Reviews for Promise Me
"Promise Me is a smart, sexy and sophisticated paranormal romance." - Randa D.
"Tara Fox Hall's Promise Me is the beginning of what is guaranteed to be a hit series!" - Randa D.
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About Tara Fox Hall
Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in Serial Killers - Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). Her first full-length action-adventure novel, Lash, published in April 2012. Her vampire series begins in June 2012, with the 1st novel Promise Me. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.
Also by Tara Fox Hall (all available off Amazon at this time)
Surrender To Me: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/tarafoxhall/surrendertome.html
Return To Me: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/tarafoxhall/returntome.html
"Origin of Fear" in Spellbound 2011: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/anthologies/Spellbound2011.html
"Kink" and "The Oath" in Wicked Christmas Wishes: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/anthologies/WickedChristmasWishes.html.
Just Shadows: http://www.amazon.com/Just-Shadows-ebook/dp/B006V4HB2Y
An Interview with Tara Fox Hall
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Tara, thank you for talking with us at TRS. You're featured book is Promise Me. Where did the idea for this emotionally-charged story originate?
TFH: I’ve loved vampires since I saw Frank Langella in the first “hot vampire” version of Dracula years ago. That love intensified in my later teens with The Lost Boys, and reading Interview with the Vampire, along with anything vampire I could get my hands on. But I wanted more than the evil monster chasing young virgins; more than the sweet, misunderstood, handsome fanged stranger that becomes the perfect mate for the woman who captures his heart after so many lone centuries. I wanted a vampire so well-crafted in detail that I could believe he was real. I wanted something different to happen in the story, other than girl becomes vampire, or vampire becomes dust. I wanted passion, tragedy, romance, suspense, action, and the haunting sweetness of poetry and song floating on a soft night breeze. So I penned my own vampires.
HH:What can you tell us about Sarelle and why will readers relate to her?
TFH: Sarelle is not your usual heroine in a vampire novel; she is not staking creatures of the night, swooning over finding a real life one in her backyard, or hoping to get bitten. She’s a young country woman about to turn thirty who lost her husband in a climbing accident close to a year ago. She’s been slowly picking up the pieces of her life, and is almost at the stage where she’s ready to date again. Sarelle is capable of running machinery and chainsawing, but she also likes to sew and read. She loves animals, and has three cats and two dogs. She has a great sense of humor, and isn’t afraid to be who she is. The top reason readers will like Sarelle is she feels real; she’s not perfect, but she tries hard to be fair, and do what’s right, even when that means standing up to a man she’s falling in love with and telling him he’s wrong.
HH: What can you tell us about Danial and why will readers love him?
TFH: Danial is not your usual vampire. Yes, he is tall, dark and handsome, but he’s not haunting nightclubs, searching out teens to seduce, or out to take over the world. Danial is a suave businessman who owns the corporate detective business Solutions, Inc., with his werecougar partner, Theo. Danial is no novice at surviving. Ensconced in his private fortress with a network of personal security and blood donors that make house calls, he is secure from his enemies by day. By night, he commits his life to solving mysteries and murders…and sometimes committing the latter in service to organized crime. He rarely makes mistakes, or is caught off guard. Danial is also very used to getting his own way.
It’s been so long since Danial loved anyone that he doesn’t miss it, choosing to bury his passions in work, a course sure to guarantee his heart won’t be broken again. But Danial still hopes for something more, and wishes he did have someone that loved him for him, not for his fangs. When he sees a chance for a relationship with Sarelle, Danial moves very fast to make her his. He’s not expecting that Sarelle isn’t going to fall into his lap with gratitude.
HH: What makes this story stand out in a sea of vampire romances?
TFH: I spent my youth reading about vampires, being in love with the idea of living forever and staying young, partying all night, every night, and having a strong protector that was not only invincible to attack but would love me with a love that would be just as undying as he was.
When I look back at the novels of my youth, all I can say is “Reality check, please.”
Now let me hurry to put in a disclaimer, lest I be staked by tons of rabid vampire fans; I am not against fantasy worlds, all and any definitions of vampire, or star-crossed lovers with hundreds of years in age difference. Love is not always logical; hell, most times it isn’t! I’m just asking for an authenticity to the world, characters and plot that the writer is offering me. I go into a new book looking for a reason to believe in it, hoping to lose myself in its pages until something in real life forces me grumpily to set the book aside. I want to be captured, nay, enslaved, so that that story becomes as real to me as my own life, an alternate realm that I treasure as much as my own reality, with characters that are so real they feel like old friends. There are some vampire novels out there that accomplish this with aplomb. Yet there are far more that don’t.
Be brutally honest with yourself. If you were a vampire who had lived for centuries and experienced tremendous persecution and suffering, would you really go back to high school, so you could get a little more added on? Would you really be haunting nightclubs for eternity, having rampant sex with people for their blood night in and night out? Would you be calling attention to yourself by brutally killing victims in alleys, or sitting on a throne each night for people to stare at and admire? These suppositions all have two things in common; they have been used over and over again for vampire plots and -- for anyone who was actually living them for eternity -- they would likely be incredibly tiresome, if not mind-numbingly boring.
So why do we vampirephiles like these unrealistic scenarios? Because we remember being in high school, and the dream that the new pale exchange student really was not only “into” us, but also capable of sweeping us away from the rigors of trigonometry and chemistry lab. We hope down deep every time we enter a nightclub that there will be some creature of the night waiting for us at the bar, baring a hint of fang in a sidelong glance of licentious interest. We want the feeling that our normal, everyday lives -- no matter how happy we are -- could be swept away into a tumult of passion, romance, and danger, of life and death decisions, and love that lasts forever. We want the fantasy so we can drink down every red, sweet drop with insatiable hunger. In our passion to be lose ourselves, we forget about the feelings of the creature we are lusting for: his hopes, dreams, and passions. As such, the vampire in romance is often cookie cutter in the extreme and full of logical contradictions, doomed to spend his eternity suffering in loneliness, waiting for that special someone to turn his immortal existence on his ear.
I want more than that for my fantasy... I want a vampire that breathes with a heart that beats. Because why would a stake through the heart be meaningful at all to a creature whose heart no longer functioned?
I have tried to make the vampires in Promise Me as realistic and believable as possible, then mixed in enough passion and menace to keep the reader wanting to turn the next page.
HH: How did you go about creating the world where their story takes place?
TFH: Their world is our world. I just expose a layer that is usually hidden from most humans' eyes. I have added in real places, songs, books, etc., to up the believability factor, as well.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
TFH: Promise Me is the first in a series. More books will be coming out in the next two years, with a new book about every 3-4 months. I’ll also continue with my Lash series at Bradley publishing. Look also for my collaborative anthology with esteemed author Jenny Twist in early fall 2012, a mix of romance and horror called Bedtime Shadows.
HH: Where can readers find all of your works?
TFH: The most exhaustive list of my books available for purchase is on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Tara-Fox-Hall/e/B005YPAA4W
A complete list of my works can be found on my website here: www.tarafoxhall.com. Please note there are multiple pages, sorted by genre.
HH: What would we find in your to-be-read pile?
TFH: Just about the world, as of right now. :) I have westerns, action, romance, thrillers, biographies, anthologies, and history books there.
HH: What other in person or online appearances will you be making this year?
TFH: For a complete list of appearances online, please see http://www.melange-books.com/authortour.html
I also always post a link to any blog appearance on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Fox-Hall/151813374904903
HH: When you're not reading, writing, or promoting you like to __________?
TFH: Sleep is a high priority right now. But I’m looking forward to swimming this summer, and enjoying the sun. :)
HH: Thank you!