Shipshewana Corn Maze
I’m writing this blog on August 28th, and I’m dreaming about fall! The temperature here in central Texas has hung around 100 for the past … 60 days or so. Last night at 9 pm it was still 90! I’m not complaining. I love Texas, but I find myself daydreaming about fall. So I thought we’d share some fun fall spots, and you can comment with places you like to visit and/or things you like to do.
- I’ve been to Shipshewana many times, but I’ve never been to the corn maze. This thing is amazing! I read that it’s done with the help of GPS. Shipshewana is located in NE Indiana and it’s a lovely spot to visit. (If you end up at the corn maze, please send me a picture!)
along the Pumpkinvine Trail near Middlebury, IN
I’ve also been down the Pumpkinvine Trail a few times. I’ve even ridden bikes there, but never in the fall. I think it would be lovely! You can catch the trail in several spots–including Middlebury and Shipshewana.
- I’ve been to Lancaster, PA but not in the fall. Their Harvest Days look like a lot of fun!
Now it’s your turn. What’s one of your favorite things to do in the fall? It can be a place you like to visit, or something you enjoy doing in your own hometown. Tell us about it!
Bicycling in Shipshe
Amish home, Middlebury, IN
Amish mom and child
Out and about
I’m so excited about the release of my new collection: Plain and Simple Miracles. These stories are very near and dear to me. Brian’s Choice (a novella) is already available, and Anna’s Healing (a full length novel) will begin shipping in a few weeks. So I thought now would be a good time to DEBUNK some of the myths surrounding the Amish.
My first Amish book released in 2010. I’ve visited communities in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma since then. I’ve walked through barns, shared meals, and visited schoolhouses. Here are a few of the myths I’ve learned are not true–at least not in the places I’ve been.
- Amish only walk or ride in buggies. Nope. I’ve seen Amish folk on bicycles and scooters. And of course they ride in cars when they’re traveling farther than a few miles.
- Amish quilt but they don’t do any other handiwork. Wrong! I’ve seen Amish women knit and crochet as well as do some embroidery work for wedding gifts.
- Amish homes are like a log cabin. I don’t know why I thought this! In fact, the homes I’ve been in look very similar to mine–minus carpet, curtains and electricity. Many now have modern bathrooms although the water flows slowly without an electric pump.
- Amish don’t read. Ha! The Amish men, women, and children I’ve met love to read. Many Amish visit their local library, and they love to receive books as gifts. It’s true they stop public school at the 8th grade, but they continue learning long after that.
- Amish are very serious, somber people. I’m sure some Amish are serious, but I’ve met many who were downright friendly, quite a few who like to tell jokes, and one or two who are real chatter-boxes.
That’s just a few of the myths I’ve found are not true. What about you? Do you have a question about the Amish? Or do you have a myth that you can bust? Leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you.
Happy August. Many of you are headed back to school–teachers, administrators, aides, office workers, maintenance folks. As a retired teacher, I want you to know that we appreciate you! If you’re not headed back to school, but you know someone who is, tell them THANK YOU.
Now to introduce you to 2 more of my street team members. Also at the end of this blog is an audio book give-away, so please read to the bottom!
- Which one: Ice cream or cake? tough decision, but it has to be ICE CREAM!!!!
- What is your favorite scripture verse? Be strong and courageous, Have no Fear and do not be troubled, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. JOSHUA 1:9. I remind myself when I’m feeling anxious or afraid.
- Which would you prefer? A European vacation or a relaxing Caribbean vacation? My dream is to visit IRELAND!! I want to see the rolling green hills and the quaint villages and pubs; and perhaps a leprechaun or two. That is a goal to work towards.
- Would you rather have no internet or no cell phone? I would definitely go without internet, as I need my phone in case my family needs me at any time, or if I just feel the need to chat with one of my children or grandchildren.
- Which one: Ice cream or cake? Ice Cream
- What is your favorite scripture verse? Psalms 121: 1-2
- Which would you prefer? A European vacation or a relaxing Caribbean vacation? European Vacation
- Would you rather have no internet or no cell phone? No Internet
Now for our give-away! A Simple Amish Christmas has released in audio format, and I have some free codes to give away. This was my very first book. It released in 2010 and is still one of my bestsellers. It’s guaranteed to cool you off while you listen! I will give away one copy for every 25 comments I receive – please share this blog with a friend, on email, twitter (click button below), or Facebook, then leave a comment that you did so. You’ll be entered to win!
I’m so excited to announce the release of Brian’s Choice and introduce you to the community of Cody’s Creek, Oklahoma.
I travelled to the Amish community of Chouteau before I began writing this series. It’s located 40 minutes to the east of Tulsa, a straight shot down US-412. Chateau was originally named Cody’s Creek.
One thing that makes this community unique is the fact that the Amish use tractors. You can read about that in more details here. It comes down to Continue reading
I attended the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival a few weeks back. One of the very cool things I saw was a display of BEATLE quilts (yes, those Beatles). Each pane is inspired by a Beatle song. For example, Continue reading
Murder Freshly Baked has released! It should be arriving at your local store soon, and it is available now through all on-line outlets as well. You can find all the purchase links here.
A few things I want to share with you about this book:
* I had a lot of fun researching PIE
* One of the subplots for this book is about cancer research and treatments
* You will also get to meet Mocha, a service dog who helps people with PTSD. This was truly amazing, and everything you read about Mocha is true. You can learn more about ICAN here.
* This entire series takes place at the Amish Artisan Village, a fictional location based on the Essenhaus in Middlebury, Indiana.
I wanted to introduce our April Street Team members to you. We have 19 members this year, and my plan is to highlight 2 each month. I hope you’re enjoying getting to know the people who help promote my books. If being on a street team is something you think you would enjoy, be sure and sign up for my newsletter in the top right box. We’ll send out a call for new members in November.
- Where were you born? I was born in Gary, Indiana but my parents are from Puerto Rico. I still live in Indiana, near Shipshewana and MIddlebury.
- Mac or PC? Mac
- If you were to describe your personality in just a few words, what would they be? Loyal, sincere, caring
- Where’s your favorite vacation spot? Puerto Rico. For me, vacation is where I get away to spend time with family. The fact that my daughter, grandson, and a lot of my family live there is a huge factor that drives me to go there as often as is possible. I also love the ocean, hills, mountains, rainforest, the sound of the ocean breeze in the leaves of the palm trees, the sound of the “coqui”, and I love the food.
- What’s your “go-to” staple in the kitchen? Sofrito. It’s used for flavoring almost every puertorican dish. It’s made with cilantro, garlic, onions, cubanelle peppers, aji dulce (look like habaneros except that they are sweet, not hot), and culantro ( kind of in the cilantro family but has a different taste and look).
This week I wanted to introduce you to another Street Team member. You can see my previous street team post here. If you’re interested in being on the 2016 street team, be sure you are signed up for my newsletter (box on the right). We’ll put out a call for new members in November/December.
Now for some details about Liz!
- What it is about reading that you love so much? I have always loved to read a good book . I love reading books because they carry me to different places to which I have never been . Through Vannetta Chapman’s books I have met and learned a lot about The Amish and their ways. Which I have never met in person and hope to someday . . I also love all my friends that I have made while reading .
- What is your favorite passage or scripture in the Bible? Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
- What is your best personal characteristic? I would hope that I am a good friend to all my friends and hope they know they can come to me if they need to talk or just need someone to listen to them .
- What is one thing that you constantly think about (other than material things)? God and my Family. I always want to do what God would have me to do. I want to be a good wife , mother , and grandmother .
- If you could meet any character of one of V’s books, who would it be and why? Hannah Troyer. I love the way she works with her English friend Amber to solve the mysteries. If she is a friend of yours or not , she does not stop till she solves the mystery. She seems so friendly and easy to like. A friend to all.
As some of you know, I have a Street Team. These folks help me promote my writing. They read my books, post reviews, share items on Facebook, and pass out bookmarks and postcards. They basically encourage and support me! This is my 3rd year having a street team, and I love it.
This week I wanted to feature one of my members, Elaine Rieder. Elaine began on the street team in January. (Street team members Continue reading
My co-authors and I have been having a lot of fun with the release of An Amish Cradle. This book was chosen as a top 20 romance by Amazon, and we’ve had some stellar reviews. Thank you! It’s always good to know when your writing is touching folks.
This week I’m giving away a small quilted wall hanging that I purchased locally (it’s 12″ x 12″) as well as a copy of An Amish Cradle.
Now for some fun. I have pictures of my co-authors’ children. Let’s see if you can figure out Continue reading