Book 4: Melody Markett’s Crash Course On Life (The Lutheran Ladies Series)

How does a woman of the night become a Lutheran Lady?

LLC: Melody Markett's Crash Course on LifeAs a young orphaned teen, Mel Steuben found a questionable, but  opportune way to survive during wartime—but tragic changes nudged her to bury that lifestyle. Over the years, she’s built her identity as a keeper of confidences, a church woman, and a master mortician. Known as the Funeral Queen, she attends a Circle meeting to do what she does best—herd the opinionated women in planning a funeral service for their most eccentric member.

Unfortunately, Kick Carter, a college student and relative of the deceased, would rather do anything else than discuss a useless ceremony or expose her hidden guilt in her aunt’s death.

As Steuben and the Lutheran ladies assist in end-of-life details, their good intentions create chaos for the twenty-year-old who is twisting her nights out of control. Steuben has seen and lived this before. Now she must decide which is more important: unburying her closely-guarded past or opening her carefully built life to the messiness of people. And it’s beginning to look like Kick Carter may turn out to be the most challenging thing that’s happened to Mel Steuben yet.

If you enjoyed Thanks for Leaving, you’ll love Melody Markett’s Crash Course on Life. Colorful. Humorous and alive. The journey sweeps you into joy and heartbreak, reminding you that wisdom appears in the midst of tragedy and connections grow when we’re lost.

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Book Three: Thanks for Leaving (The Lutheran Ladies Circle Series)

Where does an old lady sneak off to when she ditches her church group?

If she’s stubborn and peppery like Aunt Ula, she rides a train back to her secrets.

Ula’s looking for pieces of her past, and the trail began on a southern railway over sixty years ago. This time, a guilt-laden, leopard-haired gal has decided to be her friend and

Book Three

Book Three

seatmate. The twenty-five-year-old is also running away, her remorse trailing all the way back to Texas. The two discover they have stories in common and secrets to share.
But Ula can’t explain the force driving her to collect the pieces of her past–particularly a memento hidden during WWII by a man most people think is a figment of her imagination.
With the strange Texas gal’s help, she may be able to find it…
After all, both women already know the first rule of change:
You have to leave to start the journey

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Book Two

Book Two: Through the Knothole (The Lutheran Ladies Circle Series)

They’re Back, but this time….Kay McCabe is about to lose her house. As a single mom, it’s taken her years to create a safe, cozy home. But when two old Lutheran women need a place to stay, she’s pretty sure she’s about to lose even more.

When Kay’s job falls off an economic cliff, her knee-jerk solutions of renting rooms to the Lutherans and working in a bar, plug up life even more. Now she’s stuck in a new job she hates. Exhausted, she comes home to a couple of comical old church women who barely restrain their opinions, especially about her romantic interest. It’s like living with her mother again—actually two mothers.

She’s lost her privacy. Lost her humor. Lost her faith in others. And God isn’t answering his email.

Now Kay must decide: to try to get life back to normal—or squeeze through a knothole toward the new and unknown.

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EBook: Book One

EBook: Book One

BOOK 1: PLUCKING ONE STRING ( in the Lutheran Ladies’ Series)

DESCRIPTION:Vera Henley can’t change the past—and doesn’t want to. She’s pulled the strings of every event at Shaded Valley Lutheran—until now. The shock of widowhood, a new pastor, and thowing out annual traditions have become tangled threads of humor and heartache. Suddenly, the old custodian knows more about what’s happening around church than Vera does. The new, young pastor is altering time-honored Christmas and Easter celebrations, and the fashionable Lorena Ard is trying to become the new queen bee. Worst of all, the other peppery


Paperback: Book One

Paperback: Book One

church women are enjoying these fresh twists. Vera will do what she’s always done with change—fix it. But change can’t be fixed.


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10 thoughts on “Books

    • So sorry, Shari, to be late in getting back to comment. I’ve committed to more projects than I should’ve, but I see light at the end of the tunnel.

      Thank you for such great praise. In February, I’ll be working on the next Lutheran Ladies Book: Melody Markett’s Crash Course for Women.

      Perhaps you’ve read the 3rd LLC book. She’s quite a colorful character. I think it’s interesting to see how church life rasps and hopefully polishes who we were, are, and will be.

      Thanks again for taking time to write. I appreciate it.
      Hugs and blessings.

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  3. This is me finally come to visit! Love the sound of your story. I’ll try and get it for my Kindle (I love real paper books but I also love the speed and immediacy of getting the book I want to read with my Kindle!) I’m off on a long train journey soon so your book will be a treat then!

    • I know. I know. I like holding a book. There’s just something about it. Paperback editions are available from Amazon just for us bookies who love to curl up and open a book with a spine. Thanks for your interest.

  4. Hello there

    Thanks for visiting my blog, hitting the like button, leaving me comments. How super sweet of you!!

    Glad I followed you back here. Pardon the footprints as I wander around.


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