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Character Quotes from Savannah Rose by Dellani

character-quotes-imageMom held herself in a stiffly, disapproving manner and I suspected she wanted to address the victory kiss. I wasn’t disappointed.

“Do you really think that was appropriate, Savannah?”

“Oh, Mom, please. I know I went a little over the top, but we’ve all been drinking. I won’t do it again.”

“It’s bad enough it was in front of his mother, but Father Hennessy. What’s he going to think?”

“He’s so hammered, I really doubt he’ll remember,” I said flatly.

My mother looked horrified. “Savannah Rose, that wasn’t a nice thing to say.”

“Mom, we’re all pretty hammered. At least I didn’t say shit faced. I did have some decorum.”

Sighing heavily, Mom started to giggle. “It’s impossible to stay mad when I’ve had this much alcohol. I just don’t want them to think my girl’s easy, that’s all.”

“They won’t think that, Mom. Don’t worry.” I hugged her as she spooned coffee into the pot.

“I’m thinking of your reputation, Rose,” she said primly, sounding very much like her old self.

“Thanks, Mom.”

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Character Quotes from Thermometers and Therapy by Dellani

character-quotes-imageTipping his chair, he got over the slightly elevated door frame and bumped in. “Someone keeps stealing the ramp,” he said in a frustrated tone. “It’s against city code to have a concrete one put in, because of the narrow sidewalk. We had a wooden one constructed, and put it out daily, but about once a month, some asshole steals it.”

“From the street?” Ellie asked, somewhat shocked.

“Yeah. Irritating as hell. I haven’t been able to build another one.”

“So, you’re the carpenter, not the doctor?” She smirked at him.

“Oh, ha ha. Thank you again. I appreciate the help. No, I’m not always this helpless. In another week, I hope to be mobile, at least on crutches. Until then, my bone man told me he’d kill me if I put weight on this ankle, so I’m stuck. At least the clinic is made for wheelchair access.”

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Among the Shine Clan by Dellani Oakes – Part 19

among the shine clan coverAt the ceremony, Kazinsky, Harmony and Fiddlestix are awarded ranks in the Shine Clan Militia. Not only that, Fiddlestix is formally adopted by the Clan. Oh—and Deacon proposed.

Deacon extended his hand. When Fiddlestix took it, he drew her to him and kissed her passionately in front of the entire assembly. He held her close, whispering in her ear. “One day, Hannah, you’ll stand here as my wife.”

Fiddlestix didn’t know what to say. She was stunned by her reception by this clannish, secluded people. They treated her like family, called her friend, and extended the warmth and comfort of their hearts and home to her. Even among her own people, she had never been so well accepted. Tears threatened to fall. To hide them, she took Deacon’s head in her hands, bringing his mouth down to hers once more. They kissed hungrily as the crowd went crazy.

Someone in the audience started yelling, “Speech! Speech!”

Everyone took up the chant. There was nothing for it, she would have to say something. Deacon led her to the center of the stage and the crowd grew quiet before being asked.

“I’m not good at giving speeches,” Fiddlestix grinned rather nervously. “But I do want to thank you all for your kindness and generosity, as well as your bravery and sacrifice. Everyone here lost someone they care about. Therefore, I honor your dead by swearing to you that I will always do my best, no matter what, to protect the Shine Clan. You are my family now. Thank you!”

She stepped back by Deacon, trying to lose herself behind his massive body. He took her hand, leading her forward once more. To loud, joyous applause, he took a bow, encouraging her to bow as well.

Blushing furiously, she backed up to hide in the ranks of her soldiers. They parted enough to let her into the front row, but refused to let her go any further. They were proud of her and they thought she deserved all the praise she was getting.

After the ceremony, a huge dinner was set up. The Shine Clan women prided themselves on being able to feed a man until he could eat no more. They pressed food on Fiddlestix’ men, practically force feeding them. After eating, the tables were pushed out of the way and musicians clamored onto an improvised stage at one end of the room. They struck up a traditional square dance and Frank Lord got up to call it.

Fiddlestix had no idea what she was doing, so she refused to dance. Deacon and Jasper tried to persuade her, but she kept refusing. Finally, in desperation, Deacon spoke to the musicians and asked for a different tune. Because it was for Fiddlestix, they heartily agreed. The square dance tune ended and the couples left the floor. The band struck up a slow dance, an old tune from the 1970’s.

It wasn’t something Fiddlestix remembered hearing before, but it was so sweetly compelling, she agreed to dance with Deacon. The melody carried her away and she lost herself in his embrace. As they danced, he sang to her, his voice a smooth, melodic tenor. The lyrics brought tears to her eyes as they danced.

“I wanna rock your gypsy soul, just like way back in the days of old. And magnificently we will go into the mystic.”

It wasn’t a long song, but the band enjoyed watching Deacon and Fiddlestix dance so much, they improvised, each instrument taking a solo. She didn’t even notice that she and Deacon were the only ones dancing until the music stopped. Her heart was so full, she wanted to cry. Tears welled in her blue eyes, dripping out the corners and down her cheeks. Deacon leaned forward, kissing her gently. Quiet applause surrounded them as they walked off the dance floor. Instead of stopping for the congratulations and well wishes, Deacon took her back to his quarters.

“Won’t everyone wonder where we’ve gone?”

Deacon got his elbow stuck in his sleeve and nearly ripped his shirt trying to get it free. “I don’t give a good damn. Let ’em wonder.”

“As their leader, don’t you have to put in an appearance?”

“Did that all ready. Hush now, woman, and kiss me.”

They made love long into the night, finally falling into an exhausted sleep once more. It seemed no time later that Jasper was again banging on the door. This time, he woke them to let Fiddlestix know that her people were ready to go. Their job done, it was time to go back to General McLain and make their report.

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Character Quotes from Best Medicine by Dellani

character-quotes-image“Were we? Oh, you asked when I’d last eaten. I’ve got some leftovers in the house, I’ll just warm something up in the microwave. I don’t want to be any trouble.”

“It’s no trouble. I don’t have any leftovers to warm up and I’m starving. I don’t feel like cooking and I hate to eat out alone. So this isn’t a date, this is two hungry people having a meal.”

Tanya’s face softened as she smiled. “Put that way, how can a girl refuse? You make it sound so…irresistible. Will you at least let me pay for my own meal?”

“No, I invited you. My treat.”

“Can I get a shower? I’ve been in this outfit for more than one dance. I’d like to put on something else.”

“Sure, if I can grab one with you.” At her shocked gasp, he chuckled. “I’m kidding! Yes, shower. I’ll run home and change and come back in what, thirty minutes? Oh, wait. Can a woman get ready in thirty minutes?”

“Watch me,” she grinned, rising to the challenge.

“I’d love to watch you, but then I would get arrested and you wouldn’t get dinner.”

Tanya smacked him playfully on the arm. “Naughty! The thirty minutes don’t count until I get in the door,” she countered, grabbing her keys.

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Character Quotes from The Kahela by Dellani

The Kahlea frontThe Kahlea is Book 4 in the Lone Wolf Sci-Fi series

“Eight hours a day, eight visits per day, that gives us just over three months of this!” Wil ran long fingers through his thick, wavy hair.

Matilda smoothed it, leading him off the teleporter. They’d just gotten home and she was tired. Wil never seemed to get weary and she envied him. Wil was just bored with the routine and formality of it all.

“I’d rather throw a big party, get them all blind ass drunk and have done with it!”

“I know, but we have to do this formally, Wil. We can’t insult anyone by not according them all the same honor. They need to know that their leaders care. You’re the man in charge, they look up to you.”

“I hate being in charge! I detest being important!”

“Now you’re being childish. You’re a born leader, and you know it. You aren’t happy unless you’re telling someone what to do.” She smirked.

“On the battlefield, yeah! I’d rather face a rabid wildebeest than do this for ninety more days!”

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Character Quotes from Beauty Queen by Dellani

character-quotes-imageThey sat at one of the tiny, delicate tables on equally delicate chairs.

I always feel as if I’m going to topple off these things. A child could sit on it. For anyone with a fair sized butt, it’s a risk,” Niki said as she perched precariously.

Chas’ gaze dropped to her chair—at least she hoped it was the chair.

They’re perfectly stable, but they do seem to be designed for a narrow hipped anorexic. Or a twelve year old boy. Hard to say.”

Niki tightened up a little when he said anorexic. “Not everyone who is thin has an eating disorder, Mr. Cross.”

I wasn’t implying that, Miss Tessler. I would never so presume.”

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Character Quotes from So Much It Hurts by Dellani

SoMuchItHurtsbyDellaniOakes500Questions?” Amita asked.

Probably, but I can’t think of any right now,” Pia replied.

No problem. You’ve got my numbers.” She pointed to the neatly printed numbers at the top of the sheet. “And you know Thing One and Thing Two.” She pointed to Yancy, then Flynn.

I’m Thing One, thanks,” Flynn replied. “I was here first.”

Five minutes.” Yancy punched him on the arm.

Alphabetically,” Amita suggested with a smile.

See? Told ya!” Flynn pointed an accusing finger at Yancy as he gathered dishes.

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Character Quotes from Star Crossed by Dellani

character-quotes-image“Helene is nice,” Tina teased.

“Helene has a man,” he snapped.

“It may not be serious.”

“She’s planning the office Christmas party for him.”

“Maybe he’s a really pushy boss. Women don’t like pushy.”

“Don’t, okay? It’s not meant to be.”

“You don’t know that.”

“I can read the signs, Tina. And one of them is this big.” He held his arms all the way out. “And it says, Stay Outta My Pussy in big red letters.”

“What’s a pussy, Mommy?” Emmett asked from the doorway.

“It’s another name for a cat.” She flashed an angry glare at her brother.

“Why do you have to stay out of it?” Violet asked her uncle.

“Because it’s rude to violate a pussy. Go get dressed,” Abe replied.

“What’s violate?” Emmett asked.

“Never mind. Go.” He snapped his fingers loudly, pointing up the stairs.

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Character Quotes from A Night in St. Augustine by Dellani

character-quotes-imageThe coffee was ready. She pushed the plunger down and poured them each a steaming cup. James added sugar. Sorsha added cream and sugar to the nearly black brew.

“Now, the question, vibrating in the air between us—why would someone drug you? An angry ex? A cuckolded husband?”

James chuckled, shaking his head. “Nothing like that. Haven’t had a woman in weeks.” Blushing slightly, he found the contents of his cup very interesting. “Been working. Needed to be clear headed.”

“Professional athlete?” Head tilted, she raised an eyebrow. Topaz eyes riveted him to his seat.

He laughed loudly. “No. Truth?”

“Always.”

“I’m a thief. A very good thief.”

“And what do you steal? The hearts of women?”

“Jewels, mostly. The odd piece of art. I take others when someone has a job of particular discretion.”

“Oh, my God! You aren’t kidding!”

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Character Quotes from The Lady in the Purple Hat by Dellani

character-quotes-image“Nothing to count until the casino money starts to roll in, or the bar tabs get totaled,” he joked. “How about you? No Mahjong tournament to organize, or last minute Bingo games?”

Balling up her little hand, Cassie punched his arm. Her hands were small, but she knew how to hit.

“Ouch. What’s that for?”

“Making light of my job. If I didn’t do my job so well, you wouldn’t have a job.”

“I always make fun. Why’s today different?”

She didn’t say anything. Frowning, she turned her head. Blonde hair framed her pretty, heart shaped face, but a pout marred her beauty. Beau touched her chin.

“Tell me.”

Cassie huffed a sigh, shaking her head. “Family.”

“Ohhh, on the cruise. Who this time?”

“Gran.”

“Your grandmother? Which side?”

“Dad’s. The crazy one.”

“Aw, Tilly’s not crazy. A little eccentric….”

“She gets anymore eccentric, they will cart her away to the funny farm.”

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