Friday, July 12, 2013

Special Guest Friday

No Fun Friday post today, because I have the privilege of sharing a new release by my author buddy, Deatri King-Bey. It sounds absolutely fascinating...

The Only Option by Deatri King-Bey

I’ve had a character harassing me for a few years to write her story. I don’t know why I waited so long to hear what she had to say. I guess some things can’t be explained. When I began writing The Only Option, all I knew was how the hero and heroine met.
I know people must think authors are crazy when we say the characters talk to us, but it’s true. To make a long story short, I finally listened to Isis and Jonah, and boy was I surprised. Why you ask? Because I don’t typically like arranged marriage books, yet their story is centered around arranged marriage. I know arranged marriages are common in many cultures, but I just wasn’t feeling it. What to do? What to do? Write the book of course. I really shouldn’t have waited so long.

I fell in love with Isis and Jonah before the end of the first scene. This may shock you, but at times, it takes me a while to warm up to my own characters. Yeah, I know. I have issues. Upon completion of The Only Option, I sent it to the beta readers, and they loved it as much as I do. Lesson reaffirmed—listen to your characters. Many times they know better than you.

Here’s a little more about The Only Option.

The Only Option: Sane upwardly-mobile women don't agree to enter into arranged marriages... Or do they?

Control freak Jonah Tazi comes from a long line of arranged marriages, but the thought of his parents picking his bride never sat well with him. Time is working against Jonah, so he reluctantly agrees to allow his father to find him a proper bride. Then he meets Isis and becomes infatuated with the vibrant, funny, and talented woman. A powerful man used to getting exactly what he wants, exactly when he wants it, he is unprepared when Isis doesn’t agree to his proposal immediately. Now he is determined to convince her (and everyone else) that he and Isis belong together. Jonah intends to be her only option.

Isis Michaels has always been sheltered by her father. The tables have turned, and now she must shelter him. Isis rearranges her life and will do whatever it takes to please her father during the time he has left—almost anything. It becomes clear that he wants to see her settled before he passes. Is marrying Jonah, a man she’s emotionally and physically attracted to but just met, her only option?

Here’s a little sample. Enjoy…

Chapter One

“Dad, you’re not choosing my wife.” Adjusting his earpiece, Jonah exited the elevator. Fifteen minutes early for an acquisition meeting, he considered himself late.

“You’re a lot closer to forty than thirty. People are starting to talk.”

“I don’t care.” Artwork lined either side of the hallway. The priceless collection had taken Jonah years to build and there were more pieces to acquire.

“Well, I do. Three years. Three years ago you promised to dedicate time to finding a wife.”

“I’ve been busy running a multibillion-dollar corporation.”

“I was just as busy as my father and his father before him. We’ve always had arranged marriages. That didn’t change when my father moved to this country. He did an excellent job of choosing my wife.”

“You’re divorced.” Jonah’s grandfather had moved his wife from Morocco to the United States shortly after their marriage. The majority of the family remained in Morocco and Spain along with many of their traditions. Jonah’s selection of a wife went beyond tradition. As the only son, Jonah believed it was his duty to produce at least one heir to carry on the Tazi name. Time had slipped by too quickly for him to find a wife. A control freak, he hated the idea of his father choosing his wife, but he didn’t see an alternative.

Attracted to the maturity of women his own age, if he waited much longer, the type of woman Jonah wanted wouldn’t be of childbearing age. “Fine, I’ll get married. I take it you have suitable options in mind?”

“Of course I do. I’ll have your assistant set up the meetings.”

“Speaking of meetings, I have one in thirteen minutes. We can talk later.” Jonah disconnected and continued along the hallway. Originally, he’d tried to acquire D. M. Solutions two years ago, but the owner wouldn’t consider his offer.

He rounded the corner, then stopped in his tracks. Few people had access to his private floor, so seeing a woman standing dangerously close to his Auguste Rodin sculpture shocked him. What drew him even more than her presence were her legs. Quite tall himself, he rarely met a woman who reached his shoulders. He’d give his Rembrandt to have her legs wrapped around him as he pushed into her.

Soon he’d be selecting a wife and other women would be off-limits. Currently a free man, Jonah had no intention of allowing the long-legged lovely to pass him by.

—End Sample—

Needless to say, Isis will not be passing him by. I hope you give The Only Option a try.
Available in Print, Kindle, and Nook/ePub (via Barnes & Noble)


Stephanie Williams said...

This looks very intriguing. I haven't read an arrangement story in decades, but time to revisit I think. Great job Deatri King-Bey! :)

Deatri King-Bey said...

Thanks Stephanie! I hope you enjoy it.