Song of the Stream Book Launch



We have a book launch! Well, almost.

I tried to get everything ready so the book would be up for sale on Amazon by today, but it may be another day or two before it appears there.

I’ll do a separate post when the book is available. Thank you for all the encouragement and kind words already. I pray that the book will be a blessing to you soon!

Phyllis Keels

Hearing the Music


Well, I’m a little bit behind schedule on the new devotion book, but I’m close. Really close! The book will be up for sale on Amazon before the end of this month.

As I worked on formatting this book, I was able to experience it the way a reader would. I let the words and the beautiful photographs minister to me. The result was a sweet sense of peace and a fullness of the love of our Heavenly Father. It was wonderful and I really needed it.

This should tell you that the Holy Spirit is all in this little book. How could I write something that would comfort me? Only the Holy Spirit can breathe words that give life after you’ve seen death.

When you lose a loved one, everything changes. The way you thought life would be is no more. The music of the future you once anticipated is dead and suddenly it seems there is nothing left but black silence.

But if you listen you will hear it: the Song of the Stream; the river of Living Water flowing toward you; the sound of life itself bringing hope to your broken heart.

Let the Lord Jesus minister to you, friend. Let Him surround you with refreshing and hope. You probably think you’ll never be able to stop crying, much less smile again. I am here to tell you that you will smile, though your smile will be different. It will be real and it will shine compassion on someone else who is trying to hear the music.

Phyllis Keels

The Song of the Stream, written by Phyllis Keels, with photos by Kim Lance, will be available on Amazon soon.

A New Devotion Book

I’ve been working on a new devotion book called The Song of the Stream that will feature Kim Lance’s beautiful photography. I’ve finished the final draft and hope to have it available for sale on Amazon by the end of this month or the first of next month.

It’s a compilation of thirty of my blog posts over the last few years – the ones you shared the most, the ones you said encouraged you, comforted you, or gave you hope.

It is designed to help you hear that lovely song of the stream over your grief.

I’ll write a post when the book is available. Until then, here is an excerpt that I hope will bless you:

Brighten the Corner


Photo by Kim Lance (Used by permission. Click image for more of Kim’s work)

The first time I heard the chorus of the old hymn “Brighten the Corner Where You Are,” I thought the line was, “Right In the Corner Where You Are.”

I was just a kid, and I remember thinking, what? Right in the corner where you are, what? What happens?

That stuck with me over the years and I still chuckle when I think of it.

The photo here reminded me of the song. The little flower, with its “arms” held wide is brightening the corner where it is. It looks like it is dancing in the sunshine. It made me smile and the day I saw it I really needed a smile.

Shortly before seeing this photo, I heard about a young person who was in an accident over the weekend. As I prayed for the family, imaging what they were going through, suddenly my mind was back in ICU watching my 28-year-old daughter take her last breath.

When tragedy strikes someone we know, we try not to make it about us. We try to be there for others, to pray, to comfort, to minister. Even so, we can’t help but feel what we felt when we went through that dark valley.

Memories of the tragedy will sneak up on you. I was in a grocery store recently and saw a mother fussing at her teenage daughter. The mom was frustrated and said some hurtful things. I could see the daughter’s soul shrivel up. It broke my heart.

I wanted to tell the mom, “Please don’t – be gentle and help her. Enjoy every moment you have with her.” But I didn’t. Instead I prayed that the Lord would give them both what they needed in order to love one another.

If I’ve learned anything from the shattering pain that still pierces my heart each day it’s this: use everything in you to do good. Use your gifts, talents, weakness, strength, faith, and even your grief.

Take your stand and plant your feet, let your roots of faith grow a little deeper as you tell the Lord you need Him today. Trust His kind heart and know that all the riches in glory in Christ Jesus are at your disposal because of what Jesus has done for us.

Your corner may be dark today. It may be devastating to look at, but spread your arms and welcome the sunshine of your Heavenly Father’s love. There will be someone who sees and they will say that you’ve brightened the corner for them, dear friend.

The Word you can hold onto today:

Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1, NKJV)

Phyllis Keels

Come See Us

Flyer designed by Sandra Ardoin

Flyer designed by Sandra Ardoin

Flyer designed by Sandra Ardoin

Flyer designed by Sandra Ardoin

Hey, guess what! Fellow author Sandra Ardoin and I will be at two holiday vendor fairs in November. November 7th we will be at First Baptist Church in Salisbury, NC. November 22nd we will be at Oakdale Baptist Church in Spencer, NC.

We would love for you to come by and see us. All of our books will be there available for purchase, and there will lots of other vendors on site. It’ll be a great time to pick up Christmas presents!

At one of these fairs last year I met the dear young lady who designed the cover for my book “The King of Daldriada,” Christina Helm. At another one I got to talk with another dear lady whose daughter had recently lost a child.

You know, it’s great when you get to sell books after you’ve gone to the trouble of planning and setting up at an event like these. I’d be lying if I said otherwise.

But the real treasure is in getting to see someone’s heart touched by the Lord’s kindness. It’s in meeting someone you can pray for from then on, each time the Lord brings them to mind. It’s in meeting another beloved child of the King.

I’m looking forward to that, and to seeing those of you who faithfully come to visit me each time I’m at an event.

Even if you can’t come by, I hope you’ll forward this post (and the beautiful flyers above that Sandra Ardoin made) to someone who will come.

You never know. The meeting of those who love Jesus, those who want to know Him, and those who have yet to meet Him is no accident, my friend. The Lord calls us gently to His side, often through His children.

A Note of Thanks

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Recently, I received two new book reviews for The King of Daldriada. These were written by two dear friends.

Before you start to think, “Well, sure. Good friends would give you a good review. That’s a given,” let me assure you that these friends of mine have never told me what they think I want to hear. They have always told me the truth.

I highly value that quality in a friend. While the truth (even spoken in love) may sting sometimes, it always contributes toward our wellbeing.

I am so grateful to these friends and I want to share with you what they’ve written.

The King of Daldriada is the third and final book of Phyllis Keels’ Daldriada series. In the first book, Nina is transported back in time to medieval days and a prince named Fryddin who awaits the arrival of The Lady of Daldriada. My favorite character of the series is The Yeoman of Daldriada, Anwas. A young, arrogant “upstart,” he’s also as loyal as they come.

This is a series you’ll want to read when you’re looking for total escapism. (And don’t we all need that on occasion?) It’s an action-packed, fun read with noble characters, Vikings, a little fantasy, and a giant wolf named Old Garth. Sandra Ardoin (author of The Yuletide Angel, Heritage Beacon Fiction)

From the first sentence, the author welcomed me into the story. I became a citizen of Daldriada and my heart and spirit traveled along with Nina and Fryddin- an unseen warrior fighting alongside them towards what would be a magnificent journey of love, friendship and faith. The author uses this story to assure us that God is here and receives our prayers and despite great challenges, we are never alone. This story has filled my heart with joy and confidence that God has given us everything we need to be victorious in the path He made ready for us.

I recommend that you sit in your favorite chair, with your favorite people and read this story with an open heart and a ready spirit. It is a story that I will read over and over again, but most importantly it is a message I will not forget. Dr. Nicole Cavanagh

With great love and much gratitude to you both!


Visit Susan Jane King

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My dear friend, Susan Jane King, author of Optimism for Autism, asked me to be a guest on her blog today, so I sent her a post about what it feels like to finish a book series.

What I didn’t know until this morning is that she would write a lovely preface to that post. I am honored to know her, and very grateful for all the help and encouragement she always gives me.

Susan Jane King

Susan Jane King

Please click here to read today’s post titled Looking for Jesus.

Many thanks, Susan! You are such an encouragement to many people and I see Jesus in you all the time!

Phyllis Keels

The Finale

It’s here! It’s time! This Friday May 15th marks the completion of a series!

The King of Daldriada (book 3 of the Daldriada Trilogy)

Cover design by Christina Helm, copyright 2015 Phyllis Keels

Cover design by Christina Helm, copyright 2015 Phyllis Keels

There is a lot going on. This Friday is the official release of the end of the Daldriada Trilogy – The King of Daldriada. Also, Sandra Ardoin asked me to be a guest blogger on her site this week. If you don’t get her posts, just click here on Friday May 15th to read The Real Benefit of a Book Launch.

Next Wednesday May 20th, I’ll be a guest blogger on Susan Jane King‘s blog. You can click this link on Wednesday to visit her blog site and read How Does It Feel to Finish A Series?

I’m so grateful to Sandra Ardoin and Susan Jane King for allowing me to guest post, and for all their encouragement over the years. I see in them the defining characteristic of the community of writers and how they support and help each other. Encouragement, sharing of ideas, helping spread the word about our books…

It would be enough if writers simply supported each other in being writers. You know? Just to tell each other that it’s a worthy endeavor, a real job. But, they do so much more. They go over and above.

That’s the part of them that reminds me of the Lord. He always supplies more than we need. His grace is boundless, and His love never fails. I know sometimes we can’t see all of that, but the truth is it’s there. All we need to do is believe, then we will see.

This finale has been full of the Lord’s kindness, and I know I’ve seen only a fraction of what is really there. I also know that I will be able to see more and more in the days and weeks to come. Because that’s the way He does things.

And that’s what grace is all about, my friend. Over and above. Way over and above.

(For more information about The King of Daldriada, or any of Phyllis’ books, please visit

Checklist (P.S. It’s not what you think…)

First on the checklist for finishing your book… (P.S. It’s not what you think…)

Book cover designed by Christina Helm, copyright 2015 Phyllis Keels

Book cover designed by Christina Helm, copyright 2015 Phyllis Keels

Almost every writer knows the work doesn’t stop when a book is finished. In many ways, the work is just beginning. The list of things to do is pretty long.

All logistics aside, though, the checklist I’m thinking of is more emotional, more relational. Because many writers become very attached to their characters and their stories, sometimes it is difficult to let them go. Yep, I’m one of those writers.

I love my characters so much. If I didn’t love them, I wouldn’t write them. I don’t like writing about stuff I don’t like, and I don’t like writing characters who have no honor, loyalty and love.

So when my characters come to life on the page, in a way, they become like my children, and before I send them away to live on a bookshelf somewhere, I have to prepare myself for an empty nest. (At least for a while before the next story starts to come to life).

There is a paradox in all this. Part of you wants to finish, wrap up, and be done with something so you can have the satisfaction that comes with completion. Part of you doesn’t want to let go, because you won’t get to see your characters every day anymore.

It’s kind of like sending your kids off to college or to live on their own. You know it has to happen, and part of you wants the freedom both of you will have. The other part of you grieves.

Only a writer can understand the grief we have when we finish a book. The sadness is especially hard when we finish a series. I think that’s one reason writers put out so many books in a series. Maybe they just can’t let go.

Now that I’ve finished the end of a trilogy, instead of focusing on the loss, I’ve decided to be happy for my characters. They now have the “satisfaction” of reaching the resolution in their story. They have grown into quite wonderful people and even though I will miss them greatly, I’m very proud of them.

As with any loss, we must deal with the grief it brings. The only way I can do this is to find the good in it. The good in the deaths of some of my family members is that they are now in the presence of the King of Kings, and they will never have to suffer again. Ever.

The good in finishing my book series is more than good – it’s wonderful.

You see as long as I hold onto my characters, and don’t let them out into the world, I am the only person they minister to. But if I allow them to live out there on their own, they will tell others (through their beautiful story), how very real Jesus is. On their own, they will have the potential to tell countless people about the love Jesus has for each one of us – uniquely, individually.

That is something to celebrate! It washes away all the sadness, and leaves only the glistening droplets of pure joy, sparkling in the sunlight of the love of God for me and for you!

And that’s how the Lord does things, isn’t it? He turns ashes of grief into a crown of joy, mourning into the oil of joy, and a spirit of despair into a garment of praise. Always remember that there is no loss He cannot and will not bless you through if you will simply allow Him the opportunity.

Phyllis Keels

Want Be Part of My Book Launch Team?

Will You Be Part of My Book Launch Team?

Book cover image designed by Christina Helm - Rose Ellise Designs. Copyright Phyllis Keels 2015

Book cover image designed by Christina Helm, owner of Rose Ellise Design. Copyright Phyllis Keels 2015

On May 15, 2015, my book The King of Daldriada will be released. It is the exciting conclusion of the Daldriada series, when the rightful king rises. (Click the title to go to the book’s page on my website for teasers from the book).

I’ve learned from other authors (much more experienced than I am in these things) that you need a Book Launch Team to spread the word about your book. Would you help me with this?

I believe this book will offer healing and a real desire to know the Lord to so many people through the pictures of our dear Savior in it. Even those who don’t gravitate toward this type of fiction have told me how much they enjoyed the first two books (The Lady of Daldriada, and The Yeoman of Daldriada) and how much they have been ministered to through them.

So that we can get the message of hope and healing out to more people, would you consider being part of my team?

If you join the Book Launch Team, I’ll send you a free PDF of my book. It’s easy to join. Simply send an email to me at

As a member of the Book Launch Team, I’ll ask you to:

  • Read the PDF of the book
  • Write a brief review on Amazon
  • Help spread the word about my book, especially during the week of May 15, 2015
  • Share ideas and brainstorm about other audiences who might be interested in reading the book. All ideas are welcome.

Here is what one of my early reviewers has already said about the book: “I stayed up until 2:30AM to finish it, because I couldn’t put it down!”

Thanks for your support of The King of Daldriada!

Phyllis Keels

(Book cover image designed by Christina Helm, owner of Rose Ellise Design)