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Author Showcase – Tamara Hoffa

Ten Years ago love slipped through Chance’s lasso. This time “He was going after her and she didn’t stand a chance, just like a calf in a chute, he was going to rope her with his love and ride back into her life.”

Carrie Stewart is a dedicated horsewoman. She runs a successful breeding and training program. She is a good friend, a good sister and a favorite aunt, but she has been burned by love. Carrie has never gotten over her first love, Chance Ryan. After ten years of absence Chance shows back up in her life. Should she risk her heart again, with the man who left it broken at her feet in the past? Chance has some serious work ahead of him to win back the one woman he could never forget



Chance felt like he’d been thrown from a bucking bronco. Ten years. He hadn’t seen her in ten years. And it was just like before. God, she was even more beautiful than she had been at eighteen. Time had matured her body, her curves a little fuller than they had been. Her hair was short now, almost boyish in length, but curling softly around her face it looked feminine and flirty. It was a deeper shade of blonde now too, a golden honey color that looked stunning against her sun-bronzed skin. What the hell was she doing here? And who the hell was the kid with her? Chance was busy doing mental math, the kid looked nine or ten. Carrie had called him several times in the months after he left. He’d never returned her calls. Could she have been trying to tell him she was pregnant? No it couldn’t be, she would have told him. Wouldn’t she have?

“I’d say small world, but since it really is a small world and we haven’t run into each other in ten years…”

Carrie arched one eyebrow, he always loved when she did that, it looked so haughty and hot.

“What brings you here?” Chance asked

“Same as you I guess, looking for some brood mares.”

“Actually, we’re selling this mare.” Nodding at the other, nearly forgotten man in the stall. “This is my brother, Chase.”

“Nice to meet you,” Carrie said, looking down at Tyler, “Well, we need to get to the Coliseum, Tyler wants to see the cutting.” Keeping her arm around his shoulders they turned to leave.

“We should talk,” Chance said

Carrie looked over her shoulder and stared him straight in the eye. “I think the time for talking is long past.”

The phrase she was so mad she could chew nails and spit screws ran though his mind at her look. Damn. He had really fucked things up between them. Why hadn’t he taken her calls again?

Oh, yeah, to give her a chance at a good life.

“I really need to talk to you.”

“There’s nothing left to say.”

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Bio ~

Tamara Hoffa lives in central Tennessee, with her husband of 30 years, her three grown children, two grandchildren, 5 dogs and 1 cat. Tamara started reading when she was four years old and has rarely been seen without a book at hand 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 a reviewer, a professional reader and can now add author to her repertoire.  Tamara is proof positive that it’s never too late to reach for your dreams.

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Interview with Tamara Hoffa

Welcome, Tamara Hoffa.

1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?

(TH) Hi guys! I’m (cough) forty-eight years old. Married thirty years to the love of my life. I have three grown children, two adorable grandsons, six dogs and a cat. So we definitely have a full house! I have always loved to read and over the last few years I became Facebook friends with many authors. I began doing Beta reads and reviewing for a blog site. I had done some angsty teenage writing in high school, but never thought I could write professionally. I saw an ad for a short story contest. My husband and several “friends” had been pushing me to “write a book” So I pulled up my big girl panties and submitted my story. I didn’t win the contest, but I did get a contract. The rest as they say, is history.

2. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, please share how you handle it.
(TH) I don’t think of it as “block” per say, more like “getting stuck” I’ll take a break and do some reading. Talk about it with my DH. Then just MAKE myself sit down and write.
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
(TH) No, definitely not Glitz and glamour, lol. I have a day job. I’m a hairdresser, which I love. As I mentioned above I beta read for several authors, I also am now doing editing for Secret Cravings Publishing and recently started a blog with my best friend Beverly Ovalle. I love to cook, and Spend time with my grandbabies. And of course read!

4. I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
(TH) Yeah, I’m all out in the open. I write under my real name. (Hey I want credit for that sh*t) My daughters take it in stride. My husband and my mom are very supportive. My son pretends he doesn’t know me (he is in college studying to become a minister) He wants to know why I can’t write “sweet romance” where the couples don’t do more than hold hands, lol. I’m not quite sure what my friends think. Most of my “real life” friends aren’t readers and haven’t even read my books.

5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
(TH) No kidding, the list is miles long! Even a top ten is tough. Lori Foster, Laura Leigh, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kerrelyn Sparks, Shelly Laurenston, Laura Kaye, Maya Banks, Catherine Mann, Larissa Ione, Carrie Ann Ryan. And I could go on and on.

6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?

(TH) I would love to see the Darkhunter series on the big screen. As for casting, I couldn’t say. I am woefully behind the times, I don’t even know most of the actors and actresses that were at the Adacemy Awards. I read. I don’t watch many movies or television. 

7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
(TH) I’m working on two project at the moment. A novella, tentatively titled, A Special Kind of Love. It is a project near and dear to my heart. The heroine has a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. My son has AS. I will categorically state, this is NOT a story about me or my son. But, helping others to understand the impact that having an autistic child has in your life is important to me and I hope I accomplish that in a Special Kind of Love. My second project is the first book in a new series. The series is The Windy City Dragons, we haven’t titled this WIP yet. It is my first attempt at paranormal romance and I am writing it with Beverly Ovalle. We are having a blast! Our hero, Dan, is a Chicago firefighter, and a dragon shifter.

8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
(TH) WCD is my first series (and it’s not contracted yet) so, no reading order. My books are available at all the e-book retailers, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance, etc.

9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you? 

(TH) You can reach me on Facebook:
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
(TH) Thank you for having me today. I love writing and reading, And I love hearing from readers. So, please let me hear from you. I’d love to know what you think of my work or hear your recommendations for new authors. My life has changed so much in the past two years. It is never too late to follow your dreams and you never know what tomorrow will bring, so seize today!


There you have it, ladies and gents. I want to again thank Tamara Hoffa for stopping by and I look forward to your next visit – This Friday! . *smiles*

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Review of “Riding Wild” and “Riding Temptation” – Jaci Burton


He’s a Harley-riding ex-thief working undercover for the government. She’s a gun-toting ex-socialite hired to protect a valuable museum exhibit. But in her attempt to stop a heist, she never anticipated having her breath and her heart stolen…

Mac Canfield was the last man Lily West expected to see again, never mind aim her gun at. But here he was, the bad boy who’d broken her heart years ago-still a thief, this time high-jacking a priceless artifact—and it was all she could do to push aside the memories of how it felt to have his perfectly chiseled body next to hers.

Mac was no less shocked to see the beautiful girl-next-door all grown up, threatening to shoot him on the spot. Little did she know she was blowing his cover-and now he had to figure out how to get her out of harm’s way without succumbing to his crazy desire to take her on a hot trip down memory lane.

Unfortunately, Lily has no intention of going anywhere with Mac. Which means he has to resort to kidnapping. Unless, of course, she agrees to let him take her for the kind of ride destined to drive them both unbelievably wild.

As a woman who loves motorcycles and is in love with a biker, I couldn’t wait to start book one of the series. I loved how Jaci showed the camaraderie between bikers. It’s true, you don’t have to know a biker personally to feel welcomed at an event. They are truly some of the nicest people who’ll ever meet. And as she portrayed in the rally scene, they will absolutely do anything to help a person out. Truly great people! 
My only negative feedback regarding the book is the “under the influence” scene. I know she addressed Mac’s reservation about chasing after Lily when he knew his faculties weren’t in proper order but he did so anyways. I won’t say why he did so. Yes I could see why he had to go after her. However, as someone who has rode a bike for many years, the idea of anyone riding knowing very well they should’t be hit a bad cord with me. 
Other than that, a brilliant and sexy read. And I do mean SEXY! 


Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤

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He’s a biker working undercover for the Feds. She joined the Wild Riders for reasons of her own. Together, they’re burning up the asphalt and tearing headlong into danger and passion…

Naked under leather.

Ever since runaway Jessie Matthews teamed up with the gang of special ops bikers, the Wild Riders have thought of her as their kid sister. Except for Diaz Delgado. Over the past few years he’s been watching the budding of a ripe young woman. Jessie’s glad somebody finally sees her for who she is—and she’s thrilled it’s Diaz. His dark good looks and killer body have tempted her since day one.

Diaz’s unbrotherly urges have been hard to fight but the last thing he’d want to do is hurt Jessie and break up the gang. But when they both go undercover to infiltrate a group of killer survivalists, he knows it’ll be hard to keep his distance—especially when the mission takes a risky turn. Now Diaz has no choice but to open himself up to the one woman who may be strong enough to take him on.

If you love stories featuring outdoor sex/voyeurism, then you’re going to want to purchase this book. Besides having nookie outside alone, Diaz and Jessie also engaged in a sexual relations for their initiation into the Skulls. The scene wasn’t done in a raunchy way, but one that will heat up a reader. 
Besides the abundant amount of love making going on, there was plenty of action with the characters having their clothes on. Shots were fired, injuries occurred but at the end of the day, the good guys did prevail. Now isn’t that what we all want in a story? A happy ending. 🙂
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤


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(Be sure and come back next weekend when I review book 3 & 4.)



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