First Meeting from Christmas and a Vampire ~ A Paranormal Romance by Dellani Oakes

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Christmas and a Vampire coverThis isn’t a first meeting in the purest sense of the term. In fact, it’s safe to say, it’s probably more like the hundredth. Rafaela DeSantos and Dirk Young aren’t a typical couple. Why? Because he’s a vampire and she’s a vampire hunter. They’ve met many times, and it doesn’t always go well. Rafaela’s job is to kill vampires. Dirk’s job, as he sees it, is to turn more, so she has job security. They shouldn’t fall in love, but by some quirk of fate, they do. They haven’t seen one another for some time, when she stumbles upon his lair.

The hungry orange tendrils leaped higher, igniting the centerpiece—three crucified vampires, each with a stake through the heart. Rafaela De Santos stood back to admire her work. Good lines, perfect symmetry, clearly delineated purpose. It was downright festive with the bright splashes of red everywhere. Icicles hanging from the…

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First Meeting from Ben Drexel ~ A Futuristic Romance by Dellani Oakes

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HeadingThis is from a prequel to my Lone Wolf sci-fi series. It hasn’t got a proper name yet, so it’s just called Ben Drexel after one of my favorite characters from the series. It records Ben’s early life in the Galactic Marines. This first meeting is a little unique, because not only does Ben meet someone, so does his best friend, Ray.

Ahead of them in line were two women that Ben and Ray had their eyes on. Between themselves, the men called the women Ruby and Ebony. They sauntered up behind them, doing their best to appear casual, although secretly hoping that the women would notice.

Ruby looked behind her when Ray accidentally on purpose, brushed against her with his tray. Raising an eyebrow, she sucked in her cheeks, giving him a long, appraising look. He grinned, touching his brow.

“Evening, ladies. What’s on the menu tonight?”

Ruby pointed…

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Character Quotes from Happy Zombikah by Dellani Oakes

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character-quotes-imageDavid Crocker has been invited to a Hanukkah party by his friend Josiah Einstien. While there, he makes friends with Josiah’s sister, Eliza. Josiah is getting progressively drunk, and has David worried, especially after he collides with one of the catering staff. David decides it’s time for his pal to sober up, but first, he wants to find out why Josiah is so upset.

Grabbing Josiah by the lapel, I led him to the secluded corner, where I’d been sitting with his sister.

“What’s up with you? I’ve never seen you this wasted.”

“Aria broke up with me.”

“Today? On Hanukkah? What the hell?”

Sitting awkwardly, he waved his hands. “No idea. Called me as I was on the way to pick her up, and said she wanted a break. What does that even mean? How do you take a break from another person? Does it mean we’ve got a…

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Character Quotes from Free Zone by Dellani Oakes

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character-quotes-imageI was twenty-nine years old when the world changed.

It began as any other morning. Tapping the snooze once too often, taking extra long in the shower, changing my mind about what to wear to work, hitting every red light between home and the hospital. I should know better.

My first day as a fully fledged physician, I walked into the ER for my surgical rotation. I’m not one of the all-stars, I’m a general surgeon. You won’t see me at the helm of a fabulous neurosurgery, or slicing my way through a valve replacement. Gall bladders, hernia repairs, and the like, that’s my line. I don’t care. I live to cut.

I want to say that the sun was shining, the birds singing, a warm wind rustling the tree branches. The truth is, it was cloudy and overcast. A typical winter day in Florida. Which meant it was about…

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Character Quotes from Shakazhan by Dellani Oakes

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character-quotes-imageWil unwrapped some trail food and gave it to her. Wrinkling her nose at the unsavory looking, pinkish gray, pulpy rectangle, she glanced over at the cooking fire with longing. A savory odor of some sort of stew filled the air.

“Whatever they’re fixing smells delicious. I wonder what it is.”

“I don’t think we had better try their food, baby. They’re silicon based. I very much doubt their diet would agree with us.”

“I hadn’t thought about that.” She took the dehydrated trail food reluctantly, breaking off a piece and adding a little water before trying to chew. Biting in, she shuddered.

“Strawberry Beef Supreme? Ugh! Who thinks of these things?”

Wil took his own package, nibbling experimentally at the corner. “Marc and I developed theories over the years, none confirmed you understand. First was that they simply do the combinations at random. Second was that they spend an…

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Introducing Reality Bites ~ A Paranormal Adventure by Dellani Oakes

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As many of you know, I participate in the National Novel Writer’s Month (NaNoWriMo) every November. I try to challenge myself to write things I wouldn’t normally attempt. This year, I set out to do a contemporary fantasy entitled Reality Bites. The main character, Jason Westlake, stars in a Supernatural type show. Fairly new, it’s gaining momentum. After an incident which sends him to the hospital, he starts seeing things he can’t explain. At a fund raiser for his charity, he meets someone he’s never known—his father, Lorne. His dad has a lot to say, most of it somewhat unbelievable.

Reality Bites cover smallThey posed for pictures with him in the middle, an arm around each of them. When it was over, the assistant asked for his name and address.

“Lorne Berger.” He gave an address in Tulsa.

Jason looked as if he’d been tasered. Going pale, he went weak in the…

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Character Quotes from Take a Bite Outta Crime by Dellani Oakes

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character-quotes-imageA man dressed in a paramedic’s uniform squatted by his side, trying to talk to him. Nothing he said made any difference. The rushing sounded in Kirk’s ears.

“It’s just food!” the young man said calmly. That got through to Kirk.

“Just food! Just food?”

“Oh, hell,” Drea said. “You’ve gotten his attention now.”

“Isn’t that a good thing?” The paramedic smiled up at her, then yelped when Kirk grabbed his collar.

“Not after what you just said. Honey,” she said calmly. “Let go of the nice young man. He didn’t know any better. Sweetheart.”

Kirk had hold of the paramedic’s shirt, dragging him forward, eyes wide, mouth open in a silent scream.

“A burger is just food,” he growled. “French fries drenched in cheap oil, dripping with ketchup. That’s just food! Vegetables sauteed in the purest olive oil, meats braised on a slowly turning spit, roasted peppers tossed with…

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Character Quotes from Death Comes to Call by Dellani Oakes

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character-quotes-image“Is it okay if I kiss her—just a little? She’s never been kissed and she—she asked….”

Cymbeline drew herself up, inhaling slowly. “If you were my son, I’d tell you adamantly no.”

His eyes held such longing, she relented slightly.

“You mustn’t push. You must respect her and her wishes and if I have even the least hint you’re going to be—a lewd male, I’ll jerk a knot in your pecker so tight, you’ll spray your own eye when you pee!” She shook her fist at him.

Trip paled, backing away from her. “Kinda harsh, Nan. I just wanna kiss her.”

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Character Quotes from Christmas and a Vampire by Dellani Oakes

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character-quotes-image“Why now?” She concentrated on the road, fighting back the sorrow that chilled her heart.

“One of those vampires you killed at my crypt was the daughter of a vampire lord.”

“And you couldn’t share that bit of information with me?”

“I didn’t know until now! I swear to you, I would have warned you, had I known. I didn’t put it together until they attacked us. That Dhampir you slaughtered, was his son.”

“His daughter was a full vampire?”

He nodded. “At her request, I turned her. Then you came along.”

“Dammit! We’re in a pickle. Me for killing them, you for helping me.”

Dirk laughed loudly. “A pickle, Ella? Really? My love, I’d say we are squarely f**ked.”

Rafaela chuckled, then laughed. She couldn’t deny that he spoke the truth. “Mama did try to keep me from swearing.”

“As did mine. It never took.”

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Among the Shine Clan by Dellani Oakes – part 30

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among the shine clan coverThe road made a sharp turn to the right, heading west instead of south. Spying a downed tree in the road, the team of riders slowed their bikes warily.

“That wasn’t here two days ago,” Dirk reported. “Heads up!” he told his men.

“Fresh cut,” Buzzard reported after sniffing the wind. He scanned the surrounding woods with his goggles. Two red blips appeared just south of the road, high in a tree. Using hand signals, he told the others.

The Harlichs moved into attack formation, fanning out. If two were visible, Dirk was sure there were others who weren’t. On his signal, one of his men took a rocket launcher, aimed and fired into the tree. The explosion set the woods aflame. Both targets fell with a soft thud. Machine gun fire erupted from the ditch to their left, and behind the tree. Bullets zinged past, by some miracle, none…

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