Category Archives: Amish fiction

The San Luis Valley

Amish Bishop Mysteries, Amish facts/history, Amish fiction Comments: 56

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!

The Story Behind the Story

Amish adoption, Amish facts/history, Amish fiction, plainmiracles Comments: 4

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

Amish fiction, Christian living Comments: 14

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

Amish fiction, Texas, the Remnant Comments: 8
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

May Special

Amish fiction, Pebble Creek Series, Special Sale Price Comments: 2

pebble creekDo you enjoy reading on your back porch? I do! At the end of the day, I want to grab a snack and glass of iced tea, mosey out to the porch, and read in peace and quite for a little while. Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way.

Once a month, I’d like to offer you a special price, and this month that special offer is for my Pebble Creek series. A Promise for Miriam, A Home for Lydia, and A Wedding for Julia introduce the Amish community of Pebble Creek, Wisconsin, and the kind, caring people there. As they face challenges to their community from the English world, they come together to reach out to their non-Amish neighbors while still preserving their cherished Plain ways. The special low price is $10 (plus tax and $2.50 for shipping), and of course I will autograph it for you and include some bookmarks. This is 30% less than the book is currently being offered on Amazon, so I hope you will take advantage of the offer. Choose the book you’d like, fill in the autograph to box, and click BUY NOW. You’ll be taken to a secure Paypal site where you can enter your credit card or debit card number.

 

A Promise for Miriam

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A Home for Lydia


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A Wedding for Julia


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Now get ye to the back porch, and enjoy some rest. And while you’re there–happy reading! Blessings,

V

Harvest House Publishers

Amish fiction, Harvest House Publishers Comments: 6

I had the pleasure of visiting my publisher Harvest House in Eugene, Oregon this week. What a fun time! I thought I’d share with you a few things I learned while there.

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AH & PL

Amish fiction, plainmiracles, Project Linus Comments: 3

Anna’s Healing and Project Linus

Wow! Anna’s Healing is shipping to a store near you and will be available everywhere by October 1. I’m pretty excited. But I’m even more excited to tell you about Project Linus, which greatly influenced the writing of this book. One of the PL coordinators, graciously offered to answer a few questions for me. Thank you, Melissa E. Later this month, we’ll be giving away some great PL stuff, and we’ll also provide a link where you can purchase Anna’s Healing and have a portion of the proceeds go to PL. Now for our interview:

 

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