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January 4, 2015

First, I truly appreciate all your interest in my work, and your support since I began professionally writing in 2011. It's meant a lot to me to be able to share my stories and series novels with people who really cared about my characters as much as I cared about them. In 2015 and going onward, the Promise Me Series will be the only writing project that I will remain working on. Those books will continue to publish until the end of the series in very late 2016-2017. My "real life" job must be my priority for financial reasons, and I'm unable to balance that and my other responsibilities with my writing/promoting, so something had to give.

I will not be on Facebook much, or online for the foreseeable future. But I'd be glad to answer any questions you might have via the Goodreads Ask the Author function on my homepage here at Goodreads. Tempest of Vengeance, Promise Me #11, will be out sometime end of February.
Again, thank you all for all you've done to support me. I am and remain SO grateful to be able to share my stories with you :)
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Published on January 04, 2015 10:11 • 191 views • Tags: 2015, goodreads, promise-me-series, tara-fox-hall

December 13, 2014

This Thanksgiving morning, I was awakened by the plaintive meow of my cat Jessica at 4am, loudly complaining that the woodfire had burned down and needed refilling. Jessica loves heat in all forms. She even possesses several plush heated beds. Yet the heat from the woodstove in winter remains one of the great joys of her life.
Dutifully, I got out of my warm bed, refilled the woodstove with several logs, patted Jessica on the head, and went back to bed. Then I lay there awake until I grabbed my laptop and began typing, haunted by the knowledge that the “cat alarm” I have had the last 14 years will soon cease. For Jessica will likely never see another Thanksgiving; she was diagnosed just this week with an aggressive cancer, and our remaining time together is limited.
Like so many of us, I usually rush through daily life at full speed, losing days and sometimes weeks to the madness of my list of “action items” and “to-do lists.” And then there are moments like these, where that frantic yet unmeaningful race becomes the background noise that in truth it always was, letting you know what you truly value and what’s unimportant. Jessica is important to me; and making whatever time she las left enjoyable for her is a priority. I will miss my little screaming alarm clock, my writing partner, my purring friend who made all the sick days of my working career more fun by her constant presence at my side. This tiny 7lb black and white cat will leave a huge gaping hole in my life when she leaves.
I anticipate a lot more 4 am early mornings this winter season. The new difference is that I will be grateful to hear Jessica’s call to get up from now on, until the last day it sounds.
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Published on December 13, 2014 09:33 • 200 views • Tags: cat, grateful, nature-story, tara-fox-hall, thankful

November 4, 2014

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Published on November 04, 2014 06:17 • 221 views • Tags: giveaway, short-romance-stories, short-story-anthology, signed-print-book, tara-fox-hall

October 1, 2014

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Published on October 01, 2014 11:35 • 175 views • Tags: giveaway, short-horror-stories, short-story-anthology, signed-print-book, tara-fox-hall

September 21, 2014

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Published on September 21, 2014 17:01 • 173 views • Tags: contest, gift-card, halloween, tara-fox-hall, vampires

July 12, 2014

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June 8, 2014

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June 5, 2014

Blurb: With Theo facing deadly odds in a fight to the death, Sar makes a pact with Lash, agreeing to give Devlin another chance in return for Theo’s life. Reforging her relationship with her handsome vampiric lover mends old wounds, even as Theo moves to regain Sar just for himself. But Devlin’s old enemy Ulysses appears, taking Sar prisoner and burning Devlin badly in a surprise attack. Rescued at the eleventh hour by Lash, Sar nurses Dev back to health, Theo bristling at a distance. Yet Lash’s own day of reckoning is here as his long life ebbs to a finale, leaving Sar to face the decision of offering him salvation, knowing that the price is her own humanity.

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Dark Solace (Promise Me) by Tara Fox Hall

Excerpt: “Ready to go?” Titus said gently. Then he saw the knife and letter in my hands.
As I looked into his eyes, I suddenly understood he both knew what this strange letter meant, and that he was not happy about my present. My foreboding deepened. “What is this?”
“It was time, Sarelle,” Titus said. “Lash left a week ago. Devlin thinks he went out on a job, that he’s coming back later tonight.”
I knew exactly what he was talking about: Lash’s death. My apprehension became panic. “Why?” I asked loudly. “Lash said he had years left! Years!”
“More like months,” Titus said, his red eyes holding mine. “And that was months ago.”
It all came together for me at once. This was why Lash had asked me to go back to Devlin. He’d known he was dying, and he’d wanted Devlin to have someone who loved him so he wouldn’t be alone, or get into too much trouble. This was why he had talked about family, and that it meant something to him. This was why he hadn’t cared if he’d died saving us, because he was going to be dead soon anyway. Why he had warned me to be careful, if Dev and I went out again, because if it happened again, he wouldn’t be around to save us. Why he and I had gone out for sushi that night, but he hadn’t eaten much. He hadn’t been feeling like hibernating, he’d been getting ready to die. And he’d asked me to come those extra days to Hayden because he’d wanted to spend some extra time with me, lying together in the sun as we had those months ago and talking to maybe the only person in his life who shared his taste in movies.
“But I saw him! I talked to him! He was fine!” I screamed hysterically.
“He got a wound on a job he did a few weeks ago,” Titus rumbled. “Some were bit him. It wasn’t bad, and I healed what would heal, but it turned septic anyway. His immune system is shot, and had been for a while—”
Had it been Satar who’d bit Lash? Something told me it had been. My hysteria went up another notch. “No, he was fine!” I shouted. “He saved me, saved Devlin! He carried him—!”
“He collapsed when he got back to Hayden,” Titus rumbled, his red eyes smoldering. “Saving Devlin and you took everything he had left. He spent these past two weeks recovering enough strength to go wherever it is he went.”
That day I’d seen Lash reading with the blankets. He hadn’t moved, and his body had been mostly covered. I’d thought he had just been cold…
I closed my eyes, fighting tears. “But why not stay here with Dev? Why go off alone?” I shouted. “Who wants to die alone?”
“He did,” Titus said, his deep voice agitated now. “And it was his choice.”
Fury rapidly replaced anguish. “He only made that choice because you didn’t tell him about my blood! That a massive infusion of it might work, might save him!”
“Devlin would never risk you, not even for Lash,” Titus said harshly. “He’d need to take all of it, Sarelle. You’d die saving him. And there’s no guarantee it would even work.”
This couldn’t be happening. Fate couldn’t be that cruel, that Lash could save us but not himself. That he was going to die alone, without his loved ones near him, after all the good he had done. But fate was that cruel. I’d seen it firsthand, when a freak accident had left me a widow. I’d seen it later, in the years I’d spent apart from Theo, thinking he was dead. I’d seen it in the tears Danial had cried, all those times now I’d left him.
Lash had saved us. This time he needed someone else to save him. And I’d be damned if I stayed here, knowing all this, and didn’t at least try.
I looked at Titus, stripped off the gloves, and resheathed the knife at my side with a sharp click. “If I did it, could you save me?” I said bluntly. “Or would he need to turn me when it was done?”
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Published on June 05, 2014 19:18 • 196 views • Tags: promise-me-series, shifter, tara-fox-hall, vampire, weresnake

March 27, 2014


Blurb: While the vampire Devlin rejoices at news of his impending progeny with Sar, werecougar Theo braces for more challenges to his Ranked title, content that after Sarelle has the dhamphir child Devlin will be out of their lives forever. Yet when The Lust reappears, Sar’s world again turns upside down as old hatreds make themselves known, resulting in a steamy affair with the weresnake Lash, a new friendship with the werecoyote Serena, and the severing of Sar from the last remains of her old human life in favor of a new Paradise with Devlin.

Excerpt: Devlin skimmed the papers, then slowly looked down at me. “Is he sure?” he said joyously. “There’s no mistake?”
“Yes,” I said happily. “You’re going to be a father.”

Devlin hugged me tightly, then lifted me in the air as he whirled me around a few times, laughing, smiling radiantly.

“Congratulations,” Lash said, giving him a wide smile.
 Devlin hugged him fiercely.
“We have to celebrate,” Devlin said, turning from Lash to me.
“Let’s go out!”
“Davy’s?” Lash suggested.

Devlin looked at him, then said carefully, “Do you mind?”

“Cin has left the state,” Lash said with a shrug. “I don’t mind.”
I looked at the floor uncomfortably. Cin had been a weresnake waitress at Davy’s, and Lash’s lover. Their breakup had been precipitated by his one liaison with me, which had led to his discovery of Cin’s unfaithfulness to him through sordid means that had affected me. He and I had never talked of it, after his apology...
Don’t think about that.
“Davy’s it is.” Devlin turned back to me. “Does Danial know?”
I forced a smile. “You’re the first to know,” I said warmly, hugging him again. “I came straight here from Dr. Camlyn’s. No one else knows except Serena and Lash.”
“Good!” Devlin shouted with glee. “I want to be the one to tell him.” He pulled me close, then lovingly sang, “Here is all I need!”
“A book of verses underneath the bough,

A jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and Thou,

Beside me singing in the Wilderness,

Oh, such a Wilderness would be Paradise enow!”

I gave him a giddy smile, happy that he was so happy. “Your own creation, Dev?”

He shook his head. “From the Rubaiyat.” He offered his arm. “Come, Sar.This night will be filled with many songs, all of them in your honor.”

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Published on March 27, 2014 10:59 • 132 views • Tags: lost-paradise, promise-me-series, tara-fox-hall

February 27, 2014

Recently, a tragedy occurred in my life. I looked at the stacks on my bedside table to pick out a new book and discovered I had run out of “new” books to read. Now, it wasn’t a complete catastrophe, as I had slated on my to do list the transfer, unpacking and sorting of the library of novels that had gone into storage when I moved into the country. These were books I had read at least 6 years ago, and many not since I was a teenager or preteen, which is quite a bit further back. So I went down to the basement, and located the correct plastic tubs, and began to go through them. There were a number of books I was saving, but probably wouldn’t read again, and ones that I had collected just in case I ever wanted to read them. But the majority of books were books I’d read and now had no idea what they were about , and some that were given to me that I had no interest in reading at the time. A Bonus! A blessing! Here were literally 2 tubs full of books that were “new”. And since I couldn’t very well put them up on the shelf UNTIL I knew if they were worth saving or not, I got busy about my reading.

I expected to rediscover a few good tales, and find out a few things the second time around. But I was surprised. I read first a series of books by John Bellairs, beginning with “The House with a Clock in its Walls”. Its the story of a young boy whose parents die, and he has to go live with an uncle who is rich of course and who also turns out to be a magician. I expected it to be a little predictable and to be less enchanted. But I devoured the stories. The writing was excellent, the characters believable, and the plots interesting. This time around I also “got “the “inside-joke” references the author kept making for his adult audience that I couldn’t make sense of when I was 10. But the more books I read, the more I felt a little odd. And I realized by the last book I had of his the reason for my discomfort was that the protagonist was always best friends with an older man or woman (about the age of the protagonists grandparents). This protagonist has only one other close friend, if any, and spends a lot of time with this older friend alone at their house, or off having adventures, or on overnight trips to local haunted places. Being older, I wondered why the parents allowed this - weren’t they worried about their child? And I was saddened because I remember reading the books at 9 and 10, and not giving that a second thought. I remember wishing that there was an older person who lived around my house that I could have adventures with, who knew about supernatural things and would make me chocolate cakes. I wasn’t suspecting the friendly priest of anything except maybe being too practical to see an evil ghost was trying to possess the young boy.

I came to realize that the problem was that I and the world had changed too much to recapture the feelings I had reading the book as a child. The books haven’t changed - they are still a good read, and I strongly recommend if you haven’t read them to get copies at your library or bookstore. But you’ll enjoy them more if you read them to a child who hasn’t yet lost their innocence, if such a thing exists anymore.
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Published on February 27, 2014 16:34 • 173 views