Merry Kisses with Author Valerie Comer

MK-200x300Can Sonya and Heath embrace each other — opinions, traditions, and all — in time to share merry kisses for Christmas?

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.


“Maybe.” She slid back into the chair. “Do you really go to the same church as I do? But that doesn’t make sense. You play Santa.”

It was his turn to be confused. “What’s that got to do with anything?”

Sonya picked a bit of glaze off the top of her doughnut with a pink fingernail and popped it in her mouth. She eyed him and heaved a sigh. “I don’t think it’s right to lie to little kids. They have enough trouble keeping fantasy and reality separate.”

His fingers began twirling his coffee cup again. “I see. So you think my job is right up there with the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy.”

She raised her eyebrows. “Isn’t it?”

“I don’t see it that way.”

“Of course you don’t. Just another day at the office, right?”

Heath couldn’t help his sardonic laugh. “Right. I work ten hours a week for one month a year as Santa, plus a party here and there. You can’t seriously think I’m in this for the money.”

Uncertainty crossed her face. “Okay. But why?”

“Why be Santa?”

“Why pretend to be.”

Heath shook his head. Of course she’d distinguish. “I like making little kids happy. I like their hugs and their shy smiles. I like being a bright spot in their day.”

“But it’s a lie.” She picked another fleck of maple off her doughnut.

“Sonya, I am real. I’m the guy who brightens their day.”

“Only because you’re in that red suit.” She eyed him. “Must take a lot of padding.”

Valerie-Comer-300x300Valerie 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.


Merry Kisses


7 thoughts on “Merry Kisses with Author Valerie Comer

  1. RobbyeFaye

    I have enjoyed your blog! It is always fun to get someone else’s thoughts on books!
    I have nominated you for the WordPress family Award for all you have meant to me and other bloggers.
    If you don’t accept awards, I understand. I just wanted you to know you are appreciated.
    God’s Blessings!

    1. Kimberly Rose Johnson Post author

      RobbyeFaye, you have no idea how much that means to me. Thank you!
      I probably shouldn’t admit this in this forum, but I have been so discouraged about this blog. It’s been a challenge for me to keep it up along with my writing and marketing schedule for my own books and see almost no comments every week.
      It was my intent to abandon this blog once the last scheduled author spotlights posts in the middle of December. I really didn’t think anyone would care one way or the other.
      Thank you for your encouragement. Maybe I need to reconsider my plans for this blog.

      1. RobbyeFaye

        I know the feeling, I get very few, to no comments, too. And, sometimes after pouring your thoughts and/or heart out, you really question if it is worth it.
        I, unfortunately, don’t comment (or even like) a blog as much as I should. One big reason is for some reason my primary computer doesn’t let me comment on ANY blog forum, WP, BlogSpot, etc. Don’t know why, but it is discouraging to have to go to a different place and computer to just like or comment on a blog!
        At other times, I’m busy, skim over my daily reader and intend to come back later to like or comment. You guessed it, I don’t. Our world is just too busy, everyone needs to slow down, but alas, I fear we won’t.
        Please continue to blog, knowing there are a lot of us here in the blogosphere that like and need your blog, we’re just too silent. For my part in that, I ask your forgiveness.
        Have a wonderful day!
        God’s Blessings, friend!!

  2. Kimberly Rose Johnson Post author

    There is nothing to forgive, RobbyFaye. I’m guilty of the same thing. I tweet about other people’s blogs all the time, but rarely leave a comment. Mostly it’s because I don’t know what to say. 🙂
    Knowing that even one person out there cares has made me realize it’s worth posting and that you are more than likely not alone.
    I may need to take a short hiatus from blogging as I have several books due in the next few months, one in two weeks, and I have nothing scheduled on my blog past the second or third week in December, but you have made a difference today. Thank you!

  3. RobbyeFaye

    You are welcome. I’m glad I was able to help!
    I can assure you, I am not the only one that reads and enjoys your blog.
    I, too, don’t always know what to say. I want to be encouraging in whatever I do say, though.
    I understand the need to take a break. I am booked solid through the 2nd/3rd week of January! I fear I may have to start posting a review every day!
    I really like your background and header. It feels like you could just curl up, sip on a cup of coffee or tea and read the night away. (I’m an inveterate night owl!)
    If you need to know of some authors that are begging for reviews, I’ll be glad to refer you to some.
    Have a great evening, what is left of it.
    God’s Blessings!


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