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Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah, Y’all!

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As much as I love Christmas, I’ve come to dread the holiday season. Starting with Thanksgiving preparation, I begin to stress over the meal. Afterward, I start planning what to give as Christmas gifts and when I’m going to put a package in the mail for my daughter’s family. Also, her birthday is a week before Christmas, and I have to find a present for her.

Things I used to find absolutely imperative every holiday season: sending cards, writing a newsy letter, decorating the house, preparing holiday treats— They have become a pain in my butt and I simply don’t have the energy for them. I have serious allergies, and almost always have a sinus infection going on. I also have developed asthma over the years, so it’s difficult to go out. Too many scents out there to plague a sensitive nose or a delicate set of lungs. Not to mention, my son has to use our truck for his job—he works 5:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. This makes getting out difficult.

I don’t mean to sound like I’m whining, but dammit, I feel like it! Okay, getting worked up takes too much energy, so I will quietly state that I don’t give a shit about doing it up for Christmas. I like presents, but I hate shopping. I love finding the perfect gift, but I loath trying to decide what that may be. I enjoy the meal, but as I do the bulk of the cooking, it’s a pain in the ass. I like spending time with family and friends, but right now, I’d rather spend my time writing and editing, than actually communicating with anyone.

If you’re like me, and you dread the holiday season (though you really like cookies and other tasty treats) I have a suggestion for you. Go through the list of folks you have to buy gifts for, and buy them books. Yes, I know, not everyone is a reader. But if you can capture the one thing they find appealing, you’ve just given them the perfect gift. Cool thing is, even without a Kindle, they can read an Amazon book on any phone, tablet or computer by downloading the free app.

I realize that not everyone likes the same books, so I encourage you to explore some of my suggestions below. These names are by no means the only books I’m recommending. No one paid me to do this, no one twisted my arm to get me to include them. I’m listing people whose books I have read personally, and enjoyed. They aren’t in any particular order, mostly just train of thought. 

First of all, my books. Dellani Oakes writes historical (retro) romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, sci-fi and fantasy. To Buy Dellani’s Books 

Karen Vaughan is one of my favorite authors. She writes light hearted mysteries. To Buy Karen’s books 

Kenneth Weene writes a variety of genres, which will appeal to a lot of readers. To Buy Ken’s Books

Amanda Thrasher writes delightful books about fairies, but she also has a hard hitting anti-bullying book that is not to miss. To Buy Amanda’s Books 

Ruth Hays writes magical, epic fantasy that gets the heart pumping. To Buy Ruth’s Books 

Heather Poinsett Dunbar writes fantasy, that’s a bit on the dark side. To Buy Heather’s Books 

William Beck writes political thrillers that set your pulse racing from beginning to end.To Buy William’s Books

S. A. Bailey writes, what he calls, redneck noir. Think Mickey Spillane with an east Texas spin. To Buy Seth’s Books

Mark David Gerson also writes a wide variety of books. From learning to write, to mystical fantasy, he’s sure to appeal. To Buy Mark David’s Books 

Jo Ramsey writes wonderfully insightful stories for teens who don’t fit into the normal mold. To Buy Jo’s Books

Rowena Cherry writes sci-fi that carries you into space. Swords clang as a royal alien race tries to out maneuver one another. To Buy Rowena’s Books 

Gary D. Henry writes in many genres from retro romance to horror. To Buy Gary’s Books

Suzette Vaughn mostly writes romance, but she has other books as well. Sure to appeal to a wide number of readers. To Buy Suzette’s Books

J. Conrad Guest – sci-fi, romance, biography, memoir…the list goes on and on. To Buy J. Conrad’s Books

Rico Austin from a lighthearted children’s book, to memoirs, with a stop off at Graceland to visit The King, Rico has it. To Buy to Buy Rico’s Books

Stephanie Osborn’s Displaced Detective series brings Sherlock Holmes into the modern age. She also has fantastic sci-fi books that are a must read. To Buy Stephanie’s Books

Rachel Rueben’s book, Hag, is a wonderfully poignant look at teen life and the problems some face. Rachel also has some great How-To books for authors. To Buy Rachel’s Books

Marta Moran Bishop is another versatile author. Her books are mostly for children or young adults, but they are great for adults too. To Buy Marta’s Books

Barbara Ehrentreu The same can be said of Barbara’s books. Though geared toward teens, they are an enjoyable read for adults. To Buy Barbara’s Books

Fran Lewis has books in so many genres, I can’t name them all. Very approachable, they are sure to entertain. To Buy Fran’s Books

J.D. Holiday’s books for children are cleverly written and beautifully illustrated by the author. To Buy J.D.’s Books

Dianna Graveman’s books will appeal to those who like history. She has wonderful books on a variety of subjects. To Buy Dianna’s Books

Whit McClendon’s fantasy novels are cleverly crafted and full of action.To Buy Whit’s Books

Janet Morris has been a favorite author of mine since the Eighties. If you like sci-fi, fantasy or historical fiction, Janet has something for you. To Buy Janet’s Books

 Viv Drewa writes mystical mysteries with a hoot of a hero—an owl! To Buy Viv’s Books

Kemberlee Shortland writes romance with an Irish flavor. To Buy Kemberlee’sBooks 

I will continue to update and add to this list as I think of new people. Share this with your friends! Above all, have a Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah! Dellani

Summer’s Dark Waters by Simon Williams

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I was recently contacted by Simon Williams who asked if I would share this book for him. Simon is donating the proceeds to TACT, an adoption and fostering charity. Since he will not be making money from this book, I decided to share here. This fantasy book is for children ages 10 and up. Below is an excerpt from Summer’s Dark Waters.

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The afternoon wore on, tedious in the way that only summer afternoons spent inside can be. The hands of the clock on the wall appeared (to the eyes of the hot and tired students who kept staring at it) to be moving far too slowly, as if like them it was starting to wilt a little in the summer heat.

Joe finished his work and turned it over to stop anyone nearby from copying his answers. Nathan sat nearest to him, and he usually tried to look at Joe’s work whenever he got a chance, but today he was actually trying to figure out the answers himself for a change.

Joe frowned and looked around suddenly. The oddest sensation had come to him- something he could not even hope to describe.

It’s like there’s suddenly an extra person in the classroom, he thought, and he found himself looking around at everyone and counting heads, certain that there was a new student who had suddenly wandered into the room- although that was impossible, because he and everyone else would have seen him or her. In fact their teacher, Miss Wells, would have introduced the new student at the beginning of the lesson.

And there can’t be anyone new anyway, he reminded himself. It’s almost the end of the summer term. No one joins school with just a week to go.

But he couldn’t stop himself looking around, scanning everyone and silently counting them. A few saw him and stared back. Daniel made a rude hand signal and glared at him. Gemma stuck out her tongue. Caitlin just smiled and gave him a little wave before going back to her work.

Have you finished your work, Joe?” Miss Wells asked, staring at him over the top of her glasses.

Yes miss,” he said politely.

Then could you please stop looking around at everyone else and read a book until the end of class?”

Joe took a book out of his bag and opened it at the bookmark. He began reading, but he had only got as far as halfway down the page when another strange feeling came to him. It was as if he was being watched intently by one of the other students.

No, he thought suddenly, closing the book slowly. His heart pounded and his stomach felt as if it had turned over. No, it’s not one of the other students. It’s the missing one. It’s the one I can’t see.

He knew that what he was thinking didn’t make any sense. It sounded completely mad. But that didn’t stop him being certain that there was someone in the class apart from all the people who he could see.

His eyes were drawn to a desk not far from the window where the sun poured in. There was no one sitting there, and he tried to remember who normally sat at that desk. Did anyone sit there?

Time seemed to slow down as he stared at the desk, at the sunlight slanting in across the classroom, at the tiny specks of dust that shone in the still warm air. He could dimly hear the tired ticking of the classroom clock on the wall. It’s slower than usual, he thought. It’s slowing down.

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Sword Sisters – A Red Reaper Novel by Tara Cardinal and Alex Bledsoe

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sword sisters coverAella is the last of the Reapers—a race who are a hybrid of demon and human. All products of violence, Reapers stand together to protect humans from demons. Aella’s job, according to prophecy, will be to protect the new king. Only thing is, he hasn’t appeared yet! She spends her days in training, being chastised and bullied by the very people who should be nurturing her, the Reapers.

Growing up in the clutches of her demon father, Aella has known torture—both physical and emotional. Despite that, she is a good person with a strong sense of what’s right. Unfortunately, her definition of justice and righteousness doesn’t always jibe with the ideals of the Reapers.

Fed up with her lot, Aella leaves to find the one person who was ever kind to her—a human boy named Aaron. She finds the spot far from home, where he helped her. He isn’t there, but Aella finds far more than she bargained for.

Not only does Aella help a small village, she discovers she is more capable and skilled than she thought. She faces adversity, battles a god and learns the value of friendship.

Aella is a marvelously complex character. Her confidence and doubt constantly war within her. She wants desperately to be loved, but isn’t sure what to do with it when she finds it.

Cardinal and Bledsoe have woven a complex tapestry of a tale with Aella dashing about in the middle, alternately tearing it up and repairing it. She is a remarkable character and I can’t wait to read more about her.

For more about Aella, look for the movie, The Legend of the Red Reaper, written, directed by and starring Tara Cardinal. It’s an independent film with lots of action and swordplay.

I greatly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who likes a ripping good tale of sword wielding adventure.

Five Golden Acorns
© Dellani Oakes 2014

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Dark Promise – Julia Crane and Talia Jager

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dark promiseRylie seems like any other 15 year old girl. She has great parents, a best friend for life and her boyfriend, Adam. Rylie has a secret that even she doesn’t know.  She’s a fairy — that’s right — pointy ears and fluttering wings. She finds out this secret the night before her sixteenth birthday. Not only is she a fairy, but she has special powers that someone else wants. That’s a lot for a teenage girl to comprehend.

Suddenly, the fairy world becomes all too real when Rylie is kidnapped by the king of the dark fairies. She is taken to his castle and told she must marry his son, Kallan, or die.

Dark Promise shows us an entirely new world, hidden away in our midst. Fairies live among us, cloaked in glamour. Their realm exists in an around our own, and we are completely unaware. Authors Julia Crane and Talia Jager create a completely believable world, separate and yet part of, our own.

Rylie (Oleander – her fairy name) is a strong willed, intelligent girl. She has no knowledge of the fairy world, but leans all she can of it when held in the dark king’s castle.

I enjoyed this book very much. It’s not just for teens, adults will enjoy the story too. The main characters are well fleshed out. The dialogue is varied and fun, bringing readers into the conversation. The authors create a fantasy world that is mysterious, but believable.

5 Golden Acorns!

© Dellani Oakes

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Tumbleweed Forts – Daniel Ferry

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tumbleweedJoshua is a lonely child. With only his imagination to keep him company, he invents epic adventures in his mind. He leads armies and builds magnificent tumbleweed forts in his desert home. When a trip to his fort goes awry due to a dust storm, Joshua’s adventure really begins.

As he huddles in his fort, he is rescued by a mysterious girl named Zeleen. She takes him on an even more amazing adventure than those of his own making.

Many of the events depicted in the novel came from Ferry’s own life. By his own admission, he is Joshua. Ferry is the son of an Air Force test pilot, as is Joshua. Though Joshua’s description of his father’s job is much more elegant and majestic. He calls him a “knight of the sky” – his plane is a “thundering airship”.

Daniel Ferry’s novel, “Tumbleweed Forts”, is a fantasy as fascinating and magical as the desert itself. The reader is drawn into the world of Joshua’s imagination, seeing the wonders through his eyes. We go with him as he journeys with Zaleen.

Intended for middle grades and up, “Tumbleweed Forts” is a must read for anyone who loves a good fantasy/ adventure.

Five Golden Acorns

© Dellani Oakes

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Thieves in Paradise – Bernadette Gardner

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thieves in paradiseCharity Foster is a gambler and thief with a bounty on her head. When she scams Gar Gremin, beating him at his own game, he sends bounty hunter, Kol A’Kosu after her.

Kol’s clan is well known for finding what they seek. To support his clan, he’s willing to chase down Charity, bringing her to justice.

Unfortunately for Charity, Kol is very good at what he does. He finds and captures Charity only to realize that he’s seen her in a vision. A very explicit vision.

When problems with their space ships causes them to remain on the planet of Lebron, awaiting rescue, Kol and Charity get to know one another very well indeed.

Thieves in Paradise is a fun futuristic romantic romp in the jungle. The story is relatively compelling, but over all, it’s really more about the erotic scenes between the two main characters. These are extremely well written and not for the young. I recommend this book for adults only with warning of very explicit content.

 Five Golden Acorns

© 2014 Dellani Oakes

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Even a Succubus Can Get the Blues!

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Succubus Blues – Richelle Mead

succubus bluesGeorgina Kincaid wasn’t always a succubus, but now that she is, she takes her job seriously – sort of. Bookstore assistant manager by day and life force stealing succubus by night can be rough on a girl – especially when she finds a human man who is difficult to ignore and figure out.

Seth Mortensen is a confusing man. Famous author of Georgina’s favorite books, he’s nothing like she imagined. He writes amazingly well, but finds it hard to put together a sentence when confronted with the beautiful and somewhat intimidating Georgina. Even so, she finds herself attracted.

As if life isn’t chaotic enough, there’s a new player in town and he’s killing immortals. Even after Georgina is warned to stay out of it, she can’t help but investigate, getting herself in a heap of trouble.

“Succubus Blues” is a fun romance novel with a mysterious, paranormal twist. The characters are engaging, the dialogue is realistic and moves the story along. The plot goes at a brisk pace as Georgina investigates – steeping herself in trouble. I greatly enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it.

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© Dellani Oakes 2013

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