Author Traci Wooden-Carlise Tells it Like it is!

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On May 2nd Author Traci Wooden-Carlisle is releasing another of the books in the new and exciting multi-author branded series based in Chandler County Kentucky.  Her book is entitled Missing Destiny.

I asked Traci to introduce her favorite character to me and her reading audience. I’m thankful she did and I’m excited to introduce him to you. As you may know by now, Chandler County is a romantic suspense series. So I asked Traci to tell it like it is! Thanks, Traci for stopping by and sharing.

TWC: My favorite character is Robin ‘Zach’ Mobley, aka, Zach and here’s why!

Zach has so many layers and is wonderfully complex. At 37, he has convinced himself that he has lived the best of his life already and now only seeks contentment. His love for God and nature give him a peace he is content to live with for the rest of his life.  I love that I come into his story before he’s ready to love again. The struggle is bittersweet.

ST: What is Zach’s most noticeable characteristic?

TWC: Everyone knows about Zach and his family, but no one really knows him because he keeps people at a distance. He is cordial and willing to help when asked, but otherwise, he remains on the sidelines looking for ways to become invisible. He’s aloof.

ST: What quality does Zach like most in the opposite sex?

TWC: Zach’s Kryptonite (he would call it that) is a highly intellectual woman with a love for animals.

 ST: If Zach could change one thing about him/herself, what would it be and why?

TWC: If he could go back in time and warn himself about working too much and planning for a future that may not come to pass he would.

 ST: Where and when was Zach the happiest?

TWC: For Zach, this answer is a bit of a conundrum. He could say he was happiest before his wife and child died, but today he also sees that he practically worked through his life and visited his wife and child on the side. Now, the work that he does feeds his soul which leaves him feeling content. It’s the strongest emotion he wants to feel.

 ST: What personality trait does Zach admire most in a friend?

TWC: Zach likes the fact that he and Jeff Davies can be in each other’s presence for a half an hour or more without talking. His company was comfortable.

 ST: What is Zach’s biggest regret?

TWC: He regrets that he didn’t take the time to enjoy his family while he could.

 ST: What is Zach’s favorite motto or expression?

TWC: “Contentment is a goal worth pursuing”.

 ST: What is Zach’s greatest extravagance?

TWC: Zach’s greatest extravagance is his horse Fallyn, a 17-year-old Morgan with a great deal of spirit.

ST: What  does Zach like/enjoy/dislike most about Chandler County?

TWC: Zach likes the fact that very little in Chandler reminds him of his life in New York. He really enjoys going for a ride on Fallyn to the ridge overlooking the ranch at sunset. He dislikes the fact that everyone knows about his life because it’s such a small town, but he is grateful no one has approached him about it.

 I feel as though I know Zach and can’t wait to read more about his destiny and where it leads in Missing Destiny.


 Shauna Nathan has a stalker so leaving her orderly and predictable life for a while is imperative to her safety and her family’s peace of mind. She’s established in her field of chemical engineering and resents what she considers this pause in her life while her father’s security firm finds the man that has been making her life a living hell. Given no choice but to leave town, she visits a college friend in Chandlerville hoping it is the last place the man who’s been following her will look.

 Zach Mobley grew up in Bourbonville with one goal; to leave the town and the stigma of his childhood behind. He was tired of the sympathetic looks some of the town people gave him after his mother left, and the knowing looks the rest gave him when his dad took to drinking.

He moved to New York, had a successful career in finance, a beautiful wife and daughter one day and the next it was all gone. He came back to Chandlerville to come to terms with his loss and find a modicum of peace as a ranch hand- turned therapist at Murphy’s Equestrian Therapy Center. He’s learned to be content living alone until Shauna walks in his life and makes him want more.

 The battle of wills begin as these two very independent-minded people fight against their attraction for one another, but when Shauna’s stalker arrives in town Zach is introduced to the more fragile side of his strong-willed client.

Will he lower his defenses enough to risk heartbreak again or will he hold onto the sense of peace he’s worked so hard to regain?

Be the first to grab a copy! PRE-ORDER AT: AMAZON 

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Traci Wooden-Carlisle began writing poetry and short stories as soon as she was able to form words on paper. She used that as a way to creating worlds, as well as, to communicate with God. A native of Los Angeles, California, she grew up attending United Methodist Church under the leadership of a pastor whose heart was for youth. Once she finished college at she found herself at a loss. She felt caught in the transition between childhood and adulthood. She surrounded herself with saints and volunteered her services as a graphic artist. Through the early-morning prayer, all night Friday prayer and 3-day shut-ins she started on her journey toward her most desired gift, an intimate relationship with God.

Today, Mrs. Wooden-Carlisle lives in San Diego with her husband, David Carlisle. When she isn’t writing, she teaches fitness classes and runs a jewelry and craft business.

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#Contemporary Christian Ficiton #Romance #Romantic Suspense #African-American Christian Fiction #Equine Therapy


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