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

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

Family February

Traci Hall Blog ABB March 6

Topic of the day? Family!

So, I’m pretty good about blogging but I missed my post in February! I am going to include photos to show what I was up to.

Mom and Destini

We call my grandmother GiGi because we have so many grandmas in our family. She turned 93 in January, so Christopher and I wanted to visit her. She challenged us to an epic Scrabble game. How could we say no? I think we each won a game.

Pazia did great on the flight there without making a peep, and was comfortable enough with us on the way home to be a bit more restless but all in all, she traveled well. We discovered that she is probably a chihuahua Italian greyhound mix called an Italian greyhuahua. Yes, it’s a thing! Her ears and legs, and speed around my mom’s backyard, were the perfect giveaway.

It snowed when we arrived, making Spokane so pretty! Pazia loved it. Christopher and I did too—and, it melted within two days, so it was great. We visited with my cousin, and my aunt and uncle, and SIL, and niece. Ella has gotten so tall! Aunt Karyn makes the best strawberry jam.

Kennedi eating her first ice cream cone

Family is so important, so even though Christopher and I had just gotten back from Mom’s, I was on a plane a few days later to San Diego, to help Destini. She’d just come in from deployment and missed seeing Kennedi. Mom and I were thrilled to help. One of the best perks of being a writer, is that I can do it from anywhere, so, I did. Mom would play with Kennedi while I got some work done and Des was able be at her job, and see Kennedi. Win, win! This was Kennedi’s first ice cream cone lol. She didn’t know you could eat the cone part.

Kennedi with True

Family dynamics can be challenging but at the end of the day, who else can you count on? Love comes in many forms and family ties are the strongest. In Christmas on Misty Beach, my hero and heroine rely on their families too!

Christmas is still going strong for readers lol

Thank you so much for reading,

Traci

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

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