Tamara Hoffa chats with The Author’s Journal

Special Kind of Love, The Author's Journal post
Author Tamara Hoffa

Welcome to my site, Tamara Hoffa! We’re super-excited to learn all about you and your story, A Special Kind of Love. Thanks for joining us at The Author’s Journal for our debut post – Let’s share your good news with the world.

  1. Who the hell are you and what do you write?

Well, that’s right to the point. I’m a middle-aged hairdresser, who loves to read and finally decided to give writing a try. I write contemporary western and military romances, with heart and heat!J

  1. Tell us what you love about your story.

A Special Kind of Love is very “Special” to me. It is the story of Sharon Daily, a divorced woman who moves to a small town in Wyoming with her 10 year old autistic son, Aaron. She falls in love with the local fire chief, Tanner West. My son has Asperger’s Syndrome, and I wanted to write a story that would help people to understand that children on the autism spectrum are just like everybody else, just looking for acceptance and love. Tanner is Native American, so he has dealt with prejudices too. This is a story of love and acceptance. I think when some people read the blurb, they think “oh, downer” but that isn’t the case at all. A Special Kind of Love has some truly funny and lighthearted moments, some real tear jerking moments, suspense and hot loving!

  1. Do you prefer to read fiction or non-fiction?

 I read fiction almost exclusively. I like to escape when I read and my DH watches enough “reality” on TV I definitely don’t need more! Ugh, the History Channel.

  1. Romance/Thrillers/Historicals/Horror/Paranormal/Contemporary…? What’s your favorite genre to read? Any recommendations for the crowd?

I am pretty eclectic in my reading choices, I love all genres of romance, except historical and YA. I LOVE me some paranormal and military/suspense novels. I also like some straight out mysteries. As for recommendations it would depend on genre and my mood. LOL. In military romance, I love, Natasza Waters, Catherine Mann, Maya Banks, Heather Long. Paranormals: Carrie Ann Ryan, Lia Davis, Shelly Laurneston, Dana Marie Bell. Western: Donna Michaels, Sable Hunter, Sandy Sullivan, Kathleen Ball. I could go on…

  1. Any Pet Peeves about Romance?

No not really. I hear all the criticisms, but Romance is what it is, would you read a mystery where they didn’t find the bad guy at the end? No, so why do people criticize Romance because there is always a Happily Ever After? I want my HEA!

  1. Quick – Name the last movie you saw, and did you love it? If so, WHY? If not, WHY NOT?

Mr. Holland’s Opus. An old one I know. I watched it with my son yesterday, and yes, I love it. One of my all time favorites.

  1. Favorite music to write by?

I usually write with reruns of NCIS playing in the background. At Christmas time I do listen to carols sometimes.

  1. Any advice for new writers?

READ! Read everything in your genre, read books about the craft, read Indie and NYT best sellers. You can’t be a good writer if you’re not a reader.

  1. Describe your next project in #140 characters or less: What’s the story, Dude?

I’m currently working on my first full length novel, tentatively titled Changing Tides. It is the story of a Military widow with PTSD. Her “hero” is a military man she wants nothing to do with, who is determined to help her and make her understand that life is still worth living.



A Special Kind of Love by Tamara Hoffa

Through Fights and Fire, Prejudice and Passion, Burns A Special Kind of Love

A divorced school teacher, estranged from her family, wants to start over. Sharon Daily moves to Gaines, Wyoming with her ten year old autistic son, Aaron. She hoped to find kindness and acceptance in this small town. She wasn’t looking for love…

Tanner West, the Fire Chief of Gaines, seems to have it all. Great job, loving family, and any woman he wants to warm his bed at night. But, Tanner has suffered too. A Native American in a white world, he longs to find love and acceptance. He is ready for more than someone to share his bed. He wants someone to share his life. And Sharon really lights his fire.

Making a life with Sharon will require A Special Kind of Love.


An Excerpt from A Special Kind of Love:


“Hi, beautiful.”

The deep baritone of his voice rolled over her skin like a caress. She felt hot and cold at the same time and goose bumps crawled down her spine. She was in such big trouble.

“I didn’t expect to hear from you so soon,” she cooed.

“I don’t want to scare you off, but I really had a great time today. I want to get to know you better. I thought Aaron would be asleep by now and we could talk.”

“He is…asleep I mean. What do you want to talk about?”

“Where are you?”

“Um, I’m in bed.”

“Oh, man, now I have that visual in my head. I’ve been dreaming about you in bed. In my bed.”

Dang this man was coming on strong. But I kind of like it.

“Really? You are a naughty boy.”

“You have no idea. What are you wearing?”

Sharon laughed. “Sorry to ruin your fantasies, big boy, but I’m wearing flannel pajama pants and a T-shirt. I’m sure that’s not what you pictured.”

“I was picturing nothing…” Sharon barked a laugh “That’s not what I meant! I mean I didn’t have anything specific in mind.”

The poor guy was stammering. She loved being able to fluster him.

“What are you wearing, Mr. West?”

Silence met her question.


“I’m not sure I should answer that question.”

“Fair is fair, I answered your question. Now answer mine.”

“Boxer shorts,” he mumbled.

She closed her eyes and pictured him in her mind. She knew he was muscular, she could just imagine his chest, smooth and tan. Would he have a hairy chest or smooth? Smooth she bet, considering his Native American ancestry. A six pack, at least and maybe a happy trail heading down behind the waistband of his shorts. She licked her suddenly dry lips.

“Do they have smiley faces on them?”

“No, never. SpongeBob.”

She laughed again. When was the last time she had laughed this much? Not in too long to remember.

“I don’t believe you.”

“No, really they’re just plain. But I made you laugh.”

“Yes, you did. You do that a lot. Thank you.”

“I love the sound of your laughter. I want to hear it all the time.”

That had to be about the sweetest thing anyone had ever said to her.


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Tamara Hoffa lives in central Tennessee, with her husband of 30 years, her three grown children, two grandchildren, 4 dogs and 2 cats. 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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Thanks for stopping by to chat at The Author’s Journal, Tamara, and good luck with your books!!

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Author Paula Millhouse http://www.paulamillhouse.com Where Fantasy, Romance, and Suspense collide.

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