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Welcome to my newsletter!


(See prior issues from 2014 - 2019 below)



Merry, Merry Christmas to You & Yours!

The Word became flesh and took up residence among us.
We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son
from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (HCSB).


Wondering what to give your little &
not-so-little ones for Christmas?


Great Books by Great Friends



Ryan and Michelle Netten's fun, colorful Cheer e-Books
can be found here and on






Steve read Angela Ruth Strong's Fun 4 Hire Series to our
grandchildren a couple years ago. They laughed and laughed
and loved the stories. All four books can be purchased through
publisher and on Amazon.




Your Teens Will Love These Books (and so will you!)


Click the these covers to learn more about these entertaining,
thought-provoking novels.



And here is another series our grandchildren love ~ lots of humor!
Check out Paul Regnier's Space Drifters Series by clicking the graphic.
The link will take you to Book One, The Emerald Enigma.



Prisoners of Hope Series Update


Shattered Dream and Tangled Truth, the first two books in the Prisoners of Hope Series, are now available in electronic and print formats. Book three, Hidden Path, is finished and in the hands of proofreaders. I don't yet have a cover to show you, but from what I've seen so far, it'll be another beauty. If all goes well, I'm hoping to release Hidden Path no later than December 31.

   Thanks to those of you who've prayed about the series and encouraged and helped me along the way. I couldn't have done it without you!


               Have a Wonderful Christmas Celebration!



Prisoners of Hope Series

Book One - Shattered Dream


Thank you for your encouragement, prayers and assistance in helping me bring Shattered Dream to fruition...finally. So many of you have supported me through this crazy challenge, and I am grateful. Just wanted you to know the eBook version is now available for pre-order before the October 20 release at a special discounted price of $2.99. Grab your copy HERE. The price won’t stay low for long.


In case you prefer print or would like to give a print copy as a gift, that version will be coming along soon. Can’t tell you exactly when, but soon. And audio? Maybe someday. 😊


Once you read Shattered Dream, you’ll likely be anxious to dive into the next book in the PRISONERS OF HOPE SERIES—Tangled Truth. You won’t have to wait long. Tangled Truth is scheduled to release a month after Shattered Dream. And then, you’ll of course want to read the third…


Also, in celebration of this long-awaited series, the prequel to the Kate Neilson Novels, Winds of Hope (notice the HOPE theme?), will be $.99 on release day wherever eBooks are sold.


Shattered Dream


Singer/songwriter Cassie True enters a rehab program that promises to change her life. And it does…in ways she never expected. Caught in a religious cult’s ever-constricting web, she fights not only for her sanity but for the freedom to form real friendships. She longs to put alcoholism behind her, finish the program and return to her career. But when her friend is forcibly separated from her husband by the cult leader and a young boy is abused at the cult’s elementary school, she can’t stand by and do nothing. See on Amazon.


Winds of Hope


Kate Neilson leaves a Pennsylvania penitentiary and heads for The Whispering Pines Guest Ranch in Wyoming. Although she’s determined to be a good citizen and support herself with her newly acquired marketing skills, other forces are just as intent on dragging her back into the pit. Can Kate withstand those who oppose her—and learn to love again? See on Amazon.



Merry Christmas to You


Well, I kept my promise. I didn't flood your email inbox with newsletters in 2018. In fact, this is my first - and last - missive (such a fun word!) for the year. :-)


Steve and i had a fairly typical January-December filled with plenty of "ups" - sweet times with family and friends, and occasional "downs." One challenge was a first-world problem, cars that took turns "vacationing" at a nearby repair shop. But God provided, as he always does.


I hope you had a great year, one where you can look back and say, "Yes, now I see God was working in that situation...and that one...and that one." The good news? He's still working on our behalf. Astounding thought, really, that the Creator of the Universe cares enough about each of us to step into our puny little lives. But that's what the Incarnation is all about ... Immanuel, God with us. Redeeming, relational love beyond comprehension is ours for eternity!


BOOK NEWS! I wish I could tell you my latest books are available ~ I've written two in the new "Prisoners of Hope" series. But a third novel needs to be written before the series makes its debut in the spring. Set in Montana, these stories feature a young woman trapped in a religious cult. My purpose in writing the series is to show how easily we humans become entangled in controlling cultures and how difficult it is to escape them. Yet, as always, I promise you humor and happy endings. :-)


If you're interested in acting as a beta reader or proofreader, let me know. My only request, other than to ask you to point out errors and weaknesses in the manuscript, is that you post an Amazon review, positive or negative, when the book is published. As a "thank you," I'll send you a print copy, once it's available.


Although I don't have a new book to promote, I can tell you the ebook prequel for the Kate Neilson Series, "Winds of Hope," is currently available for 99 cents through most online retailers. For those who haven't read it, here's a chance to purchase it at a discount. Winds of Hope/Amazon.


Wishing you Jesus' Love, Joy and Hope, now and forever,




I tell readers my newsletters are “rare and random.” Apparently, I speak the truth. I haven’t sent out a newsletter since April. But here we are in December again, so I feel I ought to at least give you a year-end summary of books and such.


Looking back on the interactions I’ve had with readers, friends and family members in 2017, I must say I am blessed. You-all are so gracious and encouraging—and fun! Your smiles and chuckles and kind notes keep me from taking life too seriously. Thank you for enriching my world!


One of my greatest encouragers is Diane, a volunteer jail librarian in another state, who graciously sends me comments regarding the Kate Neilson Series. You can read excerpts from her emails in the box below. I think you’ll enjoy what she has to say.


     Two copies of your latest book Winds of Hope were waiting for me when I went in last Wednesday. It was like winning the lottery for the two women who were lucky enough to get to borrow the books. I wish you could have seen their faces. They just lit up. Probably the best thing that has happened to them in quite some time.


     When I took the cart to the ladies [outside their pods], the Winds of Wyoming books flew off the shelf very early on. I had a chance to ask one woman what made her pick your book. (Thought I might be able to get some insight for you.) She said it looked like a good book. After a short pause, she went on to say that because it was so well used, it must have been read many times and therefore must be a good book.


     The "well used" comment refers to the way the cover actually starts curling and wearing away. If you unroll and flatten the cover, it is no longer as wide as the book because it is literally worn out. There is only one other book that I have ever seen that was as well used as yours are. The ladies really do enjoy your books!


     Last week, one of the ladies came out to the cart carrying a Winds of Change book and the biggest smile on her face. She had requested that book from me, but since none had been returned I was unable to complete her request. Well, she proceeded to tell me how excited she was that she found this copy of Winds of Change in the box in the pod.


     I think I've mentioned before about how there's a cardboard box in each pod where books go when a woman leaves before returning her books. Then any of the ladies have access to the books in the box. She said she read it and it was every bit as good as the others. She wishes there were more.


     Also, last week a copy of Winds of Hope had been returned and I was holding it for a woman who had requested it. When she came to the cart and I handed her the book, her face lit up like she had just won the lottery. I'm not kidding. I really wish you could see the reactions your books elicit.


Thank you, Diane, for JOY stories and for serving hurting women in your community! We'll be praying for you and your ladies.

Let’s see, what’s the latest book news? As you know, WINDS OF HOPE was released last spring. But you may not know the eBook version is currently available for FREE wherever eBooks are sold. Here’s an Amazon link: Winds of Hope


Also new in the eBook realm is a four-book KATE NEILSON SERIES box set. For those who like a bargain (and who doesn’t?), the box set is less costly than purchasing the books separately. As of a week or two ago, the set went “wide,” meaning it’s not only available on Amazon, but wherever eBooks are sold online. Amazon link: Kate Neilson Series


In case you’ve never checked out Let Me Tell You a Story, the podcast Steve and I record together, you might take a listen. We have almost 100 podcasts under our belt (or is that belts?), featuring a variety of authors and writings plus some fun and fascinating interviews. You can access the podcast through my website or on iTunes, Google Play, iHeart Radio, Stitcher and Spotify. Let Me Tell You a Story


As mentioned before, I’m working on a new series, tentatively titled PRISONERS OF HOPE. Between editing jobs (many thanks to my editing clients—I learn so much from you-all!), I’ve been writing the first book in the series. Because the subject matter—life inside a religious cult—is as appalling as human trafficking, a topic addressed in the previous series, the research and interviews have been heartbreaking.


Yet, our All-Powerful God of Hope can break through the lies and the darkness. My favorite verse is May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13) As always, my current project will have a happy ending. Please pray for me as I search for the joy, peace and hope in the story. Thank you!


Speaking of JOY, I purchased the below-pictured stitchery in an Idaho mountain town. Joy isn’t something to drum up each December, but rather, it’s a gift from God and a way of life. The joy of the Lord is our strength ~ all year long. (Nehemiah 8:10)


The joy of the Lord is my strength

The joy of the Lord is my strength

In the darkness I’ll dance

In the shadows I’ll sing

The joy of the Lord is my strength


(“Joy of the Lord” by Rend Collective & Ed Cash)


Wishing you and yours JOY, PEACE AND HOPE during this Season of Celebrating our Savior ~ and throughout 2018.




Spring Has Sprung & the Taxes Are Done!

What could be better than sunshine, green grass, spring rains, bright flowers and blossoming trees? If you're a last-minute income-tax filer like I tend to be, conquering taxes is the frosting on the cake (or the dew on the tulips). I finished yesterday and am still doing the happy dance. :-)


and in book news...


I have lots of great WINDS OF HOPE news to share with you. For those who've been patiently waiting for the print version, it's now available on Amazon. Just tap here to check out the details. AN AMAZON BONUS - readers who purchase a print copy will be given the option to download the Kindle version at no cost. If you like having both electronic and print on hand, or maybe you'd like to gift a paperback but read on your device, the same combo deal is available for ALL my books.


WIN FREE BOOKS! Reply to this email no later than Friday, April 21st, with a note saying you'd like to enter the drawing for an autographed copy of WINDS OF HOPE. I'll put your name in Steve's hat and we'll let the winner know on Saturday. Next week, Goodreads will offer another chance to win an autographed copy of the same book. That contest is open from April 18 to May 31. Input your name and email address here or here.


I thought you might like to know I've come up with a name for my next fiction series, which will be about a restrictive religious cult. The epiphany occurred during last weekend's Palm Sunday sermon when the pastor referenced Zechariah 9:9. Although I was paying attention - really I was, I couldn't help but notice a phrase I'd earlier underlined in verse 12: "Prisoners of Hope." (Yep, I'm still on the "hope" theme.)


Vulnerable people join cults because they HOPE their lives will be better there. They also HOPE to please the leader, who represents God to them, so they can go to heaven when they die. However, if a person disappoints the leader, they're punished and threatened with hell, again and again. Eventually, they tire of the abuse and their HOPE morphs into a desire to escape the cult. But because they've been warned that leaving will result in a miserable earthly existence as well as a damned afterlife, they're torn. They can either endure their present torment or risk eternal torment. Yet, my guess is that most continue to HOPE life will get better, one way or another, making them "Prisoners of Hope."


I've already begun the research and interviews for the books. Like human trafficking, which was the subject matter of my previous series, cults are incredibly evil. My goal is not to horrify but to expose what goes on inside controlled, closed environments in the name of our holy, loving God. Please be assured that no matter the suspense and trauma portrayed, I promise to insert humor and lighter moments and always strive for happy endings. :-)




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


Donna Fletcher

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.


Get Your FREE eCopy of Passageways Here!

PASSAGEWAYS ebook available FREE! All you have to do is sign up to receive this rare-and-random newsletter. If you already receive the newsletter, sign up again. I'll try real hard not to send you duplicates. Really, I will!


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.


Find All My Books on My Amazon Author Page


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:


Christmas Midnight

Praise Him who comes,

our King, our Counselor,

Bringing joy, this silent night,

this holy night.

From Seasons of Prayer by Donna Fletcher Crow


Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom of the page! Feel free to share this newsletter with anyone you think might be interested. Also, if you've read any of my books, fiction or nonfiction, I'd love for you to leave an honest review on Amazon. The more reviews the better because they help readers decide whether or not to invest time and money in a book.


Merry Christmas &

Happy Reading to All,







Summer Adventures


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)!

Stephanie Young


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.

Maureen Rose


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


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 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


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 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!


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.”


Again, laughter.


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 I’ll post my top three favorites (and maybe more!) on my website ( and give those photographers one of my books, their choice. Contest runs from July 1st through August 31st.


•     “PassagewaysGoodreads 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 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 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

offensive, ha.)


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!



September 2014 - Becky's Summer Update

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.


New Book

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 ( 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 promise!


New Website

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.


New Project

“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.


New Reviews

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.”

New Podcast

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
each week.


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: (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.





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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Showing off Our Grandson in His Great-Grandpa's Cowboy Hat


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