RWoWA: Today we’d like to welcome the beautiful Ora Aikins to chat with us. Welcome to RWoWA, Ora. I’ve read Nana Prah’s work and I’m a huge fan.
Ora: Thank you. Yes she’s a wonderful person as well as author.
RWoWA: So I’ve heard. Which country do you like better? Ghana or South Africa?
Ora: Ghana is my home and I’ve always loved it. The people and beaches are my favorite part about living there. But then again South Africa also has great beaches and wonderful people. Both are great, but I’d always have to say Ghana because it holds my heart.
RWoWA: Being a West African writer’s blog I was hoping you’d choose Ghana. I’m going to go for the jugular with this next question. I know you’re a nurse so you know exactly how to stop the bleeding . I just have to know what in the world happened that you left a hot doctor like Jason stranded in South Africa?
Ora: *Looks towards the exit * Um. As you know I was engaged when I met him.
RWoWA: But you didn’t love your fiancé.
Ora: No I didn’t, but I had some major issues to contend with and those strong feelings freaked me out. Who knew I’d meet anyone on my trip to Cape Town, much less the man of my dreams. I couldn’t handle it so I ran. It’s not my proudest moment, but everything worked out in the end.
RWoWA: Poor Jason. Okay now that I’ve gotten that off of my chest I’ll be a little cooler with the rest of the interview. Tell us what your greatest achievement in life is.
Ora: Wow. That’s an intense question. Let’s see. So far it’s overcoming my greatest fear. This allowed me to be with Jason .
RWoWA: What’s up with the term “midwife to destiny”?
Ora: *smiling* That’s what I call my cousin. She’s a midwife and helped Jason and I get together the second time around. Since I consider him my destiny and she paved the way, she’s my midwife to destiny.
RWoWA: I like it. One last question. I hope you choose to answer it. Why didn’t you and Jason have sex when you were dating?
Ora:*laughing* I believe this is the last time I’ll ever come on an interview with you, but I’ll answer the question. It didn’t feel right. Um, well I’m sure it would have felt right if we had gone through with it, but something was always missing. I lacked the trust factor. I see that it’s now more that I didn’t trust myself rather than him. So we waited.
RWoWA: You have a good, patient man there, Ora.
RWoWA: Sorry I scared you with the intensity of the interview. You’re an honest, get-straight-to-the-point type of woman so I knew you could handle it.
Ora: Thanks. I’ll reconsider coming back after I’ve gotten over the shock of being here. Thank you for having me on. I think.
Ghanaian nurse Aurora ‘Ora’ Aikins never expected to find the love of her life while on vacation in South Africa. Engaged to another and believing that love has no place in her life, she returns to Ghana, and puts duty and honor first.
Three years later, Dr. Jason Lartey still can’t get Ora out of his mind or his heart. After learning she never married, he takes a risk and moves to Ghana hoping to rekindle what they started. His sudden appearance in Ora’s Emergency Department sends sparks flying all over again.
They’re in the same country, working in the same hospital, and together but distance creeps between them. Can they make their destined love one for the ages?
About the Author:
Nana Prah was born in Ghana, West Africa, raised in the US and currently resides in Ghana where she loves her job as a writer and nurse educator. She has been writing since she can remember (in her journal) and has been an avid reader of romance novels since the eighth grade. She has finally been able to utilize the years and years of inadvertent research into writing her own romance novels where love always conquers all.
Blog : www.nanaprah.blogspot.com
Facebook: Nana Prah, Author
Enjoy the following excerpt for Midwife to Destiny:
Ora focused on putting one foot in front of the other as if she were a one-year-old learning how to walk. After turning the corner and seeing the back of his head, she froze. She would know that head anywhere. He’d grown his hair out a little, but his adorable, Will Smith ears gave him away. Initiating the process of pivoting and sprinting out of the ED unnoticed sprang to mind when he turned around and his gaze caught hers.
The air became charged with tension and neither of them moved. Her heart threatened to pop out of her chest with the force of each beat. The nurses stood between them, looking back and forth as if they watched a tennis match. They didn’t bother to hide their expressions of curiosity.
They’d never seen Ora behave in such a manner. Not cool as a cucumber super nurse. Like herself, they kept looking at the new doctor just because of his tall, broad-shouldered, gorgeous stature. The past three years had matured him, adding a few lines around his eyes and the new feature of a goatee with a moustache changed his countenance a little. But otherwise, the same man she’d met three years ago, at least in the physical sense, stood before her.
After an eternity, Ora snapped back to attention. “Akwaaba, Dr. Lartey. Welcome to the ward.” Madam Professional stuck out her hand for a handshake.
Her words seemed to drag him out of his own stupor. “Uh….”
She had rendered the man speechless. Ora’s gracious nature—that’s what she blamed it on, anyway—took pity on him and she touched his shoulder. The contact sent sensual awareness through her and she recoiled her hand.
“Hello, Aurora. Please forgive me. It’s just that I’m a little surprised to see you.”
“Not as much as I am,” she muttered, attempting to squash both the joy bubbling up inside of her at seeing him again and the overwhelming sadness of what she’d been missing for so long.
“Pardon me?” he asked.
“I didn’t expect to see you here. It’s a surprise to me, too.” She tried to smile, but it came out contorted, as if she’d been able to have a painful, rocky bowel movement after being constipated for seven days.