Renee Vincent Interview & Giveaway

November 30, 2010 Feature, Giveaway, Interview 0

Today I am pleased to have Renee Vincent with us again. Renee was with us before after Raeliksen came out, if you would like to read more of that interview and more about Renee please stop by here for the previous interview. Recently book two of the Emerald Isle Trilogy, Mac Liam cam out. Renee is here to tell us a little about it and hopefully to share some details on what we can expect from her in the future.

To start would you mind telling the readers a little about yourself?

I’d love to, Marissa. I am a Kentucky girl who loves medieval history and anything that includes a sword-wielding hero!

I have written a trilogy set in 10th Century Ireland about a love triangle between a Norse warrior, an Irish princess, and a common Irish hunter. The first in the series is Ræliksen, and now the second book has just been released this week entitled Mac Liam.

Here’s the blurb:

A tortured soul…

Breandán Mac Liam, the strapping young hunter from Ireland’s lush forests, is in love with Mara, an ineligible beautiful princess. For seven long years, he has been vividly haunted by her memory, taunted by the throes of his heartache. And not even the thought of her marriage to a Northman can extinguish the fierce, burning desire running rampant through his heart and soul.

An innocent heart…

Mara, the spirited Connacht princess, has no idea she is the object of the Irishman’s longing. She is living out her days on Inis Mór, raising a troubled son and trying to endure the cruel loneliness that afflicts her.

A deadly secret…

Ordered by the king on his deathbed, Breandán must return to Mara and bring her through the perilous lands of Connacht to fulfill her father’s last dying wish. But as their worlds collide, Breandán not only finds himself wrapped in the arms of Mara’s embrace, but thrown into a struggle to defend his honor.

With Mara caught between the family she loves and the father she knows, can Breandán uncover the mystery of her past and still protect her from a secret that threatens them all?

So far I’ve written only historical romances, but the next book will be a contemporary novella called Silent Partner, which will hit the market in April 2011. I’m very excited to write something different, something lighter in both plot and conflict. So far, writing it has been a refreshing change.

Your newest release is Mac Liam, what can you tell us about it that we haven’t heard before?

Mac Liam is a continuation of the love triangle between Mara, Dægan Ræliksen, and Breandán Mac Liam. And while this story is chiefly about Breandán’s love for Mara, there are other love interests that come into play, particularly one from a character barely mentioned in Ræliksen. His appearance adds to the twist at the end and adds some spice to those who love the sons of Rælik.

Can Mac Liam be read without reading Ræliksen or do you suggest reading them in order?

Indeed, Mac Liam is not a stand alone novel. It begins where Ræliksen left off, only seven years later. And there are things in Ræliksen that are brought up, but not resolved until Mac Liam. Without that knowledge, the reader may be lost, or at the least, may not understand the full impact of the climactic ending.

What can you tell us about Breandán Mac Liam?

Truthfully, this man has stolen my heart. Breandán is not the Alpha hero we are used to with Dægan Ræliksen, but he’s got this amazing sensitive side that will hook you into craving his innocent appeal. And since Mac Liam takes place seven later from when we first met him in Ræliksen, Breandán has also grown up a bit. He’s become more of a man with a hard-muscled body to match.

To let you in on a little secret, there’s a scene in particular where Mara walks in on Breandán changing his clothes and gets to see first hand just how much he’s grown into his body.

How is Mara different in Mac Liam than she was in Ræliksen?

She’s different because she is a mother now, raising Dægan’s son. Her priorities are no longer with herself, but with the needs of her child, and I think, with some of the readers being mothers, this is a natural change they can surely relate to.

However, she is still a woman who can take care of herself. We saw that in Ræliksen, and she’ll not stray from that in Mac Liam. In fact, there’s a very cute scene where Breandán is teaching her how to shoot a bow, and though Breandán’s intentions are completely innocent, Mara’s mind runs wild when he is pressed up against her from behind as they shoot the first arrow together. I really liked this part of the book.

Which scene from Mac Liam book did you enjoy writing the most?

The water scene where Breandán is bathing and Mara happens upon him. Throughout Mac Liam, Breandán is always the gentleman, the friend. In this scene, he shows Mara he can be so much more—if she’d just let her heart open up to him.

What is next in the Emerald Isle Trilogy? Is there a release date set for the final book?

The final book is called The Fall of Rain and it will release in December 2011. Surely, everyone has heard the saying, “coming full circle” and, with the last book in the trilogy, I aim to do just that. To me, true love has no limitations, nor will it hinder how far a man would be willing to go to prove his love. I really can’t help but feel this trilogy will surprise everyone and reaffirm what true romance is all about.

Now a question to really put you on the spot. Do you have a favorite between Daegan Raeliksen and Breandán Mac Liam?

No. I love them both. I love Dægan for being the charming yet domineering Alpha male warrior, and I adore Breandán for being the handsome skillful hunter who is not afraid to step up and be an Alpha male when the need arises. Both men are endearing and selfless, brave and valiant, but their differences make it hard to choose one over the other.

I have to say, I am very curious as to whom the readers’ would pick after reading the two books in the series. And for that, I have set up a forum where readers can discuss this topic with me.

Giveaway: Renee is giving away an ebook copy of both Raeliksen and Mac Liam to one lucky winner. Leave Renee a question below to be entered. Contest ends Sunday, December 5th at Midnight. One lucky winner will be chosen and announced on Monday, December 6th. Good luck and thank you in advance to everyone for being here.

No Responses to “Renee Vincent Interview & Giveaway”

  1. Renee Vincent

    Thank you Marissa so much for having me on your blog this week. Your interview questions were a nice change. They were wonderfully thought out and very specific. I enjoyed that immensely.

    Thank you again for having me!

  2. Tina Donahue

    I love a sensitive side in a man. Makes them seem even more virile and definitely drool-worthy. Many happy sales, Renee – your books are awesome!

  3. Suzanne Barrett


    I would be interested in what you did to research both books. Reading and travel? I noticed you visited the Gaelic Board (I am also an infrequent visitor).

  4. Renee Vincent

    Suzanne: Thanks for visiting! And yes, I did lots of research for this trilogy…whether it was buying my own research books, Ireland picture books, Ireland travel sites, asking questions on the Gaelic forum, and of course making lasting friendships with several native Irishmen. They’ve even come to visit me in the past two years and have stayed with us in our home. They have been the most help since they were born and raised there.
    Thanks again for asking…great question!

    Sarah: Hey sweetie! So glad to see you here! And I am so excited this book sounds good to you. Good luck in the contest!

  5. Anonymous

    Hi Renee

    So do you base your heros on the delickable Gerard Butler? Hehe!!!

    I enjoyed your interview by the way. I am also really fond of the sword-wielding hero…yum!!

    in Germany

  6. The Viking Princess

    Yes Renee I have tears in my eyes while I type this. I love the scene with Mara standing at the cliff’s edge with Tait admiring the second most colorful sunset. “I miss him,” was all he said.

    I love Tait so much. He is such a true friend to Daegan…Although he is not perfect…none of use are.

    So many special moments are right there on those cliff’s edge in both books. I’m so glad that on both book covers (Raeliksen and Mac Liam)those cliff’s are included. Did you have a say in that or was it just a coincidence?

  7. Renee Vincent

    Valerie: Why yes, indeed one of my heroes is based on Gerard Butler! He was my muse for Dægan Ræliksen: my Norse warrior. If you’ve ever seen Beowulf and Grendel, you’d think no better man could play a viking quite like GB!
    Thanks for dropping by!

    Jo Ann Great question! for my characters’ names, I did some research into the time period and into the origin of names, both of Irish and Viking. So, my Norse characters all had either Norwegian or Scandinavian origins…some coming from mythology like Nanna…Dægan’s mother. “Ræliksen” however, was just a name I completely made up…I loved the æ combination and the sound of Rælik. It just simply came to me one morning.

    Estella: Another great question! I can’t really say why I chose the 10th century exactly…except that in my research of the Vikings, I came to prefer the history of that time period versus any other. Plus, I loved the conflicts and intermingling the Vikings had done with the Irish as opposed to the social integration with other European countries. So it was just a time and place I seemed to gravitate toward.

    Viking Princess: You have no idea how happy you have made me tonight! Out of all my fans, I was very worried about how you’d feel about the second book considering you are such a die-hard Deægan Ræliksen fan. Reading your words brought tears to my eyes…knowing you cried at the same places I did when I wrote it.
    And yes, the cliff significance was on purpose and I wrote it that way because that is how I wanted to bring the characters all together. For me, standing on Inis Mór’s cliff edge would be the most spectacular feeling in the world. To stand where Dægan and Mara once stood, where Breandán and Mara also stood….to see, one day, a beautiful sunset from that very cliff! I just can’t wait!
    Thanks so much coming here and being with me today! It was such a joy to see your face and hear what you had to say about Mac Liam. Thanks for making my night!

  8. Sissy

    I am so excited that Mac Liam is finally here. I cannot wait to read it. Was if hard to bring the reader up to date with the seven year gap? And what made you decide to go forward by seven years?

  9. Renee Vincent

    Sissy: Man, you all are dishing out some really great questions! I love them!
    To answer your question, it was a bit hard to tie up that gap..but it was necessary. I didn’t want Breandán to be with Mara again while she was in her deep despair. I know what it feels like to grieve, (over the loss of my sister a few years ago) and it’s a dark, dreary place to be. Plus, I didn’t have the heart to revisit that place in my own writing, nor would I want to force Mara to feel something for Breandán, which wouldn’t be realistic.
    However, the gap of seven years was also intended for two reasons:

    #1: so Mara would be more apt to move on and naturally feel things for Breandán that she wouldn’t normally have before.

    #2: in history, the king of Connacht dies in 923AD…and I wanted to stay true to history as best I could.

    Thanks so much Sissy for your question. Good luck!

  10. Renee Vincent

    Deanna: Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness! You are always there when I least expect it and it certainly puts a smile on my face. Thanks for coming here.

  11. Jasmine1485

    If a historical fact or event doesn’t match up with what you had in mind for your story, do you alter the story to suit the real events or change the names and dates in your novel to better suit your story? Haha, I reworded that twice and that’s as clear as I can make it I’m afraid! Sorry 🙂 I just find it interesting when I read about authors tweaking the dates or details of historical events to suit their story better, and wondered if you had.

    Kate1485 at

  12. Renee Vincent

    I do not like to “tweak” dates or historical facts at all…I will always try to work my story around it.

    However, there are two kings in particular that we get to “meet” and know in the trilogy, and the way they rule their province or the way I depict them with certain character traits is by no means taken from actual facts. That part of the story is a complete work of fiction, and to make sure that no one comes back and says the King of Connacht from that time period would not have acted in that manner….I’ve altered his name a bit. In real history, his name is Cathal Mac Conchubhair. I changed it to be Callan Mac Conchubhair.

    Again, I did the same with another king (one I do not want to mention as it will ruin the ending) since we get to speak with him and get to know him on a more personal level.
    Aside from that, dates and historical events were not altered in this trilogy. In fact, the battle between the Vikings and Irish in the first book actually happened in history and the result was just the way Dægan described…with many Irish being horribly defeated including 12 Irish kings.

    Great question, Jasmine!!!

  13. Renee Vincent

    Hmm…I can honestly say no one has ever asked me that question before, Pink. And I don’t think it’s a case of why do I right, but why not?

    for me, it has always been something I’ve done. Ever since I was little, I wrote, whether it was short stories in notebooks, songs, poems….I love to do it, and it’s as natural as breathing.

    I’ve always got a story in my head, a scene playing over, and until I get it down on paper, it doesn’t let me rest.

    My problem is trying to stay focused on one story. Often times, while I am writing one book, other ideas for different stories creep into my brain beyond my control. It can be frustrating sometimes but I love it.

    I love the industry and the idea of giving people a great tale to sink their teeth into and always remember even after they open someone else’s book.

    Thanks for asking, Pink.

  14. joey

    Marissa, great interview…fabulous questions. Thank you!

    Thank you for taking time outta your busy schedule to participate in this interview, for your insightful and thoughtful answers and for the contest.
    Now, for my question…do you, as a published author, find yourself, subconciously,critiquing and editing other author’s books when you are reading for your own pleasure? Or, can you still read just for the reading enjoyment? and what type of books do you like to read?
    Oops! sorry, I was supposed to ask one question…*grin* got a little carried away.
    Thanks again for your time and for the contest….
    Thanks to Marissa too for the great blog.


  15. Renee Vincent

    Joey, I really like your question. And yes I can enjoy another author’s book without critiquing too much, however, if it’s a historical and I find mistakes in facts, then it’s hard for me not to correct those in my mind.
    But overall, I do not get too worked up over another’s work as I know how difficult it is to write without flaws.

    My favorite genre is historical, but I will read paranormal and contemporaries as well.

    Thanks so much for entering my contest! Sorry I didn’t get to answer you until today…but don’t worry, you have been entered in the contest. You made the cutt-off, I didn’t haha.

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