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Adult #2: TIES THAT TETHER (#OwnVoices Contemporary Romance)
Jane Igharo
Mentored by:
Kristin Wright
Book Title:
2018 Adult Entries
#OwnVoices Contemporary Romance
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As an immigrant, Adaeze is down with all the perks of being a Canadian. Dating non-Nigerians, however, is a step too far, especially since her mother objects. When an unexpected romance with a white man blossoms, Adaeze risks losing her mother and must choose between love and fulfilling a deathbed promise to honor her culture.



My boss mispronounces my name for the third time, and I smolder with resentment.

His Western intonation and random inclusion of the letter S strip my name of its meaning and the Nigerian rhythm that adds a distinct flair.

“Ada-ease.” And here he goes again. “Do you understand the assignment?”

“Yes, Mr. Castellano.” My voice is a small, pitiful thing compared to his tone that’s always stern and indifferent. “I understand. Except…” You’re saying my name all wrong, damn it.

“Except what?” A deep blush sneaks up his cheeks, staining his white skin, conveying his annoyance.

“Um…well…” Shit. What am I doing?

My colleagues’ attention shifts to me. All twelve of them, seated around the table in the meeting room, are gawking. So is my boss. His eyes are firm and callous. If looks could seal fates, no doubt, I would ignite to cinders.

When he scowls, like he’s doing right now, he looks older than he actually is. Sometimes, when I stare through the glass walls that confine him in his office, I catch a fresh, stoic face––beard stubble neatly framing a strong but relaxed jaw, flawless ivory skin gleaming with sun flavor rather than irritation, pink lips that rest neutral, not downward, compelling eyes with an infinite supply of blues––and I guess he’s about thirty. He’s young. Too damn young to be giving some cranky-old-man-yelling-at-the-neighborhood-kids vibe. And I’m twenty-five––too damn grown to be nearly pissing my pants because of him.

8 responses to “Adult #2: TIES THAT TETHER (#OwnVoices Contemporary Romance)”

  1. Sharon Pelletier says:

    Hi Jane, I’d like to see the first 50 pages! Please send with a query to spelletier@dystel.com with “Pitch Wars Request” and your name in the subject line.
    Looking forward to reading more!

  2. Carrie Pestritto says:

    I love this premise and I love your writing! I’ve been on the lookout for great #ownvoices contemporary romance and would be thrilled to see the first 100 pages of this!

    Would you please send me an email with your query in the body and the partial as a Word doc attachment? You can reach me at cpestritto(at)ldlainc(dot)com. Subject should be PITCHWARS REQUEST – TIES THAT TETHER.

    Thanks so much and can’t wait to read!!

  3. Jim McCarthy says:

    I’d love to have a look at this! If you could send along to jmccarthy@dystel.com, I’ll happily review! And if you want more information about me or DGB, feel free to check us out at http://www.dystel.com.


  4. Tricia Skinner says:

    I’d love to read more. Please send the first 20 pages and your query to http://QueryMe.Online/querytricia. In the “Referral” section, put Pitch Wars 2019. Thanks a bunch!

  5. Nicole Payne says:

    Wow! Please send the query, synopsis and first five chapters to nicole@goldenwheatliterary.com. Thanks!!

  6. Devin Ross says:

    Hi Jane- I’d love to read the full manuscript. Please send it to dross@newleafliterary.com with “pitch wars request” in the subject line. Excited to read!

  7. Tess Callero says:

    Hi! I’d love to take a look at your work. Can you please send the first 50 pages attached as a word doc to tc@cbltd.com? I’m always looking for more #ownvoices romance!

  8. Hillary Jacobson says:

    Hi Jane,

    I would love to read this! Please send the full manuscript as a word document to hjacobson@icmpartners.com.

    My best,