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!