05 April, 2013

#GuestPost :: Tina Martin, Author of Accidental Deception

Why Do I Write
Why do I write? That’s a good question and a question that I get a lot. Most of my friends and family think writing is difficult and very time consuming. Well, they’re right. It is! But if you find your passion, something that you enjoy doing no matter what, then you’ll do it. That’s what writing is for me. It takes me into another world of which I create. I control the weather, the people, the settings – the power is in my hands. There’s something exhilarating about that.

Introduce us to your book.
Accidental Deception is book one of a trilogy. It is a novel that I started a few years ago when the recession was in full swing. I often wondered how life on the street was for homeless women. How much harder was it for them to survive than men? So after brainstorming for a while, I came up with the perfect concept for a novel – a homeless woman (Shayla Kline), a wealthy man (Carter Williams) – two opposites who have more in common than they think. Would he come down off of his high horse to help a homeless woman, or is he too good to waste time trying to help someone other than himself?

The setting for the novel is Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tell us more about the main characters.
Shayla Kline is homeless. She lost everything she’s ever owned and she almost lost her mind when her fiancé, Jacob Dempsey committed suicide. She’s given up on life and doesn’t even have the desire to live.

Carter Williams is a high-level executive in the banking industry. He’s a bachelor, has been selfish all his life and to everyone on the outside, it seems he has it all together. But he’s secretly suffering the death of his mother and brother. He stumbles upon the homeless, Shayla Kline while walking to his office building one cold day and debates whether or not he should help her. When he finally decides to offer some assistance, he finds out something about her that almost knocks him off of his feet – she’s the fiancée of his recently deceased brother, Jacob. Throughout the novel, he keeps this a secret from her but when he starts to feel a spark in his heart for her, he knows he’s in trouble. Now he has an internal struggle of love versus loyalty – should he love the only woman who could get this close to his heart, or be loyal to his brother.

Is there a message in your novel?
Yes! Although I transformed this story into a love story, it still offers a lesson for my readers. No matter what your financial situation in life, we can all help each other. And when you see a homeless person, think about how you would feel if you were in their shoes.

About the Author
 Tina Martin is a fiction author from eastern North Carolina. A recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Award from the Famous Poets Society, she now uses her creativity to pen novels which include Secrets On Lake Drive, Another Man's Treasure, The Baby Daddy Interviews and Accidental Deception. She is also the author of two short stories - Vacation Interrupted and The Crush and one poetry book, Love Like Yours. Tina resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her family. Read more about Tina and read excerpts of her novels at her website: www.tinamartin.net.

About the Book

Accidental Deception is a story about love versus loyalty, the tug-of-war that dictates every action Carter Williams will take after he stumbles upon a homeless woman, Shayla Kline, in Uptown Charlotte. Completely out of character for the usually self-centered bachelor, he puts his life on hold to spend a few nights with the stranger in the hospital.
That’s when he makes an earth shattering discovery – Shayla was the fiancée of Jacob, his estranged brother. His brother who hated him. His brother who recently committed suicide. His brother who, despite the animosity between them, wrote him a suicide note asking him to take care of Shayla. 
Out of guilt and fulfillment of Jacob’s final wish, he moves Shayla into his home and gives her everything she needs to start over. The more she confides in him, the deeper their relationship grows and Carter not only wants to help her, he finds himself wanting desperately to love her, to be a man for her, to give her everything his brother could not. There’s only one problem – Shayla does not know that Jacob was his brother. Now, Carter wages an internal war within himself with his own morals – morals that tells him he should be loyal to his brother by not pursuing Shayla. But it’s hard to walk away from the only woman that has been able to awaken his heart. 

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