Reading group WINNERS announced!

Dear friends of Bradbury,

Thank you to everyone who applied to participate in my private reading group for The Harvest Raise! It was a delight to hear from all of you, and I find myself wishing my dining room were thirty seats deep. However, as I currently have only eight spots available around my table, necessity forced me to narrow the list based on my demographic needs for this particular story.

And the winners are (in no particular order):

1. Karin Crum from Lafayette, Indiana
2. Sheryl Eby from Bellaire, Michigan
3. Jo Fleming from Grand Rapids, Michigan
4. Julia Habrecht from Alexandria, Virginia
5. Heather Hojnacki from Red Bud, Illinois
6. Jane Jensen from Plainview, Nebraska
7. Amanda Korthase from Boyne City, Michigan
8. Vanessa Rasanen from Cheyenne, Wyoming

I am very much looking forward to the time – June of 2017, God willing – when the rest of you can join us in Bradbury. In the meantime, thank you for your continued support and encouragement. The book isn’t quite finished, yet.

Gratefully yours,


Win a spot in my reading group!

The deadline for my manuscript is nearing, Bradburians. You know what that means: it’s reading group time!

I will be hosting a private reading group of The Harvest Raise, the third book in my Anthems of Zion series, on Friday, November 18th – Sunday, November 20th, in my very own home. Food and drinks will be provided, though each participant will be responsible for getting his/herself to and from the reading group as well as providing his/her own lodgings.

I currently have eight spots available at my table. If you want to be one of those readers, email me through my contact page and tell me:

  1. your name, address, and phone number,
  2. your church,
  3. your current life’s vocation,
  4. which character you most relate to in the Anthems of Zion series,
  5. and why you should get to sit in one of those chairs.

Participants will attend a private meet-and-greet reception and reading session from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m on that Friday evening, a reading session from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and a reading/discussion group session from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The deadline for submissions is October 8th. Winners will be announced on October 10th. Cheers!

Anthems of Zion

Pastor Fletcher of our beloved Anthems of Zion series is not just a poet. He is now a lyricist, too!

Kevin Hildebrand, composer and kantor of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, set Pastor Fletcher’s poems to music, and all four of the songs (both MP3 files and scores) are now available to you for FREE!

Simply click on the link below and enjoy!

You Are What You Read

You’ve heard the phrase, “trash in, trash out,” and you know it’s true. A writer is only as good as what she reads. If you read junk, you’re going to write junk. So fess up. What are you reading, right now?

My calendar-year bibliography to date:

The Mother of the Reformation by Ernst Kroker

Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O’Dell

I Married You by Walter Trobisch

LadyLike by Rebekah Curtis and Rose Adle

Evening in the Palace of Reason by James R. Gaines

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Unplanned by Abby Johnson with Cindy Lambert

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills

The Book of Jeremiah

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

The Choir Immortal by Katie Schuermann (Yep, I did. You should, too.)

(I could hang out with Mrs. Wilkins all day. In fact, I did.)










(I could hang out with Mrs. Wilkins all day. In fact, I did.)

The Last T-Shirt…

Thank you to everyone who submitted blog reviews of The Choir Immortal! It is, first, a privilege for me that you even read my book at all, but it is a blessing to me that you took the time to respond to it with words of your own. Thank you, dear reader!

The judge of this contest has spoken, and Mr. Roley has chosen…Paper Chemistry as his favorite review! Congratulations, Paper Chemistry!

Mr. Roley’s reasoning? I quote, “Though they are all very good, Paper Chemistry‘s review closely paralleled the feelings I had as I read the book and the love I had for the way the characters were developed and presented.”

Thank you, Mr. Roley, and thank you, Paper Chemistry! Would you please send me your mailing address through the contact page of my site so that I can ship your prizes to you? It would also be helpful if you could indicate to whom (specifically) you would like me to sign your new books.

Congratulations, and thank you, again!

The T-shirt contest to end all T-shirt contests

Okay, all.

I have one more “I LOVE HoLS” T-shirt to give away. Do you want it? Then, publish a review of The Choir Immortal on your blog (or in your church newsletter, website, magazine, journal, etc.) by October 31st, send me a link to your review via the contact page of my website, and hope that my father likes it.

That’s right. My dad is judging this contest. The Choir Immortal was dedicated to him, after all, so he has a vested interest in this cause. There is no better judge.

And…wait for it…I’m upping the ante!

The winner of this drawing will not only receive a coveted T-shirt but also a signed copy of both House of Living Stones and The Choir Immortal. That’s right. The winner will receive a package in the mail teeming with the color watermelon-pink.

What are you waiting for? Post a review!

(And here’s your judge…Hi, Dad!)

We have a winner!

Thank you to everyone who posted reviews of The Choir Immortal on Amazon and Goodreads this past month!

I put all of your names in a hat, swished them around, and then my husband swished them around some more. Then, just before he fell asleep (I made him participate in this activity very late at night), he drew out the name…
Congratulations, Stephanie Traphagan! You are the winner of a new, brightly colored T-shirt! Please, send me your name, mailing address, and T-shirt size via the contact page on this website, and I’ll ship you the cheeriest shirt you’ve ever seen.

Win a T-Shirt (Take Three)!

Things are getting real in Bradbury. Amazon – Finally! – has The Choir Immortal back in stock, and many of you have had a chance to read it. I’d now like to hear what you think.

Post a review to Amazon or Goodreads by September 30th, and your name will be entered in a drawing for an “I LOVE House of Living Stones” T-shirt. (Reviewers names who already posted to either site will also be included.)

Look for an announcement of the winner here on October 1st.

Happy reading and reviewing!

Congratulations, Rebekah!

Congratulations, Rebekah! My husband just pulled your name out of a hat while eating his breakfast yogurt, so you are the winner of my second review contest. Please, send me your name, shipping address, and T-shirt size via my contact page on this site, and I will mail you your new T-shirt.

Thank you to everyone who wrote and posted reviews of The Choir Immortal to the past couple of weeks. I have two more T-shirts to give away, so look for more opportunities to win in the weeks ahead. (Hint: Direct your attention toward Amazon.)

Win a T-Shirt (Take Two)!

Okay, y’all. The Choir Immortal has now safely arrived on your Kindles (Wait, it hasn’t? Then, order it, silly!) and the print version will be made available NEXT WEEK, so the race is on to review it.

Want to win one of these fabulously watermelon-pink “I Love House of Living Stones” T-Shirts (as modeled by the lovely Cheryl below)? Simply post a review of The Choir Immortal to Concordia Publishing House‘s website by September 9th.

Each reviewer’s name (whose review has a publishing date of August 28th through September 9th) will be carefully written on a piece of paper, dropped into a hat, and swished around for good measure. Then, my husband will extract one reviewer’s name from the hat and thus crown (or clothe) this contest’s winner.

Look for an announcement of the winner here on September 10th.

Happy reading and reviewing!