Tag Archives: historical romance

Welcoming Renee Yancy!

Renee-Yancy-headshot-300x289We’re happy to welcome Renee Yancy to Vinspire Publishing. Renee has written a three-book series set in the Gilded Age which you will NOT want to miss. We were enthralled from the first page!

Renee Yancy is a long time history and archaeology nut who has been living vicariously through historical fiction since she was a young girl. Now she writes the kind of books she loves to read—stories filled with historical and archaeological detail on every aspect of living in a different time period, interwoven with strong characters and a tale full of pathos and conflict. She wants to take you on a journey into the past so fascinating that you can’t put the story down.

When she’s not writing, Renee Facetimes with her twin grandbabies, and lives in Kentucky with her husband and two mutts. She enjoys reading, antiquing, and collecting pottery. To learn more about Renee, visit her website!


Here’s a sneak peek (taken from the author’s blog) at the first book in the series, A Test of Gold.

In late 19th century New York City, Evangeline Lindenmayer, called Lindy, has been raised in the wealth and sheltered splendor of Fifth Avenue.

Her social-climbing mother, Vera, has big plans plans to marry Lindy to an English duke, trading the family’s nouveau riche cash to gain a royal title for the Lindenmayer family.

Lindy’s father, unaware that his daughter spends all her free time in the library, loans the use of it to Jack Winthrop, a middle-class seminary student.

When Lindy falls in love with Jack, she’ll need all the courage and determination she possesses to defy her battleaxe of a mother and find true love.


Additions to Playing by Heart Cover

Because of its many award wins and achievements, we’ve updated the cover of Carmela Martino’s young adult novel, Playing by Heart.  So future orders will have all six seals on the back cover!


Our One-Day Only Submission Day Is

June 1st! From 9:00 a.m. EST to 9:00 p.m. EST, you can submit your young adult, middle grade, Amish romance, children’s book, or historical romance novel without an agent! Make sure you read our submission guidelines first, though!

June 1 Submission

We’re excited about opening up to outside submissions once again and look forward to reading what you’ve been writing!

Submissions Opening Soon!

Get Ready

Once every year, we open to unagented submissions for one day only, usually closer to fall, but this year, we’re opening early! The date hasn’t been set in stone yet so you still have time to get your manuscript ready. Here’s what we want to see!

  • Young adult (with or without romance)
  • Middle grade
  • Amish romance
  • Historical romance (We’re especially looking for the next great tale taking place aboard the Titanic or the Lusitania. We’re also looking for books set outside the United States.)
  • Children’s books

Please refer to our submission guidelines for complete details. We won’t accept any book that does not adhere to these guidelines.

We’ll announce the open date right here so be sure to subscribe!

Answering Your Questions About Our One-Day Only Submission Event

On October 1, 2018, we are once again opening to unagented submissions, and we’re already getting questions. We’re hoping we answer most of them here, but you can always contact us at vrpsubmissions@gmail.com with any others!

October 1st Opening

  • Can I submit more than one book? No. We ask that authors choose their best book to submit.
  • Can I submit if my book is not completed? You may submit the 1st three chapters; however, the book needs to be completed in the event we ask for the full so you may only have less than a month to finish the book.
  • What formats do you accept? We accept doc, docx, and pdf.
  • Why are you asking for a marketing plan? We ask authors to be as committed to marketing and promoting as we are, and we’d like to see what plans you have if your book were to be accepted.
  • Why are you only accepting certain genres this time? We want to include more diversity in our catalog. We are also looking to add historical romances that fit within a certain timeline as they have proven to be popular.
  • What if I get an agent after this book is accepted? Will you work with my agent? Since this is a submission event for unagented authors, the book you submit must remain unagented so at to be equitable for the other authors. You are, however, free to have an agent or lawyer review the contract if an offer of acceptance is made.
  • What if something happens, and I miss the window? Is there still a way for me to submit? Unfortunately, no. To be fair to everyone submitting, once the deadline has passed, we will not accept any additional submissions.
  • How soon will I know if my book has been accepted? We hope to have responses to every submission within three months; however, we may require additional time.
  • If I have more questions, who do I contact? You can send an email to vrpsubmissions@gmail.com.

Celebrating Our Newest Release


The Thorn Healer by Pepper Basham is the 3rd and final novel in the Penned in Time series.

Jessica Ross’ scars run much deeper than the wounds of a world at war. Determined to escape the ghosts of her past and the German influence on her nightmares, she returns home to the sleepy Appalachian town of Hot Springs, NC, only to find the renowned Mountain Park Hotel has been converted into a ‘prison’ for displaced Germans and, much to Jessica’s dismay, her grandparents have befriended one of them.

August Reinhold has not only found kinship with Jessica’s grandparents, but as they share their granddaughter’s letters from the Front, he discovers a surprising bond drawing him toward the independent and beautiful woman. Displaced by a war and a painful history, he find Hot Springs and the intriguing, Jessica Ross, a tempting place to start over. Determined to scale the heights of her bitterness and show her the power of love, August faces more than just Jessica’s resistance, but a more devious design to harm the civilian sailors housed in Hot Springs.

 Will August’s tender pursuit show Jessica the healing and hope she needs, or will bitterness force her into the hands of a ‘true’ enemy waiting to destroy much more than her heart?

The Thorn Keeper by Pepper D. Basham

The sequel to Pepper Basham’s award-winning inspirational, historical romance, The Thorn Bearer, releases on February 28th! Already available for pre-order, The Thorn Keeper has garnered positive reviews well in advance of its release.