I am thrilled and amazed by the attention and positive appraisals The Black Velvet Coat has received. Below are some listings, interviews and articles with a few links included. I invite you to check them out!


Finalist Best New Fiction, 2016 International Book Awards

Writer to Watch, 2016 Friends of San Diego Central Library

Five Books I Highly Recommend, 2016 Jenny Redbug

Thirteen Books to Pair with your Favorite Winter Drink The Reading Room

Curl Up with a Good Book San Francisco Book Review

7 Fall Fiction Reads With Strong Female Leads! BuzzFeed

Top 10 Best New Books of October 2015 The Culturalist

A Success Story Southern California Writer’s Conference



SD Metro Article by Jennifer Coburn, A Writer to Watch

University of San Diego Featured Torero interview, Alumni Best New Fiction

Publishers Weekly article by Nicole Audrey Spector, The Indie Author’s Guide to Hybrid Publishing

The San Diego Union-Tribune article by John Wilkens, A coat, a key and the beginnings of a novel

The Examiner article by Terry Ambrose, Behind the Story of The Black Velvet Coat

La Jolla Village News and Peninsula Beacon, San Diego Community News Group article by Martin Jones Westlin, For Point Loma debut novelist, art imitates life (and vice versa)

eWriters Coach interview with Marni Freedman

San Diego Writers, Ink blog interview with Casey Cromwell



“The Black Velvet Coat has something for everyone looking for a little magic.” Carlene Inspired

Readers looking for a simple story will find charming elements in this blend of mystery and historical fiction.” Library Journal

“The Black Velvet Coat is what literary fiction (and all fiction) should be, and often is not—entertaining.” Jenny Redbug

“A fast and pleasurable read.” Book N Around

“The stories of both women make you root for them and a happy ending.” Books & Life

“This is a great book club selection!” BookGirl

“A fun read filled with romance and intrigue!” Suclart

“It was a page turner that I just couldn’t wait to get back to and yet didn’t want to end. A deeply fulfilling read.” Nancy Lee

“For that friend who’s seen every Hitchcock film a thousand times, this book will bring her a new twist. A modern version of Hitchcock’s Vertigo, this mystical tale is a thriller in its own right.” Bustle

“Ms. Hall has written a most amazing debut novel, and I can’t wait to see what she offers us next.” Book Babble