Spotlight & Giveaway: A Sword for His Lady by Mary Wine

Posted July 2nd, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 45 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Mary Wine to HJ!
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Hi Mary and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, A Sword for His Lady!

 

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

He’d defend her keep…

A Sword for His LadyAfter proving himself on the field of battle, Ramon de Segrave is appointed to the Council of Barons by Richard the Lionheart. But instead of taking his most formidable

warrior on his latest Crusade, the king assigns Ramon an even more dangerous task—woo and win the Lady of Thistle Keep.

If only she’d yield her heart

Isabel of Camoys is a capable widow with no intention of surrendering her valuable estate. She’s fought long and hard for her independence, and if the price is loneliness, then so be it. She will not yield…even if she does find the powerful knight’s heated embrace impossible to ignore. But when her land is threatened, Isabel reluctantly agrees to allow Ramon and his army to defend the keep—knowing that the price may very well be her heart.

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.
 

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Ramon de Segrave ignored his growling belly. The dawn was just beginning to break, the horizon turning pink as fingers of light stretched across the land, chasing off the shadow of darkness. The mosaic glass window in the front of the sanctuary began to glow with the light stretching across the pews and himself, driving away the chill of night.

 

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

Isabel is in a unique position for the time. Since she is widowed, without children and her father is dead, she is in control of her land. But as she soon discovers, this is a time of needing to stick together because there is strength in numbers.

 

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

I wanted my characters to be people of their era. It’s hard because a lot of the things they accepted in their lives are not acceptable in our era. The writer engages in a battle of time periods because we are writing for a modern audience. More than once, I have received an email challenging me on the use of a word that isn’t period correct but sometimes, I used that word because I knew a good portion of my audience wouldn’t know the era correct word and I don’t want to send them running to look up the meaning.

 

What, in your mind, distinguishes this book from other books out there in the same genre?

A good story! Or so I hope. I know I read for an adventure and when I write, that is my goal.
 

The First kiss…

“You can not know such a thing, much less promise me…um…” —” She clamped her mouth shut, realizing with horror what she was discussing.

“Satisfaction?” A glint appeared in his eyes. “True.” He swept looked at her from head to toe and her mouth went dry at the boldness.

“Such a promise requires me to prove my worth to you.” His voice dipped into a low growl. “I accept your challenge.”

“Wait—”

He captured her gasp beneath his lips, holding her nape as he pressed a firm kiss against her mouth. He kissed her hard but not brutally, moving his mouth across hers and preventing her from clamping her lips shut.

She shivered.

She flattened her hands on his shoulders to push him back, but all she ended up doing was curling her fingers into his clothing to hold him close. His kiss was intoxicating, numbing her senses as she tried to follow his lead and return it. Her heart was racing and she broke away from him, gasping for breath. He let her go. She caught the flash of his victorious grin before and then there was a snap as he broke the tie securing her wimple, and tugged the garment off her head once more. Pleasure flared in his eyes. He boldly stroked her hair, sending a ripple of enjoyment through her.

“I will have you, Isabel, and you will find my bed pleasingly warm.”

 

Did any scene have you crying or laughing (or blushing) while writing it?

Always. I tend to get very involved with my books. I type so hard sometimes, I chip all the letters off the keyboard! My family knows, if they hear me pounding the keys…back away….someone needs to die and it’s really not a good idea to draw attention at that moment. There is one scene, near the end of the book that really touched me. There is a young boy, who is making the best of his life and still finds himself facing the noose because of who fate decided would be his master.

Excerpt-

She lifted the key from the hook on the wall and moved toward him. He watched her, biting his lower lip to suppress the question he wanted to ask. When she fitted the key into the lock, he quivered, his entire body shaking as a light entered his eyes.

“Lady?”

She twisted the lock free and stepped back. Wondering if she had made a mistake. Donald collapsed on the floor, flattening himself and reaching forward with one hand. He caught the edge of her robe with two shaking fingers. He drew the fabric to his lips and kissed it.

“Go,” she said as tears filled her eyes. “I cannot do more for you. My husband will hang you if you are caught.”

He lifted his head and looked at her, his eyes swimming with tears. “You have done everything, lady. I cannot thank you enough.”

“Yes you can,” she said as he drew back onto his haunches and stood. “Become a man of honor. Prove my actions right by never doing harm again, for in truth, I am not sure why I am here. Perhaps goodness is a chain, for Rauxana cut my bonds and without that mercy, I would have suffered greatly. So now I release you. Show your gratitude with your actions. Become a good man.”

“I shall,” he whispered before he looked toward the door. Hope brightened his eyes and he showed a hunger for life. He crept across the floor quietly, pausing in the doorway to look at what was on the other side before disappearing through it.

She’d have to confess to Ramon.

Isabel replaced the key and drew in a deep breath.

She could not lie. No, there was nothing for it but confession.

“I wondered if you would make it through the night without coming down here.”

She gasped and jumped as Ramon appeared in the doorway. Her husband contemplated her as she lifted her chin.

“I planned to tell you.” She said firmly.

He nodded. “Aye, I believe you would have. No matter how much you know I feel that boy is a threat to you.”

 

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters?

Not sure. That’s a hard one for me. Most likely because the book is sort of a flowing thing for me
 

What do you want people to take away from reading this book? 

If you take anything away from one of my books….let it be this….DANCE. This is not a dress rehearsal. Get out and enjoy every second of life. Isabel had decided never to marry again and Ramon changed her mind.
 

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?

My next release will be under my pen name…Dawn Ryder. It’s titled ‘Rock Me Two Times’ and was a ton of fun to write. It’s about a Rock Band and a leather specialists who get’s call in to help when their pants need repairs. Release date is Nov 3.

 

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Excerpt from Rock me Two Times:

There was a rattle behind them as the doors opened wide, and more suit-clad men pushed a flatbed cart into the room. The distraction gave her a chance to get hold of her racing heart. It was just a job. Tomorrow she’d wake up in her own bed. The closest she could get to Syon Braden would be a poster or a four-hundred-dollar concert ticket.

Ramsey and the Marquis, on the other hand, would likely wake up in a tangle of limbs belonging to some of the horde of fangirls who idolized Toxsin. Their music was supreme, and so was their reputation for torrid after-concert parties.

For a nanosecond she lingered on the idea of being naked with him.

“Perhaps you might explain the problem?” Kate said, trying to get grip on her professionalism.

Ha! You mean your hormones!

No, she had it under control. Really.

But her heart started racing the moment she locked eyes with the Marquis again. His gaze shifted, and his lips parted, showing her his teeth. Her breath caught.

“Over here.”

Kate turned and discovered that the back of the Marquis was just as devastating to her libido as his front. His shoulders were broad and tapered down to a lean waist, and the pair of jeans he was wearing gave her a perfect look at his ass.

Yummy.

“I’m out of pants,” he said.

Syon pointed to two long rolling costume racks. Various pairs of leather pants were hung up. Kate moved closer, spotting problems instantly. She pulled one navy-blue pair out to look at the way the lower half of the leg was shredded.

“Don’t ride double with Taz, he’ll dump your ass,” Syon said.

“You were wasted,” the Asian guy on the weight bench yelled across the suite, “and fell off.”

She released the blue pants and pulled out another pair, which was covered in what looked like bleach splatters.

“Cleaning ladies don’t have a sense of humor.” Syon clicked his tongue. “She decided to help me clean up my act.”

Kate pulled out another pair and gapped at the missing fly. It was just cut clean away with jagged slices from a pair of scissors.

“Some girls get impatient—”

“I bet,” she cut him off. He shrugged and sent her a self-satisfied smirk. “But you let someone cut your custom-made performance wear?”

“Heat of the moment,” was his reply.

Arrogant ass. It was on the tip of her tongue to say it too. The part of her that knew how hard it was to make quality pants was itching to take him down a notch.

Professionalism.

She looked back at the rack. There were three pairs on the end of the rack that didn’t seem to have damage on them.

“They don’t fit,” Syon informed her. “Giles forgot the special instructions.”

A note in his tone warned her against asking. But he also shut his mouth, just daring her to ask. It was a verbal game of cat and mouse.

“Giles doesn’t make mistakes that affect fit. Elaborate. I can’t fix what I don’t understand.” There. She hadn’t asked.

He straightened up and moved closer, looming over her and sending a trickle of sweat down her back. “There’s not enough room for a hard-on,” he drawled in a low, sensual tone. “At least, not a really hard one. Understandable really. Giles didn’t turn me on during my fitting. I had to improvise.” His gaze lowered to her cleavage.

Her nipples twisted into hard little nubs. He was an asshole, but he also oozed sex appeal. She felt like she was going into heat.

“I get hard every show,” he continued. “Music is a sexual experience for me.”

Oh boy, did she believe him.

Her attention dropped to his package, a split second before her face exploded in flames, and she jerked her head back around to the pants. The blood roared in her ears, but she thought she heard a soft sound of male approval behind her.

She’d looked at his…damn it!

Fangirls gained a smidgen of respect in her book. There was something about rock stars that just scrambled a girl’s wits.

Excerpts. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
 

Book Info:

He’d defend her keep…

After proving himself on the field of battle, Ramon de Segrave is appointed to the Council of Barons by Richard the Lionheart. But instead of taking his most formidable

warrior on his latest Crusade, the king assigns Ramon an even more dangerous task—woo and win the Lady of Thistle Keep.

If only she’d yield her heart

Isabel of Camoys is a capable widow with no intention of surrendering her valuable estate. She’s fought long and hard for her independence, and if the price is loneliness, then so be it. She will not yield…even if she does find the powerful knight’s heated embrace impossible to ignore. But when her land is threatened, Isabel reluctantly agrees to allow Ramon and his army to defend the keep—knowing that the price may very well be her heart.

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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Meet the Author:

Mary WineMary Wine has written over twenty novels that take her readers from the pages of history to the far reaches of space. Recent winner of a 2008 EPPIE Award for erotic western romance, her book LET ME LOVE YOU was quoted “Not to be missed…” by Lora Leigh, New York Times best-selling author.

When she’s not abusing a laptop, she spends time with her sewing machines…all of them! Making historical garments is her second passion. From corsets and knickers to court dresses of Elizabeth I, the most expensive clothes she owns are hundreds of years out of date. She’s also an active student of martial arts, having earned the rank of second degree black belt.

 
 
 

45 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: A Sword for His Lady by Mary Wine”

  1. Haddie

    I L♥VE historical romance! I actually enjoy any Era. I am a major historian at times.

  2. Mary Preston

    Different historical periods would be fantastic. The Ancient World for example. Ancient Egypt comes to mind.

  3. ML

    I’d like to see more of the Georgian era. Such a fascinating time. And you may want to check the excerpt. I don’t think they had after-concert parties in Medieval times. 🙂

  4. Janie McGaugh

    I have a preference for Regencies or Scottish romance, and I’d love to see more of the common man.

  5. whistleinthewind74

    I don’t know I think what I see out there is pretty diverse. I mostly read regency romances, Scottish romances and harlequin presents. So I see variety in my reading. I have read and enjoyef several of your novels, so more of that please.

  6. BookLady

    I enjoy Regency and Medieval in historical romance, but I would like to see more during the French Revolution and more paranormal historical romance.

  7. Lisa M

    I like my historical romances to have accurate historical facts, speech, items, dress etc …. nothing turns me off more than a historical book a lack of history research

  8. Becky R.

    I would love to see more historical romances take place in ancient cultures. So anything set in B.C., especially in Rome, Greece, and Egypt, would work for me.

  9. Kermitsgirl

    Civil War and Revolutionary eras intrigue me and there’s just not a lot of those out there. Regency era is always a good read for me, as long as the historical facts are somewhat close to the truth (creative liberties are okay, but when it’s obviously a falsehood or something so unbelievable to shoehorn your story in, it’s hard to stomach).

  10. rachael constant

    I love all sorts of historical romances. especially highlanders. medieval and regency

  11. erinf1

    Historical romances have really improved over the years so I don’t have anything to add 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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