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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 of 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 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, Mr. Carlisle. She teaches fitness classes, runs a jewelry and craft business, and is currently writing the next installment in her Christian-fiction series.

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My Beauty For Your Ashes (Promises To Zion Book 1)My Beauty For Your Ashes (Promises To Zion Book 1) $1.99

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Four lives connected by one secret. The key to unlocking the answers…forgiveness.

Elder Paige Morganson has come back from the brink of suicide and dealt with most of the anger and pain from her past. Now, she serves as a well-loved minister at her church, and full-time writer and women’s motivational speaker.

As she juggles these roles, she is also artfully dodging her pastor’s attempts at matchmaking. Her world is rocked when a door she thought closed forever opens once again, spilling secrets even she was unaware of.

Elder Brandon Tatum has finally stepped out from under his father’s shadow and is looking forward to what God has in store for his new ministerial career. He has no time for stubborn, golden-eyed beauties who haunt his dreams.

Widower Mason Jenson’s top priority is his daughter, Vivian. When a near-fatal accident jeopardizes her livelihood, his search for a living donor brings him face to face with a beautiful, golden-eyed woman who looks oddly familiar.

Vivian’s grandmother, Victoria Branchett, would also do anything to ensure the health of her granddaughter. But in her mind, Mason Jensen is not to be trusted. Especially since she believes he is to blame for her daughter’s death.

As the years of secrets binding these four together begin to unravel, will they overcome their anger and prejudices to find the peace and love they have long desired?


My Oil Of Joy For Your Mourning (Promises To Zion Book 2)My Oil Of Joy For Your Mourning (Promises To Zion Book 2) $1.99

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Could a long-buried secret give this family back the joy they've lost?
My Oil of Joy For Your Mourning, the second book in the Promises to Zion series will take you to another level of emotion with its gripping storyline that won’t let you go until the characters say so.

Elder Paige Morganson is facing quite a few life-altering decisions. Some of them seem easy and others, not so much, but whichever way she chooses, the path will be filled with twists and turns that will rock the very foundation of her faith, causing her to question her ability to listen to God.

The very God that Victoria Branchett would curse if she could. Victoria’s plans to gain sole custody of her granddaughter, Vivian, are overshadowed by the need to save her marriage and hold on to the only man she has ever truly loved. To do so, she will have to choose between keeping her secrets or him.

Elder Brandon Tatum is fighting for his life, which isn’t anything he hasn’t gone through before, but Paige is something else. Will he have the courage to put all of his cards on the table and do what it takes to keep Paige in his life?

The fog of grief Mason Jenson has lived under for two years is finally lifting and he has his daughter Vivian and Elder Paige to credit his new life to. The real struggle will be in keeping them close. He’s built a life for his family before, can he do it again?

What do you do when your God-given dream comes to life but doesn’t last your lifetime?

***This is not a stand-alone novel. This is the continuation of the story from "My Beauty For Your Ashes". You will want to read this series in order.***


My Garment of Praise for Your Spirit of Heaviness (Promises To Zion Book 3)My Garment of Praise for Your Spirit of Heaviness (Promises To Zion Book 3)$1.99

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The same secret that united their family could be used to destroy them.

It has been a year since Paige, Mason, Brandon and Victoria’s worlds collided. One near-fatal incident, two weddings, and an earth-shattering revelation later, and the lives of these four former strangers are now inextricably bound.

After a year of upheaval, things are finally falling into place for everyone. Victoria’s marriage to Richard is on the mend, and a long-kept secret has given her the family she has always longed for. Brandon's relationship with God has never been stronger, and his marriage to Paige has surpassed his wildest dreams. And, with the support of Brandon and her newfound family members, Paige has stayed grounded throughout a series of life-changing discoveries.

Unfortunately, the family that fought so hard for their happy ending quickly learns they must fight just as hard to keep it.

After losing Paige to Brandon, Mason is determined to move on. However, as Brandon’s health takes a serious turn for the worse, and Grace stirs up fresh trouble in Paige’s life, he is forced to choose between keeping his promise to Brandon and finding happiness with someone new. Meanwhile, when old acquaintances come forward with life-altering revelations, Victoria is left to grapple with a profound choice—forgive, and deepen her faith, or risk losing her hard-won family to the very secrets that brought them together.


Stolen Promises (Promises to Zion Book 4)Stolen Promises (Promises to Zion Book 4) $1.99

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A pawn, a queen, a knight and a promise stolen by secrets.

Grace Melanie has been a pawn in her mother’s machinations all of her life. After years of lies and manipulation, she learned to keep to herself, rejecting offers of friendships and dates in order to keep others from being caught up in her mother’s deceitful web.

Now she finally has a small taste of freedom. With it has come the blessings of friendship--and the responsibility of keeping those friends off her mother’s radar.

And love? That was not in the plans. Until she met the handsome man assigned to take care of her.

The first time Marcus Miller was assigned to watch over the Morganson family, he felt an overwhelming need to protect the girl with the sad golden eyes. When he saw Melanie again four years later, he was awestruck by the beautiful woman she’d become.

Now, he’s been asked to look after her again—only this time, his own heart is at stake.

As he enters her world he can’t shake the feeling that he has just become another player in an elaborate game that no one is supposed to win . . .
But God.

****Though the timeline of Marc and Melanie's story predates My Beauty for Your Ashes, book 1 in the Promises to Zion Series, there are spoilers, so if you have not read My Beauty For Your Ashes yet I would suggest you do so first.****


Promises Fulfilled (Promises to Zion Book 5)Promises Fulfilled (Promises to Zion Book 5) $3.99

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Sometimes you have to let go of what you’ve always wanted to receive what you never could have imagined.

A year and a half ago Paige Morganson’s world went sideways. Within the span of a few months, she learned that everything she’d been told about her life was a lie. Still, she was able to bounce back and forgive those who deceived her with the love of a good man and constant communication with God. Then her world turned upside down. Will she be able to let go of her lost dreams in time to notice the one person standing in the wings?

Mason Jenson has reunited with the one love he can’t do without – God – and he is happier than he has ever been. He has the admiration of his daughter, letters from a most unlikely friend and just maybe a chance to have it all.

Victoria Blanchett has been struggling for years to put the pieces of her family back together. With her husband, Richard by her side and God in her heart she may finally realize her dream.

The closer they all get to one another, the closer they get to discovering the decades-old secret that binds them and has the power to bring them to their knees.

***This is the fifth book in the Promises to Zion series. Since it is a continuation of the story you will want to read the books in this series in order.