THE INSPIRATION FOR BEAR HEARTS
Bear Hearts is the second book in the Animal in Me series. So, to understand the inspiration for this book, I guess I need to start with book one. The inspiration for the series is kind of a funny story. I was a release party for a friend and a guest author posed a question. “If you were to write a paranormal romance, what kind of shifter would your hero be and how would he meet his heroine?”
I knew immediately that my hero would be a bear shifter, because I just love me some bears! But I had to stop and think about the meeting. My first thought was that bears loved honey and the idea of Bern meeting his mate over a jar of honey stuck in my head. That seed took root and I needed to write that book.
As I was writing Hers to Bear, the supporting characters kept butting in and telling me they wanted happily ever after’s of their own. Now, how do you tell a five-hundred pound grizzly bear no? You don’t.
So, one book became five and the series was born.
In 2009 my mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Central nervous system lymphoma, a very fancy was of saying brain cancer. She was told she had six months to live. After undergoing chemotherapy, her tumor disappeared and she was declared cancer free. It was a medical miracle. Her doctor, one of the primer Neurologists in the country, had never had a patient live more than three years after diagnosis with this disease.
My mother had made it five and still appeared cancer free. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Just as I began writing Bear Hearts, Mom starting having symptoms again. Memory loss, slurred speech, etc. We took her to hospital. Her doctor met us in the ER and said he didn’t think it was the cancer, it had been too long. They suspected a stroke. But alas, he was wrong. After five years the cancer was back with a vengeance. She had three tumors this time, and again it was inoperable.
They opted for radiation this time in lieu of chemotherapy, but it didn’t work. The radiation attacked her body. It made her weak and sick. She lost her hair, and started having organ failure. I lost her on Jan 11, 2015.
All through this time I was supposed to be writing Bear Hearts. Good thing my publisher is kind hearted. I already knew that the heroine of Bear Hearts had Leukemia, but now writing the story was extra-hard. I had wanted the book to be an homage to my mother’s strength and courage in fighting her battle with cancer, but now she had lost.
It took me a few weeks to get my head in the right place to be able to write the story, but when I did the words just flew. Elizabeth has all my mother’s strength, grace and heart. This book is dedicated to her and 10% of all the profits are to the American Cancer society.
Thank you for letting me share the story of Bear Heart’s Inspiration with you.
Fate brought them together. Lies keep them apart. Love could set them free. All they need is to trust in Bear Hearts.
Fate has dealt bear shifter Martin Kruger and rotten hand. His destined mate, Dr. Elizabeth Montrose, is the enemy and suffers from a fatal illness. He‘s waited over two hundred years for a mate he might never have the chance to claim.
Elizabeth has long ago given up dreams of love, marriage and children. Her life is her research and now that is gone in a puff of smoke, thanks to the bears of Honey Corners. A tiny spark of hope blooms in her heart when the handsome bear tells her they are mates, but will that instinctual bond be enough to overcome all that stands between them?
His bear was primal, feral, animal. It knew only one thing. They had met their mate. The bear had no qualms or reservations. It didn’t care if she was good or evil. It wanted only to mate, protect and love. Too bad the man couldn’t feel the same way.
How could he feel desire for such a woman? He should want to strangle her with his bare hands not throw her down and mate her until she screamed his name. He was verrückt, crazy with mating frenzy, that’s all it could be.
He downed the rest of the beer and set the bottle on the table. Anger burned in his gut like hot coals. Lust poured gasoline on the coals and lit the fire. Then grief drizzled down over it all, turning the fire to smoke and ashes.
This was getting him nowhere. He could analyze it until he was blue in the face, but it wouldn’t change the facts. Why did he keep rehashing it? He needed to take a shower and at least try to get a little sleep. He had to face his Sippe in the morning.
Maybe Bern could help him find an answer. His friend and mentor had always helped him in the past, always stood by his side. Maybe there was a way? Who was he kidding? Himself, obviously.
Martin’s shoulders sagged, so weary now he wondered if he could drag himself up the stairs to his bedroom. What was the point in going on? He had nothing left to live for. His dream of a mate and cubs was lost.
Two hundred years of waiting and searching for that perfect soul mate and she turns out to be the enemy. Unsuitable. Unfit. Evil.
A single tear slid from his eye and he viciously wiped it away. Many bears never found their mates and lived out their lives simply enjoying the companionship of willing females. He had a duty to the Sippe. He could do the same.
Tamara Hoffa lives in central Tennessee, with her husband of 30 years, her father, 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/submissions coordinator for Secret Cravings Publishing. Tamara is proof positive that it’s never too late to reach for your dreams.
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