Today I want to introduce you to Contempary Romance author…
“Wrapping his arms around her waist, he kissed her cheek. She inhaled his masculine scent, he smelled of engine grease, citrus hand cleaner and man. She turned in his arms and laid her cheek over his beating heart, treasuring the haven of his embrace…” ― Tamara Hoffa, Heart of a Soldier
Tamara is the author of Heart of a Soldier, a short story that was released last September and her story, Roping Love, a romance about getting a second ‘Chance’ at lost love, is coming out in May so be sure to keep an eye out for it!
She’s currently working on a collaborative series, The Windy City Dragons, that is outside the Contemporary Romance circle and diving into some territory I’m familiar with; fantasy. It’s got shape shifters, romance and dragons, all the good stuff that a good fantasy novel needs. She’s also working on a story with a working title of, A Special Kind of Love, about a divorced mother of a special needs child that starts a new life in Wyoming.
And I know you’re all biting at the bit to find out more about this lady so onto the interview!
1. What is the best review you’ve ever gotten?
Believe it or not my “best” review in my opinion is not a 5 star rating, though I have received several of those. This one actually made me cry! I was so touched that a veteran found my story timely and accurate.
“This a short story from a new line of romance novels called, Lunchbox Romance, meant to be short and sweet. I love these kinds of stories that I can read and finish in a short period. And as the name implies, they can be read during your lunch break or in my case during my coffee break.
In Heart of a Soldier, we meet widowed mom Charlotte Mackenzie, who’s 17 year old son wants to join the Army. Charlie lost her husband many years ago to a drunk drive and now struggles with the fear of losing her son in military.
She agrees to meet with the army recruiter, hoping he can help her overcome her issues. Enter, one hot and sexy recruiting officer, Jameson Hunter. Not only does he help her overcome her fears, he ignite a passion she hasn’t felt since her husband die.
This was a very sweet and touching love story. Tamara really shows us the heart of a mother’s love for her son and the real struggles of letting go of our children when they grow up. I felt the connection with Charlie from the first page. Jameson is the sweet and sexy male that every women dreams of, his patients with Charlie just made my heart swoon.
While Heart of a Soldier is very fast pace, I don’t feel cheated or that something was left out of the story. A lot was packed into this short book.
I’d like to add, that having served in the US Army myself, I really appreciated that Tamara used the proper military terminology. I haven’t read many books that had this level of precise accurate description of the military. And being that this is such a short story, it impressed the heart of this soldier.”
2. What is the worst review you’ve ever gotten?
I’ve been pretty lucky and haven’t had any really negative reviews. The following is one of the less complimentary ones. The reader basically doesn’t like short stories…
“This was a sweet little story about a single mother (Charlie) whose son Evan has decided to join the army. Charlie and Evan go to the recruitment office together, where Charlie meets Jamie the recruitment officer who she feels an attraction for, which I something she hasn’t felt since her late husband. Ne here’s the thing this story is approximately 40 pages… You all know my love/hate relationship with novellas. It was “good” I just wish there had been more. I knew going in it was. Short story when I received the mail asking me to review, and we have a hard time turning people down. Now that being said it was very well written, I didn’t spot a single error and it lowed very nicely. So if you enjoy novellas (and I know many people do) pick this one up.”