Monica’s life is certainly no fairytale. She’s failed at a relationship, at being a mother and at twenty-four, teaching is her only passion. She singles out Sean Beauvais, one of her student’s fathers – at a parent teacher conference, and schools him about taking care of his son. Their exchange gets heated, but later, Sean realizes that he can use Monica’s passion to his advantage; offering her a high-paying summer job being his son’s live-in babysitter.
Monica knows the rumors about Sean and his womanizing ways, but against her better judgment, she accepts his offer. She convinces herself that she has enough willpower to avoid her new, thirty-two year old sexy, summer boss – his chiseled chest, pretty green eyes and charm that just won’t quit. But after only a few weeks in his crib, Monica finds it a struggle to keep her eyes off of Sean. Can she handle staying focused on her babysitting gig for three months without being swept off of her feet by Milwaukee’s finest? Or is Sean’s game too much for the young, conservative teacher to handle?
Having been heartbroken in the past, Monica is reluctant to play this dangerous game with a confirmed heartbreaker. But it’s what she doesn’t know about Sean that she should be concerned about...
Welcome to Book of Secrets, Tina!
Please tell us about your book, Secrets On Lake Drive.
Secrets On Lake Drive is a story of Monica Smith and Sean Beauvais; two people who are seemingly rivals but they may be just what the other needs to have a happy, meaningful and successful life. It’s a novel based on the secrets each person carries, and in the end, those secrets may hold them together or drive them further apart, forever.
Who is your biggest supporter?
My husband is my biggest supporter. He encourages me to keep writing and pursuing my passion. I’m so fortunate to have him on my side.
Do you have any rituals you follow when finishing a piece of work?
Maybe a celebration dance…or a good stretch, and then, it’s on to the next one…
What do you like to do for fun?
I used to rollerblade a lot, so I want to get back into that in 2011. I love bike riding, hiking, swimming, shopping and literary events.
Do you have any advice for writers or readers?
Yes. Never give up and believe in yourself. Expect rejection and allow it to make you stronger.
What do you feel is your biggest strength?
My biggest strength is my ability to create tension between characters. Readers will actually be able to feel the passion, love and disappointments.
What you think readers will like best about this book?
Several things. I think readers will fall in love with the chemistry between Monica and Sean. They will also admire Monica for not giving up in her quest for true love and happiness, no matter the cost. She reinforces the reminder in all of us that we should never ‘settle’ when it comes to love but we should believe and know in our hearts when love is pure. We deserve that much.
What are you currently working on?
Well, I’m happy to announce that my next novel Another Man’s Treasure is being released March 15, 2011. Another Man’s Treasure, a powerful and emotional story of yearning for the love from a person who doesn’t know you exist – well, that is until someone else takes an interest in you. Also, I just finished a short story and finished my third novel that should be available later year.
How can readers contact you?
You can visit my website http://www.tinamartinbooks.com/. Also, follow me on my blog (and subscribe!) at http://ibetterfindyourlove.blogspot.com/. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tina has 1 copy of Secrets on Lake Drive to give away!
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