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Character Quotes from Dark Moon by Dellani Oakes

character-quotes-imageAja unbuttoned her uniform jacket. Rob helped her remove it. She draped it over the back of a chair. She stood in her khaki flight pants and regulation sleeveless T-shirt. Robert stared at her as if she were clad in silk and pearls.

“I’ve missed you, Aja.”

“I’ve missed you too, Bobby.”

“You lost weight,” he said, measuring her waist with his hands. “What do they feed you in the Army?”

“Now you sound like my mother.”

“I’m not your mama, but I’ll be your daddy.” He leaned over to kiss her once more.

The intercom whistled again and Bo’s face reappeared. “Sis, dinner.”

“On my way.” She tried to keep the irritation from her voice, but failed.

Bo smirked and clicked off.

“There’s clothing in the closet that will fit you nicely.” Robert murmured. “I’ll give you a minute.”

Dark Moon held Bobby’s hand. “It’s good to see you, Bobby. Maybe after dinner….”

He rubbed his nose, a nervous gesture she remembered from their childhood. “Yeah, count on it.” He departed quickly.

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Character Quotes from Indian Summer by Dellani Oakes

Indian Summer color coverThe two men stopped just a few steps past my hiding place. I knew by his voice that one of them was James. The other man I didn’t recognize. James talked earnestly, looking furtively all around him. Not, thankfully, into my hiding place.

“I’m telling yew it mus’ be tonigh’!” the other man was speaking with roughly accented English in harsh undertones.

“Absolutely not! I forbid it!” James’ cultured voice held an authoritative edge. “It’s too soon. If we move now, all will be lost! We must plan this carefully. Tell General Oglethorpe that if this operation is to be a success, he must follow my lead. Tell him I’ll signal when the time is ripe.”

“Jes ‘ow do you pr’pose ta do tha’?” His companion growled. “Ligh’ a bloody sign’l fire?”

James barely held his temper. “In point of fact, I shall. Tell them to look to the south end of the fort and I’ll signal from there, but in my time! Tell him it could be months! Be gone now before we’re seen!”

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Character Quotes from Fly by Night by Dellani Oakes

character-quotes-image“Your dad is pretty cool,” he told Blythe. “He sure loves you a lot.”

“He hasn’t been giving you the Dad Treatment, has he?”

Elam chuckled. “Little bit. To be fair, he doesn’t know me and neither do you. I have only my dimples and sunny smile to recommend me.”

“I dunno. You’ve got a few other things to recommend you.”

Elam smirked, raising an eyebrow. “Do I wanna ask?”

Blythe rolled her eyes. “You have to know you’re gorgeous.”

“I do? Lucky me.”

“And you’re very sweet.” She held up her hand as he protested. “I know, men don’t want to be called sweet. Jason’s told me that often enough, but it’s true. And sweet is good. You’re smart and funny—and going out of your way to help an almost total stranger with the weirdest problem ever.”

“Actually, it’s pretty cool.”

“That’s what Paul said. Am I a science experiment?” her tone turned petulant.

“Blythe, I thought you were great when you came in after your accident. Weirdness aside, I still think that. I want to get to know you better. I’d like to see where this goes. Wouldn’t you?”

“My weirdness?” She frowned, pouting.

Elam took both her hands in his. His broad palmed, long fingered hands dwarfed hers. “I meant, something—between us. I’d like to find out where it goes. I like you, you’re funny and smart and pretty—and have an incredibly bizarre problem.”

Blythe burst out laughing. “I guess bizarre is in this season.”

“Yeah, and it’s sexy as hell,” he replied. Elam leaned closer, holding her hand.

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Character Quotes from Solaris by Dellani Oakes

character-quotes-imageBefore disconnecting, Wil stared directly into her eyes. The black, glittering orb of his right eye and the silver pupil of his cyber eye bored into hers making her shiver.

“Emme, there’s a chance I’ll have to get my hands bloody on this one.”

“Wil, I’ve never asked how you do what you do.”

“I mean….” He looked away from the monitor, closing his eyes a moment before turning back. “Ambrose has been an ambitious thorn in your side far too long. He is capable of anything. Much as I like his dedication to a goal, too many people would suffer if he got your job. It’s time, Emmelia. Ambrose has to die.”

“Wil, I can’t! He’s the only family I have left!”

“Emme, do you think for a second he’d let that stop him?”

“He’s not tried to kill me before.”

“Not for nothing do I keep a few very capable people on retainer. You may not realize it, but you’re incredibly well guarded. Ambrose has tried more than a few times to get to you. Not that I mind, but it’s getting damned difficult to keep you safe. I’d hate to lose you, Emmelia. You’re one of the few friends I have left.”

“Wil, I can’t order the death of my own uncle.”

“You don’t have to. All you have to say is that I have a free hand to end this. I won’t kill him unless I have to. I’ll give him every opportunity to do the right thing.”

Fighting tears, she inhaled deeply, slowly, her ample chest rising and falling as her breasts struggled against her clothing. “He’s my only family,” she whispered.

“Family doesn’t want you dead, Baby.”

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Character Quotes from First Love by Dellani Oakes

character-quotes-image“Can we have on the radio, Mr. C?” Brad asked. “Mrs. C wanted to play Barry Manilow. It was a unanimous veto on that.”

“What makes you think I don’t like Barry Manilow?” he asked over his shoulder.

“Because you’re too cool to think It’s a Miracle for Mandy to Be Somebody’s Baby over on Avenue C,” Brad replied.

The boys gave him an evil eye.

“You know an awful lot about Barry Manilow,” Maddie said. “Are you sure you aren’t a closet fan?”

“My mom listens to Manilow like—all day and forces me to pollute my mind with his lyrics. But when she’s gone, I put on some Hendrix or a little Jeff Beck and rock the rafters.”

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Among the Shine Clan

Among the Shine Clan by Dellani Oakes – Part 29

among the shine clan coverFiddlestix ran toward the river less than a mile away. There was a special place there she had always gone when she was upset. Her feet carried her there automatically, tears streaming down her face. Collapsing into a heap on the damp bank, she heard footsteps following her, but she did not look up, assuming it was Karl.

“Hey, chica,” Blacksmith’s voice was so unexpected, she stopped crying. “Listen, we gonna go now, or what? The men are asking about you. Let’s get out of here, okay?” He helped her stand up, eyeing her appraisingly. “He meant a lot to you, huh?”

She nodded, not trusting herself to speak.

His smile was gentle, warm with understanding. “There’s other men out there. Maybe you’ll find another one who’ll treat you right, eh?”

“Do you ever have regrets, Dario?”

“I have many. What kind?”

“Where you wonder what it would have been like to settle down and have a family?”

He laughed sardonically. “Sometimes, when I am very drunk, I have these thoughts. Then I find a pretty girl, have lots of sex and tequila and I feel better. We aren’t meant for that kind of life. Other people live like that. Not us.”

They had returned to the bikes and found themselves surrounded by muscular men dressed in camouflage uniforms. Karl was sending his best men with them, and for that, Fiddlestix was grateful.

Karl kissed her cheek, hugging her tightly to him, not wanting to let her go. “If you need me, you know how to contact me, Hannah,” he whispered before releasing her.

“Yes, Karl.”

“Hannah, I’m sorry….”

Fiddlestix pushed him away, turning abruptly from him. Flinging her long leg over the motorcycle, she kicked it into action. The Harlich men flanked the companions. Once they were on the road, she approached the man in charge, talking to him on her headset, explaining what had happened the night before with the Noir. His perfunctory nod punctuated the conversation.

“So, Hannah,” he said finally, switching to a private channel. “Does this mean you’re coming back?”

“No, Dirk, I’m not.”

“Because of Karl?”

“Not entirely.”

Dirk had been Karl’s best friend in those days. He knew about her disgrace, though many didn’t.

“I can’t go back to how things were. I’d fooled myself into thinking I could recapture my past. That doesn’t work.”

He nearly whispered into the microphone. “Do you still love him?”

“I thought I did, but no.”

“There are many other men around, Hannah. You don’t have to be alone unless you want to.”

She chuckled, making a rude gesture at him. “True. What’s funny is I’ve already had an invitation from someone else today, other than Karl, I mean.” She pulled ahead of him.

Puzzled, Dirk gunned his motor, trying to catch up. She wouldn’t reestablish conversation, no matter what he asked her.

They took side road, heading south. They would catch the remnants of I-95 and ride north, around the Noir territory. It was relatively safe here, as Château Noir had no hold on this area, not yet challenging the Harlichs for control. Given the hazards, the Noir didn’t really want it anyway. Alligators, snakes, panthers, sinkholes, quicksand and bogs made it one of the most dangerous areas in the county if not the state. The road was good, maintained by the Harlichs.

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Character Quotes from The Big Sleep by Dellani Oakes


“I want a half dozen yellow and apricot roses to this address.” He wrote it down for her. “As soon as possible. With this note.” He scribbled something on a card.

Bethany picked it up, reading it unashamedly. “For each time that I can’t remember. You’re sure?”

“Positive. With the other bouquet, this one.” He scribbled another note. “Looking forward to tonight. Each flower holds a memory and hopes of many more to come.” She frowned at him. “Two women getting flowers? What are you playing at?”

“Just send them. And don’t mix up those notes. Because after they snatch me bald, they’ll come after you.”

“I won’t mix them up,” she promised. “But two women?”

“It’s complicated, Bethany.”

“I’m getting that, Roger.”

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Character Quotes from The Experiment by Dellani Oakes


Lillibell came outside. She was dressed in a cute, girlish dress with a dropped waist and a ruffled skirt. Her shoes were more like ballet slippers and she carried a Hello Kitty purse. Her hair was dark and curly, pulled back in a low ponytail.

When Lillibell saw the car, she stopped, gasping, before running up to it, touching the fender reverently. “A Jag, for real? OMG, it’s so cool! And you’re driving? OMG, it’s so cool!”

“OMG, FMJ,” Jaeger cooed. “My car is so cool!”

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Character Quotes from Dark Rock by Dellani Oakes


Two pairs of soldiers went to the catwalks that spanned the perimeter of the dome. They checked the body of the sniper.

“He’s toast,” Dark Moon reported. “Nicely done, Jade.” She deftly stripped the body of weapons and equipment.

“Where is everyone?” Hawk asked. “This is insane. One sniper for the entire base?”

“Don’t say it,” Jade cautioned.

“Say what?” Tweak asked. He fiddled with his equipment, watching the scanner’s readout avidly. “Man, it’s awfully quiet.”

Dark Moon punched him. “She said not to say it.”

“She didn’t say what not to say!”

“What was that? Sort of a clicking sound.” Aria, another team member on the catwalk, held up her hand for silence.

“Not funny,” Hawk said.

“No, listen.”

The world exploded nearly in her face, the force of it knocking her off the catwalk. Her body flopped on a turnstile, landing at an unnatural angle. Her partner, who had been a few steps behind, froze.

“It’s booby trapped up here.”

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Character Quotes from Conduct Unbecoming by Dellani Oakes

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They piled into Joel’s embarrassing blue car and headed down US-1 until they reached a family restaurant in a strip mall plaza. They sat in a booth and all of them ordered coffee and pie. Joel sat next to Aileen with Jasper and Vivica across from them. No one spoke while they stirred varying amounts of cream and sugar into their cups. Aileen stared at the swirling white mixing into the brown. Her lip trembled. Joel put a hand on her shoulder, squeezing gently.

“You okay?”

She shook her head.

“It can’t be easy seeing him again after all this time,” Vivica said with uncanny accuracy.

Aileen’s breath shuddered as she drew a breath. She looked up and smiled. “No. It was a hell of a breakup and entirely my fault. Then he went to Isobel—and that was it.”

Vivica, Joel and Jasper nodded nearly in unison.

“Love bites,” Joel said, patting her shoulder.

“If you’re doing it right, it sucks and blows too,” Jasper said with a wink.

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