A WHIFF OF IRRESISTIBLE DESIRE and giveaway with Tara Fox Hall

A romantic or sexy scene often includes a sultry song, lingerie, candles, or other props to set the stage for a passionate encounter. Sight, sound, touch, and speech are used frequently in fiction to convey a sense of desire. But what about scent? Too often in romance that is neglected, and only mentioned when there is food or drink of some kind mentioned, or a character is wearing a specific perfume, usually a sultry one.

I hazard the guess that some of a writer’s reluctance to use this sense comes from the idea that people perceive scents markedly differently. While one person may love the scent of a specific fragrance, others will often dislike it if not hate it. I argue that is true for other senses as well. Scent can be an asset to a scene, if used sparingly, and in the right way.
One Promise Me fact is that vampires and shifters have an enhanced sense of smell. Those humans with vampire taint to them—like my heroine Sarelle—take on this vampiric sense as part of their turning. Shortly after she begins a relationship with the vampire Danial, she begins to allude to his scent of nutmeg and cedar, an alluringly spicy mix that she thinks he wears like perfume. Its only later that she discovers that this scent she perceives is the result of her being partly turned. Others also have a scent; Sarelle often alludes in the series about the werecougar Theo’s scent of prairie grass, wide-open skies, and pine trees. In fact, it is how she discovers him after a long separation of years, when she smells that familiar scent out of the blue.
Why did I use the scents above? They are personally my favorite scents, as is the Myrtlewood oil I allocate as the vampire Devlin’s specific fragrance, as seen in this excerpt below:

Devlin’s eyes had been filled with fire and lust, no matter how many times we’d coupled, their radiance undimmed. But they had been most beautiful at the night’s end, when he’d declared his love for me so passionately. I closed my eyes, remembering his kisses, the brush of his fangs over my skin, the whisper of his words as he quoted me poetry, the feel of his body in mine, caressing me so skillfully…

I let out a long wistful sigh. Then I got out of the tub and went to the bathroom mirror, and pulled out a small vial. Settling back in the tub, I inhaled deeply, shivering in pleasure.
I’d never attributed any particular scent to Devlin. In the time I’d spent with him, I’d either been too nervous, scared, pissed off, or in the case of our interlude, overwhelmed with the many other wonderful things I was experiencing to notice one. But when I’d been in the midst of a craft fair with Elle and my mother two days ago, I’d known the singular scent instantly.
It had taken the better part of a half hour to search though the table of scented candles and essential oils where the smell was coming from. Part of that was my instinct to first try scents I considered sexy, like musk, sandalwood, leather, and even Danial’s particular scent, which was like spicy nutmeg and cedar. It wasn’t until I’d given up on the candles and reached the more unlikely named oils that I found what I was looking for: Myrtlewood.
I’d held the vial in my hands, knowing it was a mistake to buy it. I wanted to so badly, desperately. So I had taken one last smell, then reluctantly put it back. Later that day, as we were leaving, my mother had surprised me with the vial as a present.
“I could see you liked it,” she said with a smile, handing me the package. “I know they’re overpriced, but it’s only money.”
“Thanks,” I said, grabbing the bag in my eagerness. “You shouldn’t have.”
The clock chimed in the other room. Reluctantly, I conceded it was past time for bed. I put the vial back, pulled the bathtub’s plug, and put on pajamas. Then I stoked the fire, loading on enough logs to last until morning. The nights were cold now, with winter almost here.

Comment on this post to be entered into a drawing for some Myrtlewood Perfume! 










In a desperate effort to halt her transformation to vampire, and stop her longing for the sultry Devlin, Sarelle willingly takes a drug to kill her desire, even as Danial prepares for the introduction of their son Theoron at a Vampire Gathering on New Year’s Eve. Faced with Theo’s betrayal at the eleventh hour, Sarelle must either trust in Danial to save her, or join forces with Devlin, revealing her secret desire for him.

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25 comments to A WHIFF OF IRRESISTIBLE DESIRE and giveaway with Tara Fox Hall

  • I got to say this book sounds like an “intoxicating” read. Paranormal is may favorite genre, so I will add this to my to be read list.
    Thank you for the contest!

  • bn100

    Interesting book

  • Hi Barb. Glad you liked the contest, and I hope you enjoy the book! 🙂 Good to see you, bN100 🙂 This is my favorite perfume–heck, my favorite scent–so I hope that whomever wins it enjoys it!

  • Cindy Mucha Barton

    Have to say that this is the first encounter I have had with a scent that was bottled that could invoke the wanting feeling. Usually it is just the scent of the person only. I have never smelled a person who smelled like anything I have ever read about in a book…….at least the really good scents. Personally, I enjoy the spicy scents most. Thank you for the chance.



  • Always good to see you, Lin 🙂

  • Hi Cindy 🙂 There have been more than a few perfumes that I’ve really been attracted to over the years…and several were more spicy than sexy musk in scent, like the cinnamon and nutmeg scent that I attribute in my books to the vampire Danial. I picked the myrtlewood for the vampire Devlin as its not “cooking sweet” like vanilla, and not too flowery either. Its “just right” 🙂 Good luck in the drawing!

  • Laci

    i really REALLY enjoyed her secret. i’m a HUGE tfh fan (yes, i’m pretty sure she knows by now since I stalk her on fb. i mean, avidly follow. lol) so of course this was on my to read list.

    thanks for keeping my kindle happy. <3

  • Jessi Sawa

    YAY!!! oh oh oh I am DYING to read more! PONR was even better than Her Secret. they just keep getting better WRITE WRITE WRITE! WE WANT MORE MISS TARA!!!

    BTW Lash is my book boyfriend! and I love his appearances in the PM series! WOOOHOOO!

  • The book sounds wonderful…sigh…but so does the scent..I don’t have any idea what Myrtlewood smells like..but I’d love to find out! Thanks for offering this giveaway.

  • Glad to see you, Laci 🙂 I always get stalked…er, followed by the best people 🙂 So glad you enjoyed the book! You’re welcome, and I thank you so much for your kind words! 🙂

  • So glad you liked Point of No Return, Jessica! It means the world to me that people enjoy my stories 🙂 I am writing as fast as I can, lol! Look for another helping of the shifter Lash in Lost Paradise, Promise Me Series book #8, out very soon! 🙂



  • Hi Susan 🙂 The myrtlewood tree is a type of bay tree, also called the California Laurel. To me, the scent is fresh but not overpowering, and somehow intensely comforting, like a hug from someone you love that doesn’t squeeze too tightly, but with just the right amount of pressure to feel their affection. It’s my favorite scent. Good luck in the drawing! 🙂

  • Sharon Baker

    This sounds like a terrific read. I love to try out different scents.

  • Tabitha

    I love this post. Now I need to find out how this smells since I really enjoy Dev. Lol. You are wonderful Tara. Thanks for the snippet!

  • Lori R

    I need new perfume so this would be perfect. Thanks for the giveaway and the excerpt.

  • Hi Tabitha 🙂 Thanks so much for your kind words! Glad you liked the excerpt! 🙂

  • Hi Sharon 🙂 I hope you enjoy my Promise Me Series, and good luck in the contest! I am not able to wear many perfumes, as I’m sensitive to scents, but I’ve never had any trouble with the myrtlewood perfume 🙂

  • Hi Lori 🙂 Your welcome! Good luck in the giveaway! Myrtlewood is my favorite perfume <3

  • Catherine Lemanski

    Will be adding this story to my TBR list. Thanks for the contest.

  • Brenda Jann

    The book is very enticing. I’m not familiar with Myrtlewood Oil and very curious. Great idea for a contest.

  • You’re very welcome, Catherine! Good to see you! 🙂

  • Hi Brenda 🙂 Thanks for the compliment! I discovered this perfume years ago at a county fair, where a small company had a stand selling myrtlewood products. The wood makes beautiful art, dishes, and other household items, and is fragrant also. I thought at the time that the perfume was overpriced–just like in my excerpt above–but I loved the scent so much I had to have it! 🙂

  • IvyD

    Congrats, BarbK. You’re the winner of the Myrtlewood perfume & wooden holder! Check your email & spam.
    Thanks to everyone who stopped by.