Character Quotes from So Much It Hurts by Dellani


How many brothers and sisters?” Yancy asked Pia.

Three of each.”

Four sisters, all younger,” Yancy said.

I’m a one and only,” Flynn remarked sourly. “I always wanted a brother, but it’s just as well…” He didn’t elaborate.

Pia got the uneasy notion that family was a sore spot with Flynn.

So, an art major and a business major walked into this hotel,” she said with a grin.

Both men laughed loudly.

Sounds like the beginning of an unsavory joke,” Flynn remarked casually, lounging on the divan. His long legs stretched far away from him.

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Character Quotes from Love Under Lights by Dellani

character-quotes-image“I think you learn a lot about a man by what he likes to drink.” She shrugged.

“What if I’d said tequila?”

“I’d make this a quick lunch and never go out with you again.”

He laughed, grinning. “Not a tequila fan. Makes me do stupid things.”

“Like dance naked on the pool table,” Macy said with a grin. “It was a sight to see!” She told Lilly as they crossed the street.

Lilly allowed herself to ogle Calvin for a moment, imagining. “I’ll bet,” she said quietly.

“Feeling the love here,” Barry said. “I’ve been skinny dipping.” He flexed his arms, posing.

Macy pinched a bicep and raised an eyebrow. “Okay… also an interesting image.”

“Tasty,” Lilly added.

Calvin frowned. He jabbed Barry lightly in the ribs.

“Hey! Ouch! I’m delicate,” Barry whined playfully, rubbing his side.

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Dead on Arrival by Karen Vaughan

Book cover for Dead on arrivalKaren Vaughan is currently slaving away at her NaNo novel, so she hasn’t had time to post here today. That’s okay! Dellani to the rescue. In case you didn’t know it, Karen writes some wonderful, crazy, funny mysteries. Some folks would call them ‘cozy’ but I just call them great! Below is a review of her book, Dead on Arrival.

Laura Hamilton didn’t know what she was expecting when she got up that Monday morning, but it sure wasn’t finding a dead body in her living room. Yes, a dead man! Apparently delivered sometime over the weekend, he was currently adorning her living room carpet.

Jeff Gibbons, the inspector called to the scene, isn’t quite sure what to make of Laura, but he has a gut instinct. Even if she does know the victim, she’s not guilty. A fact which is brought to light when it becomes apparent that someone’s out to get her.

Gerry, the building super, is a long term friend of Laura’s. Insisting on protecting her, he takes Laura into his home to keep her safe. Soon, he’s sharing his space with Laura and her Siamese two cats—Sean and Seamus.

No matter what she does, Laura keeps getting dragged deeper into this ridiculous set of circumstances. When more dead bodies show up, she decides enough is enough. She and Gerry do what they can to help Inspector Gibbons find the killer.

Dead On Arrival is a wonderfully lighthearted mystery that moves at a lively pace. Vaughan’s humor adds an interesting dimension to her story, keeping it from being too grim. Her dialogue is sprightly, fleshing out the characters. Even minor players have very distinct personalities.

I enjoyed Laura and Gerry’s amateur sleuthing as they muddle through, trying to keep Laura safe while they figure out who’s trying to kill her and why.

Five Golden Acorns for Vaughan’s debut book. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a lighthearted mystery with plenty of intrigue.

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Character Quotes from Posed for Love by Dellani

character-quotes-imageJust over an hour later, Bob knocked on the door and called softly to me. I got up and turned on the light, time to get ready for work. Then I realized I didn’t have my uniform. Jerking open the door, I was ready to call Bob, but he was standing there with my uniform in his hands.

“Tina and I stopped by on the way to her job. The police are concentrating their efforts on the other apartment.” He looked chagrined when he said that. “Tina talked to the cops and they let her in, allowed her to get some personal stuff out for you both, so you have your uniform and some other things. They won’t let you back in for awhile, but at least you won’t be naked.” He chuckled softly, eyeing me critically. “Not that like that would be a bad thing,”

I shoved him playfully with one hand grabbing my uniform with the other and shut the door in his face with my hip.

“I’ll just wait out here then,” his voice was muffled by the wood.

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Character Quotes from Driving Blind by Dellani

character-quotes-imageAx stood in the hallway, leaning against the wall. When the door opened, he looked at his watch, raising an eyebrow. “Not bad. I’ve been here only five minutes.”

You’re lucky I’m not going for a formal look. You’d be here a while longer.”

Just seeing you is worth any wait.” He leaned forward, his lips hovering over hers.

With a lift of his heels, he tipped forward. Zenobia rose on her toes ever so slightly. Time seemed to stop for a moment as they breathed one another’s scent. Their lips parted, ready.

Hey, y’all!” Earl came down the hall. “Oops!”

Ax groaned with frustration. “Ever heard of timing, dude?”

Yeah, my wife says it sucks—except—”

We get it. Next time, keep your mouth shut and walk quietly away.”

I’ll work on that.”

Ax turned toward his friend, glaring. “Ya think you could start now?”

Why bother? The mood’s spoiled anyway.”

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Character Quotes from Whose Book Is It Anyway? by Dellani

character-quotes-imageGrace listened to some horrendous disco station. It’s fairly new and plays a lot BeeGees and other schlock that I totally hate. For some reason, she loves it. It’s a character flaw that I’ve never been able to break her of. I switched the station when I stopped for a light.

“Hey, I like that song!”

“I refuse to listen to Xanadu in my own car,” I protested. “No. You’re not switching it back.” Instead, I cranked up Black Dog and let her suffer for the next few blocks.

“You’re an evil man, Duff Morgan,” she pouted.

“Not evil, babe. I just have taste. Didn’t anyone ever tell you that disco is dead?”

“Only you, every time I listen to it. I think if you gave it a chance, you’d like it.”

“You said that about squid, too,” I replied. “And that Russian style massage and bungee jumping. Did I like any of them?”

She laughed loudly, remembering the failed attempts at broadening my horizons. “No. Complete Bucket List fail,” she said with an exaggerated sigh.

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Character Quotes from Car Trouble by Dellani

character-quotes-image“Mr. Mason, it’s two in the morning. No cab will come for you this late,” Calliope said.

“Shit.” I leaned against the window. “I just want to get home. It’s been a long trip.”

“Where have you been? If you don’t mind my asking.”

“Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.”

“Ooh, exciting,” she sounded just the opposite.

“Not really,” I chuckled.

“Didn’t think so. Were you traveling for business or pleasure?”

“Who would go to Louisiana or Mississippi for pleasure?”

“Gator hunters or gamblers,” she said with finality as if she spoke the gospel truth.

“I was stalking pelicans for the Wildlife Federation.”

“Really?” She didn’t know whether to believe me or not.

“No, I’m an author. I did a tri-state book signing tour.”

Laughing, she took the New Smyrna exit and made the turn onto SR 44, heading east.

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Character Quotes from Down the Drain by Dellani

character-quotes-imageDario came back with two bottles of Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, handing it to Vanessa with a flourish.

A lady as lovely as you, should have the best.”

Thank you.” She took the proffered bottle and sipped as he watched. “Oh, that’s good! Yum!”

Dario smirked, ducking his head slightly. “Glad you approve. I have a cousin who works at the brewery in California. He keeps me supplied.”

Can’t you buy this at the liquor store?” she smirked, raising an eyebrow as she sipped.

Yeah.” He stretched, extending his legs, exposing a tasty patch of sculpted abdomen. “But it sounds better to the ladies if I tell them how much trouble I went to, to get it.”

Vanessa laughed, tossing her head back. “Should you tell me that? Doesn’t it spoil the mystique?”

Maybe, but you aren’t the type of woman a man should lie to.”

That sobered her slightly. “Do I—come across…. How do I—? Do I seem—mean?” she stumbled and stuttered, trying not to seem needy or bitchy.

Dario laughed, shaking his head. “Vanessa, you are a whole lot of intimidating. But underneath beats the heart of a passionate woman—who can be scary as hell.”

That doesn’t make me feel better, Dario. Just saying.”

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Among the Shine Clan – Part 8 by Dellani

among-the-shine-clan-coverNeither Fiddlestix, nor Deacon Scott, are happy with one another. They’ve decidedly gotten off on the wrong foot. Of course, the curses she hurled at him, in order to get his attention, might have something to do with it. Both realize they have to work together to capture the rogue cyber warriors, but it doesn’t mean they have to like it—or each other.

“I didn’t ask to be sent here, General Scott,” she turned back to Deacon. “But if I’d had my way, I’d have asked before I barged in. I would have brought no more than twenty people and we would have taken care of this nice and quiet. Unfortunately, I had no way to contact you.”

“Why do you think McLain sent you in like this then?” Deacon couldn’t keep the curiosity out of his voice.

“Slap in the face to you and a burning desire to see me cut down. He hates me. He’s a dumb ass and I’ve told him that more than once. I used to be Captain Hannah Braun. About six months ago, he busted me to Master Sergeant. Only because he couldn’t really take me any lower without raising a few eyebrows. There’s not a man or woman on my team who hasn’t had some sort of confrontation with him.”

“Except Lieutenant Frieze,” Harmony added quietly.

“Yeah, well, look where that sorry sack of shit’s hiding out,” Kaz added vehemently. “Doped up in the hospital. Coward.”

Fiddlestix grinned, her eyes twinkling. “Oh, Kaz, is that any way to talk about our superior officer?” She snorted derisively.

Harmony and Kaz joined her in a short, hearty laugh at Frieze’s expense.

“Superior, my ass….” Harmony chuckled.

One look at Deacon and the laughter stopped. His eyes were hard, like crystals. His face bland, dangerous.

“So, you’re telling me,” he said quietly. “You think this whole thing was McLain’s way of getting even with us and taking you and your people down? Is that it? That’s your brilliant theory as to why all this transpired? My father is dead because of this! My men are dying, my people terrified. I’ve got a society that’s falling apart around my ears and you think it’s for revenge?” He leaned over the table once more, banging both fists on it forcefully.

“Deacon,” Frank Lord spoke so softly, Fiddlestix barely heard him. “Sit down, son.”

Deacon’s glare turned to his uncle. He pointed angrily at the older man. “I’m not your son. Don’t be thinking because we’re kin that it gives you any kind of advantage here. I will see hell burn before I believe this is simply revenge.”

He headed for the door, his men in his wake. All but Frank Lord and Jasper followed him. Deacon hesitated at the door. Shrugging his shoulders, he tossed his long, blond hair aside. Jerking the door open, he nearly took it off its hinges. Without another word, he was gone. The silence settled in the room somewhat uncomfortably.

“Well, that was fun,” Jasper smirked.

“Not really.” Fiddlestix didn’t smile. “Jasper, I know I’m right about this. McLain isn’t a devious man, he’s not smart enough. To him, this makes sense. To me, it’s stupid as hell, but he would see it as the perfect way to get rid of a number of pesky problems.”

“I don’t disbelieve you, Hannah. Deacon believes you too, he just won’t admit it. He took our father’s death hard. It has registered with him that he’s the man in charge now and our daddy was a hard act to follow. He’s got big boots to fill. He can do it, if he’ll let himself. Can’t grieve and lead.” His eyes grew sorrowful and he stopped talking abruptly.

“What do you need from us?” Frank Lord asked her politely. “I want this over and done.”

“I have to get close. I’m serious when I say I have to have line of sight. I can’t do my job without help.”

“What if you gave us the codes, let us handle it?” Jasper asked.

It was more than just a question. It could be interpreted as a veiled threat. Fiddlestix chose to take it at face value.

“It’s voice coded as well as imprinted. The codes will work for me or Kaz. No one else has been coded to them. So if we both go down, you’re stuck with those guys until hell freezes.”

“F**k me,” Jasper whispered. His dark eyes sparkled and he smiled disarmingly. “You could, you know.” He left it at that.

Fiddlestix’ laugh popped out loudly. She’d heard some come-ons in her time, but that one was certainly unique. Were the circumstances different, she’d have gladly taken Jasper up on his invitation, but they had a job to do.

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Character Quotes from Feels Like Rain by Dellani

character-quotes-imageHey, Bo.” It was his brother, Walton.

Walt, hey!” he tried to sound cheerful, but he was anticipating the funeral now that he’d been talking about it.

You okay?”

I will be when this shit’s over. What’s up?”

Calling to make sure you’re all right. I been meaning to, but got called out on a job. Just got back. Wasn’t shit for reception out there.”

Where were you?”

Some bayou someplace that God forgot. Doing a mineral study.” Walton was a geologist who worked for an environmental protection agency. “I got bug bites no man should get bit. But I’ll be in my fancy duds and with you at the funeral. I’ve been asked to be a pallbearer.”

Orleans left directions on who he wanted. He asked for you and the boys personally. I guess he wanted a matched set.” It was easier to talk about it if he joked, but it was getting harder.

I’m on my way over.”

It’s okay….”

I’m in my car already. I’ll be there in five.” He hung up.

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