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?

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 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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Author PJ Fiala Tells it All!

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On April 18th, PJ Fiala is releasing one of the first books in the new and exciting multi-author branded series based in Chandler County Kentucky.  The book is entitled Missing the Point.

I asked PJ 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. Since Chandler County is a romantic suspense series, I asked PJ to tell it like it is! Thank you PJ for stopping by and sharing

PJ: My favorite character is Sam McKenzie and here’s why!

Sam McKenzie is a 6’2” handsome man with dark hair and dark eyes.  He’s even tempered, thoughtful, loves his dog and his family and friends.  He’s served his country in the US Army for more than 25 years.  During that time he was deployed three times, made many friends, learned a lot about many things, especially security and had his heart broken.  Rather than turning into an ass, he set his mind to building a security business with three of his friends and making a nice life for himself.  He just bought his first house, spends his free time remodeling it and tossing the ball for his Belgian Malinois, Ammo.  All of this is why he’s my favorite character.  He’s honorable, forthright, tried and true.  On top of that, he’s smoking hot.  Who wouldn’t love a man like that, right?

 ST: What is Sam’s most noticeable characteristic?

PJ: He has dimples and they are sexy. Tall dark and handsome with dimples. Yum.

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

PJ: He likes a woman who is smart and who is faithful. Honest in her word and deed. Since both he and his best friend, Levi, had past relationships of cheating, it’s the quality that means the most to him.

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

PJ: He admires his friends most when they are honest with him.  A true friend will tell you when you’re making a mistake or going down the wrong path.  It’s hard to do and therefore, he respects those around him the most who will steer him in the right direction.

 ST: What is Sam’s biggest regret?

PJ: Hindsight is always 20/20 isn’t it?  Back when Sam was in the Army, he dated a woman, Brenda, for two years.  She seemed like a straight shooter and she was also in the Army.  They managed to stay together during a base move, which is hard.  There is no guarantee that you can have your significant other move with you when you are re-stationed.  But, the fact that Brenda made some changes to follow Sam made his heart swell.  He thought she was the one.  Then, he found a love note in her ruck sack from a fellow soldier, whom she was also seeing for about as long as she had been with Mac.  He was devastated.  His biggest regret was not seeing the signs that she wasn’t faithful.  It would have saved him a lot of heartache in the end.

 ST: What living person does Sam admire the most?

PJ: That would be his best friend, Levi.  Sam’s father passed away many years ago.  He and Levi went to high school together and then enlisted in the Army together.  They were stationed together for most of that time.  Even when they weren’t stationed together, they maintained contact and saw each other when they could. 

 ST: What is Sam’s most treasured possession?

PJ: Ammo, his dog is his most treasured possession.  He dreamed of having his own home and his own dog while he was schlepping from base to base.  Finally being able to have that home and a pup of his own, he idolizes his furry friend. 

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

PJ: He likes the small town.  He’s from a very small town about two hours south of Bourbonville.  It reminds him of home.  He loves that there is a certain neighborliness to everyone knowing your name.  What he dislikes is the lack of certain amenities.  A fitness center being one of them.

 Sam seems like such a great guy and I can’t to read his story and where he’s heading in Missing the Point.


Sam McKenzie has everything he needs in his professional life.  Bluegrass Security is going strong, he just purchased a home for the first time in his life, he even got himself a dog.  Personally, however, life was a bit unsettled. His growing crush on Stevie Jorgenson was unrequited – he just didn’t know why. She seemed to enjoy spending time with him, he’d caught her staring more than once, but yet, she seemed wary to take it to the next level.

 Stevie Jorgenson had worked her entire life trying to step from the shadow of her wealthy family, including the family horse business. Excelling at the police academy and then making detective in Chandler County had been hard work. Now, her growing attraction to Sam McKenzie was beginning to shade her with its shadow. The trouble was his biggest client was her father’s rival in business and that could make things messy. The other issue was his client was also a dirty dealer and she had to uphold the law.  How can they make it on opposite sides of the track?   

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About the Author:

I am a wife of thirty years, a mother of four grown children and the grandmother of four lovely grandchildren. When not writing a new story, I can be found riding my motorcycle and exploring this fabulous country of ours. My writing revolves around people anyone would love to spend time with. No self-absorbed billionaires for me.

 Earning my Bachelor’s Degree later in life fulfilled a dream for me. Then, I found the courage to write and I haven’t looked back. Currently I have several published works and have collaborated on several box sets, Kindle Worlds and a project in which a fellow author and myself have created a world and are inviting authors to write in this world with us.  I have served as the VP of Communications for WisRWA and devote a large amount of my time helping other authors slog their way through this thing called publishing. I love to hear from fans, so look me up and touch base.

I come from a family of veterans.  My grandfather, father, brother, two of my sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans.  Needless to say, I am proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.

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