Tuesday, November 20, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Devil Du Jour by Deena Remiel

For Adult 18+ Readers

Hey all! As you know, we get some pretty great guests on the blog, and today is no exception. I'm thrilled to share with you a rare, intimate conversation with Camille Dutton. The Book Waitress herself. She's agreed, against her better judgement, to sit with me for a few moments. Away from the monsters and worries of world and get personal. You know- have a little girl talk. Something she generally avoids. So let me tell you, I feel very privileged to have her indulge me. Here's how it went down...
Welcome, Camille. Knowing you have a lot on your plate, I won't waste your time fangirl gushing and we'll just get started. Sound good?
C: Hello. Sure thing.
S: You've had previous experience with the big bad. Do you still believe good can win over evil?
C: It depends on the day I've had, really. There are days when I feel badass and like I can take Satan on with no problem. Then there are other days that I feel like it's all senseless and we're spinning our wheels. Mostly I feel that we will triumph over the BIG, BAD DARKLORD.
S: Camille, you ARE badass. And my monies on you, but I sure do worry about what's coming next. You've faced so much already.
Do you think people are inherently good or bad?

C: Hmmm. I think they are inherently good, but something happens to them somewhere along the line. Parents enable poor behavior in their children, which results in adults behaving badly. I just dislike people intensely. Except for a token few, they continually disappoint me.
S: *whispers* I'll let you in on a little secret- we've got that in common. I'm a homebody and I really really HATE groups or large crowds. But like you said, there are a token few. And I can't live without them.
On the ferry to Shelter Island, as you approached the island, you had a bad feeling, but even in your wildest imaginings, would you have guessed what you were about walk into?

C: Absolutely not! I think if I did, I'd have run as far as I could in the other direction.
S: I'm pretty sure most of us would too.
How much do you love your little cottage? Do you plan to lay down roots there?

C: It suits me well enough. It's very charming on the inside. I do miss my old home, though. My plan was to be on the island temporarily, but I don't see that happening now. I do believe my life has changed.. forever.
S: Well I'm very attached to my hometown. Leaving it would be one of the hardest things in the world for me. Your life is most definitely changed forever, but not all for the worst- you've found Derek among are this darkness.
*Camille closes her eyes, smiles and lets out a small breath*
S: So, ghosts? Please tell us a bit about your non-corporeal library residents.
C: Well, all I know right now is that John and Betina have been hanging around the library for quite a while. I think Betina is very helpful, and John, well John is a real bugger. We're going to be seeing a lot more of each other from now on, so I'm sure they will have an impact in my life in some way.
S: They do have distinct personalities. I'm looking forward to seeing more of what they contribute to the war against Satan. And how they interact with you and Derek.
Most people would have caught the next ferry home once they discovered what was really going on. What made you stay on Shelter Island and fight?

C: I don't enjoy being manipulated and taken advantage of, and I don't like seeing bad people win, and Evil would win if I left. Satan has a thing for me, well, I have thing for getting him out of my life once and for all.
S: While I don't like being manipulated, you are much braver than I. Thank God for your grit and determination. You might be what saves us all.
*Camille waves off the thought as if batting away a fly*
S: Tell us something you love about Derek. And something that drives you up the wall.
C: Oh, Derek... *Smiles sheepishly* I love his shaggy hair and dimples. Oh, and I love how he wants to protect me. Never really had someone care for me like that before, beyond my parents, you know. What drives me up the wall is how intensely he looks at me sometimes. It freaks me out because I've never been the object of anyone's intense desires.
S: I won't deny he's very swoon worthy. I know a few gals with crushes. *winks* Of course they know he's all yours. That intensity is a bit disconcerting, but it does feel good to be so wanted. And Cam- girl, you deserve it.
Are you planning for the future or just hoping to make it through another day?

C: I live moment by moment, and hope for the best in each successive one.
S: Some say that's the only way to live your life. It would certainly be easier to look forward without all the horror.
*Camille simply nods in agreement*
S: What do you fear the most?
C: I fear death... because I know Satan won't let me die. He'll find a way to keep me in servitude and oppressed for eternity.
S: *shutters* That really would be worse wouldn't it.
*Camille shakes her head as if trying to clear the scary thought from her mind*
S: The Shelter Island Library sounds pretty amazing. What is your favorite section?
C: That's a hard question! I love the periodicals department because of the knowledge I gain, but I love the fiction department for the escape.
S: Knowledge IS power, but there is something to be said for getting lost in a book.
Do you have a literary crush?

C: I do, actually. Since I love paranormal fiction, I am totally crushing over Acheron, in The Dark Hunter Series from Sherrilyn Kenyon.
S: OMG! I've heard so much about Acheron. I'm pretty sure my soon to deliver friend is naming her son after him. Would go as far as to name your child after a character?
C: *chuckles* As for what name I'd give my child, I think if was a boy, I'd go with Peter, from Chronicles of Narnia. For a girl, I'd go with Emma, from Emma.
S: Do you have a pet name for Derek?
C: Not yet. What do you think I should call him?

S: Um...Supernatural Hottie?!

C: *smirking* Supernatural Hottie? I was thinking more on the lines of Dork instead of Derek. Not very romantic, though...
*the girls share a laugh*
S: Favorite way to end the day?
Logs on the fire, watching the stars, listening to guitar music.
S: Sounds perfect. And not a bad way to end this interview. How about another glass of wine?
C: I'd love another glass of wine!
*the mic clicks off with the sound of clinking crystal goblets. And the girls kick back to enjoy the rest of a rare quiet evening and their vino*
Shelley: Well, there you have it folks. Despite everything she's been through, Camille is quite a gal. Someone to admire and aspire to be. Of course I'd prefer to avoid battling the Big Bad, but her determination, strength and perseverance in spite of it all, shows just what we humans have inside of us all. Ok, ok. Enough with the heavy. I'll leave that to the Word Mistress, Deena Remiel. She serves up evil like no other and Devil Du Jour promises she's got more to  dish out. If you haven't already bitten into The Book Waitress and Devil Du Jour, you'd best get your orders in- this series is HOT HOT HOT- and you won't want to be left on the back burner- unaware, defenseless and cold, when the Darklord raps on the kitchen door. Mwahaha...

The Book Waitress, Camille Dutton, has luck on her side. Good and bad. On the upside, she narrowly escaped death and Satan claiming her soul. On the downside, a portal has been opened, and she can feel every time a creature from Hell crosses over to our world.
Derek Galloway is one tenacious man. His curious nature won’t let him rest until he closes Hell’s portal and finds a cure for Camille’s affliction. Satan will have one helluva fight on his hands if he tries to claim her again.
Camille and Derek, an unlikely couple, have found each other in the darkest of times. Will they find the answers they need to free her and the world from Satan’s grip? Or are they in for the longest, darkest battle of their lives? 

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 www.deenaremiel.com.




HERE'S the buy link for Book Waitress on AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/The-Book-Waitress-Series-ebook/dp/B0091ZR9SQ

What a fantastic sequel. Devil Du Jour begins right where The Book Waitress left off...in complete chaos. Derek is beside himself, unable to care for Camille. And Camille is...indisposed and terrified. And that's about all the detail you'll get from me. The events in DDJ are powerful and a bit disturbing. You'll be on the edge of your seat and nibbling on your nails.  
Deena has a knack for making scary appealing. She draws you in with her colorful prose and vivid descriptives. 
She truly is a wordsmith. Knowing what a wonderful person she is, it's amazing to see how dark her writing can be. Her stories instantly ensnare you. Daring you to devour to each and every word until the very last.
And while she captures you in her web with the macabre, here, she holds you with the smoldering romance between Camille and Derek. It's slow building, though the attraction was there immediately, and so it happens rather naturally. Albeit amidst death, destruction and impending doom. We really see their relationship bloom despite the odds against them. These two characters touch your heart and tickle your funny bone. I've so enjoyed their progression. That's not to say it's been easy for them. Obstacles come from the past and the evil they're currently fighting. Still it's a joy to follow their playful banter and growing affections. 
There isn't a lot of action in this installment. At least not as much as is in the first book. That's not to say there isn't a lot going on. Camille and Derek have no time to sit idle. Evil is run amok and they still must find a way to stop it. It's do or die. Devil Du Jour is about suspense and discovery. Heavy on the suspense- which means as soon as you read the last words, you'll be so caught up- and in shock- you'll want to immediately jump into Demon Ala Mode to see what happens to Camille. Sadly for that we will have to wait. 
Deena has thrown in a couple of new characters sure to make you smile- and a couple sure to make you cringe. You'll want to keep a eye out for them in the future. Something I'm hoping to see in the third installment is more of our friendly ghosts, John and Benita. *Not so subtle hint there, Deena*
So my conclusion?? Devil Du Jour is another intense roller coaster of emotional and spiritual turmoil. Sure to send chills up your spine and thrills to your cockles...and other regions. 
Grab it, read it and gear up for the ultimate battle. We may not know what happens next- but you know the worst has yet to come. 

DIRECTIONS FOR READERS: Each stop on the DEVIL DU JOUR Blog Tour will have a letter to collect. After collecting all 13 letters, put them all together to create a sentence! Email Deena what the sentence says and she’ll email you back with a special gift! deenaremiel@yahoo.com

There is also a drawing for a $20 Amazon or B&N gift card for each person who emails in the sentence.

Here's your letter for this stop: L
For more stops on the tour.....The Book Waitress


  1. Thank you so much for hosting today on the Serving Up Evil Blog Tour! And thank you, too, for the amazing review! I can't wait to release Demon a la Mode!

  2. Our pleasure! Like everything you write, I can't get enough of TBW. I may have a bit of a crush on Dor...er, Derek. Lol. <3 ~S