Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Shipshewana Amish Mysteries

A big welcome back to one of our favorite authors, Vannetta Chapman. Celebrating the release of her fifth book, Vannetta visited with her heroine. She thought it would be “fun to interview Callie, since she is about to find herself--once again--in the middle of a murder investigation.” Vannetta’s A Promise for Miriam made the Christian Retailer’s top 10 fiction bestseller list.
Vannetta writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She 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 novel, Falling to Pieces, is a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist. A Promise for Miriam earned a spot on the June 2012 Christian Retailing Top Ten Fiction list. Chapman writes Amish fiction for Abingdon Press, Zondervan, and Harvest House. She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.
Zondervan Press
ISBN-10: 0310330459
Tragedy strikes on the opening night of the Fall Crafters Fair when a woman is killed in the parking lot of Daisy's Quilt Shop, and the only material witness is one of Melinda Byer's boys. The investigation takes a more bizarre turn when detective Shane Black becomes convinced the killer was actually after Callie.

This time it's a madman loose in the largest crowd of the year, and he's looking for something or someone. If they can't figure out what, one of Deborah and Callie's close circle of friends may be next. Masked identities, antique quilts with hidden messages, an Amish boy whose handicap makes him stronger, one brave dog, and a possible hidden treasure ... this time it's nonstop action, danger, and a dash of romance.
VANNETTA: How are you adjusting to life in an Amish community?
CALLIE: Define adjust! I don't understand half the things my Amish customers say. I'm trying to learn Pennsylvania-Dutch, but it's harder than you'd think. I love living in the small town of Shipshewana, and I have close friends who help me more than you can imagine.
VANNETTA: Let's talk about those close friends. Amish or Englisch?
CALLIE: The gals are Amish - Deborah, Melinda, and Esther. They're actually more like sisters than friends. The guys? Well, I'm still trying to decide exactly what they are. Friends? Or maybe something more ...
VANNETTA: Guys? More than one?
CALLIE: I know that sounds terrible. I never planned for my love life to be complicated. I never planned to HAVE a love life after my husband Rick died. But with Trent, Gavin and Shane it's different. I can't believe I'm saying Shane is even a possibility, though sometimes, the way he looks at me makes me feel as if I've just stepped off a roller coaster.
VANNETTA: Wow. You are definitely very busy.
CALLIE: I am! Plus there's my dog, Max, who needs a lot of attention, and the quilt shop I inherited. My life is very full and very blessed.
VANNETTA: You used that "blessed" word. How has your faith changed since moving to Indiana?
CALLIE: I suppose I might have been angry at God, back when I lived in Texas. I'd lost my husband and then my aunt. I felt really alone. But Deborah is helping me to see that God has a plan, and the pastor at my local church is patient with me when I have a lot of questions.
VANNETTA: No doubt that helps when you find yourself in the middle of  a murder investigation, and you've been involved in two.
CALLIE: I am so grateful those are over. Those were very hard times, but now they're in the past. Soon fall will arrive, and we'll have the Fall Crafters Fair. It's the biggest event of the year, and I'm looking forward to it.
VANNETTA: Anything you'd like to ask our readers?
CALLIE: Well, I wouldn't mind a little dating advice. It's not something I have much experience at! Should I accept dates from Trent? He's our newspaper man and something of a shark as far as his work. And what about Gavin, who is one of our police officers? He's been a real rock for me. Then there's Shane, who I don't understand at all. He is more the handsome, quiet and dangerous type. Which one should I date? Or should I date them all?
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UP NEXT FOR VANNETTA: 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). 
The Pebble Creek Amish Series, Bk 2
February 2013
Harvest House Publishers
ISBN-10: 0736946144
Abington Press, ISBN: 1426710666, EXCERPT


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What's your favorite fall activity?


Arlene Hittle said...

I love to walk through the fall leaves.

I had to come see what this blog post was about, since I grew up in northern Indiana. I've been to Shipshewana more than a few times.

Vannetta Chapman said...

Arlene, isn't Shipshe wonderful? Thanks for stopping by the blog.

Jackie Tessnair said...

Going to the mountains and seeing all the great colors.I love the colors of fall.Thanks

Angi Morgan said...

Good Morning Vannetta. How's the weather in the Hill country? So excited for you on all the sales and upcoming releases !!

My fall activity? It's great weather for traveling. One day, I'll be visiting Amish country and I'm wondering which part of the year is the best to visit there.


Brenda Rumsey said...

I love the smells, sights, sounds, and colors of fall. It reminds me that the holidays are coming soon and is a time for family, friends,and decorating.
Thanks for spending time with us.
grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

Ingeborg said...

I'm looking forward to Halloween and seeing my two little grandsons dressed in their costumes.

Vannetta Chapman said...

Jackie, we don't have too many mountains in Texas ... a few. Thanks for reminding me that I should take the time to go there!

Vannetta Chapman said...

Angi, it's 103 in the hill country of Texas today. But we have a cool front coming this weekend -- expected high 94. Yes!

As far as Amish communities, I've loved the winter and the summer, and next week I'll be visiting Shipshe again and hopefully see some fall colors. Personally, I think any time is a good time to visit.

Vannetta Chapman said...

Brenda, you are so right ... and you just made me think of Thanksgiving!

Kit, we're in a small town now, and halloween is a real hoot!

Amy Campbell said...

Callie, you should go out with Trent!! I just finished A Perfect Square last weekend and I have to know who Callie chooses.
Congrats, Vannetta, on your newest release.
I love to go on the Blue Ridge Parkway and see Mabry's Mill. It is gorgeous in the fall.

campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Vannetta Chapman said...

Oh, Amy! What fun ... do you know who Trent is in my mind? You can see a picture here. : )-

I love mills! Great idea ...

Angi Morgan said...

Vannetta...Have you taken a weekend to visit the Davis Mountains? Tim and I visited over Memorial Day and hiked. It was research for PROTECTING THEIR CHILD. Great inspiration.


Vannetta Chapman said...

I LOVE the Davis Mountains AND Big Bend. : )

Judy said...

My favorite fall activity is going for a long drive with my husband enjoying the pretty fall coloring of trees. Leisurely driving the back roads, stopping to take a walk or hike through the woods. Topping a glorious day off with hot cider and donuts.

By the way...I would love for Callie to have at least one date with all three guys. Shane, Trent, and Gavin. She can then start eliminating one by one until she ends up with the right guy for her!


bn100 said...

I like to walk outside.


Loves 2 Read Romance - Laura said...

My favorite fall activity is watching football. I also like the change of season. However since I moved to Texas it's not the same was Ohio. I miss the crisp fall air of September. Typically it's not till November that we get that feeling here. I have read A Simple Amish Christmas and am excited to hear that you are working on a sequel! Good luck with it!


loretta said...

Trent has been there for Callie...but you follow your heart. My favorite fall thing is pulling my fall decorations out, putting a fall tablecloth on the table, just love those fall colors.

Kathy said...

My favorite fall activity is going to a cider mill! I look forward to donuts and cider every time fall rolls around.

Kathy Faberge

Vannetta Chapman said...

Ha! I like that ... process of elimination. Enjoy those fall drives, Judy.

Vannetta Chapman said...

Fall is a GREAT time to do that.

Vannetta Chapman said...

Laura, I'm watching the Cowboys right now (and the Rangers). : )

Vannetta Chapman said...

: ) I TRIED to follow Callie's heart. Ohh ... I need to put some deocrations out this weekend. Thanks for the reminder, Loretta.

Vannetta Chapman said...

I love cider too! : ) Enjoy the season, Kathy.

Terri Clark said...

I love going for a horse drawn wagon ride on country roads to see the colrs, smell the fall smells and along the way stop at a local Amish Store that sells a bit of everything. Good memories made for out family.

Karen said...

I pick Gavin or Shane. If I have to pick one.....Shane.

Cathyquilts said...

My favorite fall activities are seeing the changes in the leaves which sinspires me to get motivated to work on a quilt. I am not a summer person so the fall brings cooler temperatures that make me happy and it signals the start of the holiday seasons.

Melissa said...

I love to talk walks through the fall air and color. I also love to go to fall festivals. It is a cooler time of the year so I tend to do more. melissa

Angi Morgan said...

Thanks for dropping by Vannetta. And thanks for being so generous with your works (and postage). selected JUDY as our winner.

We'll be in touch soon to find out what book you'd like from Vannetta.

Thanks for stopping by everyone!

Vannetta Chapman said...

Oh, Terri ... I get to do that next week! : )

Vannetta Chapman said...

Ha ha ha. Well, I suppose we don't HAVE to pick one, Karen!

Vannetta Chapman said...

Cathy, I understand what you mean. In Texas, summer is a bit of a trial on the soul.

Vannetta Chapman said...

It is nice to be outside again. Still 103 here in Texas today, but we're hoping for relief soon!

Vannetta Chapman said...

I enjoyed it, Angi. Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

I love going out in the country and finding a beautiful spot with lots of fall colors and taking pictures of the beautiful scenes you find. The city parks are also a great place to take Fall pictures.
Juanita Cook

Anonymous said...

I love attending the fall festival in LaGrange, Indiana. It is just a few miles from Shipshewana. It is called "Corn School" and has been a community tradition since 1906. It has evolved over the years and what started out as a one day festival now lasts all week long. You can enjoy deep fried pickles, cupcakes in a jar, and panbaso all in the same afternoon. Connie BnCPfefferkorn at

Ladette Kerr said...

I love just being outside ... especially in the mountains, with my family!! Fall is my favorite time of the year... it has my favorite colors too.


Linda said...

Thanks for offering another great read!
My FAVORITE fall activity(with a capital F!) is going with my 4 yr old granddaughter, Lydia, to Pigeon Roost Farm here in Ohio. Lots of fun activities including a petting zoo, straw bale maze, a slide on a rug down a humongous hill, & of course, choosing just the right pumpkin to carve with daddy!

Wendy Newcomb said...

I just enjoy the cooler weather whenever possible, oh and the pumpkin patches are always a fun thing to do.


Mary Ellen Ashenfelder said...

My favorite fall activity is attending the fall featival in our area especially the Kelsey's Dream featival in Oct. It in memory of a young cancer patient who lost her fight with this horrible disease and raised money for pediatric cancer patients.

onorman said...

I love the way the way the air feels in the fall. It's like something good is going to happen.