United By Books is welcoming back Deena Remiel in all her glory with her latest book you will want to get your hands on. It may not be her sexy angels but it should definitely go on your TBR list. I love Deena and all she writes. Now I will let her take over the blog ..............
How May I Serve You? The Making of TheBook Waitress …
It seems this book was twenty-eight years in the making. It was that many years ago that I stepped foot in my university library and began working as a book waitress. Yes, I am the original. I equated my role in the Periodicals Department to that of a waitress because I took patrons’ orders, delivered their books, and put them back on the shelves when they were through being of use. Put books and waitressing together and… Well, you get the picture.
Fast forward to the present, add an overactive imagination that has been fueled by Buffy, Angel, The Librarian, and Temperance Brennan from Bones, and you get the quirky, darkly intense novella series, The Book Waitress. Through this series, I have exercised my wicked bone, as well as created a couple who, although social misfits, are really quite the beautiful people. So beautiful, in fact, I have a major hero crush on Derek. If you go on The Book Waitress fan page, you’ll see who I envision as Derek. And you’ll drool right along with me. Haha!
Derek is so doggone sexy, I can’t stand it! And what makes him so sexy is he doesn’t even know it. As a child, he was fostered and then adopted by a loving, hippie couple. His looks are that of a man who enjoys the outdoors and all the activities that go along with it. But, alas, he has fair skin, so the healthy tan doesn’t stay long. His eternally rumpled, sun-bleached hair just begs to have fingers run through it.
Camille has the sexiest curls in town. Her long blonde hair always fights to be free from the chignon she wears to work at the library, while her hourglass figure leaves Derek stumbling over his words and putting his foot in his mouth. His swoony look, in turn, has her spewing random facts to control raging lust.
This couple lives the fantasy I’d had while working in the library. A mutual attraction grows between librarian and patron. Infatuation grows into something more over slips of paper passed between them. Circumstance brings them even closer together. Now this is a novella, and it’s part of a large series, so expect romantic relationships to grow organically and not be rushed. It’s a slow burn that will smolder and catch fire in due course. Enjoy the sexual tension, the release will be so sweet!
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the making of The Book Waitress series. Thanks goes to Lindsey for asking me to talk about it!
The Book Waitress
Camille Dutton learned early in life Satan was not to be trifled with. Escaping his evil clutches as a child, he’s come back with a vengeance for her now.
Derek Galloway’s inquisitive nature has led him to be an award-winning investigative reporter and straight into the path of pure evil.
When a child vanishes from a sleepy island town, Camille, its subdued librarian, becomes embroiled in Derek’s investigation.A satanic cult has plans for the child, while Satan has plans for Camille and the rest of the world. Amidst evil of the most supernatural and human kind, Derek and Camille find a shred of light and goodness in the form of their budding relationship.
First in the Book Waitress Series, the portal between Hell and Earth will be torn asunder, and it will take everything Camille and Derek have and then some to close it. Satan won’t go down easy, but nothing worth everything ever comes without a price.
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“Watch your step there, young lady.” A deep, raspy voice broke through Camille Dutton’s frantic mind. “Just up those stairs to the upper deck. It’ll be about eight minutes to the island once we shove off. Enjoy your trip.”
“Thank you.” Eight minutes? It might as well be eight years!Ignoring the nausea threatening to erupt and drown the ferry before it even left the dock, she smiled graciously. The weather-beaten gentleman, the deckhand, she supposed, nodded at her with a crinkled smile and ushered the next person onboard. With every step she climbed up the steep metal stairs, she repeated a mantra to soothe unsettled nerves.
It’s not forever. It’s not forever. Finding an opening at the bow of the ferry, she took up temporary residence against the railing, and dropped the heavily laden backpack from her shoulder to the deck. The churning clouds mirrored her dark mood and hovered dangerously low over the expanse of water. Eight minutes of deep, dark wetness would now separate her from the life Camille had known for twenty-four years. She’d never been further than eighty miles from her home. She didn’t need to travel far; not when she had thousands of books at her disposal to take her wherever she wanted to go.
Her involuntary transfer to the Shelter Island Library, or forced exile as she preferred to call it, would last only as long as it took to find a permanent librarian. Her boss had promised, and she vowed to hold him to it. With her parents’ recently passed, she longed to stay in the house where they’d infused her life with cherished moments. This upheaval at work made their absence all the more painful to bear.
Shelter Island seemed the antithesis of its name. Camille had been lovingly sheltered by her parents and insulated within the comforting walls of her town’s library. She’d read all of the books repeatedly, from cover to cover. Going to this unknown town, living in a strange home, and working at an unfamiliar library left her feeling exposed to more than just the elements. It invited all manner of creature born to lay siege on her well-constructed fortress of solitude.
The ferry’s whistle blew as its engines kicked on and thrust the boat into the Sound. She gasped and closed her eyes, pressing fingers against the cold steel that kept her from jumping ship. A gusty breeze whipped her ponytail into a frenzy of curls that slapped at her neck and cheeks. Eyes smarted and watered as a rush of air assaulted her face. She couldn’t bear to watch as her life receded into the horizon. Looking forward was just as painful, and she pondered what lay ahead.
Author Bio :
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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