Thursday, August 6, 2020

*Book Tour & Giveaway* Unhallowed Love Series by Tara Fox Hall-GUEST POST

A Good Year 
Unhallowed Love Book 1 
by Tara Fox Hall 
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense 

Faced with losing Pandora Productions as well as her best friend Rebecca to the smarmy Paul, savvy film executive Debbie makes a pact with the demon Shaker, agreeing to bind herself to him as his human master in return for killing Paul and securing Pandora’s future. Yet even as Pandora gains accolades and renown, Debbie’s strong resolve begins to crumble under the weight of her actions. And the pleasure she finds in Shaker’s arms is becoming more than sex. Is Debbie doomed to lose her heart as well as her soul to a demon who has only been waiting for the chance to claim both? 

Year of the Demon 
Unhallowed Love Book 2 

CEO Debbie and demon Shaker’s first year of partnership was a smashing success for both Pandora Productions and their own new intimate relationship, ending with the announcement of their engagement last New Year’s Eve. Shaker now inhabits a human host, Pandora’s rising action star Jett Black, putting the possibility of a family within Debbie’s tentative grasp as the couple pledges their love at the altar. But as before, one crisis after another ensues, beginning with Titan’s push to assimilate Pandora and the death of Debbie’s father, bringing her back together with her estranged family, and into the sights of a demon- hunting priest, Father Matthew, who will stop at nothing to not only send Shaker back to the Hell he came from, but also ensure Debbie is free of sin...permanently. When Shaker is sent back to Hell, Debbie is left bereft, her team of allies decimated, her best friend in a coma, she must decide if she will succumb...or rise from the ashes and fight ruthlessly for everything she loves, no matter the cost. 

Year of the Incubus 
Unhallowed Love Book 3 

With the Year of the Demon over, widow Deborah “Debbie” Black is more resolved than ever to put aside her losses: main actor (and human vessel) Jett Black to a murderer’s bomb, and her demon husband Shaker to a new Mistress. 

Independent studio Pandora Productions has a new trio of paranormal movies to create, and a reputation for mayhem and bloodshed to live down. The year has a stellar beginning: Sheila awakens from her coma, dark witch Leri joins the Pandora team, Jett’s younger brother Brady arrives to finish the movie Jett was working on when he was killed, incubus Vassago Gray’s burgeoning series Incubus has a chance to be picked up by Netflix, and faerie sorceress Myrrh and her army of crowmen stand watch over all. 

Yet new exceptional scripts are still appearing authored with false names. The perfect setting for haunted isle picture Origin of Fear is available nearby for next to nothing. Vassago may be entering Debbie’s dreams, bent on incubus seduction. When Brady is exposed as an addict fleeing from justice, his days outside a prison cell numbered, Shaker returns in force to possess Brady, tipping the odds in Debbie’s favor. 

Will the duo’s ruthless resolve be enough to combat the evil demonic shadow preparing to engulf them?  

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Promise Me, a book that ties in with the Unhallowed Love series is FREE right now! 

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I'm an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. I have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University. My writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. I am the author of the demon romantic suspense Unhallowed Love series, the paranormal action-adventure fantasy Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series. I also coauthored (with Eric Dietrich) the nonfiction book Forbidden Conversations. I divide my free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, and sewing catbeds, catnip mats, & cat toys for donation to animal shelters. 


From Promise Me to Unhallowed Love

Q: What inspired you to write the Unhallowed Love Series?

A: The Unhallowed Love Series (so far, A Good Year, Year of the Demon, and Year of the Incubus) was born out of the Promise Me Series, after it ended. My heroine of Promise Me, Sar, had been on an emotional rollercoaster of five years of alternate Hell and Heaven throughout the eighteen books, and I thought she needed a break. I also needed a break from writing as Sarelle; I both admired her and was horrified by some of her rationalized missteps. There was an inert self-destruction in her that made me want to give her a happy ending, or as happy as the consequences of her choices made possible. Yet I missed the surviving sub characters of the series end—Devlin Dalcon’s danger and seductiveness, Danial Racklan’s loyalty and cunning, Lash’s impolitically-correct nastiness and brutality and most especially Shaker’s perfect charm and hilarious sense of humor—and wanted them to go on. The Unhallowed Love Series came into being to tell more about Shaker’s view on life and give him a chance for more than just a supporting player. Instead of a Northeast farm or rural setting, I decided that a demon would be more comfortable in a large city where victims were faceless and plentiful, involved with a woman who was the opposite of Sarelle: Debbie Deal, a ruthless, plotting corporate CEO who viewed her film company, Pandora Productions, as the most important thing in her life, and wouldn’t know how to bake cookies any more than she would know how to take care of a pet.

Q: What can we expect in the future?

A: The series will continue in a 4th book, tentatively titled Year of the Siren. I’m also at work making a sequel inspirational book, Deep Breaths II: Tales of Inspiration, and a third short horror story anthology called Under a Setting Sun.

Q: How do you come up with the names of books?

A: A book’s name needs to be intriguing, fit the genre(s) it inhabits, and be as original as possible, to avoid confusion with other stories. Choosing a few words that needs to sum up your entire work is incredibly hard, and so I often operate with a working title, then change it at least once before the book is published…unless I already know the entire plot and have a brilliant stroke of inspiration for a title, which does happen once in a very great while, lol.

Q: Do your characters seem to hijack the story, or do you have the reins of the story?

A: I definitely do not have the reins, I’m along for the ride. When I try to rein in characters, my writing feels forced, like a dressed-up child going to a family event who can’t move well because their fancy outfit coupled with the decree “do not get dirty!” puts on so much restraint that the result is a fake version of the real thing. It’s not interesting for me to write, and it’s not interesting for readers, either. You’ll find no cookie-cutter stories here.

Fun Facts/Behind the Scenes

A Movie inside a Book becomes its own Novel

Originally in Year of the Demon, I had to come up with several movies for the fictional Pandora Productions to be shooting. This wasn’t very hard, as first series books are easy to write, because there’s no prehistory to have to go through in order to make dates and characters line up regarding to events that happened before the book. I loosely based Smoke Storm on an action hero and added demons to a couple ideas to make the movie ideas Smoke and Ashes, Hell’s Gate, and Tinderbox. For Year of the Demon, I did the same to make Smoke and Ashes II: Out of the Ashes, and Absolution, but to have some fun, I also added in Immortal Confessions, writing the story of my origin of Devlin Dalcon, a vampire who also appears in this series, into the plot. Immortal Confessions was published as a stand-alone full length novel in 2013, so I had plentiful details and it was wickedly enjoyable fun to include Devlin’s manipulation and plotting to make his origin movie a smashing success in Year of the Demon, even as I used a few referenced scenes from his life to show his own acute vulnerability and broken heart. I also brought forth the horror movie Origin of Fear, based on a favorite story of mine of the same title from the Latham’s Landing Anthology, also weaving that into the plot and leading into the next Unhallowed Love sequel.

For Year of the Incubus, I found myself choosing potential movies that were almost all based on previous works. To Smoke and Ashes III: Destiny in the Ashes as the final movie of the trilogy, I added in Hell to Pay based on my short story Spiritwalker plus the aforementioned Origin of Fear. But events in Year of the Incubus called for at least one more movie. So I created a premise under a title I’d liked but had no existing plot for, Dare to Tell. That premise was so compelling for me that I debated making a short story out of it. That plan fell by the wayside until a horrifying nightmare this spring gave me the opening chapter. Yes, chapter, not whole story: what began as a simple idea within an unrelated book has become its own novel. Dare to Tell is close to sixty-thousand words as of today, and only lacks an ending, of which I have an outline. I have a cover picked out and hope to release it by Christmas 2020 as an e-book.

Q: Do you see writing as a career? Any advice for new authors?

A: I chose this question because I get inquiries at least once a year from someone who wants to be a writer and hopes for me to give them a plan to get their work published. I almost always crush their hopes when I tell them of my years and $$$$ trying to find an agent, of spending a year and a half writing short story after short story from my nightmares just to build up a “publishing cred” so that publishers would take me seriously…and they still didn’t. To finally placing an excerpt from my stories and then getting my first novels published. Of going from small press to small press getting anthologies and other novels published only to see those presses go out of business, and then making my own foray into self-publishing, including making covers. Most authors don’t get a lot of money for their work, and it’s not a career, it’s a labor of love, unless you’re a non-fiction author writing technical work. Writing can be a career if you’re an editor with a guaranteed supply of material from a publisher that will ensure you get a reliable paycheck. But I wouldn’t encourage anyone to become a writer.

Q: A day in the life of an author?

A: Wake up. Do morning rituals like have breakfast, dress, and brush teeth. Go to day job, or errands if it’s the weekend. Look for time to write and don’t find any. Have lunch, do more work or more chores, and then dinner. Consider writing but decide instead to watch TV, or sleep, or spend time with family. Sleep. Wake from nightmare about 3:45 am, and fight to both remember it and go to the laptop and write down a synopsis. Finally get out of bed about 4:10 am, get laptop, write synopsis until 6am, then go back to sleep until alarm goes off and it’s time to get up. Think about nightmare in the back of your mind for the day, then try to go home and write a bit more on it later in the evening.

Q: Do you write one project at a time or several? Do you believe in Writer’s Block?

A: I put these two questions together because they intertwine. I usually have going anywhere from 4 projects to 10. This is because of “getting stuck,” which happens easily when you’re writing a series. No one wants to revisit old territory and write something that’s a copy of what went before. If what I’m writing isn’t making me excited enough to want to continue, then I need to stop and work on something else, because I’m not writing anything worthwhile, and I’m going to disappoint readers.

Q: Pen or Type Writer of Computer?”

A: Pen and paper for ideas (remember above, with the nightmares=inspiration?), and always a computer. I need to be able to go back and edit previous parts of the work, or sometimes even shift whole sections around within the book to make the action flow correctly.

Q: As a writer, what is your spirit animal or avatar or mascot?”

A: A fox, of course!

$66.60 Amazon gift card grand prize, plus 10 copies of the first series e-book as additional prizes 

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me!
    If anyone would like to read Promise Me #1, the first book in the series is free now and through next week! Price of the second series book, Broken Promise, is also lowered!