Happy Thanksgiving to all!
My name is Tara Fox Hall, and I write in several genres, including non-fiction. The below short story was written this morning, in the spirit of giving thanks. Have a wonderful holiday season. Â – Tara Fox
This Thanksgiving morning, I was awakened by the plaintive meow of my cat Jessica at 4am, loudly complaining that the woodfire had burned down and needed refilling. Jessica loves heat in all forms. She even possesses several plush heated beds. Yet the heat from the woodstove in winter remains one of the great joys of her life.
Dutifully, I got out of my warm bed, refilled the woodstove with several logs, patted Jessica on the head, and went back to bed. Then I lay there awake until I grabbed my laptop and began typing, haunted by the knowledge that the â€œcat alarmâ€ I have had the last 14 years will soon cease. For Jessica will likely never see another Thanksgiving; she was diagnosed just this week with an aggressive cancer, and our remaining time together is limited.
Like so many of us, I usually rush through daily life at full speed, losing days and sometimes weeks to the madness of my list of â€œaction itemsâ€ and â€œto-do lists.â€ And then there are moments like these, where that frantic yet unmeaningful race becomes the background noise that in truth it always was, letting you know what you truly value and whatâ€™s unimportant. Jessica is important to me; and making whatever time she las left enjoyable for her is a priority. I will miss my little screaming alarm clock, my writing partner, my purring friend who made all the sick days of my working career more fun by her constant prescence at my side. This tiny 7lb black and white cat will leave a huge gaping hole in my life when she leaves.
I anticipate a lot more 4 am early mornings this winter season. The new difference is that I will be grateful to hear Jessicaâ€™s call to get up from now on, until the last day it sounds.
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Blurb:Â Tara Fox Hallâ€™s writing career began in the pages of a small print magazine, Catnip Blossoms!, that a friend, Harald Moore, put out to promote his catnip farm in Johnsonville, New York. One short non-fiction article followed another, detailing her adventures saving wildlife, her experiences living on an acreage, and more than a few humorous recountings detailing the antics of her wacky pets. Written to delight, fascinate, and move readers, her simple but enchanting stories of country life quickly found a following. Tara kept publishing stories for the next five years, even as the name of the magazine changed to Meanwhile, and then to On The River, when the catnip farm went out of business, and Harald moved with his family to a new home near a river. These previously published stories are collected here for the first time with new added content, in the hopes of bringing a little more hope and inspiration into everyday life.
Bio: Tara Fox Hallâ€™s writing credits include nonfiction, erotica, horror, suspense, action-adventure, childrenâ€™s stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. 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. All of her published childrenâ€™s stories to date are free reads on www.childrens-stories.net.
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Promise Me Series:
Promise Me (Promise Me Series #1)
Broken Promise (Promise Me Series #2)
Taken in the Night (Promise Me Series #3)
Taken for His Own (Promise Me Series #4)
Promise Me Anthology (Promise Me Series #4.5)
Immortal Confessions (Promise Me Series #5)
Her Secret (Promise Me Series #6)
Point of No Return (Promise Me Series #7)
Lost Paradise (Promise Me Series #8)
Dark Solace (Promise Me Series #9)
Coming Soon â€“ Eye of the Storm (Promise Me Series #10)
Shorts and Novellas:
Surrender to Me
Return To Me
The Tightening Spiral
Lathamâ€™s Landing Anthology
Lash (Lash Series Book #1)
Shadow Man (Lash Series Book #2)
War (Lash Series Book #3)
Revenge (Lash Series Book #4)
â€œSpiritwalkerâ€ from Shifters anthology
Make Me Behave â€” With Nancy Pirri
Bedtime Shadows â€” With Jenny Twist
Snake Eyes â€” With Paul Deadeye Dick
Forbidden Conversations â€” with Eric Dietrich
Grow a Pair Series
Grow A Pair (Grow a Pair #1)
Man Up (Grow a Pair #2)
- About the Author
- Posts in the Past
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.