Monthly Archives: March 2017

Realms of Light — A fanfic

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Hello, before I return to Jorthus or undernoticed artists, or even rambling creative thoughts, I thought I would present a portion of a fan-fiction story I began many years ago. I had read some Fanfic, but had never tried it. I heard that it is a good writing exercise and a way to get the creative juices flowing when stuck on one’s own work. I gave it a try.

Now, I must say upfront that THE RACES, NAMES, OR PLACES MENTIONED ARE NOT MY OWN. (I elaborated on some concepts presented in two of my favorite bodies of work, THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and DRAGONLANCE CHRONICLES.) That said, there may be some spoilers to those who may have never read the books or watched the movies/cartoons. But, mainly, this was just for fun.

Again, a disclaimer:  I do not own, nor did I create, these characters. I wrote…

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Music Behind the Story from Feels Like Rain

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Love Under the Sun

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When I started Feels Like Rain, it had a different title – Stormy Weather. However, as the story progressed and I discovered it was set in New Orleans, Feels Like Rain by John Hiatt, became a far more appropriate title. It gives the same sort of overcast mood to the beginning of the story, but in many ways it’s more appropriate for the story.

Grant Thibodaux is a police detective with the NOPD, he’s also engaged to the daughter of the city’s richest man. The wedding is days away when he gets a heart chilling call, Elise Baptiste, his finance, has been kidnapped. He and his partner, and close friend, John Turkle, are tasked with getting the ransom together and making the drop. That’s when things start to go horribly wrong. The perfect life Grant had imagined fell apart in a heartbeat when realizes he’s been hoaxed. Things…

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LITERARY PUT DOWNS THROUGH THE AGES PART I

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I love creative insults and you’ve captured some of the best! Excellent.

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Whether it be the Bard or Hemingway, insults have peppered literature for centuries.  The are the comic relief in a heavy tragedy or a deep philosophical read.  For the next few blogs I am going to explore the literary quips from the classics to Shakespeare.  I may even delve into some salvos from independent authors.

Let’s get started and have some fun with literary put-downs

“All morons hate it when you call them a moron.”
—Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. So you’ve questioned someone’s intelligence, and now they’re irate. What better way to drive your argument home?

Product Details “And she’s got brains enough for two, which is the exact quantity the girl who marries you will need.”
—Sally Nicholas in The Adventures of Sally by P.G. Wodehouse. Kill two birds with one stone: let him know he’s not up to par romantically or intellectually.

Product Details“The…

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Music Behind the Stories from Under the Western Sky

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Historical Novels by Dellani Oakes

music behind the story.jpgQuite 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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BITTER BETRAYAL

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My new book BITTER BETRAYAL like the award-winning title, The Greenlee Project, focuses on consequences of action. I’m passionate about protecting impressionable teens that are between the ages of thirteen and sixteen years olds. Teens this age fall into the YA category, which caters up to eighteen years old, but there’s a huge maturity difference between a thirteen and eighteen-year-old teen, so I have to write carefully. In today’s world with all of the technology and freedoms that teens have, every parent thinks their kid is protected and makes wise choices, but they are wrong. Dating has been complicated these days as kids hook up and have casual sex because it’s what kids do at parties if they’re a couple or not, at least that’s what the kids are saying. Their answers, “That’s what kids do, kids have been doing it for years.” And they have, right? Does is it…

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Character Quotes: The Great Snowball Escapade.

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Character Quotes: The Great Snowball Escapade.

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9780981861425-The Great SB COVER PICAs they turned the corner onto Wil’s street, they stopped. They all stared toward Wil’s house.

“Where’s the snowman?” Wil cried.

“What could have happened to it?” Joey asked.

They began to run down the block. Their snowman was scattered around the front yard. They stared at the snowy mess.

Robert threw up his hands. “He’s all smashed,” he said.

9780981861432Epub_txt_img_23Franny stamp her foot. “Bud did it,” she said.

“What do you say about Bud now, Wil?” Joey asked.

Wil frowned. “Well, maybe Bud didn’t do it,” she said.

“What? It had to be him,” Franny cried.

“You can’t mean it,” Joey added.

Wil said, “Maybe it was an accident. Or, maybe it was somebody else besides Bud.”

Now Robert, Suzie, Franny and Joey were all frowning.

Robert shook his head again. “One batch of cookies and you crumble,” he said. “Look around you, Wil!”

From The Great Snowball Escapade…

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Red River Radio Presents Dellani’s Tea Time with Livy, Maureen and Savannah

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Be sure to join the fun on Dellani’s Tea Time – TODAY, March 13 at 4:00 PM EDT when Dellani and Christina welcome Livy Broussard, Mauareen Larter and Savannah Verte to the show. All these ladies are new to the show, so let’s welcome them and show them a good time! If you can’t join us live, the link will take you to the podcast recording later!

Livy Broussard has a website, The Fire Breathing Bunny, devoted to surviving eating disorders, as well as being the author of creative non-fiction.

MaureenLarter joins us from New South Wales. She is the author of several children’s books like Candy Cow and the Caterpillar or Broken Wing; Book 1 of the Fairies of Aurora. She also has a variety of Simple Gardening Guides.

SavannahVerte is a paranormal and fanstasy author whose books include Sultry & Sinful, Book of Time, CASE Revelations and more!

Tune in Monday, March 13 at 4:00 PM EDT on Blog Talk Radio!