Between November and January, Crimson Romance is offering my books in five new romance bundles! That’s in addition to California Dreaming, a romance anthology that contains the first four books of the California Romance series. It’s an embarrassment of riches! And a lucky break for you, my readers, as all of these romance bundles are priced below $1!!
Today’s release is another anthology, Holiday Fling, featuring my best-selling book, California Wine, a Crimson Romance #11 best all time selling books as of November 2014. This is a great opportunity to meet Elizabeth Ladina and her handsome Italian winemaker as well as try out some of the other great Crimson authors.
Join us for the Holiday Fling Facebook Party, where you can chat with us individually and win prizes! It’s Dec. 29 from 3-9 Eastern Time. Learn more at the Holiday Fling Event Link.
“So very romantic. The wine! The sexy Italian! The struggle to make pasta from scratch is real! Great job Casey!” ~ Gwendolyn Culver
I love writing secondary characters, but like many authors, I have to take care they don’t hijack the heroine’s tale. I loved the woman who teaches Elizabeth to make ravioli in California Wine. I could picture her bustling around her kitchen, just the way a good friend’s mothers and aunts used to do when I was growing up in New Jersey. Inspired by a book I found in Sausolito, California, the Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken, I had a lot of fun creating this scene, and hope you enjoy reading it as well.
The woman’s home was one of the small Victorians that gave Los Gatos its charm. Elizabeth arrived with minutes to spare. Seconds after she knocked, the door flew open and a short woman in a full-length apron jerked the door open.
“Good. Respectful. In. In.” The woman turned and walked down the hallway to the back of the house.
Elizabeth closed the door behind her and followed the woman into a kitchen that looked like it hadn’t been upgraded since 1970s avocado green. “I’m Elizabeth,” she said as she placed her bag on a small table next to a gold rotary phone.
“Call me Nana. Everyone does. Got your apron?”
“Right here. Elizabeth pulled on the garment she’d brought with her. Ravioli experiments over the last months had taught her respect for the mess flour could make.
Nana handed her a sack of flour. “Make a flour volcano.”
Elizabeth looked at the sack. “Volcano.”
“You know, volcano…like school…science. Boom…volcano!”
Suddenly, Elizabeth realized what the woman meant. She looked around for measuring cups.
“What you want? Pour out the flour. Make a volcano!”
The woman threw up her hands, grabbed the sack and dumped out a mound of flour. She shaped a cone in the top of the mound. “Measure with your eyes. Cups! Now add eggs. Two.” She looked at Elizabeth with suspicion. “You know how to crack egg?”
Enjoy the chance over the next few months to pick up these bundles and explore many new authors. After digging deep for gifts this season, it will be fun to while away the hours with fun romances for pennies. Happy 2016!!
These romance bundles include:
California Dreaming (with California Sunset, California Wine, California Homecoming, & California Thyme)
Romance in Color (with California Sunrise)
Holiday Fling (with California Wine)
Spotlight on Romance (with California Thyme)
Personal Politics (with California Sunrise)
Get them while they last! They’re only available for a little while.