Monday, February 24, 2014

Interview with Renee Vincent: UNFORGETTABLE HEROES Blitz

Do you write in different genres?

My first love has always been reading historical romances. Consequently, they are what I LOVE to write. I’ve dabbled in humorous Chick Lit writing as Grace Lee Rose, but have always wanted to write a Young Adult historical fantasy. I have a premise, a title, a cover, and a different pen name for this upcoming project…I just have to find the time to write it. I’m hoping to finish it sometime in 2015.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

Silent Partner, one of the eight books that’s included in the UNFORGETTABLE HEROES Boxed Set, is a “play on words” kind of title. The heroine, Chloe, is a starving artist and the hero, Grayson, is a successful dance club owner. Both are searching for something life-altering to save their businesses and unbeknownst to either party, each can provide for what the other needs. Someone fills the role of a silent partner and it may not be who you’d expect.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

Most often, I write the book and the title comes thereafter. But as crazy as this sounds, there have been times where I’ve come upon a random cover first and the story unfolded later in my head. For instance, take my upcoming release: Where The Wind Blows.

I saw the cover art first at Carey Abbott’s website, bought it, and had Calliope Designs finish the details on it. After seeing the completed cover, inspiration took over and I came up with this premise:

She blew through his perfect world like a gale force wind.

He took her heart by storm.

Dropping everything and leaving her idiot boyfriend behind, Carly Fuller heads to the country to start her life anew, never expecting the dolt to turn possessive and follow her. On the run and in fear for her life, she turns down a long blacktop drive with beautiful black-board fencing. Hoping the wealthy, respectable owners will help her get to the authorities, she finds that the gorgeous horse farm belongs to one hunky carpenter who has more than enough muscle to safeguard her.

While his childhood friends have eagerly left the country, Jeremiah Kessler remains as far away as possible from the busy city life. Content to live in the quiet, rolling hills of Kentucky, his perfect world is torn asunder the day Ms. Windy City Whirlwind blows up onto his doorstep looking for sanctuary from her volatile ex-boyfriend.

As every goodhearted country boy had been taught, he doesn’t turn his back on a woman in need—especially when a funneling tornado is threatening to rip through his town. As the two take shelter in his basement, Jeremiah learns that some good can actually come from the city, in particular the feisty little windstorm under his roof.

What books/authors have influenced your life?

I’ve always enjoyed the historical romances of Nora Roberts, Johanna Lindsey, Amanda Quick, and Catherine Coulter. In recent years, I’ve personally met and fallen in love with the writings of Kimberly Killion, Margaret Ethridge, Monica Burns, and Donna MacMeans. But one book that has influenced me more than any other book is Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier. If you enjoy Vikings and their culture, then I highly recommend this historical fantasy novel.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

 Donna MacMeans, though she may not really know it. I first met her at a Barnes & Noble book signing and she stood out amongst all the other authors because she came dressed in character, complete with hats, feathers, and bustiers. I remember asking her some advice about my finished historical and she took the time to chat with me right then and there. She could have brushed me off as it was a busy time for her with local fans waiting to have their book signed. But no. She sat there and talked to me as if I were the only person in the room.

Since then, I’ve seen Donna many times through the years, but the one day that will stand out in my mind as a pivotal moment in my author career, was the first Lori Foster’s conference I’d attended. At this event, I could finally boast being published and Donna MacMeans came to me, calling me by name, and hugged me. I couldn’t believe she remembered who I was. It’s a day I’ll never forget.

What book are you reading now?

Lots of Kristan Higgins books. She writes first person POV humorous romance and I’m loving her light-hearted style of writing. Hence, the reason I branched off from my deep, plot-twisting romances under Renee Vincent and started penning ChickLit novellas under Gracie Lee Rose.

What books are in your to read pile?

I’m very excited to get back to reading historical romances again. Many are waiting for me on my kindle: Jianne Carlo’s Viking books, Gina Conkle’s Norse Jewel, Sharon Page’s regency books, etc.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Dream as big as you want, but set goals that are realistically attainable. Use each accomplished goal as a stepping stone toward that big dream.
And another would be: WRITE that next book! Nothing will help you more as a writer than having a backlist.

Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?

There are several songs that are actually mentioned in the book, given Grayson is a Latin-style dancer: Oye El Boom by David Bisbol and Tonight (I’m Loving You) by Enrique Iglecias.

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Eight Contemporary Romance Novels

Several of Turquoise Morning Press’ award-winning and bestselling authors share their favorite contemporary romance heroes – all boxed up for you in one sexy and irresistible package!

From a sexy carpenter to magnetic CEO, a rough-and-ready cowboy to a “homeless man,” a classic car buff, a starving artist, a Latin-style dancer, and an FBI agent – each unique hero has his own story to tell, and a heroine who just can’t forget him. Ever.

With an introductory promotional price of only 99¢, how can you resist this unforgettable boxed set, either?

Release date:  January 30, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-62237-258-4

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by Amie Denman, EPIC Award and Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence finalist.

Hurricane Destiny leaves a trail of destruction across the island of St. Thomas, jeopardizing the wedding of Whitney Oliver’s best friend. When Whitney arrives on the island, she finds a disaster only a sexy carpenter like Chris Maxwell can repair. Despite the sizzle between them, Chris has secrets that threaten his construction business and force him to work for Whitney’s love.


by Bobbye Terry, award winning author of contemporary, historical and fantasy romance.

Zack Graham, CEO of Scrumbles Snack Cakes, is energetic, magnetic and forget it—no women for him, except to relieve an occasional sexual itch. He’s a workaholic who refuses to let a woman make a fool out of him again. But what about Crandall Drake, the CEO of Pretzelicious Pretzels? He tells himself all he wants is sex. His heart tells him it wants more.


by Cat Shaffer, Golden Heart finalist and award-winning journalist.

Hot nights, a double sleeping bag and a stranger for a husband…how much can one city girl take? Lillian Osborne needs a husband for a weekend. Wesley Hatfield needs money to customize his beloved classic car before Detroit’s biggest auto show. The perfect agreement turns out to be anything but when their accommodations turn out not to be what Lillian had expected.


by Janet Eaves, Amazon bestselling author of the Ladies of Legend contemporary romance series.

Just like the Princess in the classic tale Sleeping Beauty, Aurora’s life doesn’t really begin until her heart is awakened by a handsome struggling artist. But with her life in danger, Aurora must hide who she really is. Unbeknownst to her, her struggling artist isn’t who he appears to be either.... Friend, lover, or foe?


by Jennifer Johnson who writes comedic romances so entertaining even guys read them. Author of the TMP top-selling Rescuing Riley.

Abigail Benton is a bum magnet, according to her dad, so when she becomes attracted to Eli, a homeless man at the community center where she works, she wonders if what her dad says is true. But when Eli saves her life, Abigail decides she is going to return the favor and save his life by turning it around. Trouble is, Eli isn’t on board with her plan.


by Maddie James, Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and western romance.

She’s roses, he’s rough-and-ready rawhide. Kim Martin is hardly equipped for a Colorado camping trip, especially when her mountain guide is a rough-edged cowboy who is as untamed as the wilderness. Thad Winchester’s patience for city women is wearing as thin as the seat of his jeans. But there is something about Kim that puts his hard-and-fast don’t-touch rule to the test.

LONG DISTANCE LOVE by Margaret Ethridge, contemporary romance fan favorite and TMP top-selling author of Commitment.

Sometimes the distance between two hearts can be measured in frequent flier miles. Love may be a many splendored thing, but it’s rarely convenient. Can FBI Agent Jack Rudolph and fiercely independent Ellie Nichols find a way to make a long distance relationship work?


by Renee Vincent, award winning author of historical and contemporary romance.

Grayson Anders is a talented Latin-style dancer and wealthy co-owner of a happening nightclub. Chloe LaRoche is a talented artist, but failing entrepreneur with her once thriving studio now on the brink of foreclosure. When the two indulge in a passionate, out-of-control, one night stand, they awaken the next morning consumed with inspiration. Grayson finds his perfect dance partner while Chloe finally finds her muse. Will her secret destroy both their dreams?

About the Author Renee Vincent:

I'm an author, a dreamer, a horse owner, and a medieval history buff. I'm a fun-loving, mildly eccentric, free-spirited kind of girl with a passion for books. From an early age, I've always had scenes playing out in my head. Whether it was a story with a moral or a tale with a twist, those ideas have never let me sleep until I wrote them out. And considering I have an eclectic ensemble of stories swarming in my brain at any given time, I write under a couple pen names to accommodate the various genre categories.

Renee Vincent

Historical & Contemporary Adult Romance

From the daunting, charismatic Vikings, to the charming, brazen Alpha male heroes of modern day, you'll be whisked away to a world filled with fast-paced adventure, unforgettable romance, and undying love.

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Renee Vincent said...

Thank you Roxanne for featuring me and the boxed set in which my contemporary romance, Silent Partner, is included. I can't wait to meet your readers and talk romance!

Maddie James said...

Fantastic interview, Renee! You are such a busy bee. Best of luck on all of your releases this year!

Renee Vincent said...

Thanks Maddie!

Sarah Hoss said...

Great to see you her! I loved the interview and it's neat to see who are other authors mentors. said...

Terrific interview, Renee! Congratulations on your current success.