Shannon here: Valerie Comer shares insight into her characters’ romance in Snowflake Tiara: a 2-in-1 Christmas collection featuring a historical romance novella by Angela Breidenbach and a contemporary romance novella by Valerie Comer. Answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for an e-book copy in E-pub or Kindle format. Deadline: Sept 20th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Valerie:
- Are you open to your own romance?
No. Do you have any idea how much Jase Mackie hurt me? I can’t go there again. Not with him. And there’s no one else for me, either.
- What’s the number one quality you’d require in a mate?
Well, beyond the obvious of needing to be a follower of Jesus, I need someone who trusts me. You know? Some guys think everything has to be a show for attention, even when I’m being sincere. Okay, maybe it’s only one guy who’s that way. But I can’t get him out of my head.
- Where is the worst place you can think of to find a mate?
It wasn’t the place so much. It was the fact that I had tomato stains on my tank top and holes in my jeans. No makeup (imagine!) and my hair just yanked back in a ponytail. He’d never seen me that way before, and I didn’t care to have him see me that way then, either. It’s not how I envisioned a reunion. But then, it’s not like we were reunited.
- What would be a reason to end a potential romance for you?
What did end my romance with Jase Mackie, you mean? When he accused me of wanting to have photos done with the street kids in Nairobi just to further my career as a supermodel. So people would think I was some great philanthropist. Why couldn’t he see that I wanted to bring attention to these kids’ needs? It wasn’t all about me. It really wasn’t. Man, did we ever fight about that.
- Where do you dream of getting married?
I’d pushed the dream aside until the day I ran into Jase in front of The Parrot in Helena. Seeing him again after 27 months (not that anyone was counting, but don’t forget the 4 days) stirred everything up in me again. Now I dream of a wedding in the Cathedral of St Helena. You just can’t imagine how glorious this building is. And to be standing at the front with Jase? Now that would be a dream come true. Except he’s got a lot of explaining to do before that could ever happen. And he won’t.
- Where do you dream of spending your honeymoon?
Back in Kenya. The beaches there are something else, but it wouldn’t be perfect unless we visited that mission in downtown Nairobi again. In harmony, this time.
About Valerie: 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.
Valerie writes Farm Lit where food meets faith, injecting experience laced with humor into her award-winning Farm Fresh Romance stories.
About the book – Snowflake Tiaras: What if you were caught doing something good, but the man you loved didn’t see it that way?
The Debutante Queen by Angela Breidenbach ~ 1889 (Helena, MT): Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana statehood to expose the plight of street urchins. But if her hidden indentured orphan is discovered, Calista’s reputation and her budding romance with pageant organizer, Albert Shanahan, could both unravel. Will love or law prevail?
More Than a Tiara by Valerie Comer ~ 2014 (Helena, MT): Marisa Hiller’s interest in competing in Miss Snowflake Pageant for the city of Helena’s 150th anniversary is at zip zero zilch when she discovers the official photographer is Jase Mackie. Can Jase make amends for past mistakes and offer her, not only a tiara, but a partner in her crusade to help needy children and families?
Have you or anyone you know ever visited a mission in a foreign country? If so, where?
Come back Sept 10th part two of Valerie’s interview!