Character Quotes from First Love by Dellani

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character-quotes-image“Who’s ahead now?” Clayton punched Brad in the shoulder.

“Shut up!” Richard yelled. “Some of us are trying to sleep.” He pulled his cap lower on his brow.

“Not my fault you’re hungover, Dick.” Brad nudged him sharply in the ribs.

“I’m going to kill you if you don’t stop that,” Richard warned. “I’m not hungover. And don’t call me Dick, that’s my dad’s name.”

“Oh. Okay. Your dad seriously goes by Dick?”

“Yeah, so?”

“And you’re okay with that?”

“Yeah.” Richard pulled off his cap, glaring at them. “What?”

Clayton and Brad laughed loudly.

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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“Bitch alert,” Libby said quietly, spotting their nasty neighbor waddled down her sidewalk to her mailbox. She glared at Bobby and his cousins, then directed her wrathful stare at Libby.

“Hi, Mrs. Watson. Beautiful day, isn’t it?” Libby’s smile was glued in place.

“Glad to see you’re finally getting that yard tended. They don’t pay you to stand there, young man.”

Bobby waved to her, calling her a few choice names in Spanish as he kept his voice polite.

“And don’t think you can sweet talk me!” She slammed her door, affirming what he’d suspected.

“Doesn’t speak a word of Spanish.”

“Good! That was nasty!” Libby looked slightly shocked.

He had forgotten she was very nearly fluent. “Why hide the truth? I’d better get to work or we won’t be done on time.”

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Music Behind the Story – Under the Western Sky by Dellani

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Under the Western Sky by Dellani Oakes - 500Quite often, my characters are musicians. A lot of them play guitar because my sons do, and it’s what I’m familiar with. Also, I’m totally hooked on guitarists like Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Dave Gilmour and Carlos Santana. Santana’s music features in Under the Western Sky, a romantic suspense novel set in Western Nebraska in 1976. One of the main characters is Bobby Menendez, a young Mexican man who loves to play the guitar. He is always telling his best friend, Danny, that bands like KISS won’t last, but in 30 or 40 years, people will still be listening to Carlos Santana and Led Zeppelin.

At one point during the story, the characters gather at Bobby’s home and have their own version of Name That Tune.

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Character Quotes from Indian Summer by Dellani

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Indian Summer color coverMy mind was churning when Ana came in to clear the dishes. What I was thinking must have shown in my face, for Ana stopped by the table, smiling broadly.

“And what mischief are you cooking up there, Miss Gabriella? I see in your eyes the look of a lady plotting the fall of man.”

I looked up at her, pursing my lips as if she had offended me. Instead my eyes sparkled and I couldn’t help but laugh. “Perhaps so, Ana.” I looked at the ceiling, the wall, the floor, out the window and fiddled with my napkin. “Tell me, Ana, what do you know of Señor Enriques who was here today?”

Ana hesitated to answer at first. She was always eager to impart what she knew of the local men. Be it good or bad, she held to the gossips’ truths of the town. She sighed deeply and…

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Character Quotes from Poplar Mountain by Dellani Oakes

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character-quotes-image“Should I go talk to her?” Lucius asked Willem.

“Patty’s going. She’s got to get on to work anyhow. You done good, little brother. Keep talking like that, you’ll be a married man in no time.”

Lucius wasn’t sure what to think. He wanted to marry Dollie. He loved her with a passion he didn’t know existed. But he wasn’t sure he could live through the courtship. If she took off like that every time they kissed, he’d spend all his spare time chasing her down.

“Did I do something wrong to make her take off like that?”

“From what I saw, you did everything just right. Some women are more skittish than others. Now Patty, she’d have kissed me smack on the mouth and marched out proud as a peacock with its tail spread. Miss Dollie, she’s more shy-like.”

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Character Quotes from Savage Heart by Dellani

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savage heart coverSavage Heart is the much anticipated (and demanded) sequel to my historical romance, Indian Summer. Set in the early summer of 1740, Gabriella and Manuel are now happily (or maybe not so happily) married.

The bright, green eyes missed little. Touching him fleetingly, she drew his attention. “What makes you sad?” It was strange how she said it, emphasis strong on the pronoun. She knew her own grief, but his sorrow puzzled her.

“Something very hard to explain,” he said.

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Character Quotes from Over the Edge by Dellani

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character-quotes-image“I think now is a good time to put some rules in place,” he said as he approached them. “I’m not your father. But as the one responsible for you both, I give you this to think about. How would your fathers react if they saw you like that?”

Natasha and Billy exchanged a look, a hot flush of red suffusing their faces.

“Exactly. I don’t mind some kissing, because I know it’s inevitable. However, no groping,” he looked pointedly at Billy. “That goes for you both,” his eyes switched to Natasha. “And God forbid you do anything more.” He scowled. “Because God’s wrath will be nothing compared to mine. Not under this roof and not when you are under my care. Is that clear?”

“Yes, Kolya,” Billy replied politely.

Natasha nodded, slightly ashamed of herself. She knew better, but there was something so delightfully compelling about Bilal. She couldn’t…

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Character Quotes from Indian Summer by Dellani

Indian Summer color cover“The ship!” Manuel managed to gasp. “Your parents’ ship is foundering! They need all able bodied men to come to the wharf immediately. Hurry!”

He left to spread the word. I heard the church bell ringing, calling all men to give aid. The men in the room leapt to their feet. Ana rounded up the servants to help. They gathered stout ropes carrying them to the docks.

Marcos wanted to go help his Mamá, but I insisted he stay home. “A boy of five, though he’s big and strong, can’t go out in this weather! I forbid it. Go to your room, change into a dry nightshirt and get into bed at once.”

“I’m not a baby, Bella! I want to go help Mamá and Papa! I’m strong!”

“Marcos, you would simply get in the way. There is nothing you can do. If you won’t go voluntarily to your room, I shall take you there myself!”

He stuck out his tongue, crossed his arms and plopped on the floor, ready to have a temper tantrum for me. With that, I lifted him, kicking and screaming, into my arms, carried him up to his room and plopped him unceremoniously on the bed.

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Character Quotes from Indian Summer

Indian Summer color coverThis entire afternoon had me in a deep quandary I couldn’t get out of. In fact, every way I turned, something else made the quagmire deeper until I was nearly to the point of being buried in it. She reached out and patted my hand.

“Miss Gabriella, I know you’re wondering about all this. I apologize. You’re just a little young to be asking about a man like Señor Enriques. He’s not your sort. Nor is that young Dr. Stevens. I won’t speak ill. But I’ll say this, steer clear of them both, Miss.” Her expression was of deep concern, but I saw only the face of one who opposed me.

“Oh, bother being too young! I’m nearly fifteen and I shall be old enough to wed soon. Why does everyone treat me like a child?”

I threw my napkin to the floor, rushed out the door and banged it behind me.

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Character Quotes from Indian Summer by Dellani

Indian Summer color coverMy mind was churning when Ana came in to clear the dishes. What I was thinking must have shown in my face, for Ana stopped by the table, smiling broadly.

“And what mischief are you cooking up there, Miss Gabriella? I see in your eyes the look of a lady plotting the fall of man.”

I looked up at her, pursing my lips as if she had offended me. Instead my eyes sparkled and I couldn’t help but laugh. “Perhaps so, Ana.” I looked at the ceiling, the wall, the floor, out the window and fiddled with my napkin. “Tell me, Ana, what do you know of Señor Enriques who was here today?”

Ana hesitated to answer at first. She was always eager to impart what she knew of the local men. Be it good or bad, she held to the gossips’ truths of the town. She sighed deeply and seated herself at the table, another thing she had never done.

“Miss Gabriella, I’d not talk awful of anyone as you know.” She held up her hand. “I know I gossip, Miss, but that’s just for sport. I mean to really speak ill of someone with full knowledge and malicious intent and I just won’t do it.” She sighed again. “All I can say, Miss, is that one is better left unnoticed. Best to let sleeping dogs lie, Miss.”

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