Fate entwines the lives of Lonnie Jack Driscoll, Elston LeBreaux, and Rose Duvall during the summer of Jack’s seventeenth year. He walks a dangerous path that puts love in conflict with honor, courage at odds with cowardice, and dedication in a struggle with deceit.
Lonnie’s future is shaped by the manipulations of his resentful mother, Lilly, her powerful wealthy brother, Shoog Hartwell, and his run away father’s vindictive lost love, Rose Duvall. This is an untraditional coming of age story. It is laced with vengeful evil, voodoo geis, unrequited love, and sacrifice. Lonnie his boyhood defined by lies go in quest of truth, and in time learns what only truly wise men know; the only truth in life is death all else is a sham contrived to lessen the pain of living.
The vindictive and spiteful Rose plays upon Lonnie’s loneliness and unhappiness. She `inculcates in him the desire to be her son, and uses friendship, love, voodoo, and a corrupt policeman in her attempts to destroy him. Rose fails to appreciate the bond that grows between Elston LeBreaux and Lonnie. Elston has reached the point in his life where he sees the falseness and destruction which evolves out of serving masters and causes in which he does not believe. He can no longer compromise his integrity and conspire to murder youthful dreams. He fights drugs, loneliness, isolation, and rejection to lead Lonnie on a journey to redemption. In the end it is Elston who become dependent upon Lonnie to bestow upon him the greatest gift that one man can give to another, as honorable death. Candle Seller is a journey from darkness into the light that precedes the final darkness that every man must enter, even the candle seller.
"Milton Lyles has created a novel that is both intriguing
and compelling. The characters beg you to love them but
it is a struggle! Yet, I needed to keep reading to learn how,
and what, was in store for Lonnie Jack, Eiston and Rose.
The Candle Seller is an intense and intelligent read but
it moves quickly. Mr. Lyles obviously has a passion for
the written word; his pages are filled with intense
descriptors and moving language"
~ Sharon Goodrich
The Cruelest Lie is a richly textured story of treachery, greed, love, and courage set against the backdrop of Louisiana’s bayou county. When an innocent boy is nearly destroyed by small town corruption and avarice, he sets in motion a deadly struggle between integrity, and iniquity, truth and deceit.
Bo LeDeaux at seventeen is forced by fate and cruel circumstances to do battle with the ruthless Sheriff Gilbow Brown, a man who uses the law to fuel his insatiable appetite for money and power. Bo’s confrontation with the sheriff is complicated by the murderous scheming of Tommy Sligo, a madman acting on the commands of an unforgiving god, and by Bo’s own wild mother, who fights to preserve her ebbing sanity long enough to save her son from the sheriff’s malice. Moved by her love for Bo, Ruby engages in a deadly struggle that pits her beauty and cunning against the sheriff’s brute strength and unmitigated corruption—a struggle from which only one can emerge alive and victorious.
As mother, son, and madman fight for their lives, they unearth a web of lies that grips the small Louisiana town—lies of past sins, heartless betrayals, and unremitting evil—until only one lie remains, the cruelest lie that threatens to destroy them all.
"The Cruelest Lie is a book that concerns itself more with
people than with situations, but the people are so real
and vivid that the situations come to life and hold you in
the story until the last page is turned and you fulluly
understand the cost and the meaning of lies in
general and the cruelest lie in particular."
~ Dr. Paul Britton, Azusa Pacific University
THE MAGIC STICK evolved out of a series of classes I taught to elementary teachers on storytelling. Storytelling is or should be an essential part of teaching. After numerous requests I put this into book form with the help of three very good friends. When you read it be mindful of Jack and the Beanstalk. Patrick, like Jack, overcomes his fear and goes up the tall oak tree just like Jack went up the beanstalk.