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Emmelia Spenser, Mining Guild Chairman of the Board

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What is your story? It's not just my story, it's the story of the galaxy. I just happen to be in it. It's told in the Lone Wolf Series. Who are you? I am Emmelia Spenser, Chairman of the Mining Guild Board of Directors. Where do you live? I live in the penthouse of the Mining Guild Tower. I have other homes scattered about, but I'm most secure here. Are you the hero of your own story? I'm not the hero of anything. In fact, most would consider me rather villainous. Care to explain that last answer? As Chairman of the Board, I must make the tough decisions. You don't win many friends that way. In fact, there are probably dozens of people trying to kill me and thousands who want me dead. Do you embrace conflict? Conflict seems to embrace me. By the very nature of my job, I am in a constant state of conflict and turmoil. Do I embrace it? No. I hire skilled people to deal with it for me. How do you see yourself? I am cold hearted, cool headed, hard as nails, soft as silk, I am…

Red River Radio Presents What's Write for Me with Gail and Jim

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On the last show of 2016, Dellani and Christina welcome back one author and greet a new one. Though it's been awhile, we are pleased to welcome back Gail Cavanaugh, author of Beyond My Imagination: How Music Changes Our Lives and Retailer's Guide to Merchant Services: From Storefront to Internet. Gail was one of Dellani's first guests and it's great to have her on again. New to the show is Jim Hughes, author of the self-help marriage guide, C Through Marriage. Welcome to the show, Jim.
The show airs TODAY, December 28 at 4 PM Eastern time (3 Central, 2 Mountain, 1 Pacific.)
Be sure to join us live for fun and laughs, or listen to the podcast at your leisure.

I Love Dialogue from Savage Heart - Historical Romance by Dellani

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Savage Heart is the sequel to Indian Summer that several people have been anticipating for way too long. I keep telling myself I'll finish it, but I haven't yet. My friend, Gwen, has been patient with me, but she's anxious for the book to be finished so that she can read it. “I wanna know what happened to that Indian man!” Here's a taste, Gwen (and others)
Sailfish stirred up the fire and started water boiling and Meli still hadn't called him. Concerned about her, he left the fire, walking to her position. She squatted by the tree, pants at her ankles, strangely unmoving. "Help," she said in a small, tight voice. In front of her and slightly to her left, a snake reared its head, hissing at her. Its tail rattled, showing its displeasure. With a swift movement, Sailfish grabbed it behind the head, breaking its neck. Dead snake dangling from his right hand, he held out the left to help her up. Embarrassed to be caught without her pants, she tried every way she c…

Merry Christmas from Dellani Oakes

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I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and give you a little teaser from my sci-fi novel, The Maker Book 3 in the Lone Wolf series. The crew of the Flotilla and Hannibal have been gone from known space for nearly four years. In that time, Chairman Emmelia Spenser has missed Captain Ben Drexel, who protected her from Riley and his power hungry moves. It's Christmas Eve and she misses him more than ever.
Gazing at the clock on the wall of her lavish living room, Emmelia Spenser, Chairman of the Mining Guild, watched the hands creep toward midnight. Drinking a silent toast to absent friends, she tried not to cry. "Oh, Ben," she whispered to the air, "Where are you tonight and what are you doing? Are you thinking of me as I think of you?" She rose, walking to the window of her penthouse apartment, high on top of the Mining Guild Tower. The tropical setting seemed incongruous to the occasion. Instead of snowy slopes, she gazed into the crystal clear ocean. Lost i…

What a Character! Wil VanLipsig of the Lone Wolf Series

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Did you ever meet a man so spooky, he's sexy as hell? Did a glance from his dark eyes make you shiver? Then maybe you met Wil VanLipsig from my sci-fi series. He's been described as dangerously handsome, wickedly attractive and (dare I say) smokin' hot. Of course, the smoking part could apply to the devastation and waste he leaves behind him on the battlefield. Wil is a complex character—at once dangerous and deadly, as well as honorable and protective. He's been an assassin, but only took jobs where he knew for a fact that the target needed killing. He's even gone so far as to protect a target from another killer. Though he can calculate the percentages of casualties of a battle with a quiet efficiency, he does his best to keep them as low as possible. He doesn't believe in wanton loss of life. The Galactic Marines require the study of his battle plans for all officers in training. A General once said, “VanLipsigs plans are a Symphony of Destruction. As carefull…

First Meeting from Sierra by Dellani Oakes

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Heaving a sigh, Sierra sat and stared out the small window on the miniature plane. She barely glanced up as a large, male body filled the empty space between her and the aisle. He struggled a moment with his tray table, flopped it down and set something on it. Sierra caught the heavenly aroma of coffee. Inhaling deeply, she smiled wishing it was hers. The covered cup toppled slightly and she grabbed it instinctively as her seat mate swore softly. "Shit!" Laughing, she moved his cup to her tray and looked up for the first time. "Can I help you with something?" "Not unless you can make the compartment bigger. There's this huge orange bag in here that feels like it's full of concrete." "Not mine," she grinned. "I had to move across the aisle to stow mine. There should be room." Smiling his thanks, he turned and shoved his bag in next to hers. His expensive carry-on lay side by side with her knockoff Prada. "You two behave now,"…

Editing - An Author's Nightmare Part 2

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When I first started writing, I thought I had to include everything. If the character was going to walk out a door, I had to include him walking to the door, turning the knob and pulling it open. In addition to all that business, he had to walk through and close it behind him. Is it any wonder that Indian Summer was 98,266 words before I edited it back? Admittedly, I've gotten pretty good at editing. Probably, because my first books need a lot of help. I've been working on The Maker, book 3 of my sci-fi series. It started at almost 400 pages. I don't even remember the word count, probably close to 180,000. It is now whittled back to just under 300 pages and a word count of 120,000. My question for myself and my editor, is that still too much? Book cost is based on page count. I don't want to price myself out of the market, but there's a lot that has to happen in this novel. It's pivotal and introduces new characters who are integral to the plot later. It also in…

Red River Radio Presents Dellani's Tea Time with Elaine Littau, Gerald Darnell and M. Pepper Langlinais

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Be sure to tune in LIVE on Monday December 12 at 4:00 PM Eastern (3 Central, 2 Mountain, 1 Pacific) on Blog Talk Radio

As friends and family prepare for the holidays, our authors are preparing to sell their books. Whether paperback, hardcover or electronic, books make great gifts! Our guests have some of the best, so we hope you'll check them out.
After too long a time, we welcome back Elaine Littau, author of Luke's Legacy, Running to Her Future, The Eyes of a Stranger and many more. We're delighted to have her with us again.
Also returning is M. Pepper Langlinais, author of The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller, Manifesting Destiny, The Mystery of the Last Line and many more. We're pleased to have her back.
Last, but not least, we welcome an author for the first time. Gerald Darnell, author of The Price of Beauty in Strawberry Land and other Carson Reno Mystery Series, Please Don't Wake Me Until It's Time to Go, and he is featured in the Mystery Gone Mad boxed set.

I'm Feeling a Bit Like Scrooge

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As much as I love Christmas, I've come to dread the holiday season. Starting with Thanksgiving preparation, I begin to stress over the meal. Afterward, I start planning what to give as Christmas gifts and when I'm going to put a package in the mail for my daughter's family. Also, her birthday is a week before Christmas, and I have to find a present for her. Things I used to find absolutely imperative every holiday season: sending cards, writing a newsy letter, decorating the house, preparing holiday treats— They have become a pain in my butt and I simply don't have the energy for them. I have serious allergies, and almost always have a sinus infection going on. I also have developed asthma over the years, so it's difficult to go out. Too many scents out there to plague a sensitive nose or a delicate set of lungs. Not to mention, my son has to use our truck for his job—he works 5:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. This makes getting out difficult. I don't mean to sound like …