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

I believe in magic <3 Post brought on by a south Florida sun shower 😊

Warning: kind of personal. This is not my normal post, but here is a sneak peek into who I am.

I believe we choose our happiness, and that includes searching for joy in the shitshow life sometimes feels like. If things were always on an even keel, this ride might get monotonous with being too perfect. Food to eat, a place to live, dreams to dream, lol. I believe in a higher power of some kind—not sure who/what exactly so I am not tied to religious beliefs. I think we need to be kind not only to others, but ourselves. Especially ourselves. Because I saw my father, and my stepdad, and my dear uncle, pass at an early age, I understand that death happens to everyone at any time. I believe there is more to this existence and that there is an after. It makes the loss on this side of the veil easier to accept, knowing we will all meet again. I believe we are connected. I believe that we choose the lessons we want to learn while on this earth, and we choose to learn them with trusted loved ones beforehand. I believe we are supported in our endeavors.

I believe, I know, that we are loved and not alone. If we want something, we have the power within us to make it happen. It feels an awful lot like magic to step into the air not certain there will be a road.

the magic is in you <3

In the past nine years especially, I have experienced a lot of paths beneath my feet that I wasn’t certain would be there. My marriage of 25 years had exploded on a single night, and I was left wondering how I would make it. I’d gone to business college for a degree in floral design. Not exactly practical. During my marriage I started with an in-home daycare as our kids were born and followed their school schedule by also working in the school system as a para pro with the behavior-challenged children. My ex was the main bread winner, especially once we relocated to Florida—gulp—22 years ago. That fateful New Year’s Eve, he wanted a divorce and was like a broken record in all he would say was that he wanted to be happy and didn’t want any responsibilities. No counseling, just out. Of course, there are a million threads to this story that aren’t part of this blog—this is about believing in yourself and finding the magic. If I’d looked at things logically and practically, I would have been afraid. I surrounded myself with great friends. They also believed that I could do it. A friend gave me AND THE DOGS shelter. My manager at Starbucks offered to train me to be a manager and potentially earn forty thousand a year. To someone who didn’t have a steady salary, that was tempting, but it meant giving up on writing as I knew it. At that time, I thought I was on the cusp of hitting it big, lolol, with my medieval romances and YA books. (palm to forehead)

So, I moved from Jupiter to Lauderdale by the Sea, somehow, without a real job, or a salary, got an apartment. I will remember to my dying day being in the passenger seat with my dear friend who grabbed the steering wheel and asked that we find an apartment. We drove to the end of the block as the rental guy was putting a for rent sign in the window. That’s magical. Another friend who I critiqued with for years told me I could be an editor. She learned with me and gave me a chance. Now, I have several clients and get to choose based on my own writing schedule. More magic. Here is the secret to growing that power: you cannot dwell in negativity. Really crappy things had happened. I thought I would never stop crying. My heart was broken in so many pieces. And yet, I got myself out of my bed and went to the ocean with coffee, with wine, with friends, or alone, and I healed. The ocean is magic for me. I had no answers from my ex, lots of denials on what was happening, so I had to let go of expecting answers and understand that it didn’t matter. What mattered was how I reacted to this situation, and damn it, I am a happy person inside.

As time passed, I cried less and focused more on what I could do. There is serious magic in celebrating paying your own rent for the first time in your life. Yeah. I’d never lived alone. It’s pretty powerful to know that you can do it. Thanks to another awesome friend, I started to write indie romances, and was introduced to the ladies here at ABB—they welcomed me with open arms. With them, I’ve made the USA Today three times. I quit Starbucks and edited freelance while writing books. I met Christopher and fell in love. There have been times when things have been uncomfortably tight, but the rent has been paid, groceries bought, soul sustained by doing what I love. I now write mysteries as well as romance. What a long post to say that this is why I believe in magic. You can too! If you’re uncertain, take even a tiny step in the direction you want to go, and the path will appear.

our wedding

I’ve been reading more this summer as I enjoy a slower pace. I highly recommend the authors in these boxed sets who are so talented and guarantee a wonderful, magical, escape.

Happy summer,

Traci

Summer Fun

Authors’ Billboard Blog July 6th

2022 has been so crazy that even though it’s the midyear point, it feels like twelve months. Books to write, books to edit, books to proof. A wedding, covid (yuck), and June was all about catching up with a slower pace of checking things off.

Now it’s July and I am so blessed to be in San Diego with my daughter and granddaughter to watch Kennedi while Des is at work. I trimmed my workload, a plus, I have an understanding husband, super great, and the fact that Kennedi will be five next month means that she is so much fun to interact with. She is also content to play with her tablet and toys. Really independent.

Sunflowers

Time goes by so fast that I want to take advantage of every moment.  Before long she’ll be driving!

We were going to surprise my grandmother with a trip to Spokane for a five generation picture since the last time Kennedi and Gigi saw one another was when K was two. Gigi is 93 and my mom wanted to give her a surprise. Delta did not have it’s act together and Friday the flight was canceled because of a broken wing—understandable. Saturday at five am we found out the rescheduled flight would be rescheduled again, and they weren’t sure it would even take off as they were looking for pilots. PILOTS. I was so mad and disappointed and trying to keep my cool with a dog, a toddler, and my daughter, who was handling things like a trooper. Even she was like, let’s skip it. So, we will try again in November. Hopefully Delta will have enough people on the books. SHEESH.

A slower summer pace allows for reading, and my tastes run the gamut from Brene Brown, Atlas of the Heart, to Lucy Foley, The Guest List. I am writing the third Misty Beach Christmas for an Unforgettable set. You cannot go wrong with these boxed sets full of wonderful romances to while away the day. Patrice Wilton also has a new release, so be sure to check out A Change of Heart!

Have a wonderful summer!

Hugs,

Traci

Summer Fun

Hello, friends!

Sorry to have missed last month’s blog post but I was beat after the wedding and multiple deadlines. June is going to be a slower-paced month, lol. Wedding, accomplished, and deadlines met. Whew!

Frost Museum Miami

Yesterday I celebrated my birthday with Bri and Ceci, and we did something brand new to all of us—the Frost Museum in Miami is incredible and has a three-story indoor aquarium with sharks, a giant turtle, and all kids of fish. I love seahorses and jellyfish and we got to admire both up close. We were in a planetarium and saw a short film on earth narrated by Liam Neeson. But the coolest was totally by chance that there was a Sherlock Holmes exhibit.

https://www.frostscience.org/

Now, they had actual letters written by Arthur Conan Doyle on display before he hit the big time. In 1887, he was a physician wanting to earn money with his writing. A Study in Scarlet is his debut with Sherlock and the letter to the editor is one where he says he will take any sum for the piece as he just wants to publish it.

He was just like any newbie writer wanting to make his way and now, over a hundred plus years later, Sherlock is the most recognizable fictional detective ever. He still is portrayed to this day. I was a big fan of the series, Elementary with Lucy Liu and Johnny Lee Miller. And honestly, I loved the movie Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. It was inspiring to get a glimpse of Arthur Conan Doyle’s beginnings—just like us, he had a dream. Don’t give up!!

These days I am writing more mystery than romance, though I do at least one By the Sea a year to add to my series. Just One Kiss is a sweet romance that I wrote for Entangled, and it will be on sale July 5th for only 99 cents.  This year I will be writing another Christmas romance that takes place on the West Coast. The cool ocean fog is conducive to snuggling! It will be on sale in a new Unforgettable boxed set, which has to be the best value out there for a romance reader.

https://www.amazon.com/Just-One-Kiss-Traci-Hall-ebook/dp/B08QGK3KQP

I plan on doing some relaxing and reading this summer myself—how about you? Share in the comments your summer plans! I will be in San Diego for a few weeks with my daughter and granddaughter. Reading, relaxing, repeat.

Xoxo

Traci

Spinning Plates

Authors’ Billboard Blog Traci Hall April 6, 2022

Spinning plates? Try adding a wedding!

Eric Brenn—famous for plate spinning, on the Ed Sullivan Show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb6NS_F5xTE

So, watching this video totally stresses me out LOL—and I get completely why we say, life is like spinning plates. We are all trying our best to keep things moving and not let anything fall. You know, so it doesn’t break.

Thank you, Sheryl McGavin, for this blog topic, which really got me thinking. Every one of us is unique and will have different priorities. It seems like this year has started off at super speed—probably because the last two years have been…a slower pace. Now all of sudden we have doctor’s appointments we might have let slide, or the dentist, or, like me, the optometrist. My last appointment was FOUR years ago, and the doctor was a little put out. Hey—my eyes are healthy and my prescription didn’t change.

In addition to the PANDEMIC plate, and the looming fear of WWW THREE plate that we all share, I have book contracts (thank you, thank you!) editing projects, oh, and a freaking wedding. This is where my eye twitches. I figured, go to a nice venue and everything will take care of itself. The wedding is very small because of the Pandemic plate, but we also still wanted to have a celebration because of the other major plate—as in, life is short, eat cake. Now I am completely mixing my metaphors.

So. Beach wedding—gorgeous outdoor views. Just found out that the airshow will be that weekend.  That is not a plate I had planned on spinning. I am questioning my dress. I didn’t want white but hoped for something in periwinkle, but it’s more a stormy shade. I have vacillated on an arch—not wanting to detract from the beautiful ocean and sand dunes. What if people think we didn’t decorate enough? And flowers? I know what I want, but because I used to be a florist, I want to do it myself. Simple and easy vibe however, there is only so much time.

I worry that the guests will be bored. Palm to forehead—no, or I might drop a damn plate.

We are not having a traditional wedding—we didn’t want one. We are celebrating with family and doing it low-key. Yet no matter how many times I say low-key, we still need to hire a photographer—actually, that plate can be put down gently—Christopher booked that last night. Cake, check—the place cards are in the mail. I didn’t realize that I should have included a meal card in the invitation, so I have to call everyone to get their meal choice. Spin, spin, spin.

Hair? Nails? Grooming appointment to get rid of third eyebrow? And, taxes are due. I can’t even think about that until after April 15th. Marriage license at the courthouse. That’s a biggie.

This reminds me of a book I wrote, Forever by the Sea…I loved that story, and Sinead and Christian—in love since kindergarten, but had the hardest time making it down the aisle. Yes, challenges make us stronger, lalalalala… https://www.amazon.com/Forever-Sea-Contemporary-Traci-Hall-ebook/dp/B01LFM01ZU

Unforgettable Lovers

Oh yeah—we need to write our vows. Christopher is just as crazy busy as I am between turning in copy edits for The Chamber, out in September, and the new Amazon ad product he’s launching. We’ve even given up our Sundays off, for half days. We are completely out of balance, but plan a nice honeymoon in September. Yes. September.

My advice to myself, and to anyone who might need to hear this—

Are your plates spinning out of control???

Let them fall, and make mosaic art.

If you haven’t had a chance to read Forever by the Sea, you should check it out—it’s fun, and they get their happy ever after in the end!! It’s included in the Unforgettable Weddings boxed set with other amazing authors.

Happy spring, friends,

Traci