We are very excited to feature Renee Vincent this week! Renee has just released her third book, The Fall of Rain, for the Emerald Isle Trilogy. When Renee is not writing, she is busy taking care of her family and farm in Kentucky. You can read more about Renee on her Author Bio page.
Renee Vincent is an acclaimed author of Irish and Norse history. Her book Ræliksen won two awards by Love Romances Cafe: "Best Book Cover 2010" and "Best Historical 2010" and Mac Liam won the “5 Heart Sweetheart” Award from The Romance Studio. She also ventured into writing contemporary romance with Silent Partner which was released April 2010.
Renee was also one of the first Facebook friends/authors to feature Steve and I on her blog a year ago this month! We are grateful she helped promote our first book. Without further a do, let's welcome Renee this week to our blog.
Brenda & Steve: Renee, welcome to our blog and new place for author interviews! When did you start writing historical romance?
Renee: As a child, I’d always had the dream of being a writer someday. After taking an English Lit class in high school with one of the best teachers around (and reading about The Iliad and The Odyssey, Beowulf and Grendel, Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights etc.) my interest in devoted warrior heroes, particularly the Vikings, grew along with my desire to write the next greatest love story.
I remember reading my first historical romance (given to me by my mother-in-law) and of course, it was a Viking/Irish romance. I’ll admit, the cover caught my attention with a dark-haired buxom Irish lass draped within the strong arms of a tall blond Viking. Anyway, I read it and, given my passion for the men of the North, I knew from that moment on, I wanted to write historical romance featuring the bold, brazen warriors of the Viking Age.
Brenda & Steve: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Renee: My goodness, lots of things. Sometimes it’s a song that helps me to create that perfect scene in my head. Other times, it might be a place that strikes a chord within me.
I often go horseback riding and, during those wonderful quiet moments as I sit atop the saddle, I get to take in nature. As a writer, I key in to the sounds, the smells, and the way the sun comes through the trees and highlights certain otherwise mundane objects. I can pretty well find inspiration in just about anything.
Brenda & Steve: Tell us a little bit about your new release The Fall of Rain from the Emerald Isle Trilogy.
Renee: It’s the final book of the trilogy, a story that is so dear to my heart. The first two books, Ræliksen and Mac Liam, carry the reader along a twist-filled journey of a love triangle between two very different heroes who love the same woman. The Fall of Rain is a beautiful tale of reincarnation that will bring the reader full circle, adding a much-needed closure for the characters involved.
Here's the blurb:
Leif Dæganssen, an archeologist from Norway, is determined to trace back his Scandinavian roots as far as the Dark Ages and find proof of their existence on the Emerald Isle. After several years of living off the west coast of Ireland, he finally uncovers an ancient artifact—an intricately decorated chest with pagan carvings—buried beneath the very porch of his coastal cottage. Knowing it only confirms the presence of a glorified Norse-influenced settlement on Inis Mór, he’s determined to establish a link between himself and those who once inhabited the rugged isle.
For as long as she can remember, Lorraine O’Connor has had dreams of a Norse warrior kissing her. And even though she’s never fully understood the reason for her vivid subconscious imagination, she welcomes the meaningless and wanton pleasure of being in a Viking’s protective embrace—until the day she meets that brazen Northman on an impulsive vacation trip to Ireland.
Though blindsided by the relevance of her dreams and the strange familiarity of the man within them, Lorraine can’t help but feel a deep-seated intimacy toward Leif. And the more she gets to know him, the more she’s convinced they’ve shared a life together in a time long forgotten.
Are the clues to their ancestral past hidden within the contents of the chest or buried deep within their hearts?
Reviews and awards for Emerald Isle Trilogy
*Winner of two categories by Love Romances Café
“Best Book Cover 2010”
“Best Historical 2010”
“This book and author earn my highest recommendations and I feel privileged to have read one of the best. It is a must read for any lover of historical romance or even lovers of romance in general.”
~ 5 Stars TOP PICK ~ Night Owl Reviews
“…this story is realistic, historically accurate and unforgettable; a story you will remember long after the last page is read.”
~ 5 Blue Ribbons! ~ Romance Junkies
*Winner of the “5 Heart Sweetheart” Award
from The Romance Studio
“It comes alive and winds its way into your heart. This is a must-read for anyone who enjoys historical romance and I cannot wait to read the final book of the trilogy as this story has stayed with me days after I read the last word.”
~ 5 Hearts ~ The Romance Studio
“I will admit to being skeptical that this story would capture me as much as the first had, but I was blown away by the awesomeness that is Mac Liam. Ms. Vincent surpassed all of my expectations with her impressive writing abilities, while offering more incites and revelations that will keep readers coming back for more.”
~ 5 Stars TOP PICK ~ Night Owl Reviews
“The steadfast, true love Ms. Vincent creates in Mac Liam takes one’s breath away.
A memorable, satisfying story!”
~ 4.5 Books ~ Long And Short Reviews
Brenda & Steve: Wow, congratulations on the awards and great reviews! Do you plan to write more installments for this trilogy and if so how many?
Renee: I’ve gotten many requests for stories about other characters who are introduced throughout the trilogy. One in particular, is Gustaf, the eldest brother of Dægan Ræliksen, and his new found love, Æsa. Their story will be told in the upcoming December 2012 release, The Temperate Warrior, which will begin the Warrior Saga Series. I have hopes of writing two other books in this series, but the heroes have yet to be determined.
Brenda & Steve: You added Contemporary Romance to your writer’s resume. What inspired you to write Silent Partner?
Renee: It was the morning after I signed my three-book contract with Turquoise Morning Press in 2010. During the long drive from Indiana to Kentucky, I plotted the whole thing out in my head. I pitched it to my publisher a few weeks later and bam! I signed another contract for it. It was my first attempt at a contemporary and I’ve been very pleased with the feedback from romance readers and reviewers.
Silent Partner Reviews
"Ms. Vincent’s writing has the unique ability of capturing both the reader’s heart and mind… I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this story and would love to see it become a movie. Another highly recommended read by Renee Vincent!"
~ "5 Star TOP PICK" ~ Night Owl Reviews
Her writing sparkles, and given this is the author’s first attempt at contemporary mainstream romance, she creates the right impact for settings, pace and conflict. Her balance of the self-absorbed hero meeting emotionally challenged heroine is stunning because of her research into the heroine’s background. This book is a keeper."
~ "LASR BEST BOOK" ~ Long And Short Reviews
Brenda & Steve: Who is your favorite character from one of your stories and why?
Renee: Hands down, Dægan Ræliksen. He is essentially my first born and the first man, aside from my husband, to keep me up at all hours of the night. He and I have spent many glorious hours together. *wink*
Brenda & Steve: If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
Renee: I walk away. It might be for days, or even weeks. But I don’t push the writing. If I force the words upon the paper, the readers will recognize it right away and I don’t want that kind of struggle to come out in my writing. In a good romance story, there is no room for writer inadequacies. I’d rather leave the conflicts to the hero and heroine.
Brenda & Steve: Where’s your favorite place to write?
Renee: On a daily basis, I have an office. But if I had the ability to go somewhere else and write, it would be in a little cottage in Ireland. I’d love to take a 4-month hiatus away from the world and write from one of the most beautiful places on the earth. A girl can dream right?
Brenda & Steve: Oh yes! I have always dreamed of visiting Ireland too. How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
Renee: A cup of coffee usually does it for me. Honestly, I’m always in the mood to write. Sometimes, that gets in the way of normal day-to-day life as I have these scenes in my head that won’t leave me alone until I write them down. If only I could write as fast as I conjure them up.
Brenda & Steve: I think most authors keep the coffee brewing all day. LOL What genres do you enjoy reading and who is your favorite author?
Renee: I LOVE historical romances (Viking and Highlander), but on occasion, I’ll pick up a contemporary. My favorite authors are Margaret Ethridge, Kimberly Killion, Nora Roberts, Johanna Lindsey, Elizabeth Lowell, Donna MacMeans, Lori Foster….the list goes on.
Brenda & Steve: What was your ideal career when you were a child?
Renee: Author. That’s all I ever wanted.
Brenda & Steve: What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever received and/or given?
Renee: This was from my father, though he said it to encompass everything in my life: You can’t do everything. But you can anything with God.
Brenda & Steve: NASA has found a new star in our solar system. They held an essay contest and the winner gets to name the star. You won! What would you name the star?
Renee: Love this question as I’m a big fan of the constellations. My favorites are Orion and Cassiopeia. Given that I often look up to the sky when I talk with my sister (who passed in 2005), it would be the coolest to actually have something to “see” when I gaze into the night sky. Its name would be LINDSEY.
Brenda & Steve: I read about your sister on you BIO. That would be a very appropriate name for a star, Renee! Which would be your choice for a romantic evening: dinner and then a stroll on the beach in the moonlight or a movie, popcorn, cuddling on the sofa? If you have something else in mind please share!
Renee: Dinner and the beach in the moonlight. I love beaches. Always have. My bedroom wall (as a teen) used to be plastered with photo of beaches from magazines, photo books, and photos of past vacations. No one could see the color of the wall behind them. It drove my mother crazy. And the moonlit walk because I love the ambiance that a full moon creates. There’s just something so romantic about moonlight, no matter where you are.
Brenda & Steve: Thank you again for stopping by our blog this week. Readers, Renee has agreed to give a book from her back list - choice of book - to one lucky commenter through random draw. Just leave a comment, your email address (please leave your email - helps us contact the winner) and be sure to visit Renee's web sites below. Comments open from Dec 5 through Dec 9, drawing Dec 10.
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