Category Archives: Amish fiction

Good Books & Old Friends

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As fall settles over the Texas Hill Country, my thoughts turn to good books and old friends. Not such a strange combination, if you think about it.

I love to read in the fall. (Confession–I love to read all the time.) When the weather turns cold, I like to make a hot cup of tea or coffee, grab a book, and curl up in a chair. I can disappear there for hours on end. Sometimes it takes a good friend to tug on my arm and remind me I should go outside, go with them for a cup of coffee, spend a little time in the real world. My next release, Amish Christmas Memories, was dedicated to just this kind of friend.

I’ve known Vicki since I was 13 years old–that was a long time ago! At first I babysat her children, and then her children grew up and babysat mine. Now one of those girls–Kristy–is my virtual assistant. I don’t know what I’d do without her!

I recently went to see Vicki while we were in Houston. The thing about old friends, is that you pick up right where you left off. It doesn’t seem to matter how long it’s been. They’re your friend. They’ll always be your friend. People often ask me why Amish fiction is so popular. One of the reasons, I think, is because it focuses on friendship and family and the things that we treasure in life.

So tell me about an old friend you have. I’ll randomly choose one name to win a book for you and your best friend. Last post’s winner was Steve C.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • 5 of my Amish novels are on sale this month in ebook format for $1.99 or less. Purchase through Amazon or check your favorite retailer. Always confirm the price before purchasing.
  • We’re having antoher sale in my VCReader’s Boutique.  Click here to browse my items and remember that I add new items several times a week. Enter discount coupon Fall10percentoff for 10% off your entire order now through the end of the month. All crafted items now let you CHOOSE which book you’d like to go with it.
  • I’m going to Ireland, and I’d love for you to go with me. This trip is for writers, friends of writers, or readers who want to come and hang out with me and Amanda Flower. Details here. 
  • I have a new rafflectoper giveaway going which includes a beautiful fall-colored afghan made by my mom. Click here and scan down for details.
  • Amish Christmas Memories, my next release, is now available for pre-order.

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Celebrating

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Some of you may have seen my announcement on Facebook that I’ve signed a contract with Harlequin/Love Inspired for 6 additional books in my Indiana Amish Brides series. I’m beyond excited and grateful. So today, I thought I’d share with you a peek into what’s Coming Soon

The following are all working titles and subject to change!

  • Book 3 – Amish Matchmaker
  • Book 4 – Her Amish Cowboy
  • Book 5 – His Second Chance
  • Book 6 – For Richer or Poorer
  • Book 7 – Her Secret Child
  • Book 8 – Amish Blessings
  • Book 9 – Trouble Times Two

All are Amish romances that focus on faith, family, and God’s grace in our lives. They’ll release over the next 4 years. I want to thank each of you. The fact that you read quality Christian fiction helps publishers choose to promote that type of fiction. We couldn’t do it without you!

Comment below with the first Amish book you remember reading, and I’ll draw one winner to receive an earlier release from my book closet. Our winner from the last post was Pamela Bain, who I’ve already been in contact with. (If your name is Pamela and you didn’t receive an email from me, it was a different Pamela.)

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • We’re having a sale in my VCReader’s Boutique including autographed copies of my newest release with quilted bookmarks for only $7.  Click here to browse my items and remember that I add new items several times a week. Enter discount coupon Back2School20 for 20% off your entire order now through the end of the month.
  • Three of my Amish mysteries are on sale this month in ebook format for $1.99 – A Perfect Square, Murder Simply Brewed and Murder Freshly Baked.
  • I have a new rafflectoper giveaway going which includes 6 autographed books and a book bag. Click here and scan down for details.

A Widow’s Hope

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I9781335509642‘m so happy to share with you the cover of my first Harlequin/Love Inspired book. Isn’t it beautiful?

And here’s the back cover blurb:

His scars are visible.
Hers are hidden…
An
Indiana Amish Brides match

After tragedy claimed her husband’s life and her son’s ability to walk, Hannah King doesn’t want a new man. She has her family, a home and mounting debts. Scarred Amish bachelor Jacob Schrock offers Hannah the job she desperately needs. But while Hannah helps Jacob resolve his accounting issues, can she and her little boy also heal his wounded heart?

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Monte Vista, Colorado

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This week I wanted to share with you pictures from the Amish community in Monte Vista, Colorado. If you’re receiving this blog in your email box, you might need to click on the link in order for the photographs to show. Who the Bishop Knows, the last of my novels set in Monte Vista, officially released on March 6, and I’m so pleased at the response. Thank you to everyone who Continue reading

The Story Behind the Story

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plain-simple-3My newest release, Sarah’s Orphans, is about a young Amish girl who is abandoned by her mother, left to raise her siblings, and then finds two homeless children. Today I thought I’d share the “story behind the story.”

  • I started out with this question. As Christians, are we still responsible for caring for orphans? I mean there are a lot more government/charity programs than there were in Jesus’s day. Orphanages in the US are rare, and there are long waiting lists for parents seeking children to adopt.
  • I spent a lot of time on the national and state websites for adoption. One thing I learned is that currently there are 400,000 children living in the U.S. without permanent families. Of those 100,000 are eligible for adoption.
  • Of course we can’t all adopt a child right now, for various reasons–health, economics, etc. So how can we help?codys-creek-collage
  • I also learned that the Amish have adopted in the past. Here is a great story of adoption within their faith, and here is another describing adoption outside of their religion in the past.
  • Of course I visited Cody’s Creak (which is actually Chouteau, Oklahoma), and had a wonderful time talking to the Amish and taking pictures.

The children in this story really won my heart! Of course it’s not an easy path to blend two families together, but my goal was to show that God can use each of us in a special way, and we can all find a small way to minister to others.

Now it’s your turn. Do you have any questions about Sarah’s Orphans?

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • Anna’s Healing, the first full length book in the series and a Christy Award finalist, is still on sale for $2.99 at Amazon (ebook).
  • Anna’s Healing will soon be available in large print. So if you prefer large print books, pass this along to your local library and ask them to purchase it.
  • Deep Shadows is now available in print and ebook. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD. And the price has stayed below $9 for most vendors, so get your copy today! CBD is offering the print book for 47% off — only $7.99
  • I will be at the Jewett Quilt show next weekend. If you’re in the Waco, Texas area, stop by and say hello. I’ll also have autographed copies of all of my newest releases for sale.
  • Also, my Fall Rafflecopter giveaway will be live tomorrow, and I think you’re going to love this month’s Prize Package. Details and entry form will be on my main webpage tomorrow, so stop by and check us out!

5 Ways to UnPlug

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So I tried an experiment last week. I unplugged. Completely. I didn’t check my email, or log into Facebook. I didn’t tweet, and I didn’t post pictures to Instagram. Wow!!! This was a big step for me. (I did pre-post some things to Facebook and Twitter, so you know…no one would forget me.)

Have you ever done this? It was eye-opening for me. I had reached the point where I was “checking things” constantly. Even late at night, or first thing in the morning. I learned some awesome things:

  • The world doesn’t end when I don’t read the news
  • My head got quieter, like, there was peace and quiet in there
  • I had to talk to people when I was in line at the store
  • At first I kept reaching for my phone, and then I’d realize that I didn’t need to touch it if it didn’t ring!
  • I spent more time with friends, family, and my pets, and I was more “present” while I was with them.

Now I’m not saying that any of these things are bad, but for me the habit was out of control. So how can you unplug? It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing deal. You could just reduce if you feel it’s overwhelming you. But where do you start?

  1. Make the decision to only check your e-mail once a day. If anyone needs me urgently, they’ll call.
  2. Go on to Facebook once a day and scan quickly. You don’t have to read/like/comment on every post. Just tag in and out.
  3. If you TWEET or INSTAGRAM, you don’t have to do that every day either. Every meal doesn’t have to be shared. You don’t have to take a selfie at every event. It’s actually kind of nice to keep some things private.
  4. It’ll only feel strange for the first few days.
  5. Spend the time you would be on-line doing something else–pet your dog, work on the craft project you abandoned, finish a book in your TBR pile. Do the things you like to do.

So how about you? Have you ever tried to unplug? Why or why not? And what was the result? There’s a comment button next to the title of this blog. If you’re receiving it in email, just click on the link and then look next to the title. I’d love to hear from you!

Amish Harvest pre-order promo_FINALAnnouncements for this week:

  • Brian’s Choice is on sale for 99 cents. This is a lovely 76 page novella that introduces my Plain & Simple Miracles series.
  • Anna’s Healing, the first full length book in the series and a Christy Award finalist, is on sale for $2.99.
  • An Amish Harvest will release in 6 days, and my publisher is offering a TREAT BOX to the first 100 readers who pre-order.
  • Deep Shadows is now available in print and ebook. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD. And the price has stayed below $9 for most vendors, so get your copy today!

Also, my Rafflecopter giveaway is live, and I think you’re going to love this month’s Prize Package. Details on my main webpage, so stop by and check us out!

Blessings,

Vannetta

Summer Blues

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Phoebe with a new toy

Phoebe with a new toy

Actually summer in Texas isn’t blue, it’s RED HOT! I now avoid the weather app, because I know what it’s going to say. 100+ for the next 15 days. ((sigh)) I realize the heat isn’t limited to Texas. I read it was 100 degrees in Anchorage, Alaska last week. Wow!

So do you get the summer blues? I’m noticing that people around me are acting a bit sluggish. Maybe we’re all conserving our energy. Always, when the weather turns to blazing hot, I remember this verse from Ecclesiastes, chapter 3, verse 1.

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

When I was a child, with no a/c in our house, summertime was a time to read, work on jigsaw puzzles, and if we had a chance play in the water hose. Not a lot has changed since then. We have a/c, but I still use summer to read, and if I can get away with it I play in the water hose. My dogs love that!

If you find yourself feeling a bit blue, tired, or under the weather, just remember that there’s a time for every season … and we’ll be laughing about this in September.

How do YOU spend hot, summer days? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you and your comment could encourage someone else!

Amish Harvest pre-order promo_FINALAnnouncements for this week:

  • An Amish Harvest will release soon, and my publisher is offering a TREAT BOX to the first 100 readers who pre-order.
  • Deep Shadows is now available in print and ebook. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD. And the price has stayed below $9 for most vendors, so get your copy today!
  • The giveaway at Chat with Vera will last through 8-9. Leave a comment on the blog to be entered to win a copy of Deep Shadows.
  • My publisher is also giving away a copy of Deep Shadows. You can enter here and read about what Deep Shadows and Amish fiction have in common.

Our winner for last week’s blog was Linda P. I’ve sent her an email, so if you’re Linda P. be sure and check your email! Also, I’m going to take a little rest from giving away books here, but I’ll continued to offer a Rafflecopter giveaway once a month on my main webpage, so stop by and check us out!

Blessings,

Vannetta