Character Quotes from Poplar Mountain ~ An Historical Romance by Dellani Oakes

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“I’m scared, Lucius! I’m so scared! Don’t leave me.”

“I won’t, darlin’, but you’re not acting like yourself a’tall. Calm down some, talk to me. You’re really that afraid?”

“It’s like the mountain’s angry with us. It wants something it thinks we’ve got. It won’t stop raging until we give it what it wants.”

“What does it want, Dollie?”

“Us!” She whispered, eyes wide with terror. “It wants us!”

“It don’t want us dead, darlin’. The mountain always takes some folks to its heart. It always has. There’s some of us that’s a part of these hills, won’t prosper no place else. Then there’s others, like Will, who leave and go into town. But it’s always a part of who we are. Can’t come from the stone’s blood without it’s in you.”

“But it wants me too. And Patty!”

The men chuckled softly.

“That’s cause you’re a part of us…

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Character Quotes from Indian Summer by Dellani Oakes

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Indian Summer color coverThe two men stopped just a few steps past my hiding place. I knew by his voice that one of them was James. The other man I didn’t recognize. James talked earnestly, looking furtively all around him. Not, thankfully, into my hiding place.

“I’m telling yew it mus’ be tonigh’!” the other man was speaking with roughly accented English in harsh undertones.

“Absolutely not! I forbid it!” James’ cultured voice held an authoritative edge. “It’s too soon. If we move now, all will be lost! We must plan this carefully. Tell General Oglethorpe that if this operation is to be a success, he must follow my lead. Tell him I’ll signal when the time is ripe.”

“Jes ‘ow do you pr’pose ta do tha’?” His companion growled. “Ligh’ a bloody sign’l fire?”

James barely held his temper. “In point of fact, I shall. Tell them to look to the south…

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Character Quotes from Under the Western Sky by Dellani Oakes

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character-quotes-image“I don’t think he’s gonna want to talk to you for awhile,” Libby told him. “Toni was pretty ugly to him when she broke up with him. She made it sound like the two of you had already fooled around.”

“What? Why?”

“Who knows? She didn’t say and I was too shocked to ask.”

“Great. All I need is a crazy white boy giving me a hard time. He’s a freak, Bob. I don’t know why you’re friends with him.”

“Danny always stuck up for me when we were kids. Other kids picked on me, but Danny always took care of me. I know he’s a jerk to everyone else, but he’s always been good to me.”

“He can bring all kinds of trouble. We don’t need that kind of trouble, Bobby.”

“Don’t worry, Ramon. He’ll get over it.”

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Alphabet Challenge Too – Letter U from Under the Western Sky by Dellani


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It’s small town Nebraska in 1976, 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 because he is dating a white girl. Libby and Bobby have just started dating, and he’s dropped her off at home. While crossing the street to his own home, he realizes that something isn’t right.

Reluctantly, he left, waiting until she had locked her door behind him. Strolling across the street, he was thinking about Libby and how much he loved her, when someone got out of a car just down from his mother’s house.

Acting like he didn’t notice, he walked slightly faster to his front porch. If he made enough noise, Jim would hear him and come out. He wasn’t scared, not yet. The other person came forward until he stood…

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Character Quotes from First Love by Dellani Oakes

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character-quotes-image“Breasts were mentioned, Dad,” his son, Daniel, who had been silent before, commented from the rear. He was happily ensconced with the luggage and his own copy of The Hobbit.

“Breasts? Not your mother’s!” Craig was appalled.

“No, sir, Maddie’s,” Daniel explained.

“Someone tell me what happened. Be fast.”

Brad gave a 30 second account of the exchange. At the end, Craig was laughing.

“Understood. Okay, new car rule. No one mentions breasts unless in reference to poultry. Are we clear?”

“Yes, sir,” they said in unison.


“Maddie has a very tasty turkey on her chest,” Richard teased as he settled for another nap.

All the boys hit him—hard—while he laughed.

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Character Quotes from Under the Western Sky by Dellani

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Under the Western Sky by Dellani Oakes - 500“Oh, Bobby,” Grace Marshall said suddenly. “I saw something at J.C. Penny’s you might like to see.”

“Oh? What’s that?”

“In the music section. There’s a new album out by Carlos Santana. It’s called Amigos.”


“Yeah, it’s on promotional sale. I can get a discount on it for you too.”

One of Grace’s part time jobs was stocking the records at J.C. Penny’s department store. She always kept her eye out for things the kids would like.

“How much? Ramon is supposed to pay me tomorrow.”

“It will be a little over five dollars once I get my discount.”

“Cool! I can get you the cash tomorrow.”

“How about I buy it, and you pay me back?” She produced a bag from under the table.

“You didn’t! For real? Thanks, Grace!” He kissed her cheek, giving her a hug. “This is too cool! I love this guy.”


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Alphabet Challenge Too – Letter I from Indian Summer by Dellani


ABC ChallengeIndian Summer is my first historical novel, as well as the first novel I published. Set in St. Augustine, Florida, in 1739, Indian Summer is full of intrigue, spies and romance. Gabriella Deza is the daughter of the Spanish Territorial Governor. One night, she overhears a British spy talking to his compatriot. Her father and fiance, Manuel Enriques, pursue the man, finally discovering his plans. Unwittingly, Gabriella sets herself up for grave danger, when she follows Manuel one night.

There was a nagging feeling of dread rising in my mind. I felt hot then cold all over as if I were taking sick again. I had the feeling that Manuel needed me, something was horribly, terribly wrong. I couldn’t suppress it, for it seared my soul. My dreams nagged my thoughts, causing shivers of dread down my spine.

Without saying a word to anyone, I wended my way as quickly…

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Character Quotes from Savage Heart by Dellani

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savage heart coverSailfish woke at noon the next day, to find Meli lying next to him. Her green eyes held humor as she gazed at him. He sat up slowly, wondering what she found so humorous.

“You snore,” she giggled. “And talk in your sleep. Who is Gabriella? Is she the one you love?”

“What does it matter? She’s married to another man.”

“Ah. Was she your woman first?” Her green eyes sparkled merrily.


“So, did you try to steal her away from the other man?”


“Tell me what happened and I’ll quit asking you,” she teased.

“And what fun would that be for you?”

Sailfish said no more, setting about breaking their primitive camp. He kicked dirt over the coals of their fire, pouring water from the river onto the dirt.

“I’m better today, thank you,” she said by way of making conversation.

Sailfish ignored her, going about his…

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Character Quotes from First Love by Dellani

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character-quotes-image“I don’t mean you,” Clayton replied without a hint of apology. “You’re like a guy—with boobs.”

“What?” She tried to hit him from the front seat, but he was too far away. “A guy—with boobs?”

“Enough!” Miss Polly yelled. “Apologize,” she demanded.

“I’m sorry. I acknowledge that you are not, in fact, male with female appendages.”

“Very nice ones,” Richard intoned from beneath his cap.

Madison could reach him from the where she sat. She leaned over the seat back and smacked him with a copy of The Hobbit she was reading.

“Ow! Ow! Unnecessary use of dwarfs!” Richard yelled as he tried to climb over Brad.

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Indian Summer by Dellani


ABC ChallengeIndian Summer is my historical novel. I mention the writing of it in an earlier post. It is written in the voice of Gabriella Deza, the daughter of the Spanish Territorial Governor and is set in 1739, a year before a major siege by the British. Gabriella is 15, but has a lot of intelligence and pluck for a girl her age. By chance, she overhears something that starts a chain of events she has no control over.

I was rounding the corner on my way to the privy when I heard hushed and hurried voices ahead of me. They seemed to be moving in my direction rapidly. It was the sound of men who didn’t want to be overheard. Urgency marked their voices.

I ducked into an alcove, pressing myself against the wall. Secluded and shadowed, I was nearly invisible unless one looked directly at me. Grateful that I…

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