We’re hosting author Traci Wilton, who is really two people, co-authors Traci Hall and Patrice Wilton. This is their fourth visit to the Wickeds blog. Do you think we should have a Five-Timers Club like Saturday Night Live and give out jackets?
Today, we’re celebrating the release of the sixth book in their Salem B and B series, Mrs. Morris and the Pot of Gold, which was released on August 23rd. One lucky commenter below will receive an autographed copy.
Here’s the blurb
Salem, Massachusetts, B&B owner Charlene Morris will need the luck of the Irish—and the help of a ghost—to unveil a hooded killer . . .
Charlene has hired a van to ferry her B&B guests to an all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage dinner hosted by Salem’s Irish community at the Ancient Order of Hibernians club—but she should have booked a hearse. It’s never a good sign when the family black sheep drunkenly crashes a party by punching the guy dressed as a leprechaun. But things go from troublesome to fatal when Charlene stumbles upon a second brawl in an upper room—and this fight Connor Gallagher loses, his anonymous assailant rushing past Charlene, hidden by a hoodie.
Now Detective Sam Holden has another homicide on his hands, with Charlene as the only eyewitness. Even if she can’t give the police sketch artist much to go on, Charlene is determined to ID the murderer, with the help of Dr. Jack Strathmore, the charming ghost who haunts her B&B. The answer lies in the motive, and to uncover that sleuth and spook will need to shine a light on Connor’s shady past—before the killer pulls another Irish goodbye . . .
Take it away, Traci and Patrice!
Traci: Special shout out to Barb, our host!
We would love to chat about…traveling to the location that you are writing about.
Travel, travel, travel! This might seem like a no-brainer, but we actually didn’t go to Salem until after we’d turned in our first book, Mrs. Morris and the Ghost. We both love to travel—in fact, Patrice was a flight attendant before she became a writer.
Thanks to the internet and Google Earth, you can “see” a place now right down to the cars parked on the side streets. There were things we were able to add in Mrs. Morris and the Witch because we had visited by book 2 and understood the scent from the bay, the cobblestone streets, and the love that Salem has for its tourists. I mean, how cool is a city to acknowledge that hey, those girls that were hung weren’t actually witches, but let’s educate you on what really happened! Salem is full of amazing history. We have tried to include a tidbit in each book.
During the research for Mrs. Morris and the Pot of Gold, we discovered that Salem had a lot of Irish immigrants. I don’t know that they were part of a gold heist though, haha. That was definitely our imagination 😊
Besides Salem, we have traveled to Maine for research, to Islamorada several times, to Greece, and we will be in Ormand Beach together in October.
I’ve hogged the word count lol, so let me turn you over to Patrice so she can share what she loves best about visiting a destination!!
Patrice: Hi There! No matter how much online research you’ve done there is nothing like visiting the place with your best friend and writing partner. The world you’re writing about takes on a new dimension, a new flavor is added, and the location becomes brighter, more real, and the more you associate with the locals, the more inspired you become.
Traci and I not only share our passion for writing and entertaining, but we are now Partners in Crime!
Traci: So true, lol. One last thing that really impressed me about Salem was how friendly the locals were and so welcoming. I can’t wait to go back and check out any new restaurants, or maybe get some more lobster at the Hawthorne Hotel! It was yummy and the bar there was gorgeous. We stayed there for two nights, and it was the scene of the crime in Mrs. Morris and the Vampire.
Readers: Has reading a book ever made you want to visit a real place, and if so, where would you like to travel? Answer in the comments or just say “hi” to win an autographed copy of Mrs. Morris and the Pot of Gold.
Traci Wilton is a pseudonym of Traci Hall and Patrice Wilton. Patrice Wilton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty books, some indie-published and some published by Amazon/Montlake. Traci Hall is a hybrid USA Today bestselling author of more than sixty books. Visit them online at www.TraciWilton.com.
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