Excerpt from the short story: The Name Game by J.D. Holiday

Here is an excerpt from a short story that is called: The Name Game and was inspired by a story my father wrote. 
My  father wrote a story based on what happen to my sister when she was on the game show in the 1950's, I've Got A Secret with Gary Moore. My story has nothing what-so-ever to do with what he wrote. Just the premise. 

Set up: Kelly has been on the TV show, The Name Game and here is what happened at school the next day.
From The Name Game:

The day after I dreaded going to school. That was where I knew the bullies would be waiting to pick on me. But what was surprising was I didn't see Simon or his gang a day.
All day long teachers and kids had a smile, high five, fist bump, 'you were great' or "that was awesome,” or some other praise for me. I liked it! And it made me forgot about Simon altogether, until....
After school, Cole and I got to the corner on Brown Avenue, just two blocks from my house, so close, and I would have miss this encounter. Simon, Eddie, Evan and Joe came around the corner. Cole was the lucky one. He was the one who bolted, sprinting deer style before I could think of it. Besides, they were after me.
"How was playing a woman, little girl. Ha-ha-ha." Simon tried mimicking a girl's voice, but he sound like the goofy kid his is.
I kept walking and cringing while I waited for the smack to the head.
Simon bumped chests with me, "Answer me!" he shouted, giving me the smack to the back of my head.
"Did that hurt, Kelly?"
Rubbing my head, I turn to see my tall big brother, James right behind me.
James just stared at Simon. "Kelly's head is probably hurting. So you can ask me. What do you want to know?"
"Ammm," Simon started. He must have thought better of messing with James. James was a easy a foot and a half taller than him. Instead, Simon shuddered stepping back toward his friends as they turned and headed back down the street.
"If you have anything else to ask Kelly, come find me. I'll answer you.
Better yet, I'll find you if I have to," James told their backs.
James softly squeezed my shoulder leading me toward home. "How long has this been going on?"
"Well, all year really," I owned up to still rubbing my head.
"Why didn't you say anything?" James asked quietly, his head turned to see my face.
I told a deep breath. "I didn't... well, you know, it seem that it was something I had to deal with. And I'd look like I can't take care of myself, so I thought I better try," I admitted.
"Kelly, he's bigger than you. In that case, it's okay to ask me to help you.
I can handle kids like him. If you don't come back at a bully, they'll keep it up. If you think you can't handle him or anybody else, you tell me, okay?" James smiled and rubbed my sore head.

NOTE: This story is dedicated to my James: Doris Winterberg.


NEW book launch by Author Dellani Oakes: Conduct Unbecoming – A Teague McMurtry Mystery

Released on October 3, 2014, Conduct Unbecoming is the latest book by author Dellani Oakes.
Welcome to Florida where there are sandy beaches, balmy breezes—and dead bodies on the beach. Unfortunately, the police suspect Teague’s friend, and former battle buddy, of the killing. Teague knows Nadeya is innocent, but proving it won’t be easy. She’s disappeared and the last anyone heard from her, she was looking for this man in connection with her fiancĂ©’s murder.
Teague needs to find Nadeya before the police do. He must discover who killed the man on the beach and protect his friends and loved ones. Fortunately, he’s not alone. Joined once more by his cousin, Joel McMurtry, they are augmented by one more—Jasper Waters. He’s another police officer and former Marine. Adding to their numbers are Vivica, Teague’s fiancĂ©e, Nadeya and her best friend, Aileen. The bad guys really don’t stand a chance.
Join Teague and friends when they dodge bullets, rescue kidnapped victims and take an the airboat ride of their lives. It’s an adventure they won’t ever forget—provided they live through it.
DELLANI
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About Author Dellani Oakes:
Dellani took up writing full time when her youngest son started kindergarten in 2002. Since then, she has published five books. She has two romantic suspense novels are with Tirgearr Publishing and an historical romance and two sci-fi novels with Second Wind Publishing. She has also contributed to several anthologies, MJ Magazine and shares her unpublished works on her blog.
Because she loves to talk to other authors, Dellani hosts two talk shows a month on Blog Talk Radio. Listen in every second Monday of the month at 4:00 PM Eastern for Dellani's Tea Time, and every fourth Wednesday, at 4:00 PM Eastern for What's Write for Me.
Armed with bravado and wonderfully supportive friends and family, Dellani has embarked on a journey of self-publication. Conduct Unbecoming is her first venture into this new, and somewhat scary, world.

What made you decide to self-published Conduct Unbecoming?
I love my publishers, but they are busy with other authors as well as me. I have books I really want to have published, but can't get out as soon as I'd like to. I've been afraid to do this until many of my friends encouraged me to try it. Thank you Christina Giguere, Karen Vaughan and Ethel Cook-Wilson for convincing me that I could, and should, give it a try.

What’s next from Dellani?
I'm always working on something. I have several books that I've shared on my blog. I plan to get these ready to self-publish. The one I'm currently sharing on my blog, Bad Fall, is actually a companion novel to Conduct Unbecoming. The main character is mentioned in Conduct Unbecoming, and one of the villains is the same. I am also writing a sequel to Bad Fall, and it's an extension of both Conduct Unbecoming and Bad Fall. The title is A Matter of Time.

Dellani's advice to aspiring author?
Learn grammar! I realize that makes me sound like an English teacher, which I am, but it's important. I just finished reading a wonderful book that had a great plot and held my interest, but the author kept hopping from present to past tense. There were times that she switched from first person narrative to third person in the same sentence. It was a little frustrating. Also, PLEASE learn the difference between LAY and LIE and use them right! That bugs the crap out of me. I despair of ever winning that battle, because nearly everyone does it wrong.

READ an Excerpt from Conduct Unbecoming:

Birds squawked nearby, flapping their wings wildly. Teague looked up to see what caused the commotion. Instead of focusing on the birds, his gaze homed in on a woman. She stood on the boardwalk on the dunes, overlooking the jetty. She was dressed in black pants and tank top. The wind from the ocean blew her long hair around her like an ebony fan. He couldn't see her face, but he knew instinctively who it was.
Saying nothing, he took off up the dunes, trying to find the access. There wasn't one near enough, so he climbed the struts and jumped over the railing. The woman was gone, but he saw her retreating, jogging away from the beach. She wasn't running fast and he knew he could catch her. He sensed that she wanted him to. Knowing he would probably regret it, he took off after her.
Neil called from the beach, but Teague ignored him, intent on following the woman in black. He heard the thud of footsteps behind him and knew his friends were following. The woman in black disappeared around a curve. Teague sped up, but she was out of sight. She could have jumped over the side of the boardwalk at any time. She might even be under it. Teague stopped to reconnoiter. He didn't see footprints in the sand, which meant she was probably still on the boardwalk.
Danielle caught up with him before the men. "What's up?"
"I thought I saw Nadeya."
Danielle shaded her eyes, frowning. "Dammit!"
"Yeah." He took off running again. He didn't expect to find her, but he could hope.
"Teague!" Danielle called after him. "Wait."
"She can't be far," he said. But he knew she was probably long gone.
He jogged the rest of the way to the parking lot, but had no idea what Nadeya might be driving. The few cars in the lot were empty. He walked over and examined each one carefully, peeping inside. A woman came out of the restroom and yelled at him.
"Hey! Get away from my car!" she bellowed.
She wasn't Nadeya. Her hair was short, blond and frizzy. She weighed over 200 pounds and her skin was pale. If it was a disguise, it was the most authentic fat suit he'd ever seen.
"Sorry. I was looking for a friend of mine."
"In my car?"
"I don't know what she's driving. Did you see a tall woman in black in the restroom?"
"If I did, what's it to you?" the woman said, hands on her hips. Her beefy jaw stuck out and she looked like she was spoiling for a fight.
"She's a friend of mine. She's in trouble."
"Didn't see her. Get away from my car."
Teague held his hands away from his body and moved laterally away from her. "Sorry for the misunderstanding." He walked toward the restroom.
"That's the women's bathroom!" the blonde woman yelled after him.
"So?" He kept moving.
The last he saw of the fat woman, she was on the phone, presumably calling the authorities. Teague knew most of the park rangers and was related to some of them. He wasn't worried.
"Nadeya?" he called softly as he approached the bathroom building. "It's Teague."
There was a rustling in the bushes behind him, but it turned out to be a raccoon. Frustrated, Teague surveyed the area before going into the bathroom. She wasn't there. He hadn't really expected her to be. There was no sign of her anywhere. Suddenly thirsty, Teague headed to the vending machines for a drink. There was a supply shed attached where the rangers kept tools and spare drinks for the machines. It was always locked with a padlock. Today, the lock was missing and the wood looked freshly scored.
Wishing he had backup, Teague moved quietly to the shed door, his borrowed weapon in hand. He slid his sunglasses up to the top of his head as he reached for the door. The shed was dim inside, very little light coming through the lattice work on the side. His eyes adjusted quickly to the darkness and he checked the shed carefully.
"Nadeya?" He spoke softly, moving into the shed another step. Warily, he pushed the door all the way back, propping it with a case of Coke. The space was about fifteen feet deep and eight feet wide. Soda cartons were stacked on the left side and a tool bench stretched across one end. Yard equipment and a golf cart took up the rest of the space. There was really no hiding place in here, unless she could squeeze herself into the tiny space under the tool bench. Teague checked. Nothing.

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A New Way to Add your Picture Book on Kindle, Plus Expand Your Reach with a Digital Audiobook on Amazon!

A New Way to Add your Picture Book on Kindle.

Kindle Kids’ Book Creator is a downloadable tool that supports the creation of illustrated children’s books. It provides you with everything you need to add your images, add text, add basic interactivity (e.g., Kindle Text Pop Ups), and output a book that can be uploaded through Kindle Direct Publishing for sale to Kindle customers. It is available for both PC and Mac users.

Kindle Kids’ Book Creator is a free tool for authors and publishers to turn their illustrated children’s books into great-looking Kindle books. Kindle Kids’ Book Creator makes it easy for authors and publishers to import artwork, add text to pages, and preview how their book will look on Kindle devices. 

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