Guest Author & Giveaway: Mary Wine featuring In the Warrior's Bed

Thursday, February 4

***This giveaway has ended, but you should still read the's worth your time:)
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Today has been a long time coming.  I first contacted Mary Wine in July or August of 2009 about how much I loved her Brava debut historical romance, IN BED WITH A STRANGER.  I loved it so much that it made my top ten list of favorite reads in 2009, and just last month I featured IN BED WITH A STRANGER as my Hidden Gems of romance pick for January.

I've been eagerly anticipating IN THE WARRIOR'S BED, her second book featuring the McJames clan, for what seems like forever!  And I have to say, it was definitely worth the wait.  I have a new appreciation for charming, dashing, and daring heroes.  Mary Wine is my guest today, in all her splendid finery (did I mention that she creates her own costumes?), to celebrate the release of IN THE WARRIOR'S BED.  Enjoy!

Hello Everyone,

I'm tickled to be here.  IN THE WARRIOR'S BED is coming your way this week. As I was looking through my files, I realized that I turned the book in last January. Getting my hands on the final paperbacks is a little bit like having a know it's coming but until you hold it, you don't feel the true wonder of the moment. 

I'm really thrilled to welcome my readers back to the McJames clan.  The first book...IN BED WITH A STRANGER gave you an insight to these men and the time they live in.  IN THE WARRIOR'S BED is a follow up to IN BED WITH A STRANGER and it tells the tale of Cullen McJames. Cullen intrigued me because he's the guy that's always teasing but that doesn't mean he lacks a core of strength. He did a lot of teasing in IN BED WITH A STRANGER and I admit I had fun seeing him fall in love.

Beyond that, I love this time period. There aren't many recorded records of what they wore but you can take what is there and piece it together. I go a step, or four beyond that because I make these dresses and wear them too. It becomes abundantly clear why they wore some of the things they did, especially when you are wearing the clothing for three days and having to cook, wash, and live in them. The hip roll is my favorite because most authors leave it out...thinking it's a vanity garment. In fact, it supports the weight of the skirts, sort of like a hip belt on a back pack. To wear even a simple dress from this time with out the 'bum roll' will make your back ache something horrible!  Don't ask me how I know that...wink.  

I hope you enjoy 'In The Warrior's Bed'...and please drop by my website to see what else I've got coming this year.

In this irresistible follow-up to her captivating debut, In Bed With a Stranger, Mary Wine revisits the McJames clan–their loves, their battles, their conquests…

Cullen McJames will not have his honor sullied, certainly not by his clan’s nemesis Laird Erik McQuade. So when McQuade tells the Court of Scotland that Cullen has stolen his daughter’s virtue, Cullen steals the daughter instead.

Since his brother wed a fetching lass, Cullen’s been thinking he too needs a wife. A marriage could end the constant war between the clans. And looking on Bronwyn McQuade but once has put her in his dreams for a week…

But Bronwyn won’t go quietly. She won’t be punished for what she did not do. Nor is she eager to live among the resentful veterans of McQuade wars. And however brave and beautiful a man Cullen may be, he has much to learn about a woman’s fighting spirit. But as Bronwyn will discover, he has much to teach her as well.

Bonus excerpt (Cullen and Bronwyn meet for the 1st time)
Read an additional excerpt (Cullen steals his bride)
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Congratulations Mary on the release of IN THE WARRIOR'S BED!  

If you would like to learn more about Mary and the books she writes as Mary Wine you can visit her website, which also hosts her blog.  Mary also writes books as Dawn Ryder, which Mary describes as "my naughty inner child".  Her Dawn Ryder stories are more erotic, and if you are interested in learning more about her books as Dawn you can check them out at  Mary can also be found on Facebook.  She is one busy lady!

As I previously mentioned, I absolutely loved IN BED WITH A STRANGER.  If you haven't read it, then I think you are really missing out on a great historical romance.  And there is no better time than now to pick it up since it is currently a Bargain priced book at Amazon (less than $6.00).  Especially since....

Mary has offered to giveaway two signed copies of IN THE WARRIOR'S BED in celebration of it's release!  And while it's not necessary to read IN BED WITH A STRANGER in order to enjoy IN THE WARRIOR'S BED, you'll get to experience Cullen McJames in all his charming and teasing goodness if you read them both.  Here's how you can enter to win IN THE WARRIOR'S BED...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Answer this question Mary has for readers:  What is a must in a hero? (good for 1 entry) 
  • Mandatory:  You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • Blog about this author's giveaway on your blog and leave a link with your comment (good for 15 entries)
  • If you don't have a blog, don't worry you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they leave a comment on this post and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) 
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment
Rules and disclaimers: 
  • This contest is open to US residents only, sorry :(
  • The contest will end on February 7th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner will be selected using
  • The winner will have THREE days from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice 

Good Luck!

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jeanette8042 February 4, 2010 at 12:29 AM  

The hero must be able to become vulnerable in order to give their hearts and life to someone they love.

I'm a GFC follower!

lilazncutie1215 @

Amanda February 4, 2010 at 1:09 AM  

He must be a leader!

I am a follower

Mitzi H. February 4, 2010 at 2:21 AM  

He must be the alpha male (leader) and yet understanding and compassionate towards his female love. I especially like it when he is a talker and lets her know what he is wanting.

Mary, I love your novels!!!

I'm a follower on google friends connect.

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

I don't have a blog, etc. but I have recommended Mary's books on Amazon Erotic Forum many many times.

I would be honored to win a (signed) copy of any of your books.

chelleyreads February 4, 2010 at 3:32 AM  

a hero must be strong yet sensitive, can be a rake but he has to be (believably) redeemable, he can take care of his lady but not walk all over her, and swoon worthy.

i'd love to read ms. wine's book. the cover is hot and the blurb sounds like my kind of romance story.

i'm a gfc follower. thank for the giveaway :)

Carol L. February 4, 2010 at 3:51 AM  

Hi Mary,
I am going to pick up the first one In Bed With a Stranger first and then Warrior's Bed. I want to know as much as possible about the McJames clan.
My hero has to be alpha male but tender and compassionate.And have a great sense of humor.
Carol L.

Pamela,  February 4, 2010 at 8:34 AM  

A hero must be sensitive to his lady. Compassionate and protective alphas are the best IMHO. GFC follower

Bethie February 4, 2010 at 10:42 AM  

Must be a tough guy and just a little bit dark and brooding. I also like the bad boys turned good in the end.

I follow on GFC.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

jedisakora February 4, 2010 at 11:10 AM  

The book sounds really good. ^^

For me, a hero must be a bit of a bad boy. I love heroes who arn't afraid to speak their mind, go against the machine, be brave and strong, and basically being heroic. lol I love Harry Potter and i tend to associate my heroes with those carrying the Gryffindor traits with a dash of Ravenclaw in it a well. ^^

*I am a member or

RachieG February 4, 2010 at 11:13 AM  

I'm a GFC follower :)

I love heroes who are strong, but they've got to be smart too. Handsomeness is so-so, but if their smart and can figure out situations, whew. Hottie alert. Loved the first story, I'm excited to check this one out!

rachie2004 @ yahoo (d0t) com

misskallie2000 February 4, 2010 at 11:32 AM  

A hero must be compassionate, protective, with a great sense of humor, strong, ability to react to given & unknown happenings and a plus if an alpha male. LOL. Means they must think like a female and react (in a good way)as a male..LOL

I am a GFC follower

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous,  February 4, 2010 at 2:14 PM  

A must for a hero is confidence.

stacybooks at yahoo

CallMeKayla February 4, 2010 at 2:30 PM  

+1 A hero must have good intensions.

alba February 4, 2010 at 4:03 PM  

I'm just stopping in to wish everyone good luck...
My hero has to have Integrity HUMOR & no be afraid to open his heart.
Have a good one.

Katrina February 4, 2010 at 7:09 PM  

for me a hero must do things with his whole heart....does not hurt if he is super cute too...jk

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

Scorpio M. February 4, 2010 at 8:42 PM  

For me a hero must be confident yet still a exhibit a bit of vulnerability, that's usually what makes me fall hard, lol.

I am a GFC follower.

Purchased Ms. Wine's "In Bed With A Stranger" via Sed. Mus. Amazon link (+50). Sent receipt on 2/4. Had my eye on this book ever since it was highlighted in your Hidden Gems! Thx.


Anonymous,  February 4, 2010 at 10:14 PM  

Hero must have honor (it can be a little misguided, but it must be there!).

justpeachy36 February 5, 2010 at 12:02 AM

Please enter me in the giveaway.

I think a hero needs to be a strong and capable of handing themselves in any situation.

Linda Henderson February 5, 2010 at 2:47 PM  

I think a hero should be strong yet gentle, self assured but not arrogant, and willing to risk it all for love.

I am a follower on Google.

seriousreader at live dot com

BUSY BEE February 5, 2010 at 10:30 PM  

I believe a true hero is always afraid of something...if that makes sense. They aren't invincible and they know it yet they step up to take control over situations that scare them silly.

bsyb100 at gmail dot com

++I am a google follower :>

etirv February 5, 2010 at 10:55 PM  

Ability to love the heroine unselfishly, putting her #1 always.


booklover0226 February 7, 2010 at 8:20 AM  

A hero must be smart, sensitive, brave, and strong. He doesn't have to be handsome on the outstide but if he has those other attributes, then he's down-right HOT!

I'm a GFC follower.

Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail DOT COM

CherylS22 February 7, 2010 at 4:31 PM  

A hero must be strong, but gentle.
I follow in GFC.

Thanks ~ megalon22 at yahoo dot com

misskallie2000 February 7, 2010 at 6:50 PM  

A hero must be good looking, strong, funny, understanding, romantic, and have that southern charm that makes the ladies limp...

I follow via GFC

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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