Character Quotes, Dellani Oakes

Character Quotes from Analysis of Love by Dellani

character-quotes-imageI come from a huge family.”

Yeah, so?”

So, they run heavily to girls. I have six sisters and….”

Twenty-five girl cousins. I know. Your sisters are all a lot older and married.”

But not all my cousins. You’re the greatest guy I know. My cousins could do a lot worse for themselves—and have. But I don’t think they could do any better. I would happily see you with any one of them, because I know you’d treat them right. And they’d treat you right. You both come with the Boyd Seal of Approval. It’s win-win.”

Why do I suddenly feel like the roast pig at the luau?”

You are a cynical man, Quaid Jennings. A sad and cynical man.”

And you, Boyd Stanton, are a persistent pain in my ass.”

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Character Quotes from Food Truck Hero by Dellani

character-quotes-image“I’ll come get you to clean and then I’ll take you to the VA. Maybe I’ll hang out and sell some stuff while I wait.”

He laughed, slurping his coffee. “I been bragging to the staff about your food. You might ought to. Bet you’d make good money. They’ve got a cafeteria, but that food ain’t worth a nickle—and they charge a dime.”

Jake has a lot of interesting expressions. I’m not sure where he’s from, or how he ended up here, but he’s not a local. I can’t pin down his accent, but it’s somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon line. Wherever he’s from, he’s good people and I’m proud to count him among my friends.

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Character Quotes from He Needed Killin’ by Dellani

character-quotes-image“You need to put some weight on,” another waitress, Vivian said. She was probably old enough to be his grandmother. Short, plump and gray haired, she had sparkling blue eyes and a sunny smile.

“If I eat like this too much, I’ll blimp out.”

She giggled, pinching his cheek. “Women like a man with some meat on him.”

“Oh, I’ve got meat,” Dill said. When he realized what he’d said and how it could be interpreted, he blushed.

Viv patted his cheek and went off giggling.

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Character Quotes from Indian Summer by Dellani

character-quotes-imageIndian Summer is my historical romance set in St. Augustine, Florida in 1739. It’s full of spies, intrigue, romance and flamenco! Join me in celebrating its re-release today!

Irena was a vision in her yellow chintz. She had a soft pink shawl draped round her shoulders, matching the exquisite roses in her hair. The sun had chosen just then to come in the window illuminating her, making a wreath of blue black around her head. I heard Jason gasp beside me as he gazed up at her.

The color rushed to Irena’s cheeks as she descended the stairway, dropping her eyes shyly when she stood on the last step. Jason’s eyes fairly glowed, his love so clearly expressed. He moved forward as if in a dream, holding his hand to aid Irena from the bottom step to the floor. This was not necessary of course, but he wanted an excuse to touch her.

James looked at them, smiling softly, his eyes glittering with ill suppressed merriment. Leaning in toward me, he spoke in a near whisper. “Methinks my friend Jason hath been bit by love.”

“It’s as well,” I said teasingly. “For my sister hath been bit by the same bug.”

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Character Quotes from Solaris by Dellani

character-quotes-imageSolaris is a prequel to my Lone Wolf Series. It expands upon an incident mentioned in the series.

Ed touched Mary’s face tenderly, brushing her long brown hair from her cheek. “I’m sorry,” he whispered. “I had to see if it was safe.”

“Obviously not,” she shivered, pressing her cheek to his palm. “Oh, Ed! If you leave us, what am I going to do?”

“Live on my pension and die a wealthy woman,” he teased.

“Money doesn’t keep me warm at night, Ed. Don’t you dare die!”

“Mary, you’re going to have me for a very long time. Don’t worry. Rich got me out.”

“What if you hadn’t been talking to him at the time? What if he’s not there the next time, or the time after? You have a family, Edmund Alexandre Dulac, or had you forgotten?”

Her eyes flashed dangerously. He deserved her anger. It was brought on by his foolish actions. His motivation not withstanding, he had been careless.

“I won’t do that again, I promise.”

She laughed through her anger. “No, you’ll do some other twice dammed stupid thing instead. I’ve never known a man who could find so many ways to almost kill himself as you.”

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Character Quotes from Web of Lies by Dellani

character-quotes-image“Then I want to speak to your boss,” Zoe said loudly.

“I’m the boss,” the large man said. “I’m job foreman. You got a problem, you talk to me.”

“I am talking to you,” she countered. “And you aren’t telling me what I want to hear.”

“What do you want to hear?”

She held her hands out, encompassing the room. She didn’t speak for a moment, listening. “Hear that?”

They looked at her and one another foolishly. “I don’t hear anything,” the foreman said, puzzled.

Zoe put her left index finger on her nose, the right she pointed at him. “Got it in one!”

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Character Quotes from Mirrored by Dellani

character-quotes-image“I know. Thanks. I appreciate you helping,” Teague said.

“Dude, I was going f**king crazy at home. I don’t do invalid well,” Jed replied.

“Me either. When I got wounded, the medic threatened to duct tape me to the bed so I’d stay in it.”

Jed chuckled, picturing that. “Yeah, sounds about right for me too. God, I need a massage and a hot tub—and an icy beer and a hot woman.”

“You talk like it’s been years since you had sex,” Teague commented as they got in the truck.

“Feels like it. Months. Way too many.”

“I’d invite you to dinner, but we’ve got baby class tonight. You’ll be okay on your own?”

Pulling a disgusted face, Jed glared at his cousin. “I’m thirty-two years old, Teague. I can manage to get a meal and take care of myself. Y’all are baby sitting me like I’m some kind of brain dead pathetic….”

“But you’re our Special Jed,” Teague teased, humming Special Ed by Stephen Lynch.

“I’d hit you, but you’re driving.”

“That’s police brutality,” Teague countered. “And if you hurt me too bad, you’ll have to answer to Vivica. She’ll do what the criminal didn’t, and cut ’em off.”

Hissing, Jed put his hand over his privates. “Don’t even tease!”

“I don’t tease about things like that.”

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Character Quotes from Something New by Dellani

character-quotes-image“Are you sleeping with my daughter?” Gordon shot at Austin unexpectedly.

“No, sir. I’m not.”

“But you’d like to.”

“Don’t make me answer that one, please. I’m thirty-two, single and she’s gorgeous.”

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Character Quotes from Spy on Love

character-quotes-imageYou need to work on your entrance,” he said after taking a sip. “I knew it was you the second you walked in.”

Do you know who I am?”

By name? No. But my guess is you’re a fed, not a cop.”

Her frown deepened. Her silence demanded an explanation.

You don’t move like a cop. You move like a soldier. In plain clothes, those glasses, shoes you can run in—Fed.”

She flashed a wary smile. Her eyes were a vivid aquamarine. There was a scattering of freckles across her pert nose.

So, this begs the questions—Why is a federal agent so anxious to talk to my bother? And why does she sound so unconvinced that he’s dead?”

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The Research Process That Went Into Miss Mary Mack

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At the beginning of most writing projects there is a bit of excitement as well as fear when it comes to approaching certain topics.  Many authors love stirring the pot but at the same time we need to be sure that we’re making sense.  No matter how desperately we want to be articulate or intellectual, if we’re not making sense we’ve failed as artists.  For example, in one of my scenes in Miss Mary Mack, I had several scenes where the children were in school and back in the 1930’s, school was a much different place than it is today.

I wanted to begin the chapter with the children saying the Pledge of Allegiance however, there was problem with that, the Pledge of Allegiance wasn’t officially accepted by the U.S. Congress until 1942 and even then it was revised in 1959.  So I had to find the right version for my book to recite.  That was my first hurdle, the next would be another scene where several kids were chosen to raise the flag but as you guessed there was a problem.  You see the flag we know today was different back then because there were only 48 states.  Alaska and Hawaii were still only territories.  So my scenes had to be rewritten to reflect that.

Regrouping & Redeploying

To say I was annoyed by all this would be an understatement but I was determined to learn how schools functioned back then.  I found interviews and historical sites that filled in the gaps and learned everything you possibly could about school.  I learned about burn barrels which were used for waste disposal in country schools and even what types of lunch children brought to school (mainly leftovers from dinner or breakfast).  This type of information enabled me to make this world more tangible and relatable.

Including Myths & Folklore

As I mentioned last month, Miss Mary was a compilation of people but she was mainly inspired by the character Rosa Carmichael, a matron of a Civil War orphanage.  Rosa was an infamous character who was accused of abusing children in her care however, there is no proof that she ever existed.  The story goes that she was tried and acquitted of abuse only to be ran out of town after being accused a second time.  There are no court documents mentioning such an event and no grave was ever found belonging to Rosa.  Yet this doesn’t stop the tale from being told by locals as well as tour guides.  I took pieces of the story and wove them into my own, for example, folklore says, that in the cellar of the orphanage, there were chains where children were beaten and tortured.  However, the folklore forgets to mention that the orphanage was commandeered during the Civil War and it was most likely POWs that were shackled in that cellar.  So in my story, I make the cellar a place where unruly children are disciplined.

Why Fuss Over Minor Details?

It’s true that most people won’t notice the finer points if you don’t tell them so would it have mattered if I had the children in my story saying the Pledge of Allegiance in 1930?  Probably not, but it would’ve been embarrassing if someone did notice.  Yes all books have mistakes or inaccuracies but that doesn’t let us off the hook.  It’s our responsibility as authors to make sure our work is as great as it can possibly be.  Things don’t have to be perfect, but they do have to be professional.  If you can go the extra mile, why not?  Who knows, maybe your readers will go the extra mile for you and tell everyone about your book.  🙂

Bio: Rachel Rueben is author of YA, supernatural as well as romance books.  Her work can be found her on the Cereal Authors blog as well as Wattpad.  She is also a blogger at Writing By The Seat Of My Pants where she discusses self-publishing and rarely refers to herself in the third person.