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A lot has happened since the last time I've reached out! Sorry it's been so long, sometimes life gets in the way...

VEIL OF DECEPTION was named the Winner in the Action category in the Book Excellence Awards! This is a big deal, because it's our first win in a contest outside of the United States. Special thanks to our friends from the Great White North!



Also, VEIL OF DECEPTION made the semi-finals in the Chanticleer International Book Awards! Winners will be named at the end of the month at their conference in Portland. Kim and I had planned on attending but a conflict with my work schedule scratched that idea.What a great honor to be listed with such a great list of authors! Keep your fingers crossed! Until next time!





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Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of being a featured author at the Louisiana Book Festival. What a great experience and the folks putting this on did an incredible job! Friday night, Kim and I attended the Author's Party with two good friends, Rickey and Debbie Heroman. We enjoyed great company, great food, and great drinks. We even managed to make a few connections while we were there!







On Saturday, I had my presentation in the Capital Park Welcome Center at 12:15pm. We had a fairly good crowd and I gave a quick recap of how my first two books evolved. It was great seeing some friends from both high school and college!




After the presentation, we headed over to the Barnes and Noble tent and had the opportunity to sign a few books!







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I'm happy to announce that I am one of the Featured Authors at this years Louisiana Book Festival! The date is October 29th and will be held on the State Capitol grounds. This is a free event so feel free to drop by!

The schedule is still not out yet, so I'm not sure what my time slot is, but I've been told I have 30 minutes to talk about what ever I want to talk about! Hmmmm...

Check out the website below for more information:

Hope to see you there!



The August 2016 issue of Air Line Pilot Magazine contains and incredible review of Veil of Deception by FedEx pilot Scott Tyler! What an awesome job! Thanks Scott!

Text is below:

In Veil of Deception, author Michael Byars Lewis continues his riveting tale of a young Air Force pilot’s inability to escape the clandestine world of international espionage. The novel, which is laced with political intrigue, high-tech stakes, and mysterious, compelling characters, finds Jason Conrad struggling for anonymity. And he once again finds his professional aspirations plagued with circumstances haunted by ghosts from his past. In Surly Bonds, Lewis introduced Conrad, a student pilot trying to succeed. After the girl of his dreams enters his life, so do Russian spies and the CIA, making pilot training the least of Jason’s concerns. The thrilling roller-coaster ride of international secrets that quickly ensues in Surly Bonds exponentially escalates in Lewis’ second installment.

Veil of Deception rejoins Jason for his next military assignment: testing America’s top secret fighter. The stealthy F-2000 boasts innovative remote piloting, self-healing skin, integrated thought control, and several features its builder fails to disclose. Jason soon discovers his new job involves joys and angst from a past he cannot escape. Romance, mystery, intrigue, and murder are entwined with unbridled government spending, corporate greed, and unchecked foreign influence. Lewis draws readers in with drama and captures their attention with fascinating technical detail. The edge-of-your-seat journey culminates with an epic air-to-air dogfight. Strap in tight for another ride through a well-woven puzzle as Jason methodically uncovers the intricately layered Veil of Deception.

by Scott Tyler, First Officer, FedEx



Veil of Deception earned an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Hollywood Book Festival! While that might sound trivial to some, the category was 'Genre-Based', meaning-it competed against books in all genres; romance, horror, mystery, thriller, sci-fi, western, and so on...No small accomplishment!

From the Hollywood Festival Website:

Based in the capital of show business, the Hollywood Book Festival aims to spotlight literature worthy of further consideration by the talent-hungry pipeline of the entertainment industry.

The 2016 Hollywood Book Festival considers published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children's books, young adult, how-to, spiritual, wild card (anything goes!), unpublished stories, science fiction, biography/autobiography, sequels, genre-based, business, screenplays and history.


This is the fourth award for Veil of Deception and we are very excited about the direction we are going! We hope you enjoy the book and don't forget the three R's!!!


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