Category Archives: Amish fiction

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

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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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Fall Fun

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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.

  1. 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!)
  2. along the Pumpkinvine Trail near Middlebury, IN

    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.

  3. 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!

Blessings,

V

Amish Myths

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Blessings,

V

 

Street Team and an Audio Book Give-away

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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!

Rosemary F.

Rosemary F.

Rosemary F.

  • 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.

Barbara T.

Barbara T.

  • 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!

Blessings,

V