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Childhood Memories

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VC with Grandma Andrews

VC with Grandma Andrews

Memories from a Long, Long Time Ago

What’s your earliest childhood memory? I have a hard time with that question. Often I can’t decide if I actually remember something, or if I’ve been told about it so many times that I think I remember it. Or maybe I’ve seen a picture and I think I remember it.

My memory is notoriously bad anyway. My assistant, Kristy, is someone that I babysat the first 10 years of her life. She’s a mom now, and my assistant, and a social worker. She will often say something like, “Remember when I was four and you said to me…” No! I don’t remember. I remember how her hair used to be a mass of curls

me and Kristy

me and Kristy

when she woke up from her nap. I remember how stubborn she was. And I remember the feel of her tiny arms around my neck. But I don’t remember specific conversations very often.

So what are my earliest childhood memories? A few that I think I remember are–

  • A minor earthquake when we were living in Los Angeles (I was 4 and remember thinking it was a great adventure to watch the chandelier swing back and forth).
  • My dog Gus (still in LA, age 4). Gus was a German Shepherd and I think I remember riding him like a horse.
  • My birthday party at my grandma’s house. She lived on Fisher’s Island, off New York…and I remember sitting at the head of the table feeling like a princess. I was 5 years old.
  • Learning to swim when we lived in Connecticut. I thought I was going to freeze, and I would run to the beach when class was over, and lie on my beach towel and shiver until the sun warmed me up.

Now it’s your turn. Tell me about your earliest childhood memory. Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered to receive a $10 Amazon certificate. Last week’s winner was Caryl K.


Announcements for this week:



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Research behind Light of Dawn

Light of DawnThe third and final book in my remnant series released a few days ago. Today I want to share with you some of the research that went into that book. I’ll admit, it was a real hoot to write, and the things I learned? Well they give me a lot of optimism about our future.

  • Alternative energy is a real thing, and I mean on a small scale that the individual family can
    use. Solar power and wind power can supplement what we receive from the electric company. The problem is that it’s very expensive to convert over. Hopefully, in the near future, those prices will come down.
  • Technology is pretty amazing. I’d never heard of things like wave energy or 3D printed trees, but they exist and are being used on a marginal basis throughout the world.
  • There are still large areas of undeveloped land throughout the United States. It’s easy to forget that if you live in a large metropolitan area, but visit the flint hills of Kansas, or the prairies of west Texas, or the high desert in Colorado and you will find mile after mile of barely inhabitedland that can provide resources and homesites for folks.
  • People are resourceful, especially the millennial generation. I think these young people often don’t receive the credit due them. While it’s true that they are “plugged in” much of the time, they are also very intelligent, compassionate men and women. They are also problem solvers with analytical brains.

I had a blast writing this series. It was one of the easiest things I’ve ever written, because the story seemed to unfold by itself. I’m asked at least once a week if there will be more books after Light of Dawn. Unfortunately, the publisher of this series (Harvest House) is closing their fiction line. But there’s a possibility that I’ll continue this series and release them as independent books in the future.

Now it’s your turn. Tell me something that you appreciate about the millennial generation. Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered to receive a $10 Amazon certificate. Last week’s winner was Amy P.



Announcements for this week:

  • I have a new Rafflecopter giveaway which includes all 3 books of The Remant.
  • My books Hidden and Protected are now in the KU program, which means they’re free if you’re a KU subscriber and $2.99 if you’re not.
  • Leave a comment on my blog, and I’ll choose a winner for a $10 Amazon gift card.
  • A Perfect Square and Material Witness are on sale for $2.99 this month (ebook format).
  • My publisher, Harvest House has all fiction on sale for half price in paperback format (including 9 of my books). Please check prices before ordering. I’m not sure how long this will last.
  • Share my newsletter with someone, and be entered to win an entire set of books (your choice which series). Details here.



Fiction Full of WHAT?

Christian authors, Christian fiction, path to publishing Comments: 61

vc logoMost writers have a tag line. It’s something we put on our website, our business cards, our social media pages…anywhere we can fit it. It’s something that is supposed to describe not just our writing, but our mission as a writer.

My tag line is “Fiction Full of Grace.” Today I thought I’d share what I mean by that.

When I first started writing I was writing romantic suspense. Then my agent asked me to write an Amish romance. Then Harper Collins Christian Publishing asked me to write an Amish mystery. Then Harvest House asked me “if you could write anything, what would it be,” and I submitted The Remnant series which is dystopian.

I’ve also written some contemporary romances, a young adult book, and a western. Those haven’t been published yet, but I plan to publish them independently to supplement what I will be writing for Harlequin/Love Inspired (Amish romances which will begin releasing next year).

What do all of those different genres have in common? What is the one thread running through my stories? I thought about that a long time. I struggled over it and prayed about it and even attended workshops with titles like “What’s Your Brand?”

In the end, the answer–for me, was simple. I write Fiction Full of Grace. I write stories that remind us God is ever present, ever caring, and we don’t need to be afraid or worried or anxious. Our heavenly Father loves us more than we can imagine, and we can rest in that knowledge. God’s grace is my brand, my tagline, and it’s the reason that I write.

Now it’s your turn. Tell me what your favorite KIND of story to read is. Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered to receive a $10 Amazon certificate. Last week’s winner was Kate K.



Announcements for this week:

  • Light of Dawn has released early. Amazon is already mailing print copies, and the ebook will release on 6-27.
  • My inspirational romantic suspense books are now available on KU, so if you’re a subscriber, please check out Hidden and Protected in the Kindle store.
  • We now have over 60 reviews for What the Bishop Saw on Amazon. Thank you!
  • My new rafflecopter giveaway includes a set of potholders made by one of the Amish women in the Monte Vista community. Details of the giveaway are on my main page.
  • Want to win a copy of Light of Dawn? My publisher is giving away 10 copies on Goodreads.
  • Raging Storm is also on sale for 99 cents in ebook format, and Amazon is offering it for 79 cents.

What the Bishop Saw

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What The Bishop SawI had a nice surprise when I peeked over at my Amazon page this week – What the Bishop Saw is available in the Kindle store. The actual book releases on May 1, and the print as well as ebook will be available everywhere books are sold on that date. Until then, Kindle readers get an early chance to read this new cozy mystery. I think Amazon does this to help build reviews before the actual release date, which is fine by me!

What the Bishop Saw is a story of extraordinary talents, the bonds of love and friendship, and the unfailing grace of God.

San Luis Valley, Colorado

San Luis Valley, Colorado

Some of you have tried my Shipshewana Amish Mystery series or my Amish Village Mystery series. You know that these are books about community and how our faith supports us in the worst of times. They’re fun who-done-it stories. The fact that they’re set in a Plain community is an added twist.

This new series, titled The Amish Bishop Series, is set in Monte Vista, Colorado. Yes, there are Amish there, and I plan on visiting next month. I’ll bring you some live video, lots of pictures, and of course a few souvenirs. In the meantime, I hope you’ll check out the Kindle copy of WTBS or pre-order if your fav format.

Now it’s your turn? What do you enjoy about cozy mysteries? Leave a comment, and I’ll pull one name randomly to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate.




Announcements for this week:

  • Falling to Pieces is on sale for $1.99 in ebook format through April 13th – Amazon, B&N, CBD
  • Material Witness will be on sale for $1.99 April 13-16th – Amazon, B&N, CBD
  • Paperback versions of Material Witness are currently $5.79 in the Amazon store.
  • My rafflecopter giveaway is live – this month I’m giving away a mystery package! You can access here or simply go to my webpage and scan to the bottom of the page.

Why Dystopian

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I’m so excited to let you know that Deep Shadows, book 1 in my dystopian series, The Remnant, is now on sale for 99 cents! It doesn’t get any better than that, unless it’s free. Speaking of free, Overshadowed, the prequel to this series is free all the time (ebook only).


I thought it would be fun to answer some of the most frequent questions I receive about this series.

Q. What is dystopian anyway? I’ll skip the fancy, academic definitions. Dystopian books deal with the future (in this case, the near future), and they portray a world that isn’t quite as perfect as we’d like it to be.

Q. Why did you write that? I like challenging myself with questions like Would I be smart enough to… Many times the answer to that is maybe at best! My mom knows a lot more about practical living than I do, but I like to think that I could learn. In many ways, this series asks if I could live a plain and simple life. (Remind you of something else I’ve written?)

Q. What point did you hope to get across? That God’s grace is always enough, regardless our circumstance. That maybe it would be good if we got to know our neighbors a little better. That simpler makes sense. That teenagers are smarter than we often give them credit for. And that we are all stronger when we pull together.

Q. Is their faith in this story? Yes, there is! I can’t imagine writing about main characters who don’t have their feet set firmly on the truth of scripture. Which doesn’t mean their perfect. Shelby and Max and Carter have their doubts, they struggle with questions of why, and they sometimes don’t know what they should do in a situation. But always, they fall back on their faith.

Q. Will you still write Amish books? Yes! What the Bishop Saw is a new Amish mystery series set in Colorado and will release 5-1-17.

Now it’s your turn. If you have a question, let me know.



Announcements for this week:

  • Deep Shadows, book 1 in my dystopian series is now 99 cents with all ebook vendors.
  • Overshadowed, the prequel to this series is free all the time (ebook only).
  • Sarah’s Orphans is currently $3.19 and Anna’s Healing is $2.99 in the Amazon Kindle store.
  • Raging Storm recently received a 4 star review from Romantic Times. This is the 2nd book in my series The Remnant and will release 1-31-17. If you pre-order, Amazon offers a price guarantee. If the price goes down between now and release, you’ll receive the lower price.
  • Paperback versions of Deep Shadows, Raging Storm, and What the Bishop Saw are all under $9 at

Free Ebook Short Story

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overshadowedI kind of like free things. I mean, they are free. So they’re fun! And this one is especially fun because I wrote it for you!

Overshadowed is the prequel to Deep Shadows. That means the action in the story happens BEFORE the opening pages of Deep Shadows. You get to read about the events that lead up to the dramatic event that Shelby and Max and Carter must find their way through.

I really enjoyed this story. It takes place in San Antonio and Hondo, Texas. If you’ve never been to either, come on down and visit.

It’s a story of faith and family, community and the importance of caring for one another. And did I mention it’s free? I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s 51 pages long, and you can read it on your e-reader, phone, or computer.

*** Amazon *** B&N ***



Announcements for this week:

  • My Fall Rafflecopter giveaway is live tomorrow. This month’s package includes an authentic Amish doll dress. Details and entry form are on my main webpage, so stop by and check it out!
  • 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.
  • All 3 books in my Pebble Creek series are on sale for only $3.99 each this month. Book 1 is A Promise for Miriam, and it’s a sweet, fun, exciting Amish story.

Can I Get an Amen?

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bf9e48c1faeaa2ca0825714b371fc8b4World events have a way of darkening our outlook on life. Such tragedy and pain and hopelessness. But it occurs to me that as Christians we represent the opposite of those things. We stand for victory and healing and hope. So I thought this week I’d take a moment to share some of the verses that help me during dark times.

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. ~Luke 6:38

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. ~Colossians 3:15

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. ~Psalm 56:3

Want more verses about dealing with fear and anxiety? There’s a good list here. Especially during dark times, we need to encourage and lift up one another. So how about it? What verse would you like to share? Leave a comment with your fav verse or an encouraging comment and you’ll be entered to win one of my Pebble Creek stories. Our winner last week was Rory, and I’ve already sent her an email.

Announcements for this week: 

  • Hidden hit #1 in its categories last week. It’s still on sale for 99 cents in ebook format at Amazon and B&N.
  • If you’re in the Dallas, TX area, I’ll be speaking at the Irving libraries Mysterious Ways Author Panel on Sunday afternoon. Details here.
  • 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 Inkslinger’s Blog will last through 7-23. Leave a comment on the blog to be entered. Plus you can read about 24 hours in the life of a romance author. Who wouldn’t want to read that? It’s RIVETING. :)
  • My JULY Rafflectoper giveaway is live. I’m so excited about giving away the wall hanging, which would look perfect in a child or grandchild’s room. Click here and scan down the page to enter.



One Last Q&A

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I’ve been answering your questions the last few weeks on my blog, so I thought I’d finish that up today. Remember: every week I give away a book, so leave a comment below and your name will be entered to win a copy of one of my mysteries (your choice).


Patricia didn’t actually ask a question, but she left a comment about being a cancer survivor and reading and taking my books to her oncologist’s office. Thank you so much for commenting, Patricia, and I’m glad the books were a blessing to you.

Meg asked, “Are you planning on writing any more in the mystery series?” No. Both of my current series are complete at 3 books each, BUT … I am putting finishing touches on What The Bishop Saw, which introduces a new series titled The Amish Bishop Mystery Series. Book one will release in May of 2017.

Marilyn asked, “What drew you to write Amish series and then change to mysteries? I love the Plain and Simple Miracle series.” Actually I was writing Amish romances for one publisher, when another publisher (Harper Collins) asked me to write Amish mysteries. I said SURE! I’m so glad you enjoyed books 1 and 2 in the Plain and Simple Miracles series. Book 3, Sarah’s Orphans, will release on August 30th. Also, you might check out my Pebble Creek series, which is in the same genre.

july rafflecopterThat wraps up our Q&A time. I hope everyone is having a great summer, and remember to leave a comment to be entered in this week’s giveaway. This week’s question: What types of things do you do when it’s too hot to go outside? (It’s too hot to go outside in Texas. Trust me.) PS- Last week’s winner was Tiffany, and I’ve sent her a email.

Announcements for this week: 

  • 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 Inkslinger’s Blog will last through 7-23. Leave a comment on the blog to be entered. Plus you can read about 24 hours in the life of a romance author. Who wouldn’t want to read that? It’s RIVETING. :)
  • Baker Kella is offering a giveaway of Deep Shadow that runs through the end of this week.
  • My JULY Rafflectoper giveaway is live. I’m so excited about giving away the wall hanging, which would look perfect in a child or grandchild’s room. Click here and scan down the page to enter.



Another Q&A post

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Deep Shadows smBefore we get to your questions, I wanted to let you know that my new release, Deep Shadows, is now available where ever books are sold. I’m so excited! Reviews have been great, and I’m thrilled that readers are connecting with this story. If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, the price is still below $10 for most vendors, in both ebook and print. Now to your questions–

Betty asked, “What inspired you to write Deep Shadows? Will there be a sequel? Do you outline?” I actually read a news story where NASA had presented a study on solar flares to Congress, and that captured my imagination. There will be 2 more books in the series, and there will be a free prequel (ebook only) releasing on October 1. I do not outline, though sometimes I think life would be easier if I did.

Gail and Jackie asked, “Do you ever sell any of your handmade quilted items?” No. I’m really a beginner. Some of the things I’ve done look nice in a picture, but when you look at the stitching–it’s something of a mess! I’m enjoying learning though, and I love being able to give some things away.

Juanita asked, “Have you always wanted to write books?” No. I’ve always loved to read, but I didn’t want to write until after I finished my master’s degree in English. I had to write a lot for that program, and I decided then that it was something I loved to do.

IMG_4758-2Roberta asked, “Was it a coaster you quilted?” Actually it was a mini-quilt, and I had a lot of fun making it! I’ve included a pic so you can see the colors, though this was before I finished it.

Alice asked, “Do you have children? Also, how about writing a book about camping out adult-style?” We do have children–my husband had 3 when I met him and I had 1. It’s funny that you bring up a camping mystery. I’ve actually sent in a proposal for that very thing. If you camp awhile, you find there are some strange people out there! I think it would be a real hoot, but the publisher hasn’t decided to go with that series–yet.



Last week’s prize, fabric panel and a copy of An Amish Market

I think I’ll keep doing Q&A for the rest of the month, or until your questions run out. If you haven’t sent in a question and have one, just leave a comment. Also, if you’ll leave a comment today, you’ll be entered to win a Surprise Summer Package. Just answer What’s your favorite thing to do in the summertime?

PS- Last week’s winner was KHSmith, and I’ve sent her a email.

Announcements for this week: 

  • Deep Shadows is now available in print and ebook. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD.
  • I’m visiting Vickie’s Kitchen and Garden blog. She’s giving away a copy of Deep Shadows. The giveaway ends this week.
  • You can win a print or ebook copy of Deep Shadows at WordyNerdyBlog. Plus they have some funny pics of me, so go check it out.
  • We’re talking about HEROES over on Just Commonly, and they’re also running a giveaway of Deep Shadows.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to comment with your fav thing of summer to be entered to win our Surprise Summer Package!



Q&A with author, Vannetta Chapman

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Today I’m answering questions about writing, my new release Deep Shadows, and general stuff! I hope you enjoy the video, and read below for ways to enter this week’s giveaway.

Deep Shadows smThat was fun! I’ll finish with the Q&A next week. Like I said in the video, if you didn’t leave a question last week or would like to leave another, feel free to. That would enter you in this week’s drawing. OR you could tell me one thing YOU would miss if the lights went out for an extended period of time. That will enter you in the drawing too. :)

Our prize this week will be

  • an autographed copy of An Amish Market
  • signed bookmarks
  • a panel of fabric that features Amish scenes. If you’re a quilter, or knows someone who is, this is fun to work with for a wall hanging or lap blanket.

PS- Last week’s winner was Jan, and I’ve already heard from her.

Announcements for this week: 

  • I stopped by Suspense Sisters last week to talk about my new release and writing in general.
  • Harvest House is giving away 10 copies of Deep Shadows on Goodreads. There are a few days left to enter that.
  • Deep Shadows is shipping in paperback format. Yeah! The ebook price will release on 6-28. If you pre-order, vendors offer a pre-order price guarantee, so if the price goes down before the item is released, you receive the lower price. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD.
  • My June rafflecopter is going strong, and it’s easy to enter daily. Check here for details. This month’s giveaway includes a copy of Hidden, a set of quilted coasters, a Texas note card, and  a $10 Starbucks card.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to comment with a question or tell me one thing YOU would miss if the lights went out for an extended period of time!