Please welcome Tina Martin, author of Secrets on Lake Drive!

by Tina Martin, The Story Behind Secrets on Lake Drive

Secrets on Lake Drive came along as an idea that I received out of the blue one day. I wrote the entire novel when I lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (which is also the setting for the book). The idea came along one summer when me and my husband were riding down Lake Drive, heading to the Lake Michigan waterfront. I had been looking forward to roller-blading that day and anxious to be out on such a warm, sunny day.

So riding down Lake Drive, my husband proceeds to tell me how the rich people in the city usually occupy the houses in waterfront area, and how people would sometimes come to the lakefront, just to see the big, fancy houses. I couldn’t help but wonder who lived in each one, how they were able to afford such fancy digs and if they had maids, personal chefs and other people who made their lives easier. What kind of secrets did these people have? Were they happy? Was their life as beautiful in private as it was in public? And that’s how the novel came about. Secrets on Lake Drive is about secrets that we all have; that measure of privacy that we want to keep hidden in order to appear perfect in the public eye or to impress people, making them think our lives are peaches and cream when really, everything is chaotic.

In Secrets on Lake Drive, 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 as 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 mansion, 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 her 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.

Secrets on Lake Drive is romantic, suspenseful and emotional. It is a story about a woman looking to correct wrongs in her life that could easily be solved by the secrets Sean quietly carries with him.

About the Author

In 2007, Tina self-published a collection of poetry titled Love Like Yours. Friends and family praise her for deep thoughts and expressions in her work which motivates her to continue doing what she loves. Tina lives with her husband and son in Charlotte, North Carolina where she finished her first novel, Secrets on Lake Drive, published July 6, 2010. Her next novel, Another Man’s Treasure is due for publication March 15, 2011. For more information please visit www.tinamartinbooks.com. Also follow her blog at www.ibetterfindyourlove.blogspot.com.


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