Dellani Oakes

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I've been telling stories since childhood. I started writing short stories in high school and plays in college. I first attempted novel writing in 1988, but I never finished it. Maybe one day. I took up writing as a serious vocation in 2002, when my youngest started kindergarten.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I had a nomadic childhood. My father was an English professor & we moved a lot. I lived in Tennessee, Ohio, Massachusetts, Texas, Nebraska & Mississippi before coming to Florida. It gave me a wonderful variety of settings & people to choose from in my writing. Under the Western Sky is set in Nebraska in 1976. The Ninja Tattoo takes place in present day Florida. Indian Summer is set in Florida's past in 1739.
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Books

Under the Western Sky
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,920. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2013 by Tirgearr Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Life in a small Nebraska town should have been uneventful. That's what Libby Marshall and Bobby Menedez think until Bobby's cousin, Ramon, is beaten by a group of white boys because he is dating a white girl. Libby and Bobby realize that their relationship might make them targets, but they believe their love is stronger than hate. But is it? Something quite evil lies hidden Under the Western Sky.
The Ninja Tattoo
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,250. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2012 by Tirgearr Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Teague McMurtry spent the last six years of his life in the Army. Finally having enough of killing, he comes home, thinking he's put the nightmare behind him. When he meets beautiful and sultry Vivica Rambo, he thinks his life is taking a turn for the better.

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  • The Santa Shop on June 11, 2011

    "The Santa Shop" by Tim Greaton – An Unexpected Breath of Fresh Air Skip is homeless. He's been living on the street long enough to know his way around. After the accidental death of his wife and son, for which he holds himself responsible, he loses his job, his home and his self-esteem. Desperately contemplating suicide, he meets Father Johnston and his life begins to change. We walk through Skip's day, learning about his life. Neither asking for sympathy, nor denying his fall from grace, Skip reminds us we're all worthy of a little respect. Although he's fallen about as low as he can go, he maintains what small dignity he has, refusing a handout, especially when it's accompanied by a lecture. Although set at Christmastime, "The Santa Shop" is a book that readers can enjoy at any time of the year. It's appropriate for young teens to adult readers. I read part of it aloud to my teenage son and he's decided to read the book—clear evidence that "The Santa Shop" bridges generations. Greaton treats the character of Skip with unusual insight and tenderness. He lovingly portrays the other characters as well, showing the compassion they have for their fellow man. I greatly enjoyed "The Santa Shop" and look forward to reading more books by Tim Greaton in the future.
  • Deadly Traffic on Jan. 31, 2012

    Kendra DeSola is back and ready for action! Sort of. After the previous year's debacle at Standard High (School of Lies) she's taken time off from her teaching job. Complications with eye surgery have isolated her even more. Needing an income, she starts a dog walking business. Enter Roger Rhus. Slick, handsome, charming and rich, Roger seems like the perfect client. Impressed with Kendra, he hires her to walk his Labrador, Jackson. Kendra has gone so far as to move and change her number to get away from her stalking ex-boyfriend, Brian. Her new house isn't in the best neighborhood, but she likes it well enough until someone puts a rock through her backdoor. Rushing out to investigate, she literally runs into her new neighbor, Win Ni. Also handsome and charming, Kendra finds herself attracted to a much younger man. These two chance meetings lure Kendra into another mystery. The accidental discovery of a dead body once more puts her at odds with her police detective adversaries, Detectives Howard and Tapia. And as before, Standard High plays a role in the complex action. Kendra DeSola is curious to a fault. Scrupulous and trustworthy, she always seems to be getting herself into dangerous situations. Her distrust of the police keeps her from going to the authorities with what she's learned. Maretta Edwards, Kendra's closest friend, joins her for some of her investigative jaunts. Though she says she hates to be involved, she's right there in the thick of things. Deadly Traffic is an exciting sequel to School of Lies. Hoffman's characters are engaging, their actions skillfully pulling the reader into the suspenseful plot. I highly recommend Deadly Traffic to anyone who loves a great mystery. Five Golden Acorns.