Tamara stopped by to tell us about her latest release, Roping Love, available now at Secret Cravings Publishing and most third party retail sites. As a special treat, we also have the pleasure of introducing Chance Ryan, too. Chance is Tamara's hero from Roping Love.
Blurb for Roping Love
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.
Excerpt taken from Roping Love
It had been ten years since Carrie was last at Congress. She was a competitor then. She’d almost forgotten how exciting it all was, so many people, so many beautiful animals, adrenaline running high, and everyone hoping for the performance of a lifetime. On the AQHA circuit, the All American Quarter Horse Congress was the star. Winning here meant fame, acclaim and in many cases money, if not from the win itself, then from the increase in your horse’s worth, especially for stallions and mares, where their show history dictated their stud fees and foal prices.
They watched the calf roping from a good spot in the center of the stands through the first two eliminations, Tyler talking non-stop through it all. It was amazing how much her nephew knew about the sport for only being ten years old. He was enthralled and obviously having a ball. Around lunch time they headed to the exhibition building. The trade show didn’t start for a few more days, but, there were already plenty of vendors set up to sell their wares. You could buy anything you wanted for a horse or rider at these big shows. Saddles, bridles, blankets, hats, boots, jeans, belts, and the jewelry. It always amazed Carrie how much jewelry was available at these things, everything from one of a kind, hand-crafted pieces, to mass produced costume jewelry. If racing was “the sport of kings” then the AQHA was “the sport of queens”.
The people here had money and loved to spend it.
They found a hot dog stand and grabbed a couple footlongs and strolled through the displays.
“Before we head over to the Coliseum for the roping, I need to check out the auction barn” Carrie told Tyler.
“There are a couple mares I want to check out. Okay?”
“Yeah, that’s cool.”
Damn, she really hoped the mares she’d spotted in the catalogue looked as good as they sounded. After checking the map and locating the barn they needed, they made the long trek across the grounds to Barn H. Horses up for sale in auction were housed in this area with their information sheets tacked to the stall doors.
Some of the owners were milling about to answer questions or groom their horses. Carrie walked down the center aisle scrutinized the information sheets in search of the horses she wanted to see.About half-way down the aisle she spotted the Palomino mare. As she stepped up to the stall door the two men inside turned at her approach. Her heart stopped in her chest. It couldn’t be-God couldn’t be that cruel to her. She blinked, certain her eyes were playing tricks on her, but no they weren’t, staring back at her was Chance Ryan.
The man who had broken her heart ten years ago.
About the author:
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.
Character Interview with Chance Ryan from Roping Love by Tamara Hoffa
Available now at Secret Cravings Publishing!
We asked someone close to character Chance Ryan to interview him for our author spotlight today. Take a look below and meet the sexy Chance Ryan from Roping Love!
Introduce yourself. What book are you from? Are you the hero, heroine, villain?
Hi, I’m Chance Ryan, the hero (I guess) from Roping Love.
How did you come to your author’s attention?
Believe it or not, she saw a picture of a “hot cowboy” on Facebook, and I was born.
Did you give your author a hard time when she was writing your story?
No, I think Carrie was the troublemaker in Roping Love (shh, don’t tell her I said that!) or maybe my brother Chase, he’s a royal pain in my a**
What do you do for a living?
I run a cattle ranch, breed a few horses and I do some roping and cutting in the rodeo.
Who is the love of your life?
Carrie is and always had been the only one for me.
What was the first thing you noticed about him/her?
I was a young dumb kid when I first met her, so I guess I’d have to say her beauty was what I noticed first. What I discovered later was that her beauty was more than skin deep.
What’s your greatest fear?
Dying young. My father died when I was only twenty, and I don’t want to leave my kids without a father or my wife alone and lost, like my mother was.
What’s your motto in life?
Go big or go home
How do the other characters in your book view you?
I hope they see me as a hardworking man. One who cares about family, honor and integrity.
What do you think reader will find interesting about you?
I ain’t too awful interestin’ Just a good old boy who loves horses, ranching and his family.
What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done?
You really wanna get me in dutch with my lady dontcha? Well she and I …(a scream from the other room “Chance Michael Ryan! You better shut your pie hole!” See now, I knew you were trouble. I ain’t saying more, ‘cause you know if momma ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy, and I got plans to be happy tonight.
Will we be seeing you in future books?
Well now, Tamara told me the other day that she just might have a story or two for kid brothers rolling around in that crazy head of hers, so you never can tell.
What makes you happy?
Riding out for a picnic with my family on a clear spring day, when the dogwood’s are blooming and sun is shining.
What makes you mad?
Too many things. I have a bit of a temper. My meddling brothers for one.
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