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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

Inspiration

Amish Bishop Mysteries Comments: 11

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.

Why Dystopian

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I’m so excited to let you know that Deep Shadows, book 1 in my dystopian series, The Remnant, is now on sale for 99 cents! It doesn’t get any better than that, unless it’s free. Speaking of free, Overshadowed, the prequel to this series is free all the time (ebook only).

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I thought it would be fun to answer some of the most frequent questions I receive about this series.

Q. What is dystopian anyway? I’ll skip the fancy, academic definitions. Dystopian books deal with the future (in this case, the near future), and they portray a world that isn’t quite as perfect as we’d like it to be.

Q. Why did you write that? I like challenging myself with questions like Would I be smart enough to… Many times the answer to that is maybe at best! My mom knows a lot more about practical living than I do, but I like to think that I could learn. In many ways, this series asks if I could live a plain and simple life. (Remind you of something else I’ve written?)

Q. What point did you hope to get across? That God’s grace is always enough, regardless our circumstance. That maybe it would be good if we got to know our neighbors a little better. That simpler makes sense. That teenagers are smarter than we often give them credit for. And that we are all stronger when we pull together.

Q. Is their faith in this story? Yes, there is! I can’t imagine writing about main characters who don’t have their feet set firmly on the truth of scripture. Which doesn’t mean their perfect. Shelby and Max and Carter have their doubts, they struggle with questions of why, and they sometimes don’t know what they should do in a situation. But always, they fall back on their faith.

Q. Will you still write Amish books? Yes! What the Bishop Saw is a new Amish mystery series set in Colorado and will release 5-1-17.

Now it’s your turn. If you have a question, let me know.

Blessings,

V~

Announcements for this week:

  • 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).
  • Sarah’s Orphans is currently $3.19 and Anna’s Healing is $2.99 in the Amazon Kindle store.
  • Raging Storm recently received a 4 star review from Romantic Times. This is the 2nd book in my series The Remnant and will release 1-31-17. If you pre-order, Amazon offers a price guarantee. If the price goes down between now and release, you’ll receive the lower price.
  • Paperback versions of Deep Shadows, Raging Storm, and What the Bishop Saw are all under $9 at ChristianBooks.com.

Amish Fun Facts

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It’s true that the Amish have a simpler way of celebrating the birth of Christ. At least it seems more simple than much of the hullabaloo that I see around me. Why is there such an appeal to that? I suppose because we imagine it would be less stressful, less expensive, and more focused on the birth of Christ. We can all do those things without “becoming Amish,” which is part of the fun of reading about their unique lifestyle–it gives us ideas that we can apply to our own.

In my house this year we are simplifying dramatically, and I’ve enjoyed it. We’re still celebrating the birth of Christ, still sharing a few gifts, but anything that makes me feel stressed or tense I’m passing on. Meals are less fancy, gifts are fewer in number, decorations are less…but we’re having a lot of time enjoying a blazing fire in the hearth and I have big plans for a competitive Scrabble game. For me, Christmas is about faith, family, and taking the time to appreciate both.

I’ve started sharing Amish Fun Facts on my Facebook page. I’ll also share them here once a month. Click on the pictures above, and they will enlarge so you can read the Fun Fact. If there’s a specific question you have about the Amish, leave it in the comments section. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll ask around. And if you’re on Pinterest, feel free to pin the images to your Amish board.

Blessings and Merry Christmas!

V~

Announcements for this week:

  • Sarah’s Orphans is currently $3.19 and Anna’s Healing is $2.99 in the Amazon Kindle store.
  • Raging Storm recently received a 4 star review from Romantic Times. This is the 2nd book in my series The Remnant and will release 1-31-17.
  • A Simple Amish Christmas and The Christmas Quilt are now available in paperback, ebook, and audio book (including Audible.com). A Simple Amish Christmas was my first Amish book and one that is still special to me. My short story, Christmas at Pebble Creek, is free on all e-readers. If you haven’t read these, I think you would enjoy them!

Keeping Christmas Simple

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Nativity Christmas ornaments on gold.
I believe that one reason Amish fiction is so popular is that we all long for simpler times.

For me, that’s especially true during the holidays. I enjoy being “out and about” to celebrate the season, but not if there’s a large crowd. And my heart longs to spend time at home, curled up in front of the fire with my family. So what can we learn from the Amish about Christmas preparation?

  • People over things. During the weeks before Christmas, there’s a lot to get done. But maybe not all of that “stuff” has to be done. If you have a choice between rushing around decorating or shopping…vs spending time with a friend/family member, choose the second.
  • Don’t overspend. Culture teaches us that we can make our loved ones happy if we just find the perfect gift, but is that true? Gifts are symbolic of how much we care for someone, and there are other ways we can show we care.
  • Take time for the spiritual. This is a holy season, but often things related to our faith get pushed to the back burner in the rush and worry of Christmas. This year take time to attend a local service, read the Christmas story from your Bible, and pray.
  • Surprise someone. So much of what we love about the holiday is seeing joy in someone else’s eyes and feeling like we brightened their world. Reach out to a neighbor, an elderly person from your church, or a struggling young family. This doesn’t have to cost money. You can bake a plate of cookies.
  • Rest. Too often when the holidays are over we find ourselves exhausted and depressed. This year vow to take care of yourself, to rest when you need rest, to curl up in front of the fire when you need peace, and to take care of yourself physically by eating right and exercising.

Now it’s your turn. Tell us a way that you have learned to simplify the celebration of Christmas.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • My short story, Christmas at Pebble Creek, is free on all e-readers. If you haven’t read it, please give it a try!
  • A Simple Amish Christmas and The Christmas Quilt are now available in paperback, ebook, and audio book (including Audible.com). A Simple Amish Christmas was my first Amish book and one that is still special to me.
  • Quite a few of my books are currently on sale in both paperback and ebook. You can visit my author page at AmazonB&N, and CBD for details.
  • I’m participating in the Amish Wisdom giveaway. You could win a copy of Sarah’s OrphansCheck it out here.

Amish Holidays

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amish-buggyOne of the most frequent questions I get is: How do the Amish celebrate holidays?

The short answer is “it depends.” Different communities celebrate different ways. Each family has their own traditions. But there are some common things that you’ll find in an Amish home if you were to stop by on Thanksgiving:

  • The meal will be a potluck. Remember Amish families are quite large, so one woman wouldn’t try to cook the entire thing.
  • Families do get together. They usually live close to one another, see each other often, and eat together for holiday meals.
  • There will be lots of youngsters. I mean a lot. The average Amish family has 8-10 children, and each of those grow up and marry and have 8-10 children. One sweet Amish woman I met told me she had 42 grandchildren!
  • There will be games. The Amish love to play games–everything from Checkers to Dutch Blitz to Jenga to board games.
  • Amish folks like to be outside, so you’re likely to see them playing baseball or jumping on the trampoline. It’s also common to find them fishing and hunting when they have a day off.
  • And remember, there’s no television. Chances are you won’t find men sitting around watching a football game, though you still might find them asleep in their recliner.

One of the reasons that I like to write about the Amish is that it reminds me to simplify my life, to pay more attention to the people around me, and to focus on my faith. I hope that this holiday season you are able to do the same.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • Quite a few of my books are currently on sale in both paperback and ebook. You can visit my author page at Amazon, B&N, and CBD for details.
  • I’ve put out a call for my 2017 Street Team. If you missed the announcement in my newsletter, you can access the form to apply here.
  • I’m giving away 5 Christmas packages. Interested? Check out the details here.
  • An Amish Harvest once again earned a place on the ECPA bestseller list. This is the 3rd month in a row, and I so appreciate my co-authors and the work they put into this collection of stories.

Do Amish Vote

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img_4211I’m often asked if the Amish cast a vote in local and national elections. Since I wasn’t sure, I asked some Amish folk when I was visiting northern Indiana. Their answer was typically brief, “Some do.”

When I pressed the point, the person told me that largely it will depend on the community that you live in. Some bishops encourage participation. Others suggest that they remain apart and not involve themselves in politics. It is never forbidden to vote.

What impressed me was when an Amish woman admitted, “We may vote, but we don’t sit around and watch the news or read the paper worrying over the outcome. We leave that to God.”

I don’t know about you, but I could do with a little less news watching myself.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week: