Books by Others ~ Featured Author Valerie Comer

Books by Others ~ Featured Author Valerie Comer

Valerie and I “met” when we both joined Grace & Faith 4 You – a group of writers and authors who support and market each other. I’ve enjoyed her posts, suggestions, blog , and generosity. Today, I get to share her and her wonderful author news with you. Here’s Valerie. . .

Do you ever pause when people ask who you are? I’m not talking about your name. That is (usually) easy. Your name is a label, but who are you, deep inside?

I’m a wife, a mom, a grandmother, and a friend. I’m a farmer, gardener, beekeeper, and local foodie. I’m an author, a blogger, a teacher, and a freelancer. I’m a child of God.

And that’s just glossing over the more obvious ones. I’m sure it’s the same for you. Oh, the words you choose won’t likely be the same as mine, though there may be some overlap. But we’re all complex creations of the King Most High. He didn’t design us to be easy to catalog.

One of the coolest things for me is when more and more aspects of who I am join together and create a whole that is bigger than the sum of its parts. That’s what I feel happened when I wrote Raspberries and Vinegar a farm lit romance novel releasing today. (!!!) In this novel, a young woman (about the age my girls were when I began writing) starts on a mission to rid the world of junk food and chemicals by promoting local foods and sustainability. This concept hit so many of my personal buttons that it was a no brainer. It had to be written.

It took longer to find a publisher willing to touch such a strong theme. Several came close and then backed away. I was delighted to find open doors with Choose Now Publishing , where today’s issues are welcome. I’m honored to be this house’s first release and excited to see some of the books, both fiction and nonfiction, that are coming down the pipeline behind mine.

One thing I love about writing fiction is that I can put words in a character’s mouth I’d never dare utter myself. I can crank up their personalities and create conflicts I’d shy away from in real life. Personally, I’m a peace-lover, but I have no problem throwing problems and disasters at my fictional characters to see how they react.

Because I’m a local foods advocate in a world where people stuff themselves with whatever packaged food is handy, I don’t have to look far for conflict of all kinds. Instead, I have to limit myself to just enough to carry the plot, and save some ideas for future books. Raspberries and Vinegar is the first of three novels in the Farm Fresh Romance series, and I have no shortage of ideas for more books to follow this set!

If you’re interested in a local food lifestyle—or maybe you don’t even have a clue what all the hoopla is about—may I invite you to check out Raspberries and Vinegar? I hope you’ll find Josephine Shaw a bit shocking, but funny and real at the same time.

Isn’t that like all of us, deep down inside?


You’re Invited!

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 characters enjoy their happily ever afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.

Valerie writes Farm Lit with the voice of experience laced with humor. Raspberries and Vinegar, first in her series A Farm Fresh Romance , released August 1, 2013. Visit her at .

You can buy Raspberries and Vinegar, by clicking the book cover, on Valerie’s site (where you can download a free chapter)

Until Next Time,


About Joy DeKok

Joy DeKok is a multipublished author. She not only enjoys sharing her writing, but also the writing of friends who write and authors whose writing she enjoys.


  1. Congratulations on the release of your book, Valerie! A long time coming to get an important message out there – and it’s told in such a fun way. Wishing you boatloads of success with this and your future releases!



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