Guest Post + #Giveaway: Vannetta Chapman

27 Jun

Giveaway- Deep Shadows

Welcome back to the blog, Vannetta!  Thanks so much for visiting with us today and for graciously offering a copy of Deep Shadows to one of my readers.  Please tell us about dystopian fiction and your latest release.

A Dystopian Setting—Deep In the Heart of Texas

Deep Shadows is the first book in my upcoming Remnant Series. It’s a dystopian Christian fiction novel, and instead of using a fictional setting I decided to use the area I know best—central Texas.

So what is dystopian fiction? At its core this type of story deals with a major shift in society—a plague or a global natural disaster or a man-caused universal change across the breadth of society. In Deep Shadows, a solar flare causes a disruption in all things electrical for the foreseeable future.

Yikes! No cell phones or a/c or television? No internet? I know. It’s a horrible thing to imagine. I had a lot of fun with it because I love torturing my characters and seeing if they are strong enough, smart enough, faithful enough to survive.

But it’s not all fiction.

Bob and Phoebe

Gorman Falls and Colorado Bend State Park do actually exist, and it provides a dramatic, remote setting for the opening scene of Deep Shadows.
Fort Hood is located in central Texas and is one of the largest US military installations in the world. The close proximity of this base provides a nice tension to my plot.
• There is no town called Fort Croghan; however, the US government established Fort Croghan in 1849 to protect settlers from hostile Indians along the Texas frontier. You can still visit the grounds and museum. I had a lot of fun imagining that a town had grown up around this historic site.
• Townsend Mills was established in 1856 and was a base camp for surveying crews. It no longer exists today but the small town Adamsville is located near the old site. Townsend Mills provides a nice transition from small town living to a life spent hunkering down on the farm, waiting for things to improve.
• There are more than 2900 natural springs in 183 Texas counties. Water quickly becomes a scarce resource in Deep Shadows, which would especially be true in central Texas where much of the area is exceedingly dry. In my story, any place with a water resource becomes a place of refuge as well as a designated target for those in need of that resource.Small town Texas

 

While I enjoyed using real places, the main setting—Abney, Texas—does not exist. I could not bear to destroy a town that I know and love, so instead I used a compilation of several towns in central Texas.

 

Deep Shadows is a story about relationships and how they survive or crumble when what we’ve feared, as a society, occurs. It’s also a story of faith and hope. What do I hope readers take away from this story? The assurance that God’s grace is always sufficient. Take the worst scenario that you can imagine, and you can still count on our Heavenly Father—maybe not to make things instantly better, but to lead, guide, and care for us regardless the circumstances. 

I can’t wait to read this story!  Thank you so much for sharing, Vannetta!

 

Giveaway- Deep Shadows

GIVEAWAY DETAILS – (US only)
One lucky reader will win a print copy of Deep Shadows!

To enter the giveaway:
Leave a comment below, and be sure to include your email address. The giveaway ends Monday, July 4th at midnight CDT. The winner will be drawn and announced on July 5th.

To earn additional entries:
Follow this blog and/or share the giveaway. Be sure to let me know what you’ve done to earn additional entries!

What would YOU miss most if an electrical disruption occurred?

 

Deep Shadows

Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman

Purchase a copy:
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christianbook

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.

 

vc author photo, DS

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. 

Connect with Vannetta:
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

68 Responses to “Guest Post + #Giveaway: Vannetta Chapman”

  1. robeader June 27, 2016 at 9:55 am #

    Thanks for the chance to enter this giveaway for Vanetta Chapman’s latest book. I am sure it will be just as enriching as her other books. robeader53@yahoo.com

    • B. Adams June 28, 2016 at 9:54 am #

      You’re welcome! Good luck in the giveaway!

  2. Melanie Backus June 27, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    Oh wow! Without electricity, in this Texas heat, I would miss the air conditioning for sure! I am a follower snd I love this blog! mauback55@gmail.com Thank you, Britney, for the great job you do!

    • B. Adams June 28, 2016 at 9:56 am #

      I would miss AC, too! Thanks for following my blog and entering the giveaway! Best of luck!

  3. kim hansen June 27, 2016 at 10:24 am #

    Love her books. cheetahthecat1986@gmail.com

    • B. Adams June 28, 2016 at 9:57 am #

      I love V’s books, too! Good luck in the giveaway, Kim!

  4. Shelia Hall June 27, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    If it was summer, I would miss air conditioner; if winter, i would miss my heat unit! Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • B. Adams June 28, 2016 at 9:58 am #

      Yes, it would be hard to be without heating and air conditioning! Best of luck in the giveaway, Sheila!

  5. KayM June 27, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

    I’ve enjoyed Vannetta’s books in the past, and this one sounds like another one that I would especially find interesting. Thank you for offering a copy.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • KayM June 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

      I forgot to mention that I do follow this blog and I shared on Pinterest.

      • B. Adams June 28, 2016 at 10:09 am #

        Thanks so much for following my blog and sharing the giveaway!!

    • B. Adams June 28, 2016 at 10:09 am #

      You’re welcome, Kay! Good luck in the giveaway!

  6. diannekc June 27, 2016 at 2:11 pm #

    Really enjoy Vannette Chapman’s books. Would like to read “Deep Shadows”.

    • B. Adams June 28, 2016 at 10:10 am #

      Thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the giveaway!

  7. DK Stevens June 27, 2016 at 3:46 pm #

    I would miss electricity.. Early to bed,, early to rise,, just not me 🙂
    dkstevensne AToutlookD otCoM

    • B. Adams June 28, 2016 at 10:11 am #

      Me, too!! 🙂 Good luck in the giveaway!

  8. DK Stevens June 27, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

    🙂 I follow & tweeted!

    • B. Adams June 28, 2016 at 10:11 am #

      Thanks so much for being a blog follower and sharing the giveaway!!

  9. fishingjan June 27, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

    I would miss electricity and all it does to make my life more comfortable. Without electricity my water well wouldn’t work. I shared on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com

    • B. Adams June 28, 2016 at 10:13 am #

      It certainly does make life more comfortable! Thanks so much for sharing the giveaway, and best of luck to you!

  10. Paula Smith June 27, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    pj4824(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • B. Adams June 28, 2016 at 10:14 am #

      You’re welcome, Paula! Good luck to you!

  11. Janet Estridge June 27, 2016 at 6:39 pm #

    Living in Florida during the summer is murder without air conditioning. So I would miss electricity for that reason alone. I wouldn’t miss the television because there is nothing to watch.

    • B. Adams June 28, 2016 at 10:17 am #

      It’s hard to imagine life without electricity! Good luck in the giveaway, Janet!

  12. Emma June 28, 2016 at 9:00 am #

    the air conditioning.Follow this blog and share the giveaway. can I email you my email address?

    • B. Adams June 28, 2016 at 10:18 am #

      Yes, emailing your contact info will be great! Thanks so much for following my blog and sharing the giveaway, Emma!

  13. Loraine N. June 28, 2016 at 9:45 am #

    Oh, this sounds really interesting. I’m so glad that Vannetta gave the description of dystopian because I didn’t realize that I actually like those types of stories. Thanks for the giveaway!

    momrain(at)aol(dot)com

    I follow your blog on Bloglovin’ and I’ve shared your post on Pinterest, FB and Twitter.

    • B. Adams June 28, 2016 at 10:20 am #

      You’re welcome, Loraine! Thanks so much for being a blog follower and sharing the giveaway!

  14. booksbeforebandaids June 28, 2016 at 9:48 am #

    I would miss electricity! Booksbeforebandaids(at)gmail(dot)com I followed

    • B. Adams June 28, 2016 at 10:21 am #

      I would, too!! Thanks so much for following my blog, and best of luck in the giveaway!

  15. Pat June 28, 2016 at 10:54 am #

    What I would miss most is electricity.

    • B. Adams June 30, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

      Electricity seems to be at the top of everyone’s list! Good luck in the giveaway, Pat!

  16. Lynn June 28, 2016 at 11:03 am #

    I love her other books, so I’m exited for the opportunity to win this book!!!

    • B. Adams June 30, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

      I’m glad you’re excited, Lynn! 🙂 Best of luck to you!

  17. Justina Baisley Wilson June 28, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    I think what I would miss most. Would be the internet. I love talking to my Author friends and being part of there lives. Also the special groups that I am a part of like Heart Wings, Pioneer Hearts just to name a few.I have become quite close to many. Thank you so much for sharing your life with me.

    • B. Adams June 30, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

      Best of luck in the giveaway, Justina!

  18. Robin in NC June 28, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

    Gosh, I’m so spoiled, it’s hard to choose what I’d miss the most! Right now though, I’d say air conditioning!! Ha! Ha! I’m also a blog follower. Thanks so much!
    rw620 AT aol DOT com

    • B. Adams June 30, 2016 at 2:07 pm #

      Air conditioning would be hard to live without! Thanks for being a blog follower, Robin, and good luck in the giveaway!

  19. conniepsaunders June 28, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    As much as I would miss my social media. I would have to say my water/electricity. Since our water supply relies on electricity to run the pump stations, I would not only be without all of the modern conveniences I take for granted but also our water supply. Hard to imagine but I know it is a possibility!
    Thanks for this giveaway.
    I follow you by email.
    I shared on Twitter.
    I shared on Google+
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

    • B. Adams June 30, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

      Right you are, Connie! Although it’s hard to imagine, it is a real possibility! Thanks so much for following my blog and sharing the giveaway! Good luck!

  20. Iris Guinn June 28, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

    I met Vannetta about three years ago at my high school reunion. I graduated in the same class as Bob, Vannetta’s husband. I told her I liked to read Christian books and enjoyed Amish novels. Well, she surprised me when she said had written and published Amish novels. I’ve been a fan ever since we met. I volunteer in my church library so we’re ordering her books. I can’t wait to read Deep Shadows.

    • B. Adams June 30, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

      How fun, Iris! Thanks for stopping by, and best of luck in the giveaway!

  21. diannekc June 28, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    If we had an electrical disruption, I would miss the feeling of every day safety. I feel out of touch with what is going on and why the power was disrupted. Looking forward to reading “Deep Shadows “. Not the usual Amish fiction from Vannetta Chapman.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

    • B. Adams June 30, 2016 at 2:11 pm #

      Yes, safety and security would be very big issues! Good luck to you, Dianne!

  22. Judy Humes June 28, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

    I would miss air conditioning for sure living in central Texas and knowing all the places she mentioned above. I would also miss staying up late and reading books every night.

    • B. Adams June 30, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

      I’m a late night reader too, Judy! 🙂 Good luck in the giveaway!

  23. Ola Norman June 28, 2016 at 8:52 pm #

    Can’t wait to read this one. I sure hope something like that doesn’t happen in our future but you never know.

    • B. Adams June 30, 2016 at 2:13 pm #

      I hope and pray we aren’t faced with a situation like this! Good luck in the giveaway, Ola!

  24. Bonnie Roof June 29, 2016 at 3:13 am #

    If an electrical disruption occurred, I would probably most miss my frig, computer, and music. Such an interesting storyline in ‘Deep Shadows’ – I look forward to reading it!!

    I’m a blog follower and shared your post on Facebook.

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • B. Adams June 30, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

      It certainly is a thought-provoking story! Thank you for being a blog follower, Bonnie, and for sharing the giveaway!

  25. Pat G. Moore June 29, 2016 at 10:31 am #

    I’m looking forward to reading “Deep Shadows”. I would miss my frig. & my Kindle. However, since I have a huge number of paperbacks, I don’t think I would miss the Kindle that much. I have so many keepers that I could reread and love them all over again. Will leave reviews and share on FB. Sorry but I don’t to Pinetree & Twitter.

    • B. Adams June 30, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

      Best of luck in the giveaway, Pat!

  26. njaybrown June 29, 2016 at 2:38 pm #

    This books sounds fascinating! The scenario is completely plausible; an EMP is very possible. We’re so dependent on electricity, utterly, which brings to my mind the fact that the Amish are NOT! Very interesting comparison between their way of life, which some laugh at, and the horrible scene that an EMP would create. Of course, with your skill in suspenseful storylines, I’d love to really sink my teeth into your new book.

    • B. Adams June 30, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

      So true! Best of luck in the giveaway!

  27. Trixi June 30, 2016 at 11:05 pm #

    I would miss electricity the most! Especially since it powers my computer to have internet access, lol!! I can’t imagine living life before electricity was invented, I’ve read historical books set in early time periods and am glad for our modern day conveniences!

    Deep Shadows sound a lot like Terri Blackstock’s Restoration series books, which I loved by the way. I have enjoyed Vannetta’ s Amish books and I bet I’d enjoy this one just as much. Thanks for the chance to win a copy for myself Brittany (spelling?).

    I follow your blog via email, and shared this on both Facebook & Twitter.
    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

    • B. Adams July 5, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

      I certainly appreciate our modern conveniences, too! Thank you for following my blog and sharing the giveaway, Trixi! Good luck!

  28. Maryann July 1, 2016 at 10:39 pm #

    We lost our electricity for several days during Superstorm Sandy. It was not easy but we made it through. It was cold with no heat and got dark at night. We had to grill on our charcoal grill, use up all our refrig and freezer foods and ration the flashlights and candles. I missed heat and the laptop. Also it was not fun having to take the flashlight with you every time we all used the bathroom.

    • B. Adams July 5, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

      So glad you stayed safe during the story, Maryann! Best of luck in the giveaway!

  29. Jordann July 2, 2016 at 2:42 am #

    It’s hard to pick the one thing I would miss most. Honestly, I think I would miss everything! Our electricity was off for 3 days last summer and it was hard just trying to get through that! I can’t imagine it being permanent! Thanks so much for the great giveaway! I have never read any of Vannetta’s book, so I am looking forward to adding her to my to read list!! I just signed up to follow your blog and I shared the giveaway via Facebook! Thanks again! jdennis298(at)gmail(dot)com

    • B. Adams July 5, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

      Thanks so much for following my blog and sharing the giveaway, Jordann! Best of luck to you!

  30. bn100 July 2, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

    electricity

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    • B. Adams July 5, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

      Good luck in the giveaway!

  31. Tiffany Hall July 2, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    Can’t wait to read this book! I would most miss air conditioning. Shared on Facebook and follow your blog as well. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
    jtabalk at hotmail dot com

    • B. Adams July 5, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

      Thank you for following my blog and sharing the giveaway, Tiffany! Good luck!

  32. Donna B July 2, 2016 at 5:01 pm #

    I think I would miss the a/c & heat the most. I am following your blog and also shared on twitter. Thanks for this interview and giveaway! d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

    • B. Adams July 5, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

      Thanks so much for following my blog and sharing the giveaway, Donna! Best of luck!

  33. vannettachapman July 2, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

    Wow! What an awesome group of commenters. Thanks for stopping by, everyone. I appreciate you!

    • B. Adams July 5, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

      Everyone is excited about this new release, Vannetta! 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting with us and offering this great giveaway!!

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