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Sidetracked by Dellani Oakes Part 20

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sidetracked resizedBoth women felt a shiver up their spines. He might be young, but there was a suppressed energy there, core of strength they rarely encountered in men twice his age.

“I know some other people who knew her from golf team,” Aiden said, as if he hadn’t just revealed his inner self.

“Did any of them have a problem with her?” Stavros asked, recovering first.

“Not more than usual on a team. She was a strong leader, some called her a bossy bitch. She was a perfectionist. The women’s team did well under her leadership. Even the men did better, because she wasn’t above telling our captain how to do things.”

“Was Troy on the team?” Vanessa asked, taking out her pad.

Snorting, Aiden rolled his eyes. “Him participate in anything? He’s good with cars, not much else. You saw how easily I caught up with him. I could have…

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RUTH DAVIS HAYS

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Ruth Davis Hays is one of my favorite authors. Today is her birthday, so for a special celebration, I decided to share her wonderful fantasy books for you all. Pop over and buy a copy, to wish her a happy! Below are my reviews for her books.

The Dawnstone Tale by Ruth Davis Hayes

The Dawnstone Tale – Translations from Jorthus: Book One

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The Dawnstone Tale – Translations from Jorthus: Book One is the first in in Ruth Davis Hays’ fantasy series. In a world where life is enhanced by magic, the magda rule select territories.

Lylith Antinon is the daughter of a magda, or magic user. A magda herself, she lives alone until a strong compulsion to venture into the unknown brings her out of her comfortable, though lonely, tower. Her innocence of the outside world makes her easy prey for one unscrupulous enough to take advantage.

Traveling alone isn’t safe, but on the road she meets the dark and mysterious fae lord, Dharromar. He swears to protect her, but does he have more insidious things in mind for the naïve human? His strange countenance and dark blade mark him as very different, even among the fae.

By chance, they encounter a young faerlin thief named Keinigan. On a mission of his own, he throws in his lot with Dharromar and Lylith because they all have the same objective in mind—find the Dawnstone.

The Dawnstone is a legendary gem held on the Isle of Daie. Taking it is foolhardy and futile, but the three companions plan a daring escapade to steal the magical gem.

Ruth Davis Hays has a beautifully descriptive narrative style. She truly creates pictures with her words, describing the characters and environment so that readers can easily see them in their imaginations.

The characters in The Dawnstone Tale, are beautifully crafted. Lylith is a pretty, delicate, young woman whose innocence marks her as a pure spirit. Is it any wonder that both fae men find themselves attracted to her? She has no desire other than to rescue the Dawnstone from its current owner.

Dharromar is a fae man of mixed blood whose lineage is greatly in question. Even he may not be sure what race his father is. His skill set also sets him apart, as does the dark blade at his side. Although he protects Lylith, he isn’t quite what he seems.

Keinigan is a thief. He doesn’t profess to be anything but that. While one cannot call him honest, he isn’t exactly dishonest either. His feelings for Lylith are genuine and his distrust of Dharromar is based on more than his desire to woo the redheaded magda.

The Dawnstone Tale – Translations from Jorthus: Book One is one of the best fantasies I’ve ever read. I found it even more compelling and well paced with a story that keeps the reader moving. When I got to the end of the story, I wanted to read the next book immediately to find out where the tale goes from here.

The Dawnstone Tale – Translations from Jorthus: Book One, is a marvelous, epic fantasy that leaves the reader begging for more. It starts out good and gets better as the story progresses. By the last ten pages, I was literally breathless. The ending is one of the greatest cliff hangers of any book I’ve ever read. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves fantasy or who enjoys a well told tale.

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The Convergence – Translations from Jorthus: Book 2 by Ruth Davis Hays

Picking up about a year after The Dawnstone Tale ended, The Convergence follows the lives of Dharromar, Keinigan and Lylith once more. Though cast apart at the end of The Dawnstone Tale, the three former companions’ paths seem destined to cross once more.

Subdued by her betrayal by Dharromar, Lylith returns to her secluded home. There, she begins magic lessons with her father’s friend, Master Calbraum, a dwarf magda. She decides to present herself to the magda grand council for acceptance in their ranks.

As he travels home from Daie, Dharromar encounters beasts that even the Changeling learns to fear. Almost killed, he makes his way home to heal. Even as he’s occupied with added dangers, his mind dwells on Lylith and the relationship he’s lost.

Locked in the king’s dungeon on Daie, Keinigan discovers he has a new talent—he can see the future. Though this saves him from death, he’d far rather give the gift back. The young faerlin thief feels compelled to warn people of the things he sees, often making things worse. A free man once more, he is delighted when he finds Lylith again.

Though it answers many questions left dangling after Dawnstone Tale, The Convergence poses many more of its own. The novel is fast paced and well laid out, making it easy for the reader to follow the divergent character lives.

The Convergence introduces new friends—and complications—for the three former companions:

Rachel – a young woman transported from our world to the world of Jorthus.

Hamlin – a farmer warned by Keinigan, who then finds himself running from the law.

Trevalin – a bold warrior who catches Lylith’s eye.

Oramatsu – an elf unfortunate enough to cross Dharromar’s path not once, but twice.

Ruth Davis Hays has a real flair for descriptive passages. Her words set the scene beautifully, capturing the reader’s imagination. Her characters come alive, hopping off the page to guide the reader through the story. I found myself drawn back into the world of Jorthus and look forward to my next adventure there.

I highly recommend The Convergence to any reader who enjoys a well spun tale, especially those who love true fantasy at its best.

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The Excursion – Translations from Jorthus:Book 3 by Ruth Davis Hays

Book three of Ruth Davis Hays’ ‘Translations of Jorthus’ series is even more exciting than the first two – which I totally loved. Well, I fell in love with this one too.

Picking up where Book Two, The Convergence, left off, Hays follows her wonderful characters through this fast paced fantasy.

In the seeming safety of Calder, in the heart of a volcano caldera, Lilith and Keinigan once more find themselves facing great danger. This time, they have some new friends:

Trevalin – an honorable knight with an intricately crafted silver hand, fights by their side.

Rachel – a girl from Earth, has somehow traveled to Jorthus.

Hamlin – a simple peasant has found his way to Calder, running away from his home after committing a crime.

The only one missing from their number is Dharromar, Lilith’s former lover and mysterious, dark assassin.

As the planet Quorrelles draws near, life on Jorthus is threatened. Nightmare creatures of unknown origin have overrun much of the country, slaughtering all in their path. It is up to the companions to fight these creatures and find a way to open a portal to distant and dangerous Quorrelles in hope of finding a way to save Jorthus from disaster.

Hays has woven a wonderful tale rich with beautiful imagery, creating a fantasy tapestry for the reader. Her characters are wonderfully well rounded and endear themselves to the reader. One can even find sympathy for the dark and chaotic Dharromar. Although he’s the baddest of the bad boys, there’s something about him that makes us cheer his successes.

I must say, my favorite character is Keinigan, the faerlin thief. He’s come a long way from the wayward pickpocket of book one, The Dawnstone Tale. Though he’s grown a lot, he has more to go.

I highly recommend all three of Ruth Davis Hays’ books: The Dawnstone Tale, The Convergence and The Excursion. I can’t wait for the next book so I can once more travel in the world of Jorthus.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RUTH!

TEAGUE MCMURTRY A MAN WHO VOWS TO HELP AND PROTECT THOSE HE LOVES–THE NINJA TATTOO

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TEAGUE MCMURTRY A MAN WHO VOWS TO HELP AND PROTECT THOSE HE LOVES–THE NINJA TATTOO

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ninja tattoo on the beach (1).jpgTeague McMurtry spent the last six years of his life in the Army. Finally having enough of killing, he comes home, thinking he’s put the nightmare behind him. When he meets beautiful and sultry Vivica Rambo, he thinks his life is taking a turn for the better.

Little does Teague know that he’s been targeted for death by a violent biker gang led by Vivica’s psychotic older brother. Now Teague must put his skills to the test to protect himself and the woman he loves.

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Red River Radio Presents What’s Write for Me with Christina, JD, Karen, Marta and Viv

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Once in awhile, Christina and Dellani like to relax a little. With Thanksgiving over and Christmas to come, they decided to talk to a few good friends and share words of wisdom about every author’s nightmare, marketing. To that end, he invited our friends to sit down, share a hot beverage, and chat for a couple of hours. Without further adieu, let’s meet our guests!

First up, my creative cohost, Christina Giguere. When she’s not saving the day as a virtual assistant, Christina Giguere likes to write. Her alter ego, Rachel Rueben has a blog called: Writing By The Seat Of My Pants for self-published authors where she discusses publishing news and tips for indie authors.She also has a free book called: Self-Publishing Hacks: What The Other Authors Already Know available on the blog.However her latest book is called: Social Media Hacks: An Authors Guide To Navigating Social Media.

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Next in line is author and illustrator J.D. Holiday. JD has five books. Four children’s books: Janoose The Goose, Janoose And The Fall Feather Fair, The Spy Game- all picture books, a chapter book for six to nine year olds called, The Great Snowball Escapade, and an eclectic collections of short stories for adults in Stories & Imaginings For The Reading Spot. JD has been a radio show host where she interviewed a wide variety of authors, including all of the authors in this group. She gave Dellani her infamous “If your character had a theme song, what would it be?” question.

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Our third guest is author and radio show host, Karen Vaughan. Karen lives in Peterborough, Ontario with her husband Jim and a cat named JJ who has plenty of catitude! Karen started her literary journey in 2005 when she was home on sick leave and was tired of starting at the four walls or twiddling her thumbs. An idea for what would become DEAD ON ARRIVAL popped in to her head and the feisty 30 something character Laura wouldn’t leave her alone til her story was written. Laura took a break from pestering the poor author, so she could write a free-standing novel DEAD COMIC STANDING.Soon Laura was on the campaign to get Karen back to what would become the Laura and Gerry series.It now has 7 books, the latest being DEAD TO WRITES.Karen is the proud mom of one, step-mom of 4 grown kids, and 2 grandchildren. While not writing her fingers to the bone she hosts WRITERS ROUND TABLE the second Tuesday of each month. She is also a partner with Viv Drewa in OWL & PUSSYCAT PROMOTIONS, promoting independent authors. Karen is a standup comedian who does her routine for local talent nights and loves reading, crafts and drawing.

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Our fourth guest is Marta Moran Bishop, who says, “I started out as a child!” (writing, that is) Truthfully, my mother dragged me kicking and screaming to write chapters for Keeping The Upper Paw, but I didn’t really begin to work at writing until my mother was dying and we read her the short poems my Grandmother Helen Springer Moran wrote in the nineteen thirties, she loved them so much that after she passed away, I took them, extended them and wrote others and Wee Three: A Mother’s Love in Verse was born. Now I have 2 children’s poetry books, a novel called Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal, the story of the first year of our rescue foal’s life told from his point of view, 4 adult poetry books, a dystopian series called The Divide, and four other novellas and five short stories. I write both poetry, (adult and children’s) stories of animals, the paranormal, dystopian, and many other things.

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Fifth is author Viv Drewa. Viv is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan her passion has always been writing. She was awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather’s escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the “Polish American Journal” as “”From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life” and recently had it published again on Amazon.com

Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron’s ‘The Times Herald”, and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter “Thumb Prints.”

She has started Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions to help her fellow authors by providing affordable services.

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Finally, Dellani Oakes, an author and radio show host. I don’t talk about myself much, but since I’m going to be more relaxed than usual, let me tell you a bit about myself. I am a married mother of four, with two beautiful granddaughters.

In college, my father, who was a PhD in English, and a University Press editor, handed me a stack of papers for a book he was editing, and said, “This is the worst thing every written, so I need your help. You can recognize what’s wrong, even if you don’t know why, and you can correct it.” That and a blue pencil, were my introduction into editing. It was a good trial by fire. I can still hear his voice in my head when I edit. “You don’t need that. It’s crap!”

I have been writing stories since I learned how. Before that, I was telling them. I became a published author in 2008, with my historical novel, Indian Summer. I am an author, mostly of romantic suspense, but I have branched out to romance, sci-fi, historical romance, fantasy, and murder mysteries. My most recent novel is So Much It Hurts released by Tirgearr Publishing.

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Red River Radio Presents What’s Write for Me with JD Karen, Marta & Viv

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Once in awhile, Christina and Dellani like to relax a little. With Thanksgiving over and Christmas to come, they decided to talk to a few good friends and share words of wisdom about every author’s nightmare, marketing. To that end, he invited our friends to sit down, share a hot beverage, and chat for a couple of hours. Without further adieu, let’s meet our guests!

First up, my creative cohost, Christina Giguere. When she’s not saving the day as a virtual assistant, Christina Giguere likes to write. Her alter ego, Rachel Rueben has a blog called: Writing By The Seat Of My Pants for self-published authors where she discusses publishing news and tips for indie authors.She also has a free book called:Self-Publishing Hacks: What The Other Authors Already Know available on the blog.However her latest book is called: Social Media Hacks: An Authors Guide To Navigating Social Media.

Next in line is author and illustrator J.D. Holiday. JD has five books.Four children’s books: Janoose The Goose, Janoose And The Fall Feather Fair, The Spy Game- all picture books, a chapter book for sixty nine year olds called, The Great Snowball Escapade, and an eclectic collections of short stories for adults in Stories &Imaginings For The Reading Spot. JD has been a radio show host where she interviewed a wide variety of authors, including all of the authors in this group. She gave Dellani her infamous “If your character had a theme song, what would it be?” question.

Our third guest is author and radio show host, Karen Vaughan. Karen lives in Peterborough, Ontario with her husband Jim and a cat named JJ who has plenty of catitude! Karen started her literary journey in 2005 when she was home on sick leave and was tired of starting at the four walls or twiddling her thumbs. An idea for what would become DEAD ON ARRIVAL popped in to her head and the feisty 30 something character Laura wouldn’t leave her alone til her story was written. Laura took a break from pestering the poor author, so she could write a free-standing novel DEAD COMIC STANDING.Soon Laura was on the campaign to get Karen back to what would become the Laura and Gerry series.It now has 7 books, the latest being DEAD TO WRITES.Karen is the proud mom of one, step-mom of 4 grown kids, and 2 grandchildren.While not writing her fingers to the bone she hosts WRITERS ROUND TABLE the second Tuesday of each month. She is also a partner with Viv Drewa in OWL & PUSSYCAT PROMOTIONS, promoting independent authors. Karen is a standup comedian who does her routine for local talent nights and loves reading,crafts and drawing.

Our fourth guest is Marta Moran Bishop, who says, “I started out as a child!” (writing, that is) Truthfully, my mother dragged me kicking and screaming to write chapters for Keeping The Upper Paw, but I didn’t really begin to work at writing until my mother was dying and we read her the short poems my Grandmother Helen Springer Moranwrote in the nineteen thirties, she loved them so much that after she passed away, I took them, extended them and wrote others and Wee Three: A Mother’s Love in Verse was born. Now I have 2 children’s poetry books, a novel called Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal, the story of the first year of our rescue foal’s life told from his point of view, 4 adult poetry books, a dystopian series called The Divide, and four other novellas and five short stories. I write both poetry, (adult and children’s) stories of animals, the paranormal, dystopian, and many other things.

Fifth is author Viv Drewa. Viv is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963.Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan her passion has always been writing. She was awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather’s escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the”Polish American Journal” as “”From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life” and recently had it published again on Amazon.com

Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron’s ‘The Times Herald”, and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter “Thumb Prints.”

She has started Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions to help her fellow authors by providing affordable services.

Finally, Dellani Oakes, an author and radio show host. I don’t talk about myself much, but since I’m going to be more relaxed than usual, let me tell you a bit about myself. I am a married mother of four, with two beautiful granddaughters.

In college, my father, who was a PhD in English, and a University Press editor, handed me a stack of papers for a book he was editing, and said, “This is the worst thing every written, so I need your help.You can recognize what’s wrong, even if you don’t know why, and you can correct it.” That and a blue pencil, were my introduction into editing. It was a good trial by fire. I can still hear his voice in my head when I edit. “You don’t need that. It’s crap!”

I have been writing stories since I learned how. Before that, I was telling them. I became a published author in 2008, with my historical novel, Indian Summer. I am an author, mostly of romantic suspense,but I have branched out to romance, sci-fi, historical romance,fantasy, and murder mysteries. My most recent novel is So Much It Hurts released by Tirgearr Publishing.

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Chapter Two of The Dawnstone Tale begins…

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Chapter Two

INSIDE A WALL, Nothshore, Myretrae.

The young faerlin’s avenues eventually led him into a small, confined space inside a wall of the Wayward Inn boarding house on the eastern end of Nothshore in the middle of the night. He would have bemoaned this fate, if he were not so keenly aware of how he got into this predicament.

Earlier in the day, Keinigan had arrived in the seaside town, eager to gain some useful ideas on where he could get money enough to pay Lukas. He had traveled from tavern to pub, chatting and flirting until he met with one young woman of ill repute who was relaxing before her evening duties began.

Her name was Lyla. He had given her his business before and he fancied that she liked him more than she liked the usual customer. She had brightened when she saw him and, after a…

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Sidetracked by Dellani Oakes Part 19

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sidetracked resizedLisa turned off the monitor, taking him in her arms. “If it’s any consolation, I don’t think he did it, either. And Vanessa will come to that conclusion, too. We just wait this out. Have you had lunch?”

“No, and I puked up my breakfast when Vanessa read the letter.”

She told one of the officers to go for pizza and talked with Aiden in her office. Food arrived a few minutes later, and Lisa picked up the conversation as if there hadn’t been a break.

“You had no idea about the baby?”

“None. I tried to reach her after she left, but she either cut off her phone, or changed her number. I didn’t have an address. It damn near killed me. I barely even remember that summer.”

“Can you think of anyone else who would want to hurt Wendy?” Captain Stavros asked gently.

“Honestly, Captain, the Wendy I…

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