(Promise Me Series #1)
When young widow Sarelle McGarran finds the vampire Danial Racklan unconscious and hurt in her woods, intuitive concern quickly becomes passionate love.
Together Danial and Sar work to overcome their own past heartbreaks, their vastly different lifestyles, and Danial’s relentless enemies. Yet Danial needs more; an Oath of forever. But can Sar give Danial his greatest desire?
Excerpt of Promise Me:
“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to offend you. But I want to be clear that I don’t expect you to give me money because we…because we’re—”
“Intimate?” he supplied with a leer. “Lovers?”
I blushed, glad my back was to him. “Yes,” I said curtly.
“It’s my feelings for you that make me offer. I understand you’re independent and used to taking care of yourself. But I want you to have an easier time of it than you had trying to go it alone. I want to take care of you. It’s your right, as befitting your station.”
“As my lover.” He nibbled the back of my neck, his hands sliding down my arms. “That is, if you still want to be.”
Did I ever. God, his lips felt good. I could feel little pricks where his fangs brushed against me… Focus! “What about the shirt?”
Danial paused what he was doing. “What about it?”
“Did you take some of my life force? Did you deliberately try to seduce me with a spell to get me to feed you?”
He didn’t reply. I shifted back from the fire and made to get up, but he pulled me off balance and I went down, falling into his waiting arms. I struggled in vain as he rolled me over on the carpet and straddled me, holding both my arms over my head with one hand, while the other caressed my cheek. I fumed as I looked at him above me, his upper half silhouetted by the fire. His eyes sparkled, his face in shadow.
“Now, Sarelle,” he purred, “why would I need to seduce you to get you to feed me?” He stretched down against me. I felt my body betray my anger as my breasts hardened and my breaths came faster.
“You gave me your blood when I was a stranger, willingly.” He leaned in closer as if to kiss me, but remained just out of reach. His dark eyes were locked on mine, filled with desire and familiar arrogance. He bent down to kiss my throat. “You gave yourself to me a night later, with no hesitation.”
His lips moved to the side of my throat. He ran a fang down my neck. I writhed, both in desire and a touch of fear.
“That was a dream. I knew it—”
“You knew nothing of the sort,” he said, his breath warm against my neck. He drew back and used his free hand to start unbuttoning my nightshirt.
“Stop,” I said, my breath tearing out of me.
“Stop what?” he said teasingly. “You want me, just like you have from the first moment you saw me. I can feel your body beneath mine, aching for me. Just as I’m aching for you.” He continued unbuttoning my top.
“Stop screwing around! I need to know if you—”
“It was your fantasy. A predictable one,” he said, his hand on the next to last button. He paused to run that hand between my breasts, up to clasp my throat. “But I was never in control of you. I couldn’t feed from you—not that I didn’t try. You seemed so willing to let me. But I couldn’t draw any energy from you and I awoke hungry, almost ravenous.”
“Terian was right—”
His hand tightened on my throat. “Why are you so determined to be the victim? Nothing happened that you didn’t choose to happen.” He gave me a half smile, his eyes growing darker. He brought his hand back to my nightshirt and undid the last button. He pushed my shirt to each side, baring my breasts and my lower body as he gave me a slow savoring look. That nimble hand slid up to grip my neck loosely. I knew he could feel how fast my heart beat. “That you could resist and take control from me in the dream amazed me.” His voice was full of wonder and affection. “No one has ever been able to do that. Not with me. Not in three hundred and seventy-five years.”
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(Promise Me Series #2)
Shocked at Danial’s betrayal, Sarelle returns to her old home to consider her options. Yet even as Sar plans a reconciliation with Danial, Terian arrives, confessing his desire.
When Theo witnesses Terian and Sar kiss, he angrily confronts Sar, leading to startling consequences. Will Sar’s heart choose Danial, Terian,…or Theo?
Broken Promise Buy Links:
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Taken in the Night
(Promise Me Series #3)
When Theo disappears, Sar is left bereft, the uncertain guardian of Theo’s newly born werecougar daughter, Elle.
As months pass, clues emerge about Theo’s disappearance, yet the twisting trail ends repeatedly without answer.
In her grief, Sar turns to Danial and hesitantly begins to build a life with him and Elle.
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Taken for His Own
(Promise Me Series #4)
After learning Theo is alive, Sar immediately embarks on a mission to find him.
Reunited, the lovers return to New York; Danial, Terian and Theo uneasily combining forces to protect Sar from Al’s assassins still seeking her.
But when Sar is taken prisoner in an all-out attack, only one man can save her: her old adversary, Devlin.
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My Interview With AUTHOR TARA FOX
Tell me about your latest novel?
My latest book is Taken for His Own, the fourth installment in my Promise Me Series. It takes up where the third book left off. Sar had done her best to rebuild her life when her fiancé Theo went missing. She’s partnered with her former vampire lover Danial to raise Theo’s daughter Elle (Elle’s natural mother is dead from childbirth complications). She’s also had a child of her own with Danial, Theoron, and is trying to come to terms with her inevitable turning from human to vampire. When she finds out Theo’s alive, she can’t stop herself from journeying west to find him, and confront him about where he’s been for the last year and a half. This is where Taken for His Own begins. After a passionate reunion and a hasty marriage, the two lovebirds are headed back east. But picking up the pieces is far from easy. While Danial is accepting of Theo’s return, Elle prefers her vampire adoptive father over Theo. More than one enemy is waiting in the wings, making repeat attempts on Sar’s life. Add into the mix Devlin, Sar’s old enemy who’s now turned good guy, and a new paramour for Danial and you’ve got a powder keg primed to explode.
What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story?
I’ve always enjoyed reading…a very passionate teacher taught me to read my first words in kindergarten, and I began devouring short books by first grade…and novels for YA by third grade.
Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way? The Hobbit. I like the message; that it’s not who you were or what you can do that influences what you will do, it’s how willing you are to step outside your own boundaries and push for what you think is right.
What challenges have you faced in your writing career?
Getting published. I spent 4 years getting rejection after rejection from every agent under the sun and also some publishers. But the near misses were the worst, to think that I finally had an agent or a publisher and then to have it fall through at the last moment. Those were the crushing blows. The newest thing I worry about are bad reviews.
Have you ever had a day when you just wanted to quit?
Of course. Getting my first 2 star review on Amazon made me want to quit. Poor sales in a given quarter makes me want to quit. Having no free time makes me want to quit. But I didn’t survive years of fighting to get my stories out to give up now.
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?
Keeping your perspective that your every little creation is not going to be perfect…or get critical or popular acclaim. Some stories will be better than others. The key is to always try to make the next one better than the last one was.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Don’t give up until you do what you set out to do.
After this book, what is next?
There will be more books in this series. Two more will be out this year—Immortal Confessions and Her Secret—with more in 2014 and 2015, until the series is done. The next installment in the Lash Series, Revenge, will be out this fall, and hopefully my second anthology of short suspense/horror stories will also publish. There will also be the first Promise Me anthology and a Latham’s Landing anthology this fall. A new Lash short story, “Spiritwalker”, will debut in the Shifters charity anthology from Hazardous Press, and I also have a short story called “The Lie” in the upcoming anthology Brief Grislys, both due out in a month or less. I’m also working on a sequel to my transgender short Grow a Pair, and another compilation of BDSM stories for the late summer/fall.
Bio of Author Tara Fox Hall
Tara Fox Hall is an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University. Her writing credits include nonfiction short stories, flash, short and novella-length horror stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. Her horror stories have appeared in Deadman’s Tome, Flashes in the Dark, Ghastly Door, The Halloween Alliance, Black Petals, SNM Horror Magazine, Microhorror, Dark Eclipse, Cemetery Moon, and various anthologies, including the recently published charity works Fear (Vol. 1) and Shifters. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in Serial Killers – Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series and the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series. 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.
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.
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SYNOPSIS of Next You: Destined for Something
In the last year of mandatory school each soon to be graduate takes a multitude of tests to efficiently funnel them into the right career. Personality profiles showing you to be low IQ, bigoted and prone to senseless violence really increase your chances of being denied.
Scores mean enough to tempt test takers to cheat using answer sets bought from sketchy characters.
You don’t always get what you pay for as Felix Dernoft discovers in Destined for… Something, a Next You novel.
My Review of Next You:Destined for Something
I am fessing up to something that I shouldn’t reveal to my die hard Vampire buddies, but I am an avid Sci-Fi fan.
Angus H. Day writes a fascinating tale of a quirky hero Felix Dernoft! Ah yes, Felix, the really complex, hero of Next You: Destined for Something.
I have to give Mr. Day a pat on the back for the out right complexity in the novel. It required me to read things over and over again. Next You: Destined for Something.is not a book that you can just gloss over, you have to really read it and digest it and in the end, the base story is what counted.
I was intrigued by the flashbacks. However, I was able to adapt and it was kind of nice to be treated as a Mr. Day only does. Next You: Destined for Something had twists and turns in the story with Felix. There was Aliens and Adventure, but there was also Romance. Everything in the story was good because they were explained.
I had to grit my teeth because I was forced to close my Kindle after half Next You: Destined for Something was read. Because it had captured my attention. For sure the next morning I was up reading until I finished!
Okay, okay, I will go hide in my Sci-Fi closet again. But you better bet the next book in the series will be in my Kindle!
Well done Mr. Day! I recommend this book for readers who are “grab you by the shirt” readers, and I sure am glad I am part of that audience.
Awesome read with 5 out of 5 Stars!
Interview with Angus H. Day
How old were you when you wrote your first piece?
I was forty eight when I finished my first novel.
What was it, and in what genre?
Legacy of Daddy and Science Fiction is the larger of the boxes it inhabits.
What made you write it?
I ran out of excuses not to write it and everyone since. Lots of persons would like to write a novel or produce a piece of artwork and never get around to it because they let negativity control their lives. That is no way to live.
What have you written since then?
Next You Interstellar LLC, Having Nice Things, Utopian Estates and Destined for Something.
What was the inspiration for your current book?
Originally I wanted to create a Character that everyone would hate, reveling in that being suffering for being an ass all the time. By chapter two I knew I couldn’t go through with that as it was an unworthy goal. I like to write stories that I would like to read. So Destined for Something became a story of change and growth for one Felix Dernoft with dystopian society, space opera, aliens and romance transforming the life of one all thought of as collateral damage into an epic journey.
Tell us a little about it, and where it’s available?
Felix Dernoft was an accident from conception. Born during the time of the Writ of Exchange his mother’s life was spared since she had skills as an Astrogator and Felix was a ward of the Indianapolis Dome-state where he was raised through mandatory school in an at best indifferent system. Not happy with the sewer worker career plan the state has in mind for him he begins to try different things to improve his lot. As a B-strander he should never have amounted to much. He rises above. Destined for Something is available in print through Amazon and as an ebook through Amazon and everywhere Smashwords distributes.
Is there a particular place or setting where you get your writing ideas?
Everywhere is a place. I’m an author and I can make that happen. That is also my answer because my stories do not come from a particular place or setting but encompass ideas gleaned from a lifetime of reading and experience.
What made you choose either traditional or independent publishing?
I’m starting this late in life and I was determined that if I was going to make my work available to readers then the route should not include languishing on some persons slush pile, at best waiting for a middle person to deem the taste of the public ready. Why would I willingly put someone else in charge of me? I believe from being a consumer that the Big Five are running corporate models and not looking for good reads so it didn’t make any sense to wait on their leisure. The last straw was that I took some advice from an author who writes media tie in novels in the traditional jungle. He pointed me at Smashwords and explained why he would do it if he wasn’t currently contract bound. The only caveat I would add to that is that by transitioning to Independent Publishing more doors open for your work and you share the promotion load.
If you had to choose the most important element in an author’s platform, what would it be?
Don’t make it pressure cooking work. Gain moderate well crafted ground on your writing on a daily basis but cut it off after a couple of hours unless you are into a really happening roll. If it isn’t fun to create, don’t expect the reader to enjoy it.
What mistakes have you made in regards to publishing and marketing your work, and what will you do differently in the future?
The biggest mistake I’ve made is probably my early attempts at covers. I needed to accept that my contribution to this was the story and telling it. Cover art sells books, inner matter quality hooks readers. I’ve also had some editorial battles over story direction and have since determined what qualities I look for in an editor.
Do you have an idea for your next book?
At this time I’m midway through the writing process of a book I’m titling Native Heart. It is the first of a four book mini-arc within the Next You Universe franchise. The entire mini-arc is entitled Minus a Conscience. Two operators for the Intersystem Alliance are sent to a planet in the Rakan empire to raise an indigenous force to cause problems for the Rakans. These operators are not in human bodies and one of the two was cloned of the DNA soup made from a mix of the most vile assassins for the previous three centuries. Half the population of the planet Naif still embraces technology and the other half avoids it with a religious fervor. How do you win that half over to your side? Fasten your seat belt and start your engines.
BIO of Author Angus H. Day
I live in Fort Collins Colorado with my wife and son. My daughter has embarked on her career as a graphics designer. I’ve been an Infantryman, Swine Farmer, smattering of other trades and jobs and now I’m a manufacturing pharmaceutical chemist. What aspect of my life that is devoted to fitness favors swimming in open water which means I spend most of the year working out in a pool then hit the lakes when it warms up a bit. My wife Cheryl safety kayaks for me when we manage to make it work. One day when I was waiting on everybody else in the house to get off of the computer when it hit me. Start doing what I had wanted to do for the last thirty years, write science fiction stories. I’ve read extensively, experienced way more than a person is entitled to and I am a scientist. That being said, sometimes I just pull them out of my ass. The ability to picture a scene in my head helps, once I stop laughing uncontrollably for no reason.
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