Red River Radio Presents What’s Write for Me with Al, Jerry and Stephanie

Tune in at 4:00 PM  Wednesday, June 28 on Blog Talk Radio!

Summer is officially here and what better way to kick off the start than to talk about books! Or to read books, or write books? We love reading, writing and talking about books. So do our three guests today. Two are new, but one is a back for another visit.

First of all, please welcome back my buddy Alfred Jendrasik. Al lives a few miles from me, but he’s a displaced Pittsburgh boy. He’s the author of I Met God at the Beach, Mysterious Tales of Colton Trane and The Other Side of Life series. Welcome back, Al!

Next, we’re delighted to have Stephanie Barr on the show. She’s the author of epic fantasy and sci-fi novels Beast Within, Tarot Queen, Nine Lives and many more. Welcome to the show, Stephanie! We’re delighted to have you here.

Last, but by no means least, we’re so pleased to have author Jerry Pociask joining us. Jerry is the author of Grandma, Me and Tree and Call Me Grandpa, a Man’s Wish for His Grandchild. Welcome to the show, Jerry! We’re so happy to have you visit.

Catch us LIVE or listen to the recording here!

Introducing That’s Quite a Character!

That's Quite a Character

Some characters speak more loudly than their companions. Others stand out because of their silence and gentle spirit. Whatever their mannerisms, vocal pitch, conversational filters (or lack thereof), there are some I love more than others. Don’t get me wrong, I’m fond of my characters, even the bad ones, but I do play favorites.

I decided it would be fun to share a little character sketch of my favorites, each picked for something that makes her or him outstanding in some way. I will share one a month, on the third Friday. I hope you enjoy this series of posts, because I’m having a good time putting them together. Watch this space July 21 for the first installment of That’s Quite a Character! By Dellani Oakes.

Some of the characters to look forward to:

Alvin Ripley – Room 103 – A Marice Houston Mystery

Aileen Griffin – Conduct Unbecoming – A Florida Families novel

Morgan Fellowes – The Best Medicine – A Love in the City novel

Teague McMurtry – The Ninja Tattoo – A Florida Families novel

Ralan Hendrix – Full Measure – A Love in the City novel

And many more!

Alvin Ripley’s up first. Hitch up your britches and tie your shoes, because he’s likely to knock your socks off.

© 2017 Dellani Oakes

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Red River Radio Presents Dellani’s Tea Time with CW Lovatt, JS Burke and SA Gibson

TODAY at 4:00 PM EASTERN! Dellani’s Tea Time on Blog Talk Radio!

School’s out! Time to sit around the pool, kick back on the beach, climb a mountain or swim a lake. Maybe you’d like a safari in Africa or an epic, post-apocalyptic journey? Perhaps flying like a dragon is more your speed? Whatever your fancy, our authors can take you there. We have three amazing and diverse guests on our show, so relax and enjoy!

One author is no stranger to the show. I’m not sure how many visits he’s made, but I think this is his fifth. We just love having him back. Please join me in welcoming CW Lovatt author of And Then it Rained, Adventures of Charlie Smithers, Josiah Stubb & Wild Wolf’s Twisted Tales.

Our next two guests are new to the show, and we’re so pleased to have them join us.

Are dragons your passion? Then you’ll love books by J.S. Burke. Her flights of fantasy introduce readers to a whole new look at creatures of the air and sea. J.S. Burke is the author of The Dragon Dreamer and Dragon Lightning. 

Our third guest is someone I met because he was hosting an event for sci-fi authors, to which he welcomed me. I’m delighted to return the favor. S.A. Gibson is the author of Asante’s Gullah Journey, After the Collapse Series and other wonderful sci-fi books.

Welcome to all our authors! Please join us TODAY at 4 PM Eastern as we chat with them.

Red River Radio Presents What’s Write for Me with Cindy, JM and Maya


Sumer Is Icumen In! Though I’m tempted to burst into song, I’ll spare my audience hearing me sing. But I still intend to talk to three amazing authors. Two are new and one’s a returning guest—and we’re so pleased to have them with us. WEDNESDAY, May 31—Make Note of the Special Day—we welcome these lovely ladies. Same time – 4:00 PM EDT on Blog Talk Radio



First, returning guest, Maya Tyler author of Vampire’s Tale and Dream Hunter. Welcome back, Maya!



New to the show, we welcome Cindy Tomamichel author of Druid’s Portal: The First Journey. Hello, Cindy!



Also new to the show, welcome JM Robison author of The War Queen. Hello, JM!


Red River Radio Presents Dellani’s Tea Time with Whit, Christy & Brian


Is it May already? To help us greet the month, we welcome three wonderful authors. All of them have been on before and we’re delighted to have them back with us.



Whit McClendon is the author of Mage’s Burden, Gart’s Road and A Mage Awakens Book 3, Short Workouts for Beginners Get Healthier and Stronger at Home (Jade Mountain Workout Series Book 1) Whit will chat with us from 4:00 – 4:40 PM EDT



Christy Nicholas is the author of Legacy of Hunger; Ireland- Mythical, Magical, Mystical – A Guide to Hidden Ireland; Scotland – Stunning, Strange and Secret – a Guide to Hidden Scotland. Christy will chat with us from 4:40 – 5:20 PM EDT



Brian Briscoe is the author of The Conflict Etiquette Handbook: The Art of Behaving Well in the Midst of Conflict and Juke: A Blues Novel. Brian will chat with us from 5:20 – 6:00 PM EDT.

The Man Who Wasn’t There – Part 15

the-man-who-wasnt-thereDuring the ritual, Brian finds himself elsewhere, in a land where everything is multi-hued like rainbows. He is joined by the dogs, Zofia and Janus.

The only sounds were from the animals. He couldn’t even hear the wind, though he felt the strength of it on his face. The animals led him to a rocky pool. Above him, there was a waterfall. It was about twenty feet high and could only be reached by scaling slippery rocks. Brian knew he had to climb up to the top. Taking his time, he did so. Janus and Zofia watched from far below, but some of the more agile animals went with him.

When he reached the top, he looked down. The water was crystal blue, like the azurite on the amulet around his neck. It glittered and gleamed invitingly.

“Dive in,” he heard in his head.

Brian felt compelled to walk to the edge of the cliff, which seemed higher since he arrived. Taking his diving stance, he took a deep breath. Launching himself over the edge, Brian fell an impossibly long way before his fingertips touched the water. His body cut the surface without a sound or a splash. Down he went, far deeper than he’d ever been before. Strangely, he could breathe here. There was no struggling for air. He could inhale the water and derive oxygen from it. He opened his mouth, gulping it in. It was pure and sweet, unadulterated water. This is what water in the Garden of Eden must have tasted like. Brian drank his fill as he swam around in the depths.

The water surrounded him with light, buoying him as he swam. Still, he didn’t find the Peddler. He wondered if the Peddler even lived here. Had Brian done something wrong, landed in the a different spot? Had he died and gone to Heaven? He couldn’t imagine that Heaven could be any better than this. It was the most beautiful place he’d ever seen.

He propelled himself to the top of the pool, splashing through the surface. The animals had gone, only Janus and Zofia were there, lying on the banks. They stood, grinning, when he walked out of the water.

“Is he here? Did I come to the wrong spot? I wish you could answer me.”

Brian stood on the banks of the pool, casting about for ideas. He had no clue where to go, what to do or how to get home. He could only hope that the ritual had worked and that he wasn’t lost here forever. That thought dulled his enjoyment slightly. As lovely and peaceful as it was here, he wanted to go home.

The landscape faded and he felt himself drifting down. With a thump, he woke as he sat hard on the damp ground. The drums stopped, the flutes fluttered to a halt. The chanting ended and all eyes stared at him. No one spoke for several seconds.

Jordan dashed forward with a blanket, wrapping it around him. She kissed his cheeks, feeling his head. “Are you okay? You’ve been out for ages!” Bursting into tears, she clung to him.

Miles and Heath helped him up. They walked into the house, supporting him. Jackie and Dr. Beauchamps, checked him over.

“Except for being a little chilled, he’s fine,” Andre’s father declared.

“What happened?” Brian asked.

“Let’s get you home and we’ll tell you,” Heath said.

Miles took Brian to the bathroom and helped him dress. When he was warmly covered, they went home. Jordan refused to be separated from him. She held his hand the entire way home and wouldn’t leave his side once they walked in the house. Maribelle fixed him a hot, restorative tea, and Brian waited for an explanation.

Miles poured a measure of whiskey in a glass, handing it to Brian. “I know you’re only sixteen, but I think you deserve this.”

“What happened? Did it work?” Brian sipped the whiskey, shuddering slightly. It sent a tingling warmth throughout his body. He sipped steadily until it was gone.

“We don’t know if it worked, son. Do you think it did?”

“I haven’t a clue.” He told them about the place he’d been and told them about swimming in the pond. “What happened here? Jordan acts like I’ve been gone forever.”

“You did the dance, we did the spell. It seemed to work, got all the fancy fireworks we were expecting, only you collapsed. You were breathing, but you were completely unresponsive. We wanted to pick you up and carry you inside, but Janus appeared out of nowhere, followed by Zofia. They wouldn’t let us anywhere near you. They lay next to you, kept you warm and didn’t move until just before you got up—two hours later.”

“What? I was only gone ten minutes!”

Jordan took his hand, scooting closer. “Two hours, Brian. Exactly. You didn’t seem to be in distress, in fact, you were smiling and it looked like you were drinking something delicious.”

“The water,” he said quietly. “It was the sweetest, freshest water I ever tasted. And I could breathe underwater. I kept thinking, Is this Heaven? Am I dead? But the dogs weren’t real communicative.”

“Did you see anyone?” Miles asked.

“No, just the animals. All kinds, some I don’t even know names for. They led me to the pool. I heard a voice telling me to dive in. I did.”

Jordan flung her arms around him, burying her face in his shoulder. “You scared me to death,” she whispered. “Don’t scare me like that again! Promise!”

Brian took her face in his hands, giving her a kiss. “Given who we are and what we have to do, I can’t make that promise. Because I won’t break a promise to you, Jordan.” His next kiss lasted longer. He wanted her with every nerve in his body. They sang a chorus of desire that he wished to join. Her hands and lips weren’t enough.

“I know she’s a delicious taste sensation, but get a grip, boy!” Hearing Andre’s voice in his mind, he slowly broke his hold on Jordan.

© 2017 Dellani Oakes 

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Red River Radio Presents Authors of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press

Wednesday, June 26 from 4 – 6 PM EDT (3 – 5 Central, 2 – 4 Mountain, 1 – 3 Pacific) Dellani and Christina welcome guests from Progressive Rising Phoenix Press

First up, author/ publisher Amanda Thrasher, whose books for children and young adults both amuse and inspire her readers. She is the author of such works as The Greenlee Project, Fairy Match in the Mushroom Patch and Bitter Betrayal.

Other guests are:

Darrell Bartell author of Barry and the Vampire in the Rosedale Encounter and Ten-Five: You’re Going Home, Marine!

Matthew Gene author of Hope and Terminus X.

William Speir author of King’s Ransom; Arthur, King; Legacy of the Grand Master and many more.

Join the fun while we chat about books, writing and publishing the Rising Phoenix way!

Join us live or listen to the podcast recording at your convenience.