Shannon here: Valerie Comer shares a romantic excerpt from her latest Contemporary Romance, Rooted in Love. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for a digital copy. Deadline: Nov 25th, 11:59 pm central time. Valerie will be around to chat after the 2oth.
In this excerpt, Alaina, Cameron, and Cameron’s sons are visiting friends who live along the creek. It takes place at about the one third mark of the story. Excerpt from Rooted in Love:
“You work for Stargil, right? I don’t even know what you do there.”
“Working my way up to a corner office,” Cameron said lightly.
What was that supposed to mean? She didn’t even know. She raised her eyebrows as she looked up at him.
He bumped her arm, his brown eyes simmering. “It mostly means that I’m trying to make myself as indispensable as possible.”
“What department do you work in?” For some reason, Alaina had assumed he worked in the potato chip plant. But a line worker wouldn’t have an office at all, let alone a corner one.
“I’m a number cruncher.”
“Like… you work in bookkeeping?”
He nodded. “I’m an accountant, actually.”
Was this where she said that seemed like an interesting job? She didn’t think she could make that sound believable. Of all things, working with numbers was just about her biggest nightmare. “My sister is a bookkeeper for several small businesses in Spokane.”
Cameron grinned. “I’m not hearing you profess a deep fascination for ledgers.”
“And you’d be right. I can’t even stand Sudoku.”
“You’re kidding me, right? Those puzzles are the best brain-sharpeners in existence.”
“Uh, no. That would be books. Stories.”
They wandered around the last bend in the trail and nearly ran into Evelyn and Ben sitting on a rock, watching the children play in the creek. If Cameron was worried that his kids were soaking wet, he didn’t seem to show it. Mind you, they weren’t wearing tuxedos today. She stifled a giggle.
Evelyn turned, glancing from Alaina to Cameron. “What’s so funny?” she asked with a knowing grin. “Or dare I ask?”
Alaina cast her mind back. “Cameron just told me he’s an accountant. I’m trying to decide if I should run for the hills this afternoon or wait until the cover of darkness.”
Ben chuckled. His eyes twinkled as he took in their joined hands. “I’d say if running is your plan, you should get on it as soon as possible.”
Alaina tipped her head up. Cameron’s laughing eyes looked back at her. Wow, she’d missed this. Missed having someone special in her life. Someone who could tease her. Someone that made her think that crunching numbers might even be a good thing, so long as she didn’t have to perform the task herself. On the other hand… she pulled herself free of Cameron’s grasp, turned, and darted up the path.
Evelyn’s and Ben’s laughter joined forces as she ran. Oh, man, this was crazy. Why was she making a big deal of his choice of career? Would Cameron think she was serious? Maybe she was. Maybe all this time she had no idea what she was doing, and the flutters in her stomach made her wonder if things weren’t moving rather quickly.
About Valerie: Valerie Comer’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary Christian romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie grows much of her own food and is active in the local foods movement as well as her church. She only hopes her imaginary friends enjoy their happily-ever-afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.
Valerie is a USA Today bestselling author and a two-time Word Award winner. She writes engaging characters, strong communities, and deep faith into her green clean romances. Learn more and connect:
About the book – Rooted in Love:
Alaina Silva returns to Arcadia Valley determined to re-root herself in her faith, but that doesn’t mean no dating, does it? She can totally separate the rambunctious twins in her daycare from their very intriguing dad… for a while, anyway.
Divorcé Cameron Kraus has a busy life with a career and two six-year-olds. Now he’s finally scored full-time daycare at the Grace Greenhouse Kids Program, but his overbearing parents are in town for the summer offering to watch the boys. No thanks. Not when Cameron can see the gorgeous program administrator at drop-off and pick-up every day… and oftener.
But when doubts and trials arise, they must dig their roots deep in their faith and love for each other.
Question for Readers: Are you a numbers person or a words person? Can someone love both?
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