Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Vannetta Chapman talks about Raging Storm

February 9, 2017 Christian, dystopian, giveaway, Vannetta Chapman 37

I’m turning the blog over to author Vannetta Chapman in a moment, but first I wanted to tell you a little bit about Vannetta and her new book, Raging Storm.

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 her website – www.VannettaChapman.com.

You can also connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Her newest release, Raging Storm, is the second book in the Remnant series. It released February 1st from Harvest House Publishers.

In the Darkness,
 Anarchy Awakens

When a massive solar flare wiped out all modern technology across the globe, the small town of Abney, Texas, was thrown into chaos. Shelby Sparks and her teenage son, Carter, have found refuge, but Shelby knows she can’t simply remain hidden forever. Carter is a type 1 diabetic in need of insulin—and Shelby will risk her life traveling to Austin to make sure he gets it.

Shelby’s best friend and high school sweetheart, Max Berkman, won’t even consider letting her make the perilous journey alone. Together, they manage to get to the capital—only to discover that while things are desperate in Abney, Austin has turned into an urban nightmare on the brink of anarchy.

Shelby and Max’s search for medical supplies will lead them into terrifying territory, where the only thing more uncertain than finding what they need is the hope of making it out of the city alive.

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In this second book in an eerily plausible, action-packed dystopian series, survival will be threatened and faith will be put to the ultimate test as a raging storm engulfs America.

 

CBD

Thanks so much for having me on your blog. Readers often ask me what inspires me to write the characters and stories that I write. The answer is a lot of things–sermons, music, news stories, people I know. But once I have a story in mind, I will notice quotes from things I’m reading that seem to apply, that move the story in the direction I want it to go, that speak to my heart.

“Pray for the remnant that still survives.” This is a verse from 2 Kings, Chapter 19, verse 4. In this part of the Bible, the kings are warned by the prophets, both about Jerusalem’s destruction as well as its deliverance. King Hezekiah understands what lies ahead, and he utters these words, “Pray for the remnant that still survives.” As I was envisioning a world vastly changed, I have complete faith that there will always be a remnant of Christ, those who hold to the faith and share the Gospel of Christ.

“That will not be the time for choosing: it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen.” This is a quote from C.S. Lewis in The Case for Christianity. I find it beautiful and chilling. Lewis seems to be saying that a time will come when we will find our self on one side or the other. And so, we should choose now, and choose wisely.

“We are living on the brink of the apocalypse, but the world is asleep.” This quote is by bestselling author Joel Rosenberg. There are times when I feel like we are hyper-aware of the world around us, that we allow events beyond our control to rob us of our sleep and our joy. But I also feel that we take many things for granted. We rise and work and play and sleep, and rarely take the time to prepare for the future, or to connect with one another while we can. In that sense, Raging Storm is a call to action.

“In the blink of an eye everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart. You may not have that chance again.” ~Zig Ziglar. I saw this quote on social media, and it resonated in my heart so much that I printed it out and kept it posted beside my computer as I wrote all 3 books of this series. I know personally that life can change in a breath–for better and sometimes for worse. We have all been guilty of taking today and even tomorrow for granted. My hope is that when readers finish with these books, they’ll have a deeper appreciation of the time they have, of the people around them, and of the grace that God offers to us all.

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What about you? Which of these quotes do you find most striking?

Carrie

37 Responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Vannetta Chapman talks about Raging Storm”

  1. Kay Garrett

    The quote I find the most striking is – “In the blink of an eye everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart. You may not have that chance again.”

    Having lost our only child, our daughter Jenet, when she was 17, you learn fast how unpredictable life is and how things can change in the blink of an eye. Thankfully, we had always been a loving family that did things together and told each other often how they felt about each other so we have precious memories.

    That experience though taught us a lot. So when we became the full time caregivers to my Mom through cancer and Alzheimer, we knew to treat each day as a precious gift and to reaffirm every day our love for her. Time is our most precious gift.

  2. Rachel Dixon

    The Zig Ziglar quote. Life changes so fast…we never know what tomorrow will bring.

  3. Connie Tillman

    “In the blink of an eye everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart. You may not have that chance again.

    It reminds me of how in the Bible it tells us to forgive seventy times seven.

  4. Deb Simmering

    In the blink of an eye everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart.You may not have that chance again.The Bible tells us we need to forgive and forget but sometimes it is hard to forget. It is a lot easier to forgive.

  5. Pauline Osborne

    Hello Ladies, I like the story here and very interested in reading. I missed your FB event Vannetta and so much wanted to be there. I see so many things going on now that I am thinking our time on this ole earth is getting closer to the end.
    thanks for sharing,should I win -I would like the print book as I share books with my sisters.

  6. Jan Hall

    In the blink of an eye everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart. You may not have that chance again.
    I lost my husband very suddenly in 2016. Everything has changed.

  7. Bailie

    “In the blink of an eye everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart. You may not have that chance again.” -Zig Ziglar. This is so true! You never know what will happen. you should always tell people you’re close with that you love them. You might not be able to again.

  8. Jocelyn

    The Zig Ziglar quote. Time passes so quickly, and when you lose friends and loved onces in the blink of an eye, you realize we should love and forgive more.

  9. Donna B

    The Zig Ziglar quote. I lost one of my sisters last year very unexpectedly to cancer. Love your family while you have them with you. We never know from day to day what will happen. My mom was just put on hospice care last week. I took her to the hospital in January and her diagnosis was pneumonia and sepsis. She has been treated for those illnesses but found some other health problems. The doctors have told us we may only have weeks left with her.

  10. Dianne Casey

    The Zig Ziglar quote. It’s so true that things can change in the blink of an eye. I found out a long time ago that it doesn’t pay to hold grudges. It’s better to forgive and move on.

  11. Terrill Rosado

    Definitely, the quote by C.S. Lewis. I have often thought about Christian Martyrs from our past and prayed that I, too, have the same level of conviction to stand up for and in my faith.

  12. Paula

    “That will not be the time for choosing: it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen.”

  13. Loraine N.

    “We are living on the brink of the apocalypse, but the world is asleep.” That is a reminder to me that as a Christian, I should not get complacent in my walk with Christ. All of them are good quote though. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  14. Jeanna Massman

    I love the Zig Ziglar quote. This is a great reminder to treasure each day that we get to spend with those we love.

  15. Carla Moore

    “In the blink of an eye everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart. You may not have that chance again.” ~Zig Ziglar I like this quote best because it is so true. I’ve went through fire, hurricanes,divorce,and they all hit me head on with no indicator light flashing.

    • Carrie

      ugh. They do tend to catch us unawares, don’t they? I’m so glad God is never taken by surprise!

  16. Julie Waldron

    “In the blink of an eye everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart. You may not have that chance again.”

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