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My Valentine Adventure by Amber Daulton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Parker Townsend is raising his children alone after he lost his wife, but then his ordered world is turned upside down when his two little hellions place a “Mom Wanted” ad in the local paper. To his chagrin, he’s roped into a blind date.
Claire Lauer answers the want ad with few expectations and meets Parker on Valentine’s Day, a day she hates with a passion. As an animal rights activist and a divorcée, she’s more comfortable with a placard in her hand than in the company of a handsome man with emotional baggage.
After a protest takes a turn for the worse, she seeks shelter in her date’s arms. Will Parker and Claire find the courage to lay their fragile hearts on the line, or will they lose their second chance at happiness?
Introducing Claire Lauer
Please tell me about yourself.
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona
Profession: Fulltime gardener and sales associate at Sunny Garden Nursery
What do you look like?
Oh, Lord. I knew you’d ask that question. Well, I’m five-feet-ten. I love wearing high heels, but sneakers are my go-to footwear. I have shoulder-length, honey-blonde hair and blue eyes. My thighs and hips are a little chunky, though, and I suck in my tummy way too often. Dieting doesn’t work with me, but that’s my fault. I just can’t lay off the nacho chips. Damn, they’re delish.
Who is the significant other in your life?
Parker Townsend. He’s six-feet-two with reddish-brown hair and blue eyes a few shades darker than mine. He works as an electrician and is a wonderful father to his children. He’s also totally droolworthy, but he doesn’t know it.
Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
I live comfortably, which I prefer. My parents are wealthy and my ex-husband is a successful defense attorney, but he only married me for my father’s connections. The prick. Anyway, I’m teaching my daughter Kaylie the importance of self-reliance and that she doesn’t need material things to be happy.
What is your viewpoint on wealth?
Since we live in a capitalist society, some money is necessary to live a safe life, but riches and jewelry is not my cup of tea. As long as I make enough money to take care of myself, Kaylie, our rescue pets, and to pay the bills, then I’m happy. Of course, now that Parker and I are together, my little family has substantially grown. We’re pooling our resources and saving on expenses by living together.
Do you see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
It’s black-and-white. There’s wrong and right, bad and good. I’m open-minded enough to know everyone makes mistakes, but when someone is purposely doing something cruel and someone else is paying the price…my temper blows. I don’t mean to preach, but I don’t like zoos, circuses, or any event that uses and abuses animals. How can stabbing an elephant with a sharp poker be a good thing? Really?
If you could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
That every animal enslaved in circuses and non-compliance zoos the world over will be rescued and sent to live in the wild or in a wildlife sanctuary. Unfortunately, that will probably never happen. The financial cost to provide the environment that the animals would need would be too great. Then add in the campaigns to reshape public opinion. It’s not an affordable option on the grand scale.
What is your biggest personal flaw?
I care too much about the people and animals around me, so I’m often hurt when things don’t turn out as I’d hoped. I hide behind a strong mask, but inside, my personal demons take a toll.
Where to buy My Valentine Adventure
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Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.
Amber lives in North Carolina with her husband and four demanding cats.
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