Thursday, 27 September 2012

Dellani Oakes: The Ninja Tattoo

Many welcomes to our next author, Dellani Oakes. Dellani's talents as a writer are varied. Indian Summer is set in 1739 in the Floridian township of St. Augustine. Fifteen year old Gabriella, daughter of the town's governor, learns about matters of the heart as well as matters of the era. She is promised to one man and falls in love with another.

Dellani's next book was Lone Wolf. This story takes us ahead in time by 1293 years to the year 3032AD! Matilda Dulac is a member of the Galactic Mining Guild, and when a miner arrives with a load of Trimagnite, a highly toxic liquid ore, the Lond Wolf offers to take it off Matilda's hands. Little does she realize her world is about to come undone by this mysterious stranger.

Now, Dellani offers readers yet another genre -- The Ninja Tattoo. Teague McMurtry spent six years in the army. When he's had enough, he returns home to his old life, hoping to put the horror of war behind him. But when he meets the vivacious Vivica, Teague is thrust back into war. But this time, it's personal. He's been targeted for death by a violent biker gang headed up by Vivica's older and hugely over-protective brother, Randy. You see, Randy has plans for his sister, all of which she rebels against. And now that she's getting serious with the new man in her lifee, Randy pulls no punches trying to get rid of Teague. The man who kills Teague McMurtry will be awarded the coveted Ninja Tattoo in the biker group.

Very exciting stuff! Dellani has her finger on the pulse here when it comes to writing a page-turning story that's full of action, suspense, romance, and yes, a few erotic liaisons! This story is has a little of everything for the contemporary reader. You will definitely wish this story was longer.

Dellani took a few minutes out of her busy schedule for a quick chat.

Hey Dellani. Thanks for taking some times to chat with us and telling us about your work. Could you please talk to us about your life away from the computer. Please, describe your writing space for our readers.

My writing space is a desk in one end of the dining room. It's also Grand Central Station, or feels like it when the entire family is home.

I know what that's like. Makes you really appreciate the quieter times. With all the activity, what is your daily writing routine like?

It varies. While I eat breakfast and recharge with a cup of coffee, I read whatever book I'm reviewing. I try to read until 10:00 and then start on my daily writing and promoting chores. These are often interrupted by phone calls, appointments and errands. I've learned over the years that no one respects a writer's time or space – including family.

Oh yes. I totally understand that one. Unless one is an artist in some fashion, it's difficult to know exactly what an artist's life is really like.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not writing?

I love to read and like a variety of books, though I shy away from horror. I also watch a lot of movies and TV shows on Netflix. I'm very much a home body.

Don't let Dellani fool you, readers. She's also a very active blogger AND an internet radio personality . . . this woman has her hands in many hats!

Here's an excerpt of The Ninja Tattoo . . .

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Her eyes and smile softened, her lip trembling as tears threatened to fall. "You have this way of blindsiding me with compliments, Teague McMurtry. Why are you so damn adorable?"

He smiled, his voice dropping into the delicious, dark chocolate range. "It's easy to compliment a woman when all I have to do is tell the truth. You are beautiful, vivacious, magnificent, stunning and seductive." He set the dog down, walking over to where she stood. "I want you to tie me up in your hair and never let me go." He took handfuls of her hair, bringing them to his lips, inhaling deeply as he buried his face in her dark tresses.

Vivica wanted to push away. She wanted to warn Teague that the worst move in his life he could make would be hooking up with her. She couldn't make herself say the words that she needed to because his lips were on hers, gently but firmly demanding her kiss. His arms went around her as she grasped his belt loops, pulling him as close as he could go. She felt his desire as he devoured her mouth, making love to her with his kisses. Her body shivered with delight as he moved from her lips to her cheek and down her neck. His teeth nipped her earlobe, then blazed a ragged trail to the top of her shoulder. Grasping the collar of her blouse, he pulled the soft material away from her skin, nibbling and nuzzling the curve of her neck.

His kisses were liquid sex; seductive and compelling. Vivica had never felt anything so incredibly delicious in her entire life. She'd had men come on to her, a few make love to her, but she knew instinctively that none of them had done for her what Teague McMurtry could.

She wanted him as much as he obviously wanted her, so what was stopping her? Perhaps the fact that she had never taken a man to her bed that she had known less than a day. As exciting and intriguing as she found him, he was a stranger. She melted against him as his hands caressed her breasts. Suddenly, he stopped kissing and fondling. Hands still on her chest, he drew back from her.

"I'm so sorry," he murmured. "I'm being a dick. I'm really sorry."

"It's—I'm . . . It's okay," she said, her words a jumble of disjointed thoughts.

"I'd better go. If I don't, won't neither of us get any sleep." He didn't even notice that his speech reverted to his Country roots.

It was the hardest thing he'd ever done, walking away from her. He wanted her more than any woman in his entire life. His body hurt, aching with desire he knew he wouldn't satisfy that night. He hardly knew her, but he felt drawn to her in ways he never thought possible. He wanted to bury himself in her, losing his sense of self, joining with her forever, becoming one with her in mind, body and soul. These feelings were totally foreign to him and terrified as much as they intrigued.

Vivica knew he was right. She had to let him leave. Keeping him there, feeding his desire to satisfy her own wants, was cruel. She wouldn't put her worst enemy through that kind of torture. She let him disengage, keeping her hands pressed to his firm chest. She couldn't seem to stop touching him.

"Yes," she agreed. "You're right. Another night," she promised them both. "We'll do this another time, Teague. Sometime when we know each other better."

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Author, journalist, photographer, teacher, reviewer, radio show host—Dellani Oakes has worn many hats.

Addicted to writing, she spends as much time at it as possible and gets cranky if she's late getting a fix.

The Ninja Tattoo is Dellani's third published novel, though she claims to have enough, still unpublished, to keep a publisher busy for the next ten years.

Dellani also enjoys writing short stories and novellas, several of which have received Honorable Mentions in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.

Dellani currently lives in Florida with her husband and two of their four children.

Dellani loves hearing from her fans. You can contact her here --

Dellani Oakes
Dellani's Choice Blog
Writer's Scantuary Blog

And if you want to buy a copy of The Ninja Tattoo, be sure to visit Dellani's page on the Tirgearr Publishing website which has all her buy links. The Ninja Tattoo is available for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Sony, iTunes/iBooks, and all other readers --

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  1. Thanks for stopping by to chat with us, Dellani. And good luck with your book. It's a great read for anyone who likes action packed romances.

  2. Interesting variety in your books, Dellani. They sound wonderful!