Character Quotes, Dellani Oakes

Character Quotes from Beach Babe ~ A Love Under the Sun Romantic Suspense by Dellani Oakes

“Triplets?” I paled somewhat. “You have triplets?”

“Yep. Multiple births run in the family. Dechlan’s a twin. Didn’t you know? He and Michael. He’s ten minutes older.” He pointed at Dechlan.

“And fertile as rabbits,” he admitted, sheepishly.

I punched his arm. “Now you tell me!”

“You said you wouldn’t mind a baby,” he pouted.

“I wouldn’t, but I feel like I’ve been set up. Super sperm that makes Xerox copies? How’s that fair?”

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Character Quotes from Between Friends ~ A Love Under the Sun Romance by Dellani Oakes

At the cash register, he paid for the groceries and bought himself a carton of cigarettes. Sharilyn wished he wouldn’t smoke, but she never fussed at him about it. She had no right to control his behavior. Seeming to sense her disapproval, he turned to her.

“You won’t let me drink, I gotta do something.”

“Okay, but….”

“Outside. Yes, ma’am. I know the rules. And if Terri asks me, it’s a dirty, nasty habit and I’m trying to quit. And I am…. Never knew it would be so hard.”

“You need a hobby,” the cashier said.

Keenan chuckled as the woman handed him his change. Raising an eyebrow, he winked at her. “Does sex count?”

Sharilyn blushed, ducking her head as the older woman chuckled.

“You embarrassed your girlfriend, sweetie,” she said with a laugh.

“She’ll survive. As long as I keep the bad boy in action, she’s happy.” He winked at the woman, who laughed louder.

“You know that’s the only reason women forgive men anything, right?”

“For real? Thought she forgave me for my generosity and magnetic personality.”

“That, and what’s in your pants,” the bagger, a guy about his age, added.

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Character Quotes from After Midnight~ Florida Families Romantic Suspense by Dellani Oakes

The annoyed young doctor prepared to take a scraping of the welt, but Amos caught his wrist.

“I’m real sorry you think I’m such an inconvenience, Doc,” he growled quietly. “But since you’re coming at me with sharp objects, I’d appreciate it if you’d be more careful.”

The doctor huffed and puffed until Amos released his arm. Glaring at him, he approached once more, muttering about junkies and their disgusting diseases. Amos stopped him again, his fingers tightening uncomfortably. Van stepped forward calmly, watching.

“You’re under the misconception that I’m a junkie. I get that. Everyone who’s homeless is obviously, without doubt, a drug user, right? I mean, we can’t just be down on our luck. That would mean we’re people. I’m not a drug addict, Bubba. I’m not a drunk. What I am is a man with a lot of pain and a real short temper. I want you to get someone else to do this job, cause you’re not touching me.”

“You can’t do that!”

“I think you’ll find that he can,” Van said, approaching in a menacing fashion. “You need to work on your attitude, buddy. My friend has been through a lot the last twenty-four hours.”

“That’s hardly my fault,” the doctor snarled.

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

“Ready to brave the dinner table?”


“I hope you’re hungry, because the women in this family will feed you within an inch of your life. They have this secret ratio by which they take into account your height, weight and age, multiply by the phase of the moon and apply some strange algorithm, calculating just how much food you can consume before you explode.”

“Sounds dangerous.”

“It can be, my friend. It can be. Don’t worry, Mom is a professional. She can do it in her head. I hear that my sisters still need algebraic calculators.”

“You know me, I’m always hungry.”

Boyd pointed at his friend, advancing rapidly. “Never say that where they can hear you! That is the kiss of death. Say you’re stuffed before you actually are, or therein madness lies.”

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Character Quotes from Mirrored~ Florida Families Romantic Suspense by Dellani Oakes

“I hate to say, Cora. I’m worried. She’s not been the same since Bear passed. You have to keep in mind, though, she was married three times longer than she was single. She went right from home to living with him. It’s not a surprise that she’s nervous. I’m glad you’re here.”

“Why, so you can get a full night’s sleep?” Her green eyes flashed again.

“No, so I don’t have to worry about her. She’s lonely. That’s the main reason she calls me at night. I know that and I don’t mind. Kind of awkward if there’s a woman over….” He sighed, shaking his head. “Sorry. Not what I meant to say. Who am I kidding? There’s hardly been a woman over here since I moved in.” His head dropped to the table and he groaned at his own admission. “I didn’t mean to say that, either.”

Cora giggled at him. He wasn’t sure if that made it better or worse. She laughed harder.

“Oh, poor you! I never saw such a woebegone man in my life.”

“I never heard a woman my age use the word woebegone,” Jed mumbled to the table. “I can tell I’m going to have to keep a dictionary in my pocket.”

“Too erudite for you? My apologies. I’ll endeavor to whittle down my vocabulary so you’re able to comprehend me.”

“Yeah. I’d be most appreciative if you’d whittle a little.”

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Character Quotes from Trifecta ~ A Love in the City Romantic Suspense by Dellani Oakes

“Is there a Mr. Lang?” Russell asked quietly as they waited for the receptionist.

Althea didn’t need to stay with him, but she used the cast removal as an excuse. “Yes, there is.”

Russ’ face fell. He might have known a woman as amazing as Althea would be married.

“He’s my dad.” She giggled at his consternation. “I’m not married, Detective. Why?”

“Curious. I’m an investigator, Nurse Lang. Always asking questions.”

“I’m thirty-two, I’ve been a nurse for five years and my favorite color is aquamarine.”

Russ snorted, shaking his head. “Most people would say blue.”

“But it’s a cross between blue and green, a very specific shade. It also happens to be my birthstone.”

“A March baby, huh?”

“Good on you knowing that.”

“Also a March baby. Missed being an April Fool’s joke by a minute and forty-five seconds.”

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Character Quotes from Double Trouble ~ A Love in the City Romantic Suspense by Dellani Oakes

“We’re going camping.”

“We’re what?” Paige screeched. “I don’t camp. I like running water and air conditioning and baths in hot water….”

Trey held up his hand, halting her tirade. “It’s an expression. We’re going to get ourselves lost. Don’t worry about it. We know how to take care of a lady.”

Jackie’s laugh turned seductive. “That’s for damn sure. There was one time….”

Chay held up his hand, politely stopping her. “No offense, Jackie, but I really can’t hear details of his sex life. I’ll have nightmares.”

“Full of jealousy and anger,” Trey supplied with a husky laugh.

“No, full of nausea and disgust.”

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Character Quotes from The Great Mandrake ~ A Florida Families Romance by Dellani Oakes

“I’m so sorry. You don’t know how much I’ve been sweating this. If you hadn’t said yes, I don’t know what I would have done. Probably gotten out my baton and twirled it for twenty minutes. Can you be here ready to go on at seven?”

“Yeah. No problem. I’m happy to help out. See you at six thirty.”

“Thank you again, Mr. Mann. You’re a lifesaver.”

“Call me Drake. You’re very welcome, Miss Capo. What flavor am I?”



She giggled, blushing. “What flavor do you want to be?”

“I dunno, what’s your favorite?”

“I was always partial to butterscotch.”

He nodded. “I like Wint-O-green. They spark in the dark.” He winked, giving her a crooked smile as he walked out the door.

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Character Quotes from How Original ~ A Love in the City Romantic Suspense by Dellani Oakes

Heading to wardrobe, they heard a loud, female voice echoing on the set. Carl froze. He knew that voice, far better than anyone. He’d hoped never to hear it again. Grabbing a nearby gaffer by the shirt front, he stared at him wide eyed.

“Is that—Brianna Wetherford?”

“Hell, I dunno, Mr. Evans. She’s some brassy blonde, who’s this week’s guest star.”

“Tall, bony, looks like she could skin you alive with her fingernails?”

“Yeah.” The young man shuddered. “f**king creepy.”

“Oh, Jesus, take me now,” Carl prayed aloud.

“What’s wrong?” Nathan asked, concerned for his friend. “You don’t look so good, Carl. Should I get the medic?”

“Just a stiff whiskey or some Xanax. Both.”

The yelling turned to an ear splitting screech.

“Who is that?”

“Brianna Wetherford. My ex-wife.”

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Trick or Treat? Celebrating At Home

Trick or Treat?

October is right around the corner—cooler weather, hot chocolate, and of course, Halloween. What will Halloween look like during a pandemic? Many cities have already canceled Halloween’s typical festivities, such as Haunted Houses, large parties, and have even gone as far as recommending kids bypass trick or treating altogether. Personally, given the circumstances, I think sitting it out this year isn’t a bad idea, not sure how my grandkids feel about that, but we’ll see.

If you decide to celebrate, what can you do to keep your kids safe during these unusual times? Start by trying to keep your house party small, family-only, if at all possible, or people you spend time with regularly. Small groups, ten and under, I believe, is the ongoing recommendation. Kids young enough to enjoy trick or treating can still enjoy Halloween within the safety of your own home; get creative. Award a prize for the best costume; parents can join in, which always adds to the fun. Create spooky recipes ahead of time or together since things are different this year. Caramel Apples, always a hit, as are Witch Finger Cookies, No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake (one of my favorites), but how about turning it into a spooky brain?

Cooking together is always fun, and you can find these recipes and more on the Food Network Halloween page. Here:

As far as activities go, there’s plenty to do. Cornhole, kids love it. Apple bobbing never gets old—water, kids, and apples! Twister. Who doesn’t love to get tangled up? Pin the stalk on the pumpkin (how’s that for Halloweenish). Halloween movies, kid-friendly, of course. Carving and painting pumpkins—that will kill tons of time, and the kids love it. Have a prize for the best pumpkin afterward. You can even collect the seeds and bake them (not sure if they need to be dried out or not first), but I do know you toss the seeds in melted butter and salt. Bake at 300 degrees for about 40-45 minutes, stirring now and then, and enjoy.

So even though COVID has taken a toll on all of us and changed how we’re doing things at this time, we can still find creative ways to enjoy Halloween with our kids and grandkids, safely. I hope, like everyone, things will return to normal soon, but for now, this new normal is the safest route for everyone. I’m already checking out these recipes, so many options.

Enjoy your family, and Happy Halloween in advance.

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