Dellani Oakes with glassesDellani Oakes is a former A.P. English teacher and photo journalist. Dellani was making up stories before she could read. Her first really cohesive work began when her older sister started school. Left to entertain herself, she invented an imaginary friend and would regale her mother with tales of Snowy Green and Rainbow School. These stories paved the way for songs and poems in elementary school and short stories in high school and college.

A college theatre major, Dellani took play writing. It became her new love. Scripts being dialog heavy and character driven, this aspect has followed her into her novel writing. She uses verbal exchanges & sparring as a way of revealing both plot and characterization.

Dellani had to set aside her love of writing when she began working as a teacher. Her creative energies were channeled into writing exams to make her students cry—although this wasn’t usually intentional. Unfortunately, between that and motherhood, she didn’t have time to write.

However, once her youngest son started school in 2001, she was able to write full time. Her first novel, “Indian Summer”, was published in 2008 by Second Wind Publishing. Also from Second Wind, her second novel, “Lone Wolf” made its debut in September 2011. “Lone Wolf” is the first in her science-fiction series. She has now added six more books to her lineup. (see links above)

When asked recently how she thought of all those stories, she replied: “There are more ideas in my head than I can get written down in one lifetime. I’ll have to live forever.”

About My Reviews: Although Amazon thinks I charge for my reviews, and will take them down, I want it clearly stated that I DO NOT CHARGE for my reviews!

Yes, authors give me copies of their books, but not always. Sometimes, I find a book that really moves me and will review it as a thank you to the author. My reviews reflect my opinion, but I try hard to find something positive to say about every book I read. If I can’t give a book 3 stars or higher, I won’t write a review of that book. This is only fair to the author, who put a lot of themselves into that work. My opinion is strictly that – mine. I may think something isn’t worth the paper it’s written on, but others may love it. They are free to do that.

Because Amazon and other sites like to remove my reviews, I post them here because on my site, they will never fade into oblivion.

~ Dellani

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7 responses »

  1. Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Vengeance in Blood! Your review captured appreciation for the characters as I had intended. What a lovely feeling that leaves me with. You’ve made my day/week/month/year with your kind words!

    • It was a fantastic book and I’m delighted that I had the chance to read it. I loved the characters, especially Lacy. Without really trying, she built her own little family unit around her. I look forward to more books about her.

    • Right now, my docket is full with 2 books coming out, but I would enjoy doing that sometime in the future. I really enjoyed Caitlin. It was a wonderful story.

  2. Hi Dellani,

    I noticed a review you left on Amazon for a fairly a obscure book called Brave His Soul: The Story of Prince Madog of Wales and His Discovery of America in 1170 by Ellen and David Pugh.

    I have just published the first of a fictional Prince Madog Trilogy called ‘Forgotten Dragon’. If you might have some interest, I would be delighted to supply you with a review copy.

    Best

    David

    • How cool, David! I’m very far behind in my reviews, but if you don’t mind waiting, I’d love to read it.
      Madog holds a fond place in my heart. My son a social studies report on it one year and we used the Brave His Soul book for reference.

  3. Of course, whenever you get time. Ha that is great about the social studies report. I hope you enjoy my efforts when you get around to reading it, I certainly enjoyed writing it, and in many ways it reconnected me with my ‘Welshness’! especially travelling around all the old sites when I was last back ‘ome visiting my Mum and sister.

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