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September 15, 2013

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Published on September 15, 2013 07:11 • 170 views • Tags: night-owl-reviews, scavenger-hunt-2013, tara-fox-hall

August 8, 2013

Last month, I talked about being buried alive in yarn I’d inherited from a relative who bought just a tad much for her own good.

At first, I was thrilled at the treasure trove I was amassing box by box. But by the time the last box was sorted, my thrill had turned to trepidation. Over a course of the next week, I determined that it was really best for me to donate a good portion of it…to try my hand at crochet in the next few weeks…and to get cracking on making those scarves I’d initially had in mind when I accepted it.
{I like to make simple knitted scarves each year—meaning 3-4 usually—to send to Native American reservations out West that have very frigid winters and not very many resources. A box of yarn would be welcome, and would mean money I could save to help promote my books (wink!). }

So here is my progress!
• Those ten projects in various stages of completion I’d discovered so far…well, I donated eight afghans and kept two. While I was able to master the simple chain stitch enough to finish one afghan decently, I probably have patience to only finish one other…and it’s going to take me years.

• I donated half of the yarn to a local group that makes baby booties new parents, and also various projects to put into Christmas baskets for shut ins.

• I sorted the yarn into colors and types, putting the rug yarn together. While I didn’t make a list, at least I can find a color I need now, as everything is in clear plastic bags.

• I created one scarf, and am well on my way to a second!

• I found additional lattice to hook the rug yarn to, so I can make rugs, and also purchased a narrow roll off of e-bay. I will be making at least one Lash and Promise Me rug, maybe more. There is always the option also of making confetti type throw rugs, where you just hook random colors onto a lattice without a pattern. I’m very excited to get started on these!

Join me in the coming months here for updates on my progress…or lack thereof! All support is vastly welcomed!

For you Promise Me Fans….Immortal Confessions, Promise Me Series Book #5, an Origins Tale, will be out very soon!
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Published on August 08, 2013 07:22 • 139 views

June 26, 2013

Any cat that makes it to ten years old develops some quirks, if they didn’t have them to begin with. Blackie loved to lick the windows, creating huge smears of drool that had to be scrubbed off daily. Another cat (who shall remain nameless) liked to have relations with the pillow that was shaped like a hamburger in the presence of guests. Phantom feels it is his duty to groom all the family dog’s faces, and will hold their heads down with his claws until they either run from him or give up and submit to it. But perhaps the weirdest quirk I’ve experienced is in Jesse Darling, a small nine-pound black and white cat. She’s a screamer.
She screams morning, noon and night for whatever she wants. The more she wants something, the louder and more piercing the scream. My husband describes it as being able to curdle milk, and he’s not exaggerating. What is amazing is that it’s not just her volume, but also her tenacity.
If I’m on the treadmill and Jess wants a lap, she will sit on the edge of the couch two feet away and scream at me every five minutes for forty-five minutes straight. She will repeatedly shatter the dinner conversation at the table asking for a piece of meat, or just a lap. At six in the morning, she will scream outside the bedroom door every fifteen to ten minutes until I get up, whether that takes me another three hours, or a few minutes. Each cry is just as piercing and startling as the last. She never, ever gives up. The screaming doesn’t stop in the morning until the food has been set out, the litter box is clean, the fire is burning nicely (if its winter) or she’s been let outside (if its summer). As I do each chore, she changes position, stridently telling me what needs to be done next.
So how do we handle this? We try to give her what she wants as fast as possible. The cats and the fire are always the first chores done in the morning. If Jess wants a piece of meat, she gets it, no matter if its twenty-dollar steak or hamburger. If she wants a lap and we’re sitting, we give her a boost up, and then try to work very carefully, so as not to upset her, even when that means leaning our body sideways so we can type to the point our back hurts. That’s the standing agreement: we do what she wants, and Jess agrees not to teach our four other cats to scream. It’s worked so far, and we’re not taking any chances.
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Published on June 26, 2013 12:24 • 125 views • Tags: tara-fox-hall, the-screamer

June 1, 2013


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Published on June 01, 2013 16:21 • 121 views • Tags: tara-fox-hall, trr-sizzling-summer-reads-party

May 26, 2013

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Published on May 26, 2013 18:24 • 120 views • Tags: promise-me-book-4, taken-for-his-own

April 4, 2013

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Published on April 04, 2013 09:20 • 172 views • Tags: tara-fox-hall, webhunt

March 17, 2013

I've had several readers ask me how to pronounce characters names from my Promise Me Series. So here is a quick reference guide! If any character name (or book or short story) is not mentioned and you want to know how I envisioned the name sounding, just comment with the name and I'll revise this listing to include it!

From Promise Me and Sequels:
Promise Me (Promise Me, #1) by Tara Fox Hall
Danial: Daniel
Sar: like "Car", only with an "S" at the beginning.
Sarelle: Like Car-elle, with an "S" at the beginning

Broken Promise
Aran: Aaron
Cia: Initially "Sha", but over the books has morphed into "See-Ya"
Terian: Tear-e-an (Tear as in a teardrop)

Taken in the Night
Dr. Camelyn: Dr Cam-el-lynn
Devlin: Dev-lynn
Suri: Sur-ee
Theopolis ("Theo"): Thee-op-pol-is

Taken for His Own (Promise Me, #4) by Tara Fox Hall

Surrender To Me

From the Lash Series:
Lash (Lash #1) by Tara Fox Hall

Trystan: Trist-an
Mara: Marr-a
Franco: Frank-o
Kline: Kline
Danial: Daniel
Devlin: Dev-lynn
Lash: Lash
Jared: Jare-ed
Giselle: Jiz-elle
Jasmine: Jazz-minn
Brianna: Bree-anna
Ramirez: Ra-meer-ez
Char: Charr

Shadow Man

From Night Music:

Krys: Chris
Krystin: Chris-tinn
David: David
Devlin: Dev-lynn
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Published on March 17, 2013 10:38 • 178 views • Tags: name-pronunciation, tara-fox-hall

January 24, 2013

My husband and I are a good fit. It’s taken a few years, and a lot of readjustment. I used to think love was romance, sex, and dates. But being married changed all that, no pun intended. Lasting love has rhythm. It’s being in sync with another being so well that you start to know them as well as you know yourself.

When you first come together, you might feel like pieces of a puzzle, because you seem to fit so well. But most of the time the reason you fit so well then is because you are just dating. You only need to fit together for a few hours at a time, so if it’s a tight fit, or a bad fit, it’s not so noticeable. It's a whole different puzzle if you're married. Then the other person never goes away, at least not for very long. You find out real fast if your pieces don't fit well together. Admittedly, there are always a few sharp corners that end up poking the other person. But if you try hard and long enough, you find a life rhythm with your spouse that gives your life an ease of movement that it never had before. You each have talents, faults, and ornery periods. You learn with trial and error what is best to say and do when your partner needs help, and what thoughts to keep to yourself when you are mad. Those hard sharp edges can and do start to wear off with a lot of time and effort. In places where the fit is too loose, you add experiences and shared emotions to fill in the spaces. Before you know it, you're a good fit together.

Being a good fit helps you to take the bumps of the world in stride, without falling into pieces. You don't let go of each other when you fall, and having someone holding on to you tends to soften life’s hard blows. You have something to cling to that is bigger than yourself. Not being alone, but an integral piece of a bigger whole, makes a difference in how you view the world, and the way you adapt to and handle the problems of life.

Still, there may come a time when the rhythm falters, and the good fit a couple has isn't so good anymore. Maybe we're no longer holding as tightly to each other as we should. Maybe one of us is holding too tightly. Maybe some of the edges we've built erode with time, or a sharp edge emerges when we look to connect in a slightly different way. Any or all of these happen to most couples sooner or later. But it doesn't have to lead to breakup . Keep listening, even when you're tired. Keep loving, even when you feel grumpy. And keep trying, because sometimes it’s the smallest bit you give of yourself that makes the difference between being with the one you love, and being alone.
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Published on January 24, 2013 17:48 • 183 views • Tags: rhythm, tara-fox-hall-s-blog

December 31, 2012

It's New Year's Eve again. While that is supposed to mean parties, to me its a night to reflect on the past year, and hopes for the one to come.

This Christmas I found myself reflecting on some of my relatives that have been gone for years. It was no so much sad, as just how much my life has changed since they were a part of it. I dust pictures on the bookcase and wonder what my old friend and used to be neighbor B. would have thought of my books, and some of her stories she used to tell me worked into the subplots of the Promise Me series. I hope she would be pleased. I look at my Grandfather's belt loops on the Christmas tree(why these are an ornament on my tree is another story), and wonder if he'd enjoy my writings, or would have approved of my country life and my professor husband. I think of my dogs Strider and Legolas and wonder if they'd have liked being known as the Promise Me Dogs, or from my online Children's stories...probably not, if it meant they'd have to not growl at strangers.

Waiting for the night to fall, I think about New Year's resolutions. The older I get, the less I think about new horizons and the more I covet time spent with friends and family. The years are passing by, and I don't want to miss them. But I also have books I want to write, and work for charities that I want to do. So my resolution for 2013 is to hope for balance in my life, that I can be healthy, happy, and fulfill my heart's desires while still making time for other things that matter. Happy New Year, Everyone! :)
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Published on December 31, 2012 11:56 • 121 views

December 15, 2012

Yes, so I stole some adjectives from Toddlers and Tiaras...these cookies ARE worthy of top honor! Try some for your holiday gatherings via the recipe below!
I created these for my husband, who said that all the recipes I tried making for him weren't spicy enough. You can halve the recipe below for a normal sized batch, but I always make this size to have enough to give away to friends and family. Enjoy!

*E's Ultimate Grand Supreme Ginger Cookies*
4+1/2 cups flour
4 tsp baking soda
1+1/2 cup melted butter (using a sauce pan on the stove is easiest - do not burn!)
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
4 tsp ground ginger
4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
sugar for rolling cookies in (1/2 cup or so)
few sheets of parchment paper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In small bowl, stir together flour and baking
soda, then put aside. In a large bowl, blend the melted butter with the
brown sugar, then add the eggs and molasses, beating until smooth. Stir in
the flour mixture, and refrigerate for a half hour.
Shape dough into 1" - 1"1/4 balls (size depending on if you are preparing
cookies for a cookie exchange, or just for friends and family). Roll balls
in sugar, coating all surface area. Place 2" apart on sheets of parchment
paper laid on baking sheets. Bake 16-17 min for chewy cookies, and 19-20 min
for a more crunchy cookie. Cool on wire racks.

*Recipe was previously published in Christmas Warmth for the 2011 Holiday season
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Published on December 15, 2012 11:33 • 264 views