Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Valerie Comer romance novel


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                           by Valerie Comer

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 adorable granddaughters.

Welcome, Valerie. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I don't really have historical heroes who stand out that way. My favorite dinnertimes are when my entire family surrounds me: my husband, our kids, their spouses, and the three grandgirls. What a blessing!

What is your favorite Bible verse?
Zephaniah 3:17 (The Voice)
“The Eternal your God is standing right here among you, and he is the champion who will rescue you. He will joyfully celebrate over you; He will rest in His love for you; He will joyfully sing because of you like a new husband.”

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love the process of seeing where God and the characters will take each story. I don't plot much in advance, so I get some big surprises during the writing process. I ask God to make His message shine through the conduit of my writing. It gets a bit scary at times, but the exhilaration makes it worthwhile!

What can your readers expect from you next?
My September release is the fourth in my Riverbend Romance Novella series, a fun story called Team Bride. I don't have the official blurb yet, but Corbin and Sarah meet when they are best man and maid-of-honor at their best friends' wedding. He's a bit of a prankster, and she… well, let's just say she is not amused.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Let their friends know they loved it! Whether it's by writing a review, putting it on lists at Goodreads, raving on Facebook — or other ways. Plus, I have a Street Team on Facebook for those who are eager to help spread the word.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Plum Upside Down.
Topsy-Turvy… or Right-Side Up?

Green Acres newcomer Chelsea Riehl is annoyed. After all, she signed on as an event planner, not to pit plums alongside mission-minded hippie Keanan Welsh, the only other single on the farm. 

Discouraged by Chelsea’s lack of spiritual depth, Keanan is confused when she offers to arrange meals for the church Alpha program he is co-hosting. Maybe he misjudged her, after all.

When fake it ’til you make it gives way to a leap of faith, both Chelsea and Keanan have some soul-searching to do. Will getting on the same page spiritually be enough to flip their budding romance right-side up?

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
I want Christian women to realize anew the depth of love that God has for them as individuals, not just as one of a large group of believers.

Where can readers find you online?
Come over to where you can find my blog, social media links, and a signup to my email list — a free Farm Fresh Romance short story is available to subscribers.

Where can readers purchase Plum Upside Down?
Links to Amazon (kindle and paperback), Kobo, Nook, and iBooks can be found at

Any parting comment?
While Plum Upside Down is the fifth book in my Farm Fresh Romance series, it can be read as a standalone. However, the first book in the series, Raspberries and Vinegar, is available as a free e-book on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iBooks, so you can easily see if you'd like to invest yourself into the entire series! One more book, Berry on Top, will complete the set in early 2016.

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
Have you ever struggled to believe God loves you personally and passionately?

Thanks, Valerie, for visiting with my readers and me. One of the commenters will win an eBook copy of Plum Upside Down, which you’ve graciously offered.

Caryl Kane, please remember to leave your email address so I can enter you in the book drawing.

The winner of last Tuesday's blog post for a copy of The Extraordinary Presence of God by Ann Knowles is Connie. I’ll email you.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Catching Up with Daylight by Gail Kittleson is Patricia. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


  1. Enjoyed the interview. I have read and loved all of Valerie's books and loved Plum Upside Down. Please do not include me in the drawing as I have read the book and would love for someone else to be blessed with a copy.

    1. Ann, glad you enjoyed the interview with Valerie. Thanks for leaving your comment.

  2. I have never worried about me being loved by him, rather me that Loves Him enough. And honors and respects him enough. sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

    1. I hope you're blessed by Plum Upside Down!

    2. Sonja, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

  3. Yes, I have struggled with my self concept and have often felt that Of couldn't live me. I was so horrible to my children after my husband died and I felt so unbelievable. But I have come to know that I am precious in the Lord's eyes and He loves me very much just the way I am.

    1. I'm so sorry to hear of the difficult way you've come to know God's love, but so thankful you have! Blessings.

    2. Nancy, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

  4. Yes I have struggled to think God loves me personally.
    I am an avid reader of Valerie Comer's books and love every one.

    1. Thanks, Linda. Such a common struggle, I'm finding out!

    2. Linda, thanks for leaving your comment.

  5. I USED to struggle with this, but not any more! Just like with my kids (and now granddaughter), I love them just because they belong to me.I think having my granddaughter has taught me that lesson in a more personal way. She'll never lose my love nor will it ever diminish :-) I'd like to think that's how God loves us too, don't you?
    Thank you for sharing Valerie! I love getting to know more about people I've "met" online :-)

    1. Yes, the grandgirls helped teach me about God's love, too. FOR SURE! It's relationship based, not merit based!

    2. Trixi, glad you came by and left your comment. Thanks for following my blog!

  6. Forgot email!
    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

    I also follow via email, Jo! :-)

  7. yes I worried that I'm not good enough for God, I am sure my depression plays a big part in that struggle. I would love to win this book

    1. forgot email

    2. Depression is a mean and nasty thing and, yes, can make it very difficult to embrace God's full, personal love. You said that so clearly. Hugs.

    3. Debbie, thanks for reading and commenting.

  8. Zeph. 3:17 has always warmed my heart, Valerie. Good to hear it in an unfamiliar version - and love your title!

    1. Gail, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

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    1. Sarah, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.