Character Quotes, Dellani Oakes

Character Quotes from Fly by Night by Dellani

character-quotes-image“What’s wrong, Be-Be?” Lori asked.

“I guess I lay in the wrong position too long. I’ll be okay. Just need another hot bath.”

“You can do that right now. Jason, you and Daddy carry her upstairs. Lori, can you help her? The chicken is almost done and I’m still caramelizing the onions.”

“Yeah, I can handle this. We both know I’m too dangerous to be allowed in the kitchen alone.”

Charlotte Donovan laughed a little. “That’s true enough, child. If you need me, holler.”

“Will do. Come on, feeb,” Lori said. “Let’s get your sorry carcass in the tub. Lead on, McDuff,” she said to Jason.

The men carried Blythe upstairs as if she were a doll. Jason set her on the closed toilet before backing out of the room. Lori helped Blythe undress as the hot water filled the tub. She added epsom salts to the water and held Blythe while she lowered her aching body into the water.

“Too bad you don’t have a jacuzzi,” she commented. “That would probably feel good.”

“It would probably beat me to a bloody pulp.”

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Why You Should Read to Your Unborn Baby

 

Reading to your unborn baby brings many benefits – both for the parent and the baby. The relaxation and bonding you feel when you share reading time with your baby are undeniable. Did you know that, according to science, reading to a baby in the womb helps the baby develop early language learning?

It is well-known that reading helps with language development and word recognition in small children. It creates a positive bond between the child and the parent, providing a special unity feeling before bedtime. Knowing that all of these also apply to unborn babies in the womb gives you the ability to get a step ahead of bonding with your child, and preparing them for the outside world.

Let’s list the most important advantages of reading to your unborn baby:

Reading to Your Unborn Baby Might Make the Baby Smarter

The University of Oregon conducted a study during which they gave pregnant mothers a recording containing a made-up word which they would play to their baby near the end of pregnancy. After they were born, the babies were able to recognize the made-up word and some of its variations. They measured the neural signals the babies emitted to show that they realized the sounds of the fake word. The most cogent response came from the babies who heard the recording most frequently.

In conclusion, the study suggests that infant language learning begins before the baby is born.

Reading to Your Unborn Baby Reduces Maternal Stress

Many studies show reading to your baby in the womb causes the baby’s heart rate to drop, mainly when it’s coming from the mother’s soft, relaxing voice. Reading to your baby doesn’t only help the baby relax, it also helps reduce maternal stress. It will help you relax and slow down, and thoroughly enjoy the early fun moments of parenting and bonding with your child. Nothing reduces stress as much as happiness and love do.

Bonding With Your Unborn Baby Through Reading

Even while your baby is still in the womb, you can experience the bond that usually starts developing after the child is born. All that it takes is for mommy and daddy to read to their baby prenatally. Reading is also a fantastic way for other family members to bond with the baby.

Very often we get caught up in preparing for new life on the practical side, that we forget about the benefits of early attention to the child. Reading to your unborn baby builds a fantastic foundation for future loving relationships.

The Best Books For Your Unborn Baby

It is the process of prenatal reading that matters more than the type of book you choose. However, you apparently shouldn’t read a mystery novel or a thriller while trying to bond with your unborn baby. Reading to your baby should be relaxing and loving, and not stressful in any way. The best books to choose are classic children’s books with cheerful characters and exciting stories. Choose a traditional book or a contemporary, funny fairy tale – whichever you find more interesting. The important thing is to feel calm and loving during the reading process, and you can rest assured it will benefit both you and the baby.

Amanda M. Thrasher

 

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Art Work, Simple Things by JD Holiday

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© 2018 by JD Holiday

This is a painting I did for my latest book, Simple Things, a middle grade Christian based story.  It will be published by Dancing With Bear Publishing.

 Simple Things is about the Cameron children worried that they will not get the toys they asked for for Christmas because their mother is a last minute shopper. The uncle that Trisha Frankel has lived with most of her life with has died. The only option she has is to find the father she does not know, even though her uncle said, “He was no good.” Trisha takes her dog, Mitch to search out her father and find out what he is like for herself. Along the way, her dog is stolen. The most likely suspect in the dog’s disappearance is a man connected to the Cameron children Phoebe, Tucker, and Kirby. Phoebe, Tucker, and Kirby are busy trying to figure out if their Christmas gifts will arrive. But helping Trisha makes them realize that sometimes the lives of others are more important than their own interests, especially at Christmas time.

 

~ JD Holiday

Character Quotes, Dellani Oakes

Character Quotes from Playmates by Dellani

character-quotes-image“On that note, the third wheel is going to stumble his well toned ass to bed. I will see you first thing in the morning. Well, first thing in the noon. You’re my first appointment. I put my clerk and paralegal on it, and they will be working furiously as of eight a.m.,” Alistair said.

“You’re a harsh task master,” Max said. “You get hammered and sleep in.”

“That’s because I’m the boss,” Alistair declared. “Try not to make her scream too loudly,” he cautioned Max. “Or I might be tempted to join you.” He wandered to the guest room.

“He is kidding, right?” Max asked anxiously.

“Mostly.” Rada smirked, jumping away when he made a grab at her.

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Character Quotes from Rebound by Dellani

character-quotes-imageMaris stood there in the new dress. It reminded me of the flapper dresses of the Twenties. She’d chosen a rope of black glass beads for her neck, with matching earrings. Black gloves to her elbows gave her an old world air. She had on a pair of sexy black shoes and black stockings that made me salivate. I could imagine myself pulling them slowly down—preferably with my teeth.

She took a step in the room, closing the door behind her. Her lips on mine prevented me from telling her how beautiful she looked, but I don’t think either of us cared at that particular moment.

“You look edible,” I gasped, still trying to catch my breath. “Incredible,” I amended. “Absolutely incredible.”

Maris laughed, holding me at bay with one gloved arm. “You meant the first too,” she said.

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Diana Milne – A Memory by Chuck Lovatt

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Today, we share our space with Author Chuck Lovatt as he shares his own memories of our beloved Diana Milne.

I first met Diana by way of a book club we both belonged to, in the summer of 2016. She wrote a review for my debut novel, and we became friends shortly thereafter. Since then, she went on to write reviews for all my books, but it wasn’t until I read what she’d written about a collection of some of my short stories, that I realised that she had known of me for quite a bit longer, having stumbled across a micro-short of mine by accident on the internet two years earlier. She’d even had it framed and hung on the wall of her den. Only Diana would think of doing something like that. I finally got to meet her in person last year while I was visiting my girlfriend in England, and I was delighted to find that she was exactly the same person that she was on social media. Helen and I had made plans with her to meet up again later this month, but, tragically, it wasn’t to be.

I think we all know how funny Diana was, and the more irreverent the humour the more she loved it. Who among us hasn’t laughed at her wit until the tears were running, and our sides ached? Who among us wasn’t drawn by her formidable intelligence, and knowledge of the arts? But the thing I’ll always remember most about her, my dearest of friends, was her kindness and generosity. She was passionate about literature, and loved authors. If she believed in a book, she would move heaven and earth to give it a helping hand, her enthusiasm often carrying her on until she had created so much work for herself that she would become buried in it up to her ears.

Finally, on a slightly different note, who recalls that time a few months ago when that damned heron raided her pond, taking all her fish? She was devastated. Those fish were the continuation of generations of fish she’d had for many years with her husband, Ian, and they meant a great deal to her. The outpouring of sympathy from her friends – all you beautiful people – I think was only a small measure of our own sorrow on her behalf. That’s how much she meant to us. However, as undeniably tragic as that story was, it turned out that there was one silver lining, after all. Not all of those fish were taken, there was still one last, tiny little fry that she discovered and was able to nurture into maturity, and so continue the line. She named him Josiah, of all things, after a character in one of my series. Since then, she added an Elizabeth to keep him company, and a Fat Sally, and Daniel besides. I think, in its way, that was the highest compliment I’ve ever received. But that was Diana, wasn’t it? She never made life about herself; she was always on the lookout for ways to put a smile on someone else’s face.

She was always ready to listen and she never judged.

There’s so, so much more that I could write: about our friendship, but the thing is, I’m not ready to just remember, or put her in the past. Her presence is still so real.

© Chuck Lovatt 2018

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DIANA MILNE: A FRIEND TO INDIE AUTHORS EVERYWHERE.

DIANA MILNEDIANA WAS A SPITFIRE WITH A LOVE OF BOOKS AND READING. SHE CHAMPIONED AND READ THE WORKS OF MANY AN INDEPENDENT AUTHOR SUCH AS MYSELF. I MET DIANA ON FACEBOOK AFTER I WON A CONTEST –SHE GRACIOUSLY INTERVIEWED ME AROUND THE TIME I RELEASED HOLMES IN AMERICA.  SHE WAS WONDERFUL IN THE WAY SHE SHED LIGHT ON US INDIES AND CALLED ATTENTION TO OUR WORK. THANK YOU DIANA YOU WILL BE MISSED

HERE IS OUR INTERVIEW

Hi Karen, I wouldn’t have discovered your wonderful, quirky-humoured mystery books if you had not entered (and won) a recent Review Blog prize draw, starting us both talking. Now I am hooked and I am reading them as fast as I can buy them and I thought it was a good idea to talk to you here and introduce you to a much wider audience.


First things first I am sure there is a question that you have always longed to be asked. Now is the chance. Ask your own question and answer it! 

MY QUESTION FOR ME? What would I do for a Klondike bar?? Do an open mike comedy night
(She is serious, folks! Has anyone heard her sing? Maybe we should just club together and buy her one!)
What would I do with it once I got it???-eat it of course!

If your latest book HOLMES IN AMERICA- was adapted into a TV show or a film, who would you like to play the lead role?
I would put Ricky Gervais in the lead role because Nigel Holmes is as politically incorrect as he is!

What made you choose this genre?  I have always loved mysteries and I love comedy so I thought I would combine them.
How do you get ideas for plots and characters? In my head, really, and people have given me some really neat ideas that I might use.
If, as a one off, (and you could guarantee publication!) you could write anything you wanted, is there another genre you would love to work with and do you already have a budding plot line in mind?
I have got a few romance/romantic suspense stories in progress.

Was becoming a writer a conscious decision or something that you drifted into (or even something so compelling that it could not be denied?) How old were you when you first started to write seriously.
It was a huge drift. I was home sick and very bored. I started writing what is now ‘Deadon Arrival’ in 2005 and just kept going – it’s like potato chips; you can’t just eat one!
Marmite? Love it or hate it? MAKES NASTY HACKING SOUNDS—UM HATE IT. (No need to be polite, Karen, say what you really think!!!)
Do you have any rituals and routines when writing? Your favourite cup for example or ‘that’ piece of music…??
My ‘Please don’t annoy the author’ mug, full of coffee or tea. 70s Classic rock or oldies.

I promise I won’t tell them the answer to this, but when you are writing, who is more important, your family or your characters?
Characters rule!
Other than writing full time, what would be your dream job?
Stand up comedian. I am also an author/book promoter.
Coffee or tea? Red or white?
Both coffee and tea-sorry can’t choose. Red as it is bold and vibrant like my characters

How much of your work is planned before you start? Do you have a full draft or let it find its way? I write by the seat of my pants  -my characters write it I am just the typist

If you had free choice over the font your book is printed in, what font/fonts would you choose? COMIC SANS MS

Imagine that you could get hold of any original source document. What would it be?Romeo and Juliette.

Have any of your characters ever shocked you and gone off on their own adventure leaving you scratching your head??? If so how did you cope with that!? I had it planned in my nano last year – Playing Dead – that the thugs would abduct my protagonists, but one of them took off and made a deal with the badasses.

How much research do you do and do you ever go on research trips?

Not much, I am lazy -LOL- mostly online, but I did go down to Toronto to research one area that would play a prominent part of the story!

Fiction authors have to contend with real characters invading our stories. Are there any ‘real’ characters you have been tempted to prematurely kill off or ignore because you just don’t like them or they spoil the plot?

My editor has a nemesis named Stella so after hearing stories about her I gave her a part but she is so annoying I had her kill her ex husband and sent her off to jail. I have killed off a few people on paper that just needed it.


Are you prepared to go away from the known facts for the sake of the story and if so how do you get around this?

It’s called creative license I believe. I get close to the truth but the facts get warped sometimes

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Do you find that the lines between fact and fiction sometimes become blurred? Truth is stranger than fiction sometimes.

Have you ever totally hated or fallen in love with one of your characters?

I love Jeff Gibbons, my cop in my series; he is married but a girl can dream.

What do you enjoy reading for pleasure? It’s easier to say what I don’t like — HORROR!

What drink would you recommend drinking whilst reading your latest book?

I don’t recommend drinking anything as you might spit it out while laughing, but wine is good.

Last but not least… favourite author? James Patterson, Jonathan Kellerman and many more

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Your answers have been as fun and funny as your books, Karen, so now I will tell people a bit about you:
Karen Vaughan lives in Peterborough Ontario with her husband Jim and a cat named JJ. She is the mom of a 26-year-old daughter and four grown stepchildren, a newborn granddaughter and a 6-year-old grandson named Izak who could very well be smarter than a fifth grader. DEAD COMIC STANDING is her second novel. Her first novel DEAD ON ARRIVAL garnered praise from friends, family, and online gamers. She also enjoys doing crafts and other hobbies. Her third book and sequel to DEAD ON ARRIVAL is called OVER HER DEAD BODY. DAYTONA DEAD is the third in that series and was released in May 2013. Other than writing Karen loves to read, do crafts and play online games. Currently, she hosts an internet radio show called WRITERS ROUND TABLE since January the 14th, 2014. She has a quirky sense of humor and shows this in her mysteries and her side hobby of stand-up comedy. DEAD MEN DON’T SWING AND JAMAICA DEAD WERE PUBLISHED in January 2015. LEFT FOR DEAD AND HOLMES IN AMERICA WERE PUBLISHED IN 2016. Karen is currently working on her 7th book in the Laura and Gerry series DEAD TO WRITES.    

 

© Diana Milne January 2017 © Karen Vaughan February 2017

 

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Memories of Diana by Dellani Oakes

   

Like Karen, I was also fortunate enough to be interviewed by Diana. Before, and after, we shared many a laugh. I loved her sense of humor and love of a good, sarcastic turn of phrase. We had more than one conversation simply finding the laughs in life. Though I never had the chance to meet her in person, her passing has left a deep void in my life. I shall miss her.

Below is her interview with me, when I released my anthology, The Lone Wolf Tales. If you’d like to visit her page The Review, and read it there, click here.

I am sure that you are tired of being asked the usual questions that would be interviewers ask authors, so hopefully this interview is an interview with a difference and I have come up with some unusual questions!

First things first I am sure there is a question that you have always longed to be asked. Now is the chance. Ask your own question and answer it!

If you could kiss any man in the universe (or furry alien, we don’t want to discriminate) who would it be?

If I could be assured I wouldn’t get my head removed from my body by his wife, I’d have to say Wil VanLipsig, the Lone Wolf. He’s wickedly sexy, dangerously handsome and everything a woman could want—provided she wants a man who knows a thousand ways to kill and disable his enemies.

What is the genre you are best known for?

I’m best known for my romantic suspense, but I also write retro-romance, fantasy and sci-fi. All of these are layered with a little love, because I’m romantic at heart.

If your latest book, The Lone Wolf Tales, was adapted into a TV show or a film, who would you like to play the lead role?

This is a series of short stories, but the majority of them are centered around Wil VanLipsig, the Lone Wolf. I’ve gone through many permutations over the years, but I’d love to see Warren Christie take on the role.

What made you choose this genre?

I’ve been a sci-fi fan since I was in the third grade. I picked up a copy of Starman’s Son by Andre Norton at the local library, and fell in love with the feel of it. I love the freedom of sci-fi because I can go anywhere, do anything, make any kind of interesting alien I want. Sentient ships? I’ve got them. Giant, talking, mercenary cats? I’ve got them too. Want a talking asteroid? Look no further. One planet has every fantasy creature you can imagine, and others you’d never thought of. What’s not to love?

How do you get ideas for plots and characters?

I’ve gotten ideas from mud puddles, cars in traffic, visits to a museum, dreams, conversations, weird things that happened to me…. Basically, life is an inspiration.

Favourite picture or work of art?

I have to pick just one? I can’t think of any single famous work of art that speaks to me above all others. However, a picture that I love is the one I took of my 8 year old granddaughter holding her baby sister for the first time, and giving her a kiss.

If, as a one off, (and you could guarantee publication!) you could write anything you wanted, is there another genre you would love to work with and do you already have a budding plot line in mind?

As a matter of fact, I’m working on a ghost story. It’s not something I ever imagined I would write. It’s taking me a long time, because I can’t work on it at night, only during the day. It’s creeping me out too much. (Silly, I know)

Was becoming a writer a conscious decision or something that you drifted into (or even something so compelling that it could not be denied?) How old were you when you first started to write seriously.

I first started by telling stories when I was four and my older sister started school. I made up tales of Rainbow School and told my mother about it every morning. Later, I progressed to (horrible) poetry. As I grew older, song parodies and humorous essays became my thing. I soon fell in love with short stories. In college, it was plays. By the time I married, had children and started working, I didn’t have time for writing, but the urge was still there. When I moved to Florida and visited St. Augustine for the first time, the voices wouldn’t stay silent any longer. I started to write my historical novel, Indian Summer, as a result.

Marmite? Love it or hate it?

I’ve never tried it, but a dear friend of mine (from Manchester) let me smell it once and tried to convince me to have it on toast. It smelled like old socks. I wasn’t a fan.

Do you have any rituals and routines when writing? Your favourite cup for example or ‘that’ piece of music…??

I usually sit down with my ice water and hit the keys. However, when writing my 2016 NaNo book, I had certain songs I simply had to hear before I could start to write. It was rather disconcerting to have my creativity hinge on something else like that. However, it was a great book and will be published sometime in November.

I promise I won’t tell them the answer to this, but when you are writing, who is more important, your family or your characters?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten dinner on the table late or nearly forgot to pick up my kids from school. I’m glad they’re grown now and can feed themselves and provide their own transportation. They got used to me saying, “Let me just finish this sentence (paragraph, page) and I’ll get you a glass of water.”

Other than writing full time, what would be your dream job?

Making my books into movies.

Coffee or tea? Red or white?

Coffee, always. I do like tea, but I prefer it cold most of the time. I used to say a dry red wine was my favorite, but then I had chemo for breast cancer 7 years ago, and I can’t handle that any more. I have to drink a semi-sweet white now.

How much of your work is planned before you start? Do you have a full draft or let it find its way?

I don’t plan anything. I usually don’t even have a title. The words start flowing, the characters walk in and introduce themselves, and the plot goes where it goes. I tried outlining, but that got out of hand quickly. I decided if I were going to spend so much time on an outline, I might as well just write.

If you had free choice over the font your book is printed in, what font/fonts would you choose?

I’m old school, I like the clarity of Times New Roman. It’s easy to read and neutral. For me, a funky font is distracting. I’d rather have something clear and not fussy, like Times, Ariel or even Trebuchet.

Imagine that you could get hold of any original source document. What would it be?

Anything written by William Shakespeare. (Except Titus Andronicus, because that’s crap)

Have any of your characters ever shocked you and gone off on their own adventure leaving you scratching your head??? If so how did you cope with that!?

Every time I write, my characters jet off on their own. I latch onto their shirt tails and enjoy the ride. I don’t try to curtail them because then the story goes off the tracks.

How much research do you do and do you ever go on research trips?

For my sci-fi, it’s rare that I have to do any research. Mine isn’t old school, hard science stuff. I guess some of the purists would call it more futuristic fantasy, but what reader’s ever heard of that?

For my historical and retro novels, I’ve had to do a good bit of research. For Indian Summer, I made several trips to St. Augustine, Florida, which is up the road about 2 hours. That was super fun. St. Augustine is one of my favorite places.

Have you ever totally hated or fallen in love with one of your characters?

I have to admit, I fall in love with each of my male leads. Some, I love more than others. Wil has a place in my heart that will probably never be supplanted. I’ve completed seven books in the Lone Wolf series, as well as several short stories. There are also two unfinished prequels to the series. He is my first love and will be number one forever.

What do you enjoy reading for pleasure?

I love the Sookie Stackhouse books. I’ve read them at least three times and am working my way through the series again. I’m missing a couple books, but Charlaine Harris is wonderful about filling in gaps. It’s fun, entertaining and exciting.

What drink would you recommend drinking whilst reading your latest book?

I’ve always thought that Wil and friends are best appreciated with a smooth whiskey. My favorite beverage is Clyde May’s Alabama Whiskey, because it is sweet, smooth, dusky and has a real kick to it – just like Wil

Last but not least… favourite author?

Also a hard one to pick, I have so many. I will say that some of the most influential to me are Andre Norton, Daphne Du Maurier, Richard Brautigan and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

© Diana Milne January 2017 © Dellani Oakes August 2017
Among the Shine Clan, Dellani Oakes

Among the Shine Clan – Part 16

among the shine clan coverFiddlestix and Deacon find Pete on top of the mountain. Deacon shows her his personal cloaking device. She provides a distraction, talking to Pete, while he moves into position. Fiddlestix fires at the cyber handler, only to find herself contained in the slow motion field.

Pete leaned in, careful not to be caught in the field himself. “Pretty,” he chuckled darkly. “Pretty, pretty lady. Very deadly, insubordinate. Macky doesn’t like you, nope, nope, nope! Wacky Macky doesn’t like interfering, fiddling Stix!”

With a mammoth effort, Fiddlestix tried to move her hand to fire at him. He was so close, she could smell his bad breath. But he wasn’t close enough to get caught in her field. Suddenly, Pete Livingston was shoved into her. Caught in the same slow motion field she was, he was at her mercy. Her cyber arm was able to move more quickly than the flesh and blood one. It wasn’t governed by the same parameters as the rest of her. Blade deployed, it slid slowly through his throat, severing his spine. Gurgling, Pete Livingston wilted to the ground, his blood spraying in long, slow motion arcs, bathing her from head to foot.

With a disorienting surge, time started moving right again. Deacon was at her side, Livingston’s computer in his hands. Grabbing her arm, he jerked her toward the clearing. There was, rather unexpectedly, a console in the middle surrounded by toadstools and wild flowers. Deacon placed his hands on the dome covering the control panel and it slid aside. Palm down, he placed it on a screen. A quick scan and she saw a row of yellow blinking lights gradually fade and go out.

“Your people are free again,” he said. “Contact them.”

“Diaz,” she bellowed.

“Yes, Master Sergeant!”

“Get to the Shine Clan compound. They need our help.”

Deacon was already talking to Jasper. “Hannah’s people are heading up the mountain now. They’re coming to help.”

“Get back here fast,” Jasper said abruptly. “It’s fixing to cut loose.”

“On my way.” Deacon held the device out to Fiddlestix. “Tell me you can use this,” he implored.

“I can’t, but Harmony can. He used to be a handler. What’s the fastest way back down?”

“The speediest elevator east of the Mississippi.”

He grinned, leading her to a large tree to the side of the clearing. The inside of the tree was hollow. There was a metal platform that hardly looked big enough for the two of them to stand on it. Deacon held her to him, hugging her close, heedless of the blood on her. As soon as they stepped on the platform, it started to drop.

Fiddlestix felt like she was going to vomit. Had the trip been any longer, she probably would have. It was over in less than thirty seconds. Ears ringing, she stumbled out of the shaft with Deacon in her wake. They were standing next to the room they’d started from earlier, at the junction of the tunnels leading to the east and west gates. They heard fighting behind them. A glance at the scanner showed that the cyber warriors were already at the east gate.

“Harmony!”

“Yo, Master Sergeant!”

“Got a job for you. Where are you?”

“East gate, Master Sergeant. We’re under attack.”

“Coming.”

Deacon nearly dragged her behind him as they ran along the hall. Harmony was waiting for them at the mouth of the tunnel. She thrust the scanner into his hands.

“What can you do with this?”

“Let me see.” He fiddled a moment with the controls, then smiled. “It’s responding. Get your console, Master Sergeant. We’ll take these boys out.”

Kaz’ console in her hands, she typed in the deactivation code. She followed Harmony to the gate. Cyber warriors were mowing down the Shine Clan soldiers, flattening them. The one doing the most damage slowed slightly, hitched and stopped moving. His gaze traveled to Fiddlestix and Harmony. Raising his weapon, he tried to fire, but froze. His companions surged him over, walking on top of him as they clambered up to the door. The second one in line faltered, hesitated and crashed onto its back. The third got a little further, but tripped on his downed companions before toppling over and rolling down the mountain a couple hundred yards before crashing into a tree.

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Character Quotes from I’m the Nanny by Dellani

character-quotes-imageMitch held the door open for her, placing his hand at the small of her back as she walked through. Jade grinned. She liked being treated as a lady. Her ex didn’t have that level of manners.

“What’ll you have?” Mitch asked. “My treat.”

“No, mine. I need one of their cinnamon rolls.”

“You had to say it. I was resisting. After that meal, I thought I was stuffed.”

“Never too full for cinnamon rolls. I want a latte grande and a cinnamon roll,” she told the cashier.

“The same,” Mitch said. “That’s pretty much my standard order.”

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Character Quotes from Dark Moon by Dellani

character-quotes-image“It might interest you to know that we have something in common, other than our military affiliation.” He leaned closer. “My totem is the Condor, too.”

Dark Moon leaned forward eagerly. “Really? You aren’t just saying that?”

He squinted at her, frowning. “Why would I?”

“You’ll be surprised what men will say to a woman.”

“You mean a beautiful woman they want to bed.”

Dark Moon flushed, attacking her food with renewed vigor.

Captain Hardaway chuckled. “Sergeant Armstrong, if I were hitting on you, I’d be a lot less public about it. You’re hot as seven kinds of hell, but I like my Captain’s bars.”

Dark Moon chewed and swallowed, her near black eyes focused on his light blue ones.

“Men don’t always care about subtlety, a fact I’m well aware of. If this meal is your idea of a reward, or seduction maneuver, it falls short.”

Hardaway threw his napkin on the table, anger building. His blue eyes sparked green and his complexion reddened. His jaw clenched as he inhaled and exhaled with deliberate slowness.

“I don’t know what bastard worked you, Aja, and I don’t care. As for this being a reward—it’s two colleagues having lunch after a very successful run. The reward I had in mind doesn’t include sex. I was thinking more along the lines of putting your name in for promotion. Of all my students, you’re the best. You performed better your first time in the Cutter than I did and I’ve been a pilot ten years.” He leaned forward, his tie nearly in his plate. He lowered his voice again, to a sharp whisper.

“Do I want to have sex with you? Yeah. I’m a hot blooded man who finds you irresistible. Am I going to? No. You know why? Because a lifetime between your legs isn’t worth my job. Find your own way home, Sergeant.” He stood, tossing money on the table.

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