As mentioned in a previous post, as I go along writing my Promise Me series, I release stand alone novellas with characters from the series as a “jumping on point” for readers who wish to try out the series before committing. “The Oath” is an excerpt from my first Promise Me Series book, Promise Me, and will be out later this week!
Blurb:Â Within weeks, vampire Danial Racklan has captivated young widow Sarelle and drawn her deep into his dark, dangerous world. Confessing his love, Danial has asked for Sarelleâ€™s Oath, a formal binding between vampire and human lovers. But while a promise of everlasting love sounds like Heaven to most young women, Sarelle has agonized over the decision for months, unsure of taking the final step of Oathing to Danial. Yet this Christmas Eve, Sar impulsively decides to speak the vow that will change her life for all time.
Excerpt:â€œI have something for you,â€ he said.
â€œLook under the tree.â€ â€œReally, Danial, you give me too much as it isâ€”â€
â€œShh,â€ he said, holding his finger to my lips. â€œIâ€™ll get it.â€ He got up and retrieved a gift bag from the treeâ€™s base. â€œOpen it.â€
I opened the package and took out a beautiful black velvet robe. As I slipped it on over my nightgown, I felt something in the pocket. It was a red velvet box, containing a pair of stunning gold earring studs in the shape of fox heads. I fingered the choker at my neck with the same symbol: the gold fox head, ruby eyes glinting. â€œTheyâ€™re beautiful,â€ I said, giving him a kiss. â€œThank you.â€
â€œPut them on.â€
I removed my earrings I had on, and slipped on the others.
â€œThey look lovely. See for yourself.â€
Looking at myself in the bathroom mirror a moment later, I thought it might be too much. Between the scars, the choker, and the foxheadÂ earrings, I felt like I had a sign on my forehead that said â€œDanialâ€™sâ€ in huge letters. The ruby eyes winked at me in the light as I moved my head to make them flash and sparkle. â€œTheyâ€™re beautiful.â€
â€œIâ€™m glad you like them,â€ he called from the great room.
I paused before the mirror. This was it, the moment Iâ€™d planned on telling him I would swear to be his. Like before, my uncertainties arose. I couldnâ€™t ever leave him if I did. Not ever. Was I that sure? Words my friend Kat had spoken earlier came back to me. Why havenâ€™t you told him youâ€™ll marry him? Are you crazy? You love him; he loves you; heâ€™s rich; and heâ€™s gorgeous! How can you even have to think about it? I went to the bedroom door. Danial waited for me, the strong lines of his face relaxed in a happy smile as he studied the tree. His freshly cut hair feathered back except for a loose wave that fell over his forehead. I loved him so much my chest ached. It was now or never, the perfect moment to pledge to be his forever. Kat was right; things werenâ€™t going to get any better. If I didnâ€™t do it, Iâ€™d wonder the rest of my life what it could have been like with him, what I missed out on by not taking the chance.
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Tara Fox Hall is an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. She received her bachelorâ€™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. She also coauthored the essay â€œThe Allure of the Serial Killer,â€ published in Serial Killers – Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). Her first E-Book, Surrender to Me, was published in September 2011. She 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.