Among the Shine Clan by Dellani Oakes – part 38

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among the shine clan cover smallDeacon suggests that they send help the the Harlichs before they ask for it. He doesn’t want to get there too late.

“They’re our allies, Mac. I’ve already spoken to the folks in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. The Carolina Clans will be getting back to me later. I propose to send members of all the Clans, under the leadership of a Shine Clan member.”

“Who is this ally, General?” MacGregor was going to get answers before he committed himself or his people.

“They’re Hannah’s people by rite of birth, the Harlichs.”

Stunned silence echoed this pronouncement. Amber looked horrified. MacGregor blinked rapidly, apparently confused by this pronouncement.

“I’ve heard of them, all right,” he managed to say, quietly easing back in his seat. “Didn’t know they were friends of yours.”

“Allies, Owaine. Unfortunately, there’s a group of criminals who are encroaching on their territory.”

“And why are we supposed to…

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Among the Shine Clan by Dellani Oakes – part 35

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among the shine clan cover smallFiddlestix has the troubling thought that maybe Varin’s motivation for finding his wife is because he wants revenge against her. She goes to Deacon and Jasper with her concerns.

“I think,” Jasper rubbed his nose with the back of one hand, “that before you come in here or make any calls, we need to debug you and your pals.”He even spoke in a slow, Southern drawl.

“Debug?” Deacon was incredulous.

“Anything you were wearing or had with you, even your sidearms. It all needs to get scanned. You aren’t coming in this room without you do that, Hannah.”

“Jasper, come on!” Deacon was incredulous.

Jasper’s dark eyes riveted his older brother. “You put me in charge of communications security for a reason, Deacon. Don’t make me remind you why.”

“He’s right, Deacon,” Fiddlestix said, her natural paranoia kicking into high gear.

The only person Fiddlestix had ever met more wary…

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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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