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The wind is howling outside. I cannot see the barn in the falling darkness, as the snow is sheeting sideways, almost perpendicular. The bare trees are shaking and swaying, making me wait for the tell-tale crack of broken limbs. In short, a day (and now, a night) to sit inside, and pray the power doesn't go off while I contemplate the next story. There is also the bonus presence of the "Dead" cat, Jess, close by.
Jess sleeps as if she was walking along and someone shot her with a tranquilizer dart. She slumps to one side, head sideways, paws slightly outflung, body limp. In short, she looks dead. Its so convincing that I often have to nudge her awake, because I'm afraid she really did die in her sleep. But as she chooses to "die" in the chair, in the cat bed, or on in front of the fire, I usually assume she's still alive. "Are you dead, Jess?" I ask morbidly, as I walk by. Sometimes, if she is deeply asleep, she won't answer; 14yrs has made her hard of hearing. Then I have to go over and pet her, saying "Jess? Jess!"
Usually, she'll wake up with a questioning purr, and I'll pet her. But sometimes, she just purrs very slightly, because its too much trouble to move. She's too happy and comfortable.
May you all be as happy and comfortable as "Dead" cats on this dark night. :)
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Published on February 25, 2012 15:26 • 329 views • Tags: tara-fox-hall, tara-fox-hall-s-blog

Check out my articles The End? and The Winter that Wasn't
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Published on February 26, 2012 10:27 • 146 views • Tags: tara-fox-hall, tara-fox-hall-s-blog

It’s a given fact that all writers will get bad reviews in their lifetime. Some of those will be deserved; a work unpolished, a first effort not reworked sufficiently, or simply bad grammar, etc. But some of those won’t be. The crux hangs, of course, on the reviewer. It is their opinion which flavors the review, making it either praise or condemnation. That is as it should be. Yet I make this plea on behalf of all writers, everywhere: Take one last look, and make sure that you meant all that you said.
There is no age limit I know of to be a reviewer for most review sites. If you run your own blog, there is no criterion at all that must be met. Don’t misunderstand me; I’m not saying that blog sites are less than qualified to judge what books are worth reading, or that they aren’t entitled to speak their views. I’m saying that anyone and everyone can be a reviewer, or post a review. This is not a bad thing, in and of itself. The more reviews any item has, the more information those looking to buy have at their fingertips. But when anyone can say anything about anything with a few clicks, it makes for almost no responsibility on what is said, or the fallout that will follow because of the review that is written.
I admit to being guilty of “passionate reviews” in the past. I have read books that were awful; who hasn’t? I have been angry at writers that wasted my time, or led me up to a climax that fell flat. Not all books are of five star quality. Part of the reason I began writing was because I longed for a story that no current writer provided. But there is a fine line between being honest, and being cruel, just because you can. Please know the difference.
No writer I have thus met throws together a piece, and sends it off. Some writers spend years perfecting a novel, or just a short story. We attend workshops, we join critique groups, we do whatever we can to hone our talent, to make what we produce the best it can be. We are always trying to improve, to write a better story with each new idea. Why then, is there so little respect given to an author who has spend countless hours giving you that book you have spent, at most, several hours reading?
Publisher writers are not amateurs in any sense of the word. I haven’t chosen this often grueling career with the sole intent to get rich. My goal is to give you, the reader, a tale to hopefully make your life a little more exciting, a little more romantic, or a little more thrilling. If I disappoint in that lofty goal, I apologize. It certainly wasn’t my intention.
This is my plea, dear reviewer: take one last look, before you hit enter and seal my success or my doom with your words. Think about how you would feel as you read the words you have written, if they were aimed at your work. I’m not asking for you to give me a five star review, or change your opinion. Just give one last look. There are ways to critique that encourage, not discourage. If your goal is simply to warn potential readers concerning inadequacies in my work, push send. If your aim is to not only give your opinion, but also to motivate me to do better, then take one last look. Give me not just correction, but inspiration.
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Published on February 29, 2012 04:45 • 500 views • Tags: one-last-look, reviewing-advice, tara-fox-hall
My interview went live today at The Long and Short Review - please stop by and leave a comment, if you like :)

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Published on March 07, 2012 07:32 • 176 views • Tags: tara-fox-hall, tara-fox-hall-interview, tara-fox-hall-s-blog
Want to know how I began writing? Check out a short excerpt from Starting Small at Women, Words, and Wisdom! :)

To balance out this happy event of blogging was a horrible event: my husband Eric lost his wallet bag getting gas this afternoon. We cancelled the one credit card/ATM card and checks, but can't replace the wallet I made for him, the pictures in it, or a small notebook given to him by his now deceased father. We asked at the nearby shops, but no one had turned anything in. We also both drove the route he took home, and even went up on the highway to see if anyone had dumped the bag after pocketing the cards, but found nothing. If you believe in a deity, please say a few prayers that the wallet bag will be found. Thank you.
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Published on March 10, 2012 15:15 • 284 views • Tags: starting-small, tara-fox-hall, tara-fox-hall-s-blog
Today only, Just Shadows is $1.49 at Bradley Publishing: http://bradleypublishings.com/Tara_Fo...

Sale lasts until midnight Friday.

To read a short prequel to the title story of Just Shadows, visit http://www.tony-paul.com/ later today, and all next week.

To read Just Short Enough, some brand new writing advice on staying within the dreaded "Word Count Limit", visit: http://bradleypublishing.blogspot.com...

I'm also having a contest at Night Owl Reviews until 3-30. Enter for a chance to win free copies of Just Shadows, pens and bookmarks: http://nightowlreview.blogspot.com/20...?

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

Tara Fox :)
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Published on March 23, 2012 03:22 • 207 views • Tags: contest, just-shadows, just-shadows-sale, tara-fox-hall, tara-fox-hall-s-blog
Come and visit Risque Reviews Today and Thursday for a chance to win the horror anthology Just Shadows and/or Kink, my only erotic story to date, and The Oath, an excerpt from the upcoming Promise Me, both included in Wicked Christmas Wishes.

This is my last blog to promote these two books, and your last chance to win a free copy (unless you join my mailing list here: www.tarafoxhall.com)

Good luck!

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Published on March 28, 2012 10:38 • 175 views • Tags: tara-fox-hall, tara-fox-hall-risque-reviews, tara-fox-hall-s-blog
Here is the Blurb: Scarred from a childhood spent in perpetual indigence after being forced from their home in the Everglades, weresnake Trystan Valeras and his family make their way to the Case Hotel. When his wealthy gangster father arrives the summer he turns sixteen, Trystan’s dream of a better life, along with the lovely aristocrat Mara, is suddenly within his grasp. Instead of paradise, a series of devastating events unfold, leading Trystan to become the instrument of his dying father’s revenge. His violent reprisal instigates a backlash of murder and death, forcing Trystan to flee with the remains of his family to the sultry city of New Orleans where he sells himself into the service of the Vampire Lord Abraham. Becoming the assassin Lash to hide his identity, Trystan finds a measure of peace, even as his skill with killing heightens, bringing to him not only new allies, but also new adversaries.

Download it here! http://www.amazon.com/Lash-ebook/dp/B...
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Published on May 12, 2012 15:37 • 164 views • Tags: free-book-tara-fox-hall, lash-by-tara-fox-hall, tara-fox-hall
A huge thank you to Tony-Paul, who reviewed Lash and awarded him a special ranking because he felt the book deserved more than 4 stars!

See Tony's review here: http://www.tony-paul.com/

Click Book review, and look for the Lash by Tara Fox Hall Review. You can also see part of Tony's review right here on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Thanks again, Tony-Paul! :)Lash
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Published on May 19, 2012 08:09 • 152 views • Tags: tara-fox-hall