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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!

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About My Reviews

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Dellani Oakes with glassesI’m rather disgusted with some of the book selling sites. Without any warning, they remove my reviews. I have resposted them, but they take them down again. For some reason, they think I am a professional reviewer who is paid for her reviews.

Not true! I don’t charge anything for my reviews. Authors send me copies of their books asking for reviews or I buy a book, pick it up in the library or find it for free on-line. I read and review it. I love to read and, as an author, I know how important reviews are.

Paid reviews aren’t reliable. You might get a great review from it, or you might get a rehash of your back blurb. Most of the authors that I know can’t afford to pay for reviews. I have never charged, nor will I ever charge.

I do give my honest opinion. I will never trash a book. I will say what I don’t like and give a lower rating, but I will never pull a book apart or trash the author’s confidence. There’s no need for that. Hurting someone’s feelings, over a piece of art that they have struggled over, is the worst kind of harassment. Besides, I may hate it and think it’s the worst thing I ever read, another person may think it’s great.

What you see on this page are my opinions, or those of the other reviewers I have allowed to post on my site. None of us are “professional reviewers” as defined by book selling sites. We aren’t paid. We do this for free, from the goodness of our hearts, because we love to read and like to help other authors.

All that being said, I want to assure readers that you will get honest, open reviews about the books we read. Authors will get the same. We strive to post honest opinions, without crushing an ego.

Fran Lewis is a reviewer who posts on my site.

Fran Lewis is a reviewer who posts on my site.

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Karen Vaughan is a reviewer who posts on my site

It Takes a Thief – Part 20

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The men are highly impressed with Jason’s house and amazing car collection. Taylor simply seems annoyed for some reason that none of them can fathom. When they leave the garage, Greg Kisler asks Jason about the pool. He explains that the pool was laid out so that he could watch the sunset as he took a swim in the evening. The glass was, of course, bullet proof.

via It Takes a Thief – Part 20.

 

Shameless Self-Promotion!

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Usually, I reserve this spot for my fellow authors, but I thought I might as well plug my own work today. I’ve included an interview I conducted on myself using the questions I usually give my guest authors.

When did you start writing?

I was telling stories even as a child. I didn’t start to write them down until I got into elementary school. One of my first formal works was a myth “How We Got Hair”. I remember absolutely nothing about it but the title. When in high school, I wrote lots of short stories and humorous essays. In college, I branched out into plays. I didn’t attempt my first novel until I was teaching high school many years later. It’s not finished yet, but it has potential! My first finished and published novel is “Indian Summer”, an historical adventure/ romance set in St. Augustine, Florida in 1739.

 

What gave you the idea for your first book?

My very first, as yet to be finished, novel, “How Many Miles to Avalon” was inspired by a board game I developed for my gifted students. The idea for “Indian Summer” came to me when I was a chaperone on a field trip with my eldest son. I wandered around St. Augustine thinking how many amazing stories the oldest city on the East Coast had to tell.

What genre do you write?

I write mostly romance. I also have a sci-fi series that could be called futuristic romance. I also write a crime/ romance blend that gets your pulse racing for more reasons than one!

What do you do to keep yourself focused?

Me focused? Not gonna happen. I try, but life is full of distractions. I think I have a slight ADD problem which makes it even harder to concentrate. I keep music playing all the time and that helps me ignore many distractions.

Do you stay with one project or do you work on multiple projects?

I’m a multiple project girl. I get stuck on one story or the muse takes a powder, and I move on to something else. I rarely suffer from writer’s block as a result.

What is your writing process?

When I get an idea, I sit down as soon as possible and start at the beginning. I try to find a strong starting sentence and work from there. I don’t really outline, though I do jot down notes—like names, ages, hair color, eye color, etc. If I don’t, I have the hero gazing into the heroine’s beautiful blue eyes on page 10 and into her bottomless blue ones on page 66.

I write chronologically. I’ve tried writing scenes and stringing them together, but that doesn’t work well for me. I did write one story in reverse once. I wrote one section which became the end, wrote a middle and moved on to a beginning. That’s extremely rare for me.

How do you find your voice?

The voice finds me. I have stories in third person as well as first. I never know how it’s going to be until I sit down to write.

Do you know your ending before you begin?

I very rarely know the ending when I begin. I like the exploration process. I might have a goal in mind, but it doesn’t get there often. I enjoy the ride.

What is your latest release?

My latest release is “Lone Wolf”, the first in my sci-fi series.

What other books do you have published?

I currently have two novels in print. The first is “Indian Summer”, the second is “Lone Wolf”.

Where are your books available?

Both books are available through Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Dellani+Oakes&x=13&y=22

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/276-7770162-6587258?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Dellani+Oakes&x=0&y=0

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Dellani-Oakes?keyword=Dellani+Oakes&store=allproducts

http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Dellani+Oakes

Hello World!

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Welcome to my new review page! This is a work in progress, so bear with me. The whole point of this page is to post the reviews for the books I’ve read. All posts are property of Dellani Oakes. Please ask permission before copying and reposting them. (Unless you’re the author whose work I reviewed, in which case – go for it!)

I hope to expand later to include guest reviewers, but let me get this going first!

 

~ Dellani