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.

“No.”

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

“No.”

“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

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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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Savage Heart by Dellani Oakes

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savage heart coverIt’s the summer of 1740 and rumors of war haunt the small community of St. Augustine, Florida. Already, Oglethorpe’s troops are on the move. Scouting parties of Creek Indians have moved south, skirting the town, attacking outlying farms. Meli Chasseur’s home came under attack and she is the only one to escape. Injured and afraid, she stumbles into Sailfish’s camp. Could this be his next chance at true love? This long awaited sequel is finally here!

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Sailfish 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…

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Character Quotes from Under the Western Sky by Dellani

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Under the Western Sky by Dellani Oakes - 500Bobby had to admit that nothing beat a miniskirt for being erotic and evocative while still covering up the most important bits of a woman’s anatomy.

“Okay, Mom. I’ll call you when I get in. Love you too!” She hung up and smiled at Bobby. “Put your tongue back in your mouth.”

“You wear an outfit like that and don’t expect me to look? Or are you a tease?”

“You can look all you want. But you aren’t allowed to drool.”

“Can I touch?” He wanted to badly.

“Maybe.” At least she didn’t say no.

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Character Quotes from Savage Heart by Dellani

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savage heart coverSmirking, Sailfish kindly averted his eyes, still holding out his hand. “You should have checked the brush before squatting,” he told her as he lifted her to her feet.

“Sorry. We had dogs at home. Snakes weren’t often a problem, and certainly not by the latrine.”

“Next time, check.”

“Next time I’ll know to.” Meli smiled her thanks, blushing.

The blood tinging her cheeks made a dusky pink when it mixed with her café au lait complexion. It was a pretty shade, he noted in passing. Much the same, rich color as the petals of the roses outside the Governor’s home.

“I have seen naked women before, little one,” he remarked casually, trying to put her at ease.

“But no man has seen me naked,” she countered, lifting her chin defiantly.

Smiling, Sailfish nodded acceptance of that remark.

“What are you cooking?” Meli’s eyes sparkled happily at the prospect of…

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Character Quotes from Indian Summer by Dellani

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Indian Summer color cover“The ship!” he 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…

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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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After they ate, Evanston and Bobby got their guitars. Some of the others also had musical…

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