ABC Challenge Letter R: Raven Willoughby: Origins by Dellani Oakes


ABC ChallengeI mentioned a few weeks ago, with Free Zone, that I would be sharing something from Raven Willoughby: Origins – and here it is! I never thought I’d write a story with zombies, let alone vampires and weres. Not that I don’t like them, I just never felt the genre was for me. So, when this story came to me, I was surprised. As usual, however, I put my own twist on things, and deliver the unexpected.

Raven Willoughby is an unusual man. First, he was attacked by a werewolf, then he was bitten by a vampire. Through some twist of fate, he is now more, or less than, human. Finding that the town he’s in is being attacked each night by the walking dead, he decides that he must do something about it. With his superior stamina and reflexes, he is in a unique position to fight the undead.

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Alton & Velda Part 19 by Dellani Oakes

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alton and velda cover smallerAlton and Revanth have gone in search of Eleion. Velda tells Astrid how she met Alton. Astrid tells Velda that Revanth changed from man to horse in her bed.

The moisture from her tears seeped into Velda’s thirsty skin, and she felt revitalized. Naiads didn’t cry like humans. They shed no tears, but perhaps, if she were clever enough, she could store up a little bit of moisture. It would take only a few drops to cast a spell. Holding her friend, she wiped Astrid’s tears. Feeling the prickling of magic in her fingertips, Velda smiled.

The men knew when they had found Eleion. Though they saw nothing particularly different about their surroundings, mud is mud, after all, the feel of the air was different. The soggy peat tugged at their feet, trying to throw them off balance. Revanth slipped three times before Alton called a halt. They stood on…

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Alton & Velda Part 18 by Dellani Oakes

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alton and velda cover smallerAlton and Revanth have a chat with Old Jon about Eleion.

“Then, perhaps, our goal is to take her feet from the mud,” Alton said quietly. He sat in silence, thinking.

Old Jon and Revanth watched him for a few minutes, then carried on their own silent conversation. The old man could see Alton’s mind working. He knew the direction of his thinking, and prodded him in the right direction, guiding him to his own decision and plan. He was far more capable than he let on, knowing it was important for the men to do this themselves, without relying on him. Only with that confidence, could they defeat the being that held their women. Eleion was a challenge, but with the right persuasion, she would aid them.

He nodded, smiling as he watched the last pieces of Alton’s plan click into place. “Yes,” he said softly. “That just might…

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Among the Shine Clan by Dellani Oakes – Part 27

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The four of them walked quietly to the front door, which flew open as Karl’s hand touched it. A smiling child, who looked to be around six years old, greeted him by jumping into his arms, yelling loudly.

“Papa’s home! Everyone, he’s brought guests! Hello, Papa. I lost a tooth!”

Karl chuckled, putting the little boy down gently. “I see, it’s a magnificent gap. I’ll show you how to whistle through it later. Where’s Mama?”

The boy grabbed his father’s hand, dragging him toward the kitchen. A pretty, slight figured blonde woman moved toward them from the stove, pushing a stray lock of hair from her brow. Smiling, she greeted the men, but Fiddlestix was awarded a wary glance of a territorial female. Her mouth formed a prim line of disapproval.

“Hannah, how good to see you after all these years.”

She took Karl’s arm in a possessive grasp, dragging…

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Character Quotes from The Maker by Dellani Oakes

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character-quotes-image“Wil, I’m really worried about him.”

“He’ll be all right. Ben’s a fighter and he’s been a Marine a long time. Little thing like being love sick won’t kill him.”

Matilda couldn’t tell if he was serious or not. Taken at face value, it was horribly callous thing to say. She hit him on the arm as hard as she could.

Wil grabbed his arm, frowning at her. “Dammit, baby, that hurt!”

Her penetrating glare turned cold her, dark eyes flashing angrily.

“What did I do?”

“Of all the heartless things to say, Wilhelm VanLipsig! Can’t you see the man is in love? How would you feel if you were here and I was back on Aolani?”

Wil blinked at her, puzzled. “Ben’s always been such a player. It didn’t occur to me that he could really be hooked this time.”

“Maybe he thought the same thing about you.”


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Alton & Velda Part 14 by Dellani Oakes

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alton and velda cover smallerRevanth and Alton find out that Astrid and Velda have been kidnapped. Distraught, they aren’t sure what to do. The people of the river and forest promise to help in whatever way they can. A small dryad climbs on Revanth’s back, laughing and clapping.

“She wants to go with you,” a tree sprite said. “But you can’t, little one,” she intoned softly. “Too long from your tree, and you will die, precious one.”

The child pouted.

“We can’t leave our grove unprotected,” a wood sprite said. “But we can travel with you to the end of our territory. From there, new friends will meet you.”

“We don’t know where to go,” Alton said sadly.

“We’ll help you,” the naiad said. “Wherever water runs, my sisters and I can travel. Even now, the search is on for Eleion. We’ll find her.”

“Meanwhile,” the oak dryad said. “Let me tell you what…

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Alton & Velda Part 13 by Dellani Oakes

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alton and velda cover smallerAlton finds Revanth and sees to it that the thieves are punished. After a night in the stable, Revanth feels better, and the two make their way back to the women. They meet three naiads at the river. They bring messages from the women. Alton realizes that one of them is blind.

Why hadn’t he noticed before? There were legends of blind naiads—they were said to know the future.

“He is your spirit brother,” she stated. “Revanth and Alton—wood sprite and man-horse, united on their quest.”

“And what is this quest you speak of?” Alton demanded.

“You think it’s to find and kill the witch, Eleion.”

“But you say it isn’t.”

“I know it isn’t—not entirely. You wish for a home, Alton. A place to live in peace and raise your children.”

“Wood sprites and naiads can’t have children together—”

She raised a finger, halting him once more. “Are you…

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Character Quotes from The Man Who Wasn’t There by Dellani Oakes

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The Man Who Wasn't There“I completely forgot about your loin cloth,” Jordan said.

“No worries,” Brian assured her. “I talked to Dr. Meru about that. He said any natural fiber. I have a pair of hemp shorts that Dad got for me in Jamaica. They’ve never been worn. I rinsed them out in blessed salt water. Meru said those would work great. Even the thread and drawstring are hemp fiber.”

“Whew!” I haven’t even had time to think about it.”

“Aw, you mean we don’t get to see Brian in the buff?” Louisa teased. “I wanted to make unkind comparisons.”

Brian blushed, his ears burning. “I assure you, everything is proportional,” he shot back at her.

Andre’s eyes narrowed. “Oh, hell. I’m just as glad you’re gonna be dancing in shorts cause, da-yam.”

Brian laughed, glancing at his friend with a raised eyebrow. “Jealous?”

Andre, who was considerably shorter than Brian, screwed up his…

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Alton & Velda Part 12 by Dellani Oakes

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alton and velda cover smallerAlton has left the women in Oak Mother’s sacred grove. Following Revanth alone, he can make better speed. He crosses the river, sending a mental message to Revanth, to let him know he’s coming.

Revanth had not been well treated in his captivity. He was covered with mud and black fly bites. A stone had lodged in his hoof, so he walked with a limp. The men weren’t interested in that, though they did stop and wash him before entering town.

Horse and men made their slow way to the town. The men decided to look for a buyer before approaching the auction in town. If that didn’t pan out, they could still put Revanth on the auction block.

The first potential buyer was a wealthy merchant from the Southern Continent. He was lavishly dressed in flowing robes in bright colors.

Revanth did his best to look disconsolate and down…

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Among the Shine Clan—Part 26 by Dellani Oakes

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among the shine clan coverFiddlestix and her companions have arrived in the Harlich territory, only to find that the former leader has died. His son, Karl the Fifth, is now in charge. Unsure of her welcome, Fiddlestix hesitates.

Karl chuckled. “We have both forgotten our manners. Your friends probably don’t speak a word of Dutch, and here we are babbling incoherently while they wait patiently for us to stop.”

He switched to English, reaching across his massive desk, shaking hands first with Blacksmith and then with Buzzard. “I am Karl Fumler, but I expect you know that.”

“Dario Estiban,” Blacksmith said simply.

“Tyree Delsin,” Buzzard supplied.

“Welcome to you both. So, back to why you are here,” Karl sat at the desk, folding his hands in front of him in a gesture like his father.

“We had such a time getting here, I nearly forgot our errand,” Fiddlestix said with a laugh “I come…

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