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Merry Christmas and Happy 2017 from Our House to Yours!
~ Ring the bells, ring the bells, let the whole world know
Christ was born in Bethlehem, many years ago ~
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Alfred Tennyson - Christmas & New Year Bells
Winds of Hope
You might remember that Winds of Change, the third book in the Winds/Kate Neilson Series, released last summer, but you may not know I'm working on a prequel novella titled Winds of Hope. I'm excited to share that story with you, but for now, here's a teaser.
The prison gate clanged shut behind Kate Neilson, the sound as loud and harsh in her ears as coupling train cars. She’d heard that clatter of metal against metal hundreds of times during her five years of incarceration. Yet with each slam, her stomach lurched and her shoulders jerked. Try as she might to steel herself against the jarring crash, she couldn’t help but twitch like a startled bird.
For the first time, Kate stood on the visitor side of the barred gate that separated the reception area from the wide fluorescent-lit hallway leading to the cellblocks. She still had to walk out the front door of the building and through the fence that surrounded Patterson State Penitentiary, but she’d crossed the final interior barrier
Winds of Change
Despite the tough subject matter in Winds of Change, I've received great response. I especially appreciate the sweet jail librarian who tells me my Winds books are favorites with her clientele because they can relate to much of what the characters experience. Here are a few more reactions:
This is my first Kate Nielsen read, but I loved it. I laughed, I cried and I couldn't put it down. It's full of suspense as well as heartbreaking information about sex trafficking. I have to go back and get the first two in the series. Thank you, Ms. Lyles; it was a great read. M. Rose
Loved the series! Sad it has come to an end. Can't wait to see what the author writes next. You won't be disappointed. Amazon Customer
A very enjoyable read with plenty of action and love interest. M. Fisher
I read Becky's new book one night this week. I didn't want to put it down!
Best one yet. J. Stoddard
Powerful Conclusion to the Kate Neilson Series - Intense page-turner. Opened my eyes to the cruelty and terror of human trafficking that is going on around us and throughout the world today. Showed the power of love, faith and hope to survive and overcome the worst of circumstances. Very well written. S. Bower
I return to Donna's Seasons of Prayeragain and again, but she's better known for her mysteries, some of them contemporary, some historical. Donna is not only an Idaho native, she's a super-sweet lady and an amazingly prolific author with a huge array of books to her credit.
On my reading list for 2017 is her epic historical novel, Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England. I've heard rave reviews and need to get up the courage to tackle her longest book. Check out Donna's Amazon author page.
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WIN a Print Copy of Winds of Freedom Here!
Enter the WINDS OF FREEDOM Goodread's Giveaway before the the end of the month (and the year!) to maybe, just maybe, win a free print version of the second book in the Kate Neilson Series.
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One Last Thought...Let Me Tell Me A Story
If you haven't had a chance to hear the fun podcast Steve and I host called
Let Me Tell You a Story, give it a try. You'll find a variety of authors and topics there, including a couple Christmas-themed episodes this month. We're always looking for new material to read to our listening audience, so please feel free to submit family friendly short stories, book excerpts, poems, essays, jokes and funny kid sayings to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Praise Him who comes,
our King, our Counselor,
Bringing joy, this silent night,
this holy night.
From Seasons of Prayer by Donna Fletcher Crow
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Merry Christmas &
Happy Reading to All,
Hiking, camping, gardening and finishing WINDS OF CHANGE kept me hopping this summer. How about you? What adventures did you have?
Did you read any good books? My friend Val Gray introduced me to Charles Martin's novels a while back and he's become one of my favorite authors. I just finished his debut novel, The Dead Don't Dance, and found it to be just as heartrending and heartwarming as his other stories. You might like it, too. :-)
Just a quick note on this last day of August to let you know Winds of Change is available in print and can be ordered through Amazon. You should be able to order from your local bookstore within a couple weeks. Click the below link for an instant preview.
Here are a few of the kind comments I've received from readers.
Just finished it, couldn't put it down! I really enjoyed it. Gail Harmon
I read the third one on the way to Wyoming, it was riveting (and nerve wracking)!
Once I read the first few pages I couldn't put the book down. Eva Marie Beisner
This is my first Kate Nielsen read, but I loved it. I laughed, I cried and I couldn't put it down. It's full of suspense as well as heartbreaking information about sex trafficking. I have to go back and get the first two in the series. Thank you, Ms. Lyles; it was a great read.
What a whirlwind of emotions and events! Rebecca Carey Lyles newest book, Winds Of Change is wonderful. It definitely keeps your attention. I enjoyed it immensely. You will definitely want to read the books 1 and 2 of the series first. You can just see the characters grow and mature as the story unfolds. The Kate Neilson Series is full of second chances, new beginnings, sacrifice and love. Sit back and enjoy some great reading. Pat Cory
Earlier this month, we had a drawing at a local book event for a gift copy of Winds of Change. Congratulations to the winner, CJ Crisman! The book will be in your hands soon. Now, it’s time for a nationwide contest. For a chance to win an autographed print copy of Winds of Change, send an email by midnight, September 5th to email@example.com.
In case you’re wondering what’s next on my writing calendar, I’m currently working on a prequel to the Kate Neilson Series titled Winds of Hope. My goal is to finish it this fall and begin the research for the next fiction series, which will feature life in a religious cult. I have a feeling the research will be fascinating but possibly as painful as the trafficking research. If you happen to think about the project, please pray for me. Thank you!
Enjoy the final days of summer sunshine.
July 2016: I Say Comin' Round the Mountain...
when she comes because writing Winds of Change has been a much longer journey than I expected. I feel like I've climbed over the mountain, not just circled around it. But thanks to wonderful critique partners, great advisers and a gracious team of beta readers, I was finally able to type "The End," hallelujah!
I hope you're as happy as I am that Winds of Change is ready for your reading pleasure. Just so you know what to expect, here's a hint as to what you'll find between the covers.
Would you sacrifice your marriage to save a child's life?
Kate Neilson Duncan discovers new purpose for her life when she and her mother-in-law, Laura Duncan, open a home on their Wyoming guest ranch for young trafficking victims. But her husband, Mike Duncan, insists the endless hours Kate spends at the children’s home threaten their marriage. Following an argument with Mike, Kate treats three of the kids to an outing—where the unimaginable happens. If Kate and the children survive, can she and Mike recover what they’ve lost?
WINDS OF CHANGE is the third novel in the Kate Neilson romantic suspense series. If you enjoy engaging characters, vivid locations and high-octane action, you’ll love this final venture with Kate Neilson Duncan and her Whispering Pines family and friends.
Christmas newsletter 2015
What if I told you...
this will be your best Christmas ever and 2016 will be your best year ever? Although I can't make such predictions, I pray for God’s very best for you and yours. From experience, I know that walking with the Christ of the Manger, the Cross and the Empty Tomb guarantees us his love, mercy, peace, provision, power and so much more (today, tomorrow and forever).
What if I told you…
you can enhance your Christmas cheer by listening to “Let Me Tell You a Story” Christmas podcasts at beckylyles.com/podcast? Steve and I enjoy reading stories by authors near and far as well as bits and pieces of our own writings. Have you written something you’d like us to consider for the podcast? Write us:firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I told you…
Idaho is beautiful in the winter...and all year round? You’d believe me, right? If only our living room ceiling was high enough for one of these trees. I’m sure Steve would think of a way to cart it home. :-)
What if told you…
I finally finished writing Winds of Change? Yes, the third novel in the Winds Series is done, thank God! I’m currently working through the edits provided by the amazing Mr. Chris White at CP White Media. Winds of Change won’t be available for your Christmas shopping, but I’m happy to say it should roll off the presses soon.
In the meantime, you can enter a Goodreads Giveaway for a copy of On a Wing and a Prayer: Stories from Freedom Fellowship, a Prison Ministry (click button below). The Wing and a Prayer ebook along with Winds of Wyoming,Winds of Freedom, It’s a God Thing! and Passageways ebooks are selling on Amazon for $.99 until January 16, 2016. Those of you who use eReaders other than Kindle, please let me know and I’ll arrange discounts for your devices.
What if I told you…
I post uplifting Bible verses on Facebook, Twitter and in texts several times a week? After 100+ Who is God? posts, I recently added Who is Jesus? and Who is the Holy Spirit? If you’re not my Facebook pal and you could use some encouragement, please “friend” me. Or email me your phone number email@example.com. I’d love to share scripture nuggets with you.
My purpose in posting treasures from God’s Word is to remind us all that no matter how out-of-control our world appears, God is still the Master of the Universe. His love and power never waiver, shrink or shatter. Jesus remains our Savior for eternity and the Holy Spirit daily penetrates Planet Earth’s dark shroud with Light and Life.
“The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in
the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Matthew 4:16 (NIV)
What I wish for you...
May you know the Joy of Jesus this Christmas Season
and throughout the New Year
July 2015 - Fun Stuff Happenin'
Hello and Happy Summer!
I promised not to flood your inboxes with newsletters…and apparently I kept that promise. Looks like I haven’t sent a newsletter since December 2014. Hope you’ve had a great first half of 2015 and you’re ready to read some good news, including updates about opportunities for freebies.
Have you listened to the podcast my hubby, Steve, and I host? Although we’re far from professional broadcasters, we have a lot of fun reading poems, quotes, jokes, essays and stories of all kinds on “Let Me Tell You a Story.” And our listeners seem to enjoy the variety we offer. Stats show more and more downloads every day. Check us out! beckylyles.com/podcast
Fans of the “Winds” books will be happy to know I’ve completed a rough draft of “Winds of Change,” the third novel in the Kate Neilson series. “Change” may prove to be even more suspense-filled than the previous two. Here’s a sample from early in the story…today’s version, that is. Every word is subject to change at this stage of the game.
Sample from next book - Winds of Change
Clint lifted a coiled rope off the dummy calf he’d made for the rodeo event by tacking a sun-bleached steer skull to one end of a wooden sawhorse. A frayed piece of twine served as a tail on the other end. He lifted the rope in the air, and the crowd quieted.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” he announced, “I’m proud to present our one and only contestant in the calf-roping event this afternoon, Billy the Kid.”
The onlookers applauded, but five-year-old Tiemo pushed his hat brim up and stared at Clint. “N-n-not my n-name, M-mister Clint.”
“Oh, I see.” Clint turned to those outside the rails. “Excuse me, ladies and gentlemen. Wrong cowboy.” He slipped the coil onto his shoulder, spread both arms wide and shouted, “The Whispering Pines rodeo welcomes Wild Bill Hickok to our arena today.”
Again, hoots and hollers.
This time, Tiemo placed his hands on his hips and jutted his jaw. “N-no. N-not that g-guy.”
“Oops…” Clint shrugged and held out his palms. “Give me one more try, okay?”
Squinting against the sunshine, the little boy studied the stocky cowboy. Finally, he offered a solemn nod.
Clint took a long breath, surveyed the audience from one side of the horse pen to the other, and called out, “What a privilege to have such a famous cowboy take time from a busy touring schedule to make a guest appearance at our Wyoming competition. Everyone, please welcome Calamity Jane with a hearty round of applause.”
The crowd burst into laughter.
Tiemo’s eyebrows puckered. He glanced from Clint to their audience and back to Clint.
Before he could say anything, Amy Iverson, Clint’s girlfriend and Kate's best friend from prison days, yelled from the far side of the corral, “Hey, Clint, I didn’t grow up in the West, but even I know Calamity Jane was a girl.”
Laura murmured, “I’m not sure how much more Tiemo can take.”
Kate nodded. She had the same concern. Like the others who resided at Freedom House, the home she and Laura had created for children Kate helped rescue from a Texas brothel, Tiemo was sometimes overwhelmed by Clint’s teasing.
So, there you have it, a hint at the happenings in “Winds of Change.” I know…the above isn’t terribly suspenseful. Just hold your hats—there’s more to come. :-)
And now to the freebies. We have something for everyone in this giveaway mix.
• Wonderful Wyoming photo contest! Send your Wyoming travel photos taken this summer, or any summer, to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll post my top three favorites (and maybe more!) on my website (beckylyles.com) and give those photographers one of my books, their choice. Contest runs from July 1st through August 31st.
• “Passageways” Goodreads Giveaway. The contest for the short story
compilation written by Lisa Hess, Val Gray, Peter Leavell and yours truly runs
from July 5th through July 31st. To enter, click the Goodreads button to the right.
We’ll also lower the Amazon ebook price to $.99 during that same time period.
• “Winds of Freedom” audiobook. Listen while you travel, or plug in by the
pool. The first three people who’ve never before won one of my contests and who contact me at email@example.com will receive a link to download the “Winds of Freedom audiobook, which was beautifully read by our beautiful daughter-in-law, Jessica Lyles, and expertly engineered by our handsome son, Toby Lyles. (FYI, their children are adorable, too!)
• “Winds of Freedom” print books. I have quite a few on hand at the moment and would be pleased to send free copies to the first three individuals who, once again, haven’t won any of my books before and who write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re interested in a discount price (even cheaper than Amazon!) – $10/no shipping charges – email me at the above address.
That’s the news for now, friends. Have a fabulous summer!
December 2014 - Light and Life
This holiday season, I’ve tried to focus on the words of Christmas
carols rather than hum or sing along out of habit. Just to be clear,
I mean lyrics with deeper connotation than those in Frosty
the Snowman or Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.
(Now that I’m a grandma, I find the reindeer song
I’m talking about words like “Hail, the heav’n-born
Prince of Peace! Hail, the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings, ris’n with healing in
His wings. Mild He lays His glory by, born that men
no more may die. Born to raise the sons of earth.
Born to give them second birth.” So many gifts,
so many promises, so much scripture and hope
in those few lines.
Like every Christmas season, I’m struck by certain scriptures. This year, a quote from Jesus’ mother, Mary, after she became pregnant, has resonated within me. “My soul praises the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…for the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.” (Luke 1:46-50 NIV)
Many generations after Mary, I, too, can say, “The Mighty One has done great things for me – and my family, and my friends. So many prayers answered. So much guidance, strength and encouragement provided. Holy is his name. He has been merciful to us.”
This Christmas, take a moment to glory, like Mary did, in the Gift of Jesus. He’s our Prince of Peace, Son of Righteousness, Light, Life, Healer and Savior born to raise our dead, dark souls – and to give us a second birth followed by everlasting life in his brilliant, loving presence.
People walking in darkness have seen a great light. Isaiah 9:2a NIV
Wishing you and yours the merriest Christmas ever!
Hello All – I realize we’re at the tail end of summer, but lots
happened over the warm months that I’d like to tell you about.
First, a fun short-story collection I compiled, edited and published titled Passageways was released as an ebook in early summer and is now available in print. Drop me a note if you’d like me to mail you an autographed copy (email@example.com). The price, including shipping, is $15.00.
FYI, Passageways was a group effort. My
wonderful critique partners, Lisa Michelle Hess,
Valerie D. Gray, and Peter Leavell joined me in
this venture and contributed an amazing variety
of fascinating stories. You’ll enjoy the collection,
I’m excited to introduce my beautiful new website created by Excelle Marcom, LLC. I loved my former website but needed more versatility, and I think the designer did a great job with the makeover. Be sure to check out the Freebies page and send me an email within the next five days to enter a “win a copy of Passageways” contest. Like the last contest, I’ll throw all the names in a hat and have Steve, my sweet hubby and shipping/receiving manager (smile), draw *FIVE WINNERS* and mail autographed books to them.
“So,” you ask, “what’s the next project?” Winds of Change, the third novel in the Kate Neilson Series, following Winds of Wyoming and Winds of Freedom, is in the works. Can’t promise you a publication date, but I’m workin’ on it.
New Audio Book
In case you didn’t know, Winds of Wyoming is available online as an audio book. Winds of Freedom has been recorded and is currently in the editing process. I’ll let you know when it’s online. Audio books are great for those who like to listen to books while driving or exercising or have vision issues that make reading difficult.
New Donation Opportunity
I'm planning to donate a significant percentage of the proceeds from September sales of "Winds of Freedom" (ebook or print) to a local organization that fights human trafficking. If you haven't yet snagged a copy for yourself or a friend, this is a good month to do so.
New Purchase Options
All my books, fiction and nonfiction, are now available as ebooks on several sites and in print on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In addition, I have print copies of some of the books. They can also be ordered through bookstores. Call or write if you’d like to order through me or learn which Treasure Valley bookstores carry my books on their shelves.
For those who’ve read my books (any of them), I’d love for you to write short, honest reviews on Amazon for me. Supposedly 100+ reviews is the magic number to create better visibility for books online and more readers of those books. Something to do with Amazon’s algorithms… At the moment, Winds of Wyoming has 83 reviews, Winds of Freedom has eleven, It’s a God Thing! has three, Passageways has two, and On a Wing and a Prayer has zero. Please help me bump up the books, and I’ll report any resulting “magic.”
Last, but definitely not least, Steve and I started a podcast
we’re calling “Let Me Tell You a Story.” We recorded
three podcasts last winter but then had one technical
difficulty after another, including computer crashes. But all
systems are now go, and the podcasts are available for
your listening pleasure on iTunes as well as here on my
website on the Podcasts page. Although we’re not trained
broadcasters, we trust you’ll enjoy the variety of short
stories, essays, vignettes, poems and jokes we offer
Please send us your ideas for future podcasts and feel free to submit your own work for possible inclusion in a podcast. We read excerpts from books as well as short works and will need either copyright-free material or author permission to read a piece “on air.”
For my author friends, this is another way to promote your books. Give us a call or shoot us an email! Here are links to the podcast:
iTunes: http://alturl.com/9kt24 (or type in “Steve and Becky Lyles podcast” in the search box)
That’s all my news for now. Thanks for joining me in the journey. I’d love to hear from you.
Showing off our daisies
A Christmas Greeting from our grandkids! Listen now
Showing off Our Grandson in His Great-Grandpa's Cowboy Hat
These barns are located in the Sierra Madre Mountains near the fictional location of the Whispering Pines Guest Ranch featured in the "Winds" series.
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