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Â Blurb from my short story, “Her Frozen Heart”:Â
Alaric has always loved the winter season, second only to his love of spells and sorcery. When his beautiful neighbor Cassandra reveals sheâ€™s a natural witch, heâ€™s instantly smitten, even as he despairs of attracting her interest. Is there hope for a magical couple who thrive in different seasons?
Excerpt: Cass seemed not to see him. â€œCold is death,â€ she murmured.
Alaric grabbed his wine from the table, then went to her, crouching on the floor. â€œWhat is it?â€ he asked gently.
She looked up at him with an expression of despair. â€œDonâ€™t mind me. Itâ€™s just the season. Winter gets to me, Alaric.â€
â€œI thought I told you to call me Ric,â€ he said, his hand closing over hers, his thumb gently rubbing her upper wrist. â€œAnd it will be over soon. Itâ€™s already close to Valentineâ€™s Day.â€
â€œYou sound sad about that,â€ she whispered.
Iâ€™m not…for the first time Iâ€™m looking forward to it. â€œYou should be happy about that,â€ Alaric consoled. â€œYou can stop spending so much effort to keep your flowers alive.â€ He kissed the back of her hand gently. â€œYou never told me really how that poppy got so far from your house, Cass.â€
â€œA bird,â€ she said, rubbing her eyes. â€œI dropped one of the seeds Iâ€™d enchanted, and he flew off with it and ate it.â€ She looked up at him with sad eyes. â€œYou were trying to kill it with the snow when you buried it, werenâ€™t you?â€
Uh oh. Say something, anything. â€œI was trying to make it go dormant,â€ Alaric said hastily.
â€œWinter is death,â€ Cass stated solemnly.
â€œWinter isnâ€™t death,â€ Alaric corrected gently. â€œItâ€™s dormancy. A season to rest and recoup from all the activity. A time to relax and nurture the soul with inspiration.â€
His words stirred Cass from her silent state. â€œFor most plants, winter is the end. Sure there are seeds for new plants, but the plant itself dies.â€ She paused. â€œMy life will shut very beautifully, suddenly, as when the heart of this flower imagines the snow carefully everywhere descending.â€
â€œE.E. Cummingsâ€™ poem called Somewhere I Have Never Traveled,â€ Alaric said, casting his mind back in an effort to recall a line from the poem that would be of some comfort to Cass. â€œYou open petal by petal, as the Spring opens her first rose. Thatâ€™s encouraging. And I think he wrote many other poems that spoke of the beauty of green growing plants.â€
â€œThe plants make me feel like Iâ€™m alive,â€ Cass said with a weak smile, suddenly looking up at Alaric. â€œIt just comes at such a cost.â€
There was never going to be a better time. â€œSustaining all the spells that make your porch flowers possible must take tremendous power and concentration,â€ Alaric said. â€œWhy arenâ€™t the ones inside enough for you, Cass?â€
She was silent.Â
â€œIâ€™m only asking because Iâ€™m worried about you,â€ he continued. â€œI want to help if I can.â€
Cassâ€™s lips trembled, her eyes already filling rapidly. â€œI need something to welcome me home,â€ she whispered.
Alaric went to her, putting his arms around her. Cass learned into him gratefully with a sigh.
â€œWho died?â€ he whispered. â€œPlease tell me what happened that made you so afraidâ€”â€
â€œI should go,â€ Cass said abruptly, breaking free of Alaricâ€™s arms. She darted from the room.
Alaric went after her. â€œWait, Cassâ€”â€
She already had her coat half on and her boots. â€œI shouldnâ€™t have come. Iâ€™m sorry, Alaric.â€
â€œDonâ€™t go,â€ he said, taking her by the shoulders. â€œPlease, Cass. I want to be there for you. Iâ€”â€
â€œNo,â€ she said bitterly. She pulled back to look at him, her expression hurt and angry. â€œYou know, I hate winter for the same reason I canâ€™t trust men. Because youâ€™re final. Because you die.â€
She ran out of the house into the snow, ignoring his calls to return. By the time Alaric had on his gear to follow her, she was gone.
* * * *
â€œSo her husband died?â€ Alexander said, looking at Alaric over their glasses of whiskey.
â€œI think so,â€ Alaric said glumly, wondering if asking Alexander over to get his advice had been a wise choice after all. â€œShe didnâ€™t say it straight out.â€
â€œSheâ€™s locked herself in summer, surrounded by light, but her heart and soul are frozen. Itâ€™s just with fear instead of frost.â€
â€œVery poetic, Alexander,â€ Alaric said sarcastically. â€œBut what can I do to help her? Itâ€™s clear she needs my help.â€
â€œShow her thereâ€™s nothing to be afraid of. That she wonâ€™t die, and neither will you,â€ Alexander offered. â€œShow her that thereâ€™s beauty in winter as well as summer. That itâ€™s more than the season of death.â€ He drank the rest of his whiskey, then poured himself another. â€œIâ€™m sorry Iâ€™m not more help, Ric, really. But I tend to stick to the ladies who want my company, and only need a little persuasionâ€”â€
Alaric didnâ€™t answer, lost in thought. Show her the beauty of winter. But how?
Complete list of all author blurbs
The Ice Hotel Wedding Test by Charmaine PaulsÂ
Jess and Derrick have been together for twelve years. When Jess finally gives Derrick an ultimatum, tie the knot or set her free, he proposes a bizarre test to decide their destiny.Â
Love Thaws a Frozen Heart by Valerie J. ClarizioÂ
Casey is hell bent on getting Noah to sign divorce papers. Hiding out at his camp, Noah is hell bent on not signing. Procuring a snowmobile, Casey sets out in a blinding snowstorm to find him. After crashing, she is near death when Noah finds her. Will a few cabin-bound days cause either of them to change their mind?Â
Lord of Ice by April MarcomÂ
Jack Frost gave his heart to Lilly the day she was born, making her the perfect leverage for a fire spirit whose heart is set on becoming Lord of Ice.Â
Frozen Moments by Nancy Pennick (‘A Waiting For Dusk’ story)Â
Drew keeps proposing. Kate keeps saying no. Itâ€™s their little game. Can the holiday season change that? Kate has lost her best friend, and Drew does his best to cheer her up in this delightful story of love and memories.Â
Frozen In Time by Christina KirbyÂ
Lizbeth travels the world as a freelance photographer and answers to no one. After her last relationship, thatâ€™s exactly how she wants her life to be, easy and all her own. Jonas is staying at his familyâ€™s cabin while he deals with the loss of a fellow fallen solider. He wants nothing more than to be left alone and to avoid Christmas. Neither plan on spending Christmas with a stranger or finding the person whoâ€™s exactly what each other needs.Â
Frozen With Possibilities by Rhonda BruttÂ
A resort on the shores of Lake Superior in the middle of December was not exactly what Tiffany had in mind for a mid-winter vacation. But when she agreed to accompany her progressive grandmother on this frozen trip, she discovered that life is filled with possibilities, if you only go after them.Â
Frozen Heart Thawing by Nicole AngeleenÂ
In the depths of winter, Thomas Everett grudgingly meets his betrothed, Nila Sarvani, the daughter of a powerful sheikh. The passion they share takes them both by surprise, but the ruthlessness of American business threatens to tear them apart. Nila must decide if her dreams can be realized if she allows herself to fall in love.Â
Frozen Dreams by Elena KaneÂ
In a world surrounded by snow and magic, Cara finds herself grossly out of place. Ridiculed by all, she lives her life in terror from perpetual bullies until she runs into a stranger in town. Ben is everything she always wanted, but never expected. Better yet, he sees past her differences. Could Ben be her dream come true?Â
Her Frozen Heart by Tara Fox HallÂ
Alaric has always loved the winter season, second only to his love of spells and sorcery. When his beautiful neighbor Cassandra reveals sheâ€™s a natural witch, heâ€™s instantly smitten, even as he despairs of attracting her interest. Is there hope for a magical couple who thrive in different seasons?Â
The Thawing of Hollyâ€™s Heart by Marilyn GardinerÂ
What happens when a single mother meets an old friend and, despite the conviction that she will never again open her heart to another man, finds herself falling in love?Â
Falling On Ice by Bess KingsleyÂ
After the horrible year ice sculptor Sam McLeod has had, falling off a ladder at Nationals into the arms of her nemesis is the absolute last thing she needs. Or is it?Â
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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.