Let Me Tell You a Story with Steve and Becky Lyles

Welcome to our second Christmas 2015 podcast! Pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate or cider and settle back for an inspiring shepherd’s story by Jeanelle Reider titled John Ben Roi, followed by an excerpt from Heather Woodhaven’s newest release in her “Best Ever Book Club” series, Christmas with Book Club. Steve surprises us all by concluding the podcast with some serious thoughts (not his norm, but you'll enjoy it, I promise). Merry Christmas!

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Female writers across the country treat our listeners to Christmas stories, thoughts and poetry on this segment of Let Me Tell You a Story. Patricia Watkins shares a Christmas dinner story from the perspective of a fork, Vera Anderson offers a wintry poem, Patricia Diehl imagines the challenges Mary faced when she learned she was to be the Messiah’s mother, Kristine McCord surprises us with her Santa fable introduction, and Lisa Buffaloe reminds us to appreciate God’s gifts. Plus, Steve reads the conclusion to "Winds of Wyoming," chapter five.

Lisa Buffaloe: http://lisabuffaloe.com/

Patricia Diehl: http://pat-mylearningcurve.blogspot.com/

Kristine McCord: http://www.kristinemccord.com/

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Due to travel and technical issues, we didn't podcast for several weeks. But we’re back at it with a unique episode featuring John Huddle, author of a recently released book titled “Locked In: My Imprisoned Years in a Destructive Cult.” Steve and I have a special interest in John’s story because we have loved ones in the same group.

John Huddle’s Religious Cult Info blog: http://www.religiouscultsinfo.com/

View “Locked In” on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/oho7rke

Helpful resource: https://www.freedomofmind.com/

Survivor support: http://wellspringretreat.org/

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Special guests Michelle Netten and her son, Ryan, read from their book “The Mystery of the Missing Morton” on podcast #29. “Missing Morton” is the fourth book in their “Cheer-eBooks” series. Bats, turtles, penguins and dinosaurs are featured in this colorful children’s collection. Michelle writes the stories, and Ryan illustrates them. To see their books and view their fun videos, visit their website. http://cheer-ebooks.com/

Steve reads two of his poems plus a David Roper article titled, “Spend Time Talking with God about Little Things.” Becky provides another segment of her grandparents’ homestead story and concludes the podcast by beginning chapter five in “Winds of Wyoming.”



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Featuring the works of authors Eugene Shea, Pam McCleary, Gene Peterson and Richard Matteson, this podcast offers a couple jokes plus a fun birthday story mixed in with a “Winds of Wyoming” chapter (4) and some more serious but interesting writings.


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This podcast features a mix of fiction and nonfiction. Steve reads another Samuel Cronin short story. This one, which is about a couple prospector brothers, is titled The Lantern.                                                                        

In the midst of The Lantern segments, Becky reads from Janet Thompson’s most recent book in her Dear God Series. This one is titled Dear God, He’s Home! A Woman’s Guide to Her Stay-at-Home Man. Janet is an author, a speaker, a leadership coach, founder of Woman to Woman Mentoring at Saddleback Church and also founder of About His Work Ministries.

We conclude with chapter three from Becky’s first novel, Winds of Wyoming.

Be sure to check out Janet’s other books and find out where she’ll be speaking next at http://womantowomanmentoring.com/.

You can find Samuel Cronin at http://storiedwithgrace.com.



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Along with another "Winds of Wyoming" chapter, in podcast 26 we read from Samuel Cronin’s excellent short story titled “The Shoe Tree,” a father-son basketball tale, and from Kay Painter’s memoir, “From Sin and Sorrow to Service: The Journey of God’s Prodigal Daughter.” Kay is a tireless defender of unborn babies and founder of Remembering Sara Ministries International. Steve adds a bit of humor with some crazy quotes and a Eugene Shay poem.

Kay Painter: rememberingsara.org

Samuel Cronin: http://storiedwithgrace.com

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Podcast #25 (whoo-hoo!) centers around the decisions we make in our youth and their consequences, good and bad. Steve reads "I'm Not Going to Prison" from "On a Wing and a Prayer," author Patrick Craig reads from his latest Amish novel, "Amish Heiress," and Becky reads from her first novel, "Winds of Wyoming."

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In podcast #24, our friend Valerie Gray reads “Tangled,” a short story she wrote for our compilation titled Passageways, and Becky reads the first chapter of the first book in her fiction series, Winds of Wyoming. Steve concludes with good thoughts and great quotations about forgiveness.

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Along with Lisa Hess's beautiful reading of her short story titled "The Hand of a Princess," podcast #23 includes tales of violent spring storms and bullets gone wild, and "Stages," a poem by Laurie Bower about the morning, noon and evening of life.


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Another random podcast for you here! We have fun poetry and serious poetry, guest reader Mary DeMuth reading from "The Day I Met Jesus," stories from Becky's grandmother's younger years and another ex-inmate story from Becky's book "On a Wing and a Prayer."

Mary's passion in life is to help people live uncaged lives. Read her blogs and learn more about her writing and speaking at http://www.marydemuth.com/

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We talk about people in this podcast, but it’s not gossip – really. Our guest authors write about how our personalities differ and how those differences affect our relationships, our social life, our purpose and our work.

First, author, speaker, counselor and life coach Andy Johnson graciously reads several selections from his newest book for us. Titled Introvert Revolution: Leading Authentically in a World That Says You Can’t, the book is full of fascinating facts regarding the extrovert-introvert spectrum and how it's viewed in America, especially in the realm of leadership.

Along with some related quotes read by Steve, Richard Matteson provides personality perspective in one of his Today’s Word: Daily Wisdom for the Rushed Life blogs. This one is titled Most Important.

Check out Andy’s website and Richard’s blog!



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Although this podcast has a June wedding/marriage theme, it’s not a girls-only edition. We offer a selection of stories and musings about marriage, including the story of my grandparents’ 1910 Oklahoma wedding and a friend’s account of her 1940s courtship and marriage in Montana.

Our fiction story is also set in the mid-1900s. Steve reads a (non-mushy, for you guys) chapter from “Five Brides” by Eva Marie Everson. Here’s her publisher’s description of the book, which just released in print and eBook formats. Five independent women share a Chicago apartment in the 1950s but rarely see each other. One weekend when they're all together downtown, they see a wedding dress in a store window. Though none of them has a boyfriend or a date, they pool their money and buy it! Will one gown really connect five friends forever?

Moving into the 70s, I tell the story of our 1974 wedding. Steve’s mom called it “The Happening” for years after. You’ll understand why when you listen. Our unpredictable ceremony would have likely been a YouTube hit, if the Internet had been around way back then.

On a more serious vein, David Roper, who writes great blogs on his E-Musings site, featured one about the importance of waiting, which includes wise thoughts about marriage. As you might expect, Steve couldn’t resist inserting some fun quotes related to our theme, along with a kiss or two.




Amazon link to “Five Brides”: http://tinyurl.com/kl6jph2

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We begin podcast #19 by reading from “The Women Who Knew Him: Stories of Jesus’ Earthly Ministry to Women.” Author Patricia Diehl writes fictional accounts of historical women whose encounters with Jesus are recorded in the Bible. This excerpt tells Simon Peter’s mother-in-law’s story. http://diehl2360.wix.com/pat-diehl

You’ve heard from Adam Graham before on “Let Me Tell You a Story. His zany sense of humor once again rises to the surface in this short story titled, “The Perfect Church.” See more of his writings at http://www.dimknight.com ; http://lasersword.adamsweb.us

Pam McCleary’s writing has also been previously featured on this podcast. This time, we read her memory poem titled “Toto” plus more of Eugene Shea's pithy poetry. Enjoy!

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Guest reader Peter Leavell reads from his latest release, “West for the Black Hills,” on this podcast, followed by another jockey story, this one a short story by Laurie Bower called “The Zucchini Kid.” Add in “The Song of My Soul,” a beautiful poem by Gwyneth Bledsoe, and a blog post by Rich Matteson titled “Becoming Wise,” and we once again offer you a great listening experience. Enjoy!





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This podcast features a variety of genres, from Ray Ellis’s science fiction novel, “Kracken,” to Lenore Mobley’s western, “The Twin’s Journey Home,” to Gwyneth Bledsoe’s British mystery, “Death at the Races.” Steve also reads a couple personal experience stories he titled “Pancakes” and “Winners” and a poem by Eugene Shea called “Spring Comes to the Rockies.”

Books by our authors can be found on websites where books are sold. Eugene Shea’s poetry books on Amazon are at http://tinyurl.com/p5uk76h, and Lenore’s westerns at http://tinyurl.com/nzoyvhs. Check out Ray Ellis’s bio at www.nccpublishing.com/authors and read his blog here: http://truefiction.rayellis.org. Gwyneth’s website gwynethbledsoe.com includes a link to her blog.

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In podcast #16, we offer another great smorgasbord of stories for your listening pleasure. Some are true, and some came straight from the authors’ imaginations. We begin with the first chapter of Becky Avella’s new release, a romantic suspense novel with the simple title “Targeted.”

Educator, church planter and advocate for the world’s extreme poor, Tri Robinson, writes about his childhood struggles with dyslexia and how he became a teacher in “The Committee for the Reburial of Liver-Eating Johnston: Memoirs of a Dyslexic Teacher.”

We also read from the first book in Dr. Laurie Bower’s fantasy series, “Fairy Wars – The Dark Ones,” and conclude with Pam McCleary’s stroll down memory lane in “As Simple as RC Cola.”

Becky Avella – http://teamloveontherun.com/about

Tri Robinson – http://www.i-61.org

Laurie Bower – http://llbower.com

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Podcast #15 begins with a true story written by our friend Valerie Tucker. In “Quilts of Comfort,” she writes about a challenging time she and her husband experienced not too long ago.

We’ve already read several short stories from “Passageways.” During this session, we read two more. Peter Leavell’s story about a troubled monk in a dark, isolated monastery is called “Chapel of the Sacred Bramble.” Becky’s “Follow the Moonbeam” features the highs and lows of midlife marriage.

“In Honor of Trees,” our concluding poem, was written by Eugene Shea. You may recognize his name and style from previous podcasts. Enjoy!



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As usual our selections today are as varied as their authors. Kristine McCord’s contemporary fiction novel “Outrunning Josephine Finch” and Sandra Kopp’s fantasy novel titled “Warrior Queen of Ha-Ran-Fel” are both well-written, fascinating stories.

“Outrunning Josephine Finch” addresses female relationships and superstitions and is filled with humor and mystery. The “Warrior Queen” pits kingdom against kingdom, good against evil, and has a painfully dark beginning. Both books will leave you wanting to know the rest of the story.

Danney Clark’s short story, “The Picture,” is a heartwarming look at how people change people. Enjoy!

You can learn more about today’s authors at the below websites and find their books on Amazon as well as on other online sources.




(Did you catch our blooper?!)


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You’ll enjoy the fun sound effects our audio-engineer son, Toby Lyles, added to this podcast. He always does a good job, but he had a few extra minutes and threw in some special bells and whistles, just for you (smile).

First off, we present an excerpt from Renee Blaire’s debut romantic suspense novel titled “The Beast of Stratton” about a former military helicopter pilot, followed by Pam McCleary’s thought-provoking poem, “Where I’m From,” and Steve’s story of a road-trip the two of us took long, long ago.

Our last story is from “It’s a God Thing! Stories of Life-Changing Friendships,” the book Becky coauthored with Larry Baker. This chapter, titled I’ll See You Again, will tug at your heartstrings but leave you with a smile on your face. The podcast finale features more poems from Eugene Shea, who just turned 89. Happy Birthday, Eugene!

Renee Blaire: http://www.reneeblare.com/

Toby Lyles: http://twentyfoursound.com/


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For those who loved the first chapter of Angela Strong's "The Snowball Fight Professional," you'll be pleased to know this podcast includes the second chapter, titled "I'm Dreaming of a Whitewater Christmas." To read the rest of the story, order Snowball Fight online or through your local bookstore.

You'll also hear excerpts from Heather Woodhaven's fun new novel titled, "The Secret Life of Book Club," and Andrea Graham's first book in her Web Surfer science-fiction series titled "Episode One: Regeneration." Both books are available online.

Carla Dalke and Steve Lyles both share crazy stories from childhood. Carla writes about sibling trickery and Steve relates a swimming pool incident. And that's all we'll say about that!

http://www.angelaruthstrong.com / http://angelaruthstrong.blogspot.com

Heather: https://www.facebook.com/heatherwoodhaven

Andrea: http://www.povbootcamp.com / http://www.christsglory.com

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In this, our 11th podcast, Steve reads from Angela Ruth Strong's children's book titled "The Snowball Fight Professional," book #2 in her Fun4Hire Series. Our grandchildren love this book, and I'm sure your children and grandchildren will agree it's an entertaining read with a hero who has plenty of life lessons to learn. Read more about Angela and her books at http://www.angelaruthstrong.com –and– http://angelaruthstrong.blogspot.com

Although we've never met our next author, Amanda Cabot, she and Becky corresponded via email after discovering that Amanda and her husband moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, about the time we moved away several years ago. Amanda has lots of books under her author belt, many of them historical novels about Texas, where she moved from, and Wyoming, her new home. Her latest book is a contemporary story titled "At Blue Bonnet Lake." This one is set on a lakeside resort in Texas. Here are Amanda's blog and website links: http://amandajoycabot.blogspot.com  and http://sff.net/people/amanda.cabot

You'll also hear the first chapter of Becky's newly released "Winds of Freedom" audiobook, as read by our lovely daughter-in-law, Jessica Lyles. You'll enjoy her mellow reading style and want to order the audiobook just to hear more. :-)

http://www.beckylyles.comand– http://www.widgetwords.wordpress.com

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Our tenth podcast (woo-hoo!) includes a fun variety of writings from new friends. Steve reads from Eugene Shea's poetry book titled "The Last Caboose," TR Fischer reads from her suspense novel, "A Man Around the House," and I read Carla Dalke's beautiful poem - actually, song lyric titled "I Will Never Leave You." Steve finishes with a couple good quotes and his thoughts about joining a men's group and making new friends there.

Happy listening!

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