Thursday, November 29, 2018

Thankful Author 2018- Traci Wooden Carlisle

This has been a wonderful year. I can look back and note some of my accomplishments, proud moments and unmerited favor and gifts.
I am thankful for my family first and foremost. The hearts, minds, and behaviors of my family members make getting together now like going to Disneyland when I was young. Do you remember experiencing a particular moment or anxiously expecting a trip that made you happy to be who you were at that time? I feel that way every time I get to spend time with my family and it is a treasured blessing.
Some of the pieces to the puzzle of my writing career came together towards the middle of the year allowing me to gain a steady income from book sales. Part of the glee in me is the income that will definitely help but more than that is the validation that people find value, help, joy, and entertainment in what I write.
It all makes me extremely thankful for the gifts God has given me and makes me want to lean on Him even more. I’m even more motivated to hear how He wishes me to bless the next person I meet physically, virtually or through a book He uses me to write just to talk to them.
I am indeed blessed and thankful for it.

Missing the Gift (A Chandler County Novel 3) 
Genre: Christian Romance Suspense 

Her life depends on her ability to hide her identity.
Loving him may cost her everything. 


Eight years ago she was left for dead and Maddison Baer gained a life. It wasn’t her real life, but it was more than she’d had before. Pretending to care about her looks and social lifestyle was sometimes more exhausting than fun. Lying to her only real friend was hard, but if it kept her safe, she could do it.

Then there was Ryan Gramble. A man that made Maddison speechless.

Ryan has spent years running from one challenge to another. He’s come to Chandler County to face and deal with his previous traumas and come from under his family’s overprotective wing. He has used his love for horses as a way to treat himself and others with equine therapy. He prides himself on his ability to read people.
Still, he isn’t ready for Dr. Maddison Baer, with that beautiful face and those disturbingly familiar eyes…that lie.

Their attraction is instantaneous, but neither is willing to pursue what they believe is an ill-fated relationship. That is, until danger comes perilously close to Maddison and she is forced to seek refuge amongst the lights and glitter of Chandler County at Christmas. As the threat looms Ryan steps up to keep Maddison safe only to find that they are in danger of falling for one another. 

Will they give in and accept the gift they’ve been denying themselves?

This inspirational interracial romantic suspense is part of the Chandler County multi-author branded series. This standalone is my third book in this series. 

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Ebook price: $2.99 

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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  1. Congratulations on your many blessings and achievements. Continue to give God all the glory and honor and you'll always come out on top :)

    1. Thank you. He is the gift giver. He is the life sustainer and the lover of my soul.

  2. A beautiful post, Traci. Wishing you all the best!

  3. You have a great many things for which to be fortunate. Thank you for sharing.