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‘So Much It Hurts’ ~ Another hit by Dellani Oakes

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Dellani Oakes

Many authors hold multiple positions in other areas of our lives. However, regardless of how busy we are, nor how many books we have written, it does not change the fact that each time we have a new release we feel the same as any other author exposing themselves to the world for the very first time. Feelings are often are the combination of joy, nervous anticipation, excitement, and a slight element of fear (at least for me). Dellani Oakes is no exception to the rule of a woman with multiple roles; she is a busy wife, mother, Blog Talk Radio host, publisher, and an author. She lives in Florida, grew up in Western Nebraska, has lived in multiple states, and being a people watcher by nature, this has given her the opportunity to gather information over the years for her work.

She’s written multiple novels, but now has…

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Winter is Coming! Read The Great Snowball Escapade, a chapter book for 6 to 9 year olds!

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Winter is Coming! Read The Great Snowball Escapade, a chapter book for 6 to 9 year olds!

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9780981861425Can Wil stay out of trouble and get along with her cousin, Bud  and treat him like she wants to be treated?

on The Great Snowball Escapade, Wilhemena Brooks’ has a problem when her cousin comes to live with her family. Wil, as she likes to be called, finds things begin to disappear and that includes her pink pencil sharpener is missing after Christmas. Wil knows her cousin Bud has it! Who else would have taken it and she also finds out that Bud doesn’t like girls In fact, Bud doesn’t like anybody.
SB6-12-10-09013Finished-1_edited-1Wil tries to ignore him but he pulls her friend’s hair, takes over games, and when Bud is in trouble he making his “you’re going to get it” face at her which causes others to laugh. After a snowstorm closes school, Wil and her friends go sled riding. But Bud shows up and starts a snowball fight…

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Sassy Sarcasm for October from Dellani

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Sassy SarcasticYesterday, which is roughly a month before this article is actually posted, I asked my fellow Cereal Authors if one of them wanted to write the Sarcasm post for October. An overwhelming chorus of “Go for it!” reached my ears. Kind of what I expected, because my life is not only sarcastically oriented, it’s also peppered with irony. The message we take away from this? Don’t ask if you don’t want to be told to go for it.

Another irony: I had started a post months ago, and lost it. In fairness to me, it was hand written and in a notebook that I’d taken to the doctor’s office. Sadly, I can’t remember which notebook it’s in, and I don’t feel like looking for it right now. That isn’t entirely my fault, the hurricane blew in stuff that’s making me sneeze. Blame it on Mother Nature. (But don’t tell…

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Red River Radio Presents Dellani’s Tea Time with Alisha, Eden and Gary

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Dellani Oakes

Join us LIVE TODAY, October 9

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It’s already October and, in some parts of the world, it’s getting chilly and the leaves are turning. Not here in Florida, but somewhere! We’re ready to sit by the fire and crack open a book. (Or, like here in Florida, it’s still so hot, we don’t want to go outside) In any case, we want to read. Today’s guests are ready to entertain us and entice us with their stories. So, hot or cold, inside or out, fall or spring, have a listen!

Our first guest is no stranger to the show. In fact, I think this is his fourth time visiting with us. Gary D. Henry is the author of In the Manor of Heather Black, Witchwoods, Groundsmen of Sleepy Hollow and many more. Welcome Back, Gary!

Our second guest was supposed to be on a few weeks ago…

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A Meeting Of The Minds

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Lilly From Miss Mary Mack Image from Pixabay

Not knowing what to do, he went downstairs to ask and was met by the little girl he met outside in the chicken coop.  “Hi Oscar!  Why ain’t you in school with the other boys?”  Lilly asked.  Shrugging his shoulders, he answered, “I’m going tomorrow.”

“Good,” she said, “We don’t need anymore stupid boys in this place.”

“What about you?  Why aren’t you in school?” Oscar asked curiously.

“I don’t need it, I’m already smart.”  She declared.

Not believing her, he said, “Nuh uh, everybody has to go to school, Miss Mary said so.”

“She’s not the boss of me!”

“Oooh,” Oscar exclaimed, “You a devil child!”

“A what?” Lilly asked, rather dismayed.

“My momma used to say when a girl wasn’t right, she was a devil child.”

“That’s silly!  If I’m a devil, then you’re a devil too!”

Resisting the label, Oscar declared, “Nope!  I’m saved…

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The Constantinos: Reactions to a Tragedy

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Mark and Debby Constantino. Courtesy of their website.

Recently I read something online that made me feel downright depressed and mournful. As you know, I’m a huge fan of the TV show Ghost Adventures and the people behind it. I feel they’re actually out to prove the existence of spirits and I find them inspirational for my own writing. Frequently they bring guests on the show, including other paranormal experts. Two of these experts were Mark and Debby Constantino, who specialized in electronic voice phenomena, or EVP examination.

This is where it gets sad: Earlier this week, the Constantinos died horrifically along with one other person. Apparently there had been a history of domestic violence in their marriage, including a prior kidnapping by Mr. Constantino, who had been estranged from his wife. This week, Mr. Constantino, who was out on bail, killed a man at the house his wife had…

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So Much it Hurts – Guest Post by, Dellani Oakes…

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So Much it Hurts – Guest Post by, Dellani Oakes…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

As authors, we have to get creative—that’s our job, right? Depending upon the book, our setting changes, and a real locale doesn’t always lend itself to the tale. Then, we have to get really imaginative and build something from the ground up. (No pun intended) I had this problem with a book I began in 2008. I knew I wanted a large city, but I didn’t want to use something famous, like Chicago or New York. For starters, I’ve never been to New York and have only passed through Chicago, so dealing with real geography was daunting. I didn’t want someone to come back at me and tell me I got street names wrong, or changed a location into something that it wasn’t.

Instead, I decided to create a city of my own, fleshing it out with buildings and inhabitants as necessary. It started small, and grew rapidly into something…

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