2021 In Review

by Traci Hall

So much has changed in the last twelve months. Yet another year where it wasn’t wise to stick your head up for too long or risk being noticed by the Powers That Be. COVID has had many variants and the latest is omicron—it is very communicable, but not as harsh. Everyone that’s had it, vaccinated or not, has said it is like a minor cold. Vaccinated, or not. As a species we are going to end up with that herd immunity one way or another. We lost our friend, Mark, to COVID, and it’s hard to believe he’s gone.

We have a new president in office. The riot on the Capitol happened a year ago today. It’s embarrassing that our country was so out of sync that this was allowed. I love the United States and believe that we are an example of democracy in the world. We are such a young country, 246 this year, and I think our youth showed. London is 2000, to put things in perspective. Mental health has been highlighted as so many of us struggled to adapt to things out of our control.

Our seventeen-year-old toy pom, Pippa, passed in June, and it took us until the end of November to decide we were ready for a new pup. We adopted Pazia and took her home from Big Dog Ranch Rescue on November 28th. She’s a chihuahua mix and turned a year old on 11/11/21. Cool date. She’s from a hoarding situation in Puerto Rico and didn’t have bathroom skills, or know how to walk on a leash. We think she was abused as she is very timid. We’ve had her for five and half weeks, and see improvement everyday but I can guarantee that having a puppy takes a lot more time (especially one that needs walked twice a day at least) than our old Pippa did. I’m learning to write from the couch on a TV tray so she can be next to me LOL.

In the summer we traveled to Maine to see the Friendship Sloop races in Rockland. We followed the coast via car and saw gorgeous scenery and lighthouses. In October, Christopher and I went to Greece for the writing retreat with Insiders Tours. We met mostly outside and really enjoyed seeing other people—this was between Delta and Omicron. It’s probably time to hunker down again.

After a long, long delay, where I wasn’t sure if I would get another writing contract, I did—there will be two more Traci Wilton Salem B and B books, at least, and a new Irish Castle series with Crooked Lane, writing as Ellie Brannigan. I turn in book 4 of the Scottish Shire series on Feb. 1, and hope that there will be more of those to come as well. This news all came in December lolol—way to keep me hanging, universe 😊 Patrice Wilton and I had two indie mysteries out in 2021, and the third, Deception in Sandpiper Bay, will be out this year.  What a long blog!! Last bit of news—Murder at a Scottish Social is out on January 25th. I’d appreciate if you’d grab a copy—book one, Murder in a Scottish Shire, will be on a BookBub January 8th for only 1.99.

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Traci Hall – USA Today Bestselling Author

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About Traci Hall

From cozy mysteries to seaside romance, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall writes stories that captivate her readers. As a hybrid author with over sixty published works, Ms. Hall has a favorite tale for everyone. Mystery lovers, check out her Scottish Shire series, set in the seaside town of Nairn, or the Salem B&B Mystery series, co-written as Traci Wilton. Her latest project is an Irish Castle cozy as Ellie Brannigan. Whether it's her ever-popular By the Sea romances, an Appletree Cove sweet romance, or a fun who-done-it, Traci finds her inspiration in sunny South Florida, living right near the ocean. Traci wants to hear from you! Traci@TraciHall.com

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