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Lost Paradise, Promise Me Series Book #8 is OUT!


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 Tags: lost-paradise, promise-me-series, tara-fox-hall

Dark Solace, Promise Me #9, is OUT!

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 Tags: promise-me-series, shifter, tara-fox-hall, vampire, weresnake

HUGE CONTEST! Win a catbed and Three signed Print Copies!

Enter the Rafflecopter to win choice of THREE signed Promise Me Series Books, plus a John Deere Catbed! a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Published on June 08, 2014 10:27 Tags: catbed-contest, contest, john-deere, promise-me-series, tara-fox-hall

2015 and onward

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 Tags: 2015, goodreads, promise-me-series, tara-fox-hall

Tempest of Vengeance Promise Me Series Book #11 Blog Tour!

Beginning in late March 2015! Enter the rafflecopter below for your chance at 7 great prizes, including a signed PM book and heart catbed!

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Published on March 07, 2015 08:22 Tags: contest, giveaway, promise-me-series, tara-fox-hall, tempest

Win a fall themed catbed in the Sundown & Serena CTR giveaway!

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1 fall-themed catbed will be given away for US Residents, and 1 - 10$ Amazon giftcard for non-US residents!

Burb: Sundown and Serena (Promise Me #12) by Tara Fox Hall

Neither human stripper Sundown nor virgin were-halfbreed Serena knew how their futures would change when catalyst vampire Devlin Dalcon walked into their lives. Sundown was just looking to party and forget her tragic past; Serena was hoping for excitement and love, to be swept away from the dull routine of her short-order cook job and solitary life. Will these very different women finally face their fears in time to seize their own dreams of happiness?
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Published on September 07, 2015 12:40 Tags: catbed, contest, promise-me-series, sundown-and-serena, tara-fox-hall


Hi Readers and Friends,

I've got 2 events coming up in February!
I'm one of the sponsors of the Night Owl Reviews Love is in the Air Scavenger Hunt. (Feb 4 - 27). Grand prize is a 100$ giftcard for Amazon!

Love is in the Air / Night Owl Reviews

I'm also a contributor at TRR's Mega Anniversary and Valentine's party. (Feb 1-29th), with more than 500 prizes!

Find some great new books and authors to read at these events. Make sure to check out my featured Promise Me titles, Hope's Return and my newest release for Feb 2016, Fate's Prison!

And while you're waiting for February, enter the Frozen Giveaway right here on Goodreads! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2... (scroll down the page to the giveaway button, enter your address, and you're in!)
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Published on January 17, 2016 12:01 Tags: contests, february-2016, promise-me-series, tara-fox-hall, vampires

Enter the Promise Me Series Giveaway!

To celebrate the final Promise Me Series book publishing later this year, I am offering the first of many great giveaways in 2016!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Promise Me

by Tara Fox Hall

Giveaway ends June 30, 2016.

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Published on June 05, 2016 17:58 Tags: giveaway, paranormal-romance, promise-me-series, tara-fox-hall, vampire

Continuity in a Series

Continuity in a Series

Writing a series is in a sense easier than writing stand alone books. The author can start a new book where they left off in the previous book. The longer the series goes on, the better the creator gets to know their characters, and how they’ll act, making what happens next easier to decide on. Yet this building up of knowledge and events is a double-edged sword, as the more past there is to draw on, the more the creator has to remember correctly.

Some series get past this by evolving super slowly, or not evolving at all. Remember Sweet Valley High? Those blonde twins were in high school for many, many books. Time almost didn’t seem to pass, and past references were few and far between. Other series take a particular place instead of a couple, and focus on the different characters living there, so that major events are referenced, but many minor ones specific to certain families or couples don’t have to factor into sequels. Therein is the hardest part of writing a series: the author needs to address the events that happened before in previous books. While that isn’t hard when starting book two, an author starting book number fifteen will have to do a significant amount of research to make sure that their characters are true to form and previous history.

Another necessary aspect of continuity is addressing the passage of time. In reality, humans change as they go through life as a direct result of events they weather and celebrate, experiences they accumulate. Good people can become bitter, and villains can become heroes. Settings change with development and decay; stores and landmarks there one decade can be gone the next. Friends that we are close to when we are young are often not in our list of friends when we’re adults. Change is inevitable as we grow and mature, get jobs, get married, or grow apart in values and ideals.

Lastly, there is series progression. Usually, each book has a few specific conflicts that are resolved by the book’s end, be it a couple getting back together, a murder being solved, a villain getting his just deserts, etc. Readers want to see a series evolve, for things to change for the better (unless it’s a horror series, lol). A really great series has multi-book arcs that go through lots of twists and turns before their conclusion. A spectacular chain of novels has this plus a great arc that runs through the entire series.

I’ve tried for continuity in both my Promise Me and Lash series, checking again and again for date/event errors, a solid progression of character evolvement and believability, and many story arcs within each book and throughout several books. Do I have a great arc in mind? Yes, I’m working on it!
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Published on January 24, 2017 09:44 Tags: lash-series, promise-me-series, series, tara-fox-hall, writing-series