Dellani Oakes

What’s Next from Dellani?

sea of destiny coverSea of Destiny is over. I hope you enjoyed my story and will check out my published books. I enjoy sharing my unpublished work with you. Now comes the hard part, what to share next. Believe me, I have plenty! Not to brag, but I’ve got 98 finished novels and 56 unfinished, so I’ve got lots to choose from.

I like to ask my readers what interests them, but this has never gone particularly well. Folks just won’t tell me what they want, so it’s up to me to decide. I could share one of my other sci-fi stories or another romantic suspense. I truly can’t choose. I guess you’ll have to wait until next month to see. On the off chance that you’d like to give your opinion, here are a few titles and blurbs for you to choose from.

among-the-shine-clan-coverAmong the Shine Clan – Sci-Fi set in a none too distant future. Fiddlestix is tasked with retrieving a group of cyber-warriors—not a job she’s looking forward to, especially when the lieutenant “calls in sick”. She has to track them into hostile territory, held by the infamous Shine Clan in the mountains of Tennessee. It’s a toss up who’ll kill her first, the cyber-warriors, or General Deacon Scott, head of the Shine Clan. (I shared this one a few years ago, but I am updating, revamping and making it an even better story.)

poplar-mountain-coverPoplar Mountain is an historical romantic suspense set in Kentucky in 1939. Dorothea Belloit (Dollie) is from Cleveland, Ohio. She and her sister, Patty work at a small, rural boarding school in a mountain community not far from Harlan, Kentucky. Patty is engaged to Willem Henry and Dollie has just starting stepping out with his brother, Lucius, when their happiness is shattered by the death of Big Earl Henry—Willem and Lucius’ father. Earl’s death isn’t an accident.

take-a-bite-outta-crimeTake a Bite Outta Crime—Drea Barr and her husband, Kirk Nunn, are the most famous caterers in the city. Someone has targeted them, spreading fish guts all over their building and breaking into their home. Have they been singled out? Or is this part of a concerted attack against the caterers in the city? With the death of their friend, Jay, it’s clear that these attacks are far from petty crimes. Someone has a serious grudge, and it’s up to Drea and Kirk to find out what’s up. (I’ve shared this one as well, but doing the same updating as I am with the other.)

These are the three choices for my next serialized novel. Please leave a comment and let me know which you’d like to read. Also, if you’d like to see one of my serialized stories in print, please let me know and I’ll see what I can do!

Thanks! Dellani

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Character Conversation from Full Measure by Dellani

character-quotes-imageThe men, as one, sucked in a sharp breath, covering their genitals with a hand as they crossed their legs.

“She hit you? There?” Ralan was appalled.

“Yeah. With a pillow….” Fritz whimpered.

“F**k, I thought you meant a baseball bat or something! Get whipped sometime and see how you like that!” Ralan continued. “Naked, I might add. And not in a fun way.”

Romy kicked his leg to shush him. His look would have quelled a rampaging beast. Ralan clammed up immediately.

“Sounds fascinating,” Brodie said. “And yet one more facet of your life we know nothing about.”

“It’s classified,” Ralan mumbled into his coffee cup.

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Character Scene from Solaris by Dellani

lone wolf first four coversSolaris is another prequel to the Lone Wolf Series. After Saltulle, Matilda’s family was sent to the planet, Solaris – a dangerous and deadly environment. Being a full Guild member, she was sent to another planet. Knowing Solaris is dangerous, Captain Richard Delf is trying to convince the Mining Guild Board to evacuate the miners and their families, before disaster strikes.

The light on his desk comlink flashed alerting him to an incoming message. With a sigh, he took the call. The elegant face of an exotic, dark haired, statuesque woman filled the Tri-D projection.

Inclining his head politely, he spoke in a very reserved tone. “Chairman Spenser. You honor me, ma’am.”

“Richard, how long have we known one another?”

“Close to fifteen years, ma’am.”

“Then cut the crap, Rich. I don’t have time for games. What’s going on? Why have I got formal complaints on my desk and the Board breathing down my neck?”

He sighed, rubbing his nose with his thumb and forefinger. “This mission is FUBAR from one end to the other, Emme. Ed Dulac is convinced the surveys are inaccurate at best.”

“And at worst?”

Her blue eyes were nearly the color of the polar icecaps on Solaris, pale and chilly. They flashed with diamond hard lights, making the hair on his neck rise.

“At worst?” He paused, wondering the best way to phrase it. “You want the blunt truth or a cleverly worded evasion?”

That earned him half a steel edged smile. “Truth, blunt or sharp. You know that, Rich.”

“Emme, based on Ed’s suspicions, his reports and my own gut, we could stand to lose eighty percent of the families and at least thirty percent of the miners, depending on when the disaster hit.”

When, not If?”

“Emmelia, Solaris is a gargantuan disaster waiting to happen.”

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Character Quotes from He Needed Killin’ by Dellani

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Inspiration comes from weird places sometimes. I play a free online game called Forge of Empires. The game allows your neighbors to attack and rob you once a day. It’s quite annoying when you’re constantly the one supplying someone else, simply because he’s stronger. I had one guy who hit me every day. I finally decided I would use him as the murder victim in a story. Thus He Needed Killin’ was born. For fun, I put a game friend, Toria, in as a private investigator.

 

“He’s not wrong,” Toria said. “I’ve met Lowell. I was investigating the death of one of his clients, which was somewhat suspicious. After he refused to tell me anything about her, he hit on me. Invited me to a foot fetish party he was having at his house. It’s up in Hollywood Hills somewhere. He said there was a great view of the Hollywood sign from his bed.”

“Was there?” Flynn Cardinal asked without thinking.

Toria threw a balled up napkin at him, hitting him in the face. “I don’t know. I didn’t go.”

“Of course you didn’t. I’m sorry.”

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Character Scene from The Great Mandrake by Dellani

character-quotes-imageThe Great Mandrake is set in Florida and is about Drake Mann, one of Teague McMurtry’s many cousins. Drake’s in some trouble, so Teague calls in the Redneck Irregulars, friends and family with police and military background, to help.

I think we found her,” Teague said. “I’m gonna go in and have a look.”

I’ll go with you,” one of the police officers said.

When you can move as quietly as me, kid, I’ll take you. Otherwise, you stay here.”

The man, who was probably of an age with Teague, looked offended. “I’m not loud.”

Teague didn’t stop to explain. He slid through the door. Drake wanted to follow him, but Neil wouldn’t allow it.

Let him look. No one does recon like Teague.”

Why’s he so special?” the officer asked. “Is he f**king Rambo?”

Drake and Neil exchanged a look, trying not to laugh.

Yeah,” Neil said. “He is f**king Rambo.”

No one got the joke but them.

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Character Conversation from Alton and Velda by Dellani

alton croppedAlton and Velda (which hasn’t got a proper name yet) is my maiden voyage into more traditional fantasy. My other fantasy work has been set in more modern times. I am pleased.

“Can you help us with that?” Alton asked.

“I can.”

Will you?”

Old Jon chuckled. “You’re learning, Sapling.”

Alton tried not to be offended by that nickname, but it rankled. He was hardly a child. Among his own kind, he was still a young man. By human standards, he was probably of an age with Old Jon.

“Don’t like that, do you, youngun’?” The old man winked. “Think you’re old as me?” He shook his grizzled head. Sapling, I was merely old when the world was young. When you were a lad, I was ancient. Truth is, I don’t know my age anymore. But trust me, even Oak Mother is a spry sapling in comparison to Old Jon.”

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Character Quotes from Full Measure by Dellani

character-quotes-imageFull Measure was my NaNo novel for 2011

“You gonna tell us what this is about?” The Brit asked calmly, sipping his scotch.

“I told you. Nothing. Don’t worry your pretty head about it, baby,” he said as if he were talking to a particularly obtuse woman.

The British man punched him in the shoulder.

“Hey! You nearly spilled my coffee!”

“Oh, precious, you’ll manage,” the British man said, batting his eyelashes.

“Y’all are a couple fruits,” the black man said sourly. “Act like girls. You two gay for each other?”

“Because you’re new to the team and don’t know us,” the British man replied quietly. “I’ll let that slide—this time. Say it again, and important pieces of you will go missing.”

“You ain’t right,” the driver said. “Neither of you.”

“You don’t like it, go back to Miami,” the dark haired man said.

“St. Pete,” the black man corrected. “I can’t go back. Too damn hot.”

“Temperature?” the man in leather asked.

“Cops. One too many bodies disappeared in Alligator Ally. Got suspicious.” He shrugged.

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Character Conversation from Fly by Night by Dellani

character-quotes-imageFly by Night was my NaNo novel in 2013. It didn’t go exactly as I intended, but it’s still a great story. Enjoy!

Half an hour later, prescriptions in hand, Blythe waited for the release papers. Elam came by a few times with other people in wheelchairs. She was signing her papers when he stopped once more.

“I’m on break.” He squatted by the chair, gazing up at her. His eyes were a vivid azure, like the waters of the Caribbean. “Sorry if I got you in trouble with your brother.”

“He’ll survive. It’s not the first time he’s gotten upset with me. Won’t be the last.”

“Family,” he said with a sigh. “My brothers and I communicate with Morse Code, by way of punches. So I get it.”

Blythe giggled. “Jason would never hit me. I imagine he’s wanted to once or twice.”

“Don’t lose my number.”

“I won’t. Aren’t you supposed to be working?”

“I am. I’m here to take you to the car. Your brother is pulling it around right now. He might hit me with it….”

“He might. But hey, you’re in the right place.”

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Character Quote from One More Night by Dellani

character-quotes-imageThis should only take a couple hours,” Lex assured me. “But if it doesn’t.” She handed me a business card. “Memorize and destroy the card. Burn, preferably.”

And scatter the ashes,” I suggested.

Lex and Ben stared at me, surprised.

I write novels. Did you think my mind would go anywhere else?”

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Character Quotes from Bet on Love by Dellani

character-quotes-imageKitty grinned, order pad at the ready. “So, what are we having for breakfast? Or do you need another minute?” she gazed intently at Zane.

“Gina?”

“I know what she wants. She has the same thing every time.”

“I’ll have what she’s having, then,” Zane said with a smirk as he handed Kitty the menu.

“You don’t know what it is,” Kitty protested.

“Doesn’t matter. Surprise me.” He stared at Gina several seconds, making her blush.

“Okay, one question, though. Hard or soft?”

“Excuse me?” his dark blue eyes flickered over to Kitty.

“Just answer. Hard or soft, I didn’t stutter.”

Zane’s grin spread, quirking up the corner of his mouth. “I’ll go with hard, Kitty, cause that’s how I roll.”

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