Hi, I’m Traci Hall and I write contemporary romance by the sea. I’m drawn to the ocean, probably because I was born in the Pacific Northwest—the sand, the sun, the breeze, everything about it is an instant pick me up. So, when I thought about what I wanted to write when it came to my new romance series, I wanted to make sure that it happened there. In the By the Sea series I’ve created characters that are just like you and me; real people who had bumps in the road, but they found the courage to love again. I hope you have as much fun reading the books as I did writing them.
Celia Langford lost her perfect life in the ultimate betrayal—not only was her late husband a cheat, he left her with a mountain of debt and no self-confidence. She poured her grief into cooking, determined to start new and heal by the sea. She meets Dax Smith, local dive shop owner, and pure-bred South Florida native. The wrong city girl left a bad taste in his mouth, so he’s stayed clear of all matters of the heart. His father is ill, her business is not going as planned. But their uncontrollable attraction toward one another makes anything seem possible.
Hawaiian born Karma Aneko, high-end divorce attorney, is pulled from the ocean just before drowning. Officer Joe Porter is on his third transfer since an undercover drug bust nearly killed him. A hero even when off-duty, Joe fishes the woman from the angry waves, knowing he’s caught trouble as soon as she spews salt water all over him. She never planned on being so close to the sea again, but Joe challenges her to take another look at her tormented childhood from within the safe circle of his arms. She is strong enough to accept his past while seeing the man he’s become. Their undeniable attraction overcomes logic, daring them to believe in love at first touch.
Sarah Murphy champions the underdog in her shelter by the sea, fighting against designer puppy mills and greedy breeders. Franco de Silva is a wealthy single dad looking for a place to heal. He invests in a puppy store, which comes with Sarah, a blonde animal control officer hell bent on shutting him down. Sarah sees suave and entitled Franco as everything she despises in a man. It’s only through his daughter that she discovers who he really is. His generous nature dares her to reach for her dreams while Franco realizes that Sarah’s genuine heart is what he and his daughter need most.
After personal tragedy, Captain Jolie Gordon takes charge of the Masquerade, a fishing boat turned pleasure-cruiser. She has only the summer to make enough money to buy an engine and can’t afford any distractions—like her new bartender, Heath Hamilton. An angry ex-ski instructor, Heath has lost his future hopes, due to an accident on the slopes. Jolie recognizes Heath as a kindred spirit, forced to rebuild after circumstances out of his control. They spend the steamy South Florida summer daring to love again, but for how long?
Professional video blogger Teagan Becker comes home for the holiday to save the family bakery—with no plans to stay in South Florida. She blisters in the sun. Beach lover Riley McSorley, fourth grade music teacher, wants a white picket fence by the sea. Opposites attract in this sugary, hot romance. Will they learn to compromise and make their differences work, or will their relationship crumble?
Al Cooper has always played by his own rules, which has family friend Darcy Smith confused as she realizes the rules have changed. Since when did her older brother’s best friend make her shiver with desire? Al’s hot gaze has practical Darcy throwing common sense to the wind. Right or wrong, they are meant to be together.
Celebrity dancer Armand Vargas wants to turn fame into fortune, but can he trust his ex-dancing partner, Zamira, who has her sights on a different prize—him? She’s broken his heart before, leaving for another. Should he give her a second chance and realize the dance is only as important as the partner in your arms?
Sinead Monroe and Christian Sharp have been in love since kindergarten. They are soul mates, kindred spirits who are now ready for marriage. They have planned the wedding of the year and things get worse from there. One unfortunate event begets another as wedding after wedding is cancelled. Will the ceremony they both want so much be the end of their relationship—or will the trials create a love to last forever?
Librarian/waitress Tamsyn Lee is all about accepting change, while Evan Hawke must do everything just the same in order to find his muse. He hopes the seaside grill he wrote his first mystery masterpiece in will kick-start his third book before his publisher drops him. Tamsyn has zero tolerance for divas, but she’s read Evan’s novel and knows he has the talent. Besides, helping him takes the focus off of spending Christmas without her family. Evan realizes he needs a miracle—could feisty Tamsyn be an angel in sneakers and a ponytail?
Captain Brayden Hamilton nearly died in Mosul, now his married life is under fire. He offers his wife, Zoe, a divorce to protect her from wounds he has yet to divulge. When she finds out, she’s furious, and hurt—she knew what she was getting into when she married a man in the military. Can these two mend the injuries from more than one kind of war and have their love triumph in the end?
Jaded property investor Leif Hendricks meets sweet single mom Evelyn Banner, florist. Leif wants to buy up the flower shop where Evelyn works and tear the building down for a super-sized indoor sports arena. Evelyn needs her job to pay her mortgage and put groceries on the table. She doesn’t trust the too-handsome, too-rich Leif. For good reason. He’s used to getting whatever he wants, but this time, he’s met a woman who offers something money can’t buy and makes him rethink what is really important in life.
Michael washes up on the beach with no memory of how he got there and awakes to find an angel trying to steal his watch. Marina owner Maggie Kohl has lived her life on the ocean but this is the first time she’s found a naked man in the surf. She and her sisters soon discover that their handsome catch of the day is the believed-drowned billionaire software developer Michael Livingston, who asks them to keep his identity secret until more of his memories return. Discovering he’d been drugged, Maggie and Michael work together to find out who is behind the attack, and in the process, discover the riches of love.
Dillon Bakersfield spots Crysta Jones at an outdoor venue on a sultry spring night and is powerless against her seductive smile. Crysta is equally entranced and the two join together as if drawn by love’s flame.
Career-minded and determinedly single, they indulge their passions and go their separate ways. However, the consequences of their lovemaking force Crysta to rethink her life’s ambition. She doesn’t want to thrust the burden of parenthood on Dillon. He’s a good man, and she knows he will be responsible—but she longs for a man who wants to be a father. Can a birthday wish bring a Christmas miracle?
Lucia Constantine learned at an early age how to run from anything touchy-feely. To say she had a troubled childhood was akin to calling the ocean wet. She’s learned to forgive her past through therapy and her art, but has yet to commit to a relationship. Until she meets Ronan O’Neill, who comes from a family rooted deep in tradition – and love. Is she too scarred to accept his proposal, or will she tell him to take back his ring, and his heart?
Special Forces Soldier Mark Livingston died in Syria—or so the world thought. When his billionaire brother, Michael, is believed lost at sea, Mark returns from the dead to find out the truth. On his mission, he meets marina owner, and triplet, Madeleine Kohl, who sees beyond his disguise. As the lovers grow closer to unraveling the mystery behind Michael’s disappearance, Mark and Mad find themselves fighting for their lives as well as their love.
One year ago, widowed Harper Philips closed her eyes and stuck her finger on the map to escape another holiday in grief—she landed in South Florida where she met a handsome stranger on the beach beneath the stars. Agreeing to no names, they spend an intimate night so powerful neither can forget.
Jacob Orman credits his Christmas Angel for the courage to put all his worldly goods on the line to turn job loss into an entrepreneurial opportunity. They’d agreed to be strangers—but, if they wanted, they could meet again at the bench by the sea in exactly one year.
Sometimes magic fades in the light of day. What if the memory of the person from a year ago can’t measure up to the reality? How could those feelings actually be love?