Thursday, May 3, 2012

Reviews & Two Book Giveaway

TWO BOOKS TO ONE WINNER!

Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. She published a novel with Abingdon Press called A Simple Amish Christmas in October of 2010. Her first Quilt Shop Murder Mystery, Falling to Pieces (Zondervan), released in September 2011.Falling to Pieces is the first book in Vannetta's Amish mystery three-book series. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.

Vannetta is a proud member of the following writing organizations:
American Christian Fiction WritersFaith, Hope and Love (Inspirational Chapter of RWA)
Romance Writers of America

You can also follow Vannetta at:
The Vannetta Chapman Blog
Facebook
Goodreads

Contributing reviewer Judy Burgi is kindly offering both of her copies of these wonderful Amish Mystery books to one blog reader!


Falling to Pieces: Reviewed by Judy Burgi

Callie Harper makes a trip to Shipshewana , Indiana to get her deceased aunt's affairs in order. Her aunt has passed away and she has inherited her aunt's quilting store. Callie has every intention of cleaning up Daisy's Quilt Shop to sell and once sold getting out of Shipshewana as soon as possible.

The first person Callie meets in Shipshewana is an Amish woman named Deborah Yoder. Deborah talks Callie into selling her quilts on the internet. Callie finally agrees and forms a partnership to auction Deborah's quilts online.

Callie has a run in with the town newspaper editor, Mr. Stakehorn, over something he had printed in the newspaper regarding her. He accused her of hustling the Amish's wares (Quilt's) on the internet highway. Callie even goes so far as to threaten Mr. Stakehorn that if he didn't print a retraction he would regret making an enemy of her.

This is where all the excitement and mayhem begins! Is it a coincident that things begin to happen since Callie came to Shipshewana? Is she the cause of all the chaos that is going on? Is someone out to frame Callie? If so, what would someone have against a newcomer?

I love a good mystery! There are a couple of reasons why I loved this book. I really enjoyed the author's very first novel "A Simple Amish Christmas". After reading "A Simple Amish Christmas" I was hooked. I couldn't wait to see what her next book would be. Another reason I loved this book is, Falling to Pieces" was written about a small town called Shipshewana and that small town is just a hop, skip and jump from where I live. I know exactly where LaGrange County , Indiana is. Fort Wayne, Indiana was also mentioned in the book and that is where I go to do some major shopping. I've also eaten at The Blue Gate Restaurant many times! So it was exciting to read about places where I've actually been.

Thank you Vannetta Chapman for such a good read. I am so looking forward to reading "a Perfect Square".

A Perfect Square: Reviewed by Judy Burgi

Will Callie and Deborah solve another Amish mystery? The adventures begin once again in the small town of Shipshewana, Indiana.

Esther and Deborah are on their way to take food to Reuben and Tobias. While driving down the lane Esther spots some wildflowers growing near the pond and asked Deborah to stop the buggy so she can pick some. They are meeting Callie at Daisy's Quilt Shop in an hour and Esther wants to take some flowers to her. As Esther nears the wildflowers she sees the body of an Amish girl face down in the pond. All of a sudden Deborah hears a loud scream from Esther.

This book was a real page turner for me and reeled me in from page one. I loved how the author includes mystery, suspense, some romance, the power of prayer and following God's will into this great read. Not only is this a murder mystery but this book also includes another mystery woven in. I found this to be a very pleasant surprise and loved how this situation was handled.

This book is filled with a variety of characters in all walks of life. I found myself really caught up in the lives of these characters. Of course we can't forget Max. He is definitely one of my favorites!

For those who have read "Falling to Pieces" and liked the book I am here to tell you that you will love "a Perfect Square" just as much if not more. I can't wait for book 3 in this series to be published. Thanks to Vannetta Chapman for some great reads. Keep them coming!



Thanks again, Judy, for offering to share your books! 

Leave a comment to be entered to win BOTH books! We like conversation :) If you aren't a follower, it would be nice if you signed up through email, RSS, or Linky Tools, but I'm not making it a requirement. Ends May 9th. Continental US Only! 

70 comments:

  1. I'm reading A Smiple Amish Christmas right now on my Kindle! Really enjoying it, I'm sure these 2 books would be just as good.

    Patty

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  2. I haven't had the chance to read any books my Vanetta yet, but she is in my TBR pile! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. Yes!!! I am a quilter and would love to read these books by Vannetta Chapman. I had just written down this morning to check at our library tomorrow. I would love the opportunity to have my very own copies!! Please enter me for the drawing. Thank you. Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  4. I am a subscriber and appreciate receiving e-mails of new posts! Thanks from Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  5. I hope you get to read some of hers soon. I've only read the Christmas one, but it was very well written and a great story!

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  6. Thanks for subscribing Kathleen :)

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  7. Oh, a quilter! That is such a beautiful art form, Kathleen!!! Do you have pictures of your quilts posted on your blog?

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  8. Would love to win these books. I like reading Amish fiction and mysteries. Have read Vannetta's A Simple Amish Christmas and it was very good.
    I'm already subscribed to the blog by email.

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  9. Thanks for having this Contest, would love to win one of these Books, I read " A simple Amish Christmas" and loved it.
    I'm a follower of your Blog

    ingrids62448(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. Judy - Thanks for the reviews and a chance to receive the books.
    Anne - Love following your blog! But oh, the TBR list grows longer and longer!
    Sharon

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  11. I haven't read Vanetta's books yet but absolutely love the cover and definitely want to read it. Thank you for the opportunity of such a great giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. Thanks to everyone who has entered so far. I enjoy reading your comments. For those who haven't read Vannetta's books yet, you are in for a treat. She keeps you guessing and her books are real page turners.

    Good luck everyone!

    Blessings!
    Judy

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  13. Great reviews and you're giving away BOTH of Vannetta's books??!! Wow, count me in!! I haven't read Vannetta yet, but both of these books are on my TBR list and would LOVE to get them.
    I'm also an email subscriber
    Best wishes to the other entrants and thanks for this fantastic giveaway!
    Blessings, Kara
    karathewriter.blogspot.com

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  14. These books sound fascinating! I love the titles and the cover art, too.

    I have a few quilts I inherited along with some pieces that I need to get made into a quilt. I also have friends who do quilting. I could share these books with them if I happened to be the winner.

    I know these books will warm hearts as the pieces come together just as quilts have warmed folks for ages.

    Blessings, Janice jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)come

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  15. I love cozy mysteries and Vanetta's books sound like great reads. I love the quilt shop as a setting and the Amish twist. Please add me!
    I'm a follower.
    Worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  16. Hey Karen,
    I'm like you - I read A Simple Amish Christmas - great story! I'm looking forward to reading more of her books :)
    Thanks for subscribing!

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  17. Hello Ingrid!

    Judy is a dear for sharing so many wonderful books with us!
    Thanks for following :)
    Hope you have a great weekend!

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  18. Hey Sharon!
    Well, what can I say...there are so many good books out there right now! Thanks for following! Have a blessed weekend :)

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  19. Hi Jo,
    I agree...these covers are so pretty!
    Thanks for coming by! You are such a faithful follower :)
    Have a blessed weekend!

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  20. Hey Kara,
    I know! When Judy said she wanted to give both books to one reader, I was so sad I couldn't enter :(
    Oh well...I will check them out from the library.
    Thanks so much for taking time to come by, and for being an email subscriber! I really appreciate it :) Have a great weekend!

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  21. Hi Janice,
    Oh, I love quilts! My MIL and sister are both expert quilters, but I never had enough interest to try it for myself beyond a pillow cover, a long time ago.
    Have a blessed weekend!

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  22. Merry, Merry....hey girl!
    I'm a mystery fan, too :) These do sound intriguing. Glad you came by and entered. Thanks for following! Have a blessed weekend.

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  23. Great reviews! I love mysteries and books about quilting. =)
    Amish books are a favorite of mine also.
    I havent read books yet by Vannetta Chapman, and would love to win these 2 books!

    thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  24. Two grand reviews. You have me hooked! I love suspense, but to mix it with Amish is great. I've not read any books by this author, either. I love it that Judy knows the area where the book is set. That makes the book even more authentic. Please enter me, please!

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  25. I'm a blog follower, and enjoy your reviews. These two books have been on my "wish" list since I first heard about them. I travel to Shipshewana, IN several times a year, so reading about adventures in that area are especially exciting for me. Shipshe is one of my favorite communities with the peaceful Amish farms, and the downtown area is "quilters heaven!" You can see by my post that I would love to win these books. LOL! Thank you for offering them in your giveaway!

    Nancee
    quiltcat26@sbcglobal.net

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  26. Abigail RichmondMay 4, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    I have Falling to Pieces, but I don't have A Perfect Square yet.
    If I won just give the first to some one else or I could give it to a friend.
    I love Vannetta's books!
    Thank You so much!

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  27. Thanks for the info on the Amish stories...they sound like ones I would enjoy reading. I'm a quilter as well as a reader and I've always loved their beautiful Amish quilts.

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  28. Thanks Judy for your lovely reviews :) I've been meaning to check these books out for quite awhile now. A friend of mine who is probably the biggest Amish fiction reader ever (seriously she won't read much else!) took a trip to Lancaster County and she dined in some of the exact places mentioned in her favorite books! It was so cool, when she was telling me how she ate at the Plain & Fancy and everything!

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

    Thanks!

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  29. Hey Linda,

    I am so intrigued by the idea of an Amish suspense! I will be getting these from the library. Judy is a great reviewer. I am so blessed that she agreed to post them on here as well :)
    Thanks for coming by!

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  30. Hi Melissa,

    Have you read any of Marta Perry's books? You might like Katie's Way.
    Thanks for coming by and entering! Have a great weekend.

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  31. Hey Nancee,
    I would love to be able to visit Amish country up there! Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm :) Have a blessed weekend!

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  32. Hi Abigail,

    I just found out yesterday that I am going to have a granddaughter :) Her middle name is to be Abigail!

    Thanks for coming by and have a great weekend!

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  33. I love quilts! It's such a lovely art form :)

    Hope you have a great weekend, Jackie!

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  34. Oh, that sounds like so much fun! How cool for your friend!!! I would love to go to Amish country and visit some of those places :) I love Amish fiction!

    Wishing you a blessed weekend, Faye!

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  35. I am always looking for new authors to read and your book sounds really good.

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  36. Wow! I am excited to see all the comments and interests in this blog site (Anne does a wonderful job!) and to see how many would love to read Vannetta's books. She is one of my favorite Amish fiction writers. Good luck to everyone!

    Anne, a granddaughter is coming! How wonderful! I love her middle name Abigail. I have a granddaughter named Abigail!!

    Blessings!
    Judy

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  37. Great reviews. I enjoy reading reviews, it gives some insight to the authors that I love to read. Thanks for offering such wonderful prizes! I would love to win a copy of either book, they sound really good.
    Blessings, Tina
    tfrice@comcast.net

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  38. I haven't had a chance to read any of Vanetta's books, but they are on my CBD wish list! I would LOVE to win them! Thank you for this opportunity, and God Bless! †

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  39. I'm off to celebrate my little redheaded grandson turning 3 today! Have fun :)

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  40. I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Simple Amish Christmas and would love to be entered into the giveaway for these other books by Vanetta. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  41. would love to read these beautiful stories...thanks for the chance :)
    i'm a subscriber (and follower, too)

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  42. Anne,

    Thanks for the recommendation! I will look up Marta Perrys books ( and Katies Way )
    I think I have one of hers on my to be read shelf, but I cant remember the title. =)

    Thanks again!

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  43. I would LOVE to read your books ......... i have visited many amish places and would like to learn more about their ways thru reading material . Thank You , Dixie

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  44. I am familiar with Vanita and love her books. I haven't read any of Judi's books. but am always on the lookout for a new author to read.

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  45. Tina, if you win you will receive BOTH books! Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

    Blessings!
    Judy

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  46. I would love to win...Please enter me...Thanks...

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  47. Vanetta's books are the ones in the giveaway. Judy is the reviewer :)

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  48. We had such a wonderful day celebrating with our daughter's family. Three is a fun age and he is absolutely adorable :) But then I AM biased!

    Thanks to all who have stopped by to enter the drawing. I hope you're all having a terrific weekend too!

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  49. Thanks for the chance to win these books!

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  50. I enjoy Amish books. I would really like to read these. I'm a new email subscriber.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  51. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  52. Haven't read Vanetta's books, but I love the Amish stories and to find new authors to read!

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  53. Read A Simple Amish Christmas and I am waiting to read A perfect Square through my library should be reading it in a day or 2. Love Vannetta's books because its a mystery instead of a love story in a Amish community. Many of the Christian Authors have recommended her first book and from there I was hooked. Loved both your reviews.

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  54. Thanks for entering me in your contest. Your books are new to me.

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  55. Jeanine KowalewskiMay 7, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    I haven't read A Simple Amish Christmas yet, but I look forward to it. Falling to Pieces and A Perfect Square were both very good! I borrowed them from the library so it would be great to win the contest! Anxiously awaiting the third book in the series. I've always enjoyed mystery books and Amish fiction. Vannetta does a great job of combining the two genres.

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  56. Thought I posted already, but maybe I accidentally deleted it! Would love a book of Vanetta's!

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  57. Hi Joyce,
    You posted the first comment on the current Winner post so I am glad you came back and posted here! Thanks for coming by and entering the giveaway. Have a great day!

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  58. I am not a quilter. Not enough patience for it. :O)

    Both books look fun and I love a good mystery, or two.... ;)

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  59. I am so happy to see that so many are interested in reading Vannetta's books. She is one of my favorite Amish fiction authors. I'm just thrilled that Anne so graciously allows me to post reviews and book giveaways on her blog.

    Thanks for stopping by with your comments and good luck to everyone who has entered! I can't wait to see who will be reading my books next!

    Anne, sounds like you had a blast at your Grandson's 3rd birthday party. I know it's wrong to be envious but I do envy you that you have grandchildren so near. I'm a wonderful grandmother (just kidding!) but my grandkiddo's live out of the country! I know, I know, I could always go visit but there is a minor obstacle, it's called money!

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  60. mary ellen ashenfelderMay 7, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Please accept my entry for Vannetta's books. I recently ordered A Simple Amish Christmas and am looking forward to receiving it. Thank you :)

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  61. Met Vanetta at a book signing and follow her on Facebook, would love to have her books.

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  62. I just discovered your blog from Southern Sassy Things - LOVE IT!

    And I'd love to win these two books - both sound delightful.

    Blessings,
    Becky

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  63. Hi Becky,
    Welcome! Isn't Christy great?! I love visiting at Southern Sassy Things :)
    Thanks for coming by!

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  64. I love both Amish fiction and murder mysteries and am excited to read them together! I have read A Simple Amish Christmas twice and will read it every year again at christmastime...I loved it! Keep writing and thanks for sharing your blog with us!

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  65. I read Falling To Pieces and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm also a quilter, so it was a fun read! Can't wait to read A Perfect Square. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks so much.
    Carol

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  66. I haven't read any of her books either, but I have recently retired and am ready to read lots!

    Blessings to you,
    Denise

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  67. Hi, just found your website reading about Full Disclosure book. Love inspirational fiction.....Amish, mystery, romance. Haven't read any of this author's books yet, but would love to win one .
    Blessings

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