In Her Own Words – Aileen Griffen


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Aileen is an old Army buddy of Teague’s. She was also one of his lovers. They broke up under difficult circumstances but still hold a mutual respect for one another. In her own words, here’s Aileen to talk about Conduct Unbecoming.

What is your name?

Aileen Griffen, Captain in the US Army.

What do you want most?

I want to get my best friend back safely. Nadeya is damaged. She needs my help.

Why is this so important to you?

She’s the best friend I’ve got—one of the few I have left. The war has taken the rest in one way or another.

How do you treat the people in your life?

I try to treat them well, but I’m sure I don’t always manage it.

Can people count on you?

Yes! I will do whatever I can to help my friends and family.

What makes you angry?

Injustice and senseless violence. I know that’s kind of ironic given what I do for a living. I guess there’s nothing like a war to make you realize how pointless it is.

Do you stand up for your beliefs?

Yes, with everything I’ve got.

What excites you?

Well, I sure didn’t expect to find a small town cop exciting, but wow! Joel took me completely by surprise. I find him fun and exciting—and all kinds of sexy.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a Captain in the United States Army. Until all this happened, I’d thought about making it my career for life. Now, I’m not so sure.

What kind of books do you like?

I love romance novels. I want to read about people falling in love. I guess, until I met Joel, I didn’t really expect that to be me.

What kind of music do you enjoy?

Blues and classic rock. Don’t give me any of that rapper crap. That noise makes me want to unload my service pistol into whatever is playing it.

What’s the one thing you’d most like to do before you die?

You’re going to think I’m really being girly here—I want to find the perfect man and get married. Until I met Joel, that wasn’t even a thought. Now, it’s what I want more than anything.

© 2014 Dellani Oakes

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Conduct Unbecoming – Excerpt


conduct unbecoming front coverThe following excerpt is from Chapter Eight of Conduct Unbecoming. The men in my books talk like my sons, as that’s the example I’ve seen on a daily basis. That being said, they aren’t always nice to one another. In fact, at times, they are down right mean. The same applies to the men in my stories. They may be friends, but they aren’t averse to slamming one another. Teague’s cousin, Joel, has a car that the other men hate. He loves it and isn’t ashamed of his bright blue Civic.

After breakfast, the men went outside for a smoke. None of them did it very often, but this seemed like the occasion to indulge. Not only that, they wanted to talk about their women.

“Teague, dude, you missed out not having sex with Nadeya,” Jasper said. “I’ve had it good before, but da-yam!”

“I beat your record, cuz,” Joel said.

“Record? Which one is that?”

“Getting into Aileen’s panties. She said it took you a week.”

Teague chuckled. “She’d like to remember it that way. I think it was about three days.”

“Still beat you,” Joel replied, proud of himself.

“You did, cuz. That’s very cool.”

“She did it because she feels sorry for you—having that gay car and all—” Jasper teased.

Joel smacked him. “I’m sick of you guys making fun of my car! Some people find it hot.”

Teague and Jasper eyed Joel’s car, raising dubious eyebrows.

“Nope. Sorry, they don’t.” Teague replied.

“Pretty sure that’s a no,” Jasper added.

“What is wrong with my car?”

“The color,” Teague replied without hesitation.

“The purple neon underneath,” Jasper added.

“Spinners.” Teague nodded adamantly.

“Spoiler.” Jasper snapped.

“Name!” they bellowed together.

“I love my car,” Joel said. “Nothing you two say will change that.”

“I’m surprised Aileen still went to bed with you after she saw that,” Jasper said.

“Not funny!”

Vivica came to the door. “You’re going to wake the neighbors,” she said calmly. “What’s all the shouting about?”

“Joel maintains that his car is, in fact, hot,” Jasper said. “We maintain that it’s not.”

“Really? You’re talking about a car after having some of the best sex of your life?” She rolled her eyes with disgust and went inside, slamming the door.

“Good thing you got that sex already,” Jasper intoned. “Cause I’m pretty sure you won’t tonight.”

“Wait until she tells Nadeya and Aileen,” Joel said, eyes wide. “You’ll be in deep shit—both of you.”

“I’ll be deep in something,” Jasper countered. “But it won’t be shit.” He rose, heading toward the door. “Y’all coming?”

“Not yet,” Teague replied, throwing his cigarette butt at Jasper.

“Funny. Very. We need to figure this shit out, man. We have to help Nadeya out of this mess.”

© 2014 Dellani Oakes

 

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Presenting Conduct Unbecoming!


conduct unbecoming front coverDid you fall in love with Teague McMurtry in The Ninja Tattoo? Well, he’s back and sassier than ever! This time, he’s got help from his family as well as his good friend, Jasper Waters.

Jasper’s a former Marine who is now a cop. Quite by accident, he’s involved in helping Teague find an old friend—Nadeya.

Nadeya has a problem—lots of them, really. Her fiancée was murdered and she’s seeking revenge against the men who did it. Unfortunately, the one man who could have helped her has been brutally murdered and the police are looking for Nadeya as a person of interest.

Join Teague, Vivica, Jasper and Nadeya as they search for the truth.

© 2014 Dellani Oakes

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Bad Fall’s Finished, What’s Next?


Dellani Oakes with glassesBad Fall is over and I am a little bit sad. Of all the romantic suspense novels I’ve written, it’s one of my favorites. Never fear, the characters of Marka and Frank have another shot at action in a work in progress, A Matter of Time.

Liz may be out of commission, but that doesn’t mean that her co-conspirators are. Can Frank and Marka stop them before anyone else dies? Or is it only a matter of time before they, too, become victims?

Usually, when deciding on a new book to share, I ask for input from my readers, but I’ve decided what story I want to use. Snowed a favorite of mine and it’s a little different from my other romantic suspense novels.

 

 

 

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Michael Reuben’s having a birthday. Not quite 30, he never thought he’d be where he is—driving aschool bus in Cheyenne, Wyoming. It wasn’t his career goal, or even his original destination. He planned to drive to Alaska, putting the better part of the continent between him and his interfering mother. His car broke down in Cheyenne and he decided to stay.

Big Mike’s got a problem, several, actually. First of all, his mother has decided to drive from New York to Cheyenne and she’s bringing a friend with her—a man. Second, he’s had the best night of his life with a woman whose name and face he can’t remember (too much tequila can do that to a man). He calls her the Mystery Date. He may not remember her, but she decidedly remembers him! Third, and most important, someone has started harassing him and he doesn’t know why. Since the incidents are escalating, he wants to find out who’s after him before they manage to kill him!

Starting October 31, because that’s Big Mike’s birthday, I’ll share Snowed every Wednesday and Sunday. In the meantime, watch this space for information and excerpts from my newest novel, Conduct Unbecoming which was released October 3, 2014.

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