Guest Fox: Renee Vincent

                           Renee Vincent — Fox on Horseback
                                                    by Jeff Salter

             It’s a delight to host Renee Vincent as my Guest Fox today.  I’ve been wanting to bring her in for a Thursday visit for quite some time, but she stays so busy:  She’s released three new books since I first encountered her, barely 13 months ago.  Renee is one of the few writing colleagues I’ve actually met … at a book signing near Lexington in November, 2010.  And she’s a charmer.
            I purchased and read her first book, Raeliksen, and now that I have a Kindle, I hope to acquire the other two in that series.
            These descriptions and photos of her re-done basement family room are awesome — makes me want to visit (and take my shoes off).  Without further ado, please welcome the Hound’s Guest Fox, Renee. 

                                  Newest Release:  The Fall of Rain
                                                        
By Renee Vincent

             Greetings to all! I hope everyone had a very safe and memorable holiday. I know I did, though I didn’t get to enjoy as much leisurely reading as I would’ve liked. I was really looking forward to finishing up a few books that have been sitting on my kindle for a couple of weeks now, but I suddenly found myself in the process of finishing our basement into a cozy family room complete with an inviting, ventless fireplace and full-functioning bar. Considering we live on a horse farm, my husband and I thought it would be really neat to have it resemble the look of a barn, without the horse manure, of course.

 Family Room
            We used the old barn siding off our actual barn on the walls and trim, and used barn track, handles, and hinges on the doors. We’ve found rusty, out-dated tack and tools (bits, harnesses, saws, and such) from our past visits to flea markets and auctions, and hung them up as well. Even the shelves in the bar are made from the wood slats of our old barn. In adding to the charm of the room, my collection of old hardback books is housed alongside the fireplace. Between the smell of the old books, infused with leather tack and cut lumber, this room has got to be one of my favorites in the house.

             Why am I talking about this? Because as I look at the snug little corner of the house we’ve built together, I can’t help but reminisce over the uniqueness of the items within it. Most of the things are too old or dilapidated to be used for their original intent, but, as décor, we’ve given them a new purpose. Besides creating an atmosphere of walking into an old western saloon, the bits and pieces of history dangling from every corner of the room or sitting atop aged shelves are great topics of conversation.
             As you can see, antiques have a special place in my heart. Akin to the books we write, the pieces of forgotten furniture, tossed out tools, and tattered horse tack have stories of their own. The dust, grime, and chipped paint add dimension to the object, just as personality flaws and weaknesses add dimension to our beloved characters. The weathered wood and broken hardware display evidence of a long hard life, just as scars, wrinkles, and imperfections support a character’s growth throughout the expanse of the plot.
            As I’m surrounded by all the old-fashioned objects in my family room, I hear the echoes of their tales long forgotten. And by repairing and restoring them to near perfect condition, I’ve given them new life.

 Recent Release
            Segueing into my recent release, The Fall Of Rain, I’ve breathed new life into my historical characters by giving my readers the final book of the Emerald Isle Trilogy. While Raeliksen and Mac Liam take place in the tenth century during the tumultuous time of seafaring Viking warriors and proud Irish chieftains, the third book spins a whole new twist on the series, bringing the reader full circle in an unpredictable contemporary tale of love and sacrifice.
            I hope you enjoy! 

What others are saying…

            “If you enjoy historical romances and love a story with men you would love to sink your teeth into, this is your series to get lost in. Not an ounce of disappointment to found in the pages of these books.” ~ Rose That Rules All – MAGNIFICENT!
Romancing The Book

             “If I was told I only had one word to describe The Fall of Rain (the entire Emerald Island Trilogy, for that matter), it would have to be “FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!” This story deserves so much more than just a 5 star rating, in my opinion. Renee Vincent weaves a tale of everlasting love that transcends the boundaries of time, adding just the right twists and turns to keep you guessing. The Fall of Rain is the perfect ending, wrapping the entire trilogy up into one perfect package.”
5 Stars! ~ Coffee Beans and Love Scenes

 The Fall of Rain
By Renee Vincent
http://www.reneevincent.com
 Available at: Amazon | Kindle | B&N Nook ARe Smashwords | Turquoise Morning Press

 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?

 About Renee:
            I am an author with a passionate interest in Irish and Norse history. I live in the rolling hills of Kentucky with my husband and two children on a beautiful secluded farm of horses and hay fields.
            I am a sucker for a good cup of coffee (lots of cream and sugar…and whipped cream if I can get my hands on it), great conversation, and a lilting Irish accent. I love to read and I can’t resist watching great epic historical movies.
            Find me at:
Website: http://www.reneevincent.com/ 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reneevincentauthor 
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ReneeVincent 
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3005290.Renee_Vincent

About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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81 Responses to Guest Fox: Renee Vincent

  1. Louisa Bacio says:

    Fascinating-sounding new release Renee. I don’t do many antiques myself, but once I find a piece I like … I tend to keep it!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      We don’t have many ‘official’ antiques … but we have lots of family hand-me-downs. I guess, in a way, they’re antiques … even if not necessarily collectible.

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      • Thank you, Jeff, for that warm welcome. What’s funny is, I’ve actually released four books since we first met. I have that contemporary, Silent Partner, as well as the three books from the trilogy. I do hope you get a chance to read the next book in the series now that you have your Kindle. If you do, you’ll have to let me know what you think.

        Thank you again for having me on your blog. It’s an honor to be here today.

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    • Thanks Louisa! I appreciate your kind words on my book. I hope you’ll check out the Emerald Isle Trilogy and see what the fuss is all about.

      Happy New Year to you!

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  2. jbrayweber says:

    I love what you’ve done with the old pieces from the barn, Renee. The room looks great!

    Also, The Fall of Rain sounds intriguing. Love the cover, too. Here’s to many happy sales!

    Jenn!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      I really love seeing where people have re-used old, weathered wood in creative ways. Wood from old barns is prob. ideal for projects like this.
      The girl on this cover is gorgeous!

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    • Thanks jbrayweber! We are having a party tomorrow night and cannot wait to unveil all that we’ve done with our friends.
      Thanks for dropping by today. It was a pleasure to meet you!

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  3. Renee, we’ve bonded! (Okay, IMO we already had, but still… LOL.) We have old barnwood for our pantry door and in a picture frame or two, and one room of our house has a lot of antiques high on the walls. (My favorite is the “toe hanger” – an old claw trap my husband used to hunt with that he’s re-purposed into an empty threat for misbehaving children, LOL.) We sadly lost my last horse at the age of 26, but the smell of leather takes me back to the many days I spent on horseback. Your remodel looks amazing!

    And I simply cannot wait to read THE FALL OF RAIN. Congratulations on the release and all of those outstanding reviews!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      In fact, Sarah, it was through your review of Renee’s earlier book that I first encountered YOU.
      Yeah, I also love the smell and feel of leather. Sometimes even OLD leather holds those features. I have a ball glove I bought in about 1960 and it still smells good to me.

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    • Thanks Sarah. Yes, I think you and I have bonded on more than one occasion. I cannot wait to finish your book (right now I’m reading Unforgiven) which I started last night and couldn’t put it down.

      Anyway, I so appreciate you stopping by and visiting me today. It is always a joy to see your name pop up. One day, I hope to meet you in person. Thank you for being such a great friend and supporting me with my books. I will never forget the fabulous reviews you sent out about my writing.

      Happy New Year, Sarah!

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  4. Well, Renee, we seem to have a bit in common here…I also live in KY, I LOVE my books and remaking/reusing old items in my home…and all things Irish.
    I am blown away by the number of reading material that others, espcially Jeff and Sarah have introduced my way..and will try to get to yours as I can, as you have my curiousity piqued! Meantime,I am working on my house, dealing with family reading what I have backlogged and darn! I intend to get more written this year!
    Nice to ‘meet’ you.

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  5. Lois Grant says:

    In our old house in Cheneyville, LA where the original part of the house had been an oil warehouse built in 1912, my father-in-law used old cypress from a smoke house to panel one wall behind the heater that looked like a fireplace. Unfortunately we had to weed down our collection of books to a much more manageable number when we moved to Rhode Island. I think books and book shelves make a house very homey. Love antiques, but have none. Your book sounds very interesting. Wish you success!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Sug, I’d LOVE to have a seperate room with built-in bookshelves … and the older the wood the better. We couldn’t swing that with this house, however. Adding another room would’ve broken the bank.
      As you know, I LOVE books … the real ones (with paper).

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    • Oh what a neat story. I agree….having a bookshelves in the house is what makes it feel like home. Considering my husband and daughters are all big readers, along with their mother, a home without books is an empty home.

      Hope you have a very Happy New Year! And thanks so much for stopping by for a visit.

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  6. Beautifully done! The room and the cover. 🙂 And your coffee sounds like mine. LOL The sweeter the better! Wishing you all the best and tons of sales!

    Melissa

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  7. Hello, Renee! I can count on one hand — with fingers left over — the blog posts I’ve enjoyed as much as this one. I love your new room infused with so much history. Personally, I can’t wander a flea market or country auction without feeling a sense of loss over long forgotten items that comprised an entire way of life. Hubby has to ride herd on me or I’d probably try to bring them all home.

    I’ve added your books to my list, because someone who treasures the old enough to breathe new life into it, I know will have a way with telling a story. Thanks for sharing here today. Glad the rascally old Hound ran you to earth! lol Hope to hear more of you! Soon!

    Thanks, Jeff. You ‘did good’ with this one, as usual!

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    • Runere, what a pleasure to meet you! And I don’t believe I’ve had a warmer welcome than that. How sweet of you to compliment my post and my books. I am ever so grateful and humbled by your greeting.

      If you think I tend to treasure the old, you should meet my husband. He is a regular ol’ pack rat who can’t get rid of nothing! haha

      Hope you have a very safe and Happy New Year!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Thanks, Runere. I’ve always known how to track terrific foxes.

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  8. Chris Bailey says:

    Fascinating perspective. Glad to meet you, Renee.

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  9. What a comfortable, cozy looking room! And your book sounds wonderful. I love to read (and write) historicals. Congratulations!

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    • Hello, Patricia! Thanks for coming by today. Yes, I love how cozy this room is…the other night, my husband and I sat on the sofa with the fireplace going and the Christmas tree lit drinking coffee and snuggling for the first time in our new addition. It was so romantic.

      Oh I love to read and write historicals too! Do you have any released? I’d love to check them out. What time period do you prefer?

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Welcome, Patricia.
      Always nice to see a new face on Hound Day.

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  10. Antique lover here, as well! (and I know you covet my old trunk, Renee…hands off!) 🙂 Great post and I’m ready for a visit. 🙂 ~maddie

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  11. derekd says:

    Hey Renee. Cool use of old barn wood. I had a guitar builder use some 100ish year old pine from a barn for an electric guitar body. Had all the old knots and black residue from the nails. Made for a great conversation piece. No doubt, everyone who sees your basement gets a few stories to go a long with the tour.

    Loved Raeliksen, and looking forward to reading the next two. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys historical romance.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      I have a friend who takes down old buildings and re-uses the wood. Some of what he’s recovered has been chestnut, which (as you prob. know) is very rare. He re-did his kitchen with Chestnut.

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    • The more I get to know you the more I really think we might be kindred souls. I also play guitar. i have a 12 string that my father (who also plays) bought me when I was in 7th grade. I love a man who can play an instrument.

      Thanks for coming by today, Derek, and again impressing me. And I’m grateful that you read Raeliksen and are eager to read the rest of the trilogy.

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  12. Jeesh, woman! You have been busy. The remodel looks great and I’ve a feeling it so suits you and hubby. Hope to see you soon. We are so due!

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  13. calliehutton says:

    The remodeling looks good, and the books sound great. Good luck with the last of your trilogy.

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  14. Lorie Langdon says:

    Renee, Your new space is lovely! 🙂 I’m thinking you should host an OVRWA outing soon!

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  15. Sarah Hoss says:

    The room looks fabulous and you should be very proud of it. I love antiques and we are slowly doing the same thing throughout out our house.

    Good luck on the books and I wish you continued success in the future. I love your writing.

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  16. Andrea says:

    Wow Renee I LOVE what you’ve done to your basement!!! How cool!!!!! Great post!!!

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  17. Lindsay says:

    I love how you decorated the room like a horse barn and with antiques.

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  18. Virginia C says:

    Hey there, little sistah : )

    Great post…great looking room…great books! You must come to visit me here in VA. The area in which I live is full of antique shops, thrift stores, and second-hand shops–and there is always a treasure to be found! I collect books, cookbooks, and cookware, both old and new. I don’t really need more of any of those things, but reading and cooking are an essential part of my nature. I am always on the lookout for a find, and sometimes the cooking pot will come from one place, and the lid will come from another. Old cookbooks often contain little notes or cut out recipes and other things that some previous owner tucked inside. I buy things that I will use, including cooking utensils and kitchen gadgets. There are many useful and non-electronic kitchen items which some clever person thought of decades ago, and I thank them for it! I often wonder about the previous users of my collected items, and I hope that they were happy when they were cooking and working in the kitchen.

    I can’t wait to read “The Fall of Rain”! Have a great 2012 ; )

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Welcome, Virginia. Glad you could visit today. I’ve never collected kitchen gadgets per se, but I used to pick up certain items made of wood (like rolling pins). Not to ‘use’ them for cooking or baking, but because I like wood and find it worrisome that everything is made of plastic nowadays.

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    • Thanks Virginia, and YES I need to come to VA – not just for the antiques but because you’re there. Would love to shop with you!

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  19. jeff7salter says:

    Well, it’s been an enjoyable day, hosting Renee Vincent here on Hound Day.
    Lots of traffic today, including many new faces. I hope y’all will visit again.
    For now, I’m signing off — my son’s family is in town and it’s been a long day.
    Thanks, Renee!

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  20. Your house is remarkable, Renee. I love it when you can use ‘old’ things as decore. I have a lot of them in our house, too. I NEVER throw out anything so have lots to dig through.Thank you for sharing. I feel like I know you so much better now/

    You know I always send you best wishes for lots of sales of your great stories. 🙂

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  21. Zina Lynch says:

    Love those covers and I love the remod.
    Zina

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  22. Renee – I love this peek at your home! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  23. Arriving a bit late but still, many congratulations, Renee, on the book and the re-decorated basement. Warmest best wishes for 2012.

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  24. I’ve added The Fall of Rain to my must read list. I’ve been in love with Ireland since I travelled there when I was fifteen to shop for a new horse. I’ve had two Irish horses now and they’re fabulous. I’m very jealous of your new family room. Most of my horsey stuff is in my attic right now, but I’d love to decorate my office/writing space like your new room (that would be if I actually had my own space). Best of luck with the new release.

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  25. Laurie Ryan says:

    Wow. A busy day on the blog and I am late to the party. Your new family room looks awesome, Renee. Happy New Year! I hope everyone has a safe and peaceful 2012!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Thanks, Laurie. Same to you and your family.
      Glad you could visit this week.

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    • Thank you Laurie. And don’t worry….I was late to post as well on a few responses. I had guests to entertain in this new room last night so I had lots of food to prepare.

      Better late than never, I always say. Thank you again for coming by and visiting with me. It was a pleasure to meet you.
      Happy New Year to you too!!!

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