Thursday, September 22, 2011

Vannetta Chapman's Falling to Pieces

Vannetta Chapman holds a BA and MA degree in English and has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. Her first Amish novel with Abingdon Press, A Simple Amish Christmas, quickly became a Christian Books Distributor bestseller. Her first Shipshewana Amish Mystery, Falling to Pieces (Zondervan), will release in September of 2011--the first in a three book series. She has also signed a contract for a three book Amish romance series with Harvest House. A Promise for Miriam: Pebble Creek Series will release in June of 2012.

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Falling to Pieces

In this first book of a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman brings a fresh twist to the popular Amish fiction genre. She blends the familiar components consumers love in Amish books—faith, community, simplicity, family—with an innovative who-done-it plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the last stitch in the quilt.

When two women—one Amish, one English—each with different motives, join forces to organize a successful on-line quilt auction, neither expects nor wants a friendship. As different as night and day, Deborah and Callie are uneasy partners who simply want to make the best of a temporary situation. But a murder, a surprising prime suspect, a stubborn detective, and the town's reaction throw the two women together, and they form an unlikely alliance to solve a mystery and catch a killer.

Set in the well-known Amish community of Shipshewana, Falling to Pieces will attract both devoted fans of the rapidly-growing Amish fiction genre, as well as those who are captivated by the Amish way of life.

Here's an excerpt of Falling to Pieces:

Daisy stood in the center of her garden, admiring the chaos of flowers. May rains and warmer days had brought a burst of color. Brilliant orange flowers dotted with butterflies spread across the ground, white false indigo had grown waist-high, and the purplish—pink blossoms of Joe-pye-weed fought for their place in the sun. Unfortunately grass and common weeds had also shot up with extra zeal. Her garden looked almost like a thing abandoned.

She glanced back toward the quilt shop. Paperwork waited for her there. The garden beckoned her here. And where was Max? As if he could read her thoughts, the sixty-pound yellow Labrador bounded past her, practically knocking her on her keister.

“Catch a ground squirrel and I won’t be bandaging your wounds,” she called after him. Of course she would. She loved the dog more than she would have thought possible—she supposed turning seventy-six last March had softened her a bit. Also, she had no family in the area. The Amish community had accepted her, and the Englishers—like herself—were as close as neighbors could be. But Max, well, Max was her constant companion; he protected her, he played with her, he listened to all her problems without judgment, and he loved her unconditionally.

“Wonder where I left that hand rake. I had it last time I fought these weeds.” Daisy circled left, then right, finally spying the red handles of her tool set by the fence which bordered the alley running behind her shop and little side yard. With a sigh, she hustled back along the brick walk, aware that she was already losing the day’s light. She’d just reached down to pick up the bucket of tools when she saw movement in the alley—a flash of color in the gap between two of the six-foot bayberry shrubs that lined the fence.

Most folks stuck to the main street, and Daisy was curious. Peeking through the evergreens, she glimpsed a man rounding the corner of the deserted alley. She didn’t recognize the editor of their small town newspaper at first. It wasn’t until he’d crept closer and stopped next to the dumpster behind Pots and Pans, a shop that sold old-fashioned kitchenware to tourists, that she was sure it was Stakehorn.

Just as Daisy was about to call out, he opened a Shipshewana shopping bag and peered down into it, as if he wasn’t sure what he’d find. He pulled an item out, studied it in less than the amount of time it would have taken her to sew a whip-stitch, and dropped it back into the bag. Then he examined his hand, as if it had bit him.

“Now that has to be the oddest—”

Before she could complete her thought, Stakehorn turned and darted between Pots and Pans and the new floral shop which had been taken over by Georgia Stearn’s sister. The place didn’t even have a name yet, which Daisy thought was a shame. Every store needed a name, or how would you look it up in the yellow pages?

She reached down and picked up her bucket of garden tools. When she did she felt a tightening in her chest, that uncomfortable pressure she’d been meaning to talk to Doctor Pat about. Could be indigestion. She’d had one of those new microwave sandwiches for lunch and sometimes they didn’t sit well. With one hand she rubbed her chest and with the other she turned toward the flowers, but the sleeve of her blouse caught on the evergreen. She reached to loosen it, which was when she saw the second person enter the alley.

This person she didn’t know. Must be from the market. He wasn’t from Shipshewana. She’d lived here long enough to know everyone, and a man like that? She would remember if she’d seen him before. He scanned the backs of the buildings as if he couldn’t decide where he was going. As he walked, his attention moved to the ground. Twice he squatted down and touched the dirt. When he stopped outside Pots and Pans, at the same place Stakehorn had stopped, Daisy saw him pull something out of the inside of his jacket.

It took her a moment longer to realize it was a gun.

Here's the book trailer for Falling to Pieces:

You can purchase Falling to Pieces from Amazon.

Vannetta is giving away a copy of Falling to Pieces. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


marybelle said...

I enjoyed the excerpt for FALLING TO PIECES thank you. This looks like a wonderful book & series.


Teela said...

I've been to shipshawana and would LOVE to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win! Looks so inviting!! teelayoung at hotmail dot com

Jo said...

This sounds like the type of book that you pick up and don't want to put down. Interesting concept. I would love to win this book and thank you for the opportunity.


Judy said...

I live only 40 minutes away from Shipshe and have been there many, many times. I hope to be there at the Blue Gate in November to meet Vannetta in person. I just know Falling to Pieces will be a good read and I would love to win a copy of it.


wfnren said...

I really want to read this book, thank you for the giveaway.


cjajsmommy said...

Great start to this book. I definitely want to know what happens next. Please enter me in the giveaway.

CarlybirdK said...

I've heard great things about this book. I look forward to reading it. Thank you.

apple blossom said...

I love Amish stories. Love to be included in this giveaway thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Charity said...

Please enter me. I will be hosting Vannetta on my blog next month but this book looks too good to pass up:) Thanks for the chance at winning it!


PriviesAndPrims said...

I hope I win this one cause I really wanna read it!

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

ann said...

This sounds like a book that I would thoroughly
enjoy reading - hope to win

amhengst at verizon dot net

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Susan H said...

This would be my first Amish fiction book to read. Sounds like a great story and I really like the book cover!

Rita Garcia said...

Sounds like a wonderful series. Love the book trailer!

lgm52 said...

Enjoyed the to read the entire book!

Anonymous said...

"Falling to Pieces" sounds wonderful...the Amish lifestyle mixed with a bit of mystery and intrigue! Love it! Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win!
Kelly Y in Virginia

Marianne said...

please enter my name in the giveaway for Vanetta's novel, thanks.

Anonymous said...

I am late, late, late to this party. You all please forgive me. I was in St. Louis when this went up, but what a lovely POST! Now to choose a winner ... hmmm. It's so much fun to see all the enthusiasm. Let me find out if I'm suppose to choose. I'll be right back!

Joy said...

Would love to have this book!

Carol N Wong said...

I have never been there but I would love to read this story.


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