Today I’m beyond thrilled to welcome over and interview amazingly talented author Renee Vincent, of UNFORGETTABLE HEROES, 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
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Promotional Price: $0.99
Retail Price: $4.99 (April, 2014)
WILL WORK FOR LOVE
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.
THIS MAGIC MOMENT
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.
HER HIRED MAN
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.
SINS OF THE FATHER
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?
HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO
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.
RAWHIDE AND ROSES
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?
If you could spend an hour in real life with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
From this book, I’d have to say Grayson Anders. I love to dance and have always wanted to “cut a rug” with a man who knows his way around the dance floor. I think dancing is VERY sexy. But if you’re asking me out of ALL my characters from every book I’ve ever written, then that would be, hands down, Dægan Ræliksen. No one compares to him. He’s my all-time favorite Viking hero. But I should say that Gustaf, his older brother from The Temperate Warrior, runs a close second race.
If you had to sell your book based on one run of dialogue (start quote to end quote), which would it be?
Oooh, great question, Sky! This is my hero, Grayson Anders speaking to my heroine, Chloe LaRoche about the one-night stand they’re about to embark upon: “I’m not going to hurt you, and I’m not going to force you upstairs to my apartment. You decide. Right here. Right now. But once you unlock this door…you’re mine. All night long…”
Tell us about your book cover and how it relates to your story.
Cover artist Dara England had made the cover for my Silent Partner novella. It was originally a premade cover, but upon seeing it, I knew right away that it fit my story and characters to a “T.” Grayson is a very suave, sexy, and swarthy dancer. Chloe is a beautiful dark-haired, independent woman. Dara’s cover portrayed all that and more.
The cover for the UNFORGETTABLE HEROES Boxed set was made by Kim Jacobs of Calliope Designs and Turquoise Morning Press. One look at this cover and instantly this male model is someone you won’t forget. I mean, just look at those abs!
What sort of personality does your hero have?
Grayson Anders is an Alpha Male from the word go. He’s dominant, confident, and charming. He’s a hard worker, given he has his own successful dance club, he’s rich, and women of all kinds flock to him. He has everything he’s ever wanted. Like any typical Alpha male, he’s content with being the desirable man, often times being selfish and self-centered. He steers clear of committed relationships until the night he meets Chloe.
After one incredible dance with her and a mind-blowing one-night stand, Grayson, for once in his life, wants more. He’s a very determined man and doesn’t take no for an answer. But one thing I love most about him, is that he’s not so haughty that he can’t admit when he’s wrong. To me, he’s one UNFORGETTABLE HERO because of the deep personal growth he undergoes in order to win back the perfect dance partner he’s lost.
What sources do you use for research?
This particular story takes place in historical Back Bay of Boston and I needed to portray a true sense of the charming area even though I’ve never been there. For this, I relied on my cousin, Kelli, who actually lives in this district. She helped me locate the perfect setting for my hero’s dance club, Gyrations, and an ideal spot for my heroine’s art studio, while cluing me in on the amazing shops and restaurants in that area that my characters could frequent.
When I needed to get a feel for Boston and see firsthand what the streets of Back Bay looked like, I turned to Google Maps. It’s amazing that Google Maps allows you to actually drop down on the street in front of a restaurant or shop and get a 3D perspective of the place and its surroundings without having to fork out the money to fly there.
It’s time to promo. What is your favorite marketing tool?
I’d say my favorite is newsletters. They have allowed me to communicate with my followers and romance readers without bombarding them with promo. They’re also a way for me to give back to them for all their loyalty.
By signing up, my subscribers are continually offered exclusive giveaways, promotional materials like autographed books, and first peeks at things like new excerpts, new covers, etc. before the general public. Here recently, I’ve allowed them to name a character in my upcoming book with a chance for their name to be mentioned in the Acknowledgements page as well as getting the whole series autographed and sent to them for free.
I dearly treasure my romance fans and this is one way for me to connect with them and return their kindness for all the books they’ve purchased and continue to purchase each year.
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How long have you been writing?
Since I was about 4 years old. I can’t think of a day when I haven’t written something or sat for long hours contemplating an epic story in my head.
How long have you been published?
I was first published in 2010 under my current publisher, Turquoise Morning Press, with my first historical Viking romance novel, Raeliksen. Since then, I’ve written and published five more books, with another five coming this year.
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.
Do you write books in series? If so, share a bit about the series you currently have published or are coming soon.
Oddly enough, I seem to gravitate toward series books. I have my Emerald Isle Trilogy, my Warrior Saga series, and I’m currently finishing the Jamett & Joseph series.
Book one, The Start of Something Good is available right now. Book two, The Road to Something Better will release in April 2014 and the third book, The Gift of Something Grand is due to release in May.
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.
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.
also writing as
Gracie Lee Rose
Lighthearted, Fancy-free Women's Fiction/Chick Lit
For those who love to read fun, wholesome, and endearing romantic stories (with a smidgen of spunk) that your mother, sisters, friends, and daughters can enjoy.
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