Character Quotes from Ben Drexel by Dellani Oakes

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character-quotes-imageVanLipsig’s dark eye flashed angrily. He inhaled sharply, nostrils flaring. “Might want to curtail that kind of language around my guys. They don’t much like being called freaks.”

“We are, though. All of us. I’ve seen the shit you guys can do, sir. You have to admit, it’s freakish.”

VanLipsig lowered his head. “We don’t much talk about it. What we had done to us, we’d like to forget. Most of my men don’t remember what happened. They know they’re missing gaps in their memories and they know they were tampered with. You and I are unique, kid. We remember a lot more.”

“I still have gaps. I can’t remember—what’s her name?” He begged for information.

VanLipsig shook his head. “I wish we could take that away completely, but you’re like me. They’re the freak show.” He nodded at the men in the room. “But we’re super freaks, you and…

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Alton & Velda Part 36 by Dellani Oakes

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alton and velda cover smallerAlton confronts Rialta, killing her. Once she is dead, the castle begins to collapse. Fortunately, her death canceled the magic which held the memories of the women, in check.

The ran down the stairs, losing their balance and running into one another. The were all glad the stair was enclosed on both sides, so no one was in danger of falling to the ground floor.

Revanth struggled to his feet as Astrid ran to him. “My love!” they chorused.

“Let’s get out of here!” Alton yelled as the ceiling on the far side of the room fell.

Once out the door, they found the courtyard empty.

“Where’s Topaz? Who freed her?”

“I didn’t see her leave. I don’t know.”

“I feel her nearby,” Alton said. “She hasn’t left. Come out, you mystic bitch!” he growled. “Let’s have this out, so I don’t have to spend the rest of my life…

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Alton & Velda Part 34 by Dellani Oakes

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alton and velda cover smallerAided by the puka, Alton discovers Marigold’s true name is Topaz. He also discovers where his friends are being held, and that the women won’t know him.

Topaz shrieked, her eyes blazing at him. Laughing, Alton went inside. The few servants he met, scurried out of his way.

He stopped one of them with a gentle hand on her arm. “Mistress Rialtia is a prisoner. Mistress Topaz is wrapped up, at the moment, so I’m in charge. I’m Alton, and I need help with a few things. Do you think you and the others could assist me? When I’m done, you can go.”

“Go? Where?”

“Home. That’s if you want to. I can’t imagine a forest nymph like you enjoys being in the desert.”

“Not at all. You’ll release us?”

“Yes. But first, I need to get my friends free.”

“The black haired one is in the dungeon. This way.’

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Alton & Velda Part 33 by Dellani Oakes

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alton and velda cover smallerAlton finally arrives at the prison in the high desert. Revanth greets him at the door, urging him to come inside. Is it really his friend, or something else?

“Where’s Revanth? For you are not he. Firstly, he’d have told me immediately about the girls, not insisted I come inside. Nor would he have complained about my tardiness. He’d have been glad to see me, regardless of how long it took. And not the least, he can stand full sun without being burned. So—whoever you are, you have explaining to do.”

Alton grabbed the Revanth look alike, tugging so that the man’s hand hissed and sizzled in the sun. He watched as the skin blistered and smoked.

“I can stand here all day,” he explained conversationally. “The sun doesn’t hurt me. In fact, my nut brown skin likes the sun. So, unless you want to lose a hand, speak.”

“All…

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Alton & Velda Part 32 by Dellani Oakes

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alton and velda cover smallerRevanth manages to imprison Rialta. However, when he finds the women, they are under a spell and don’t recognize him. Marigold has him captured and goes to see to Rialta.

Slinging the door to Revanth’s cell open, Marigold confronted the helpless Rialtia. Hissing a curse, she pointed at the naiad, who clutched her throat, eyes rolling up in her head, as she collapsed on the bench. Convulsing, she twitched and shook. With a nasty smile, Marigold watched for several minutes until the seizure eased. A snap of her fingers, and the tremors began once more.

“How does it feel to be helpless, you vile harpy? To have your body do things you don’t want? Because someone has power over you. Evil. Vicious. Cruel. My children are grown, my home gone, my husband married to another. Because of you. May you rot!”

The door slammed shut and she stormed down the…

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Alton & Velda Part 31 by Dellani Oakes

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alton and velda cover smallerRialta comes in to see Revanth. He manages to lure her close, binding her with his chains.

“Release me.”

“Oh, no. You’re going to call your servant and then you’ll release me. And, if you’re very smart, you’ll let the human woman, and the naiad go as well.”

“How did you know?” she gasped, realizing he had discovered her secret. “Why do you think they’re here?”

“I smell them,” he purred next to her ear. Nipping her throat with strong, white teeth, he allowed himself a moment to enjoy the svelte, lithe body next to him.

“There is no way a human has that sense of smell!”

“I’m no mere human. Don’t you recognize the man your daughter, Eleion, turned into a horse? After all, you were there, orchestrating the entire thing.”

“How—?”

“My sweet Rialtia, you betray yourself at every turn. I’m no longer the foolish boy you tricked…

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Character Quotes from Lord Roeder’s Mine by Dellani Oakes

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character-quotes-image“You’re not angry that I pulled him in on this, are you?”

“Of course not.” But she didn’t sound convincing.

“Sweetheart, I thought you’d be thrilled.”

“The big names are so often disappointing when you meet them,” she said quietly, her eyes downcast. “And they have this uncanny talent for taking the credit.”

“Stan won’t do that to you. He’s not a publicity hound like so many are. He’s been around a long time.”

“Just how old is he?”

“I have no idea. Hardly looks it, huh? Good genetics.”

“That’s what Wil VanLipsig used to say as well, and I didn’t believe him either.”

That ended the conversation.

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Alton & Velda Part 30 by Dellani Oakes

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alton and velda cover smallerThe women meet their captor, a gnome female named Marigold. Velda is sure that there is a man in the next cell. They can only hope it’s Alton or Revanth.

“A man,” Velda said with confidence.

“Don’t be silly.”

“I can smell him. Is he handsome? He smells delicious.”

The gnome frowned. “How can you possibly smell him?” Frowning, she realized her mistake. The door slammed shut.

“Can you really smell a man?” Astrid whispered.

Velda chuckled softly. “Not unless he’s in the room with me. But there is a sense of male-ness coming from the room. An energy, like something I’ve felt before. My spirit recognizes it, even if my other senses do not.”

“Is it Alton?”

“No. But I think it might be Revanth.”

“The men yesterday said man, not horse?”

“Yes.”

Astrid bounced excitedly. “Do you think so? Could it be?”

“We’ll see,” Velda said…

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ABC Challenge Letter W: When Tis Done by Dellani Oakes

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ABC ChallengeWhen Tis Done is book 3 in my modern fantasy series. It’s about a group of teens, and their parents, who fight against various evil beings. This time, their adversaries are the Fēng family; the father, son Jian and his twin sister Lien. Very powerful creatures, they come against the group as they are gathered at a friend’s house.

They came from the swamp, wave after wave of dark spirits, slicing through the air with a singular hiss that set Brian’s nerves on edge, The hair on the back of his neck sprang to attention. Where were the others? Surely not all taken down with darts? Why hadn’t the wards stopped them? The spirits circled him, snatching at his hair, scratching his face, ears, any exposed skin. With a flick of his hand, he conjured a wind that scattered them like leaves. A thin, airy scree of distress accompanied them…

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Alton & Velda Part 29 by Dellani Oakes

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alton and velda cover smallerWhile Alton was distracted by the band of idiots, Revanth was kidnapped. He wakes to find himself in a stone prison, chained to the wall. And he has a visitor.

Revanth said nothing.

“Is he coming?”

“Is who coming?”

“Don’t play games. Is that misbegotten whore-son of a wood sprite coming to get you?”

Shaking his head, trying to conceal a grin, Revanth did his best to bite back on a laugh. It escaped him anyway. Something hit him hard in the face, though the figure hadn’t moved any closer. It felt like a slap of water, though it left no moisture behind.

“Tell me!”

Continuing to laugh, Revanth waved the question away and lay down, his back to the door.

“I can cause pain unlike anything you’ve suffered. You will talk eventually. Everyone talks.”

Closing his eyes, Revanth continued his charade. The door slammed shut, and a heavy bolt…

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