Category Archives: Christian authors

Deer and More Deer

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Howdy folks. Today I thought I’d share a deer video with you. If you read the bio on the back of my books, it usually says something like–

Vannetta writes full time and lives in central Texas with her husband, dogs, cats, and a herd of deer.

So I thought I’d show you a video of those deer. Most days we have 20 in the front yard. Since I was trying to get a video, there are only two. How do they know? Anyway, it’s fun to see them, and I hope you enjoy the short clip.

What about you? Any critters in your yard? Leave a comment below, and we’ll pull one winner to receive an autographed book from yours truly. Last week’s winner was Robbye (Robbye Faye, you should have received an email from me today.)



Announcements for this week

  • I’ll be sending out a newsletter next week, and it will include an exclusive preview of my upcoming Amish suspense novella. If you’re not signed up for my newsletter, you can do so here.
  • Visit my VC Boutique Store and you’ll see some new spring items. These would make great gifts.  Use coupon code MOM2019 for 15% off your order. I hope you’ll check it out!
  • The anthology I’m participating in, Summer of Suspense, is coming along nicely. You can preorder now at BN and Apple and Amazon. Details in my next newsletter.
  • All 3 books in my Pebble Creek series are currently on sale in ebook format. Prices are $2.99. Details here.

Pop-UP Projects

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As I writer, I keep a pretty detailed calendar. Some of things I need to keep an eye on are:

  • Project due dates
  • Book release dates
  • Book signings and book talks
  • Family vacations (that one is super important)

I try to be realistic about my schedule. After all, we each only get 24 hours a day and some of that really does need to be spent sleeping. I’m a real believer in calendars. “Stick to the calendar,” I say as I stumble toward my desk with a cup of coffee. But one fun thing about being a writer is Continue reading

Snack Time

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8 Favorite Foods

Writers spend a lot of time alone. It’s part of the job! The only way you can think through your characters, straighten up your plot, and write the book that God has given you to write is to go into your office and get it done.

But I like learning about my readers. I like meeting people and finding out interesting things about them. This week, let’s talk food.

I have some favorite food categories–like chocolate. Isn’t that a food group? That and coffee! So I thought I’d share 8 of my Continue reading

Conference Craziness

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Why bother going to a conference?

Authors spend a lot of money to attend conferences. As a teacher, I did the same thing but the school district paid for it. When an author goes to a conference, they pay all expenses. So is it worth it? Why bother? The answer to that depends where you are in your writing career. I attended the ACFW conference in Grapevine, Texas last week for several reasons. IMG_0604

1. I wanted to meet up with my agent. Steve Laube is based out of Phoenix, AZ, so we don’t get to see each other much. Conference is a good time to touch base, discuss upcoming contracts, and talk about baseball cards. (Wait–that was Steve and my husband who talked Continue reading

My Guilty Pleasure

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Things I Love to Do

IMG_0102I think the title of this blog is funny, because I don’t really feel guilty about the things that I enjoy. I’ve come to believe that “self care” is really important. It helps us to keep a positive clear outlook on life. It helps us to be the kind of people we should be–generous, kind, optimistic. It helps us to see God’s hand gently guiding our lives. Taking care of Continue reading