Sharon C. Cooper

Just thinking…

The Only Option by Deatri King-Bey

It is with great pleasure that I welcome fellow author, Deatri King-Bey to my blog today!   Alright Deatri, take it away!

The Only Option by Deatri King-Bey


What’s wrong with wanting a traditional family where the father works outside the home to provide for his family financially and the mother works inside the home to raise the couple’s two point five children? What if the world kept telling you the traditional family you’ve always wanted isn’t for you?

What if an opportunity to have your dream come true made you an offer you’d be insane to accept but every fiber of your being is telling you to accept it? This is where Isis, the heroine in my contemporary romance The Only Option, finds herself.

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)

Sharon, thank you for being a stop on The Only Option virtual tour. I appreciate you a whole lot and a bunch.

Deatri King-Bey


Deatri, thanks so much for stopping by! BTW, congratulations on your new release and I wish you much success!


July 8, 2013 - Posted by | Blog Guest | ,


  1. Thanks Sharon 🙂

    Comment by Deatri King-Bey | July 8, 2013

    • My pleasure, Deatri! Wishing you much success!

      Comment by sharonccooper | July 8, 2013

  2. Great excerpt!

    Comment by Te Russ | July 8, 2013

    • Thank you for coming by and trying the excerpt. Have a fantastic day!

      Comment by Deatri King-Bey | July 8, 2013

  3. Hi Deatri! I have quite a few of your books and love them, but I have to say that one of my favorites is Santa’s Helper of the the Write Brothers series. I just got The Only Option this weekend and can’t wait to read it.

    Comment by Donna | July 8, 2013

    • Marybeth stole the show in that book. I love her so much. Probably because I made her a female version of my grandson. He says some STUFF that I have to put in books. Thanks for the continued support.

      Comment by Deatri King-Bey | July 8, 2013

  4. Nice excerpt. This sounds like a good one, Deatri. It’s such a unique idea. I’ve been wanting to do a story based in North Africa – either Morocco or Tunisia. Did you have to do much research or were you already familiar with the culture?

    Comment by Delaney Diamond | July 8, 2013

    • Thanks Delaney. The Other Option is set in San Diego. Jonah’s family comes from Morocco and Spain. I usually model the characters extremely loosely after people I’ve known forever–family, friends, coworkers…

      Comment by Deatri King-Bey | July 8, 2013

      • Only Option, not other option. LOL

        Comment by Deatri King-Bey | July 8, 2013

  5. I LOVE arranged marriage stories. For some reason, the idea intrigues me, especially since I read somewhere that marriages entered into for pragmatic reasons tend to last longer and be happier. And of course, watching the process of a couple getting to know each other in the context of a marriage is always fascinating. Looking forward to this one. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by niaforrester | July 8, 2013

    • Thanks Nia. I didn’t realize how common arranged marriages were until I moved away from the small town I grew up in. Some of the couples I know in arranged marriages are very happy, others, not so much.

      Comment by Deatri King-Bey | July 8, 2013

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  7. This book sounds really good–I look forward to reading it.

    Comment by nancygoldberglevine | July 8, 2013

    • Thanks Nancy, I hope you enjoy 🙂

      Comment by Deatri King-Bey | July 8, 2013

  8. Hi Ms.Sharon and Mr. Deatri,

    Mr. Deatri I have read some of your novels. I think that your novels are great. This one sounds like it will be a good one too. I’ll make sure to pick it up and share my reviews with you. Great interview Ms. Sharon.

    Comment by stephaniebartley1 | July 8, 2013

    • Thanks for giving my books a chance Stephanie. I’m glad you enjoyed them. I can hardly wait for the review. By the way, I’m a female 🙂

      Comment by Deatri King-Bey | July 8, 2013

      • Sorry, Ms. Deatri,

        I never investigate my authors much, unless I read a bio on another author’s page. If I enjoy your work, I just buy it when I see it. Thanks for the up date.

        Comment by stephaniebartley1 | July 9, 2013

    • Hi Stephanie, glad you enjoyed the interview! Thanks for stopping by!

      Comment by sharonccooper | July 9, 2013

  9. Ok, Deatri the excerpt hooked me. I now have to go buy the dang book! Do you know how many books I have on my Nook waiting to be read? A lot…sigh! I like your books. You always do a great job. Much success with this one.


    Comment by belindaegreen | July 8, 2013

    • Thanks for bringing a smile to my face Belinda and for the support. The TBR pile on my Nook is pretty extensive, but I’m addicted. Have a great rest of the week

      Comment by Deatri King-Bey | July 8, 2013

  10. Loved the excerpt and adding to my TBR s :Keep them coming:)

    Comment by beachchairandabook | July 8, 2013

    • Thanks for stopping by!

      Comment by sharonccooper | July 9, 2013

    • Thank you for the support. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

      Comment by Deatri King-Bey | July 10, 2013

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