Tuesday, June 28, 2016

WHISPERS OF LOVE (Secrets of Sunbeams) - Valerie Comer - One Free Ebook

Dear Readers, Valerie Comer is one of my author friends in Canada. I’ve really loved getting to know her, and her stories are wonderful.

Welcome back, Valerie. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
Secrets of Sunbeams kicks off a new series for me! I was poking around, trying to decide what a new series based on local food initiatives from an urban point of view might look like. Spokane, Washington, was rising to the top for a setting and, as soon as I discovered that Spokane allows backyard goats in parts of the city, the first scene of this novel popped into my head.

If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Move that up to eleven invitations, and I'd absolutely love to have a real-life party with my fellow authors in the box set, Whispers of Love. I'd invite Kimberly Rae Jordan, Leah Atwood, Sally Bradley, Christina Coryell, JoAnn Durgin, Autum Macarthur, Lesley Ann McDaniel, Carol Moncado, Staci Stallings, Jan Thompson, and Marion Ueckermann.

We'd have so much fun chatting about characters and settings and first kisses! We'd also visit about how great it is to work together as a group to bring a multi-author box set to the public.

We're having a virtual week-long party on Facebook right now, and I hope you and your readers will join us, Lena! You can find it right here: https://www.facebook.com/events/891281694316682

Some of those authors are new to me, but the ones I know in the collection write books I love. Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
This is a bit tougher for me, as I don't read much historical fiction. I'd have to start with you, Lena! Then I'd add Mary Connealy, Angela Breidenbach, Sherri Wilson Johnson, Leah Atwood, and Joanne Bischof.

We’d have a lot of fun. Thanks for including me. Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
When Secrets of Sunbeams releases solo later in July, it will be my fifteenth title. Writing is a fulltime job for me, at least when I add in publishing and marketing! The hardest thing still is obscurity. I have accumulated many avid fans, which is awesomely cool, but I know there are many more readers who would enjoy my stories if only they knew about them.

This is the main reason I join multi-author box sets, such as Whispers of Love. A group of authors can reach many more readers than one author can alone.

That is so true. And the focus of my blog is to introduce good writers to readers. I love doing that. Tell us about the featured book, Secrets of Sunbeams.
Good fences make good neighbors.
Especially if your neighbor is a goat.

Eden Andrusek knows she should have fixed her fence last week. It’s too bad her runaway goat makes a less-than-ideal first impression on her new neighbor, who turns out to be cute, brilliant… and a little uptight.

Solar architect Jacob Riehl is furious when he returns outside to find a goat eating his presentation. As someone who likes everything in its place, he has little sympathy for a farm animal in the city or its tattooed owner, but there’s something about the lovely Eden that captures his attention.

What will it take to win over a man whose only pet was a goldfish? And how long can Jacob and Eden go without addressing the goat in the room?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Eden Andrusek stopped so suddenly the screen door slammed her backside. Where was Pansy? Eden shaded her eyes and glanced around the backyard. No way. She’d only been inside a minute.

“Pansy!” she yelled, jogging down the three steps to the barren yard. “Where are you?”

The answer seemed to be... nowhere. Eden’s gut clenched. No, no. No, no, no. This can’t be happening.

The gate at the side of the small house was definitely closed. The backyard was completely fenced with no hiding places. Except...

Eden’s pulse quickened at the sight of a vertical board in the side fence hanging slightly askew. She ran across the yard, nearly tripping over the metal bucket Pansy had been playing with, and pushed at the errant board. It swung aside. That was definitely enough room for the escape artist.

She crouched and peered through the gap into the neatly mowed lawn of the Victorian next door. A side table with a glass of something clear and red sat beside an empty deck chair facing...

“Pansy! No!”

The goat only glanced over as she chewed the paper dangling from her mouth.

The entire first chapter is available here: http://valeriecomer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Sunbeams-ch-1.pdf

I love that opening. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Readers can find me at my website, http://valeriecomer.com. This is the place to find my blog, my social media links, and to join my monthly newsletter list.

Secrets of Sunbeams is available right now only in Whispers of Love, along with eleven other full-length contemporary romances from bestselling Christian authors. The price is 99 cents — yes, for 12 books!! — but it goes up on July 4.

You can find the details of all 12 books and find purchase links for Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and iBooks at http://valeriecomer.com/whispers-of-love.

Thank you, Valerie, for sharing both of these books with us today. I'm eager to read it. I had already downloaded Whispers of Love. I love reading collections that contain some authors I know.

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Valerie Comer said...

Thanks so much for inviting me over today, Lena! I'll check back and see if anyone has questions about goats in the city, multi-author box sets, or anything else I can answer. Have a great day. :)

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like it will be cute. Count me in, please.

Linda in CA

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Emma said...

Whispers of Love sounds wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to win.PA.

Mary Preston said...

Box sets are a great way to find new to me authors.

Mary P


Cindy W. said...

Sounds like something I would enjoy. I like boxed sets.

Cindy W.

from Indiana

Unknown said...

I love this picture of Valerie and her books!

Valerie Comer said...

Thanks to those who are entering the giveaway - and thanks, Linda! It is fun to have a series complete in paperback. :)

Caryl Kane said...

Boxed sets are a fun way to enjoy amazing authors! I'm having fun in the virtual Facebook party.

Caryl K in TEXAS

Lourdes said...

Love this interview, thanks for the chance to win.

Lourdes Long Island, NY

Connie Porter Saunders said...

I enjoyed this interview. Thanks for sharing.
Connie from KY