Traci Hall

About Traci Hall

With an impressive bibliography in an array of genres, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall has garnered a notable fan base. She pens stories guaranteed to touch the heart while transporting the reader to another time and place. Her belief in happily ever after shines through, whether it's a romantic glimpse into history or a love affair for today.

Happy Mother’s Day

Just a quick post to wish every mom out there a wonderful Mother’s Day. Yes, this includes fur-mamas–they go through the same angst and joy over a beloved pet. Love and caring during the tough times like the flu, diapers, sleepless nights–it is all worth it for a genuine smile, or a real hug. I am grateful for my amazing mom, and terrific aunts–and now my daughter is celebrating her first Mother’s Day. Sigh.

Have a great day!

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Traci

Traci Hall

With an impressive bibliography in an array of genres, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall has garnered a notable fan base. She pens stories guaranteed to touch the heart while transporting the reader to another time and place. Her belief in happily ever after shines through, whether it’s a romantic glimpse into history or a love affair for today.

Happy National Tartan Day!

Happy Friday!

While searching for something interesting to share today I stumbled upon the fact that it is National Tartan Day. What does that have to do with writing? Well,inspiration, for one thing 🙂

Part of indie writing is finding the perfect cover…we have done a lot of research and women readers seem to love the male chest. This requires hours sometimes of studying muscular chests–the things a writer must do in order to know her market! I even found this guy wandering the beach…I see a new By the Sea book coming 😉

Just so this post isn’t all eye candy, here is a snippet from the Internet on National Tartan Day:

HISTORY

On March 20, 1998, the United States Senate passed Resolution 155 that designated April 6th of each year as National Tartan Day to recognize Scottish Americans and their achievements and contributions to the United States. On March 9, 2005, the House passed Resolution 41 and by Presidential Proclamation, it was signed by President George W. Bush on April 4, 2008.

On this day in 1320, Scot’s signed the Declaration of Arbroath, formally declaring their independence from England.  For more information visit www.americanscottishfoundation.com.

It is also National Caramel Corn day–but that isn’t so fun look at lol. Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

Oh, and I am celebrating Billionaire’s Brother By the Sea Book #15 in the By the Sea series. Mark Livingston is a bad ass who meets his match in Madeleine Kohl–all undercover, lol. Note the chest???

 

I’m off to work…beach kilts. Oh yeah!

Traci

Traci Hall

With an impressive bibliography in an array of genres, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall has garnered a notable fan base. She pens stories guaranteed to touch the heart while transporting the reader to another time and place. Her belief in happily ever after shines through, whether it’s a romantic glimpse into history or a love affair for today.

Florida Everglades

Hi!

For those of you that follow me on Facebook, or just know me in real life (not social media, lol) you know that my BF and I started taking Sundays for ourselves–away from the computer, and hopefully tromping around somewhere on the beach or on kayaks at the inlet, or on a mini road trip. Florida from Key West up the coast to Pensacola can take 9 hours. We have a loooong, skinny state. Fun thing is, you can cross it in under three. Yep, coast to coast, across alligator alley, Ft. Lauderdale to Naples.

Not only do I write on average six books a year but we also have an author’s services business–which we have narrowed down to the things that work for us. We both edit and Christopher offers one-on-one book coaching in addition to marketing and running all of our websites and newsletters etc. Working for yourself requires a lot of elbow grease and the pay-off is not the same as a nine to five job where you get a dependable check–in order to avoid burn-out, we grabbed Sundays for us. The injection of energy and balance has been incredible and I highly recommend it. You don’t have to spend a lot of money-we love Groupon! And most of the parks are free, or just a few bucks.

We went to the Florida Everglades National Park, which cost 25.00 to get in but the ticket was good for a week. Believe it or not, folks actually camp there 🙂  I have never seen a panther in the wild and the mosquito can be as large as the pelicans. https://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm

These three images are all from the same day, and the same park. The first is a bald cypress grove, I think there is a turtle in the second one, and this last image is Flamingo–the park had a small marina at the very tip of the park closest to the Gulf. This place actually had a bald eagle in a nest. Sorry I didn’t get a picture of that!

I was born in Seattle and raised in Spokane where my mom still is–she tells me about shoveling snow, and I don’t miss it. I will take warm sun and sand any day!

My #BytheSea series is a contemporary romance with 14 stories so far (more to come this year!) that take place in Lauderdale by the Sea and I make sure to add in scenes that hopefully bring my love for the coast alive. www.tracihall.com

Have a wonderful day,

Traci

 

 

 

Traci Hall

With an impressive bibliography in an array of genres, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall has garnered a notable fan base. She pens stories guaranteed to touch the heart while transporting the reader to another time and place. Her belief in happily ever after shines through, whether it’s a romantic glimpse into history or a love affair for today.

Change–doesn’t have to be a four-letter word

Change is not literally a four-letter word but it often comes with curses and dragging feet. Change can bring feelings of uncertainty, fear and hesitation.

I am a Gemini and we are supposed to thrive on change but the reality is that I prefer a quiet corner. I must channel all of my drama into my stories because so long as I have my laptop, coffee, a place to sit in front of said laptop, I am pretty much happy to be a hermit. In order to avoid back problems and an ass the size of Texas, I walk five days a week, and my honey and I take Sundays off to be together and do something fun away from the computers. I love being outside, especially the beach–which is a fluid reminder of change. The waves are constant–reaching for shore and receding…and repeat. I understand in a logical way that in order to grow, there has to be movement.

The reason change is on my mind is because we might be moving. Maybe. The condo we rent has been sold–we think. Nobody is giving us information lol. The lease with the old owner is up March 1. We think we will be able to rent month to month (sending the rent check who knows where) until the smoke clears and the new owner decides if they want to have us sign a new 12 month lease, or maybe a six month lease, or maybe just have us rent month to month until they decide. 

Do you see why I am going a little crazy? This is all change out of my control…we could take the bull by the horns and just rent somewhere else but we are two blocks from the ocean and we have our Pippa, and lots of places don’t allow dogs, even one the size of a rabbit. I have written lists to create pros and cons of moving versus staying…to help with the stress of waiting. I have prepared the best I can with funds and paperwork and checking out properties in our area but I don’t want to waste time (I have multiple deadlines I’m working with)  in case everything falls into place and we stay where we are for another year.

What this means is this: If we have to move, we are getting a dishwasher and a private bathroom, and a place with room for an office 🙂 *om*

I am part of the Unforgettable Valentine boxed set and I’m writing a new By the Sea contemporary romance titled the Sand King. I am also co-writing a mystery with my bestie Patrice Wilton–all while doing my best to embrace CHANGE–what tricks do you have that you can share?

Traci

Unforgettable Valentine

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Traci Hall

With an impressive bibliography in an array of genres, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall has garnered a notable fan base. She pens stories guaranteed to touch the heart while transporting the reader to another time and place. Her belief in happily ever after shines through, whether it’s a romantic glimpse into history or a love affair for today.

Food Truck Heaven

So, while everyone is talking about healthy and wise for the new year, Christopher and I braved the cold (for Florida, lol) weather in Pompano for the town’s first Friday of the month food truck and art festival. Chris’s sister is in from Chicago for the holidays so our forty degree weather was nothing to her as we stood in various lines for arepas, smoked barbecue, burgers piled high with slaw and fries, and pulled pork. My favorite was the grilled corn on the cob. Oh, and crab and shrimp macaroni and cheese. Yum!

Turns out there are quite a few breweries in Pompano and we hung out at Odd Breed where they specialize in sour beers. They also have mead, cider and wine–and the atmosphere, with barrels and various tables, was very fun. Also pet friendly!

If you are local, Pompano has a green market every Saturday with everything from coffee to seafood. See, I’m so focused on the food that I forgot to mention the cool art set up. Artists are in the building doing actual work and showcasing their talents. Paintings, ceramics and mixed media art.We definitely will go again—hopefully February it won’t be so cold.

What tempts you out of your warm house on a winter night?  Have a great day and don’t forget to feed the muse something besides salad–mine prefers beef brisket…

Happy New Year!

Traci

www.tracihall.com

Traci Hall

With an impressive bibliography in an array of genres, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall has garnered a notable fan base. She pens stories guaranteed to touch the heart while transporting the reader to another time and place. Her belief in happily ever after shines through, whether it’s a romantic glimpse into history or a love affair for today.

Candy Cane Cookies

Good morning readers! I have been seeing some pretty amazing cookie recipes going around, and creative bakers getting their treats ready for holiday gifting—which made me remember baking cookies with my mom. As in, she did most of the work, lol. She would buy a pretty plate to put her cookies on and green or red plastic wrap. Fudge, sugar cookies, wedding balls, thumbprints with raspberry or apricot jam—but my very favorite was a candy cane cookie, which was red and white ropes of cookie dough twisted and shaped to look like a candy cane. They were so cool!

I regret not making these for my kids—however, I am now a grandma, and so I need to brush off my baking skills. I’ll be starting with this recipe…

Christmas Candy Cane Cookies Recipe

  • 1 cup real butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Red food coloring gel
  • 2 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candies
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  1. In a large bowl, beat together butter, both sugars, both extracts, and egg on low, just until combined. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Divide dough in half, making sure you have 2 equal portions. Add red food coloring gel to half of the dough until the desired color is reached. Wrap each portion of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerated for 3-4 hours.
  3. In a small bowl, combine peppermint candy and 2 tablespoons sugar. Set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. To make a candy cane cookie, take 1 level teaspoon of each dough. Roll each teaspoon into a 5″ rope (use a ruler, if necessary). Place one red and one white rope next to each other and begin twisting the two colors together, while pressing ends together so that they won’t unravel.
  6. Place on an ungreased baking sheet, curving the top to one side to form the look of a candy cane. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately sprinkle cookies with the sugar/peppermint mixture.
  7. Move cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling.

This recipe adapted from the Betty Crocker Original Candy Cane Cookie recipe and copied from this website:

https://homecookingmemories.com/candy-cane-cookies-recipe/

Do you have a family favorite you’d like to share? My other fave was a deep fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar that my Russian grandma used to make. Hmm. I might need to go hunt down that recipe too. Happy holidays!

Cheers,

Traci

Traci Hall

With an impressive bibliography in an array of genres, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall has garnered a notable fan base. She pens stories guaranteed to touch the heart while transporting the reader to another time and place. Her belief in happily ever after shines through, whether it’s a romantic glimpse into history or a love affair for today.

Time to recharge!

In the past few weeks I have made a concerted effort to take a day off. When you work for yourself it is really hard to say no to a project, or to cut yourself some slack on a deadline. Because my S.O. and I live together, and work together, and travel together, we are always…together.  In an apartment less than 600 square feet. When things are stressful it is hard to remember why the heck you fell in love with someone who leaves their shoes (me, lol) all over the apartment. So, we implemented a scheduled day where we celebrate being friends, lovers, and don’t talk about business. It’s a day for dreaming and talking without any of the angst of the week. It has been trans-formative. Not expensive, either. We use Groupon and Yelp for meals, we had free movie tickets, we drove to Naples because I’d never been there. South Florida is gorgeous this time of year and we both love being outside. Now that the holidays are coming, we are taking extra care to enjoy family and friends—because that is what matters most.

Love, baby, love.

What do you do to recharge? Share below–if you feel like it, lol–I am nosy and like to know what other people do to re-set.

Have a great day!

Traci

Traci Hall

With an impressive bibliography in an array of genres, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall has garnered a notable fan base. She pens stories guaranteed to touch the heart while transporting the reader to another time and place. Her belief in happily ever after shines through, whether it’s a romantic glimpse into history or a love affair for today.

How to keep your sanity in a crazy world!

How to keep your sanity in a crazy world—by Traci Hall

As crazy as 2017 has been for the world, it’s been a mixed bag of emotions for me, personally. I am now at 13 By the Sea books. In 2014, I planned for 12, which I finished in March, to give me a solid and realistic look at my spot in the contemporary romance indie pubbing world. This has meant recreating covers, redoing interior book design, and tightening my newsletters with the right links and calls to action.  For two and a half years I’ve focused on this one project, and for the last three months, I’ve been taking it apart, seeing what works, and putting it back together again. This is where the rubber meets the road, so to speak. Sink or swim.

After years of keeping my head down at my desk, it was time to take part of life outside my laptop. There was the FRW cruise; I signed on with an agent that understands what I want from my career; we joined the Chamber of Commerce to promo By the Sea; had lunch with patient and understanding friends. Christopher and I spent six weeks in San Diego to welcome the birth of Kennedi, and I went two weeks prior to that. We’ve known people impacted by Harvey, our entire state was covered by Irma, and we had to put down our beloved Benny. My son moved to Colorado, my daughter got married and I gained a son-in-law in addition to my granddaughter. I was able to reconnect with family I thought would be out of my life. It has been one of the tightest financial years ever—but we have the freedom to work from anywhere, which has allowed us to be with the people we love, when they need us.

Shootings, politics, Mother Nature, people really suffering without power and food, or shelter. Sickness, death. Some days I don’t want to check the news. We don’t have television, so I need to actually look for what is going on—and there are times when it is too much.

What to do? Everyone is different, but here are some real tips that work for me when things get overwhelming.

  1. As simple as it seems, you need to breathe. Be conscious of your breaths as they fill your lungs and your body, and feel the release as you exhale.
  2. Hot tea with lemon. The citrus zest is comforting, rejuvenating—sometimes I add a little honey, but not always.
  3. Watch a comedy. These days it doesn’t even have to be a full-length movie. You can watch funny videos or memes. Go to YouTube and search funny cat videos. Instant mood-lifter.
  4. Give yourself permission to turn off the news. It is important to be aware of what is going on, yes. What to do about it? You can’t fix everything, so start small. Go through your closet, and donate clothes. Choose a reputable charity and send in five dollars, if that is what you can do…the amount is not important. Say a prayer—if you don’t believe in a higher power, then send mental good wishes toward those in need.
  5. And last on my list here is, you got it, read a book. I like my happy-ever-afters.

I’d love to hear what you do to beat the blues!

Traci

PS–want to see those covers we’ve redone? check out the By the Sea series page on Amazon!  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MZ5UV9H/?tag=communitybooks8-20

Traci Hall

With an impressive bibliography in an array of genres, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall has garnered a notable fan base. She pens stories guaranteed to touch the heart while transporting the reader to another time and place. Her belief in happily ever after shines through, whether it’s a romantic glimpse into history or a love affair for today.