Welcome Birthday Guest Jaime Samms!

Happy Birthmonth, Amber. Thanks for inviting me to the party.

This year’s theme is all about birthdays we remember most. Well. Since I come from a family of nine kids, birthdays were never really a thing. Imagine the cake and ice cream bill alone! Never mind it would have been all birthdays, all the time in our house, so no birthdays ever became the theme instead.

That said, I do remember one birthday when I was a kid. My ninth. My parents were away – probably bowling. It was a thing they did to get away from the madness. So I was with my grandparents, who happened to be visiting my uncles in Toronto that weekend.


Uncle Cliff liked to entertain, even if it was just his nine-year-old niece tagging along for a visit. Uncle Ray I remember as just the sweetest, nicest guy I’d ever met. Their house was fancy (they both worked in the interior design field) so going there was a treat and a half. They had such pretty stuff.

I blame my two trips to their house when I was an impressionable child for my current love of all things interior design. Just saying.
But on this particular occasion, I remember my grandmother taking me shopping for “Anything you want. It’s your birthday and your mother isn’t here.”

I was nine. Of course I went for the completely impractical pleather coat with the fake fur ruffs on the cuffs and collar that my mother said no to because I had a perfectly good hand-me-down from my older brother that only had a small hole in one elbow.

Okay, so to be fair, I don’t know remember what coat it was that I didn’t want to be wearing. It was probably worn by at least one older sibling. Most of my clothes were, because that’s practical when you have to clothe half the population of a small town. I just remember how badly I wanted that fake leather, fuzzy-ruffed coat that made no sense to own in a climate like the one where I live.

So of course my grandmother bought it for me. That’s what grandmothers do.

Also, my uncles made something yummy for supper, but I especially remember the vanilla cake with the blue icing (because it was accompanied by abject, horrified disbelief from all concerned that I didn’t want or like chocolate). That blue-icing cake was the bomb, though.

No birthday of mine has been as centered on just me as that one when I was nine years old. Let it go on record that my dad’s family was awesome.

In that vein, I thought I would share an oldie of mine, because while it is a romance, it is also family-heavy. One of the threesome involved comes from a large, supportive, extend-o-family. I’m not going to say any of his siblings are consciously like any of mine, but I did draw on experiences being part of a mob when I was writing this.

*all names and faces have been heavily modified to protect the innocent.


Blurb: Don Jenkins will do anything for a happy, thriving family and home, but keeping his farm going is a constant challenge. He’s always depended on Griff McAllister, his partner and first love, to support him in his work and in his need to submit in the bedroom. When he discovers Griff might be losing faith in him, he’s at a loss for how to mend the relationship. Then Howard Campbell—a man Don and Griff both love beyond words—is added to the mix. With jealousy threatening their bond and the viability of the farm in question, Don’s dreams begin to crumble.

Nearly losing Howard in an accident serves as a wakeup call. They begin to pull their relationship out of the muck and work to remember why they came together in the first place. If they can figure out how to help one another and balance the dynamics of dominance and submission between them so each man gets what he needs, the trio might build the loving future they’ve dared to hope for. They must be brave enough to commit every resource they can muster—especially trust, understanding, and acceptance—and realize true love is never as easy as it looks.

All About Jaime
Jaime has been published since the fall of 2008. Her Stories about men falling in love are the stories that she loves to read, so they are also the stories she loves to write.

Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, is spent crocheting, drawing, gardening (weather permitting, of course, since she is Canadian!), or watching movies. She has a day job which she loves, and two kids, and thankfully, wonderful husband who shoulders more than his fair share.

She graduated some time ago from college with a fine arts diploma, and a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies her to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. One always needs an official slip of paper to fall back on after all . . .

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30 thoughts on “Welcome Birthday Guest Jaime Samms!

    1. They were pretty great. I miss them. It’s sort of a thing people with only one or two siblings don’t really get, I think.

  1. As a mother of five I know all about practicality but I hope I gave my kids memories as good as this one.
    n.b. Not entering as I have this one in my library already.

  2. Even though there were 4 of my mom really didn’t celebrate our birthdays either due to the fact that 3 of them were around the holidays ie. Thanksgiving (US) and Christmas. So any extra money was spent on them.

  3. Thank you for sharing your memory with us Jamie. That blue icing cake must have been something! LOL

    1. I was something, all right. They maybe though I was kinda nuts, but also, I was nine, and they indulged me.

    2. I was something, all right. They might have thought I was a it nuts, but also, I was nine. So they indulged me.

  4. My Uncle Virgil had horses and a ranch with a few peacocks and I love visiting him. I love horses they are so beautiful. Still do LOL.

    1. Horses have always been on my bucket list. I’ve wanted on since I was a wee tyke. And peacocks! That’s awesome!

    1. I really enjoyed the heck out of that cake. And as I remember, I wore that coat until it was threadbare and no longer fit.

  5. That sounds like a wonderful birthday. I was lucky, all my sisters are way older that me and had left home, so I never got any hand-me downs. I can imagine what it was like though.

    1. I think I still have a strong desire for new things in my life as a result, but I also have a great imagination for reusing old things that I learned back then, too, so it balances out, I think.

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