Hers to Bear
by Tamara Hoffa
Twenty-five and never been kissed, Jenna Raynes is a beautiful woman with a rubenesque figure often overlooked by men. In the mood for a little honey, the sassy new schoolteacher is stopped in her tracks by one growled word from an alpha bear…“Mine.”
Bern Helms’ inner bear catches the scent of his destined mate. His animal’s desire is drawn to her curves, but Jenna is human, and not lured to him by instinct. Convincing her begins as a sizzling, sweet affair that is soon spoiled by danger. In their small backwater town, nerves are strung taut. Someone is abducting shifter children.
When confronted, Jenna is as protective of her students as a mamma bear. For Bern, all bets are off when the kidnapper’s take Jenna too. Nothing will keep a bear from his mate. The hunters will become the hunted…
“I’ve never had a boyfriend before.”
“I think perhaps then all the men you have met before have been blind and stupid, but I am glad they were because it saves me from having to hunt them down and kill them.” Bern growled.
Jenna stopped dead in her tracks and gazed up at him in stunned silence. He was serious. Bern shrugged his shoulders and planted a kiss on the end of her nose. “I cannot help it. I am a jealous man.”
They continued walking in companionable silence and reached Jenna’s house in a few minutes. She unlocked the front door and Bern held her back from entering. “Let me check the house first please.”
He left her standing on the front porch while he took the bags into the house. She saw the lights flip on methodically throughout the rooms and then Bern returned to the porch. “All clear,” he said and pulled her into the house. He attempted to pin her against the wall and kiss her senseless, but Jenna put her hands on his chest and pushed. It was like pushing against a brick wall!
“Oh no you don’t, Mr. Bear. This honeycomb is closed until I get some answers. Get your furry butt to the kitchen and you can talk while I make dinner. I want to know what the hell is going on around here.”
Bern had the good grace to look sheepish. “Yes, ma’am,” he said and strode toward the kitchen, leaving Jenna to follow that delectable and at the moment, not in the least bit furry backside. Oh yum.
Jenna pointed to a kitchen chair. “Sit. Talk.”
It’s my pleasure to welcome Tamara Hoffa, author of Hers to Bear, to Room With Books today.
Hi Tamara, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Hi, thank you for having me today. I currently live in Middle Tennessee with my husband of 32 years. My oldest daughter and son-in law and my two adorable grandsons live in the next town over, along with my middle daughter. My son is a junior at Tennessee Temple University.
I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and then moved to Florida, were I lived for twenty-three years, before moving to Tennessee.
What were you like at school?
I was the true nerd. I was an honor student. I graduated when I was 16, because I skipped a grade. I was in the creative writing club, on the debate team, and the speech team. (I know, nerd!)
Were you good at English?
Yes, I loved English, though I was better at literature than the punctuation part of English, funny, because now I edit! Lol
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
The same as everyone I guess, I want to keep publishing and I want people to read my books. Would I like to make the NYT best sellers list? Sure! But mostly, I just want people to read enjoy my books.
Which writers inspire you?
So many. Eve Langlais, Shelley Laurenston, Celia Kyle, Dana Marie Belle, Natasza Waters, Maya Banks, I could go on and on.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
He allows his clan to see his gentle side, even though he is the alpha he isn’t afraid to let his clan see his love for his family and mate. He knows that love makes him strong, not weak.
What are you working on at this time?
I’m working on book 2 of the Animal in Me series, Bear Hearts. It’s Martin and Elizabeth’s story.
Which actor would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I hate when I get asked this question, because I don’t watch movies or much TV and I’m one of those people who never knows who the actors are (plus I’m old. Lol) So, I don’t have a clue. I could see a young Tom Selleck as Bern. (That tells you how long it’s been since I knew what actors were on TV)
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Friends, Family and a writing contest all conspired to actually get me to finally sit down and write a story I thought might get published… and it did. I was really lucky.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
No, I’m not structured, I usually write in the afternoon, but not always. I try to leave my evening open to spend with my husband, other than that, my day is up for grabs, depending on what I have to do.
Where do your ideas come from?
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I have a general plot idea, a main plot line, but how I get there is all up to the characters.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Deciding what to include and what to leave out. Sometimes I feel like I’m including too much information or description and sometimes I feel like I’m leaving out important stuff because it interrupts the flow of the story. It’s a fine line to walk.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors.
Yes, I read a lot, though not as much as I used to, because I just don’t have the time. The authors I mentioned above are all among my favorites. You could add to those, Victoria Sue, Susan Fisher-Davis, Catherine Mann, Elle Boon, Heather Long, Donna Michaels, Lora Leigh, Lori Foster, Jennifer Ashley, I could go on and on.
For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I read almost exclusively e-books now. I used to have an extensive library of paperbacks, but since I got my Kindle, I am an e-book girl.
What book are you reading at present?
That changes by the day, lol. I just finished Rekindled Heat by L.M. Leferrur, and am about to start Hunting Jaguar, D, McEntire.
Tell us about the cover and how it came about.
We have a wonderful cover artist at Secret Cravings Publishing, Dawn Dominique. We fill out a cover form questionnaire, (which is secret) and she makes the cover from that. We get three revisions, but I’ll tell you, Dawne is so good, she usually gets it on the first try!
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your book?
I don’t have a trailer for Hers to Bear. I have one A Special Kind of Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=rxfPO3pRJSM
My DH was going to make one for Hers to Bear, but as many of you know the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 were very difficult for my family. My mother was gravely ill and in the hospital and then she passed away on Jan 11. My release date got moved up for HTB, from Jan 29 to Jan 7, soo… life just interfered.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
I think it depends on the author and the books. If the author has a large backlist or series with several books already released, I can see the advantage to giving out one of the earlier books for free to hopefully hook the reader and build an audience for the later books. Sometimes you have to give a little to get a little, letting the readers get a glimpse of your writing style can get you new readers, but you never know.
How do you relax?
I love to cook, my oldest grandson now loves to be my helper and I cooking with him is a ball! Chili is our specialty! I also love to read of course, and I crochet a bit. But, mostly just spending time with my family, whatever we’re doing, is how I relax.
What is your favorite quote?
“Its better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no sense of self” Cyril Connelly
What is your favorite movie?
I Remember Mama
Any final words?
Thank you so much for having me today, you asking some very interesting questions and really made me think. J Happy Reading!
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to spend time with our readers on Room With Books and for participating in an interview.
Tamara Hoffa lives in central Tennessee, with her husband of 30 years, her parents, 2 dogs and 2 cats. She started reading at four years old and has rarely been seen without a book since. At home you will usually find her in “nana’s chair” with her kindle, her laptop or one of her precious, precocious grandson’s in her lap. Tamara is an author, an editor, and reviews/promotions coordinator for Secret Cravings Publishing. Tamara is proof positive that it’s never too late to reach for your dreams.
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