Archive | May 9, 2015

My Photos

I love taking pictures. It’s been years since I did much other than family snapshots, but I still try to make them special. I love interesting light and find myself applying composition rules automatically. Below are a few of my photos from years past. I have promised to go out and get some new ones next week. In the meantime, enjoy!

Canaveral National Seashore, New Smyrna  Beach, Florida

Canaveral National Seashore, New Smyrna Beach, Florida © 2015 Dellani Oakes

When we first moved down here, I went to the beach fairly often, in all kinds of weather, and loved taking pictures there. Unfortunately, I can’t handle the sunshine like I used to, but I still have some wonderful shots. Those of you who follow my posts on Second Wind Publishing’s blog will recognize the above picture as the cover for Sea of Destiny.

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Canaveral National Seashore © 2015 Dellani Oakes

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Canaveral National Seashore © 2015 Dellani Oakes

These were taken the same day as the first photo. It was chilly that day, sometime during the late fall or winter. I realize that cold is a relative term here in Florida, but it was cold for us, which is why my sons are wearing jackets.

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Freaky weeds on the rocks at St. Augustine’s beach. © 2015 Dellani Oakes

I was fortunate, more than once, to accompany my children on field trips with their school classes. The following pictures were taken in St. Augustine on one such trip

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Tiny shells near a runout on St. Augustine beach. © 2015 Dellani Oakes

A baby albino alligator at the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida

A baby albino alligator at the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida © 2015 Dellani Oakes

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© 2015 Dellani Oakes

To Buy Dellani’s Books

Dellani’s Alphabet Challenge Letter B – Bad Fall – An Excerpt


ABC ChallengeFrank Atherton is the assistant director at a huge nursing facility in Ohio. He’s having a pretty bad week after a man named Ralph Penwarren arrives. The only good thing to happen all week is meeting Marka Ventimiglia, a new psychiatrist who’s just started working at the facility. They are immediately attracted. Below is their first meeting.

“Be right there!” he called. He dropped his plate in the kitchen sink and went to the door. “What’s he done now?” he asked automatically as he opened it.

It wasn’t Sue or one of the other staff members. An attractive brunette stood there.

“I’m sorry? Who did what?”

“Oh, no one you’d know. Frank Atherton. I just saw you on TV.” He held out his hand after wiping it on his T-shirt.

She smiled. “Marka Ventimiglia. Nice to meet you. I feel really stupid asking, but yours is the only room with…

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