In 1-3 sentences, what can readers expect in your book Love by Secrets?
In 1815 London Emily makes her debut in society and begins her hunt for a husband. She’s a young romantic who easily falls for the handsome hunk who seemingly says all the right things, but good looks aren’t everything.
Provide us a more detailed overview.
Two men - one wants to love her, the other wants to use her. Which will she choose?
Eighteen-year-old Emily Stanton is excited to attend this Season's balls and begin her search for a husband. She is thrilled when the dashing and handsome Connor Preston begins to court her. After each ball, Emily finds a love note in her drawstring reticule, and she expects a marriage proposal from Connor any day.
When her father objects and forces Emily to accept the proposal from Lady Tisbury's shy nephew, Ethan Richardson instead, her heart is broken. How can she love her new husband when her heart belongs to the man who wrote her such beautiful love letters?
Your main character, Emily Stanton, is forced, by her father, to marry a man she doesn’t love. What was the inspiration behind this storyline?
Women in the 1800’s had no power over the course of their lives would take. From an early age, they were taught that their main goal was to find a husband and only through marriage could they attain social standings, a secure home and sometimes a small level of independence. I wanted to tell a story that may not start off well, but could still have a happy ending. Sometimes the most unlikely partnerships produce the greatest joy and happiness in life.
What are the strongest characteristics of Emily Stanton? What are some of her weaknesses?
She’s a kind and generous young woman who takes up charity work with relish helping young widows relocate and find positions. For all her generosity, however, she’s too quick to make judgments of others based on such superficial attributes as good looks.
Tell us more about the two men in Love by Secrets—Connor Preston and Ethan Richardson.
These two men are friends but exact opposites. Connor has an outgoing personality and flirts shamelessly. Women fall for his witty remarks and swoon over his good looks, but Connor is looking for only one thing – a wealthy young woman whose dowry will save him from ruin.
Ethan is quiet and reserved and easily overlooked by the young ladies of the ton, but he has so much to offer his future bride. He loves deeply, is loyal and true and will provide any young woman with a secure future.
Fans of which authors, will love this book?
The first author that comes to mind is Courtney Milan. I love her books and I think her fans will enjoy Love by Secrets as well.
If you were to draw comparison between yourself and any of your characters, from any of your books, who would it be?
Probably Lacey Gardner from The Silver Cross. Lacey is a strong-willed young woman who will stop at nothing to right any wrongs she sees. This is something that I’ve tried to emulate throughout my life.
Tell us about you as a person, not an author. Do you have any weird quirks? Tell us, it will only further endear you to us. : )
Weird quirks? Hmmm…I can’t say that I have weird quirks, but I’ve been known to bring a room to tears from laughing so hard when I tell one of the stories from my life. One such story is how I managed to acquire a purple buttock. It involves my daughter’s demon cat, stairs and a flying leap. Guess who lost? Yep, that would be me.
In addition to the last question, list 5 more unique things about you. This can be interests, about your family, about your favorite books, food, or entertainment otherwise.
I have a craft business selling decorated glass light boxes at craft fairs.
I love motorcycle tours through the Alps.
Cats are essential to my well-being. Right now I have two, Peanut and Isabelle, but I’ve had as many as five at a time.
I’m a master seamstress and have made heirloom children’s clothes, wedding dresses and quilts.
I have green eyes.
Before you leave us, tell us where we can buy your books and connect with you online.
I write fantasy with my co-author and brother, David W Small. Here’s my Amazon author page for these books: http://www.amazon.com/Debra-L-Martin/e/B003Q1WLXY
I write romance under my pen name Debra Elizabeth. Here’s the link for those books: http://www.amazon.com/Debra-Elizabeth/e/B005XYN2YE
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