Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hers to Bear Blog Tour! (+$50 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Hers to Bear
Author: Tamara Hoffa
Series: N/A
Pages: 165
Date Published: Jan 6th, 2015
Publisher:  Secret Cravings Publishing
Format: Kindle
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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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…

~Guest Post!~
Did you know the hero in Hers to Bear is loosely based on my own dear husband? Well, if you read the book maybe you did, because I mentioned it in the dedication, but what I didn’t mention is that physically Bern is very similar to my Michael.

My husband is six foot four, two-hundred and fifty pounds, with shaggy hair and a beard and he has been known to growl on occasion. Especially when he’s hungry! Sound familiar? Differences… he doesn’t turn furry, sigh. He is also a red-head and very Irish! He does however have a terrible temper (he comes by that red hair naturally) and a wicked sense of humor.

People often ask me if the characters in my books are based on real people, and I have to laugh. They are real people. Yes, I am a crazy writer! They are real live people that live in my head, they talk to me, take over their stories, argue with me about what they are going to do and can be a royal pain in my butt.

But, yes in reality, I do often base my characters on real people, however, I change them up to suit my purposes. In Hers to Bear, Alice, Jenna’s best friend is named after my best friend, (just her first name) and she is from Chicago, but most of the similarities stop there. The personalities of the character in the book and “real” person are entirely different.

I do however put a little bit of “me” into every book. My heroines always seem to be coffee addicts. Most of my stories take place in the southern United States, where I live. And I’m sure there are other subtle additions. I believe in the adage, “write what you know.”

So, if you know an author, be careful, you may find yourself on the pages of their next novel.

Thank you for visiting with me today. Happy Reading!
~Try an Excerpt!~
Bern had come into the store for his daily honey fix. He admitted it, he was addicted to the stuff. He had just bought two dozen biscuits at the bakery and he was going to drown them in honey, along with a nice piece of salmon for dinner.

When he stepped through the door he stopped in his tracks. His nostrils flared and his heart began to race. What was that fabulous scent? Like honey and vanilla, but something else too. Something that was making his cock stand up and do a happy dance in his pants.

Mate. Oh my God and goddess, his mate was in this store. He couldn’t think. Instinct took over and his legs carried him to the source of the tantalizing scent that had his libido raging and his bear roaring.

He was beside her before his brain had caught up with his body. He had to touch her. She was his. His hand covered hers as she reached for a jar of honey on the shelf. “Mine,” he growled. When she looked up at him with crystal blue eyes he thought he’d fallen into them and drowned.

Flawless porcelain skin covered a face that could have been painted by Botticelli. Pale blonde lashes framed her startled eyes and her cheeks were flushed an enticing pink. She bit her bottom lip and he wanted to kiss away the sting her torment caused the luscious flesh.

“There’s more than one jar,” she said, and her voice was husky and sweet.

She took a step back and a low growl escaped his throat. His bear didn’t like their mate backing away from them.

“I beg your pardon?”

“You are mine. You are my mate.”
~Meet Tamara!~ 
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. 
Tamara Hoffa will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Love the excerpt, it makes me want to read more :)

  2. thank you for the excerpt, i enjoyed reading it

  3. Thanks for hosting me today, Andra

  4. I think it's great that you loosely based you main character on your husband! Does he know!


    1. Yes, he knows Shirley Ann, His head is swollen to twice it's normal size and he swears he is going to growl at all the ladies at the conferences this year! (He always comes with me) LOL

  5. Wonderful post, Tamara! And I can see how Bern was loosely based on Mike. :-)

  6. My favorite part of the post is the author bio. I always like reading about the authors.

  7. I enjoyed the guest post!

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  8. HI Tamara,

    Great post! Hope the readers love the heck out of Bern and Jenna.

  9. Enjoyed reading your guest post today.

  10. Loved your comments. Sounds like you have a great husband. Loved the excerpt.

  11. I loved the tantalizing excerpt and the mini bio about the author.

  12. I loved the tantalizing excerpt and the mini bio about the author.

  13. Sounds really good. Can't wait to read it.

  14. I loved reading about the author the most!

  15. OMG, luv the excerpt Wow, prize Amazon gc is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. Pick me, pick me! Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest. Starving artist here desperately needs the Amazon gc to shop and eat again. A life changing exp.

  16. Love this excerpt and author post - they both made me laugh! Thanks for the introduction to a new to me author!

  17. I liked the excerpt from the book in today's post. I also really like the giveaway, thank you for sponsoring.

  18. Love the chance to win! Thanks so much!

  19. Love the excerpt! I think Bern is quite...interesting :)

  20. Everytime I read the title I have a little demon on my shoulder saying growl when I read the excerpt. :)

  21. "Tamara is proof positive that it’s never too late to reach for your dreams."
    EXACTLY! Well said!