Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Valerie Comer Christmas novella

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      MERRY KISSES 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. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
1. I'm Canadian… but half my sisters aren't (anymore).
2. My husband and I are the cover models for Merry Kisses!
3. I've lived on the same farm as cows, goats, sheep, rabbits, geese, chickens, turkeys, pigs, and bees — and dogs and cats, of course — though not all at the same time. Whew!

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Vancouver Island, off the west coast of Canada. We try to spend a couple of weeks there every year or two. I love sitting by the ocean watching the waves crash in and keeping an eye out for whales. The ocean soothes my soul.

Please describe yourself with three words.
Redeemed, cherished, thankful.

Please tell us a little about your novella, Merry Kisses.
Fired from her retail position for saying Merry Christmas to a customer, Sonya Simmons chafes at

the over-commercialization of the season and the difficulties of finding a new job. If only she’d actually said Merry Christmas instead of Merry Kisses to the tall, good-looking man buying enough toys for at least a dozen children. How embarrassing!

It was fun to fluster the pretty toy store clerk, but Heath Collins, the mall’s volunteer Santa Claus, hadn’t meant to get her fired. When his elf assistant comes down with a bad cold, Heath offers Sonya a few days’ work, only to discover she believes Santa is nothing but a liar and a fraud instead of an opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives.

Can Sonya and Heath embrace each other — opinions, traditions, and all — in time to share merry kisses for Christmas?

Where can readers find you online?

Where can readers purchase Merry Kisses?
Merry Kisses is currently available in e-book form on Amazon and via Kindle Unlimited in either its solo form or as part of a Christmas novella box set, Love's Gift.
Merry Kisses on Amazon
Love's Gift on Amazon

Merry Kisses is part of The Riverbend Romances, a fat paperback that includes all five of the Riverbend Romance seasonal novellas released in 2015, one each for winter, spring, summer, autumn, and Christmas. This paperback would make a terrific gift for yourself or a romance reader in your life. :)

The Riverbend Romances

Any parting comment?
Thanks so much for inviting me over, Jo! I wish all your readers a Christmas filled with God's peace… and gingerbread cookies decorated with small children, as Sonya and Heath experienced in the story. Is there anything sweeter?

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Readers: optional to answer)
In Merry Kisses, Sonya examines Christmas traditions that are different from the ones she grew up with. Do you celebrate Christmas the same way your childhood family did? What changes have you made?

Valerie, thanks for visiting with my readers and me! One of the commenters will be selected to receive an eBook copy of Merry Kisses, which you've offered.

JoAnn Durgin offers an eBook copy of Starlight in Her Eyes to each commenter that left an email address  on last Thursday’s blog post: Edward, Karen, Cynthia, Janice, Melanie, and Terrill. JoAnn will email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thanks for reading my blog! The next novel in my West Virginia Mountains Series is titled Promise Me. Look for it next spring.


  1. Thanks so much for inviting me over, Jo!

  2. The Title is so cute. I loved the interview. I think any time you marry into a different family your traditions change a bit. It is all about compromise. We still open one present on Christmas Eve. fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com

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

  3. Now that I an alone and not near family, all I can do is dream about the past. I celebrate very quietly with my small tree all lit up and lots of candles and music playing. No gifts to open, but I thank God for the greatest gift of His Son.

    1. Nancy, glad you stopped by and left your comment.

  4. Jan, I grew up opening gifts Christmas Eve, but my husband's family didn't, so... compromise!

    Nancy, blessings and hugs. I'm so happy you have the BEST gift of all.

  5. Great title! There are a few traditions I have carried into my own family. One is the filling of candy stockings for each of us, something my Mom did every year (a tradition handed down to her from HER grandmother). I keep wrapped presents stashed away until everyone is asleep Christmas Eve. Makes for a grander vision that morning, God's abundance to us!

  6. When my children were little we always had a tradition of going out and getting our tree on Christmas Eve then decorating it and after they were in bed Santa would come and put the presents under the tree. I really miss those days. Now I am retired and the family is scattered. spotts06 at comcast dot net

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

  7. Aww, I love that Valerie and her husband are the models for the cover. karenskrayons(at)gmail(dot)com
    Thank You for the ebook from last Thursday!!

  8. I do the same traditions as my childhood with 1 exception.we open 1 gift on Christmas Eve. I am a follower as well! Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Shelia, I appreciate you following my blog! Thanks for leaving your comment.