Category Archives: Texas

Summer Blues

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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

Fall Colors

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Colors in a Texas Fall

Well I’m cheating a little bit. These are pictures from the Texas coast–so I don’t know how “fall” they are, but we went last week and had a wonderful time. I was researching a book titled, “Josua’s Mission,” and I’m super excited about it. Yes, it’s Amish and it’s a romance, but it’s also a book that will highlight how the Amish participate in mission work across the United States and beyond.

I had some good news last week. BOTH of my publishers was new proposals from me. So whether you prefer Amish mystery, Amish romance, or romantic suspense – I’d love to hear what YOU would like to read about. Any good story ideas that you want to share with me? I am ALL ears.

Here’s hoping that you are having a wonderful October.

Blessings,

V

ps – Hidden now has 23 five star reviews on Amazon. The ebook is still $3.99 and the print book is $9.64 on Amazon. If you have a moment, check it out!

 

Easter and Dogwoods

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The Easter Season, and Legend of the Dogwoods

I hope that you are having a very special Easter week. It’s one of my favorite times of year, and I pray that you are drawing close to our Lord, and experiencing the peace and joy of His presence.

I was in Tyler last week, and we had the pleasure of seeing the dogwoods in bloom. So I thought that today I’d share the Legend of the Dogwoods.

Legend of the Dogwood

At the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood had reached the size of the mighty oak tree. So strong and firm was the wood that it was chosen as the timber for Jesus’ cross.

To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the dogwood. While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed this, and in his compassion said. “Because of your pity for my suffering, never again shall the dogwoodDSCN7808 tree grow large enough to be used for a cross. Henceforth, it shall be slender, bent, and twisted, and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross–two long and two short petals.

“In the center of the outer edge of each petal will be the print of nails. In the center of the flower, stained with blood, will be a crown of thorns so that all who see it will remember.”

from “Sower’s Seeds Aplenty: Fourth Planting,” # 29, p. 22

Blessings,

V