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Character Quotes from Wall of Time (Lone Wolf Series) by Dellani

character-quotes-imageThe men were so focused on Lena, they didn’t sense Siegra until she was upon them. Ethereal fists flying, she laid waste around her like a whirlwind of maternal wrath. In her mind, they went flying in all directions. In reality, they staggered, righted themselves and took a step back, their concentration broken. Lena relaxed in her mother’s arms. Her green eyes fluttered open and she sat up with a bland look.

“That wasn’t nice,” she said quietly, her voice as bland as her expression.

Frowning slightly, she looked at each man in turn. All seven of them gasped in sequence, knocked back yet another step. Pale and sweating, they struggled for breath as the unseen attack held them in check.

“It doesn’t feel very good, does it?” Lena said mildly. Her little girl’s face very mature. “In fact, it’s terrifying, isn’t it?” she asked pleasantly. “It makes you feel weak and small. Don’t ever do that to me and my mother again,” she warned. “My father left me with many gifts. One of them is the ability to kill. Remember that next time.” She released them and they staggered away from her, grasping their throats and panting.

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Among the Shine Clan – Part 20 by Dellani Oakes

among the shine clan coverThere is a wonderful party after the ceremony. After a special dance, Deacon takes Fiddlestix back to bed. The following morning, Jasper wakes them again, because it’s time for her to go home.

“I don’t want to go, Deacon. I wish I could stay with you forever.”

“You could, Hannah-Belle.”

“I’ve got commitments, Deacon. I can’t walk out on them.”

“I know, baby, I just don’t want you to go.”

“I’ll come back.”

“You promise?”

“Cross my heart,” she whispered, her voice catching in her throat.

“I’m gonna hold you to that promise, Hannah. You stole my heart right out of my chest. You can’t stay gone, a man can’t live with long without his heart.”

“I’ll give you mine then,” she placed her hand on his chest.

She could feel his heart beating strong and fast. Suddenly terrified by the idea of commitment, she kissed him one last time and dashed from the room. Deacon followed her to the door, stopping just outside the compound as she and her people prepared to march down the mountain. Their air transport, sent by Captain Bark, would pick them up near their drop point and take them back to their base.

Deacon raised his hand, whistling to catch her attention. The sharp, shrill sound rent the air. Fiddlestix turned and grinned, raising a hand to wave goodbye. Deacon blew her a kiss which she returned. One last, fond look and she ran to the head of the formation, bellowing at her troops.

“Move it out! Double time. Don’t make me wait!”

“Yes, Master Sergeant!” they yelled in unison, speeding up.

The last Deacon saw of her was her spiky, blonde hair bobbing at the head of the column. That faded into the mist that hung over the mountain top. With a heavy sigh, he turned and walked disconsolately back into the compound. Jasper ran up behind him, nearly tackling him.

“Yo, big brother! You’ve got a meeting at 1100.”

“Yeah? So what? Maybe I’ll cancel all my meetings today.”

“No can do, bro. Life’s got to go on, Deacon. Even if she’s gone, you can’t stop doing your duty.”

“I know. It’s duty got me into this, it’s duty that will keep me going until she comes back.”

Punching his brother in the arm, he walked to his office. He sat behind the desk that had been his father’s and grandfather’s before him, wondering what else life had in store.

Fiddlestix had to force herself not to keep looking back. She knew Deacon would stand at the door until she was out of sight. If she looked back at him, she didn’t know if she’d be able to stand it.

Kaz jogged up next to her, puffing hard. “Master Sergeant, can we slow it down a little? Some of us, me included, can’t keep up. I’m hurtin’ bad. If you don’t slow down, I’m gonna drop dead. Hell of a note to live through the battle, and die of exhaustion.”

Fiddlestix laughed and slowed down. “Sorry. I had to make a clean break. If I hadn’t, I don’t know if I’d have left.”

“You could have stayed.”

“And make you face McLain alone?”

Kaz looked wistfully back at the mountain peak. “I wouldn’t have minded staying myself, Master Sergeant.” He sucked air in sharply. “Damn, that girl was fine! I could have stayed my whole life and never been sorry a day. When I get out of the Army, I’m going back. I’m going home.”

“I’m not the settling down kind, Kaz. It was fun while it lasted, but it’s not the life for me.”

“You might surprise yourself, Master Sergeant. I seen the way you looked at Deacon. You ain’t gonna admit it to yourself, but you’re hooked on that big, blond hillbilly.”

“And I suppose you aren’t hooked on Betsy?”

“I’m gonna marry that girl and have a passel of pretty, redheaded babies.”

“I truly hope you can, Kaz.”

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Character Quotes from Brand New Day by Dellani

character-quotes-image“What are boyfriends for?” Diego asked.

Janet squeaked excitedly, indulging in a bounce. Biting her lower lip, she tried to stop a giggle, but couldn’t. About that time, she saw Ramona standing in the hallway. Her friend rushed her, taking her hands. They squealed, hopping a little in their excitement.

“Why do girls do that? Seriously? You’re like little kids,” Diego fussed.

“We’re happy,” Ramona said “Deal with it, big brother.”

Diego laughed loudly. “Sure. If it means I get another kiss.”

“I’m gonna go wait in the car,” Ramona said with a sly grin. “I’ll honk when Sookie arrives.”

Her brother and friend weren’t fully listening. He was all ready taking advantage of the fact his sister was leaving. Before kissing Janet again, he pulled her close.

“Try something for me,” he whispered.


“Open your mouth—just a little.”

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Character Quotes from Analysis of Love by Dellani

character-quotes-imageBags packed, they headed out of the city before rush hour. Quaid called his mother.

Hi, honey! To what do I owe this call?”

I can’t just call for no reason?”

Not on a Friday. Writing group in fifteen. I’m on my way out the door.”

I’m going out of town with Boyd. His folks are having their fortieth anniversary.”

Oh, how nice! It’s supposed to snow. Did you pack long johns?”

Yes, Mom.”

Good. Toothbrush, condoms?”

Quaid burst out laughing. “Yes, Mother. I’m prepared if I have the opportunity for some adult fun.”

Good. You can never be too prepared.”

He sighed, nodding.

Can’t hear a nod, son. You behave….”

As badly as humanly possible, without getting arrested,” he finished her token admonition.

Good boy.”

Not if I can help it. Have fun at writing group.”

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Character Quotes from Whose Book Is It Anyway? by Dellani

character-quotes-image“So the other guys?” I asked.

“Trying to figure out what I needed. I kept hoping that one of them would be it, but it’s been you all along,” Grace said.

I wasn’t sure what to say or how to act. I mean, I wanted to pick her up and rush to the bedroom, but we had to be at work in less than thirty minutes and it would take every second of that to get there.

“Let’s hold this discussion for later,” I suggested. “Because I’d really like to prove to you what a good thing this is. But if we’re not on time, Madelyn will kill us both.”

“No, she’ll kill me and make you her love slave. And my disembodied spirit would be horribly jealous and haunt you both for eternity.” She grabbed her bag and shoes, heading for the door.

Laughing loudly, I grabbed a jacket for each of us. It was chilly and she was in a sleeveless top. She gave me a quick kiss when I handed it to her.

“Not good enough,” I grumbled. “That kiss was good enough for Friendly Duff. But Boy-Friendly Duff wants more.” I pulled her to me, giving her an impressive kiss, timing it just right to leave her breathless.

She stood on the sidewalk, laughing, gasping and touching her lips.

Mission accomplished. I sauntered toward the car, tossing the keys and catching them deftly.

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Character Quotes from Conduct Unbecoming by Dellani

character-quotes-image“Hey, don’t dis the Boss,” Jasper said, his tone dangerous.

“Then don’t dis the Civic. I’ve got a hell of a motor in this car. I rebuilt it myself. I’d put this against your Boss any day and win. Not only that, it’s fuel efficient, which your car isn’t. It handles better than the Boss too. Your car handles like a tank. You may have muscle, my friend, but I can go from zero to sixty faster than you can. So you can have your big, old compensation and I’ll keep my compact.”

“I’ve got more power than you do,” Jasper tried feebly to stand up for himself.

“And I’ve got you beat on endurance,” Joel said with a grin.

“Why do I get the feeling that we aren’t talking just about cars anymore?” Aileen asked.

Joel grinned at her over the seat. “Cause we stopped talking about the car some time ago.”

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Character Quotes from Ranger’s Heart by Dellani

character-quotes-imageWhen we got back to the mule, the young man was waiting there, fully clothed in T-shirt, board shorts and flipflops. Paul hopped in and took the raccoon back to the station. I lingered, feeling I needed to apologize. He spoke first.

“Sorry about all that.” He made vague gestures toward the gate.

I know I blushed. I could still feel the touch of his hands on my body, tingling invitingly.

“The guys set us up,” I explained. “Don’t know which of us it embarrassed more.”

He closed one eye, biting his lower lip, hands shoved in the pockets of his jeans. “Well, I was naked….”

“Good point. I’m Quinn Hamilton.” I stepped forward, hand extended.

“Nice to meet you, now that I’m dressed. Dmitri Kolchesky-Bazan.”

“That’s quite a mouthful.” I nearly choked on my words. The innuendos and double entendres that conjured up didn’t bear thinking about. My turn to be horribly embarrassed.

Dmitri laughed. “Yes, well. I usually use only Bazan. Does that help?”

“Could have said that ten seconds ago.”

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Character Quotes from Tom Cat by Dellani

character-quotes-image“Sorry. It would be my greatest Christmas wish to find a nice girl to hook up with.”

“By hook up, do you mean that you’d prefer a long standing relationship or just a booty call, as I believe you young people label it.”

“I’d prefer long standing,” I said meekly. “If it means I’m going to get laid on a regular basis.”

Both older men burst out laughing. Farrar shook his head, wiping his eyes with the back of his hand.

“Oh, to be young and lustful again, eh, Ernie?”

“Yeah, sometimes I miss it. Though I still have my lustful spells.” He nudged me across the bar. “I ain’t dead yet.”

“They’d have to kill me for me not to have my lustful moments,” Farrar agreed. “Though they are somewhat easier to control these days. And infinitely easier to appease. That is the beauty of being married to a gorgeous woman, who doesn’t mind a smattering of afternoon delight.”

“Or morning, lunchtime or late night,” Ernie chuckled.

“Stop! You’re making me jealous as hell. Even when I was married, we didn’t do it that often. Not even on our honeymoon.”

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Character Quotes from Poplar Mountain

character-quotes-imageDollie stopped to talk to Lucius. “So sorry for your loss, Mr. Henry.”

Lucius took her hand, kissing it. “Who’s being formal now, Miss Belloit?” His blue eyes twinkled.

She smiled, melting his heart. “My great-grandmother called her husband Mr. Belloit their entire marriage.”

“How inconvenient. What’d he call her?”

“Sookie. It was a nickname.”

“I should hope so. Sookie Belloit sounds like a disease pigs get.”

Dollie didn’t mean to laugh so loudly. The men and children looked at her, mildly appalled. Dollie blushed. “You get me in trouble, Lucius.”

“Very sorry—Sookie.”

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Character Quotes from Mirrored by Dellani

character-quotes-image“Have Viv fix you up with that Nordic goddess you banged at her wedding,” Jasper suggested without malice.

“I didn’t bang her at the wedding,” Jed replied tersely. “Afterward, several times. Enjoyed the hell out of that weekend.”

“Give her a call.”

“She lives in Miami. I’m not driving four hours for a booty call.”

“Let her come to you,” Jasper said.

Nadeya punched her husband. “Tacky.”

“I’m off the active list right now,” Jed replied. “Doctor Kimberly told me if I even think about it, she’ll stab me in the other leg.”

“Nice doctor.”

“She is, but she’s serious.”

“Ask her out,” Jasper suggested.

“She’s my doctor. Pretty sure there are rules about that.”

“And you’re a cop, got to follow the rules, yada yada,” Jasper said in a singsong voice.

“Bite me. So are you.”

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