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Vannetta Chapman

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Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of many novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, and Plain and Simple Miracle series. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She currently writes Christian suspense, Amish romance, and Amish mystery. She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas hill country. For more information, visit her at

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Vannetta Chapman Hi Ruth. I'm so glad you enjoyed the Shipshe stories! As far as I know, there is not a sequel planned. However, if you enjoyed those, you might enjoy…moreHi Ruth. I'm so glad you enjoyed the Shipshe stories! As far as I know, there is not a sequel planned. However, if you enjoyed those, you might enjoy my series set in Middlebury Indiana. The first is Murder Simply Brewed and the second is Murder Tightly Knit - both are now available. Thanks for the question!(less)
Vannetta Chapman Currently I'm juggling several things. I'm working on a novella that will be released as a prequel to my Plain & Simple Miracles series. I'm also…moreCurrently I'm juggling several things. I'm working on a novella that will be released as a prequel to my Plain & Simple Miracles series. I'm also working on edits for book 3 in my Amish Village Mystery series. And lastly, I'm working on a inspirational romantic suspense series which begins with the upcoming release, Hidden.(less)
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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.

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Raging Storm (Nonfiction)
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Description: In the Darkness, Anarchy Awakens When a massive solar flare wiped out all modern technology across the globe, the small town of Abney, Texas, was thrown into chaos. Shelby Sparks and her teenage son, Carter, have found refuge, but Shelby knows she can't simply remain hidden. Carter is a type 1 diabetic in need of insulin—and Shelby will risk her life traveling to Austin to make sure he gets it. Shelby's best friend and high school sweetheart, Max Berkman, won't even consider letting her make the perilous journey alone. Together, they manage to reach the capital—only to discover that while things are desperate in Abney, Austin has turned into an urban nightmare on the brink of anarchy. Shelby and Max's search for medical supplies will lead them into terrifying territory, where the only thing more uncertain than finding what they need is the hope of making it out of the city alive. * * * In this second book in an eerily plausible, action-packed dystopian series, survival will be threatened and faith will be put to the ultimate test as a raging storm engulfs America.
Deep Shadows (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: All It Takes Is One Night to Plunge the World into Darkness Life in Abney, Texas, is predictable and safe--until the night a massive solar flare wipes out all modern technology. Shelby Sparks, novelist and single mom, had one goal: to provide for her diabetic son. In the wake of this global disaster, her mission hasn't changed. Only now, medication is a priceless commodity and the future resembles an apocalyptic nightmare. Max Berkman and Shelby were once sweethearts, but he lost his chance at claiming her love years ago. When the abrupt loss of power ushers him into a leadership role, he rises to the occasion. But his highest priority--to keep Shelby and her son safe--could prove to be the biggest challenge of all. As the brilliant northern lights give way to deep shadows, Max and Shelby's faith will be tested like never before. Only one rule remains: Find a way to survive. * * * In this first book in an eerily plausible dystopian series, a memorable cast of characters must navigate a familiar world thrown into chaos.
Sarah's Orphans (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: These orphans may be on their own...but God hasn't abandoned them. Sarah Yoder belongs to a Plain community in Oklahoma, but her days are far from simple. Her father suffers from bipolar disorder--until a tragic accident ends his life and the abuse he inflicted. Instead of stepping up to provide a better future, Sarah's mother packs her bags and leaves her six children behind. Alone with her younger siblings, Sarah is exhausted but finally at peace. Then she nearly runs over a small Hispanic boy with her buggy...and somehow finds herself sheltering two more orphans. Paul Byler moved to Cody's Creek to help his brother in a time of need. But now that Joseph has recovered from his heart attack, Paul's ready for a quiet place of his own. The only problem? His new property lands him next door to the orphaned Yoder family--and a calling from God he can't seem to ignore. A story of extraordinary grace and love in the face of desperate need, Sarah's Orphans is the third standalone novel in the Plain and Simple Miracles collection by Vannetta Chapman.
Joshua's Mission (Nonfiction)
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Description: Joshua’s Mission is a new standalone novel in the Plain and Simple Miracles collection from popular author Vannetta Chapman. These stories of love and family and Amish community in Oklahoma tell of the miracles that can happen when lives are lived in service to God and to one another. Joshua Kline travels from his farm in Oklahoma to offer aid to an Englisch town on the gulf coast of Texas after a category 4 hurricane has ravaged the area. He brings his brother with him, who needs a change of environment. The last thing he wants for Alton is another brush with the law. He is pleasantly surprised when he hears that Becca Troyer, the bishop’s granddaughter, plans on joining their team. What will Joshua find when he arrives in Texas? A lack of electricity, certainly, which poses little problem for the Amish volunteers as they help restore order from destruction. But a budding romance? A call from God? And a possible healing of his relationship with Alton? Joshua’s Mission is a story of love, forgiveness, and the grace of God that carries us through even the worst situations.
Anna's Healing (Nonfiction)
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Description: Anna's Healing is the first book in a brand-new collection from popular author Vannetta Chapman. These stories of love and family and Amish community in Oklahoma tell of the miracles that can happen when lives are lived in service to God and to one another. When a tornado strikes the farms surrounding Cody's Creek, Anna Schwartz's life is changed forever. She suffers a spinal cord injury and suddenly finds herself learning to live as a paraplegic. Three people--Chloe Roberts, Jacob Graber, and Ruth Schwartz--join forces to help Anna through her darkest days. Chloe is an Englischer who writes for the local paper. Jacob has recently arrived in town and stays on as a hired hand at her uncle's. And Ruth is her grandmother, a woman of deep faith and a compassionate spirit. Then one morning Anna wakes and finds herself healed. How did it happen? Why did it happen? And what is she to do now? Her life is again turned upside down as the world's attention is drawn to this young Amish girl who has experienced the unexplainable.
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When the Bishop Needs an Alibi by Vannetta Chapman
"Great second book for The Amish Bishop Mysteries! I wish we could do 1/2 stars because it would have been 4 1/2. Seems the Bishop is always is caught up in a mystery and this time he is accused of murder after finding the body of a waitress from t..." Read more of this review »
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"WHEN BISHOP NEEDS ALIBI by Vannetta Chapman. Series Amish Bishop Mystery book 2
Having read the first one, which I thought was very good, interesting plot, and showed the bishop as someone human, approachable. His gift helped solved a murder.
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"When The Bishop Needs an Alibi ( The Amish Bishop Mysteries - #2)
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When The Bishop Needs an Alibi is book two in The Amish Bishop Mysteries series by Vannetta Chapman. Wow, I absolutely love it . Chapman has herself another winni..." Read more of this review »
" Great memories, Fizzy. A lot of my childhood memories revolve around my dad too. :) "
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"Strong characters, big decisions and a great wrap-up!

This trilogy was definitely a favorite of mine and probably the most thought-provoking series I've read. It will stick with me for a long time.

Awesome - loved it!"
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“The knowing is easy. It's the doing that gives us trouble.”
Vannetta Chapman, A Simple Amish Christmas

“Say what's in your heart, Annie.'
'You're in my heart, Samuel.”
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“She knew then that white was more than a color: It was a cold, pale shade of understanding that seems to take all of your hope away.”
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This is our poll for October's Books of the Month - the two with the most votes will be our reads!

A Spy's Devotion (The Regency Spies of London, #1) by Melanie Dickerson A Spy's Devotion by Melanie Dickerson
  8 votes 25.0%

Cold Shot (Chesapeake Valor, #1) by Dani Pettrey Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey
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Against All Odds (Heroes of Quantico, #1) by Irene Hannon Against All Odds by Irene Hannon
  5 votes 15.6%

Midnight on the Mississippi (Secrets of the South Mysteries #1) by Mary Ellis Midnight on the Mississippi by Mary Ellis
  5 votes 15.6%

Distant Echoes by Colleen Coble Distant Echoes by Colleen Coble
  4 votes 12.5%

Murder Simply Brewed (Amish Village Mystery #1) by Vannetta Chapman Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman
  2 votes 6.3%

Rancher Under Fire (Love Inspired Suspense) by Vickie McDonough Rancher Under Fire by Vickie McDonough
  1 vote 3.1%

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“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”
Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo

“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”
Stephen King

“we must seize life because we never know how much of it remains for us, that faith is the antidote to despair and that laughter is the music of faith.”
Dean Koontz, Relentless

“Art should be a place of hope.”
Stephen King, Duma Key

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)”
Anonymous, Holy Bible: New International Version

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Pamela Hey Vannetta...Thanks for accepting my friend request.

Vannetta Chapman Nearly done with my Plain School at Pebble Creek manuscript. I love popping into GoodReads and seeing how much pp enjoy reading! It's very encouraging at the end of a long project!

Vannetta Chapman Check out the Give-away I just posted . . . 10 copies of Falling to Pieces. : ) Good luck everyone.

Vannetta Chapman Am reading Last Light by Terri Blackstock. What a fabulous book!

Vannetta Chapman Looking forward to signing copies of Falling to Pieces this Saturday at The Colony Public Library, from 1-4. Would love to see you there if you are in the area. : )

Vannetta Chapman Do you think you know about the Amish? I post an Amish Myth Busters every weekend. Check it out! : )

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Vannetta Chapman I'm proud as peaches to post this interview with ACFW.\\\

Vannetta Chapman Looks like the ebook edition of Falling to Pieces is available today! WooHoo!

Vannetta Chapman 2 days left to sign up for the GoodReads give-away of FALLING TO PIECES. : ) good luck! ~V

Vannetta Chapman Congratulations to the winners of the 10 copies of Falling to Pieces. It's nice to see we had folks from a variety of states and even CANADA! : ) Copies will go out today or tomorrow. Thanks for playing along.

Vannetta Chapman If you won a copy of Falling to Pieces, they are mailing out today! (Yup, that's one day later than I thought ... blame the cats, my husband's broken toe or catching up from conference ... okay, or just blame me.) Thanks again for entereing, and I hope you enjoy the book!

Vannetta Chapman Check out the EVENTS added on my page ... lots of book signings and all of the stops from the Amish Country Holiday Book Tour. Hope to see you at one of them. : )

Vannetta Chapman Would love to see you at my signing at the Lifeway store in San Antonio Friday afternoon. Details under my events tab ...

Vannetta Chapman Just learned that Falling to Pieces has gone into it.s 2nd printing. Thank you all for reading and recommending this book to your friends!

Vannetta Chapman Tuesday, Nov. 15th in Sugarcreek with my friends Shelley Shepard Gray and Amy Clipston. Sounds SWEET. Hee hee. Get it?

Vannetta Chapman In just a few minutes I'll be on Book Club Girl radio with Amy Clipston and Shelley Shepard Gray. I'd love for you to pop in!

Vannetta Chapman I.ll be signing in Bellevue, WA Saturday from 2.30 to 4.00 at the Westin. Lotta of authors. Details at

Vannetta Chapman $3.99 is the special price Amazon has set for Falling to Pieces ... since it was chosen as a Kindle 100 Pic! I'm so thrilled at this honor. You can get your copy at (and yes, B&N is matching the price).

Vannetta Chapman I'm signing books at the Lifeway Bookstore in Temple Texas on Saturday from 11-1. If you're in the area, I'd love to meet you.

Vannetta Chapman I am completely blown away by SK's new book. Excellent writing, and the lead character had me at page 1. <>

Vannetta Chapman A Simple Amish Christmas is free on Kindle ... I think this lasts through Sunday. So far B&N isn't matching the price, but usually they do. maybe they will in the next few hours.


Vannetta Chapman THANK YOU all for reading. The current Amazon ranking for the Kindle version of Falling to Pieces is--

#1 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Mystery
#2 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Fiction
#3 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Religious & Inspirational

Vannetta Chapman I'm signing books in east Texas on Friday and Saturday--at the Lifeway stores in Tyler, Longview and Texarkana. Details are on my facebook page and at Would love to meet you if you are in the area.

Vannetta Chapman PARTY TIME! reached over 2000 friends on facebook and I want to say thank you, so having a party Tuesday night from 8-9 Texas time (central time). I.ll be giving away gifts every 10 minutes ... Just be present and comment. hope to see you there.

Vannetta Chapman I wanted to take a moment to wish all of my GoodReads Friends a Merry Christmas! I pray you have your friends close to you, your family closer, and that your heart is filled by the peace brought by the Christ Child. ~V

Vannetta Chapman I added Chapter One of both A Simple Amish Christmas and Falling to Pieces under my WRITING section. I hope you'll check them out. : ) Merry Christmas, ya'll.

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Beth Hi Vanetta,
Thanks for sending a Goodreads friend request to this fellow author, mysteries in my case. Merry Christmas!

Vannetta Chapman A Simple Amish Christmas is once again free in ALL e-reader formats! (for a limited time)

Vannetta Chapman Beth wrote: "Hi Vanetta,
Thanks for sending a Goodreads friend request to this fellow author, mysteries in my case. Merry Christmas!"

Hey Beth! Great to see you here. You certainly have a lot of mysteries out. Don't you? Congratulations. : ) I'm only on my 2nd. lol. Each one is even more fun than the last, I'm sure!

Vannetta Chapman I see GoodReads has added A Promise for Miriam to my page. This will be my first book with Harvest House and releases this summer. It's an Amish romance set in Wisconsin. I'm totally excited about it, as I was able to go to Wisconsin and research one room schoolhouses before writing it. I hope you enjoy it.

Vannetta Chapman My first Amish murder mystery was picked to be a part of WBCL's January FictionFIX. "Mid-Morning gives away several fiction titles every month." WBCL is a Christian radio network based in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Details at --

Follow the above link to enter and win.

Vannetta Chapman Everyone has a different path to that first novel being published--this was mine.

Vannetta Chapman A re-post from Family Fiction: vote for YOUR favorite Christian fiction of 2011! We're looking for the best writers of Amish fiction, suspense, YA, romance, speculative fiction, and more -- plus your favorite movie of the year!

Vannetta Chapman I'll be signing advanced copies of A Perfect Square at the American Library Association's mid-winter convention on Saturday from noon to 1. Stop by the Zondervan booth if you're at the convention! I'd love to meet you.

Vannetta Chapman My CLASH with Beth Wiseman. : )

Vannetta Chapman Started The Hunger Games. Reisted as long as I could .... And yes, I'm hooked from the start!

Vannetta Chapman Giving away 5 Advanced Reader Copies of A Perfect Square. Details on my blog. : )-

Vannetta Chapman I just added chapter one under my WRITING ... if you'd like a sneak peak of A Perfect Square. I hope you enjoy it!

Vannetta Chapman I'm giving away 5 Advanced Reader Copies of A PERFECT SQUARE. Drawing at 6 pm (CST) tonight.

Vannetta Chapman Received my author copy of A Perfect Square today. They'll be shipping from the warehouse soon! : )-

Vannetta Chapman I've been SCRIBD! Thanks for Zondervan for posting the first 50 pages of A Perfect Square. You can read it here:

Vannetta Chapman FUN TIMES NEWS ALERT: I have a new contest starting THIS Friday. It will be my biggest contest yet! More details on the way, but I can tell you that the grand prize winner will receive a Kindle Fire loaded with some great Amish fiction novels!

Vannetta Chapman It's a SALE. Book 1 in my Shipshe Amish mystery series is $2.99 on Kindle and Nook! I suppose SOMEONE wants you to read book 1, and be ready for Book 2. : ) Sounds like a plan. If you don't have an e-reader, these can be read on your computer ...
Here's the Amazon link. And here's the Nook link.

Vannetta Chapman I'm signing books from 5.30 - 6.30 in Shreveport, LA this afternoon. Book signing is open to the public. If you're in the area ... Come on out!

Vannetta Chapman To celebrate the release of A Perfect Square (ebook 3-6, paper 3-31), Zondervan is giving away a Kindle Fire, preloaded with Amish fiction by myself and Amy Clipston. I hope you'll enter, and feel free to share with others as well. You can have one entry for each week! Details at

Vannetta Chapman It's here. It's here. It's finally here. : )

Vannetta Chapman I have my winners from my Goodreads Giveaway for A Perfect Square. Congratulations to Amanda, Twyla, Natasha, Steve, and Rhonda. I will put your books in the mail as soon as I receive my author copies. : ) Everyone else, watch my facebook page and blog ... I'll be giving away many more this month!

Vannetta Chapman Tick. Tock. You have until 8 Friday morning to enter your name in the first week of my Kindle Fire contest. If you don't want to write a paragraph .... leave your name. : )

Vannetta Chapman Zondervan asked me to write a blog ... so I wrote a shot piece on why readers love Amish fiction. I hope you'll check it out. Here it is:

Vannetta Chapman I'm giving away a copy of Magaret Daley's book Saving Hope on my blog. Hurry over today. This is a short give-away ... 24 hours. : )

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