1.23.2012

Author Interview: Deena Remiel

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Hosted by Sizzling PP...Today, Deena Remiel has graciously given her time with me today to talk about her up-coming book Relic.

Welcome Deena and thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me.
Thanks for having me. I’m thrilled to be here.

I've been reading some pretty awesome reviews on the Book 1 in the Brethren series. Can you give us a little background in this series?
Thank you! I sure can. The Brethren Series starts with Trinity, and an apocalyptic war between Good and Evil. We see a mother and her daughter thrust right into the thick of things because of their special lineage, and an Angel Protector who must carry out a prophecy with them.

So Relic, which is Book 2, will be available Jan. 27th. Please tell us about the story and its characters.
I think I’ll share the blurb with you and your readers for the best description of RELIC…

Raphael, a Brethren Savior, an angel with a forgotten past, has lost his power to heal and is on a self-imposed guilt trip to get it back. If he can’t, his tour of eternal duty as Brethren Savior will be revoked. On his journey, he winds up enmeshed in a web of attempted murder and resurrection all thanks to a woman he’s only seen in a photograph and by chance on an Arizona desert hiking trail.

Serena Sikes is a wanted woman. Desired by “undesirables” for a gift her brother gave her- a stolen relic with suspected healing powers. Hunted down in the Arizona desert and left for dead, she is found by none other than the angel who cannot heal.

Raphael and Serena are inexorably bound together, for locked deep within the relic’s heart had lived the soul of his long lost wife. Now, it resides inside Serena. Evil lurks around every corner as Raphael tries to keep both Serena and his dead wife’s soul alive and lustful temptation at bay.

Three souls bound together by an ancient relic, bound by a timeless gift, and bound by a love that is eternal.

Did you always want to be a writer?
I’ve wanted to be so many things over the course of my lifetime! Never thought I would say I’ve been teaching for over 20 years now, either. But being an author has been the only thing I truly felt passionate about. Someone said to be truly happy with your work, work your passion. They were right!

What or whom inspired this series?
I was inspired by angels! I just made them sexy and hunkalicious. ;)

I love to get lost in the story when I'm reading a book. Will readers get lost in Raphael's story?
Oh, yes! I’M still lost in it! There’s one scene that I frequently go to sleep dreaming about. Your readers will have to let me know which scene they think it is after reading it. 

How long can we expect the Brethren series to go on? And do you plan on writing a new series?
I have the third book, Elixxir, nearly done. Then there are three more books planned. After that, there’s a spin-off involving a grown up Hannah, the child from Trinity.

Tell us about yourself Deena.
Nope, I’d rather remain an enigma. Baaah! I will tell you and your readers that I’m an optimistic person who enjoys laughing at jokes. Can’t tell a joke to save my life, but boy can I laugh at them! I can’t live without chocolate or my husband and two daughters. Put on some music and I’ll be up dancing regardless if anyone else is. I crave alone time, but love being social.

I’m getting in the habit of asking this, when you're writing, do you prefer quiet? Or noise?
I prefer SILENCE when I can get it. If not, I put my headphones on and listen to white or pink noise very loudly.

Are you currently reading any books? And who is your favorite author?
I’m in between books right now because I’m busy writing Elixxir, BUT I usually read historical romance while I write. Then, I love romantic suspense for when I have time to get psyched out and dig in to a good long read. My favorite author… there are far too many, but I will mention Linda Howard, Jayne Ann Krentz, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Heather Graham.

Besides your own book, ate you looking forward to any new releases this year?
I had been looking forward to Laura Wright’s Eternal Captive, but it’s out now. I see Jayne Ann Krentz’s Copper Beach is out now, too. So I’m happy.

Thanks again for stopping by Deena and I'm looking forward to getting lost in the pages of the Brethren series this year.
Thank you for a great interview! Don’t worry about getting lost. One of the Brethren will be sure to find you… ;)

About Relic and its Wonderful Author


Raphael, a Brethren Savior, an angel with a forgotten past, has lost his power to heal and is on a self-imposed guilt trip to get it back. If he can’t, his tour of eternal duty as Brethren Savior will be revoked. On his journey, he winds up enmeshed in a web of attempted murder and resurrection all thanks to a woman he’s only seen in a photograph and by chance on an Arizona desert hiking trail.
Serena Sikes is a wanted woman. Desired by “undesirables” for a gift her brother gave her- a stolen relic with suspected healing powers. Hunted down in the Arizona desert and left for dead, she is found by none other than the angel who cannot heal.
Raphael and Serena are inexorably bound together, for locked deep within the relic’s heart had lived the soul of his long lost wife. Now, it resides inside Serena. Evil lurks around every corner as Raphael tries to keep both Serena and his dead wife’s soul alive and lustful temptation at bay.
Three souls bound together by an ancient relic, bound by a timeless gift, and bound by a love that is eternal.


It was the mystique of Arizona’s history and landscape that called to Deena and catapulted her career as an author. When she’s not writing romance novels and poetry in the wee, small hours of the morning or in the deep, dark of night, Deena teaches language arts to middle school students. She currently lives in Gilbert with her husband and two children, but New Jersey will always tug at her heartstrings. She loves connecting with her fans, so find her at deenaremiel.com.

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Book Except:

Serena lay asleep in her hospital bed, a small, seemingly fragile wisp of a woman. The way the setting sun cast a glow about her face, she looked enchanting and more like a delicate flower. He could almost smell the sweet scent of a Lily of the Valley in the air. He shook himself free of his musings as he moved into her room and quietly took a seat next to her.
Glancing around the room, he found the sweet-smelling culprit that had captivated him—a small bottle of perfume. Returning to gaze upon his enchantress, he noticed the bruising along her jaw line much more pronounced since he’d first come upon her. A cold, steel anger welled within him. His eyes trailed down to her slender arm outfitted with an IV, and to all the machines with their bells and beeps.
“I’m sorry, Serena,” he whispered. “You wouldn’t have needed all of this if I could’ve done my job properly.” He bristled in frustration and leaned his head against his arms resting on the bedrail. He noticed her stirring in her sleep. She seemed agitated and surprised him by blindly reaching out to grab hold of his hand.
“Mmm…I cannot die. I am immortal. An feidir le heinne cuidiu liom? Can anyone help me? Graim thu, Raphael, anam chara. I love you, my soul mate.” Serena whimpered and fell silent once again.
The chair screeched across the floor as Raphael sprung out of it like a Jack-in-the-box. Her hand stayed firmly gripped around his, and a flood of memories—well-hidden for centuries—came crashing through unbidden. Sirona, Goddess of Healing—the love of his immortal life, his wife—smiled at him as they walked in the mountains. She bathed him in the hot roman baths. She made love with him under the stars. She was lifeless in his arms as he carried her to her temple. He was asking E.L. to wipe his memory clean of all remembrances of her and to harden his heart.
Raphael wrenched his hand away from Serena’s tight grasp, involuntarily backing up to the door. He clutched his chest over his racing heart, now filled with centuries of unresolved anguish, his mind buzzed with too many questions.
Serena’s eyes fluttered open. He must have had a look of utter horror on his face because she raised her hand to her face shielding the bruise. “It appears worse than it feels,” she stated quietly. “Really. Have you come to fix the TV? They told me someone would be coming by this afternoon to fix it.”
“Uh…no,” Raphael croaked. “I, uh…I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make you uncomfortable. I’ll be on my way.” I have to get out of here. Who the hell is she, some kind of witch? Why is this happening now? And where do I begin to process what I just experienced?
“But wait. Who are you? Why did you come to my room?”
Now she doesn’t know who I am? What gives? “I’m the one who found you and brought you here to the hospital, actually. I was checking to see how you were doing. Now I see you’re doing much better, so I’m going to leave you to your rest.” Raphael headed to the exit.
“Wait! Please, before you go I’d like to say something.” He turned around slowly and stood transfixed by her glittering emerald eyes. “Thank you. You saved my life, and I’m forever grateful.” She smiled, and her eyes brimmed with unshed tears.
“Make no mistake,” he grumbled. “I didn’t save you. The doctors did. But you’re welcome for bringing you here. Now, I really must go.”
“Hey,” Serena shouted as he walked out the door, “what did you say your name was?”
He stopped but couldn’t face her again. “I didn’t.”

Be sure to catch my review of Relic, which will be posted shortly.

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2 comments:

  1. Deena... I'm getting more and more excited as the release date gets closer!!! Eeeek!!!!!!

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  2. You know what, April? Me, too! LOL Can't wait to share the day with you!

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