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Author Spotlight. . . with Valerie Comer

 

Thank you for joining me for this special Author Spotlight!

Valerie Comer is a very favorite author of mine and I’m delighted to share this author spotlight with my readers. . .

 

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You’ve come to the right place!

Valerie Comer is a farmer, gardener, and local food enthusiast. She’s also a USA Today bestselling author and two-time Word Award winner of the Farm Fresh Romance series, the Urban Farm Fresh Romance series, the Christmas in Montana Romance series, the Riverbend Romance Novella series, the multi-author Arcadia Valley Romance series… with more stories and series on the horizon. Right here, where food meets faith… and fiction.

Valerie blogs where food meets faith. If you’re interested in God’s perspective on the topic, Valerie extends an invite to you to get to know her and her novels. While she might not have all the answers, exploring the subject is close to her heart — and God’s.

Valerie Comer’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie and her family grow much of their own food and are active in the local foods movement as well as their creation-care-centric church. She only hopes her creations enjoy their happily ever afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and four adorable granddaughters.

Recently, Valerie chose to participate in a multi-author series, known as Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley. I’ll let Valerie tell you about this exciting series in her own words. . .

Welcome to Arcadia Valley, Idaho, where a foodie culture and romance grow hand-in-hand. Join my friends and me as we release a book every month set in Arcadia Valley. You’ll enjoy meeting old friends and making new ones as each of the six authors’ books intertwine with the previous stories in this Christian romance series. Get started with Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley and follow along at ArcadiaValleyRomance.com to make sure you don’t miss any installments!

January 2017: Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley
May 2017: Sprouts of Love
November 2017: Rooted in Love
May 2018: Harvest of Love

 

Valerie, thank you for taking time out of your busy day to answer a few questions, so your fans can get to know more about you…

1) Tell us a little about your new book. What is the main storyline?

My upcoming release tells the story of a bookstore manager who falls for a guy who avoids reading. While Harvest of Love is part of the Arcadia Valley Romance series, it can be read as a standalone.

Hot on the heels of a failed relationship, Kenia Akers focuses on her bookstore along with granting her aging grandfather’s desperate desire to get his hands in the dirt through a program at Grace Greenhouse. Reminding herself she’s on the rebound isn’t enough to keep her from falling for the hunky activities coordinator from Granddad’s facility.

Zane Russell is amazed that the fun-loving, pretty bookstore owner is attracted to him, a guy who’s not even in her league. As their relationship deepens, he avoids explaining why he seems allergic to books. Admitting his failures has never been a good move in the past.

Will they find a way to let openness, trust, and acceptance blossom into a harvest of love?

2) What character do you relate to or like best?

That’s like asking me which child or grandchild I love most! It’s impossible to choose one, because each has special, wonderful qualities. My favorite is nearly always the one I’m spending time with at the moment which, right now, is the characters in a Christmas novel to release in October. Recently, I fell a little in love with Zane Russell (Harvest of Love, May, 2018). He harbored a secret from those around him, making him a complex, somewhat tortured hero who sent mixed messages.

3) Did you learn anything new about yourself while writing Harvest of Love?

I always do, even when the heroine is nothing like me. In this case, Kenia Akers is a bookstore manager who comes from a wealthy family and is an extrovert to boot! We don’t have a lot in common, other than that we are both children of God who struggle with insecurities, even though they stem from different sources. I find God has a lot to teach me spiritually through every book I write. Sometimes it feels like a private journal is on public view and being judged by others!

4) How long have you been writing?

I’ve dabbled in writing my entire life, but I didn’t get very far before the summer of 2002, when I landed a job in a small-town flooring shop and found myself with many empty hours at work that needed to be filled. My bosses were totally fine with me setting up a desk in a back corner and writing between customers, phone calls, sales reps, and delivery guys.

In the next ten years, I’d write eleven novels in that corner, final in several writing contests, land an agent, and hold my first published book in my hands. That was Rainbow’s End, published by Barbour in May, 2012, in which my novella Topaz Treasure debuted. It is now out of print.

5) How/when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

It’s always been somewhere in my head. I started dozens of stories as a child, honed my imagination through roleplaying, and both piqued and satiated my curiosity through reading. But I was over 40 when it all came together and I began the process of learning to create characters and stories with complete arcs that others might wish to read.

6) Do you have a special place or atmosphere you like to write in best?

After ten years my bosses at the flooring shop sold the building, and I “retired” to write from home. I set up an office in a spare bedroom upstairs, but found I gravitated more and more to taking my laptop to my living room recliner. Finally I gave up pretending I worked at a desk and gave the room over for grandkids’ visits! I now have a computer that swings in front of my recliner and a lapdesk that holds my keyboard and track pad. I also have a laptop I can use to write away from the living room… but I rarely do.

7) What project are you working on now?

At the moment, I’m writing a Christmas romance, the first book in a new series. I’m not ready to reveal the direction of this new project yet! In 2017 I juggled three series, finishing up the Christmas in Montana series while actively writing on both the Arcadia Valley Romances and the Urban Farm Fresh Romances. With Harvest of Love’s release in May, my part in the multi-author Arcadia Valley Romance series is complete. Three series was too many, but I do enjoy alternating between two story worlds, hence the new series debuting this fall. Hopefully the next Urban Farm Fresh Romance will release in August or September as well. I’m trying not to make promises I can’t keep.

8) What advice would you give a new author?

Write because you love it, because you can’t not write, because God has put stories on your heart that you must share or go crazy. It must be a passion first, because the outcome is not guaranteed. Sure, anyone can self-publish a book these days — every one of my current titles are independently published — but that makes it even harder to stand out since there are so many titles available to readers.

Write the best book you can, then put on your business hat and hire a cover designer and an editor before releasing it. There are many things you can do to draw attention to your book — write blog interviews, pay for advertising, build an email list, be active on social media — but the final results of your marketing efforts are out of your hands and not a measure of your self-worth.

Writing, to me, is first and foremost an act of worship and obedience.

9) How many books have you written and how can we find your book(s)?

I’ve written and published 24 Christian contemporary romance novels. You can find a complete listing by series at http://valeriecomer.com/books.

All titles are available in ebook on Amazon, Kobo, Nook, iBooks, and Google Play. Some are also available on Christian Book Distributors. Most are sold everywhere in paperback, and my two main series are also available in audio.

If you enjoy romantic stories with engaging characters, strong communities, and deep faith, please come visit!

 

Now for a few fun facts…

Favorite vacation spot – Vancouver Island, in BC, Canada. I love the wild Pacific coast and staring out at the ocean, watching for whales

Favorite color – Green, of course!

Favorite food/drink – Too many to count, and it changes season by season depending on what’s fresh from the garden. But I guess I’ll say homemade mocha, being as I have at least one mug every day, no matter the time of year!

Favorite time of year – Whichever one we’re in at the moment. I try to find enjoyment in them all. I’m not fond of the high temperatures in summer, though.

Favorite hobbies – Hanging out with my three young granddaughters. Camping beside a mountain stream. Cooking veggies minutes from the garden.

Favorite holiday – Christmas, at least if both our kids and their families can be home. Family time is the best.

Favorite dessert – I have too many favorites here! The local foodie in me should say fruit cobblers, and I do enjoy them. But… chocolate usually wins.

 

Thank you, Valerie… and God bless you!

You can find Valerie on her WEBSITE, at FACEBOOK, TWITTER, GOODREADS, and AMAZON.

 

Don’t miss my interview with VALERIE COMER…today on Donna’s BookShelf. Tweet this!

 

Interview © 2018 DJ Mynatt

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Harvest of Love | Valerie Comer

 

 


Today I am reviewing Harvest of Love, the third book in the Garden Grown Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Hot on the heels of a failed relationship, Kenia Akers focuses on her bookstore along with granting her aging grandfather’s desperate desire to get his hands in the dirt through a program at Grace Greenhouse.

Reminding herself she’s on the rebound isn’t enough to keep her from falling for the hunky activities coordinator from Granddad’s facility.

Zane Russell is amazed that the fun-loving, pretty bookstore owner is attracted to him, a guy who’s not even in her league.

As their relationship deepens, he avoids explaining why he seems allergic to books. Admitting his failures has never been a good move in the past.

Will they find a way to let openness, trust, and acceptance blossom into a harvest of love?

About Arcadia Valley Romance

Welcome to Arcadia Valley, Idaho, where a foodie culture and romance grow hand-in-hand. Join my friends and me as we release a book every month set in Arcadia Valley. You’ll enjoy meeting old friends and making new ones as each of the six authors’ books intertwine with the previous stories in this Christian romance series. Get started with Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley and follow along at Arcadia Valley Romance dot com to make sure you don’t miss any installments!

Harvest of Love is the third full-length novel in the Garden Grown Romance series set in Arcadia Valley. It follows the novels Sprouts of Love and Rooted in Love. The series begins with a novella, “Sow in Love” that was introduced in Arcadia Valley Book 1, Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley. Get your copy today to spend more time at the Grace Greenhouse project!

 

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

This might just be my favorite story by Valerie Comer. . . at least for now. We met Kenia Akers in the prequel to the Garden Grown Romance series, titled Sow in Love, when her brother met Joanna Kraus. In the story, we learn that Kenia’s allergic reactions keep her from working in the family business — Akers Garden Center — and instead works at her aunt’s bookstore.

When she meets Zane Russell, she’s intrigued with him. During an auction, he bids on a stack of books, only to give them away; he bids on a gift certificate for the bookstore, yet never buys anything. Obviously, he’s intrigued with her, too. But he has a secret. . . one he doesn’t want anyone to know about — especially Kenia.

Valerie Comer deals with some serious issues with great diplomacy. . . even with a delicate touch that is needed. It’s easy to see how much research the author put into the situation. As an avid reader, I was especially touched with this story. . . which is part of what makes it my favorite (for now).

If you’ve never read anything by Valerie Comer, this story would be a great start for you! Don’t miss this awesome story. . . series. .  author. . .

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


 

Rooted in Love | Valerie Comer

 

 


Today I am reviewing Rooted in Love, the second book in the Garden Grown Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Alaina Silva gets enough time with other people’s kids in her new job administrating the Grace Greenhouse programs.

If she were looking to date — and she’s not — it wouldn’t be with a man offering her an insta-family. So why is it a struggle to keep the intriguing father of a pair of rambunctious twins out of her mind?

Divorcé Cameron Kraus has a busy life with a career and two six-year-olds.

Now he’s finally scored full-time daycare at Grace Greenhouse, but his overbearing parents are in town for the summer offering to watch the boys.

No thanks. Not when Cameron is hoping to build something with the gorgeous program director he sees at least twice a day.

Faced with disapproval from both families, Alaina and Cameron must dig roots deep into their faith if they hope to nurture their budding love.

About Arcadia Valley Romance
Welcome to Arcadia Valley, Idaho, where a foodie culture and romance grow hand-in-hand. Join my friends and me as we release a book every month set in Arcadia Valley. You’ll enjoy meeting old friends and making new ones as each of the six authors’ books intertwine with the previous stories in this Christian romance series. Get started with Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley and follow along at Arcadia Valley Romance dot com to make sure you don’t miss any installments!

Rooted in Love is the second full-length novel in the Garden Grown Romance series set in Arcadia Valley. It follows the novel Sprouts of Love. The series begins with a novella, Sow in Love that was introduced in Arcadia Valley Book 1, Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley.

 

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

Oh my! Alaina Silva has her hands full when she takes on the six-year-old twins of Cameron Kraus!

One of them is sweet and helpful. . . and the other is mischievous and always–and I mean always–right smack in the midst of trouble. . . and I’m not telling which one is which!

When the cute six-year-old twin continues to make trouble at the new daycare, will Alaina lose her new job as director? Gosh, I hope not. But parents are not happy–especially one family in particular.

Will Alaina lose her job? Will Cameron bow to his parent’s wishes? Don’t miss this exciting story! It’s definitely a keeper!

Valerie Comer just keeps on delighting me as a reader . . .

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


 

Sprouts of Love | Valerie Comer

 

 


Today I am reviewing Sprouts of Love, the first book in the Garden Grown Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Can love sprout amid a tsunami of vegetables?

Single mom Evelyn Felton takes on another part-time job managing a greenhouse and garden project for Grace Fellowship. Formerly homeless, she’s thrilled to offer truckloads of fresh produce to the Arcadia Valley food bank.

If only Ben Kujak weren’t running Corinna’s Cupboard singlehandedly, he’d be delighted to be on the receiving end. But Evelyn and her dynamo daughter, Maisie, won’t take no for an answer, even if it means restructuring Ben’s charity.

Soon Ben finds himself wishing they’d transform his personal life, too, but can true love sprout when their pasts collide with the present?

About the Arcadia Valley Romance series

Welcome to Arcadia Valley, Idaho, where a foodie culture and romance grow hand-in-hand. Join my friends and me as we release a book every month set in Arcadia Valley. You’ll enjoy meeting old friends and making new ones as each of the six authors’ books intertwine with the previous stories in this Christian romance series. Get started with Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley and follow along at Arcadia Valley Romance dot com to make sure you don’t miss any installments!

Be sure to check out Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley, the collection of SIX novellas by best selling authors, introducing you to the fictional town of Arcadia Valley, Idaho, where a foodie culture and romance grow hand-in-hand.

Six popular and bestselling authors of contemporary Christian romance have teamed up to create an entire world exploring food, friends, and family. Each novella kicks off a three-book series, intertwined with the works of the other authors. A full length book will be released every month by one author in the series. This permanent collection is only the beginning of your adventure with us.

 

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

Valerie Comer is fast becoming one of my most favorite authors…

Sprouts of Love is a wonderful story. . . of finding God in the midst of heartache and pain. . . and growing stronger — strong enough to face the past hurts and begin the healing that takes place afterwards.

Valerie share with her readers that going back and facing your past may not fix everything. When Ben finally goes back to face his past, some of it turned out better than he could have hoped, but he learned that it’s not about fixing everything — it’s about his healing. . . about letting go of the past hurts.

I’ve said enough.

Hopefully it’s enough to make you want to RUN and pick up a copy of Sprouts of Love and read it for yourself. It’s truly an amazing story!

Please don’t miss it.

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


 

Better Than a Crown | Valerie Comer

 

 


Today I am reviewing Better Than a Crown, the third book in the Christmas in Montana  Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Always a princess, never the queen.

Levi Esteban’s temp job as chef at Grizzly Gulch Resort in Helena, Montana, and caregiver for his niece, Shelby, would be perfect if it weren’t for the Miss Snowflake Christmas festivities.

Levi’s been against pageantry all his life and isn’t about to change his stance, regardless of his fascination with Shelby’s coach.

As a runner-up in 27 competitions, Heather Francis tries to teach young contestants there’s more to pageants than winning, even though her mother never got that memo.

It’s hard enough to focus and ignore the inner voice calling her a fraud without being attracted to the resort’s brooding temporary chef.

When Shelby’s parents’ trip is extended, Levi and Heather must join forces to care for her and pull off the pageant. Is there something better than a crown in their future?

Enjoy the rich heritage and innate charm of Helena, Montana, in this Christmas romance series celebrating all that winter and Christmas has to offer. This Christian contemporary romance series includes heart-warming stories of love and second chances as Marisa, Bren, and Heather discover love amid the glitz of beauty pageants.

 

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

Heather doesn’t exactly make a great first impression. I can only imagine how painful it would be to drop an electric drill on my foot. . . ouch! I have broken a toe (on more than one occasion) and walking was nearly impossible without lots more pain than you’d expect.

Anyway, Levi comes to her rescue — and carries her off to his lair.

Just kidding. . . he carries her off to the lobby of the Grizzly Gulch Resort, where the owner is waiting to interview him for a temporary job as chef.

I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll be careful with details. We all have skeletons in our closets. . . and sometimes one or more will escape at the worst possible time, but Levi and Heather have several secrets that could potentially ruin their chances for a relationship.

Valerie Comer creates interesting, colorful characters — and the Christmas in Montana series is full of delightful characters! You truly won’t want to miss this final chapter in the series. Pick up a copy today and find out what happens next!

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


 

Other Than a Halo | Valerie Comer

 

 


Today I am reviewing Other Than a Halo, the second book in the Christmas in Montana  Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Even though she’s a new woman in Christ, single mom Bren Haddock was no angel as a teen.

Now managing the Hiller Farm for a CSA, life is good until a friend offers to enter her daughter into the Little Miss Snowflake Pageant. Old insecurities flare when she meets the intriguing head of marketing for the pageant.

Rob Santoro isn’t so sure about handling the pageant portfolio until he meets Bren. Soon he’s fallen for her and her two kids, but when a Thanksgiving adventure goes awry, he’s left wondering how to love a woman who refuses to be loved.

What will it take for Bren to retire her tarnished halo and move into a fulfilling, forgiven future?

Enjoy the rich heritage and innate charm of Helena, Montana, in this Christmas romance series celebrating all that winter and Christmas has to offer. This Christian contemporary romance series includes heart-warming stories of love and second chances as Marisa, Bren, and Heather discover love amid the glitz of beauty pageants.

 

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

What a cute story!

Bren Haddock has had a rough time. Now all she wants is to provide her children with a safe home and nourishing food to eat. . . and the Little Miss Snowflake Pageant isn’t on her list of activities, either.

But there are a few people involved who don’t want to take no for an answer.

When Rob Santoro meets Bren, sparks fly! The problem is, Rob is more or less someone who doesn’t want–or need–to be around people much, and Bren’s two children are pretty normal kids. . . loud, active, and the center of Bren’s life.

Can Rob possibly let go of his peace and quiet. . . and let in an entire family?

You won’t know until you read the story. . . and please read the story. It’s a really great story!

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


 

More Than a Tiara | Valerie Comer

 

 


Today I am reviewing More Than a Tiara, the first book in the Christmas in Montana  Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Marisa Hiller abandoned her modeling career to nurse a broken heart in Montana, far from the photographer who ruined everything.

Her family farm is now part of a CSA program teaching gardening and cooking to single moms, but when the coordinator begs her to represent the program in the Miss Snowflake Pageant, Marisa balks.

Jase Mackie has long regretted the hot accusations he’d flung at Marisa over two years before.

God has forgiven him but hasn’t answered his prayer to bring Marisa back into his life… until Jase finds himself out West as the official                         photographer for a beauty pageant, face to face with the woman he’s never forgotten.

Can Jase make amends for past mistakes and offer Marisa not only a tiara, but a partner in her crusade to help needy children and families?

 

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

What a cute story!

Marissa Hiller isn’t too happy to be part of the Miss Snowflake Pageant, especially when she discovers that Jase Mackie is the official photographer. . . after all, they have a past that, well, let’s face it, she’s never going to truly get over. Thankfully, the pageant is just the excuse Jase needs to confront her.

Avalon Penhaven is someone to be avoided at all costs, and although Marissa tries, Avalon is determined to get in her way — and inflict more than a few bruises.  Boy, she burns me up! Marissa can’t seem to get far enough away from her. I found myself getting angry every time Avalon appeared. Can’t someone stop her!!!

I’ve probably said more than I should because now you know who to watch out for!

But if your interest has been peaked, as I hoped it would, it’s time to pick up a copy of More Than a Tiara and read it for yourself.

Will Jase choose Avalon over Marissa? You’ll have to read th story to find out. It’s a really good story and one I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


 

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