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of To Conquer a Highlander 


He wants a wife he can control…

Connor Lindsey is a Highland laird, but his clan’s loyalty is hard won and he takes nothing for granted. He’ll do whatever it takes to find a virtuous wife, even if he has to kidnap her…


She has a spirit that can’t be tamed…

Brina Chattan has always defied convention. She sees no reason to be docile now that she’s been captured by a powerful laird and taken to his storm-tossed castle in the Highlands, far from her home.


When a rival laird’s interference nearly tears them apart, Connor discovers that a woman with a wild streak suits him much better than he’d ever imagined…



Mary Wine is a multi-published author in romantic suspense, fantasy and western romance; now her interest in historical reenactment and costuming has inspired her to turn her pen to historical romance. She lives with her husband and sons in southern California, where the whole family enjoys participating in historical reenactment. For more information, please visit






Thanks to the wonderful Danielle at Sourcebooks I’m thrilled to offer readers a chance to win 1 of 2 copies of HIGHLAND HELLCAT by Mary Wine. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian Residents only. No PO boxes please. If you’ve won the book or bought it somewhere else please let me know or do NOT enter. If you’d like to win you MUST comment here and tell me something you learned on Mary’s website or something you found very unique and fascinating about her or her work, and you MUST visit and tell me what you think of the site. Otherwise all the general rules apply. These books will be coming from the publisher not me. Giveaway will run from today, Oct 28th, 2010 until November 1st, 2010. And if you get more people to stop by and chat with Mary and let us know they came from your recommends you’ll get extra entries into the giveaway, so be sure and let others know Mary is visiting today. Good Luck and thank you to Mary for visiting today and for writing such great stories!!!