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About vannettachapman

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her novel, Falling to Pieces, was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist. A Promise for Miriam earned a spot on the June 2012 Christian Retailing Top Ten Fiction list. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full time. She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband. For more information, visit her at www.VannettaChapman.com

Research…

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Research behind Light of Dawn

Light of DawnThe third and final book in my remnant series released a few days ago. Today I want to share with you some of the research that went into that book. I’ll admit, it was a real hoot to write, and the things I learned? Well they give me a lot of optimism about our future.

  • Alternative energy is a real thing, and I mean on a small scale that the individual family can
    use. Solar power and wind power can supplement what we receive from the electric company. The problem is that it’s very expensive to convert over. Hopefully, in the near future, those prices will come down.
  • Technology is pretty amazing. I’d never heard of things like wave energy or 3D printed trees, but they exist and are being used on a marginal basis throughout the world.
  • There are still large areas of undeveloped land throughout the United States. It’s easy to forget that if you live in a large metropolitan area, but visit the flint hills of Kansas, or the prairies of west Texas, or the high desert in Colorado and you will find mile after mile of barely inhabitedland that can provide resources and homesites for folks.
  • People are resourceful, especially the millennial generation. I think these young people often don’t receive the credit due them. While it’s true that they are “plugged in” much of the time, they are also very intelligent, compassionate men and women. They are also problem solvers with analytical brains.

I had a blast writing this series. It was one of the easiest things I’ve ever written, because the story seemed to unfold by itself. I’m asked at least once a week if there will be more books after Light of Dawn. Unfortunately, the publisher of this series (Harvest House) is closing their fiction line. But there’s a possibility that I’ll continue this series and release them as independent books in the future.

Now it’s your turn. Tell me something that you appreciate about the millennial generation. Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered to receive a $10 Amazon certificate. Last week’s winner was Amy P.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • I have a new Rafflecopter giveaway which includes all 3 books of The Remant.
  • My books Hidden and Protected are now in the KU program, which means they’re free if you’re a KU subscriber and $2.99 if you’re not.
  • Leave a comment on my blog, and I’ll choose a winner for a $10 Amazon gift card.
  • A Perfect Square and Material Witness are on sale for $2.99 this month (ebook format).
  • My publisher, Harvest House has all fiction on sale for half price in paperback format (including 9 of my books). Please check prices before ordering. I’m not sure how long this will last.
  • Share my newsletter with someone, and be entered to win an entire set of books (your choice which series). Details here.

 

 

Fiction Full of WHAT?

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vc logoMost writers have a tag line. It’s something we put on our website, our business cards, our social media pages…anywhere we can fit it. It’s something that is supposed to describe not just our writing, but our mission as a writer.

My tag line is “Fiction Full of Grace.” Today I thought I’d share what I mean by that.

When I first started writing I was writing romantic suspense. Then my agent asked me to write an Amish romance. Then Harper Collins Christian Publishing asked me to write an Amish mystery. Then Harvest House asked me “if you could write anything, what would it be,” and I submitted The Remnant series which is dystopian.

I’ve also written some contemporary romances, a young adult book, and a western. Those haven’t been published yet, but I plan to publish them independently to supplement what I will be writing for Harlequin/Love Inspired (Amish romances which will begin releasing next year).

What do all of those different genres have in common? What is the one thread running through my stories? I thought about that a long time. I struggled over it and prayed about it and even attended workshops with titles like “What’s Your Brand?”

In the end, the answer–for me, was simple. I write Fiction Full of Grace. I write stories that remind us God is ever present, ever caring, and we don’t need to be afraid or worried or anxious. Our heavenly Father loves us more than we can imagine, and we can rest in that knowledge. God’s grace is my brand, my tagline, and it’s the reason that I write.

Now it’s your turn. Tell me what your favorite KIND of story to read is. Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered to receive a $10 Amazon certificate. Last week’s winner was Kate K.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • Light of Dawn has released early. Amazon is already mailing print copies, and the ebook will release on 6-27.
  • My inspirational romantic suspense books are now available on KU, so if you’re a subscriber, please check out Hidden and Protected in the Kindle store.
  • We now have over 60 reviews for What the Bishop Saw on Amazon. Thank you!
  • My new rafflecopter giveaway includes a set of potholders made by one of the Amish women in the Monte Vista community. Details of the giveaway are on my main page.
  • Want to win a copy of Light of Dawn? My publisher is giving away 10 copies on Goodreads.
  • Raging Storm is also on sale for 99 cents in ebook format, and Amazon is offering it for 79 cents.

10 Facts About Me

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V and Bob in Colorado, researching the Amish!

Let’s get to know each other! Today I thought I’d share 10 facts about me–some are a little strange and some are pretty normal. I’ll let you decide which are which.

  1. I did NOT grow up wanting to be a writer. I was always an avid reader.
  2. I’ve lived in 3 states–California, Connecticut, and Texas.
  3. I’m afraid of driving on flyover bridges.
  4. I don’t eat white food.
  5. Hubby and I have 4 grown children, 2 dogs and 2 cats–and that ever present herd of deer.
  6. I love to play the piano and volunteer for my church’s praise band.
  7. Two mornings a week I teach freshman English at my local community college.
  8. My first book released in 2010, and Light of Dawn releases at the end of this month. It will be release #20.
  9. I think of myself as an extroverted introvert. I enjoy being around people, but I really need my alone time too.
  10. I have two degrees in English (a bacherlor’s and a master’s). While I think that was helpful in my writing career, I don’t think it’s necessary for every writer.

Now it’s your turn. Tell me one fact about yourself in the comment section below. Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered to receive a $10 Amazon certificate. Last week’s winner was Natalie K.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

Research Trips

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2017-05-18 19.40.59Earlier this month my husband and I had the pleasure of visiting Monte Vista, Colorado–the setting for my Amish Bishop Mystery Series. Yes, there are Amish there! Here are a few things I learned while in the area:

  • The Amish actually live 8 miles south of town, so you rarely see buggies and horses in town. One young Amish woman told me that they only take a buggy to town once or twice a year. The rest of the time they hire a driver.
  • Once you do find an Amish store, most of them have a printed brochure that lists the other Amish stores in the area. This was very handy! Driver beware: most of the roads were not paved.
  • All of the Amish homes we saw, in fact nearly every home we saw in the valley–Amish or not–had solar power.
  • One Amish gentleman told us that there are approximately 40 families in the Monte Vista area. There is also a small community across the mountains in Westcliff.
  • Amish do visit the wildlife areas in the valley. We saw a family of 4 at the Sand Dunes National park.

2017-05-18 10.59.21We very much enjoyed our time in the San Luis Valley. Though it was mid-May, the temperatures dropped to 25 in the evening and there was a snowfall in the mountains of six inches. I’ll be sharing souvenirs, photos, and videos from the area as books 2 and 3 of this series release.

I’m still giving away a $10 Amazon certificate with each blog. Last week’s winner was Dianne. You can be entered this week by leaving a comment below. Tell me if you’ve ever met/talked to an Amish person!

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • What the Bishop Saw is now available in stores and with all e-retailers.
  • My new rafflecopter giveaway includes a set of potholders made by one of the Amish women in the Monte Vista community. Details of the giveaway are on my main page.
  • My Shipshewana Amish mystery series is on sale for $2.99 for all 3 e-books.
  • Want to win a copy of WTBS? My publisher is giving away 10 copies on Goodreads.
  • My inspirational romantic suspense novels are still 99 cents in the kindle and nook stores.
  • Raging Storm is also on sale for 99 cents in ebook format. Light of Dawn will release on 6-27 in ebook and 7-1 in print.

The San Luis Valley

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What The Bishop SawHave you ever been to the San Luis Valley? It’s the setting for my new release, What the Bishop Saw which is now available where ever books are sold. Today I thought I’d share some information about the area.

  • The San Luis Valley is located in south central Colorado. It actually stretches from Colorado into New Mexico.
  • The portion in Colorado is approximately 100 miles long and 50 miles wide.
  • The San Juan Mountains (part of the Rockies) rise to the west of the valley, and the Sangre De Cristo Mountains rise to the east.
  • The valley is also home to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
  • zzdata-20020_686x480The area receives 7-8 inches of rain a year, and the growing season is only 90 days.
  • Monte Vista, the setting for my Amish Bishop Mysteries, is known for being a very artistic community.
  • Amish have lived in the area for nearly 100 years.

I’m going to be visiting the area next week, and hopefully posting live video onto my Facebook page, so be sure and follow me there. Now it’s your turn. Where’s one place that you would like to visit this summer? Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card. Last week’s winner was Mari.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • What the Bishop Saw is now available in stores and with all e-retailers.
  • My rafflecopter giveaway winner was Jackie T. I’ll post another giveaway in the next week, so be sure and check out my main page.
  • My Shipshewana Amish mystery series is on sale for $2.99 for all 3 e-books.
  • Want to win a copy of WTBS? My publisher is giving away 10 copies on Goodreads.
  • My inspirational romantic suspense novels are still 99 cents in the kindle and nook stores.
  • I’ll be presenting at the Lampasas Public library in Lampasas, TX on May 23rd at 10:30 and 5:30. If you’re in the area, please stop by!

Inspiration

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What The Bishop SawAs you know, What the Bishop Saw is available in the Kindle store. The actual book releases on May 1, and the print as well as ebook will be available everywhere books are sold on that date.

Today I thought I’d share with you my inspiration for this novel, which was actually 3 things.

  1. When I was in Ohio on a book tour with Shelley Shepard Gray and Amy Clipston, we have the fun pleasure of meeting with a local Amish church group at a diner. I sat next to the bishop, and he shared with me his duties, the everyday problems of raising children, and his love for the members of his church. As you can imagine, it was an awesome experience.
  2. from Heini's Cheese shopLater in that tour, we visited Heini’s Cheese in Berlin, Ohio. An old Amish gentleman named Atlee gave us a tour of the place. He was funny, sharp as a tack, very energetic, and he was in his 80s. Atlee is who I thought of as I wrote about my bishop, Henry Lapp. I did decide to make Henry a little younger.
  3. Lastly I’m a news junked. I came across an article about people who had suffered from traumatic brain injuries, and the result was that they had amazing abilities that they hadn’t had before. They became accidental savants. Which started me thinking, would that be a good thing or a bad thing? But we believe, as Christians, that all things work together for the good of those that love God…so I knew where my story needed to go.

I’m having a lot of fun with this series, and I like exploring the idea that God can turn any situation into good. Now it’s your turn. What situation have you seen God use for good — in your life or someone that you know? Leave a comment, and I’ll pull one name randomly to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate. Last week’s winner was Linda M.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • What the Bishop Saw will release in stores everywhere on May 1. Be on the look out!
  • My rafflecopter giveaway is live – this month I’m giving away a mystery package! You can access here or simply go to my webpage and scan to the bottom of the page.
  • My inspirational romantic suspense novels are still 99 cents in the kindle and nook stores.
  • I’ll be presenting at the Lampasas Public library in Lampasas, TX on May 23rd at 5:30. If you’re in the area, please stop by!

What the Bishop Saw

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What The Bishop SawI had a nice surprise when I peeked over at my Amazon page this week – What the Bishop Saw is available in the Kindle store. The actual book releases on May 1, and the print as well as ebook will be available everywhere books are sold on that date. Until then, Kindle readers get an early chance to read this new cozy mystery. I think Amazon does this to help build reviews before the actual release date, which is fine by me!

What the Bishop Saw is a story of extraordinary talents, the bonds of love and friendship, and the unfailing grace of God.

San Luis Valley, Colorado

San Luis Valley, Colorado

Some of you have tried my Shipshewana Amish Mystery series or my Amish Village Mystery series. You know that these are books about community and how our faith supports us in the worst of times. They’re fun who-done-it stories. The fact that they’re set in a Plain community is an added twist.

This new series, titled The Amish Bishop Series, is set in Monte Vista, Colorado. Yes, there are Amish there, and I plan on visiting next month. I’ll bring you some live video, lots of pictures, and of course a few souvenirs. In the meantime, I hope you’ll check out the Kindle copy of WTBS or pre-order if your fav format.

Now it’s your turn? What do you enjoy about cozy mysteries? Leave a comment, and I’ll pull one name randomly to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate.

 

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • Falling to Pieces is on sale for $1.99 in ebook format through April 13th – Amazon, B&N, CBD
  • Material Witness will be on sale for $1.99 April 13-16th – Amazon, B&N, CBD
  • Paperback versions of Material Witness are currently $5.79 in the Amazon store.
  • My rafflecopter giveaway is live – this month I’m giving away a mystery package! You can access here or simply go to my webpage and scan to the bottom of the page.

Amish Fun Facts 3

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I wanted to share more Amish fun facts. I hope you enjoy these. Many people ask me about the day to day happening in Amish life.

  • Do they celebrate holidays?
  • What kind of toys do the children play with?
  • How does that dating thing really work?

I’ve enjoyed visiting with Amish families and asking these questions myself. Click on each picture to enlarge it, and feel free to share on your Facebook pages or twitter feeds or just forward the email to someone who enjoys learning about the Amish. These pictures are from Amish communities in Ohio and Indiana. If you ever get the chance to visit, they’re both wonderful places to go.

You may occasionally read different and even conflicting things in Amish books. This is because each community does things a little differently. Their churches operate independently, although they share the same traditions. The Ordnung (rules) of each community are decided by local leadership and members. What have you learned about the Amish that surprised you? Leave a comment and I’ll choose one winner to send an Amish prize package to.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • My next Amish book, What the Bishop Saw, releases six weeks. This is a new cozy mystery series, and it takes place in Monte Vista, Colorado. Pre-order details here.
  • CBD is offering paperback versions of Raging Storm for $8.99. That’s 40% off. Amazon has lowered the price to $9.99.
  • My inspirational romantic suspense books, Hidden and Protected are currently 99 cents in the Kindle and Nook stores.
  • I’ll be selling and signing books at the Tyler Quilt Show this Friday and Saturday. If you live in the area, please stop by and say hello!

Amish Fun Facts 2

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Time for some more Amish fun facts! I hope you enjoy these. Click on each picture to enlarge it, and feel free to share on your Facebook pages or twitter feeds or just forward the email to someone who enjoys learning about the Amish. These are all pictures that I took while visiting Amish communities in Ohio and Indiana. If you ever get the chance, they’re both wonderful places to go.

Feel free to chime in with your comments/observations. I know that the Amish do things differently in different communities, so your experience might have been different than mine.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • My next Amish book will be What the Bishop Saw, and it takes place in Monte Vista, Colorado. Pre-order details here.
  • My publisher is offering free shipping on paperback versions of Raging Storm and a price of $10.49. Use promo promo code RAGINGSTORM when you checkout.
  • CBD is offering paperback versions of Raging Storm for $8.99. That’s 40% off.
  • Our Goodreads giveaway began and will continue through the 28th. We’re giving away 10 copies of Raging StormClick here to enter.
  • Lots of blog stops and giveaways. Click here to learn more.

Early Release & a Book Club

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C2enUnWXUAEx80SI’m all for sharing fantastic news–Amazon has released Raging Storm early! I love that. CBD and B&N will be releasing in the next week. Reviews are already coming in.

So fast paced that it was hard to put down. ~Sandy

Well written and engaging. ~Kris

I loved this book. ~Keri

Biding my time for the next book, which can’t come fast enough. ~Maureen

As excited as I am, I’m not blogging today simply to tell you about my new book. I also wanted to share that my publisher, Harvest House, is hosting a Book Club for Raging Storm. You can apply to participate here.

Each Participants will receive:
• A free copy of “Raging Storm” with other themed gifts
• Access to an exclusive Facebook group with discussions and interactions with the author.

Last day to apply is Friday, January 27th. We’re doing lots of fun things to celebrate this release. Check out the Announcements below my signature

Raging Storm is about the enduring nature of our faith, the importance of family and friends, and the certainty that God’s grace is always enough. I hope you’ll give it a try. The first chapter can be read on Goodreads or you can download a sample from your favorite ebook vendor.

Blessings,

V~

Announcements for this week:

  • There’s still 2 days left to enter to win my Texas Prize Pack.
  • I’ll be having a Facebook release party on Feb 2nd at 6:30 p.m. CST, and yes, there will be prizes!
  • Deep Shadows, book 1 in my dystopian series is now 99 cents with all ebook vendors.
  • Overshadowed, the prequel to this series is free all the time (ebook only).
  • An Amish Market is $1.99 with all ebook vendors for a very limited time.
  • Paperback versions of Deep ShadowsRaging Storm, and What the Bishop Saw are all under $9 at ChristianBooks.com.