Friday, August 22, 2014

Dellani Oakes Wined, Dined and Read

I am so pleased to be invited by my friend, Uvi Poznansky. Many thanks for thinking of me! I'm proud to be a part of the Wined, Dined and Read blog tour.

The book I'm going to talk about is my historical romance, Indian Summer. This is my first published work and holds a special place in my heart.

If your main characters were glasses of wine, which would they be?

If Manuel Enriques were a wine, he would be San Sebastian Winery'sCastillo Red, a dry red, this wine is a delight with a deep burgundy color and a hint of oak. Light on the tannins this wine should complement meats or richer foods nicely. Manuel is bold, fearless and spicy hot. He is a true romantic hero.

If Gabriella Deza were a wine, she would be San Sebastian Winery's Blanc de Fleur
This wine has a hint of fruit and sweetness and the tiny bubbles that produce tingling flavor all through the palate. Gabriella is innocent, bubbly and ready to take on life. She may be young, but she is spirited and effervescent. 

Describe your book in one meal:

My book would be Mariscada, a seafood casserole with lobster, clams, shrimp and lots of garlic and ginger, onions and other savories add depth to the meal. Set in St. Augustine, Florida in 1739, Indian Summer has something for everyone: love, lust, intrigue, spies, action. . . .

What does your book smell like?

It smells briny like the river that flows by St. Augustine. With the Atlantic a stone's throw away, Anastasia Island between it and the ocean, The Matanzas River, an intercoastal river flows by. It smells like hot, tropical climes and the heady perfume of exotic flowers.

What candy would your book be?

Why, the famous rock candy of the Spanish Quarter, of course!

Your book’s snack would be?

Grilled sausages from the historic Spanish section.

Describe your most memorable meal:

That would have to be at Cortessa's Restaurant in St. Augustine. We went for our 25th anniversary. The meal was delicious, beginning with their signature artichoke soup. We dined in the portrait room, in which all the walls are painted with mythological images, like the Three Graces. Not only was the food wonderful, the service was fantastic and the atmosphere relaxing. It's a shame that Cortessa's closed. It was a St. Augustine icon.

One food word to describe your writing style:


What will someone find you eating/drinking when you’re really into a good book?

Coffee and chocolate.

Sweet or Salty?

I like pretzels with ice cream, so I really prefer both salty and sweet.

My author friends will be:
Mary Bradford


M.C.V. Egan said...

Thanks for the TAG what a fun hop, you made me want to visit St Augustine and the Mariscada?OH YUM. Best wishes for the greatest success in all you do.

Dellani Oakes said...

I hope you make it to St. Augustine sometime. It's a truly magical place. When you decide to go, if you need a place to stay, I'll tell you THE best spot!

M.C.V. Egan said...

I have visited ST AUGUSTINE, I am in Delray Beach Florida, but your post just made it even more inviting! Do tell what is the best place, we actually stayed at a pretty cool one. It has been a good8 years.

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