Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Amish Promises

An Amish Romance
Harvest House
Amish schoolteacher Miriam King loves her students. At 26, most women her age are married with children of their own, but she hasn’t yet met anyone who can convince her to give up the Plain school that sits along the banks of Pebble Creek. Then newcomer Gabriel Miller steps into her life, bringing his daughter, an air of mystery, and challenges Miriam has never faced before.


Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather's birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her first novel, A Simple Amish Christmas, quickly became a bestseller. Vannetta lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
VANNETTA: I insist on a sympathetic hero ... otherwise I put the book down. He can be a RELUCTANT hero, but I have to sympathize with the guy. I have to ROOT for him on a very basic level. 

ANGI: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?
VANNETTA: Tim Grimm, Sarah Darling, The Band Perry, Edens Edge ... I could go on! 

ANGI: Is there a “Blooper” in your story (it may have been changed before printing)?
VANNETTA: I kept confusing DONKEYS and MULES. I know ... I'm showing my "city roots." But seriously .... aren't they basically the same? No! And some Amish only use one. I'll let you read the book to find out, but I did correct myself. GUS is an important part of the story.  

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: What’s the favorite thing you’ve learned about the Amish community and have you incorporated it into your books?
VANNETTA’S GOTTA ANSWER: I learn something new with every book. This book took me to Wisconsin where things are much different! What tugged at my heart the most was walking through the one room schoolhouse. Since I've taught for 15 years, that sight captured my imagination. I learned it's still possible for students to learn is such an environment--learn and be successful in our society.
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UP NEXT: Material Witness (book 3 in my Shipshewana Series, Zondervan) releases in August
And I recently signed another 3 book contract with Zondervan for an Amish Artisan Mystery series. Plus I'll be writing a follow-up to A Simple Amish Christmas (Abingdon). 
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ISBN: 1426710666

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I would like to give two copies of A Promise for Miriam ... one ebook and one trade paperback (North America addresses). 

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What year from your school days stands out the most and why?


  1. Thanks for having me on your blog! I always love to visit "Get Lost In a Story" - because that's what we all do!. : )

  2. Loved the interview and love Vannetta and her books!

    The year that stands out for me most is 6th grade. I went the whole year without missing one single day of school and I was given a certificate. I still have that certificate! Doesn't mean anything to anyone else but it sure does to me!

    I would love to win a paperback book of A Promise For Miriam.


  3. Loved the interview and love Vannetta!!!!!! I think my second grade was neat because I loved the teacher and she got engaged and then was married at the end of the school year and she invited all of us to her wedding. And that was many, many, many years ago! Always remember that!

    I would love to win a paperback book of "A Promise for Miriam". Thank you!!!!

    Dianna Bupp

  4. would love to win, thanks for doing this. :)

  5. My 11th year--that's the year that my best friend and I were old enough to double date. What a year! Also the year that we learned about heartbreak.

    I don't do e-books, please, a paperback.


  6. Welcome back Vannetta !!
    And congrats on the new release !!

    RE: School. Well, I actually loved school and have some good memories. I could probably choose a moment from each year (not always flattering or outstanding LOL). But I really liked my senior year. I was the Office Education Association state reporter, put together the newspaper and competed at the state level in typing (winning). Very cool.


  7. Love your books Vanette!
    I would have to say the school year
    that stands out the most for me is 1987.
    I married my husband the day before I
    graduated high school. We are still going strong
    and deeply in love 25 years later.

  8. I will always remember my fifth grade year. My teacher really took the time to make sure I did my personal best. He suprised me too when he unexpectedly showed his respects at my mothers funeral just to comfort me and tell me how much my Mother loved me!!! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book! Terri Clark

  9. I will always remember my 11th year in high school. My Creative writing class was the best class/course I've ever taken. Ms. Vicky was a great teacher and friend. She was very helpful in writing stories, poems, plays and etc. It's been years since high school but I will often think of her and wonder what has happened to her since then.
    I enjoy reading Vannetta's books and would love to win a paperback copy of "A Promise for Miriam". Thank you.

    Karen Gervais

  10. I will always remember my sixth grade year the best. It was my last year of elementary school. My teacher was wonderful. She taught us how to make foam puppets and we had puppet shows. I was her teacher's aide that year. I love your book covers. They are so pretty.

  11. Judy, I remember 6th grade, because we moved from a small town to Dallas, TX. Oh, I thought my life had ended. : )

    LadyDi, in 2nd grade my teacher moved my desk to the coatroom - b/c I talkd so much. I know that is hard to imagine. : )

  12. p. cowans, thanks for stopping by!

    Loretta, my husband calls that "emotional memory" and I can still remember those days as if they were yesterday!

  13. Angi, you sound like a school star! I remember wanting OUT of school my senior year, which is probably why I ended up being a teacher. lol.

    Unknown, THAT is a great memory. : )

  14. Terri, that's a great memory. I was still in a small town in 5th grade, and I loved it! My teachers would stop by to pick up their dry cleaning and talk to my grandmother ... it wasn't always a good report.

    Karen, God bless creative writing teachers. Right?

  15. Tammy, thank you! Do you know what else I remember about 6th grade? Having a crush on a boy that I swore I hated ... we always competed at the board on math problems. And lots of times I beat him. : )

  16. Liked the interview and sure hope I win. Sharma Darby

  17. Love to win a paperback copy of Vanneta Chap,an's new book...'A Promise For Miriam'....I am a big fan of Vanneta's and I just love reading Amish fiction.....I have shared on facebook and twitter

  18. This is great Vannetta . I love your books & I love when the word gets spread to more future readers . I'd love to win an eBook . I will spread the word n my FB Wall .

  19. Hi, Vanetta, welcome to Get Lost in a Story. Love Amish stories, and love the conflict of your heroine. Gosh, I remember each year as though it were yesterday. Ah, what stands out...probably 9th grade because I transition from Catholic school to regular education. I was terrified. For eight years I'd worn a uniform. After school I went to the 7/11 to get a snack and a group of girls came up to me and befriended me, asked where I was from --- we're still friends to this day. Is that strange or what :)

  20. Nice interview. I'd like to find out more about Gus.


  21. I would have to say my senior year. I had been bullied the previous years and kept to myself. The bullying went away when I became a senior. That's when I came out of my shell. I had many friends and dates. I even found that I had a talent for painting and won many awards. My paintings were even only pieces of art from our school to go to regionals.
    Thanks for giveaway!
    Amy Campbell

  22. I remember my first day of school starting in kindergarten. I wouldn't let go of my mother when she dropped my off at the room and I cried mostly all day. I get better each day because the teacher was a neighbor of ours and she was trying hard to make me get used to being in school even though I knew her.

  23. The sixth grade was the most difficult school year for me. I really had a hard time learning and didn't get along with the teacher. I ended up having to repeat the sixth grade. After going to summer school and returning to the sixth grade again it was much easier because the new teacher was more helpful and friendlier.

    I would love to win a paperback book of A Promise For Miriam since I don't have an ereader and to add it to my growing collection of Amish books.

  24. Vannetta, your talking in school reminds me of my first granddaughter. She spent most of her first grade with her desk in a corner, away from the others because she talked too much! As for me, I remember two very important years. First in 7th grade in a small school. ( 4 rooms with 2 grades in each.) I had real good grades and kept my work done, so the teachers who had 1st and 2nd and the one who had 3rd and 4th would send for me to teach when they needed to be gone. Was such fun! Then the 10th grade, because I got married just before the school year ended. Would love to win your book in paperback for I don't use e-books. Maxie ( )

  25. Would love a chance to win your paperback book. Sounds interesting.
    I would have to say my high school years were most memorable because sometimes they were difficult and sometimes fun. I failed gym the first two years (hated gym with a passion). I had to take gym every day in my junior and senior year to make up the failing grades. But I would have to thank the summer Olympics during my junior year for inspiring me to finally enjoy gym and make it through my last two years of high school with a passing grade.