Friday, July 8, 2011

New Release Party: Dancing with Bear by Marie Marler

Welcome to the New Release Party for Maria "Mama Bear" Mahler's Dancing With Bear, released today.

Let me introduce you to our author:

Marie "Lady Bear" Marler is the former married name of author Rie McGaha. She is a wife, mother, Nana, minister, and counselor. She married J. Bear Marler in 1988. Together the couple became ordained ministers in 1996, and traveled the country together preaching the Gospel to bikers, hookers, drug addicts and inmates. While Bear worked as a drug and alcohol counselor at Hoopa Human Services, Marie was a member of a Christian drama troupe and performed at churches, rescue missions, and camp meetings. She recently wrote her memoirs titled Dancing With Bear: A Love Story, that tells of her life with Bear from their meeting while he was in prison in Soledad, California until his death December 18, 2010. Although this story is written for her children, and grandchildren who will never know their Papa Bear, Marie hopes the story will be an inspiration to everyone facing trials and tribulations.

What's Dancing With Bear: A Love Story about? I'm glad you asked!! Here's the blurb:

The love of my life passed away December 18, 2011. My life will never be the same without him. I loved him with my whole heart, hook, line, & sinker, head over heels, madly, passionately in love with this man since I met him when I was 28 years old.

To honor his memory and for the future generations of our family, I have written a memoir about my life with Bear. He was wonderful, funny, and a great dancer. He never needed music to dance with me because he sang to me while we danced. And it could be anywhere at any time. He was truly one of a kind and I miss him so much the ache in my heart feels as if it will break into so many pieces they will never be put together again and make a whole heart.

Bear went home to be with the Lord. I know one day I will be with him again, but as much as I look forward to being in Heaven with my Lord and my husband, I wanted him to spend the rest of my life here with me. Without him on earth, it feels like a cold, empty space and I've cried so many tears, I'm surprised I have any left.

Want more? Check out this excerpt in our Goddess Fish Excerpt Library.

Marie will be visiting here all day today, so stay tuned for lots of fun and excitement.

And remember, Marie will be giving away an autographed copy of Dancing With Bear right here on the party blog, so comment and be entered to win!


Karen said...

Congratulations on the release of Dancing with Bear - it sounds like it was written with a lot of love. I hope it is successful for you.

Rie McGaha said...

Thank you, Karen. I appreciate your comment.


Lady Bear said...

Dancing With Bear: A Love Story Press Release

For immediate release

Dancing With Bear: A Love Story by Marie "Lady Bear" Marler

From a prison visiting room to the redwoods of Humboldt County, California and across the United States, Bear & Marie Marler have ministered to bikers, drug addicts, hookers, & inmates.

Author Marie "Lady Bear" Marler has written a poignant, humorous and candid book about her life with J. Bear Marler in Dancing With Bear: A Love Story, (210 pp., Dancing With Bear Publishing, paperback, release date 7/01/2011).

Dancing With Bear: A Love Story chronicles the life of Marie Marler from her days as a battered wife and living on welfare to support her children, to the visiting room of the prison at Soledad, California where she met J. Bear Marler, who was serving time for a bank robbery. After waiting four years for Bear to serve his time and eventually parole, Marie's story shows how love not only survives but also overcomes some of life's most tragic moments. From the death of Bear's sixteen-year-old daughter, Cassandra in 1992, to the struggle of raising a dozen kids, helping Bear adjust to his new life of freedom, and to the altar at Redwood Christian Center where both Bear & Marie dedicated their lives to God. This book takes the reader on a journey of hardship, loss, love, and above all, how one couple overcame a myriad of obstacles on the road to becoming ministers and evangelists who traveled the United States preaching the Gospel to hookers, bikers, inmates, & drug addicts.

Marie "Lady Bear" Marler is a freelance author who can be reached at her website

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Melinda said...

I know that this book was written with the love of a wife to her husband. You are one amazing lady

Remember even though Bear is not here on Earth, he walks with you daily