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Monday, March 7, 2016

Tara Fox Hall Guest Post: Is Fate Real? (Fate's Prison-Promise Me Book 14) + giveaway

Is Fate Real? 

Fate is defined as “the development of events beyond a person's control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power.” More commonly we refer to fate as something that is destined to happen, whether we want it to or not. Yet is that true, that we have no control over our lives? I believe William James has a more correct version, that “we are spinning our own fates, good or evil, never to be undone” by the choices we make. Every action has a consequence, and the sum goes rippling out over the months, years, and decades to form not only our present, but our future as well.

Most often when faced with a set of horrible alternatives, there is no perfect right or wrong option, just the lesser of two evils. On the big choices in life, it is rare to have enough information to make an informed good decision. We make the best decision we can, given the information we have, and hope we can live with the consequences. Still, there are often unforeseen costs that come into being from actions, even events seemingly unrelated. Some might say that these outcomes were the work of a higher power, or our inescapable destiny.

Take for instance Rick Grimes’s recent decision on The Walking Dead to agree to attack The Saviors and kill Neegan in exchange for the Hilltop Community’s food and medicine. It is fate that led him and the Alexandria group to this juncture; they just weathered an attack by The Wolves, which brought down the wall, letting in zombies and leading to a massive death toll. Starving, they have nothing else to bargain with except their might as fighters. Yet it’s easy to see that their attack on The Saviors is going to have horrific consequences, especially if the TV series closely follows the storyline of The Walking Dead comics. Someone is definitely going to die at the end of a baseball bat, probably a whole lot of people. Another group war is poised to begin, like what happened previously with the Governor and Woodbury. Rick argues in his speech to his group that there is no choice but to attack The Saviors. Is he right?

What do you think, do we control our fate or not? Comment below with your answer. A winner will be drawn randomly to receive a Fate’s Prison coffee mug and lighted keychain!

by Tara Fox Hall
February 13, 2016
233 pages
Melange Books, LLC
When a simple loving encounter with Devlin raises the ghost of his long-dead paramour, Rene, Sarelle intervenes, saving Rene’s soul from the demon Shaker. Forced to share her body with Rene, Sarelle works diligently with the sorceress’s ghost to magically build her a new body, even as attacks by vampire hunters escalate, threatening all Sarelle holds dear. As Hayden’s defenses crumble, Sarelle magically escapes certain death only to become Michael’s prisoner along with Lash. Faced with an eternity of captivity and Lash’s impending death, Sarelle forges a Hellish pact, changing her life forever.

I was nervous for a few moments before succumbing to his embrace. As our loveplay intensified, we stripped off our clothes and I lay down, so he could love me. But after entering me, Devlin paused a moment. “Come back to me,” he whispered longingly. “Come back to me, Rene.”

I froze up, and stared at him in shock. “I thought this was about contacting Anna? Who the hell is Rene?”

“Shh,” he said, putting his fingers to my lips. “Trust me.”

Reluctant, I let him kiss me again. He began gently moving, stroking me with his shaft. I responded, kissing him fiercely as his hands roamed my body.

“Come back to me, Rene. Let me love you, as I did so long ago. Come back to me!”

Something slid across my shoulders like an icy tendril. Then it was sliding into me. I gasped, but Devlin clutched me to him tightly, still loving me.

“Come back to me!”

Abruptly, I lost control of my own body. It was bloodcurdling, and I grabbed desperately with my mind, but I couldn’t make my body obey my commands.

Instead, my fingers ran up to touch Devlin’s lips almost hesitantly. Devlin froze above me. “Rene?” he whispered.
 “Are you going to talk, or love me?” I heard my voice say with a French inflection.


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 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, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.


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  1. What a fascinating book! Even though I enjoy reading about paranormals, I am not brave enough to be a paranormal investigator.

  2. Thanks Booklady! I am pretty nervous around ghosts myself!

  3. Would love to be paranormal investigator! Love the book, Tara. Think you make your own fate!

  4. Hell yeah! Thanks for the chance!

    1. You're welcome Heather! I love your exuberance! :)

  5. Great sounding book - definitely one to add to my reading list!

  6. Thanks!
    If you would like to try the first few books in the series for free, check out, where you get points to review :)