Please join me in welcoming Vannetta Chapman to the blog today. She is sharing about her newest release, Deep Shadows. Read on through the post and then enter to win a copy of Deep Shadows (either print or ebook) from Vannetta Chapman!
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.
Gorman Falls and Colorado Bend State Park do actually exist, and it provides a dramatic, remote setting for the opening scene of Deep Shadows. (This is a photo of Vanetta’s husband, Bob, and their dog, Phoebe, at Colorado Bend State Park).
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 imaginging 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.
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. (This is a photo from one of many small towns in 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.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 http://www.VannettaChapman.com.
You can connect with Vannetta on her website, blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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(Begins 7/8/2016 and ends 7/13/2016)
*Paperback copy limited to US residents only, due to shipping costs*
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Heard so many good things about this book. Would be honored to win.
I’m a follower.
I love her books. I’m a follower of this blog. Shared on twitter.
I am completely intrigued by the description that Vannetta gives of the Dystopian genre and would love to read this book. I didn’t know what the genre really was until I read her definition. Thanks for the giveaway!
I’m a follower of your blog Britt and I’ve shared this in Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.
I started reading it last night and I could hardly set it down!
I am really looking forward to reading Deep Shadows. Thank you for offering a copy. (I follow your blog and I shared on Pinterest).
Thanks so much for having me no your blog. I’m glad you’re “enjoying” Deep Shadows, even though it’s making you a little nervous. Hahaha. And thanks to everyone for stopping by and commenting!
I have read great reviews of this book and I look forward to reading it.
Britt, I follow you.
I shared this giveaway on Twitter.https://twitter.com/cps1950/status/751513304615583748
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I am a big big fan of Vannetta Chapman and I know that anything she writes will be amazing! I follow your blog and am sharing. Rhonda firstname.lastname@example.org
I would love to read this different genre from Vannetta. I think it shows the authors creativity to write in different genres.
Brittany, I follow your blog by e mail.
Would love this one, for sure!
I am a follower of your blog.
Thank you for the opportunity.
Thank you for the chance. I follow your blog. Vanetta’s books are so good.
Only dystopian fiction I’ve read is Terri Blackstock’s restoration series, but I thoroughly enjoyed them! Vannetta’s would be just as good as I love her Amish books. Thanks for the post and book giveaway!
I also follow your blog and shared on my FB page!
Sorry it won’t let me post the link! It’s under my name on FB…Trixi Oberembt
No problem 🙂 I have you down for the extra entry.
Vannetta, I am sooo looking forward to reading this book!!!! My husband and I enjoy reading the same book, so we can share and discuss it. I will have to hide this book, if I want to read it first!!!!!! Thanx for the giveaway.
shared on Facebook, under Jennifer DeVon Hibdon.
I follow this blog and Vannetta’s.
The more I read about this book the more I just have to read it. I have been stationed at Fort Hood and have been to Gorman Falls. I did not know about Fort Croghan and some of the other places. Water is a precious commodity here in Texas. Many wells around us went dry in the drought of 2011. I want to see how the characters survive and learn a few things.
I shared on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+. I follow both blogs.
This is fascinating to me. I’m not familiar with dystopian books. I would really enjoy reading to see what she has in store for her characters and how they cope with the challenges.
I like the idea of reading dystopian from a Christian worldview. Although it’s fiction, the hope comes from a living God. That lacking element in secular dystopian makes it so much darker and unappealing to me.
Brittany, I follow your blog by email and I shared on Pinterest.
I love christian fiction with a good story and lots of action as well as the love of fellow man, conflict, christian values and dealing with disasters. Nothing better than solves the problems with Christ and Christian values. I can’t wait to read and review this one. Sounds great.
I think I would really enjoy this book. Thank you.
I always love Vanetta’s books. I wasn’t familiar with the term dystopian either. Very interesting interview.
I am a follower.
I can’t wait to read this book! Thank you for this chance! I am a blog follower.
I clicked follow above and shared the link to this post with a friend. I would love to read this book.