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Another New Year

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Happy New Year!

First of all, if you already received this blog–my apologies. I preset it for 2018 instead of 2019. That won’t be the first time I’ll get the year wrong this month … so here goes for take 2. ūüôā

Happy new year! I’m one of “those” people who love the thought of a brand new year. I can’t wait to put up my new wall calendar. I start a new journal. I set goals and list projects and make Continue reading

Good Books & Old Friends

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As fall settles over the Texas Hill Country, my thoughts turn to good books and old friends. Not such a strange combination, if you think about it.

I love to read in the fall. (Confession–I love to read all the time.) When the weather turns cold, I like to make a hot cup of tea or coffee, grab a book, and curl up in a chair. I can disappear there for hours on end. Sometimes it takes a good friend to tug on my arm and remind me Continue reading

5 Ways to UnPlug

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So I tried an experiment last week. I unplugged. Completely. I didn’t check my email, or log into Facebook. I didn’t tweet, and I didn’t post pictures to Instagram. Wow!!! This was a big step for me. (I did pre-post some things to Facebook and Twitter, so you know…no one would forget me.)

Have you ever done this? It was eye-opening for me. I had reached the point where I was “checking things” constantly. Even late at night, or first thing in the morning. I learned some awesome things:

  • The world doesn’t end when I don’t read the news
  • My head got quieter, like, there was peace and quiet in there
  • I had to talk to people when I was in line at the store
  • At first I kept reaching for my phone, and then I’d realize that I didn’t need to touch it if it didn’t ring!
  • I spent more time with friends, family, and my pets, and I was more “present” while I was with them.

Now I’m not saying that any of these things are bad, but for me the habit was out of control. So how can you unplug? It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing deal. You could just reduce if you feel it’s overwhelming you. But where do you start?

  1. Make the decision to only check your e-mail once a day. If anyone needs me urgently, they’ll call.
  2. Go on to Facebook once a day and scan quickly. You don’t have to read/like/comment on every post. Just tag in and out.
  3. If you TWEET or INSTAGRAM, you don’t have to do that every day either. Every meal doesn’t have to be shared. You don’t have to take a selfie at every event. It’s actually kind of nice to keep some things private.
  4. It’ll only feel strange for the first few days.
  5. Spend the time you would be on-line doing something else–pet your dog, work on the craft project you abandoned, finish a book in your TBR pile. Do the things you like to do.

So how about you? Have you ever tried to unplug? Why or why not? And what was the result? There’s a comment button next to the title of this blog. If you’re receiving it in email, just click on the link and then look next to the title.¬†I’d love to hear from you!

Amish Harvest pre-order promo_FINALAnnouncements for this week:

  • Brian’s Choice is on sale for 99 cents. This is a lovely 76 page novella that introduces my Plain & Simple Miracles series.
  • Anna’s Healing, the first full length book in the series and a Christy Award finalist, is on sale for $2.99.
  • An Amish Harvest¬†will release in 6 days, 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!

Also, my¬†Rafflecopter giveaway is live, and I think you’re going to love this month’s Prize Package. Details on my¬†main webpage, so stop by and check us out!

Blessings,

Vannetta

Can I Get an Amen?

Christian fiction, Christian living, inspiration, Living in Grace Comments: 11

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. ūüôā
  • 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.

Blessings,

Vannetta

The Kitchen Pantry

Christian fiction, Christian living, Healthy living, the Remnant Comments: 23

pantrySo…how is your kitchen pantry looking? How full are your shelves? Do you have a bunch of food in there? Or is it kind of bare?

This is something I thought about as I was writing my new novel, Deep Shadows (book 1 in The Remnant series). The basic storyline is that the power goes out for a long time. A really long time–like 40 years. It goes out everywhere. You’ll have to read the book so see why.

But of course that started me thinking. How prepared am I for any type of emergency? I checked out my pantry. Didn’t look too good. I mean ONE BOX of mac and cheese? It’s only 33 cents. Why do I have only one box? So I challenged myself to purchase a few extra supplies. How do you like what I bought?¬†Deep Shadows smWe know and believe that God will care for us REGARDLESS of the circumstances around us. But part of his caring for us is providing us with resources, like an extra 33 cents to buy one more box of mac and cheese.

So tell me. How does YOUR pantry look?

PS-I’m still giving away one prize per week, so tell your friends to stop by and leave a comment. This week, I’ll give away one book from my booklist. ¬†You choose the title and whether you’d like an ebook or print book. Last week’s winner was Betty M.

Announcements for this week: 

  • Harvest House is giving away 10 copies of Deep Shadows on Goodreads.
  • You can read about last month’s Girlfriends Getaway on today’s RT Blog.
  • Deep Shadows¬†is still¬†available for pre-order. This is a story about how communities come together when life drastically changes, and how our faith sustains us through those times.¬†All 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!

Blessings,

Vannetta