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Character Quotes from Next Go Round by Dellani

character-quotes-imageTurning, I was gazing into the amazingly blue eyes of Caden.

His dark hair was slicked back and he had changed into khaki shorts, white T-shirt and wild colored Hawaiian print shirt. He looked like a tourist. I couldn’t help but grin.

“You’re going for the I’m From Out of Town Look, huh?”

“Too much? I can change.” He held the shirt tail from him with pinky fingers extended.

“You look great. You don’t have to change.”

Spence trotted into the living room wearing the identical Hawaiian shirt. Caden looked at me and rolled his eyes.

“Now I have to change. I can’t be seen in the same shirt as Spence. Everyone will think we’re from the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Players Orchestra.”

“We did steal their shirts,” Spence teased. “Actually, I had no idea he had the same shirt. My mum gave me this before we left.”

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Character Quotes from Drenched by Dellani

character-quotes-imageNever date a cowboy,” Elizabeth stated.

I don’t plan to. But why?” Dylan replied.

I never met one who could spell or adhere to monogamy.”

Oooh, gotcha. So, you’re single?” He sounded way too happy to hear that.

I don’t date my boss, Mr. Marshall,” she replied in a bone chilling tone.

No worries. We just sometimes keep some odd hours. I don’t want a husband or boyfriend thinking I’m getting a lap dance from my secretary after hours.”

Tops and Bottoms is close, you can always go there.”

Exactly! That’s what makes this location ideal.”

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Amanda Thrasher is a Busy Lady!

linkedamanda-1024x812Amanda Thrasher is a busy lady! Author, publisher, mom and daughter, she’s got a lot on her plate. That being the case, I decided to share a link to one of my radio broadcasts with you, from April 26, 2017. The other amazing guests are Darrell Bartell, Matthew Gene and William Speir. As always, we had a lot of fun and laughs. Enjoy!

Today, Dellani and Christina welcome guests from Progressive Rising Phoenix Press. First up, author/ publisher Amanda Thrasher, whose books for children and young adults both amuse and inspire her readers. She is the author of such works as The Greenlee Project, Fairy Match in the Mushroom Patch and Bitter Betrayal.

Other guests are:

Darrell Bartell author of Barry and the Vampire in the Rosedale Encounter and Ten-Five: You’re Going Home, Marine!

Matthew Gene author of Hope and Terminus X.

William Speir author of King’s Ransom; Arthur, King; Legacy of the Grand Master and many more.

Join the fun while we chat about books, writing and publishing the Rising Phoenix way!

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Character Quotes from Reaching for the Moon by Dellani

character-quotes-image“Good eye. It’s an R8 Spyder. Call me a snob, it’s the only kind of car I’ll drive.”

“Why?” Amanda thought of her crummy little compact Korean car and felt mildly put out with him.

“I like how it looks. I like how it handles. And—I can afford it.” He smirked, dodging around another car as they headed out of town.

“Compensating?” She immediately regretted the remark. It was the kind of thing she would say to her brothers and cousins. “Sorry. Sometimes that stop filter doesn’t work.”

Instead of being offended, Trent laughed. “Never for a moment,” he replied with a cocky grin. “If I were, wouldn’t I drive something—bigger?”

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Character Quotes from Love in Stitches by Dellani

character-quotes-imageWhen Toby turned around, Sterling was standing there laughing quietly. He greeted her with a friendly kiss on the cheek. Her raven wing hair had a bluish cast in the noonday sunshine, her dark eyes sparkling.

“Sorry I’m late,” she returned the kiss. “You lie way too well, Toby. How do you do that?”

“I’m innately dishonest,” was the glib reply. “But I’m so upfront about it, it comes across as total honesty.” He shrugged as he flopped down on the ground. “It’s a gift.”

“You’re insane.” She flopped beside him, slipping off her shoes.

“It’s part of my charm.”

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Character Quotes from 99 Problems by Dellani

character-quotes-imageWood grinned, winking at me. “Cool.” He glanced over at his uncle. “Can I help with anything?”

“Yes, entertain my guest. I need to get the water bottle.” Carl trotted up the steps, letting the screen door drop behind him.

“Subtle,” Wood said, watching his uncle’s retreating back. “Since he’s already got one.” He pointed to the clear plastic spray bottle sitting by the grill.

Another giggle escaped me. I couldn’t seem to stop myself. “Yes, that’s a word with which I always describe Carl. He’s a great guy, so subtle.”

“There are worse things to be called. Boring. Deformed. Addled. The list is endless.”

“You’ll be glad to know that you aren’t any of those things.” I blushed, dropping my head to my chest. I wanted to crawl under the picnic table and quietly hide until he left.

Wood chuckled. “Thanks. You’re pretty well formed. You don’t seem to be boring. Now addled….”

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Character Quotes from Star Gazing by Dellani

character-quotes-image“I’m a rat, G.H.,” Greg sighed.

“I see. It’s to be that sort of conversation, is it? Well, fetch us both a strong coffee, and unburden your heart. Great-Uncle Henry knows and sees all.” He sounded like a bemused psychic. “There’s no problem we can’t fix or overcome.”

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Among the Shine Clan

Among the Shine Clan – Part 4

among-the-shine-clan-coverThe mission has hardly begun when strange things start to happen. Without warning, several of the platoon disappear off the scanner. No one can explain it, including Kaz, who is watching the scanner.

“What?” Fiddlestix rounded on Kaz who looked at his computer screen helplessly.

“They were there a second ago, then poof! Gone!”

“Thirty people don’t go poof!”

“They just did!” Kaz was worried and scared, which made him rather surly.

Feeling surly herself, Fiddlestix grabbed the computer from his hands, nearly dropping it. Aside from the three of them, there were no other life forms showing on the screen.

“Not even a squirrel! You can’t tell me on this entire mountain there’s no squirrels!” She stopped, lowering her gun, turning in a slow circle. “I don’t know what you’re playing at, but if anything happens to my people, there will be hell to pay! I promise you that! Just so we’re clear, we’re here to help you. Or haven’t you noticed you’ve got a passel of crazy, cyber soldiers battering down your back door?”

“Master Sergeant? Are you okay?” Harmony’s dark face was clouded with worry.

“I know they’re watching, or listening, monitoring us somehow! Come on! Show yourselves! If I wanted to cause you trouble, would I march in here like a fool? Cowards! Hiding under your mountain! Come out!”

Spinning in a low, continuous circle, she bellowed for all she was worth. Hurling insults, she castigated the landscape. Harmony and Kaz looked more and more concerned. Kaz gasped suddenly, pointing over Fiddlestix’ left shoulder. She felt a tingling. Moving around so she faced the opposite direction, she kept her hands carefully away from her weapons, motioning her men to do the same. Taking a step forward, she focused on the bracken to the west, waiting.

A moment later, the bushes rustled and dozens of huge men poured forth. Even the smallest of them dwarfed Harmony, who was six foot seven. Their bodies were muscled in ways that Fiddlestix had never seen before. All of them were tall, buff and disarmingly handsome. None of them were smiling.

One man stepped forward, literally toe to toe with Fiddlestix. Well over seven feet tall, he loomed over her. At six three, she was used to looking down on most of her team members. This man made her lean back, gazing at his chin. Despite her irritation and disquietude, her heart fluttered, but not from fear. He was, for lack of a more descriptive term, gorgeous. Built along the lines of a Norse god, his golden blond hair flowed down his back. A tight, narrow braid was knotted with a red strip of leather and tossed casually over his left shoulder. His crystal blue eyes bored into her stormy gray ones.

“I’m here.” His deep, husky, musical voice filled her ears. His Southern accent was strong, flavoring his words like honey. “I can’t say I much appreciate the disparaging remarks about my character, though.” His lips made a firm, tight line. A steely glint flickered in the back of his eyes.

“I need to speak to your leader.”

Fiddlestix folded her arms across her ample chest, eyes flickering around the perimeter of the clearing, taking in the opposition. She counted twenty, but figured there were at least twice that many that she couldn’t see.

“About?”

“I don’t wanna explain twice, so I’d like to talk to him.” She made it clear she wasn’t moving until he granted her what she wanted.

“Look, lady, I don’t know who the hell you think you are, but do you know who you’re talking to?” A slightly shorter, but more muscular man detached himself from the group behind the blond god.

He was even more massively built than the other man, dark and brooding. They had to be brothers, there was a strong family resemblance. Especially in that defiant jaw. His eyes were dark brown, the other man’s were a clear, vivid blue with a steely edge.

“I’m Master Sergeant Hannah Braun of the United States Army,” she began confidently. “I demand to speak….”

“Honey,” the dark haired man’s brown eyes danced happily. “You’re speakin’ to him right now. After the noise you made in our woods, do you think anyone else was gonna come? Master Sergeant Hannah Braun, meet General Deacon Scott of the Shine Clan.”

Fiddlestix looked stunned. This was the leader of the Shine Clan? He wasn’t any older than she was! Had she heard right?

“You’re General Scott? We were led to believe that your leader was an older man, in his fifties?”

Deacon’s eyes clouded and his jaw worked fitfully as he tried to control his emotions. “My father was killed recently in a raid. You say you know something about the freaks who took our north gate two days ago?”

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Character Quotes from Ryder Bradley by Dellani

character-quotes-imageThis story hasn’t got a proper name yet, it’s just labeled for the main character.

“Just what Della is going to tell us,” Karen said, smiling at Della as she walked in the room.

“They had a big turnover at Ravenwood. One doctor murdered, killed by a colleague, another implicated as an accomplice. In all the kerfuffle following, a few patients, who had been up for review, were released by mistake. Her doctor was the one killed. Someone else went through his notes, spoke to the patients and, not knowing them like he did, released them. Three got out. Two are back. Vena, supposedly the least volatile, is still wandering around.”

“Least? What are the other two, ax murdering father rapers?” I yelped. “She’s Satan’s Mistress! Psychotic Hellspawn! She’s like napalm and C-4 all mixed together.” I shuddered, putting the cold bottle against my head. “For God’s sake, Ralan, find her fast, please. Or I will have performance issues out the ass, dude. And I just started dating someone new.”

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Character Quote from Fragrance Lingers by Dellani

character-quotes-image“Ah, yes! Come I will show you. We keep those for special customers, those with better than tourist tastes. Who is your mother?”

“Rosaline Cross,” she replied automatically, hardly expecting Auria to know her by name.

The woman turned happily, gasping as she took Mara’s hands in hers. “You’re Rosie’s daughter? You must be Mara. You have your mother’s eyes and her full lips. How’s your mother and when is she coming to see Auria again?”

“Mom’s doing great,” Mara was surprised at the warmth of the greeting. “She’s planning to come down in February, I think. Right now she’s house sitting for me. I’ve got a couple of grumpy, old cats who don’t do well in a kennel.”

“Who can blame them? Cats are independent natured. You can’t trap the wind and water, so why try to cage a cat?” Her smile was warm and welcoming. “I have just the thing,” she grinned, taking a dress off the rack. “I was saving this for your mother. She loves to buy pretty things for you and your sister. But now you’ve come yourself.”

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