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?
I’m a creature of habit when it comes to my writing. The way it works is, I witness something that may seem like nothing to most, but that something sparks a memory of my many personalities, aka my novels’ main characters, to say, “Hey I’m in here and it’s time to write my story.” For example, my grandson playing with a puppy sparked the first book in the Write Brothers series. I was watching him play with the puppy when Bam! Latifah (the heroine) shook up the creative juices in my mind and told me her story. In the opening scene, the heroine of the book is watching her son play with a puppy.
Yeah, I know I sound crazy, but at least I put my psychosis to work. With The Only Option, there was no trigger. I just kept visualizing Jonah walking around this corner and spotting Isis, who was about to touch a priceless piece of art. It took me years to finally give in and hear what Jonah and Isis had to say. All I can say is I’m glad I finally listened.
Talking about listening, I can’t tell you how many complaints I received that the Write Brothers series were not long enough titles to be nominated for an Emma Award. Emma Awards is the premier awards event for readers and authors of Black romance. I’m sorry about that. I just write until the book is finished. I don’t target a word count. Anywhooo, I’m happy to say that The Only Option is long enough. So I hope Isis and Jonah’s story moves you enough to nominate them for an Emma or two or three when the time comes.
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