Let Me Tell You a Story with Steve and Becky Lyles (Literature)
In episode #133, Steve and Becky talk about her latest novel, the first in the Children of the Light series, and finish off with Becky reading the Shadow Ranch prologue -- just to wet your appetite for the rest of the story. :-)
Direct download: podcast133.BF.ShadowRanch.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT

Our guest, Richard Matteson, has been with us before, and we always enjoy talking with him. This time, we discuss some of the "80 universal principles of life" he writes about in his new book. Toward the end of the podcast, we asked him to read an excerpt titled the "Peace Principle." I think we can all agree this war-weary world is in need of a good dose of peace. :-)


Direct download: podcast132x.r.matteson.book1.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:14am EDT

Raptor Rapture

Considered a sport by some and an art form by others, falconry has been practiced for hundreds of years in the United States and in other countries. Many have called the sport a "bond with the wild." It can be both exciting and disappointing, and requires much dedication and hard work.

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Direct download: podcast23131.dwight.hoff.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:05pm EDT

Becoming Unshakeable

Lysa Beltz has experienced marriage, divorce, re-marriage, a blended family, the ups and downs of relationships, scarcity, and abundance.  She’s had tough seasons and times of great blessing. Through it all, God has been her foundation and she’s seen Him move in ways that can only be described as supernatural. In her books and in her life, she uses what she’s learned to help those she touches with her faith.



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Direct download: podcast23130.lysa.beltz.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:18pm EDT

Podcast 129: Love at First Varoom

DJ Everett has been racing cars for over 30 years and also been a race announcer for more than a dozen years. He announces at race tracks as well as for television and DVDs. Along with two other racing enthusiasts, DJ hosts a podcast called “Turn 5 Live,” where the three men discuss Northwest and West Coast racing events and results. Even if you’re like us and don’t know much about the sport, you’ll enjoy DJ's story.

Turn 5 Live Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/watch/Turn5Live/

Podcast sound effects source: http://www.freesfx.co.uk

Direct download: podcast23129.dj.everett.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:56pm EDT

Betwixt and Between

Thanks to the craziness of 2020, we were able to catch our guest between countries. Marie has studied and worked with a charity organization in Asia and is now headed to a far different country to do similar work. Listeners will enjoy her humor and international perspective.

email story@beckylyles.com for more info

(Podcast sound effects source: http://www.freesfx.co.uk)


Direct download: podcast23128.Marie.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:52pm EDT


Our guest on Podcast #127 is Ron Hilbrands, a friend who has flown airplanes in remote parts of the world for an organization called Mission Aviation Fellowship. He served as a pilot/mechanic in both Indonesia and the Kingdom of Lesotho. (I had to look up Lesotho, pronounced Li-soo-too, and learned it’s a beautiful yet small country inside of South Africa.) Later in his 36-year career with MAF, Ron left flying to manage their Mobilization Department. We asked him to join us on Let Me Tell You a Story to share some of his overseas adventures.

Direct download: podcast23127.ron.hilbrands.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:23pm EDT


Daughter of a Scottish immigrant and a third-generation American, Beatrice Carroll grew up on Long Island, New York. At age 17, she enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served during the Vietnam War. After the Marine Corps, her life spiraled downward into the disease of addiction, leaving her lost, alone and homeless, living on the streets in Los Angeles, California. But on May 12, 1982, a surprise encounter changed her life forever. Today, she serves as a psychotherapist who specializes in women’s issues and addictions. Her desire is to create a safe, beautiful place for women to heal and realize their amazing worth.

Contact Beatrice at: beatricecarroll56@gmail.com

Direct download: podcast23126.b.carroll2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:43pm EDT

In Sickness and in Health

Henry Charlier is the husband of Lori Charlier who talked with us on Podcast #118 about the anxiety, panic attacks and depression she endured for several years. In addition to being Lori’s husband and a dad to three great kids, Henry is also a biochemistry professor, a Sunday school teacher and an avid hunter and fisherman. He’s a busy man, yet he kindly volunteered to talk with us about the flip side of depression, the caretaker’s perspective.

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Direct download: podcast23125.henry.charlier.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:59pm EDT

Around the World in 32 Years

Our guest on podcast #124 is Becky’s cousin Wes Carey who spent 32 years in the U.S. Navy. He’s a great storyteller, so we twisted his arm to share some of his experiences with us. We had a lot of fun visiting with him, and we know you’ll enjoy hearing his stories too.




Direct download: podcast23124.wes.carey.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:11pm EDT

Prisoners of Hope Series

This podcast is not our norm, but if you’d like to hear how Becky’s latest series about a religious cult came about, take a listen. 😊 We talk about cults in general and how controlling groups around the world have much in common, from a family dominated by one individual to a huge organization dominated by a narcissist and his or her inner circle.

Neither of us is an expert on the topic, yet we’ve learned from our research and hope our discussion helps listeners avoid high-demand groups. At the end, Becky reads from the first book in the series, "Shattered Dream."

Shattered Dream: https://tinyurl.com/y2n4o6xq

Tangled Truth: https://tinyurl.com/y5txa36w

Winds of Hope: https://tinyurl.com/y4gfdge7

Becky's website: http://beckylyles.com/

Podcast sound effects source: http://www.freesfx.co.uk



Direct download: podcast23123.us.PrisonersOfHope.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:41am EDT

Discovering the Joy of Reading

Our guest on podcast 120 is Dr. Mary McGuire, a longtime friend and teacher. Mary has taught in Wyoming and Idaho as a classroom teacher and also as a reading specialist. Her passion for helping children learn to read comes from her own childhood struggles. In addition to sharing her story, Mary provides suggestions for parents who want to develop a love for reading in their children.

Podcast sound effects sources: http://www.freesfx.co.uk

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Direct download: podcast23120.MaryMcGuire.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:07pm EDT

I Was Born for This

We've wanted to have Marsha Tennyson join us on "Let Me Tell You a Story" for a long time, and finally, it happened. We're excited to share the interview we had with her because we know you'll enjoy her story and the story of how Chrysalis Women's Transitional Living came to be in Boise, Idaho.

website: https://www.chrysaliswomenidaho.org

phone: 208-424-1323

email: marsha@chrysalisidaho.org

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Direct download: podcast23119.MarshaTennyson.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:24am EDT

The “D” Word

Lori Charlier, today’s guest, dares to talk about her five-year bout with depression. Once the life of the party, she struggled to find meaning in life and a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Thanks to a supportive family, caring friends, prayer and medical intervention, she’s now found her way to the other side. Lori candidly shares her story with us on podcast 118, including how her anxiety, panic attacks and depression affected her family. Her desire is that others will be encouraged by her journey.

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Direct download: podcast23118.LoriCharlier.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:57pm EDT

Driven to His Knees

On this podcast, Leslie Montgomery, author and ghostwriter of over a dozen books, talks about her writing career. She’s written for Focus on the Family for over 20 years and is the former Director of Publications for the American Association of Christian Counselors. She's best known for writing the spiritual biography, “The Faith of Condoleezza Rice,” when Condoleezza served as Secretary of State during the George W. Bush administration. Her latest book, also a spiritual biography, is titled “The Faith of Mike Pence” and is scheduled for release on August 6th.

Leslie Montgomery website

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Faith-Mike-Pence-Leslie-Montgomery/dp/1641232250/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Leslie+Montgomery&qid=1564372249&s=gateway&sr=8-2

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Direct download: podcast23117.LeslieMontgomery.20Pence20book.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:10am EDT


Patrick Craig has worn a variety of hats over the years, including songwriter, rock-band musician, music studio owner/engineer and church worship leader. Currently, he's writing and publishing books. In addition to two Amish series, he's written a children's mystery and co-authored a novel set during World War II.

Website: https://www.patrickecraig.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PatrickECraigWH/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrickecraig/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Patrick-E-Craig/e/B007YLSVTK?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1563928603&sr=8-1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PatrickECraig

Direct download: podcast23116.PatrickCraig.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:33pm EDT

The Ghost of Gold Creek

Author Lisa Michelle Hess talks about her newly released young adult novel, “Ghost of Gold Creek,” then treats listeners to a lengthy excerpt. You’ll enjoy learning about this beautiful story’s inception and how it changed during the writing process.




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Direct download: podcast23115.final.C.lisa.hess.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:46pm EDT

I Did It My Way

You'll enjoy this fascinating story of a self-made man who discovered life was more than a big house, successful businesses and a huge bank account. Kent Johnson is retired yet busier than ever, heavily involved in what we call "purpose-driven travel" on the podcast.

Friends of Children Everywhere: https://www.foce.org/

Rarity Rugs: http://rarityrugs.com/herb/kbrowse/indexold.html

Sound Effects: https://www.freesfx.co.uk/


Direct download: podcast23114.kent20johnson.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:21pm EDT

Somebody to Love Me

Our guest, Leslie Montgomery, is the author and ghostwriter of over a dozen books, including The Faith of Condoleezza Rice. Her latest book, The Faith of Mike Pence, is scheduled for release next August. In a later podcast, we’ll talk with Leslie about her writing. But in this episode, we focus on her personal story and her journey out of a traumatic childhood and troubled adolescence to becoming a wife, mother of four, grandmother of six, teacher, writer and conference speaker.


(Podcast sound effects source: http://www.freesfx.co.uk)


Direct download: podcast23113.montgomery.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT


Five years into their marriage, Marguerite and Steve Martell's marriage was on a downward spiral. Testing in a counselor's office confirmed their suspicion that their differences were almost too drastic to overcome. In podcast 112, the two of them tell listeners what they did to save their marriage and what they do to maintain their relationship, which continues to thrive fifteen years later.



Direct download: podcast23112.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:32pm EDT

Balancing Act

Need inspiration? You'll enjoy Podcast 111 with David Rush, who is one of the most prolific Guinness World Record holders on the planet. He’s broken over 80 Guinness World Records while promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

He's the world’s fastest juggler as well as the world’s slowest juggler. He holds world records for the most bowling balls juggled, the most consecutive axe juggling catches, and for balancing a bicycle on his chin longer than anyone else who's competed for the record.


(Podcast sound effects source: http://www.freesfx.co.uk)

Direct download: podcast23111.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:49pm EDT

The Sport No One "Plays"

Whether or not you're an amateur wrestling fan, you'll enjoy Dr. David Bennett's stories. He has not only coached all levels of the sport, from grassroots to international, he has served on the US Olympic Committee and currently scouts for World and Olympic competitions. In our interview with him, he tells the crazy story of how he became a "wrastler" in high school plus other fun stories he's accumulated over the years. He also shares words of wisdom garnered from a lifetime of involvement with wrestling worldwide.

Direct download: podcast23110.bennett.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:03pm EDT

Which Way?

In their beautifully written book titled "Which Way? One Woman's Traumatic Journey and Her Daughter's Explanation of How to Turn Pain into Power," Jann and Shari Simmons explore childhood trauma and its long-lasting effects.

In podcast #109, these sweet, delightful women talk about overcoming rejection, abandonment, grief, shame and much more. Sit back and be prepared to learn, heal and grow through their wise words.





Direct download: podcast23109.Simmons.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:06pm EDT

Out of My Comfort Zone

Steve Bower, a charter pilot and a flight trainer, shares a fun short story with us on Podcast 108. Titled "Los Mochis, Mexico: Out of My Comfort Zone," the story describes his first experience piloting an international charter flight. At the end of the podcast, he talks about an encounter with a dubious passenger, a story you're sure to enjoy.

Direct download: podcast23108.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

Seven Deadly Friendships

We are delighted to have Mary DeMuth as our guest on podcast 107. She’s the author of more than thirty books, most of them nonfiction, and many of them having to do with relationships and emotional healing. A sought-after international speaker, she has overcome, through Jesus’ healing, a difficult past to become an authentic example of what it means to live a brand-new story. For this podcast, she reads from her latest release, “The Seven Deadly Friendships: How to Heal when Painful Relationships Eat Away Your Joy.” She lives in Texas with her family and graciously agreed to speak with us by Skype.

Direct download: podcast23107real.3.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:17pm EDT

A Song in the Night

On Podcast #106, we interview author Rebecca Bryan Howell and ask her to tell us about her first book, "The Littlest Warrior." She also reads a fascinating excerpt from her most recent release, "A Song in the Night." Based on her mother's journals, Rebecca recounts the trials and adventures the daughter of homesteaders and granddaughter of pioneers experienced throughout her life.


Direct download: podcast23106.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:51pm EDT

The Way We Were

After taking the summer off, we're hitting the airwaves again with a slightly tweaked emphasis. This year, we'll continue to interview authors, like we've done in the past, and talk about their writing and stories. We also want to talk with individuals who have stories to tell but who may not have put pen to paper to document their experiences. We know so many people with interesting backgrounds and adventure stories that we'd like to share with our listeners.

To begin our interview focus, the two of us interview each other, which felt a bit strange, but we had fun. We hope you enjoy our crazy childhood stories.

Direct download: podcast23105real.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 7:45pm EDT

Wyoming Wedding

In podcast 104, we come to the end of “Elder Brown’s Backslide,” a long short story by Harry Stillwell Edwards. We also read the final chapter of “Winds of Wyoming” and treat you to several fun Kid Chuckles plus some Eugene Shea poetry.

Direct download: podcast23104.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:10pm EDT

Salesman and Sarsaparilla

Steve reads part 2 of Elder Brown's story in podcast 103, Becky reads from Winds of Wyoming, and Steve concludes with a Roger Pond essay about phone salesmen.


Direct download: podcast23103.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:55pm EDT

Elder Brown's Backslide (not backside!)

Steve begins podcast #102 by reading the first installment of "Elder Brown's Backslide," a short story by Harry Stillwell Edwards. We also include a humorous Roger Pond essay, some entertaining Kid Chuckles and a chapter 33 excerpt from "Winds of Wyoming."

Roger Pond on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Roger-Pond/e/B000APA0UA/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1525402385&sr=1-1


Direct download: podcast23102.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:56pm EDT

Space Drifters

Podcast 101 features the conclusion of chapter 32 in "Winds of Wyoming" plus a great interview with Paul Regnier, author of a fun and crazy science fiction series called "Space Drifters." To introduce you to the series, Paul reads from the first book, "The Emerald Enigma." Steve finishes the podcast with a Roger Pond essay titled "Pony Sign."

Paul Regnier Amazon page: https://tinyurl.com/ybzguy8f






Roger Pond Amazon page: https://tinyurl.com/yaxxgjf7



Direct download: podcast23101.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:40pm EDT

Podcast No. 100

Wow, we did it! Took us a while, but we enjoyed the journey and hope you did too. In this podcast, we "duet" the conclusion of Michelle Netten's "Different Mirrors" short story, Becky reads an excerpt from "Winds of Wyoming," and Steve shares David Roper insights plus Eugene Shea poetry. Enjoy!

Michelle Netten: https://www.amazon.com/Michelle-Netten/e/B00IAQOC0U/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1523916651&sr=1-2-ent

David Roper: http://davidroper.blogspot.com/ ; https://www.amazon.com/David-Roper/e/B001K8M98M/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1523916618&sr=1-1


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Direct download: podcast23100.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:23pm EDT

Different Mirrors

Podcast 99 begins with an excerpt from Jeanne Kay's "Prison Librarian Journal" and is followed by the second installment of Michelle Netten's short story titled "Different Mirrors." Then Becky reads chapter 32 from "Winds of Wyoming," and Steve finishes with Kid Chuckles to brighten your day.


Direct download: podcast2399.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:07pm EDT

End of Construction

Insightful quotations from Billy Graham "bookend" this LMTYAS episode. In Michelle Netten's short story titled "Different Mirrors," we read about a governor's wife who runs away to Mexico. And in the "Winds of Wyoming" excerpt, Kate Neilson wishes she could run away.

Direct download: podcast2398.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 5:35pm EDT

Burglars, Bison and Best Friends

On Podcast #97, Becky reads an excerpt from "Winds of Wyoming," and Steve follows with a short story by Mark Twain titled "The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm." Also included is an excerpt from Lisa Buffaloe’s latest book, "The Fortune," plus some Kid Chuckles to tickle your funny bone.


Direct download: podcast2397.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:40pm EDT

War of Words

Podcast 96 features Laurie Bower reading an introductory excerpt from "Fairy Wars: The Final Battles," Becky reading from "Winds of Wyoming," and Steve with Kid Chuckles plus a journal entry from Jeanne Kay's "Prison Librarian Journal."

Laurie Bower website: http://llbower.com/

Direct download: podcast2396.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:07pm EDT

Poetry and Prose

Several individuals contributed to this podcast: Agatha the Cat with a cat haiku, Roger Pond with an essay, Patricia Diehl with an introduction to her latest women's fiction, "Debra/Deborah," and Suzanne McHone and Eugene Shea with their thought-provoking poetry. Enjoy!


Patricia Diehl: https://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Diehl/e/B00BGGB1YG/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1518234793&sr=1-2-ent

Suzanne McHone website

Roger Pond: author page


Direct download: podcast2395.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:01pm EDT

Stories from Tom Logan, Mai Hainke and Roger Pond

Tom Logan reads more of his poetry on podcast #94. And Becky reads more from Mai Hainke’s story of growing up in South Vietnam during the Vietnamese War. Steve concludes the podcast with Roger Pond's early memories of watching television at the neighbor's house.



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Direct download: podcast2394.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:25pm EDT

Before and Beyond 2018

Tom Logan shares poems and thoughts about life and family and his love of writing in Podcast 93. We also feature an excerpt from Mai Hainke's memoir, “The Faithful God I Didn't Know.” Mai's memories of growing up in South Vietnam during the Vietnamese War are frightening and sad as well as fascinating and unique. The podcast ends on a humorous note, with Steve reading “Kid Chuckles.”

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Becky Lyles / Rebecca Carey Lyles
"Finding Hope in All the Wrong Places"



Direct download: podcast2393.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:06pm EDT

The Child Who Had Everything & The Child Who Had Nothing

Our Christmas readings are long and short, silly and sad, crazy and thought-provoking. Merry Christmas to All!





Direct download: podcast2392.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:24am EDT

A Little Bit of Christmas

This episode includes the O. Henry Christmas short story titled "The Gift of the Magi" plus some Christmas quotes. We also provide excerpts from Patrick Craig's "Amish Heiress" and "Winds of Wyoming." Merry Christmas!




Direct download: podcast2391.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:15pm EDT

Deflated Dreams

In Podcast #90, we read David Roper and Eugene Shea writings concerning deflated Christmas dreams and Bethany Reihl's story of a deflated relationship dream. What about "Winds of Wyoming"? Well, this excerpt mixes deflated dreams with inflated egos.

David Roper blogsite and author page

Bethany Reihl blogsite https://bdriehl.wordpress.com/

and author page https://www.amazon.com/Bethany-Riehl/e/B06XZXZY1J

Podcast sound effects source: http://www.freesfx.co.uk)

Direct download: podcast2390.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:39pm EDT

Meant for Paradise

Steve concludes PG Wodehouse's "Extricating Young Gussie" in this podcast, and Becky reads a "Winds of Wyoming," chapter 28, excerpt. We also feature Eugene Shea poetry and Lisa Buffaloe thoughts from "We Were Meant for Paradise."

Lisa Buffaloe website: https://lisabuffaloe.com/

(Podcast sound effects source: http://www.freesfx.co.uk)

Direct download: podcast2389x.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

Some Things

Suzanne McHone graciously joined us in our home studio to read her beautiful poetry for this podcast. Steve and Becky followed with a PG Wodehouse short story titled "Extricating Young Gussie," a "Winds of Wyoming" excerpt, and a Roger Pond essay about a sidetracked turkey hunt titled "Fine Mess."


Roger Pond: author page

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Direct download: podcast2388.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:10pm EDT


Our selections for podcast #87 include "Tsunami" by John Clark Wagner, a "Winds of Wyoming" excerpt, some fun Kid Chuckles and good thoughts from Martin Luther King, Jr.



Direct download: podcast2387.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:24pm EDT

Bill the Bloodhound

In Podcast #86, Steve reads a long but fun 100-year-old short story by British humor author PG Wodehouse titled "Bill the Bloodhound." We also include more entries from Jeanne Kay's "Prison Librarian" journal and conclude with a Eugene Shea poem he titled "Ninety-Nine Years."




Direct download: podcast23862028129.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:10am EDT

A Small Mistake

Our guest author, Lisa Michelle Hess, reads "A Small Mistake," a short story from the "Passageways" collection, Steve and Becky share the reading of Jack London's short story titled "Daughter of Aurora," and Becky closes with "Winds of Wyoming" chapter 27.


Direct download: podcast2385.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:23pm EDT

Winds, Ways and Worms

We reached a milestone in this podcast -- the last chapter of "Treasure Island." Other readings come from Becky's "Winds of Wyoming," Earline Kline's "The Ways of the Lord," and Roger Pond's "Take the Kids Fishing: They're Better than Worms."





Direct download: podcast2384.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:54am EDT

A Life Worth Living

In the midst of crazy times, columnist and blogger David Roper reminds us that life is worth living when we help others. And Jeanne Kay provides humor and thoughts to ponder in excerpts from her Prison Librarian Journal. Steve reads chapter 33 from "Treasure Island" and Becky's in chapter 25 of "Winds of Wyoming."

David Roper blogsite and author page: http://davidroper.blogspot.com/  &  author page

Podcast sound effects source: http://www.freesfx.co.uk

Direct download: podcast2383.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:51pm EDT

A Giant, a Garden and Gold

The "Selfish Giant" short story by Oscar Wilde and "Kid Chuckles" quotes are fun additions to our "Winds of Wyoming" and "Treasure Island" readings. We also throw in a poem the two of us wrote way back when. :-)

Direct download: podcast2382.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:21pm EDT

Romance and Run-Ins

You'll enjoy Jeanne Kay's "Prison Librarian" journal entries along with excerpts from "Father to the Fatherless" by Serenity Orr. Steve reads chapter 31 from "Treasure Island" and Becky reads "Winds of Wyoming" chapter 25. We're nearing the end of both novels. Stayed tuned to find out what books we serialize next. :-)

Direct download: podcast2381.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:33pm EDT

Audio Quilt

Podcast #80 writings are like quilt pieces. We read a square or two of humor, a square of serious, two squares of book excerpts, and then finish off with a fun poetry square. Enjoy!

Roger Pond author page

Eclectic Collage https://www.amazon.com/Eclectic-Collage-Creative-Chicks-Writers-ebook/dp/B005M4TXV6/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

(Podcast sound effects source: http://www.freesfx.co.uk)

Direct download: podcast2380.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT

Butterflies, Bouquets, Rodeo Queens – and Driving the Truck

Interspersed with Steve and Becky reading "Treasure Island" and "Winds of Wyoming" chapters, our special guest, Sharon Brown, shares several of her poems for your summer listening pleasure. :-)




Direct download: podcast2379.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT

July Musings

In Podcast #78, Steve provides a glimpse into Becky's latest book, "Winds of Hope." He also reads several patriotic poems by Eugene Shea. Richard Matteson joins us with thoughts about revenge based on Samson's life, and Becky reads from Laurie Bower's "Journal of Miracles." We conclude with a handful of Kid Chuckles guaranteed to tickle your funny bone. :-)

Laurie Bower – http://llbower.com

Richard Matteson – http://todaysword-richard.blogspot.com/

Direct download: podcast2378.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

Better than Worms

From outhouse humor to ancient tribes, from frustrated children to frustrated pirates, from endangered species to endangered humans -- this podcast has it all! Enjoy :-)

David Roper blogsite: http://davidroper.blogspot.com/

Dave Roper author page

Roger Pond author page

Serenity Orr Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Mrs.-Serenity-K.-Orr/e/B016QO2ZME 

(Podcast sound effects source: http://www.freesfx.co.uk)

Direct download: podcast2377.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:16pm EDT

Legs to Run

Hilarey Johnson's "Shape-Shifting" Bohoja" kidnapping story provides a different perspective on an old, sordid crime. And Jeanne Kay offers fun tales about escaped criminals in her "Prison Librarian" journal. Moving ahead with our regular readings, Steve is in chapter 27 of "Treasure Island" and Becky reads from "Winds of Wyoming" chapter 23. Enjoy!

Direct download: podcast2376.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:32pm EDT

Mysteries All Around

A mysterious skull, a frightening phone message, an eerie picture, a black night, a noisy parrot, threatening emails, boot prints in the backyard, house arrest – and really great music. You'll hear it all on Podcast #75!

Danney Clark: http://danscribepublishing.com/

John Clark Wagner: https://www.amazon.com/John-Clark-Wagner/e/B01MG2ELX2/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0


Direct download: podcast2375.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

A Dark Moon Rises

We're back with "Treasure Island" and "Winds of Wyoming" excerpts in podcast #74. In addition, we share some Kid Chuckles plus read from Sandra Kopp's "A Dark Moon Rises" and Earline Kline's "Loving My Enemies."

Sandra Kopp: https://www.amazon.com/Sandra-Kopp/e/B00GVHF9AW/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1496686167&sr=1-1

Earline Kline: https://www.amazon.com/Earline-Kline/e/B00MZHH11M/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1496686268&sr=1-2-ent

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:18pm EDT

Like the Moon (Light & Dark)

We offer a mix of humorous and somewhat dark tales in podcast #73. As you might guess, "My Dog Was a Redneck but We Got Him Fixed" by Roger Pond leans toward the lighter side. "The Magician" from "Passageways" and "The Interlopers" by 19th Century British author Saki are a bit darker, but they also have a bright side. The podcast concludes with "Like Balls," a short poem by Christian Foster and "The Great Awakening" by David Roper.






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Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:28pm EDT

Running the Race

We begin this podcast with Serenity Orr's Revealer of Secrets: A Ruby Mountain Mystery. Also in the lineup: Winds of Wyoming and Treasure Island excerpts, a David Roper essay called Courage, and a Patti Shene poem titled My Yesterday.

Serenity Orr Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/author/serenitykorr





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Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

Nevada Guest Authors

We continue our readings from Treasure Island and Winds of Wyoming and also treat you to fiction by authors who live in nearby Nevada. Search for Xerena by Serenity Orr is the first novel in an ancient-world fantasy series and The Hot-Pink Duffle by Christina Foster is a fun short story you're sure to enjoy.

Serenity Orr Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/author/serenitykorr

sound effects by http://www.freesfx.co.uk

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

On April 25, 2017, I was privileged to be Patti Shene’s guest author on “Step Into the Light,” a Blog Talk Radio program. We had a good time talking about UFOs, addiction, the writing life, the ups and downs of my writing journey, our podcast, and my next series, Prisoners of Hope.

Along with readings from Treasure Island and Winds of Wyoming, Podcast 70 features entries from Jeanne Kay's "Prison Librarian" journal plus a fun short story by Danney Clark.


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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:48pm EDT

Our featured author on Podcast 69 is John Clark Wagner of Sun City, Arizona, who has three novels under his belt -- The Opportunist, The DNA Murders and Tsunami. For this episode, Steve reads a couple chapters from John's first book, The Opportunist, which is about a man raised in West Virginia's Appalachian Mountains. We also share more Kid Chuckles and continue with Winds of Wyoming and Treasure Island excerpts.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

Gold Fever

In addition to a surprise at the beginning, this podcast includes Kid Chuckles and readings from Treasure Island and Winds of Wyoming plus Hilarey Johnson's latest action-adventure novel that's far more than just action and adventure. Fasten your seatbelts!


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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT

Life, Death and Resurrection

This episode includes readings from Treasure Island and Winds of Wyoming along with David Roper's thoughts about life and death. Our resurrection story, which merges fiction with nonfiction, comes from a book titled "The Women Who Knew Him" written by Nevada author Patricia Diehl.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:18am EDT

Dancers and Drivers

The editor of The Community Paper in San Diego, California, kindly gave us permission to read a true story that happened 20 years ago. Written by Kent Ballard, the account is titled “The Blind Hill.” We also read from Patrick Craig’s YA novel, The Mystery of Ghost Dancer Ranch: The Adventures of Punkin and Boo (Volume 1).

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:43pm EDT

Our featured writer this episode is women's fiction author Anne Mote. Her book is titled One Love, and we read from Part One, Without Love. We also continue our reading of Treasure Island and Winds of Wyoming excerpts. The bonus at the end of the podcast is a handful of marriage quotes, some serious, some humorous.



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Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:35pm EDT

The Long and The Short of It

In podcast #64, Steve reads Peter Leavell's long short story from Passageways titled "Three Days" about a young boy dealing with death in a surprising manner. We also include more excerpts from Jeannie Kay's Prison Librarian journal and an update on Becky's latest Kate Neilson book, Winds of Hope.


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Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:09pm EDT

We offer more Treasure Island and Winds of Wyoming in this podcast plus several fun Kid Chuckles and a short story titled "The Slice" by Idaho author Danney Clark.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

Our guest novelist on podcast #62 is Ray Ellis. Steve reads from the first book in Ray's Nate Richards Series titled Notorious. Chapter 16 in Becky's Winds of Wyoming is an exciting one. She reads that excerpt (listen for sound effects!) plus the beginning of her newest book, Winds of Hope, which is the prequel to the Kate Neilson Series.


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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:25am EDT

Spice of Life

Topics in podcast 61 range from pirates (Treasure Island) and cowboys (Winds of Wyoming) to family memories (Grandpa by Laurie Bower) and meddling (Minding My Own Business by David Roper). As they say, variety is the spice of life. We think you'll enjoy this "spicy" collection.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:51pm EDT

Make It Last 2

Steve reads the last half of Michelle Netten's "Make It Last" detective story in podcast #60. Great conclusion! And Becky finishes it off with more excerpts from Jeanne Kay's prison librarian journal.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

If you enjoy a good detective story, you'll love MAKE IT LAST by Michelle Netten! This podcast also includes a couple fun Kid Chuckles, some New Year quotes and chapter 14 of WINDS OF WYOMING.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:24am EDT

A Personal Touch

We talk about our projects and life in southeastern Idaho in our first 2017 podcast. Plus, we read from Treasure Island, Winds of Wyoming and a new feature, excerpts from a prison librarian's journal. Enjoy!

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:45pm EDT

This December podcast features a Christmas romance by Angela Ruth Strong, a children's Christmas story by Sheila Eismann, a winter poem by Diane Egge, Alfred Tennyson's "Christmas and New Year Bells," and two fun author interviews.

Merry Christmas to you and yours! Don't forget: Jesus is the Reason for the Season.









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Category:Literature -- posted at: 2:59pm EDT

We’re stepping back from Christmas readings in this December podcast due to an opportunity to interview author and world traveler, Jodi Cowles, and to read from her third novel, When Darkness Falls. Jodi joined us via Skype all the way from Istanbul, Turkey.

Jodi's three books vary in style and subject matter. One reviewer writes of her first book, The Minor Protection Act: Ms. Cowles's novel is a sobering reminder of how fragile religious liberty and parental rights are in America.

Her second book, an allegory titled Thirst, takes a unique, thoughtful look at the world's suffering and sadness. When Darkness Falls is unrelated to the first two books and is the beginning of a series. From a reviewer: A believable look at terrorists, their hostages, and the complex relationships that can form between them, as well as how those "back home" cope and deal with all that is involved. 

Visit Jodi's Amazon author page to learn more about her and see her books: http://tinyurl.com/hnrdw6h

Or chat with her on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/whereisjodi/

Know someone who'd like to learn English and be entertained at the same time? Send them to: http://evdeenglish.com/



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Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:39pm EDT

'Tis the Season for eclectic holiday readings on Let Me Tell You a Story. We read Wyoming poet Eugene Shea's Christmas thoughts, an old Christmas tale by an early 20th-century author, an ancient Christmas hymn and a letter to Santa. To close the podcast, Elaine Oostra's "Star of Hope" and a Martin Luther poem give listeners food for thought as they journey through this Season of Celebration.



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Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:49pm EDT

Our guest on Podcast #54, Carol Kjar, shares her "granny" stories, one called "Bronco Grandma" and the other a children's story titled "The Five Grannies Go to the Ball." Steve and Becky continue reading from "Treasure Island" and "Winds of Wyoming" and conclude with Thanksgiving quotes plus a call for submissions to Let Me Tell You a Story.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:35pm EDT

Podcast #53 takes us back to the continuing sagas of Treasure Island and Winds of Wyoming. Listeners are also treated to several fun Kid Chuckles and a David Roper E-Musing titled The Tyranny of Time plus poetry by Steve Lyles and Eugene Shay.



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Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:30pm EDT

We have a special treat for you on this podcast. Our guest reader, Lisa Hess, reads one of her stories from Passageways, the short-story compilation we mention now and then. This one is titled Invisible Thread and is the longest story in the collection. Lisa will read the entire story for you today, so sit back and enjoy!


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Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:09am EDT

Our guest reader for this episode is Dr. Laurie Bower, an Idaho author who’s written two books of a fantasy trilogy she’s titled “Fairy Wars.” Steve follows with Treasure Island, chapter twelve, and Becky offers another excerpt from chapter twelve of Winds of Wyoming. To conclude the podcast, Steve shares several political observations that speak to this year’s wild-and-crazy presidential campaign.


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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:49am EDT

We are excited to reach a podcast milestone, No. 50. Many thanks to each of you for listening to Let Me Tell You a Story. Steve reads from Treasure Island, chapter eleven in this podcast, and Becky shares a short story titled The God Gift from Passageways, a compilation of short stories by Idaho authors. The God Gift is based on an Old Testament story about the Prophet Elijah's encounter with a desperate Phoenician widow who was also a single mom. Humorous highlights include Eugene Shea poetry plus quotes that just might relate to our current political scene.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:05pm EDT

This episode features excerpts from the books we've been reading chapter by chapter on the podcast -- Treasure Island and Winds of Wyoming. We also include several Kid Chuckles, which are funny things our kids said when they were small, plus an amusing story from David Roper's childhood and several Eugene Shea poems.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:58pm EDT

This podcast takes a stroll down memory lane. Steve reads his dad's account of his long and varied life, and Becky reads her mom's Great Depression memories. Steve’s father, Finis Lyles, grew up in the south. Becky's mother, Carrol Chisholm Carey, was raised in Wyoming. As always (well, almost always...), you'll also hear excerpts from "Treasure Island" and "Winds of Wyoming."

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:38am EDT

All that Glitters…

Kid Chuckles, fool’s gold, Tolkien thoughts, life and love on a train, Treasure Island, and "When Things Go Wrong." We offer all that and more on podcast #47!

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:54pm EDT

Becky reads an excerpt from her new book, "Winds of Change," on this podcast, and Steve provides poetry written by his grandfather plus continues his "Treasure Island" reading with chapter seven.

Our guest author, Dana Longre, talks about the creative process and reads selections from her memoir titled "In a Van Down by the River." We thoroughly enjoyed visiting with Dana and hearing a bit of her story and know you will also appreciate her contribution to podcast #46, including the fun moments when she breaks into song.

Dana would love to connect with you on Facebook. Find her at “Dana Longpre” and send a “friend” request.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

For podcast #45, Steve reads an excerpt from Robert Bolen's book, The Horse Indians, that tells the story of Texas Ranger Nelson Lee’s capture by the Comanches and his eventual escape. In our continuing sagas, Becky reads from chapter eleven of Winds of Wyoming and Steve reads chapter six of Treasure Island. We conclude with wise thoughts from Earline Kline's New Every Morning and another crazy joke. :-)

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT

This podcast isn’t a podcast at all. Instead, it’s a panel discussion that Becky recently moderated for her writing group, Idahope Writers. Several Boise area top-selling authors graciously took time out of busy schedules to talk about how they navigate today’s ever-changing publishing world. The panelists shared a wealth of information that evening, and now Idahope Writers would like to share their insights with you. Listen to what authors Lisa Phillips, Angela Strong, Peter Leavell, Robin Lee Hatcher, Patrick Craig and Ray Ellis have to say about writing and publishing—then click on the links below to learn more about them and their writing.








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Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:08pm EDT

This podcast is only about a half hour in length, but we think you'll enjoy it. In-between David Roper's thought-provoking E-Musings, we continue our reading of "Treasure Island" and "Winds of Wyoming." We also offer more Kid Chuckles and a funny joke about memory loss. You'll have to listen to the end of the podcast to hear the joke because we already forgot it and won't be able to repeat it, if you ask. Just joking...


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Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:28pm EDT

Steve reads several poems for you in this podcast, some he's written and some by Eugene Shea. We also continue with our reading of "Treasure Island" and "Winds of Wyoming" and share some more Kid Chuckles with you plus a funny joke at the end. Enjoy!

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

You'll learn more about the two of us in Podcast 42 when we read "Where I'm From" poems about our childhoods. Steve grew up in Oakland, California, and Becky spent her childhood in a small Wyoming town called Wheatland. We'll also read some more "Kid Chuckles" plus continuing chapters from "Treasure Island" and "Winds of Wyoming." We've shared inspirational pieces by Lisa Buffaloe in the past, but for this podcast, we read from one of her novels. This one is titled "Prodigal Nights."

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:32pm EDT

Podcast #41 includes a new feature we're calling "Kid Chuckles." Yeah, it's not a terribly original title, but we think you'll enjoy quotes from our kids when they were small as well as those listeners send to us (be sure to email us yours!). Steve continues reading "Treasure Island" (chapter 2) and Becky continues to read "Winds of Wyoming" in this episode (chapter 9). Add in poems by Eugene Shea, a book excerpt by Danney Clark and thoughts about wisdom from Rich Matteson, and you'll have plenty to think about until the next podcast. :-)



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Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:03pm EDT

Today’s podcast has somewhat of a sea theme and begins with Patricia Watkins essay titled “Our Beach.” Steve follows with the first chapter of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. We’ll continue reading a chapter per podcast until we conquer all 34 chapters.

The show’s co-hosts take a moment or two in this podcast to discuss their own writing. Steve talks about how he became interested in poetry plus he reads some of his own work. Becky talks about her love for books and reads from chapter nine of Winds of Wyoming.


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Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:25pm EDT

A literary quiz, a bit of history, an 1890 classic - "The Nice People" - and "Winds of Wyoming." What more could you want in a story-based podcast?

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:27am EDT

Podcast #38 is full of surprises, but the only hint we'll give you is that it includes a reading from "Winds of Wyoming" plus Mark Twain's most famous short story and other fun stuff. Oops, that was more than one hint...

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:12pm EDT

Steve begins podcast #37 reading from chapter seven of "Winds of Wyoming" and Becky reads the final chapter of her grandparents’ homesteading story. We also include a great essay about a great-aunt, a couple jokes and two pieces that ponder the updrafts and crosswinds we each encounter in life.
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Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:51pm EDT

This podcast's mix includes thoughts and poetry about aging gracefully, memories from a Wyoming homestead, musings sparked by a star-filled Texas sky, a humorous short story about horse racing, and an excerpt from chapter seven of "Winds of Wyoming."

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:42pm EDT

Several previous podcasts have featured stories from Becky's grandparents' homesteading days. This one includes a news report from 1925 and the unique method her grandfather used to enlarge their home for their expanding family. We also read a Jack London story on this podcast, more Eugene Shea poetry and the conclusion of chapter six from "Winds of Wyoming."

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:36pm EDT

Years Past and Future

Podcast #34 begins with Sandra Kopp’s “Elegy to a Changing World,” followed by David Roper’s thoughts on suffering titled “Bro Job” and Vera Anderson’s tribute to her mother, “Remembering Mom.”

Steve reads another excerpt from “Winds of Wyoming” (beginning of chapter six) and I read more stories from my grandparents’ homesteading days in Wyoming. We finish with a thought-provoking piece from Richard Matteson called “Evaluate.”






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Category:Literature -- posted at: 5:24pm EDT