Among the Shine Clan, Dellani Oakes

Among the Shine Clan—Part 26 by Dellani Oakes

among the shine clan coverFiddlestix and her companions have arrived in the Harlich territory, only to find that the former leader has died. His son, Karl the Fifth, is now in charge. Unsure of her welcome, Fiddlestix hesitates.

Karl chuckled. “We have both forgotten our manners. Your friends probably don’t speak a word of Dutch, and here we are babbling incoherently while they wait patiently for us to stop.”

He switched to English, reaching across his massive desk, shaking hands first with Blacksmith and then with Buzzard. “I am Karl Fumler, but I expect you know that.”

“Dario Estiban,” Blacksmith said simply.

“Tyree Delsin,” Buzzard supplied.

“Welcome to you both. So, back to why you are here,” Karl sat at the desk, folding his hands in front of him in a gesture like his father.

“We had such a time getting here, I nearly forgot our errand,” Fiddlestix said with a laugh “I come on behalf of another party. His wife is missing, and he asked the three of us to come and leave a message for her, with you.”

“I don’t know how I can possibly be of any help, Hannah. But I shall be happy to convey a message if I can. Who is the woman?”

“Her name is Scarlet Obert Varin.”

His expression hardened slightly, but he kept his aplomb. “And the message?” His manner of speech got very clipped.

“He asked me to repeat his message exactly: Tell them to have Scarlet contact me in the old way.

“That was the extent of it? And for this you three risked your lives? Ridiculous! You could have called me for a message like that!”

“No, I couldn’t, Karl. We both know that you wouldn’t have spoken to me on the phone. Any message I might have left for you wouldn’t have been delivered.”

He couldn’t contradict her, they both knew the truth.

“Varin, he sincerely wants to hear from his wife?”

“Yes,” Blacksmith interjected. “Mr. Varin worries for her safety. When he was unavailable, Mrs. Varin went into hiding.”

Karl nodded sagely. It was a familiar enough scenario in these uncertain times. “I’ve never met Scarlet,” he replied simply. “However, I do know those who might. I will see what I can find out for you. I’ll circulate the message. Scarlet will contact her husband if she is able. Now that you’ve dispatched your errand….” He seemed ready to launch into a long conversation.

“Karl, we’re rather tired. May we stay until midday?” Fiddlestix asked kindly. “Most of the Noir will be asleep by then.”

“Very well. If you like, I can send a few men with you. The Noir don’t disturb us.”

“Why don’t you move against them?”

“I can’t declare war on them when they’ve not harmed us. The second they step across that line, Baker and his bevy of lunatics will die.”

He took another deep breath, preparing a rant, if Fiddlestix didn’t miss her bet. Instead of allowing it, she cut him off again.

“Karl, if you don’t mind, I think my associates and I could use a bath and a meal.”

He chuckled. “Of course. I apologize, it’s been so long since I saw you. All your needs will be seen to, Hannah. You will all be guests in my home. Please, follow me.”

He led them to a beautiful, Tudor style house. Fiddlestix’ eyes glittered as she gazed at her old home. It was just as she remembered. It was a rambling, solid home with a high and big windows. Flowering vines clung to the walls and two massive trellises flanked the front door. These were covered with dark red roses and confederate jasmine. It looked so much the same, it made Fiddlestix want to sob with homesickness.

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Character Quotes from Star Crossed by Dellani Oakes

character-quotes-image“You snowed in?” Abe asked.

“The city’s got trucks out, but I may need you to come scrape the driveway,” his sister replied.

“I can do that. Just let me know when. The kids will love to help clear. I should just give them shovels and let them dig. Run off some of that boundless energy.”

“They’re four.”


“Aren’t there laws against child labor?”

He made a sound of disgust. “Tsk, it’s not like we’re paying them.”

Tina burst out laughing. “Mom says come around noon and we’ll have lunch after you clear us out.”

“Sounds good. Kids, say good morning to Mommy and Grandma.”

“Good morning, Mommy and Grandma!” they chorused.

“Bye, sis.”

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Character Quotes from It Takes a Thief by Dellani Oakes

it-takes-a-thief-cover“The way to the basement,” Jason replied, going to what looked like another blank wall.

“How long have you lived here?” Greg Kisler asked.

“Before I got nicked? Couple months.”

“How do you keep it all straight?” Alex Graves wondered.

“Got a head for maps and details. Have to in my business. Make a wrong turn, end up standing in the dock.”

“You mean like you were?” Taylor Driscole was angry, that much was obvious.

“Yeah, well I was unconscious when they nicked me. Bleeding out my life’s blood on the pristine marble floor of the gallery, wasn’t I? Not from my own lack of skills. I made the mistake of trusting the wrong bird. Can’t tell me you’ve not trusted the wrong bloke before, Agent Driscole.”

“I didn’t get arrested as a result,” she said, tossing her hair.

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Character Quotes from For Love of Katie B by Dellani Oakes

character-quotes-image“You’re trying to kill me, Li,” I said quietly.


“You know you are. You’re sitting there being so hot and so together and so—f**king sexy! How can you be so delicious and you aren’t even trying?”

“Who says I’m not?” He winked at me.

I punched him and he laughed. “Oh, you bastard! You are, aren’t you? Do you know what that does to me? The whole syrup thing?”

His black eyes twinkled. “Pretty good notion, Katie B. You should never play poker, babe.”

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Character Quotes from Whose Book Is It Anyway? by Dellani Oakes

character-quotes-image“What am I wearing today?” I asked.

“You won’t like it.”

“Why? Am I in another kilt?”

“No. This.” She held out a pair of sleek black pants and a ruffled shirt with a red sash.

“Arrg! I’m a pirate?” I eyed the costume with disgust, but at least it was trousers.

“I think the proper term for this character is privateer.”

“A pirate for hire. Potato-potahto. So, who am I today?”

“Rory McTavish, a dashing privateer. Grace is a sultry heiress named Angelica Nelson who happens to be on a boat you attack.”

“Let me guess, she hates me immediately and we spend the entire book clawing at one another.”

“Not this one. You get the girl, keep the girl and fight off other pirates, while having amazingly hot sex.” She fanned herself.

“Fighting off pirates while having sex? Wow, I’m good!”

She laughed at me.

“Okay, out you go so I can Rorify myself.”

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Character Quotes from Paper Hearts by Dellani Oakes

character-quotes-image“Hello!” Monica bellowed. “No one needs to check on me or call Bill or anything else. Okay? I’m fine. I’m gonna eat, take a bath and go to bed.”

“What if you can’t get out of the tub?” Andy stood there with his hands on his hips. “Is Wonder Boy going to pull you out?”

“Maybe he’ll be in there with her,” Mick added with a rude wink.

“If I get stuck, I’ll call you, Andy. It would do you good to see a naked woman once in awhile.”

“I know it does me all kinds of good,” Billy added, leering playfully at her.

“Hasn’t hurt me none,” Mick added.

“They don’t need to know your dirty, little secrets, Mitchell.” Andy slapped his hands that were lingering near Monica. “Just because you used to swing both ways….”

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Character Quotes from Somewhere Out There by Dellani Oakes

character-quotes-image“She has a few things to do, all of them more or less related to you, so be less of a stick and get yourself packed up. You’re coming home with us so I can keep an eye on you. You don’t call, don’t answer the phone.” Lowella shook her head. “Do you know what she’s sacrificed for you?”

“How would I?” Ross replied. “Until a week ago, I had no idea who or what she was, Lowella. Then, I finally get to show her how much I’ve loved her all this time, and she has to go away. I’m sure this isn’t easy on her, but do any of you understand how hard this is on me? The woman I love is a fairy princess! That might seem normal to you…!”

“I’m a shape shifting owl,” Lowella said, her eyes wide and bright. “Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are Werewolves.”

After a moment, Ross started laughing. “No wonder she said the werewolves around were friendly!”

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Character Quotes from Take a Bite Outta Crime by Dellani Oakes

take a bite outta crime

Kirk’s cellphone rang. It was Margo. Why was she calling?

“Kirk,” her tone was funereal. It was a bone chilling sound.

“What’s wrong, Margo?” He snapped rather loudly.

All talk around him stopped. Every eye turned to him.

“Are you sitting down?”

“No. Should I be?”

“You’re gonna wanna sit down.”

“What’s wrong? Margo, you’re scaring me.”

“I just got here to open up like you said. I walked up to the door and—Kirk…. We’ve been robbed and the whole damn place is covered in fish guts.”

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Character Quotes from Bad Fall by Dellani Oakes

character-quotes-image“I’m sorry I dug that up. I shouldn’t have pried,” Marka said.

“No, you shouldn’t. Analyzing me isn’t your job, Dr. Freud,” Frank snapped.

“I’m more Jungian than Freudian,” she replied with a smirk. “Freud was too focused on sex to look at anything else. That man had a lot of problems. He was a real whack job.”

Frank’s barking laugh made heads turn. He waved to them and they looked away. “First time I ever heard the father of modern psychiatry called a whack job.”

“Oh, it’s the technical term for someone who’s out of his f**king mind,” she replied quietly as she passed him.

Frank laughed again, louder. More stares, many of them close to glowers. He waved again, laughing as he headed to the deli. His purchases seemed random and impulsive to Marka, but his cart was neatly organized. She’d never seen a more perfectly aligned cart in her life.

“If I were Freudian, I’d call you anal,” she said as he made a spot for his neatly stacked yogurt.

Frank toppled the yogurt, grinning. “There, less anal.” He walked off, humming.

“It’s killing you,” she said when she caught up. “Go ahead, pick them up before you blow a gasket.”

“That obvious?” He winced, looking worried.

“Only to the trained eye.”

Stacking the yogurt, he followed her as she wandered past the meat section.

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Character Quotes from Driving Blind by Dellani Oakes

character-quotes-imageAx was stationed, with a younger officer, at the Wal-Mart light just west of the interstate. Their job was to get the east bound traffic turned around without incident. It was a daunting task, especially because the other officer was new and didn’t know his ass from his elbow. He nearly caused more than one accident, allowing his cars to go before they were supposed to.

Frustrated, Ax walked into the middle of the intersection with his bullhorn and yelled at everyone to stop.

Okay, this is how we’re going to do this. We’re going to take turns as if we’re at a four way stop. If you don’t take turns like you’re supposed to, I will personally take names and issue citations. Is that clear? If that’s clear, blink your lights.”

Six lanes of traffic blinked at him.

Good. Now, my young friend is going to step out here with me and we’re going to do this just like a square dance. But if anyone tries to do-see-do with me, I’m gonna write you up. Got it?”

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