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Let Me Tell You A Story....

In our “Let Me Tell You a Story” podcast, my husband, Steve, and I read stories and poems from a variety of genres and authors. We also read from our own work. Steve writes poetry and vignettes about everyday life. I have authored two award-winning novels, Winds of Wyoming and Winds of Freedom, under the pen name Rebecca Carey Lyles, plus two nonfiction books titled It's a God Thing! and On a Wing and a Prayer (pen name Becky Lyles). In addition, I’m working on a third book in the Winds (Kate Neilson Novels) series tentatively titled Winds of Change.


Several of my short stories are included in Passageways: A Short Story Collection, which was released in June of 2014 and can be found online or by contacting me through either the form on this website’s Contact Page or beckylyles@beckylyles.com.

All that (a mouthful, I know) to assure you every podcast will be different. We have lots of material to draw from, so give us a listen. Also, if you have comments about “Let Me Tell You a Story” or suggestions for essays, poems or stories you’d like to hear us read – or you’d like to submit something you’ve written for our consideration, please feel free to send us a message through the website or the above email address. We add new ones regularly so you can listen here (below), or check iTunes, Stitcher, or iHeart.


Podcast 85: A Small Mistake

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Our guest author, Lisa Michelle Hess, reads a short story from the "Passageways" collection titled "A Small Mistake," 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.


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Podcast 84: Winds, Ways and Worms

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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."


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Podcast 83: A Life Worth Living

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


David Roper blogsite and author page


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Podcast 82: A Giant, a Garden and Gold

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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. :-)


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Podcast 81: Romance and Run-Ins

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You'll enjoy Jeanne Kay's "Prison Librarian" 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. Stay tuned to find out what books we serialize next. :-)


Serenity Orr Amazon author page


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Podcast 80: Audio Quilt

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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: author page


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Podcast 79: Butterflies, Bouquets, Rodeo Queens – and Driving the Truck

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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. :-)


Sharon Brown website,  Sharon's poetry: cowboy poetry


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Podcast 78: July Musings

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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 website: http://llbower.com


Richard Matteson blog page


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Podcast 77: Better Than Worms

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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 and author page: http://davidroper.blogspot.com/  &  author page


Roger Pond author page


Serenity Orr Amazon author page


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Podcast 76: Mysteries All Around

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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!


Hilarey Johnson website


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Podcast 75: Mysteries All Around

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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!


Danny Clark: website


John Clark Wagner: author page


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Podcast 74: A Dark Moon Rises

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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" from "The Ways of the Lord."


Sandra Kopp author page


Earline Kline author page


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Podcast 73: Like the Moon (Light & Dark)

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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.


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


Dave Roper author page


Roger Pond author page


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Podcast 72: Running the Race

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


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


Patti Shene website: http://www.pattishene.com/


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Podcast 71: Nevada Guest Authors

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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


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Podcast 70: Bandits on Both Sides of the Bars

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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 titled “The Burglar.”


Danney Clark: www.danneyclark.com


Podcast 69: Persistent Souls

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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.


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


Podcast 68: Gold Fever

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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 seat belts!


Hilarey Johnson: www.hilarey.com


Podcast 67: Life, Death and Resurrection

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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.


Patricia Diehl author page on Amazon


Podcast 66: Dancers and Drivers

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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).


Podcast 65: Love, Marriage and More

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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.


Anne Mote: https://www.amazon.com/Anne-Mote/e/B01N1ZRTPT/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1


Podcast 64: The Long and the Short of It

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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.




Podcast 63: Slices of Life

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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.


Podcast 62: Town & County

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Our guest novelist on podcast #62 is Ray Ellis. Steve reads from the first book in Ray's Nate Richards series. This one is 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.




Podcast 61: Spice of Life

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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.


Podcast 60: Make It Last

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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.


www.cheer-ebooks.com (Michelle Netten’s children’s book website)


Podcast 59: Make It Last

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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.


Podcast 58: A Personal Touch

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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!


Podcast 57: Christmas Belles and Bells

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Christmas Belles and Bells

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, and Alfred Tennyson's "Christmas and New Year Bells," plus two fun author interviews.


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









And a Special Merry Christmas 2016 from our Grandchildren!

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Podcast 56: All the Way from Istanbul!

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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/



Podcast 55: ‘Tis the Season

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'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.





Podcast 54: Grannies, Football and Thanksgiving

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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.


Podcast 53: Continuing Sagas

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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.




Podcast 52: Invisible Thread

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We have a special treat for you on this podcast. Our guest reader, Lisa Hess, reads one of her stories fromPassageways, 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!




Podcast 51: Fairies and Pirates, Cowboys and Candidates

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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.




Podcast 50: Podcast No. 50!!

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We are excited to reach a podcasting 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.


Podcast 49: The Things Kids Do and Say

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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.


Podcast 48: Memory Lane

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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."


Podcast 47: All That Glitters

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




Podcast 46: Dana Longpre, In a Van Down by the River

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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 Longpre, 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.


Podcast 45: Horsing Around

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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. :-)


Writing and Publishing Panel


We interrupt our regular podcast series with this item, which isn’t actually 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 those 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.










Podcast 44: More Fun

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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...




Podcast 43: Variety Pack

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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. Enjoy!


Podcast 42: Where I'm From

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Where I'm From


You'll learn more about the two of us in Podcast 42 when we read "Where I'm From" poems about our childhoods. You can also read Becky's on our site here. 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."




Podcast 41: Chuckles, Treasures, Wind and Wisdom

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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. :-).






Podcast 40: Sea Tales and More

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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.


Podcast 39: Ides of March

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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?


Podcast 38: Changing It Up
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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...


Podcast 37: Keep on Flying
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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.


Podcast 36: Memories and Musings
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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 a horse race, and an excerpt from chapter seven of "Winds of Wyoming."





Podcast 35: From Wyoming to California and Back Again
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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."


Podcast 34: Years Past and Future
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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.”








Podcast 33: Dreaming of a Late Christmas
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We hoped this podcast would make it through the hoops before Christmas but the holidays have a way of interrupting schedules, which is okay. No matter the season, you’ll enjoy Lisa Phillip’s latest installment in her Witness Security or WITSEC Town series. This one is titled “A Sanctuary Christmas Tale.”


Guest reader Isaiah Silkwood reads from Rae Ann Norell’s story about her extreme-kayaker son, Dave Norell. Her book is titled “Broke, Hungry and Happy.” I read Pauline Sheehan Grave’s short story about her sister titled “Jennifer’s Best Christmas.” And Steve concludes with the history of the song “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” You’ll be surprised by its tragic origins and the stanzas we don’t usually hear or sing.


Lisa Phillips: http://www.authorlisaphillips.com/


Rae Ann Norell: http://brokehungryandhappy.com/


Isaiah Silkwood: http://WhatsMoreAwesome.wordpress.com/


Pauline Sheehan: http://paulinesheehan.com/


Podcast 32: Jeanelle Reider and Heather Woodhaven
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Welcome to our second Christmas 2015 podcast! Pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate or hot 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!


Heather Woodhaven: http://www.creativefamilymoments.com/ ;   http://www.writingheather.com/

Christmas with Book Club by Heather Woodhaven: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Book-Club-Best-Ever/dp/098907417X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=


Jeanelle Reider: http://www.theonevoicethatmatters.com/

The One Voice that Matters by Jeanelle Reider: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1938596226


Podcast 31: Christmas Thoughts from Near and Far
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Female writers from 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/


Podcast 30: John Huddle, "Locked In:
My Imprisoned Years in a Destructive Cult"
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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/


Podcast 29: Michelle Netten, Ryan Netten, David Roper
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Michelle Netten, Ryan Netten, David Roper


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://www.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.”




Podcast 28: Eugene Shea, Pam McCleary, Gene Peterson and Richard Matteson
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Eugene Shea, Pam McCleary, Gene Peterson and Richard Matteson


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.




Podcast 27: Kay Painter, Samuel Cronin, Eugene Shay
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Janet Thompson and Samuel Cronin


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


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


Podcast 26: Kay Painter, Samuel Cronin, Eugene Shay
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Kay Painter, Samuel Cronin, Eugene Shay

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


Podcast 25: Guest Author/Reader Patrick Craig
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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."


Podcast 24: Forgiveness
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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.


Podcast 23: Lisa Hess, Laurie Bower, Pam McCleary, June Kruzik
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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.


Podcast 22: Eugene Shea, Mary DeMuth, Frank Viola, Tony Rinella
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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/.


Podcast 21: Andy Johnson, Richard Matteson
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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!


Podcast 20: Memorable Weddings & Long-Term Marriages
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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.


http://shannonvannatter.com/  |   http://davidroper.blogspot.com/

http://www.evamarieeversonauthor.com/  |  Amazon link to “Five Brides”: http://tinyurl.com/kl6jph


Podcast 19: Patricia Diehl, Adam Graham, Pam McCleary, Eugene Shea
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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;


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!


Podcast 18: Peter Leavell, Richard Matteson, Gwyneth Bledsoe, Laurie Bower
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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!


http://llbower.com/index.htm  |  http://www.peterleavell.com  
http://todaysword-richard.blogspot.com/  |  gwynethbledsoe.com


Podcast 17: Ray Ellis, Lenore Mobley, Gwyneth Bledsoe, Eugene Shea
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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.


Podcast 16: Memories
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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


Podcast 15: Valerie Tucker, Peter Leavell, Becky Lyles, Eugene Shea
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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. “Passageways” and other books by Peter and Becky are available on Amazon and other online sources.


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






Podcast 14: Kristine McCord, Danney Clark, Sandra Kopp
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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?!)


Podcast 13: Renee Blaire, Pam McCleary, Larry Baker, Eugene Shay
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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/


Podcast 12: Angela Strong, Heather Woodhaven, Andrea Graham,
Carla Dalke
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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!


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

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

Andrea:  http://www.christsglory.com


Podcast 11: Angela Ruth Strong, Amanda Joy Cabot and Rebecca Carey Lyles
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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.


Podcast 10: New Friends, Eugene Shea, TR Fischer, Carla Dalke
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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!
More from TR Fischer can be found at:


Podcast 9: Christmas, B.D. Riehl, Passageways
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On the eve of Christ’s appearance on earth in human form, Steve reads a Christmas poem for you, plus we share a short story, a devotional thought and a couple of great quotes. Listen all the way through to the fun ending. Merry Christmas from our house to yours! Steve & Becky Links for this session’s authors: https://bdriehl.wordpress.com and beckylyles.com


Podcast 8: Isaiah Silkwood, BD Riehl, Lisa Phillips
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Once again, we're featuring local authors with new book releases on our podcast. We're also privileged to have another guest reader. Isaiah Silkwood reads from his fun pirate fantasy novel, "Of Pirates and Werewolves." We also read chapters from Lisa Philips's latest release in her WITSEC Town Series titled "Sanctuary Buried" and BD Riehl's second novel in her Child of Deliverance Series, "The Heavens Are Telling."


If you'd like to learn what happens next in these stories, you can find the books online in various formats or order them from bookstores. More about our featured authors can be found at: https://bdriehl.wordpress.com / http://www.authorlisaphillips.blogspot.com / https://www.facebook.com/IsaiahTSilkwood


Podcast 7: Ray Ellis, short story "I"
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Our good friend Ray Ellis kindly agreed to read his short story titled "I" for us on this podcast. Stay alert - the setting in "I" switches from the protagonist's current location to his past memories, again and again. Thank you, Ray! You can find Ray's novels on Amazon as well as at his publishing company's website: nccpublishing.com. We also read a poem by a Texas friend, Larry Long, called Windy Grace plus a true story that happened to a Wyoming friend titled Tattered Angel. Thanks for listening!


Podcast 6: More Idaho Authors
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Again, we're privileged to read writings by local author friends. The podcast begins with the first chapter of Hilarey Johnson's brand-new young-adult novel titled Heart of Petra. Next is Free on the Inside from a book I wrote several years ago about Freedom Fellowship, a prison ministry, followed by a couple devotionals from Lisa Buffaloe's Living Joyfully Free collection. The podcast concludes with two vignettes written and read by Steve. Find out more about the guest authors: http://hilarey.com/, http://lisabuffaloe.com/.  You can locate Steve on Facebook, where he occasionally stops by for a visit. :-).


Podcast 5:Idaho Authors

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Several Idaho authors from the Treasure Valley area have kindly allowed us to read their material on this podcast.
We begin with a beautiful poem by Chris White titled
Cycle Drops followed by Bad Girl a short story written by Lisa Hess and found in Passageways. The last two stories are from Adam Graham's detective novel, Slime Incorporated and Angela Ruth Strong's romance, Love Finds You in Sun Valley, Idaho. To learn more about these wonderful authors, who are also great people, check out their websites: Angela Strong: http://www.angelaruthstrong.com/ 
Lisa Hess:
http://www.lisamichellehess.com/ Adam Graham: http://www.greatdetectives.net/ 
Chris White:


Podcast 4: County Fair
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Let Me Tell You a Story takes a bit of a turn this podcast when Steve and Becky read pieces that tell of happy times intermingled with the grief that results from great loss. Peter Leavell's short fiction about a girl and her 4-H steer will touch your heart (PeterLeavell.com). From Becky's book titled On a Wing & a Prayer you'll hear the story of a young man and his struggle with meth, and you'll enjoy Steve's poems about farm animals at the end of the podcast.


Podcast 3: Springtime in the Rockies
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The subject for our third Let Me Tell You a Story podcast is springtime. It's official -- trees are budding and flowers are blooming. And our friends with pollen issues are miserable. Maybe these stories will help you forget the sneezes and itchy eyes.


Podcast 2: Stories about Dads, Good and Bad
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Welcome to our second Let Me Tell You a Story podcast. Today's stories and quotes center around dads. Steve reads a piece he calls Remembering Dad and Becky discusses her father's love of books. They also read Pam McCleary's story about her dad titled The Yellow Cab and Valerie Gray's fictionalized tale about a father-in-law who has dementia titled John Wayne Lives (ValerieGray.com).


Podcast 1: Warm Stories for Cool Seasons
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In their first Let Me Tell You a Story podcast, Steve and Becky Lyles read stories, poems and quotes related to that in-between time of year when spring is almost here but winter refuses to release its hold on the earth. Titles include: Wyoming Poem, My Grandmother's Quilts, Mattie Cummins, and Smile, Jesus Loves You.


 It's a God Thing!: Inspiring Stories of Life-Changing Friendships

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