The Temperate Warrior by Renee VincentBook 1 of the Warrior Sagas
Genre: Historical, paranormal romance, Viking
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Number of pages: 206
Word Count: 72K
Cover Artist: Erin Sendelbach
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He was her champion. She was his weakness.
Together, they loved with wild abandon.
Gustaf Ræliksen lives by the blade of his sword. After avenging his father’s murder and reuniting with his family, he wants nothing more than to settle down and have sons of his own. Only one woman will do—a fiery redhead he saved from the spoils of war.
No longer forced to warm the beds of the men who've taken everything from her, Æsa has nothing to offer the noble warrior but her heart.
When someone with a deep score to settle seeks revenge upon her, Gustaf's world is torn asunder. He has but one vow—saving the woman he loves from the ignorant fool who dared to best the temperate warrior.
1. Where did you get the idea for the novel?
Since high school, I’ve had an abnormal fascination with Vikings, particularly those in the 10th century. When I read my first Viking romance about twenty years ago, I knew then that I’d found the perfect genre for quenching my fetish for the bold, brazen, Alpha male. And because of my dream of being writer one day, it only made sense to write one of my own.
In 2010, I published my first Viking romance. Since then, I’ve written an entire Viking/Irish series (The Emerald Isle Trilogy) and a couple of contemporaries thereafter. However, I eventually ventured back to my first love and wrote yet another Viking romance, .
2. Your title. Who came up with it? Which came first, the title or the novel?
The title came before the story line, truth be told. In (book 2 of the Emerald Isle Trilogy) we are introduced to Gustaf, the eldest brother of Dægan in (book 1) and his lover, Æsa. In this book is where their love story begins and we quickly find out that Gustaf is a burly, noble warrior, dedicated to avenging his father’s murder. While he is often crazy passionate with Æsa, he is also an attentive and generous lover. Because of this, Æsa gave him the pet name of 'temperate warrior.'
Fast forward two years later, and the title for the first book of The Warrior Sagas just seemed ideal. There was no better title, in my opinion.
3. Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
To get in touch with Sam Bond, the cover model from England who has graced two of my Viking romances: RÆLIKSEN and . He is such an incredible person and very gracious, allowing me the opportunity to . He even signed both my books for me.
4. What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
I am currently reading A GENTLEMAN SEDUCED by , and boy is it good! Like I said, I love historicals...but every now and again, I love a good contemporary. The last two books I read were INAMORATA by and KEIRA'S PROMISE by . Both fantastic reads!
5. What was your first book that you ever wrote (very first one you wrote, not published)?
Okay, don't laugh. Back when I was younger (in grade school) I was on a huge Stephen King kick. I read Cujo, Pet Cemetery, Carrie, Christine, Salem's Lot etc. So, in following that dark influence, I wrote a paranormal horror story entitled Fire and Ice and my best friend was my illustrator. I still have it, along with all my other works from childhood, but it's utter crap. In my defense, I was only ten or eleven years old.
6. What is your writing process?
I get up in the morning to send my kids off to school and then brew some coffee. Coffee is a must! Then I sift through my inbox and reply to those most urgent. I try to get them off my plate so that hovering emails do not distract me from writing. I do some promo for fellow authors on my Deep In The Heart Romance site http://www.deepintheheartromance.com/ and chat a while on twitter and facebook. Again, trying to alleviate any and all distractions for when I sit down to write. By 10 AM, I am ready to offer my full attention to my current sexy hero until the kids get out of school. Once they come home, I'm back to being just mom.
7. Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Nora Roberts, Johanna Lindsey, Catherine Coulter, Juliet Marillier, Amanda Quick, Heather Graham, and Elizabeth Lowell. Recently, I've added Kimberly Killion and Margaret Ethridge to that list. I've read EVERYTHING they've ever put out.
8. At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say?
I always put a little note in there. I figure if readers have taken the time to come out and see me, the least I could do is offer a little more of my time and write something more personal than just a signature. Usually, I talk to them before signing their book; I try to get to know them first so I can capture that moment of our conversation in the book they wanted autographed. I love meeting my fans!
9. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I love cars. Classic muscle cars, in particular, and I own a 1975 Corvette Stingray. I've even named her Lady Mara after my first Viking/Irish romance heroine.
10. How do you react to a bad review?
Like anyone with feelings, a bad review crushes me because I've poured my heart and soul into my books. Imagine being a parent and someone publicly insults your children. It's virtually the same feeling.
However, while I might be disappointed by someone's negative opinion of my work, I also realize that they have a right to their unique opinion. Not everyone is going to enjoy my style of writing, my voice, or even my plot or genre. But under no circumstances, do I ever lash out at a reader for it. If anything, I am happy that they took the time to read my book and I owe it to them to respect their feelings.
11. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I signed a three-book contract with Turquoise Morning Press in 2010 at the West Baden Hotel in Indiana at a writer's conference. Upon returning home, I visited my sister at the cemetery to share my good news, given her words of encouragement before she'd passed made it all possible. That next weekend, my husband gathered my closest friends together at a restaurant as a surprise and they toasted me on the start of my writing career. I will never forget it.
About the Author: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.
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.
Visit my website at http://www.reneevincent.com/
Gracie Lee Rose
(Lighthearted, Fancy-free Women's Fiction)
For those who love to read fun, wholesome, and endearing romantic stories that your mother, sister, friends, and daughters can enjoy.
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Romance Blog: http://www.deepintheheartromance.com/