Character Quotes, Dellani Oakes

Character Quotes from Hardly Gothic by Dellani Oakes

character-quotes-imageMy boy needs you,” she whispered. “Thank you.”

I need him, too,” Angel confessed.

Has he kissed you yet?”

Oh, yes!”

I’m standing right here,” Royal said, slightly miffed.

Yes, dear, but since I can’t see you, I can pretend you’re not there. Was it lovely?”

It was beyond lovely. I’m a very lucky girl.”

Nothing more,” his mother scolded, shaking her finger at him. “You behave yourself.”

As badly as possible,” he replied.

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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 Food Truck Hero by Dellani Oakes

character-quotes-image“So, you operate a food truck,” Bailey said, sort of surprised.

“Yes, sir.”

“No Special Ops, Recon, SEALS? None of that?”

“Nope. I studied martial arts for awhile, but haven’t had time to keep up with the hours here lately. Why?”

“Because that was either the bravest thing ever, or the dumbest.”

“It’s amazing how the two seem to overlap. He hit Rowena, Alexander. What kind of man lets his girlfriend take a hit and does nothing?”

“Not a very good one,” he replied with sincerity.

“That’s why you came in?” Tears sprang to her eyes once more. “I thought…. I don’t know what I thought.”

Taking her chin in my hands, I raised her face so her eyes met mine. “I was waiting, like they told me to. I heard you on the phone, telling Monroe how many men were in there. I was so proud of you for having the balls to do that. Then the dirtbag hit you and that was it. I could go in shooting, get myself killed, or I could take a handful of nuts and walk in like I owned the place.”

“God, I love you,” she whispered.

I knew she hadn’t meant to say that, especially not with her boss in the room. But it was said. I couldn’t let the moment pass.

“Me too,” I murmured, giving her a kiss.

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Character Quotes from Lone Wolf Tales – A Little White Lie by Dellani Oakes

white lie coverRashima stopped by an ornately carved door which she pushed open quietly. It swung inward revealing a naked, heavy set, old man asleep on a lavish four poster. He was drooling and snoring loudly.

“You could have killed him yourself,” Wil walked over to the bed, wondering what he was going to do with a naked old man.

“Yes, but then no one would have believed that he was dead when you discovered the impostor. I’ll help you carry him out. He’s disgusting, but we can wrap a sheet around his nakedness.” She grimaced slightly at the idea, handling the sheet delicately.

Wil roughly bound Aurialonus in the sheet and hoisted him casually over his shoulder. Turning, he saw the princess eyeing him speculatively.

“All men are not created equal.” She smirked, her eyes lingering on his tight glutes. “I saw him with disgust, but maybe some men are not so bad.”

Wil chuckled with a hint of rancor. “Princess, some of us are down right evil. You’d better get a robe or something, it’s cold.”

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Character Quotes from Game Junkies by Dellani Oakes

character-quotes-image“I don’t care, dude. My spot is my spot.”

“Don’t get an attitude, you douchebag. I can park where I want.” He turned aggressive, coming at Colby with the tire iron.

Having anticipated this, Colby blocked the ill timed swing, knocking the tire iron from the man’s hand. He grabbed the guy’s wrist, wrenching his arm behind him. Nose and eyebrow rings clacked against the aggressive man’s hood as Colby flattened his face on the cold metal. He jerked up on the man’s arm, making him howl. Other doors opened. Two doors down, the new tenants watched warily. Three doors down, his neighbor Buck, who was former Army, came over.

“Sup, Colby?”

“Dude’s fucking crazy,” the tattooed man screamed. “Tried to break my fucking arm.”

“What I see is a dent in his door, a tire iron at your feet and you face down on a car hood.” Buck pulled out his phone and called the police. “That’s assault, cabrón.” He made his call and put his phone away. “You gonna let that douchebag up, Colb?”

“I don’t want him to run.”

“He’s not running cause he knows I’ll catch him. If I catch him, this scenario changes.” He glowered at the tattooed man. “So, we’re gonna stand here nicely while we wait for the cops. Then you’re going to jail.”

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Character Quotes from Raven Willoughby: Origins by Dellani Oakes

character-quotes-imageMovement in the room, woke him. Lying still, he listened as someone walked about. His eyesight, that of a night predator, saw the form easily, picking out details. Dressed in black britches and shirt, a dark cap pulled low over hair and brow, the intruder searched his bag with stealth born of long practice. Attention fully on the bag of his belongings, no notice was spared for the man himself.

Keeping his breathing deep and regular, Raven slid silently to the floor. Creeping up behind the thief, he grasped from behind, pulling the tall, lean body against his.

“I know I didn’t invite you in for a visit,” he murmured, his voice low and lethal. “So, if you’d put my things back, I won’t have to kill you.”

The thief trembled from head to foot. Raven’s fangs descended, slipping from his gums to touch his lower lip. Fear smelled delicious on this one, spicy, hot—female.

“I can do more than just kill you, lass. Or hadn’t you thought that through?”

“I’ll scream,” she whispered.

“Please, do that. How will you explain your presence and your interesting manner of dress?”

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Character Quotes from Rebound by Dellani Oakes

character-quotes-imageMaris walked up a minute later. “Was he giving you a hard time?”

“Showing his concern. They don’t know me. After what happened, they’re gonna be protective. It’s what we do.”

“What who do?”

“Men. Protect the women in our lives. If I had a sister, she’d like—never have a date. I’d be all over it, protecting her from guys like me.”

“I don’t think you’re so bad.” She played with my tie, making me so hot I could hardly breathe.

“I’m as bad as they get, babe. But I won’t ever hurt you.”

“You paint yourself in such a bad light, Tom. You’re a good man and I’m proud to be with you.”

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Character Quotes from On the Fairway by Dellani Oakes

character-quotes-imageThe clearing of a female throat got their attention. Mrs. Sutherland stood nearby, smiling. “I’m so sorry to interrupt, but they want to close up now.”

“Oh, sure. Thanks, Mamie,” Essa said.

“I also wanted to make sure you know where Astoria lives,” she said to Heath.

“Not a clue.”

“First hole. The big, pink place.”

“With the chartreuse trim?”

“The very one.”

“How pissed is she gonna be when she finds out I’m not a landscape designer?”

“Who’s going to tell her?”

“She might ask me questions.”

“My dear, she’s not going to ask you about your job. I assure you.”

Heath led the older woman aside. “What are my—duties? Does she expect—favors?”

Mamie Sutherland smiled, putting her hand on his chest. “She wants a golf partner and someone to show off at the clubhouse. Anything else is negotiable.”

“Not on my end. I just met Essa….”

“Darling, don’t worry. Astoria’s not really wicked, but she’s just built that way.” She walked off, chuckling.

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Character Quotes from The Man Who Wasn’t There by Dellani Oakes

character-quotes-image“Thank you for my dance,” Jordan said. “That was fun. We should do that more often.”

“Sadly, that’s the only dance I know.”

“You know the Peddler dance,” Jordan replied with a smirk.

“Don’t remind me. Not exactly something I can take with me to the Halloween Ball.”

Jordan giggled. “Why not? Teach it to all our friends and we could start our own fad.”

He chuckled. “They’d probably think we were flat crazy.”

“They’d be right about you. Stark raving bonkers, that’s what you are.”

“Not denying it. What’s your excuse?”

“I hooked up with you. Bound to make anyone lose her mind.”

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Happy Birthday to Me!

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It’s my birthday today, a milestone, as I turn 60. What a dreadful thing to admit! Usually, I don’t talk about my age. As my grandmother always used to say, “It’s no one’s business but my own.”

As those of you know, who follow my blog, I share snippets from my books, both published and unpublished, nearly daily here. Today, I want to share blurbs about my books, and I hope you’ll go have a look! It would be an amazing gift if some of you would buy a few.

So Much It Hurts by Dellani Oakes500So Much It Hurts by Dellani Oakes

Alone in the big city, Pia Donvan is feeling rather lost when she finally arrives at the majestic, old hotel in the downtown area. All that changes when she meets Flynn Chancellor. He and his roommate, Yancy Fredrick, take an interest in Pia, introducing her to their city. Pia seems to have found her niche, making friends with the friendly residents in the old hotel. Life seems perfect, until one weekend when everything changes forever.



cropped-the-ninja-tattoo-by-dellani-oakes-200.jpgThe Ninja Tattoo by Dellani Oakes

Teague McMurtry spent the last six years of his life in the Army. Finally having enough of killing, he comes home, thinking he’s put the nightmare behind him. When he meets beautiful and sultry Vivica Rambo, he thinks his life is taking a turn for the better.

Little does Teague know that he’s been targeted for death by a violent biker gang led by Vivica’s psychotic older brother. Now Teague must put his skills to the test to protect himself and the woman he loves.

Under the Western Sky by Dellani Oakes - 500Under the Western Sky by Dellani Oakes

It’s small town Nebraska in the late 1970’s and life in the small Midwestern town is quiet and uneventful. That’s what Libby Marshall and Bobby Menedez think until Bobby’s cousin, Ramon is beaten by a group of white boys. Racial tension is high after the beating and it’s soon revealed that something quite evil lies hidden Under the Western Sky.

Undiscovered by Dellani Oakes - 200Undiscovered by Dellani Oakes

Kent Griswald is a high powered movie executive known for his micro-managing and aggressive supervision of a movie from beginning to end. He’s not well liked professionally or personally, so when someone puts a knife in his chest, no one is terribly surprised. However, someone also took pot shots at his younger brother, Connor, who has no enemies.
Detectives Walter Scott and Vanessa Weinstein are called in on the case, ready for action. Unfortunately, Detective Scott hadn’t counted on the eyewitness, Cadence Stuart. Pretty and personable, she’s also terrified that the killer may come after her next. It’s up to Scott to protect her from the tall, dark killer. Unfortunately, so far, the killer’s identity and whereabouts are Undiscovered.

One_Night_in_Daytona_Beach_by_Dellani_Oakes - 200One Night in Daytona Beach: #17 in Tirgearr Publishing’s City Nights Series by Dellani Oakes

He hadn’t seen her in 10 years, but there she was, dressed in black leather, straddling the Harley. Draven Wick is back home, on a break from filming his vampire themed TV show, when he spots Jamie Humphrey at a Bike Week raffle. The love of his teen life, Draven never thought he’d see her again. Rekindling their romance after 10 years is the easy part. Unfortunately, Draven has been blamed for the death of a notorious bike gang leader. Staying ahead of the police, and the biker gang bent on revenge, takes Jamie and Draven to the brink of disaster.

conduct front coverConduct Unbecoming by Dellani Oakes

When Aileen calls asking Teague to look for their friend, Nadeya, he can’t say no. Nadeya is dangerous and damaged, having seen her fiancé murdered. She’s spent the last few years tracking down the men who killed him, seeking justice—or, at least, vengeance. When a body turns up on the beach, identical to a man Nadeya said she was looking for, suspicion targets her.



room 103 front coverRoom 103 by Dellani Oakes

Back for her college reunion, Deputy Marshal Marice Houston doesn’t expect to hook up with an old boyfriend. Nor, does she expect to be a witness to a deadly assault, which was motivated by a decade old rape case. Orson Roberts is dead, killed by the owner of the motel where she’s staying. Was it really self-defense or was it murder? Can Marice discover the truth of what happened that night in Room 103?



Room 203 coverRoom 203 – A Marice Houston Mystery by Dellani Oakes

Having just moved in with her fiance, Kris, Marice isn’t too happy to be given an out of town job. She has been sent to Daytona Beach, Florida. There’s been a huge sting operation, and the local FBI is under scrutiny. The Marshals have been called in to oversee prisoner transfers.

Things get sticky when Marice and her team are ordered to transport the ringleader, China Finetti, from Daytona Beach to a federal prison in Kansas City. Someone sets a car bomb, injuring Marice and Butch—and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Everything seems to point to China Finetti pulling the strings from prison—if so, how do they prove it?

it-takes-a-thief-coverIt Takes a Thief by Dellani Oakes

Jason Banes is a thief, he readily admits that, but he’s quick to deny that he’s also a murderer. Accused of multiple homicides, and theft, he agrees to help a multi-national task force find the real killer. When he’s assigned to an FBI team for protection, he meets Agent Taylor Driscole. It’s a race to find Orchid before she kills again. Though she’s reluctant to use Jason’s skills, Agent Driscole realizes that sometimes, It Takes a Thief to catch a murderer.



LONE WOLFLone Wolf by Dellani Oakes

The year is 3032 and Mankind has conquered the stars. Two organizations control the majority of the business and trade: The Navigation Guild and The Galactic Mining Guild. Both vying for supremacy, the balance of power is often in flux. Now, though, the Mining Guild has a secret, the largest known deposit of Trimagnite—the liquid ore that’s life’s blood for the Navigation Guild. That’s just the tip of the iceberg and it’s up to Wil VanLipsig, the Lone Wolf, and Matilda DuLac to control the situation before it’s too late.


Shakazhan frontShakazhan: Lone Wolf Book 2 by Dellani Oakes

Book 2 in the Lone Wolf series, Shakazhan picks up where Lone Wolf ended. Things are in a right state, but this time Wil and Matilda have some new friends. With the help of the Kindred, they just might make it out of this mess alive.




The Maker cover frontThe Maker by Dellani Oakes

Book 3 in the Lone Wolf series. The small Shakazhan Force has already withstood enemy attacks and anticipates more. Knowing they aren’t strong enough to withstand a concerted attack, they hope for reinforcements, but aren’t quite prepared for those who respond.




Lone Wolf Tales newLone Wolf Tales – Companion to Lone Wolf Series by Dellani Oakes

This is a collection of nine short stories and novellas centered in the Lone Wolf world. Discover new characters, and delve into the lives of some familiar ones. This volume includes: And Itza Danced, Blackened, Brothers at Arms, Call Me Penny, Fractured, Gone But Not Forgotten, A Little White Lie, Painkiller, There Shall Be Great Rejoicing.

Indian Summer color coverIndian Summer by Dellani Oakes

It’s the spring of 1739 in sultry St. Augustine, Florida and something’s amiss. It seems a British spy has wormed his way into their lives and he’s bent upon leading the British Army in an attack against the fort and town. It’s up to Gabriella Deza and her fiancé, Manuel Enriques, to stop the spy from being successful.



savage heart coverSavage Heart by Dellani Oakes

It’s the summer of 1740 and rumors of war haunt the small community of St. Augustine, Florida. Already, Oglethorpe’s troops are on the move. Scouting parties of Creek Indians have moved south, skirting the town, attacking outlying farms. Meli Chasseur’s home came under attack and she is the only one to escape. Injured and afraid, she stumbles into Sailfish’s camp. Could this be his next chance at true love?


bad fall cover with lighthouseBad Fall by Dellani Oakes

Former Army Captain, Frank Atherton, has left the dangerous life of a soldier behind. Retired from the military, he now works in a large nursing home facility, as assistant director. Things are pretty quiet, until the annoying blister of a man, Ralph Penwarren arrives, doing his best to break into his mother’s apartment. Soon after his arrival, Frank meets the lovely new psychiatrist on staff, Marka Ventimiglia, who takes his breath away. Their relationship seems to be moving swiftly ahead, until Ralph Penwarren is seriously injured by a bad fall. If that weren’t enough, Frank’s office is trashed, his car vandalized, and a dead man is found in the ravine behind his house. Are the incidents related, or simply a series of alarming coincidences?