Friday, August 19, 2011

Picture Perfect Blog Tour with Deena Remiel

O.M.G.S.H.... I'm giddy I tell you! Deena Remiel is one of my FAVE new authors and I absolutely love all her books! One thing I realized straight away was that she loves to make her readers SWOON and Picture Perfect was NO exception. And with a muse like romance cover model, Jimmy Thomas, who can't help but love this story?  I invited Deena on to the blog today to ask her a few questions , gush a little so I hope you enjoy :)

 ** Picture Perfect **
Deena Remiel
Romantic Suspense

Jamie has it all, looks, brains, and a charming personality. But in this romance cover model’s world, those blessings become a curse when a colleague blurs the line between reality and fantasy. Will women only see him for his looks and never look below the surface to the man beneath?  Hope had a dream job, working with sexy, hot photographs, turning authors’ dreams into reality. When laid off from her publisher as a cover artist she must find her namesake in life again…some kind of hope for her future. Can a birthday wish give her what she truly desires? They say be careful what you wish for.
Destiny seems to bring Jamie and Hope what they need, each other. But a dangerous obstacle stands in their way as obsession turns deadly. Can Jamie trust in Hope’s grounded nature? Is Hope strong enough to live in Jamie’s world? Or will reality intrude on their fantasy of being together?

So I got to chat with Deena so here she is *cues clapping*

You're an amazing romance author - what made you decide this was the genre you'd write stories about?

Thank you so much for that incredible compliment! I believe that I didn’t pick the genre, but the genre picked me. As a reader, I’ve always adored romance and fantasy. When my first novel’s story came to me, I didn’t think genre, I thought what an awesome story! Then, when I was finished, I determined where it fit. Honestly, I’m writing what I love to read, paranormal romances and romantic suspense. If stranded on a desert island, I would want these types of books with me.

I've dubbed you Queen of Hearts And All Things Swoony, seeing everything you've written has made me a gooey mess - where do you find your inspiration?

*Giggles and bows for the coronation* I find my inspiration in my heart. I write stories that I’d like to see myself star in. I craft my characters and what they say based on what I and my love interest would say and do.

*insert* I SOOOOOOO couldn't resist!!

All Hail Queen Deena!

In 2-3 sentences, can you share what Picture Perfect is about with everyone?

Sure! Jamie White may appear to be the perfect hero on his romance novel covers, but when reality sets in each evening after work, he finds himself without a heroine of his own. It’s hard to be the object of every woman’s fantasies including the very models he poses with. When one of those models crosses the line, she become a dangerous threat to his burgeoning relationship with a woman who finally brings normalcy and love back into his life.

*insert* You did it again! You've made me want to reread it AGAIN! I'll have it memorized if you keep this up LOL

How did you come up with the storyline?

All it takes sometimes is a comment or keen observation to spark an idea and then off I go! The model on my cover is none other than Jimmy Thomas, and it is for him that I wrote this love story.

I loved the characters for this story, how'd their personalities develop?

I wanted Jamie’s personality to show a vulnerability that isn’t seen on his covers. I wanted to show the irony of his longing for the romance that he portrays on his covers. Hope encapsulates the kind of woman who is his perfect mate. She is strong, independent, in the “business”, and can be all things for him without losing herself.

What traits do you think are important for a heroine and hero? The love interests in your story?

They must show strength yet vulnerability, courage yet fear, and always a touch of humor.

What's something you would want readers to know about Jamie and Hope? What hidden secret do you think will endear them more?

They work well with each other as they create custom covers together – his photos and her designs. When they scour through the photos and such, they eat tons of popcorn, usually throwing a fair amount at each other. They’ve decided to make it a tradition of watching the sun rise and set on her birthday every year from now on.

What was your favorite moment in the story? Can you share it?

Oooh, that’s a hard one! There are quite a few moments that are so endearing to me that it’s hard to pick just one. I love the scene in the Urgent Care. It was a tender moment. Then, I adore the name scene! I also love it when they fall asleep on the couch together. And of course, the LOVE scenes!!!

Jamie and Hope are slow dancing, what song is playing?

Joshua Kadison, Beautiful in My Eyes. Yeah, look THAT one up!

When you close your eyes, who do you see as Jamie and Hope?

You’re really gonna ask me that, huh? Well, like any SANE woman would say… Jimmy Thomas and me!

*insert* For those who don't know who Jimmy Thomas is.... SHAME ON YOU! LOL He is an amazing romance cover model well known for the sensuality and emotions he produces.


If you could write an epilogue for the story, what would it say?

Ten years have gone by. Jamie and Hope have a successful romance cover modeling/graphic artist business. They have two kids and live at the beach full time. They all enjoy boogie boarding and building huge sand sculptures.

Any future stories in the works?

Yes! I have a 1-Night Stand ghostly romance story coming soon from Decadent Publishing. Boy, do I LOVE this story, too!

What other romance treasures can people read by you?

Currently, I have Trinity, Book One of the Brethren novel series, on sale in eBook and paperback, and Brethren Beginnings, the companion book to the Brethren novel series. Relic, Book Two, will be releasing soon from Decadent Publishing, and I’m working on Elixxir, Book Three, right now.

*insert* OMGSH her Brethren series is TO DIE FOR!! I HEART Nathanael!!

Last words?

I just wanted to thank you, Ms. Bookish Snob, for my Swoonworthy crown, for your adoration, and for putting this fabulous tour together! Everyone, come find me at!

Amazing news is....
Picture Perfect is for 99c !!
It's for a limited time so make sure you grab a copy!!

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For one lucky winner, Deena has agreed to give away an ecopy of Picture Perfect. To win, all you need do is:

Be a follower of The Bookish Snob
Leave your email and name in the comments
Answer the following question:

What's the most important trait you look for in a potential love interest?

Follow through to the final stop for this great giveaway!


Deena said...
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Deena said...

Thanks so much for hosting me today! This here "Queen" loves her loyal subject, The Swoonatic! :D Hugs,

Lizzie Walker said...

First, Book Snob, I love your interviews, keep up the great work!


Oh Deena,you know I just started reading Trinity and Woman, I wish the hell I had met you sooner. Me likey!

I remember one of the many interviews Jim has given talking about how hard it is to maintain a relationship in the industry. We were actually talking about relationships a few months ago and I have to say, he has such a positive spirit for one who has had his heart recently broken. I admire him greatly.

The fact that you wrote a story based on him (Gosh darn you, I had that same idea LOL) is wonderful. You truly are a gifted writer. I can't wait to read more from you.

Now can I have the book please? LOL Just teasing. Muwah Queen Deena, formerly of the concrete jungle, now her highness of the dessert. :-)

Deena said...

Oh, Miss Lizzie, we WILL meet one day, and I WILL give you the biggest hug in history! :) Philly girls forever! Thank you for loving my work. As for Jimmy, I felt like here's something tangible he can hold, and know that I wish for him the kind of love that can withstand his public persona.

Leanne109 said...

Hey Deena! The bookish Snob! Great interview, love the Queen of hearts pic! :D heheheh
When I was looking for my soulmate I was looking for a man who was caring, giving, funny and a real smartass. lol I found him! :D 8 years together next April!
I am really looking forward to this book Deena, Congrats on another great one!
p.s. my verification word is Pantie lmao

Kelly said...

Awesome interview Queen Deena! Loved the photo too! :) Can't wait to read this book. Especially now that I know the male role is based on Jimmy! Keep em coming cuz I love how you write! *hugs*

Denise Z said...

All Hail Queen Deena. Thank you for the fun today. I cannot wait to read Relic and a 1-Night Stand. I think the potential love interest will be incredibly strong and kind with a tender side, but certainly not a pushover, and most importantly he will not leave the toilet seat up in the middle of the night :) I absolutely loved this interview and I love Deena's writing.


Deena said...

Leanne, Kelly, and Denise, so happy to bring these stories to you! I write them for you, you know!
Hugs and snugs,

Belinda said...

Thanks for coming by everyone! I couldn't resist turning Deena into a Queen because she seriously has me addicted to her stories. Her heroes make me melt and Jamie made me ooey, gooey LOL Doesn't help that I could picture Jimmy throughout Picture Perfect. That's was the cherry on top! LOVED LOVED this book!

LMWeatherford said...

Woot! Woot! Deena! Oh wait! Excuse me...Your Majesty!! *bows deeply and falls over clumsily. Entire court laughs and Deena makes me her court jester* LOL

Awesome story!! Can't wait to party with ya girl!

Blue Shedevil said...

Deena is way too nice to be a monarch. I see her as more of a romance fairy brightening everyone she touches. Sappy I know, but she has that effect. Loooove Jimmy Thomas so much and combine Jimmy with one of Deena's books, well that's about as perfect as it gets. Oh and as to what I look for in a romantic interest. Besides an IQ over 50, hmmm, sense of humor, good abs, teeth and hair, and a love of animals.

Christina said...

lol loved the queeny picture =)
what did I look for...
well when I found my husband I was looking for a guy who was sweet, considerate and funny...I found that and so much more!
sense of humor, handsome, good family etc. I could go on and on =)


Deena said...

Blue Shedevil, can I keep you in my pocket? You are the sweetest! Luv you bunches!:)

Lizzie Walker said...

Aw Deena, I can't wait! Too bad we are not in the same RWA chapter. :-(

Does Jim know you wrote this wonderful story for him? LOL He should know and beam with pride. :-)

Hugs woman!

Tore said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. What I look for is if he is very romantic and a gentlemen. I am a hopeless romantic and believe in true love and that there is a soul mate out there for everyone. Please enter me in contest.

Anne said...

I would have to really LIKE him, not just be in love or lust. Dependablity is very important.

Chrisbails said...

Great interview. congrats on the new release. this book sounds great and would love to win. thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

Krysykat said...

Hmm I think the trait would have to be open-mindedness, not sure if I can really explain why.
GFC follower- Krysta Banco


latishajean said...

I would have to say romantic and honest are good! This sounds really good would love to read it Thank you for sharing! Im a GFC follower/latishajean

ruby95660 said...

Great post! I loved it!
What I look for in a guy is if he's in any way romantic. I would love someone who just randomly bought me flowers or something just because he loved me.
Well that and it wouldn't hurt if he was as hot as Vance =]


Karysa Faire said...

Such a great question-I'm going out on a 1st date tonight! Wish me luck. . .

The problem is, I have no idea. What's a turn on in some men is a total turn off in others. So, I guess, for me, it's the total sum of parts (and I'm not talking body!). Considerate, smart, interested in the world. The one element that's ultra important is that he adores me and let's me know it in a myriad of ways. I'm not talking puppy-dog adoration, but I like to know he loves/appreciates me.

That's not too much to ask, is it? :-)
karysafaire at gmail dot com.
What's the most important trait you look for in a p

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