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


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!


My Mother’s Southern Jewels by Ethel Cook-Wilson


My Mother’s Southern Jewels is a candid, yet poignant, collection of short stories, each centering around the life of a person with a ‘jewel’ of a name. Each story examines the life, and subsequent death, of the jewels.

The stories begin with an obituary, which would seem an odd approach, but these are also written with such tenderness, they don’t seem jarring or out of place.

Cook-Wilson’s writing voice beautifully and lyrically captures the individuals and their points of view. One can almost hear her voice gently caressing them. She uses different points of view and voice to characterize the narrator of the story, bringing the individuals to life, before laying them to rest.

I loved this book! I laughed and cried throughout. Each tale stands alone, but they all come together to form one gem of a collection.

Five Golden Acorns
© Dellani Oakes

To Buy My Mother’s Southern Jewels

About My Reviews


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.

karen vaughan

Karen Vaughan is a reviewer who posts on my site

The Between Times – Marta Moran Bishop


the between times coverThe Between Times – that brief space between day and night, when shadows linger and the world seems awash with magic. It is foretold that a girl will be born who can control this time, using it to help heal the world.

Jewell and her father, Ben, live in poverty. Their lot is no worse than many and better than some. At least they have a home and Ben has a job. But Jewell must hide for fear that she will be taken and given as a wife to one of the important men in the community.

Life is very different in this futuristic novel. The lines between the classes — rich and poor, have been emphasized by a wall. The upper city is cut off from the lower, clearly dividing society. There is no such thing as upper mobility or making a better life for your family. Women have no rights and are treated as merely commodities to be bought, sold and traded.

Marta Moran Bishop paints a very disturbing picture of a future America where no one has any rights, save the rich. What the characters see as their past, we see as our present — politicians wanting to control the rights of women, financial ruin, the devastation of the national debt on the country, unemployment….

The Between Times is an amazing look at one family’s fight against the system, leaving the reader with hope that they will win. For us, the future isn’t so bright.

Marta Moran Bishop’s descriptions are colorful and vivid, drawing from her skill as a poet. She has woven a story resplendent with imagery so that the reader can see and feel what the characters do.

The characters in The Between Times, are simple folk. The older people remember better times growing up, but the children know nothing but how things are. No matter what their lot, the live in hope that one day, the girl will save them.

I highly recommend The Between Times. It’s haunting tale will delight all ages. Written with easy enough vocabulary for younger readers, it is also a wonderful story for adults.

Five Golden Acorns

© Dellani Oakes 2012

The Between Times is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Veiled Eyes – C.L. Bevill


Anna St. Thais always heard a voice in her head giving her advice, warning her away from harm. She calls it her little helper. In addition to the voice, she has dreams of a whistling man on a boat and a large, black lake. Not knowing the implications of all this, she strikes out for Louisiana from Texas, knowing that it’s what she must do.

Unfortunately for Anna, she meets the wrong trucker along the way. Fortunately for her, the little helper is far more than she ever dreamed. After a daring rescue, Anna finds herself among a group of people who call themselves The Family and all of them have the same golden eyes – just like she has.

Although she’s assured she’s one of The Family, she doesn’t feel welcome. Bad things are going on and someone is watching her. After meeting a strange man who claims to be her father, her curious mind leads her to investigate.

“Veiled Eyes” is a moderately paced thriller full of lies, betrayal, murder and deception. It’s also full of love. The setting in Louisiana Bayou Country, adds to the eeriness and mystique. To Anna, the setting is completely foreign, making her feel even more like an outsider.

The author captured the musicality of the characters’ accents without layering dialog with unreadable dialect. Their personalities are infused by who they are as individuals – or by their place in the family.

I highly recommend “Veiled Eyes” for anyone who likes a good mystery. Five Golden Acorns.

 © 2012 Dellani Oakes

Diary of a Murder – Jean Henry Mead


These Senior Citizens Will Surprise You!

Dana Logan and Sarah Cafferty are two of mystery’s most unlikely investigators. Both in their middle years, they share a home and an appetite for crime detection. When they get word that Dana’s sister, Georgi, has died unexpectedly, they travel from California to Wyoming in their RV.

Immediately upon arrival, Dana is struck by inconsistencies in the story surrounding her sister’s death. The pair decide to investigate. This resolve is strengthened when Sarah falls ill at dinner, from what appears to be a near fatal allergy. Could it be something more?

Spurred by this incident, Dana contacts the state authorities when she discovers that the county sheriff is her late sister’s brother-in-law.

While going through Georgi’s things, Dana discovers her sister’s diary. This proves to be an invaluable tool, leading them to other clues.

Diary of a Murder is a well crafted, fast paced novel. Jean Henry Mead beautifully captures the wily intuitiveness of her two senior sleuths. I highly recommend this book for any lover of mystery. Five gold acorns!

© Dellani Oakes 2011

Dead on Arrival – Karen Vaughan


You’ll Laugh All the Way to the Morgue!

Dead on Arrival – Karen Vaughan

Laura Hamilton didn’t know what she was expecting when she got up that Monday morning, but it sure wasn’t finding a dead body in her living room. Yes, a dead man, apparently delivered sometime over the weekend, currently adorning her living room carpet.

Jeff Gibbons, the inspector called to the scene, isn’t quite sure what to make of Laura, but he has a gut instinct. Even if she does know the victim, she’s not guilty. A fact which is brought to light when it becomes apparent that someone’s out to get her.

Gerry, the building super, is a long term friend of Laura’s. Insisting on protecting her, he takes Laura into his home to keep her safe. Soon, he’s sharing his space with Laura and her Siamese two cats—Sean and Seamus.

 No matter what she does, Laura keeps getting dragged deeper into this ridiculous set of circumstances. When more dead bodies show up, she decides enough is enough. She and Gerry do what they can to help Inspector Gibbons find the killer.

“Dead On Arrival” is a wonderfully lighthearted mystery that moves at a lively pace. Vaughan’s humor adds an interesting dimension to her story, keeping it from being too grim. Her dialog is sprightly, fleshing out the characters. Even minor players have very distinct personalities.

I enjoyed Laura and Gerry’s amateur sleuthing as they muddle through, trying to keep Laura safe while they figure out who’s trying to kill her and why.

 Five Golden Acorns for Vaughan’s debut book. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a lighthearted mystery with plenty of intrigue.

© 2012 Dellani Oakes