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Character Quotes from So Much It Hurts by Dellani

SoMuchItHurtsbyDellaniOakes500How many rooms are up here?” Pia asked.

Four suites. Ours, the Presidential.” He gestured to their room. “Ambassador,” he spread his hands, indicating her. “Then two unnamed, less prestigious rooms, simply referred to as Five A and Five B.”

What a let-down. They should have some sort of fancy titles, too.”

We mostly refer to them by their residents—Oz and Borage.”

Her brow wrinkled and her mouth quirked. “Really?”

Oz—short for Osmond, and Borage. Not sure if that’s his name, or simply what we call him.”

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Character Quotes from Shakazhan by Dellani

Shakazhan frontCaptain Benjamin Drexel, commander of the Hannibal, paced the bridge as he assessed their situation. Three years of cryo sleep had brought him and his crew to a place no other ships should be. And yet—there was a mysterious ship in orbit around the planet.

Angry and flummoxed, Drexel scrambled his fighters and raised his shields. Taking his seat in the big chair, he prepared a greeting—both friendly and intimidating, for the captain of the other ship.

“Any luck identifying that ship, Warrant Officer Wilson?” He barked at the young woman on communications.

“No, sir. Still getting the robotic garbage scow reading off her.”

“Well, we can all see that’s a lie,” his second said, making a rude gesture at the screen.

“Thanks, Ray,” Ben snapped.

“Anytime, sir,” Ray replied, nonplussed.

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Among the Shine Clan by Dellani

among-the-shine-clan-coverFiddlestix explains that she thinks McLain sent the cyber warriors in on purpose, to attack the Shine Clan and punish them for how they had treated him. She further says that her team was sent, in hopes they would all die at the hands of the warriors, or the Shine Clan. Deacon doesn’t want to believe her, and storms out of their meeting.

“Could I talk to Deacon alone? Maybe without everyone else around, we could hammer this out.”

“Sometimes having to be in command in front of an audience makes it hard to think logically,” Frank agreed. “When you have to be strong, defiant…. I think talking to him is a good idea.”

“But will he do it?” Jasper asked his uncle.

“Hell if I know, boy. But I’ll ask.” He rose hesitantly as if his wounds had stiffened while he was sitting down. Grasping his side, he limped slowly to the door. “Jasper, take these folks for some victuals.”

“Yes, sir.” Jasper rose.

Followed by Fiddlestix and her men, he walked casually down a corridor, made a few turns that she couldn’t keep track of, and eventually led them to a large, high roofed dining hall.

Eyes followed them as they walked to the cafeteria line. Fiddlestix was aware of the stares, but didn’t let on that she knew. Instead, she chatted with Jasper, laughing and joking as he led her through the line. Her plate was piled high with different foods that he felt she should try. Unsure she could eat it all, she agreed so she wouldn’t disappoint him. He was sweet and charming in an innocent way. She wasn’t surprised to find out that he was barely twenty. Drawn to him, she would have liked to spend some time in his company, but sensed that would be a terrible breach of protocol. Besides, he was a little young for her. She liked her men seasoned, with experience. Deacon, who was six years older, was hot, spicy and seasoned just right.

When they finished their meal, she realized she’d eaten most of what she’d been served. Kaz and Harmony went back for seconds and had two slices of apple pie each. Jasper ate just as much as they did. Heaving a delighted sigh, he tipped back in his chair, placing an arm casually behind her shoulders. It wasn’t a come-on, it was just Jasper.

He grinned at her. “Nothing like a pretty dinner companion to make a meal, eh boys?” he directed this comment at her soldiers.

Kaz and Harmony hadn’t ever really thought of Fiddlestix as anything but Master Sergeant. Thinking of her as a woman was a new concept. Since that pretty dinner companion could easily eviscerate them or rip out their hearts with her cyber arm, they tended to remember that instead. But they agreed with Jasper so they wouldn’t offend her.

Jasper’s grin faded slightly and he looked over his right shoulder toward the door. Standing there, rather lost and alone, was Deacon. His face was haggard, drawn over the bones in tight lines. He said nothing, but looked at Fiddlestix, jerking his head toward the door behind him.

“Excuse me, gentlemen. I think I’m being summoned to the royal presence.”

Jasper took her hand gently as she stood. “Don’t be too hard on him, Hannah. He’s a good man and a strong leader. The last couple days haven’t been easy.”

Nodding sharply, she strutted casually to Deacon’s side. He allowed her to precede him through the doorway, watching as she passed with more than a little interest. Jasper saw his brother’s expression and smirked.

“If she don’t charm the pants right off him, she can slap my ass and call me Sally,” he chuckled.

Kaz and Harmony exchanged a knowing look. They hadn’t missed Deacon’s expression either. They were still floundering around, trying to imagine Fiddlestix as anything but a ruthless killer. It didn’t work.

“If she don’t kill him first,” Harmony mumbled, frowning deeply. “You don’t know The Sarge like we do. She don’t take no for an answer and she don’t much like being argued with.”

“I’d match her against my brother any day,” Jasper smirked. “And bet heavily on Deacon. Not that it matters. What matters is getting this situation resolved. We’ve already sent in reinforcements. I’m organizing another platoon to go out. You boys want to come?”

“I’m stuck till I know what Sarge wants to do,” Kaz replied.

“I’ll go,” Harmony agreed. “Fiddlestix don’t need me for right now. I know a thing or two about how these boys work,” he told Jasper as they walked out the door. “I used to be a handler for another bunch.”

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Character Quotes from Room 103 by Dellani

room 103 front cover“Even with this money, I can’t afford to pay you, Regan.”

“The judge made Roberts pay me. I earned nearly as much as you, but I refused to take even a penny over. You’re the victim, you deserve the most. Oh, by the way, Roberts wants you to sign a letter of receipt.”

“Not on your life. Not until I get my apology.”

“Exactly what I said. To that end, he wants to meet at his office tomorrow.”

“Not on his turf. I don’t want the officious bastard to sneak in cameras for a photo op.”

“Also what I told him. So, he agreed to meet here, tomorrow at ten a.m.”

“That’s checkout time. Everyone will see him and I’ll be busy. Tell him either six a.m., or ten p.m. His choice. We’re making this easy for me, not him. And he can hand me the check personally, along with my letter.”

The paper rustled again.

“As you wish. I’ll call with the time.”

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Character Quotes from One Night in Daytona Beach by Dellani

One_Night_in_Daytona_Beach_by_Dellani_Oakes - 200“We’re both grownups. There’s no living with the whims of her dad this time. She’s not going to up and move a week after prom. Again.” He snagged a bit of carrot off the board, neatly avoiding her knife blade.

“Without telling you.”

“She didn’t know either,” he explained. “Her father didn’t tell her, just had movers come in and pack up her shit while she was at school. She came home to the moving van. He shoved her in the car and left.” He snatched celery out of the bowl.

Tish threatened him playfully with the knife. “What an asshole. Why?”

“No idea. That man hated me, but I refuse to believe he moved because I was dating his daughter.”

“But it’s entered your mind, or you wouldn’t bring it up.”

“I was seventeen, Tish. Of course it entered my mind.”

Tish hugged him, holding him close. He put his arms around her, patting her back.

“Just be careful.”

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Character Quotes from The Ninja Tattoo by Dellani

cropped-the-ninja-tattoo-by-dellani-oakes-200.jpgThe brothers had taken off their uniform shirts, but both still wore their vests and carried their sidearms. Vivica noticed the way they had positioned themselves, they each had a good view of the room, their backs to a wall, not a window or door. Teague smiled, taking the last good seat, leaving Vivica with her back to the living room window. She insisted on closing the drapes before sitting down.

“I’m not entirely helpless, you know,” she told the men without prompting. “I do have six brothers, none of them democrats.” Her eyes twinkled. “I know how to shoot and I venture to say I’m nearly as good a shot as any man in this room.”

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Character Quotes from The Maker by Dellani

The Maker cover frontAfter a short planning session, Wil left to talk to Felix and the Kindred. Ben took Matilda aside and had a private chat with her. He was so embarrassed, that he stuttered like a child over his request.

“Please, Matilda, if there’s any way, can we get a message to Emmelia? Not a long one, just Merry Christmas or, or something like that?”

Matilda eyed him speculatively. “How about, I love you?”

He blushed, digging his toe into the carpet. “Yeah, I like the sound of that better.” He called for a tube and left without saying goodbye.

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Character Quotes from A Little White Lie – a Lone Wolf Tale by Dellani

white lie cover“Sheehan’s a flake, but good as they come. Keep a finger on her, she’s fine. This kind of mission… have to say no. We don’t have time to babysit.”

“All right, so we book the other guy for communications. Wallace?” Ben made a notation.

“Krall?”

“Best boomer in the business.”

“Steady hand?”

“Like stone. Seems to have plastique in his blood.”

Wil raised an eyebrow. “Considering what they did to us, would you be surprised?”

Ben snorted in reply.

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Character Quotes from Lone Wolf by Dellani

LONE WOLFMining Chairman Emmelia Spenser wasn’t an unattractive woman of fifty, but even at twenty-five she hadn’t been a great beauty. She was a little too tall, too full busted, too pale and far too aggressive For Most men. She was often described as exotic, classic, Aquiline and, her least favorite, statuesque. She sounded like a tropical island, a book, a bird and a hunk of rock!

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Character Quotes from It Takes a Thief by Dellani

it-takes-a-thief-coverThe families of the victims had moved up in the gallery and were all seated behind Jason Banes. Mrs. Prentice was directly behind him. Puzzled by this, Judge Walker turned to Cortland.

“What’s going on?” she whispered.

“They’re showing their support, Your Honor. Seems they don’t think he killed their family members anymore than you do. They stand behind him and want him released so he can find that Orchid woman and make her pay.”

“Dear Lord, I’ve got an army of vigilantes.”

“No, ma’am. But I believe that boy’s finally got himself a family.”

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