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First Meeting from A Bride for Brodie by Dellani

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I am a big fan of first meetings as they often set the tone for the relationship, and tell us a lot about how the couple will interact with one another later in the story. In the case of Malcolm Brodie and Cassandra Tillerman, the first meeting does not go well. Fortunately, they are able to overcome their differences, but based on their first meeting, it doesn't seem very likely. Brodie isn't having a very good day. He's almost late for work, waiting for the elevator, which is being slow. He gets on the crowded elevator and a pretty redhead parks herself right in front of the panel. Unfortunately, she's on the phone and isn't paying attention to the floors other people need. Since she's blocking it, someone has to do something. Brodie takes her phone, hanging it up, earning himself a tongue lashing. Eventually, he manages to escape, has a brief and happy meeting with clients, only to have a very nasty surprise when waiting by the elevator once again.
Bell dinged…

I Love Dialogue from Study of Love by Dellani

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Evelyn Winthrop is a graduate student studying psychology. She meets Tim O'Brian in the elevator at school, and is immediately attracted, only to find out he's her new teacher. Because of school policy, they shouldn't date, but that doesn't keep them both from wanting to find a way to spend time together.
Evie slipped on shoes and grabbed her keys before heading downstairs. The coffee shop was tucked away in a secluded part of the building. It was quiet and nearly empty this time of night. Tim was there at a table, smiling at her. He signaled the barista, who nodded. "I ordered the same thing we had it breakfast. Hope that's okay." "Perfect. Thank you." There was an awkward pause. "I'm sorry about running off like that," Tim said. "My brain shuts down totally when I'm around you. I go all primal Id inside and want to rip your clothes off." The barista set the coffee down. Blushing, Tim handed her a tip. "Not something y…

First Meeting from Brand New Day by Dellani

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It's the early 80s and Janet Yarkowsky is in finishing up her college degree at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, Texas. She's not really looking for love, having a high school sweetheart whom she loves. But he's in the service and she hasn't heard from him in months. So when another man makes a play, she's not entirely averse.
Someone sat in the chair to her right. His scent drifted to her nose. He smelled like outdoors and hot, sexy male. Janet squirmed uncomfortably, hiding it as shifting her position in the chair. "Vonnegut fan, huh?" He had a deep, husky voice laced with an Southeast Texas twang, not the West Texas drawl. "I was a little disappointed with that one. I have to say Slaughterhouse-Five was my favorite." She glanced at him over the top of the book. He wasn't looking at her, he was staring at the fountain. "As far as war books, I found Catch-22 much more interesting. But I think Heller had some serious problems...." &qu…

I Love Dialogue from We Are the Champions by Dellani

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Asher works as a comedian in an improv group called Cheesers Champions. He meets Ruby whe she's chosen to do a sketch with him. When Asher is injured by one of the cast members, he finds out that Ruby is really a doctor. Smitten with the sultry brunette, Asher decides to ask her out.
Ruby reappeared as he inspected his back in the dressing room mirrors. She ran her fingers up and down his spine. Asher shivered, feeling his nipples tighten. "Much improved," she said in her professional tone. "Remember, no red shirts until it's fully healed. In fact, avoid red shirts for at least six weeks. I want to make sure it's completely healed inside and out." "Yes, ma'am. Never gone against a pretty doctor's orders." "What about an ugly one's?" She folded her arms across her chest. "Don't think so. I'm pretty compliant. I figure they're the ones did all the school work, so they might just know what they're talking abo…

Vile Villains from The Maker by Dellani

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Surau is one of the villains in Shakazhan, though he doesn't meet his end until The Maker. I was going to share that moment, but decided that if you want to know what happens to him, you'll need to read the book. After Riley's demise in Shakazhan, Surau is imprisoned, guarded by the Sentience's sentinals. Unfortunately, when they shut off the planet's systems in order to reboot the Sentience's programming, they don't figure on the fact that this will shut down her robot guards as well.
The Sentience coalesced and shimmered by their side, holding her hands as if she were blessing them all. More cheering followed. In the back ground, Wil heard a disturbing sound. He could tell Marc heard it too. An alarm howled down one of the tunnels. A sentinel, calling for help from its comrades. "Quiet!" Wil roared in his battlefield voice. Silence fell immediately. When everyone heard the alarm, panic set in. Sentience listened to a report, her brow furrowing in a …

The Maker Returns – An Excerpt

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It's been a long time since I promised The Maker would return and I apologize. With one thing and another, it's taken longer than I anticipated to get it reader ready.  I'm delighted to announcethat it is now available for pre-order atAmazon!
THE BEGINNING
A fading sun glimmered listlessly in the cloudless sky, growing dimmer each cycle. Shakazhan, the near dead planet below limped around the dying star, knowing no change of seasons. Dreary, gray-brown, scrubby foliage hung on by sheer tenacity, born of long habit. So these two had coexisted for millennia, neither giving in to entropy. At least they had until a year ago when once again, human feet touched the parched, desolate landscape. Lost in the mists of myth and legend, no one had disturbed the planet's slumber until Wil VanLipsig and his wife, Matilda Dulac, arrived. They came in pursuit of Wil's son, John Riley, who sought to free the evil Kahlea Master. John Riley was dead, killed by his father. The Kahlea peri…

Red River Radio Presents Dellani's Tea Time with Whit, Christy and Brian

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Monday, May 8, 2017 at 4 PM EDT on Blog Talk Radio – Dellani's Tea Time with Whit, Christy and Brian.
Is it May already? To help us greet the month, we welcome three wonderful authors. All of them have been on before and we're delighted to have them back with us.


Whit McClendon is the author of Mage's Burden, Gart's Road and A Mage Awakens Book 3, Short Workouts for Beginners Get Healthier and Stronger at Home (Jade Mountain Workout Series Book 1) Whit will chat with us from 4:00 – 4:40 PM EDT


Christy Nicholas is the author of Legacy of Hunger; Ireland- Mythical, Magical, Mystical – A Guide to Hidden Ireland; Scotland – Stunning, Strange and Secret – a Guide to Hidden Scotland. Christy will chat with us from 4:40 – 5:20 PM EDT

Brian Briscoe is the author of The Conflict Etiquette Handbook: The Art of Behaving Well in the Midst of Conflict and Juke: A Blues Novel. Brian will chat with us from 5:20 – 6:00 PM EDT.

First Meeting from Blacksmith's Heart by Dellani

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Hana Sutherland has accompanied her great aunt, Enid, to relax and recuperate at a dude ranch in New Mexico. While her aunt is resting, she decides to take in the local sights, including a rodeo demonstration given by some of the young men who work there. One man, Jasper Flying Eagle, catches her eye.
Jasper dusted himself off, but instead of walking back to join the others, he came over to where Marnie and Hana were sitting. Grinning happily, he stopped and looked up at them. His eyes were an astonishing dark green, almost the color of his shirt. Hana's heart fluttered again and she felt a blush rise up her throat as Jasper casually looked her over, eyes lingering on hers. An emerald sparkle lurked at the depths. "Who's your little friend, Mar?" His voice was a sweet, deep tenor that caressed Hana's ears like luscious, warm honey. "This is Hana, she's new today. She came with her aunt." "Oh, Mrs. Parker's great-niece, right?" "That…

I Love Dialogue from When Tis Done by Dellani

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When Tis Done is Book 3 in the Miracle, Mississippi fantasy series. The teens have been through a lot the last few years. Now, it's their senior year. They hope for quiet normalcy—too bad they won't get it.
“Last Friday of summer,” Jordan groaned. “Senior year starting,” Marissa giggled, clapping her hands. “Home Coming, Prom, Senior President elections!” “I thought we did those last year,” Jordan complained. “Please tell me we don't have to do that again!” “Polly Chambers moved, sugar. Her mama got scared off by the recent unpleasantness.” Jordan rolled her eyes when Marissa made air quotes by her head. “I take that you mean the magical tornado at the school, not the Civil War,” Jordan teased. Many of the old ladies in town still referred to the War Between the States as the recent unpleasantness, which she found amusing. A hundred and thirty years wasn't exactly recent. “Of course, silly!” Giggling, Marissa swatted at Jordan's feet, which perched on the edge of the batt…