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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

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Outpassage Will Knock Your Socks Off!

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outpassageOutpassage – Janet Morris and Chris Morris

Dennis (Det) Cox is a soldier. He believes in his own abilities. To say that he believes in truth, justice and the American way might be pushing it a little. But he’s a man of honor and fights with all he has to protect his own.

Paige Barnett is a corporate of the highest order. Her boss, Raymond Godfrey (God), is the head of IST, the most powerful corporation on Earth & beyond. Paige knows how to play the system, but finds herself in hot water when she raises too many questions about incidents on a distant planet, known only as X-31A.

Paige’s life changes dramatically when she meets Det Cox on a blind date arranged by a dating service. Both are drugged and shanghaied, transported to another distant, mysterious planet, X-66B. There, Paige meets Freedom Ayoub and a wide variety of other people who preach about redemption, resurrection and the holy way. Things go from bad to worse when Det’s soldiers are told to put down a revolution on X-66B, using any means possible.

Outpassage, a new offering by Janet Morris and Chris Morris, takes the reader back to the roots of off-world sci-fi adventure. It’s full of intrigue, action, political power plays, as well as redemption, resurrection and the holy way. A thrill ride from start to finish, this book moves forward with the force of a freight train, leaving the reader begging for more. I hope that the Janet & Chris plan more books, making this into a series. They have laid the groundwork for more amazing books with Det and Paige at the helm.

The dialogue in Outpassage is snappy and keeps the story moving. It is also used as a very effective characterization tool. Each character has his or her own voice. Det Cox is hard bitten, all business and slightly paranoid. His words are peppered with sarcasm and cynicism. He’s a soldier, pure and simple. He takes nothing at face value and believes only what he can definitively prove.

Paige Barnett is a cultured, well educated, rich woman. Her pampered existence comes to an end, but she doesn’t falter or give up in the face of adversity. If anything, it makes her more determined to find her way home and bring justice to the deserving. She can be diplomatic, but she knows when not to be. She might freak out a little when the bullets fly, but she doesn’t let it get her down for long. She always bounces back, more determined than before.

Freedom Ayoub is an enigma. He takes Paige under his wing, helping, guiding and protecting. His gentle determination encompasses the other three main characters. His is a fascinating character study and I hope that he will be explored more in other books.

Allie Frickey, Det Cox’s Corporal, is pure soldier. She’s as good at what she does as Cox is. She does her best to protect him and their charges, Paige & Freedom. She is bold and tenacious, much as Paige is.

I greatly enjoyed Outpassage and highly recommend it to those who like a great sci-fi tale that doesn’t include Vulcans or androids or phasers – oh my!

Five Golden Acorns © Dellani Oakes 2014

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Outpassage Trailer featuring music by Chris Morris

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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Rock Killer – S. Evan Townsend

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rock killerSRI – Space Resources Incorporated, is a powerful multinational conglomerate based in Japan. SRI has interests all over the world, a well as in space. They bring asteroids from the belt near Jupiter into Earth orbit and harvest them for resources.

GA – Gaia Alliance, is a militant arm of an organization like Greenpeace. They consider SRI the enemy, claiming they are raping the environment of space, making it unstable. Unfortunately, they have very powerful friends in the US government as well as other parts of the world.

Faruq is the leader of UBAS – United Baath Arab States. An ambitious man, he wants the presidency of Syria for himself. He has manipulated and maneuvered until he has himself in a position to take the country by force. He plans to use the GA to strike against SRI, initiating a revolution.

The first step in the process, members of the GA attack SRI’s base on the Moon, stealing one of their own ships to use against them. The attack goes off as planned, but the GA members meet more resistance than anticipated. They still manage to steal the Rock Skipper, renaming it Rock Killer. Armed and highly dangerous, the Rock Killer goes after their target, SRI asteroid 1961.

Rock Killer is a well paced, exciting novel of international intrigue. The plot is engaging and the reader feels sympathy with the plight of the characters. The intricate plot is clearly delineated, the tendrils of each diverse storyline woven into a fascinating whole that keeps the reader involved.

Rock Killer is a wonderful read. I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a great story of adventure and intrigue.

Five Golden Acorns

© Dellani Oakes

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Orange Rock by Lacerant Plainer

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Geo – Galactic Exploratory Organization, is the richest, most powerful company on Earth and the government wants control. Claiming that anyone who has been through the Geo teleporters, is a copy – a clone. Using this, they do their best to rob the owners, Bob Russell and Will Sutherland, of their rights. Once that’s accomplished, the government controls not only the company, but their assets.

Jubal, Gloria, Nadine and Chris work for Geo on another plant. They have traveled teleporters many times. Because of this, they are targets of the governments scheme. They return to the planet they’ve been working on, for safety, only to abandon it in an emergency. They must face government prejudice and unfair laws.

“Orange Rock” is a moderately paced sc-fi novella. It deals with the question—are clones real people who have rights? It reflects current society’s attitude toward anyone deemed different and therefor ‘less’. “Orange Rock” is an interesting social commentary in a sci-fi setting.

© Dellani Oakes

One Hot January – J. Conrad Guest

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J. Conrad Guest 039Cynical, sarcastic, wary and somewhat paranoid, one might even say Joe January’s jaded. He’s very much a man’s man and enjoys being single and playing the field. So, it’s a bit of a puzzler why, when he meets Melissa MacIntyre, he doesn’t jump at the chance to bed her. Instead, he does his best to rid himself of both Melissa and her brother whose story of their missing father fails to elicit any sympathy from the hard bitten January.

Imagine Joe’s surprise when six years later, he meets up with Melissa once again. Not only has her father never been found, but her brother, Benjamin Junior, has gone missing as well. Mysterious notes and a strange package found their way to Miss MacIntyre’s possession and she’s come to Joe January once again for help.

Set in the 1940’s, the backdrop of WW II infiltrates the story of “One Hot January”. Pursued by Nazi spies, Joe, Melissa and his friend Lance must find why her father disappeared and what happened to Benjamin Junior before it’s too late.

“One Hot January” is a cleverly written sci-fi detective story for all mystery lovers.

© Dellani Oakes

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