Review & Interview: Burning Sage (Tease Allure) by Deena Remiel

August 24, 2013 Review 0

Review & Interview: Burning Sage (Tease Allure) by Deena Remiel

Sage Wilcot, an accomplished scientist, has set her sights on her lifelong obsession, studying the volcanos of the island of Santorini. Once there, though, she gets more than she bargained for. The dormant volcano is waking and shaking things up in the process.

An enigmatic stranger—from a mythical ancient city—comes to her rescue and challenges her to believe in the unbelievable. Will she take the huge leap of faith for love’s sake or stay cloistered in her fortress of certainty and solitude?

Title: Burning Sage
Author: Deena Remiel
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Burning Sage
Published by Decadent Publishing
Source: Author
Published: May 8, 2013
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 53
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Stars: five-stars

This was a short story but the author packed a lot of detail in it that made this into an enjoyable read. Burning Sage had many things in it that I enjoy reading about. First I am a science nut so I love geology and volcanoes. The story of Atlantis is also always enjoyable and just made it even better.

It seems like there are a lot more books are including science as their characters profession. If this is a trend then I am happy if not then I just happen to be running across several of these recently. Science is such a varied profession that you can choose many different things to study. I really enjoyed that as well as Sage’s voice in this story. She is feeling passed over at work for someone who obviously doesn’t know how to do the job and is just blackmailing the boss to get his way. I will not spoil it but he does get what is coming to him in the end. I loved the whole story.

The only thing I didn’t like was it was to short. I wanted to continue on in this world. I wanted to see the story of Atlantis to be expanded or the mystery of the secluded oasis on the volcano investigated and also wanted to hear more of how Sage’s co-worker got what he deserved.

All in all this story is definitely worth reading even if you are not a science nut like me because it is all around enjoyable no matter your tastes.


Deena Remiel

Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?

Deena: Sure! I was born and raised in Philadelphia, went to college in New York, and settled with my husband in New Jersey until we moved our family out to Arizona six years ago. I’m a wife and mother of two teenagers, so I dye my hair regularly. I teach English at the Middle School level, and have been in education for 23 years. I started writing seriously in 2009, and it’s been a whirlwind of wonderful experiences ever since.

Vanessa: What was your favorite scene or chapter to write, which book and why?

Deena: I have two. The first scene is from RELIC. Raphael has finally gained his powers back and is reveling in his “rebirth” while a monsoon is creeping upon his desert home. He spies Serena peeking through a window and beckons to her to join him. She does, and a very intense love scene occurs in tandem with the storm.

The second scene is from ELIXXIR. Nathanael is fighting against Satan for his soul and trying his damnedest to control an addiction to the adrenaline rush of violence. He is losing these battles. He heads to the shower, distraught. Callie joins him in an emotionally charged, heart-wrenching scene.

 Both are my favorites because they are pivotal scenes in each book. These scenes bring the hero and heroine to whole new level of emotional and physical intimacy.

Vanessa: If you could spend a day with any one of your hero’s where would y’all go and what would y’all do? Juicy details please!

Deena: I’d like to spend the day with Emmanouel, my Atlantean Prince from Burning Sage. We’d sail around the Greek islands, swim in the beautiful blue waters, feast on fresh seafood AND each other. I love sightseeing, so he would take me to all the famous ruins and then ones no one but he knows about. We’d make love, endlessly, in the privacy of his hidden cove on Santorini and watch the sun set.

Vanessa: I’m a bit of an author stalker and I love going to signings and conventions. Do you have any upcoming appearances?

Deena: Appearances get busy for me around February, with The Chocolate Affair in Glendale, AZ. Then, in March, I’m at the Tucson Festival of Books. The weekend after Memorial Day is the big ARIZONA DREAMIN’ Romance Reader Event that I co-host with Kris Tualla. For details and registration, just swing on over to

Gaele: What is the best piece of advice you ever received about being a writer?

Deena: The best advice I’ve ever been given is keep reading while writing. The two go hand in hand. While I write, I usually read a different genre. It fills my soul.

Gaele: What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Deena: My favorite guilty pleasure is watching Long Island Medium on TV. I ADORE her! She makes me laugh, cry, and I’d give anything to meet her and have a reading!

Gaele: What is the first book that you remember reading more than once?

Deena: As a child, I remember reading The Monster at the End of the Book over and over. In fact, as a child, I read ALL of my books many, many times. For more mature reading, I recall rereading the Irish Born Trilogy, by Nora Roberts, especially Born in Ice. The ending is just so angsty I LOVE it!

Gaele: What is your favorite word?

Deena: Get ready! ENDOPLASMIC RETICULUM  Go ahead and say it. Feel how it hits every point in your mouth… 😉

Lusty Penguin:  How do you cope with writer’s block?

Deena: I don’t sweat it, actually. I’ll give myself a break and watch romantic comedies or musicals. I’ll switch the kind of writing I’m doing. I don’t get freaked by it or call it writer’s block. It usually means that I’ve got a flaw in my plot or my character(s) need more fleshing out. So, for me, it’s a sign that I need to ruminate over things while doing something else.

Lusty Penguin:  Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Deena: YES! No matter how dark things get in our lives, the GOOD will always win over EVIL.

Jacque: What was your life like before becoming an author?

Deena: My life was pretty normal, fun, blessed, but it has become so much richer with friendships and experiences that I wouldn’t change a thing.

Jacque: What books have most influenced your life most?

Deena: Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Tao of Pooh, The Te of Piglet

Jacque: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Deena: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Jacque: Now for something personal. Chocolate or vanilla?

Deena: CHOCOLATE!!!!

Jacque: Do you want to stay as an Indie writer or do you want the big publisher contract?

Deena: I am open to all pathways to publishing. Most importantly, I want to write great stories that people love, with characters they take to their hearts.

Evelise: What do you do to get in the mood to write? Quiet space, music? Do you outline or do you let it flow?

Deena: If I’m in my noisy living room with the family, and must write, I put my headphones on and listen to either neoclassical music OR simply noise (rain) while writing. If it’s late at night or early morning, I set up my drink, my nibbles, and get right to it, no music needed.

Megan: How do you choose the names for your characters?

Deena: I look for names with hidden meaning or names that sound a particular way. It depends. Well, for Trinity, my female characters’ names were palindromes and simple. For Relic, my female lead had a name that meant serene or calm, which was the furthest from what her life was! For Elixxir, I needed my female lead to have two names, so when we first meet her, she has a name that sounds as harsh as her personality and life. Her real name, however, is much more romantic when spoken, showing the two very different sides to her life. In BURNING SAGE, I chose a romantic sounding name for my male lead and a short, clipped name for my no-nonsense female lead.

Megan: What is the first thing you do when you finish a manuscript?

Deena: I do a private clap. LOL I take a deep breath, tell the world, and dive back in to revise. 


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