Monday, July 1, 2013

Vannetta Chapman's "A Wedding for Julia"




Title: A Wedding for Julia
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

Cover Blurb:  Just As Hope Runs out the Door, Love Softly Peeks In
Julia Beechy is so stunned, she can hardly breathe. The announcement that she must either marry or move from the family home on her mother’s imminent death catches Julia completely by surprise. How can she leave the only home she has ever known? What about her dream of opening her own Plain café?

Quiet Caleb Zook thought his time for marrying was long past, but he feels a stirring in his heart he cannot shake for this beautiful, forlorn woman. When he offers support, comfort, and a solution, Julia is afraid to accept it. Can she marry someone she barely knows? Is that the right thing to do? Is this God’s plan for her future? For his?

As Julia and Caleb work through the consequences of their life-altering decision, the people of Pebble Creek weather the worst storm to hit Wisconsin in the last hundred years. Where will Julia and Caleb be on the other side of it?

1) How did this story come to you?

"I had the awesome experience of participating in a Bible study entitled, The Bible in 90 Days. It was during that study that I came across Genesis 24:67. ‘Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah’s tent, and she became his wife. He loved her deeply, and she was a special comfort to him after the death of his mother.’ I couldn't let go of that image of God providing a lifelong love for Isaac before he had even met the woman. And Isaac, he trusted God and married Rebekah. What a wonderful God we serve. Julia's story began there, in the pages of Genesis. I hope it is one that brings you hope, inspiration, and a touch of God's grace."

1) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Harvest House had read a previous proposal (A Simple Amish Christmas) and they were interested in me writing Amish romance for them. They contracted the Pebble Creek series based on story blurbs, and possibly I also sent a few sample chapters.

2) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I struggle with my weight, I have 3 cats and quite a few deer living in my yard, and I've had my thyroid removed!

3) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I have the edits for 3 different books that I'm working on now. The Christmas Quilt (Abingdon, October 2013), Murder Simply Brewed (Zondervan, March 2014) and Where Healing Blooms, a novella included in An Amish Garden (Thomas Nelson, May 2014).

4) Parting comments?
Thanks for having me, and a big thank you to everyone who clicked over. I'm daily encouraged by how many "readers" there still are in this old world.

5) Where can fans find you on the internet?
webpage--www.vannettachapman.com
facebook -- www.facebook.com/VannettaChapmanBooks
twitter -- @VannettaChapman                                  
pinterest -- pinterest.com/vannettachapman



40 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me, Dawn. I always love visiting your blog, and I appreciate your support of Christian fiction!

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  2. You're very welcome, Vannetta. Thanks for blogging with me!

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  3. Sounds like a great Summer read
    Stimmer@familylife.com

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  4. I would very much like to win this new book of yours.
    ajwbear@yahoo.com

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  5. Would love to win this book. I love your books Vanetta. Bgauthier49@live.com I'm going to be having a full shoulder replacement and reading keeps my mind occupied while recuperating.

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  6. I would love to win. angelachesnut246@gmail.com

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  7. I would love to win this book to put with my collection ofyour books, thanks. ejs8741@hotmail.com

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  8. i would love to win this book ramosdebra94@gmail.com

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  9. I am a hugh fan of Vannetta's. I love her books. I would love to win a copy.
    debsredbirds@yahoo.com - Debra B.

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  10. i love your books wouldlove to win this one.
    green4724@windstream.net

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  11. I really want to win. dianagerber@hotmail.com

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  12. prov31lady61@ymail.com
    would love to read this book
    Kimberly Gentry

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  13. Please include me in the giveaway. Thank You. Terri Clark Terrilea@yahoo.com

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  14. I love Amish fiction. Vannetta Chapman is my most favorite author. I'm 73 and in a wheelchair so I spend a lot of time reading. I would dearly love to win her newest book. thank you.

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  15. I would so love to win this book!!!! Thank you for providing this opportunity!
    smurchison@consolidated.net. Sherry Murchison

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  16. Would love to win this book .thanks for the contest

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  17. DEBBIE MOSLEY......I WOULD LOVE TO WIN..THANKS FOR THE CHANCE AT THIS CONTEST.

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  18. Can't wait to read the newest addition. Been Cheking my Nook all day.

    Mary J Hefner

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  19. I enjoy her books very much. Thanks for the chance to win this!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  20. I love reading Amish fiction and have read a few of Vannetta' books. Would love to win and read her newest book. Thanks for the giveway.
    Karen G.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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  21. I would love to win this book, both my mom and I are fans of Amish fiction as well as Vannetta's books.

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  22. I would love to read this book and to share it with my mom and my aunt. My email is vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com
    Vicki

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  23. A Wedding for Julia sounds wonderful. Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.I enjoy reading all of your books.

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  24. I do "NEED" this book, lol, thank you for the chance to win it.

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  25. Love your books, thank you for the opportunity to win this one roseblackard@gmail.com

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  26. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest to win a copy of A Wedding for Julia.
    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Can't wait to read this one!

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  28. I don't have any deer that live in my yard, but I do enjoy watching them in the field behind my house. I always wonder where they call home. Thank you for offering a copy of A Wedding for Julie. I know I will enjoy reading it.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  29. I have read about this book on my fb wall as we are friends. Also your website and elsewhere. Very interested in winning and reviewing it.
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  30. thanks for the chance to read this beautiful novel.

    karenk
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  31. love amish books sounds like a good book thanks for chance to win a copy

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  32. I love reading Amish Fiction novels and this one sounds great!

    Katie J.
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  33. I think I would enjoy reading your book. Presently I'm reading Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo and learning a lot about the Amish. It is a very good story.
    JFWisherd at aol dot com

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  34. I love Vanetta Chapman's books. I know that I would really enjoy it. I love to learn about the Amish.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  35. A WEDDING FOR JULIA sounds like my kind of reading. I think I would be as stunned as Julia. I'm sure she will find love and happiness.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  36. I love hearing how the story came about. :) Thank you for the chance!
    ~Mippy :)
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  37. Good interview! I really would love to win Vannetta's book. Thank you for the chance.
    msbookwormlady(at)aol(dot)com

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  38. Wonderful interview! Would love to win, her books are awsome!

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  39. I have heard so much about Vannetta's books but haven't read any yet. I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity!

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

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