Friday, August 5, 2016

"Deep Shadows" by Vannetta Chapman...and a GIVEAWAY!

In celebration of her latest release, Vannetta has graciously offered to give away a copy of the book (US ONLY). To enter, see the Rafflecopter box at the bottom of this post. (Contest ends August 12, 2016.) If you are the randomly chosen winner, I'll contact you and pass on your information. Good luck!

A Word from Vannetta...

My editor at Harvest House asked me if I could write anything I wanted, what would it be? I’ve always loved the dystopian/survivalist genre, and I’m a news junkie. I’d recently come across a news article about NASA scientists warning Congress about the possibility of a massive solar event. That was all it took to spur my imagination on, and Deep Shadows was born.

Q & A with Vannetta...

Q:  What would you be doing if you were not an author?
A:  I adore teaching. If I could do both things at once, I would! So yes, I’d return to teaching in some capacity.

Q:  I used to be a teacher, and I really enjoyed it, too! What are your thoughts on publishing/self-publishing?
A:  I think publishing in general is a difficult thing, as it has always been. There’s a lot of criticism and rejection and hard work involved! That said, writing is a job I absolutely adore, and it is a passion as well as an occupation. As far as self-publishing, I think it’s a valid means of getting your work in front of readers.

Q:  What advice do you have for new writers?
A:  Keep writing. The 9th book I wrote was the 1st book published.

Q:  What are three books in your TBR (to-be-read) pile? 
A:  Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us
      C.J. Box, Off the Grid
      Deb Raney, Finally Home

 Q:  Those sound good! I think my TBR pile will soon be a bit larger :)  What are three things about you that would surprise your readers?
A:  I have a phobia about driving over tall, tall bridges.
      I don’t eat most white foods.
      I love hiking, gardening, and playing the piano.

Back cover blurb...

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.

I rated this story 4/5 stars in the August 2016 issue of RT Bookreviews Magazine.

Amazon link for purchase...

About Vannetta...

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace, including romantic suspense and Amish romance novels. She is the author of seventeen novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, The Shipshewana Amish Mystery series, and Anna’s Healing, a 2016 Christy Award finalist. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups.  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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  1. I love dystopian novels. My favorites are the Hunger Games series, and the Luminary series.

    1. Dianna,

      Thanks for stopping by. I haven't read the Luminary series. I'll have to check that out.

      Good luck!

  2. Probably the only one I've read is the first book in the Hunger Games. Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Charis,

      That's a good book. I definitely recommend giving this one, and some other dystopians, a try. I started reading that genre about a year ago, and I'm glad I did!

      Thanks for stopping by, and good luck!

  3. Yes I have and all dystopian books I have read I love so hard to choose a favorite.

    1. Kim,

      I know what you mean. I started reading this genre about a year ago, and I'm hooked!

      Good luck, and thanks for stopping by my blog.

  4. I have only read one dystopian book, but it was also a time-travel story, as well. I enjoyed it, because of the time travel element. I don't read dystopian much, because it tends to be very dark. That's why I want to read Vannetta's book. Gleaning from her previous work, I can only imagine that a message of hope is woven throughout.

    1. Terrill,

      I know what you mean about many of them being very dark, and I think you'll really enjoy this one.

      Thanks for stopping by, and good luck!

  5. Dystopians have been my preferred reading for a few years now. While I can't really narrow down one favorite, I would say my top five favorites (in no particular order) are The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, Unwind by Neal Shusterman, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and The Giver by Lois Lowry.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Shannon.

      I've only started reading dystopians in the past couple years, but they're quickly becoming some of my favorites! I've never read "Under the Never Sky" or "Unwind," so I'll have to check them out. Thanks for mentioning them :) The Divergent series is high on my list, too!

      Good luck!