Character Quotes from The Maker – Book 3 in the Lone Wolf Series~ A Futuristic Romance by Dellani Oakes

Emme hardly dared to breathe. Ben had sent a message to her. She was so touched and stunned, she hardly knew what to say. “Thank you for telling me this. When did you speak to him?”

“Early this morning. I apologize that it’s taken so long to convey his message, but you see, he failed to tell me your full name. Therefore, I have had to trace you from what little information I had. Once I ascertained your identity, I called your home, but was directed here by your secretary. Considering the nature of the message, I thought you’d like to have it right away, especially today.”

“Thank you, my lady. I appreciate your time and effort on my part. I know Ben does too, even if he’s—not here to say so himself.” Tears splashed on the desk.

“You’re most welcome. He’s became a close friend over the years. I have always liked Benjamin so very much. I do want him happy, Madame Chairman.”

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Character Quotes from Sidetracked ~ A Florida Families Mystery by Dellani Oakes

Later, as they lay side by side, he curled his fingers in her hair. “How is it still so good, even though we’re old folks.”

“We’re not old folks. Well, you are,” she teased. He was two years older than she. “We’ve had a lot of practice.”

“You should write a steamy romance novel. You could use what we just did. Make everyone jealous.”

Deirdre laughed. “I told you, I want to write something serious.”

“A good sex life is very serious.” He gave her a hand up and they went for a shower.

After they bathed, he got dressed for work. He was an assistant manager at a large department store chain. “Before I forget, they’re sending me on another setup next week. I got the call when I was at the school.”

“Really? Another one? Where?”

Fred closed his eyes, thinking. “Somewhere in Minnesota.”

“Thank God it’s mid-August. You’d freeze up there in the winter. Got your lunch?”

“Yeah. You’ll be okay, with the drop off, when I’m gone?”

“I’m up anyway. Doesn’t make any difference. I hate it, but I’m not as polite as you. I don’t wait to be let in, I make a hole.”

Fred laughed, giving her a kiss. “I love you, Mrs. Partridge.”

“I love you, Mr. Partridge. Call me when you take lunch.”

“Will do.”

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Character Quotes from He Needed Killin’ ~ A Romantic Suspense by Dellani Oakes

“Who’s this?” Harley held out his hand to Dill.

“This is Dill.”

“Boyfriend? Criminal? Stranger on the street?”

“This is our first date,” Haylee said. “He works at Bark’s.”

“Hello, Dill, first date guy. I’m Haylee’s slightly older brother. I’m the drummer.”

“Cool. I always liked the drums, myself. You can beat on anything and get a tone and rhythm going. I never had money for a set, but I had some buckets and pots I was fond of.”

Harley chuckled, shaking his hand enthusiastically. “See, sis? He gets it. Come meet the band.”

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Character Quotes from Savannah Rose ~ A Love Under the Sun Romance by Dellani Oakes

“Savannah, you’re being awfully quiet,” Harry said, giving me a look I couldn’t interpret.

“You’ve all been much more adventurous than I have. Duncan is only my third.” I spoke very quietly, suddenly shy. My mother’s prudishness had made a distinct impression on me and I still found talking about sex difficult.

“Since Cal wasn’t your first, who was?” Bill asked the question they were all burning to.

“A really nice guy I met in college. We were co-ed too, and he also lived down the hall. He was quiet, sweet, geeky. We met at a party, the only two not getting drunk and F**king ourselves silly. We sat in the corner and talked for hours. We went out a few more times before he finally asked if he could kiss me. It gradually progressed from there. I think it would probably have been a long time before he made his move, but I got tired of waiting. I was the only virgin among my friends. I wanted to find out what it was all about.”

“Did you get your special moment?” Duncan asked, a twinkle in his eyes.

“Meh. It was okay. We got better. He was sweet and considerate.”

“Why’d you break up?” Bill asked gently.

“Well, it turns out the reason that he was so slow moving was….”

“He was gay,” they chorused.

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Character Quotes from Love in Stitches ~ A Love in the City Romance by Dellani Oakes

“What do you wear?”

“Boxer briefs.”

Her puzzled look let him know she had no idea what he was talking about.

“Combination,” he held up a pair to show her. “Cut like boxers but made with brief material. They give you the movement and freedom of boxers without the bind of briefs.”

“Where do they bind?” she asked in total innocence.

Toby raised an eyebrow, rocking his head to one side. “Where do you think, Sterling? Not around the thigh, okay?”

“Dumb question,” she sighed, rolling her eyes. “I suppose you’re going to tell me how much you’ve got for it to bind around.”

“I’d rather show you,” he murmured, facing away from her.

“I was always a visual learner.” She gave him a coy look over her shoulder as she walked to the living room.

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Character Quotes from The Big Sleep ~ A Love in the City Romance by Dellani Oakes

“So, who’s Amber?” Donald asked through the open divider window.

“And I should tell you why?”

“Cause we’ve known each other a hundred years. And because I don’t want to be caught in the crossfire when boss lady finds out you played her.”

“I didn’t play her. She knows about Amber. A drunken escapade I had to apologize for. You remember those, right?”

“If I remembered, they wouldn’t be drunken escapades requiring apologies,” Donald replied with a laugh.

“True. See you at seven.”

“With bells on.”

“Oh, you’re going in your elf costume again?”

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Character Quotes from Driving Blind ~ A Florida Families Romantic Suspense by Dellani Oakes

“I’m not used to men like you. I’m used to nervous, terrified, stuttering men who can barely say hello without hyperventilating.”

“The only reason I would hyperventilate around you is if we’d just had sex,” he assured her. “I did it again,” he said, by way of apology. “I’m a naughty, crass man.”

Zenobia caressed his cheek with her fingertips. “All men are naughty and crass at some point. And all women secretly want them to be once in awhile.”

“Like when we talk dirty to ya?”

She nodded, biting her lower lip. Ax leaned close, his lips a mere whisper from her ear.

“Loam,” he whispered huskily. “Top soil, humus, red clay, sand….”

Throwing her head back, Zenobia laughed loud and hard. Nothing he’d said or done so far had made her laugh that like one, simple play on words.

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Character Quotes from Dark Rock ~ A Futuristic Fantasy by Dellani Oakes

“We’ve been waiting to meet you, Sergeant Armstrong,” the pilot said. He was a tall, heavily muscled man in his early forties. His features bespoke of Polynesian blood like her and her brothers.

“I’m dying to know how you all knew I was coming.” She eyed her younger brother.

He looked smug. “I have my little ways.” He winked. “Hardaway wasn’t hard to convince.”

“You mean he abandoned me on purpose?”

“No. He brought you to St. Louis, like I asked. The rest of it was his dumb idea. For a pilot, he sure has bad approach skills.”

Dark Moon thrust out her hip, planting a fist on it. “What are you talking about?”

Bojangles rolled his eyes, groaning. “Are you kidding? That man’s been hot for you since the dawn of forever. He agreed to bring you to St. Louis for his shot at you. But he blew it. Now I have to deal with that backlash. He’s gonna want another shot.”

Shot? You gave him a shot at me? I should shoot you! I’m not a commodity, Bo!” She slapped at him futilely.

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Among the Shine Clan by Dellani Oakes – part 41

among the shine clan cover smallFiddlestix isn’t happy that Garwood is going along. The obnoxious Texan thinks she’s in charge, and tries to fly the flitter. Deacon takes care of that quickly.

Turning to Buzzard, Fiddlestix said, “I’ll trade you passengers.”

Buzzard eyed Amber Garwood with a malicious glint in his eyes. “Does she have to get there alive?”

“Well, I suppose, if you wanted to drop her someplace over Jacksonville, that would be fine with me. But her boss is expecting her to get there, so maybe we should let her arrive in one piece.”

Buzzard snapped his fingers. “Damn, would have been so much fun to watch her land.”

Blacksmith chuckled behind him. “But if you drop her out the back, Buzz, you can’t collect from the body bank.”

The three of them laughed happily, put the flitters into motion, and took off. Amber Garwood sat quietly, failing to be amused.

They had to fly low until they crossed the Florida border. Just south of Jacksonville, they turned east, hugging the coast. There was a landing strip south of Daytona. What had once been Port Orange was mostly a big lake, thanks to the tidal wave. The landing strip of the old fly-in was maintained privately, and Fiddlestix knew the owner.

It was dark when they landed. After securing the flitters, they found that Deacon had provided transportation in the form of rough looking motorcycles. Fiddlestix was dubious until the motors rumbled to life.

Riding for about 40 minutes, they rolled to a stop in an old playground outside Edgewater. Tangled swings and twisted slides looked grotesque in the star studded darkness. They cut their motors. Fiddlestix looked around warily, scanning the woods for their team.

“So are they late or are we early?” Buzzard glanced around prepared for ambush.

A twig snapped in the woods to the northwest. A bird called from behind the abandoned restrooms to the north. South near the boat launch, another answered. Safety went off all weapons as they prepared for ambush.

“Is there some sort of sign we’re supposed to give ‘em?” Blacksmith whispered, getting nervous. His voice betrayed his anxiety and he wiped sweat off his upper lip with the back of his left hand. His right held his weapon as he squinted at their surroundings.

“Deacon said they’d know us,” Buzzard said, but his quiet voice lacked confidence.

“How’re they gonna know us? It’s black as a bat’s ass here!” Blacksmith replied.

Fiddlestix swung her leg off her bike and stood up, calling softly to the woods. “Hey! If you’re the team Deacon sent, hurry it up! If not, I’d just as soon get this confrontation over with. So show yourselves or shoot me!”

A deep, disconcerting chuckle sounded over her right shoulder. She swung around, gun leveled for a head shot, to find herself looking down at a very short, homely, Asian man. From the bushes to the north, a tall man with silvery blond hair emerged. He was built like a Norse god and twice as handsome as any man had a right to be.

The final person to walk into the clearing clanked and rattled slightly as he moved. He was medium height and weight, with a dingy red flat top. He wore a tan trench coat and wrap around sunglasses. The glasses glowed eerily with a blueish light. A jagged scar ran from his right temple, across his forehead, to the tip of his nose. His smile was frightening, but familiar.

“Tully?” Fiddlestix holstered her weapon and ran at the man full tilt.

He picked her up, swinging her around with one arm. “Fiddlestix!” He chuckled. “How long’s it been?” His Aussie was accent harsh but comforting. He kissed her resoundingly.

“God, Tully. You sure don’t get any better looking. What happened to your face?” She touched the pale scar lightly, tracing its length.

“Little something went off a bit early,” he responded.

“Who’re your friends?” She glanced at the other two men, waiting to be introduced.

“Well, the tall one goes by Zeus or something. One of them damn gods.” Tully couldn’t be bothered to remember names unless it suited him.

“I go by Loki.” The handsome one nodded sharply in the direction of Fiddlestix and went back to scanning their perimeter.

“The short dude’s named some kinda weird Chink shit,” he jerked his head at the Asian man.

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