I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – I love first meetings. It’s fun for me to see how the two main characters react to one another. Often, it sets the tone of their relationship, but other times…they just don’t go that well.
Jason Banes is a thief, however, he’s found himself on the wrong end of a murder charge. He admits to the accompanying theft, but maintains his innocence in the multiple murders he’s charged with. When compelling evidence comes out that he’s telling the truth, he’s released into FBI custody in order to help them find the person who is ultimately responsible, the elusive Orchid. Unfortunately, Special Agent in Charge Taylor Driscole, doesn’t seem very happy to meet him.
The woman was medium height with an athletic build. Her hair was an average shade of light brown, worn in a sloppy bun as if she couldn’t be…
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Not all the new characters in The Maker are human, in fact, most of them are some sort of bipedal alien race. There are others, however, who are just as important, but aren’t remotely human. In fact, some of the best characters in the books are the sentient ships. We’ve already met Styx, Hammer, Anvil and Quick Silver. They are a family unit who have been remarkably helpful to the folk of Shakazhan.
Now, however, a galaxy wide call has gone out and the Timokuan people must respond. The ships are the ones who must carry them to Shakazhan. This scene takes place as the Timokuan prepare to depart. It is customary for the mated pairs to travel, leaving their children for who knows how long, because there isn’t any room on the ship for them. Reluctantly, Tianna and Lordvik must leave their family behind.
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“The next time I see your sorry asses, they’d better be shining like the sun. When I report here this time tomorrow, I’d better find this hell hole shipshape, or all of you will be re-evaluating your career in the Mining Guild. Dismissed!”
There was a shocked silence. No one moved, no one spoke. Marc rounded on them.
“I said dismissed, you lazy sacks of shit! Now move before I bust the entire crew back to Miner One!”
This last was yelled so loudly, Matilda stiffened. She had never seen Marc this angry. The crew scurried off to their appointed tasks. Marc walked up to her, the officers scattering at his approach. Dropping his chin, his hands still behind his back, he lowered his voice so only she could hear him.
“Did I sound authentic enough, baby?”
He winked at her surreptitiously. It was all she could do not to burst out laughing. The only thing that helped her control herself was knowing what it would do to discipline if she did.
© 2017 Dellani Oakes
“You like bacon,” he called as he walked past the door.
“Do you seriously need an answer to that question?”
Jasper chuckled. “I’m gonna take that as a yes.”
Nadeya opened the bathroom door. “That would be wise.”
Jasper chuckled and headed to the kitchen in his boxers. Nadeya came out a few minutes later, dressed in sleek black pants and a black tank top.
“Don’t you wear pants, Officer Waters?”
Jasper laughed. “Not so much. I’m used to being alone. Sorry.”
“I don’t mind. I was just curious. Maybe I should wander around in my panties.”
He nodded. “You could. Then again, you’d have to call an ambulance, cause I think a sight that incredible would surely give me heart failure.”
© 2017 Dellani Oakes
What’s that I hear? Sleigh bells? Can it be Santa? What’s he doing outside my window in July? He’s looking for the Christmas in July Event hosted by Maria Devivo on Facebook July 25
Smart Santa! Authors from all genres and all over the world are taking turns chatting, playing games, giving away prizes and freebies from 10:00 a.m. To 8:00 p.m. Eastern time (9 CDT, 8 MDT, 7 PDT)
And the coolest part? Dellani is there from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT to talk about her romantic suspense book, Room 103. Join us for a fun filled day. We’re going to have a blast!
It’s finally here! The long anticipated (at least for me) One Night in Daytona Beach, #17 in the City Nights Series from Tirgearr Publishing, is Available Now! Grab your copy while it’s still only .99 cents!
When I first heard of the City Night Series, I was intrigued. The parameters of 24 hour time frame and erotic romance, were somewhat daunting as I usually extend my stories over longer periods of time. However, I saw it as a challenge. However, I couldn’t think of a city, that I had knowledge of, which could be in any way interesting. I’ve lived a lot of places, and visited more, but somehow I didn’t think that One Night in Lubbock, Texas sounded quite as enticing as I might like. And then Troy Lambert wrote about Boise, Idaho and I knew that I could do it. Thank you, Troy!
My own city, in…
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“Corporal Bennett reporting as ordered, Ma’am.”
“Corporal?” She checked a computer file on the table. “Says here your last offense got you busted to Private again.”
“Oh, yeah,” he said, reaching in his pocket for a smoke. “Forgot about that.” He pulled a chair out, flopped into it and tipped back.
Penny eyed him with curiosity. “Where in the regs does it say you act like that in the presence of an officer?”
“Sorry, the guys are kinda casual around here.” He rose again. “Please, have a seat, Ma’am.” He clicked his heels together and bowed as she took her seat across from him.
“You can sit,” Penny said as she scanned the file screens.
Bennett sat carefully, not as causally as before. He leaned over the table, hands folded, trying to see what was on the screen.
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At the beginning of April, I decided to do an Alphabetical Challenge where I posted each day, alphabetically. It was a lot of fun, so I thought I’d bring it over here. I won’t be posting daily, I think I’ll do it weekly instead. I hope you enjoy the weekly posts. I will try to have them up each Saturday starting May second.
Be looking for Dellani’s ABC Challenge! I invite you to follow Write Minds Authors as well as the Sunshine Book Show. Meanwhile, spend some time exploring these pages . Welcome and enjoy! ~ Dellani
“Thank you, Kyle.” She touched his cheek, kissing him fleetingly, embarrassed by the emotions flooding through her.
Nothing in her life with Bob had prepared her for Kyle’s tenderness, his warmth, free spirited nature, his fathomless caring. He was a limitless font of love. His family was the same way, welcoming her into their circle as if she had always been there, a member of the most wonderful family in the world. Lips trembling, she held the crucifix to her chest.
A little, warm hand touched her left wrist. Mindy stood at her elbow, dark eyes searching her face in a disconcertingly ‘aware’ fashion. She was a child who had seen much more than her tender years should allow.
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