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MW, Contest #6

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Contest #6, Material Witness

Are you tired of contests yet? I hope not!

Last Saturday we talked about MAX … who has been a big part of the Shipshewana series. So today I thought I’d give away a picture of Max. I found this in a little shop in central Texas … and I couldn’t resist purchasing it!

This week’s winner will receive:

  • An autographed copies of  Material Witness
  • Bookmarks
  • Shipshewana postcard
  • Picture of MAX

I hope you’ve enjoyed these little give aways. Soon we’ll go back to featuring Christian fiction and alternating that with contests on Wednesdays. But I appreciate that you stop by my blog and help me to celebrate the launch of Material Witness.

Leave a comment below with your email and you are entered!

As always, you have the opportunity to enter the contest more than once by sharing the information from this blog with your friends or posting a review of one of my books. Be sure to leave me a 2nd comment stating what you did.

The contest deadline is next Tuesday evening (CST), September 18th.

Blessings,

V~

p.s. — You can order your copy of Material Witness from CBDB&N, or Amazon. It is also available at your local bookstore. You may purchase all 3 books in this series for a special discount price from CBD. Why not purchase your own copy, then if/when you win a copy you can give one away to a friend!

My Sister

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Pam and Vannetta

A Promise for Miriam is dedicated to my sister, Pam Lindman. You can read the dedication when you pick up a copy, but I thought I’d tell you a little about my sister.

When I was 9, she turned 18  and moved out of the house.  We were living in Paris, Texas then. I have another sister and brother in between us, so I suppose I was happy to have more time in the bathroom, but I soon learned that I missed my sister.

Over the years, I’ve learned that we have a lot in common. We both crochet, knit, garden, read, exercise habitually, and we both are devoted to looking after my mother. We don’t always agree, but that’s good for me. Her perspective helps.

She’s also the person my son wanted to live with. He once asked, “Can I change my last name to hers?” Ouch. Well, everyone grows up hoping for different parents at some point, right? I was lucky he loved my sister as much as I did.

We have been through a LOT together–good times and very bad times. We both sat at my father’s bed (with my mom) when he passed. It was a precious moment to share. We were there at the birth of each other’s children. And when we’re old and gray, I suppose we’ll learn to play bridge together.

I’m very blessed to have a sister like Pam. We play Words with Friends together, text each other, and call when we need to gab. She IS an inspiration to me. She even reads my books (though she prefers the audio version). She is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met.

The story, A Promise for Miriam, is about a school teacher. It’s about someone who teaches others. Thinking about that, I realized the person who has been teaching me, since I was very young, and is teaching me still, is my sister.

I hope you enjoy the story.

Blessings,

~V

p.s. – give-a-ways starts on Wednesday so be sure and check back here — and tell your friends!

Abilene Quilt Show

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Monday Inspiration – Abilene Quilt Show

Last weekend I attended the Abilene Quilt Show. It was my first attempt to sell books at a quilt show, and everyone was incredibly friendly. I sold lots of books and made lots of friends. I was also very much inspired by the quality of the 2403 quilts entered in the show. Following is a small sample. I hope you enjoy them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessings,

V

Missing

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Fiction Spotlight – Missing

I’m just happy as a peach on a tree to highlight Shelley Shepard Gray’s new book, MISSING. Just the cover makes me want to take it to my back patio, cancel all the things on my to-do list, and READ.

Shelley is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author, and she’s also my friend. She’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. And I think you will adore her book. Here’s the blurb.

Can two young people survive the suspicions of their friends and neighbors when tragedy strikes a close-knit Amish community?

Perry Borntrager had been missing for months from the quiet Amish community of Crittenden, Kentucky, when his body is discovered at the bottom of an abandoned well. The first death from mysterious circumstances in more than two decades brings the scrutiny of the outside world: A police detective arrives to help the local sheriff with the investigation. His questioning begins with Lydia Plank, Perry’s former girlfriend, and Perry’s best friend, the Englischer Walker Anderson.

Lydia and Walker know they didn’t have anything to do with Perry’s death, but they both hold secrets about his final days. Do they dare open up about the kind of man Perry had become? In the oppressive shadow of these dark times, they discover strength in a most unlikely companionship: one that offers solace, understanding, and the promise of something more.

I’ve mentioned before, if you can’t afford to purchase all these fabulous books, please request them at your library. This is a GREAT help to authors.  

Blessings,
 
~V
 

Don’t Blink

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Monday Inspiration – Don’t Blink

Sometimes, I do take a break. When I do, it’s usually to take a walk, read, or watch a music video! Music inspires me. Music videos, well when they’re done well, they just fill me up with sounds and images that tell an entire story in under 3 minutes.

This video by Kenny Chesney isn’t new. I like it because it reminds me to SLOW DOWN. It has some wonderful images, beginning with an old gentleman being interviewed. Since my book, A Perfect Square, released on Kindle last week, I thought it seemed appropriate to share this today. There’s a special character in my story who is older … and the book is dedicated to a sweet old gent in my life that I love very much.

As you watch and listen, pay attention to the old video/photos in the background. I think we all have some pictures like those. In fact, I think I’ll get some of mine out tonight and look at them . . . after I make a few phone calls to some loved ones.

~V

African Team Ministries

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Monday Inspiration: African Team Ministries

I arrived in our church’s fellowship hall recently to a dazzling display of jewelry and artwork. A little unusual, but I was on my way to praise teampractice and you know I had to look. : )

The craftsmanship was stunning. Then I read what the proceeds went toward–African Team Ministries. I occasionally see news story about the conditions in Kenya. After the recent drought in Texas, it caught my eye (and my heart) to read that 3 million Kenyans are suffering due to the 60 year drought they are enduring. SIXTY YEARS. I thought last year would never end. In fact, some experts are saying that Texas is actually in a 7 year drought (relieved by occasional rains) … but sixty years? I can’t imagine.

It’s hard to understand how one person can help. Yes, I can buy one small thing, and I did .. the bigger thing I can do is pray every time I look at that item. God hasn’t forgotten Kenya.

~V

WINNERS for Give-away #5

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WINNER for Give-away #5

You all are seriously amazing. I appreciate you so much. Thank you for volunteering to read and post a review of A Perfect Square. You’re awesome. I wish I could have shipped everyone a free copy. I’m so excited about this book. My 5 winners are:

  • Wendy Newcomb
  • Ellen Dix Wycuff
  • Barbara Abbott
  • Susan Ferrell
  • Sandra Stiles

I’ve already sent these folks an email with instructions (if you don’t receive it, email me at VannettaChapman@gmail.com). For everyone else, don’t despair! You know I have more gifts for you, and we have a BIG contest brought to you by Zondervan which will begin on March 2nd.

Hugs and happy Valentines this week,

V~

The Joy of Books

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Monday Inspiration: The Joy of Books

How about a PLAYFUL Monday inspiration? You might have seen this video floating around the net or maybe on Facebook. I had it emailed to me by my editor at Harvest House (thank you, Kim). It made me smile.

I’ll admit. I do like reading on my iPad, and I gave my Kindle to my hubby. But we both still enjoy a good BOOK now and then. So which is it for you? Or does it matter? Words are words, after all. And a good story is still just that. right?

Happy Monday, ya’ll.

~V

WINNER for Give-away #3

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WINNER for Give-away #3

Thank you to everyone who entered this week’s contest. You all make me smile! You’re doing an awesome job getting the word out about this blog, and I appreciate it! This week’s winner … chosen by my random number generator … was Dar Frigo Guidry. Congratulations, DAR! (Please email me at VannettaChapman@gmail.com with your mailing address.) I’ll have another contest SOON, and I’ll continue with our Amish cooking theme … since it’s cold and cooking is such a good thing to do when the weather keeps us inside. Everyone have a blessed week. V~