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!!
On Monday, January 4, they released, Spotlight on Love, featuring my Hollywood-themed book, California Wine. This is a great opportunity to rejoin Mandy, the somewhat talkative caterer you met in California Homecoming. She’s got a secret though–her bi-polar mother. Discover how Mandy comes to terms with the Hollywood life that she believes affected her mother, as well as try out some of the other great Crimson authors.
“Ms. Dawes has a soft approach to this touching romance. There is compassion and patience shown for wounded souls getting a chance at true love . . . the topic of mental disorders and counseling was deftly written and added an additional dynamic to the heroine.” —Julie Caicco, InDTale Magazine, 4 stars
Once upon a time, I wanted to be an actress–one who sings. My piano teacher said I was the only student she had who sang through her lessons. Throughout junior high and high school, I was involved in drama, often, to my dismay, landing in the role of stage manager instead of leading lady. This trend continued through college. In graduate school, I gave in. My Masters Degree in Theater from the University of Michigan is in directing.
But the stage continued to entice me–teaching drama at the University in Billings, junior high plays in Browning, Montana, and small community plays in E. Glacier Pk. (population less than 400). I worked in summer stock in Massachusetts and tried out in New York, only to discover the cattle call nature of try-outs was not for me.
I’ve retired my theater shoes, but it was great fun to write about the personalities that dot both the stage and the screen. Here’s an excerpt from California Thyme.
The only thing that kept Mandy going was the job. Sally engaged her by teaching her subtle tricks of the trade. Even when Mandy messed up, Sally encouraged her.
The woman was a saint.
She’d run out of patience when George Stubbins decided to throw his pot belly around.
“There’s no breakfast,” George complained.
“You’re late,” Mandy replied.
“Sally doesn’t cook enough. She thinks all the actors are dieting. Well I’m not. I need food to do this job.”
Mandy looked pointedly at George’s girth, the size of which proved his non-dieting statement. “Sally’s the best in the business. She cooks plenty.”
“Don’t get uppity with me,” he said.
“Who me? I wouldn’t dream of it.”
He changed his tactic. He put a hand on her arm and gave her what she was sure he imagined was his most charming smile. “C’mon now. I’m sure you can rustle up something for your good friend here. You’re a good cook.” He leaned in closer, his breath smelling of the coffee he’d swilled moments before. “A good looking cook, too.”
“Take your hand off me.”
After rubbing his thumb on his arm, he complied.
She gestured to a bagel in the middle of the platter without a cream cheese or butter packet in sight. “That’s what’s left. If you’re still hungry, I’m sure you can find something at the Whale City Bakery.”
She turned away.
“You’re just like your mother,” he said.
Spinning back she glared at him. “You don’t know Lola.”
He laughed, but there was no mirth in it. “Yes, I do. Next time you talk to her, ask her.”
He took a step closer to Mandy. “I knew her quite well.” He smirked at her, then ambled toward the lonely bagel.
Mandy watched him go, a pitcher trembling in her hand.
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.