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California Sunset (Crimson Romance) Kindle Edition

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From the Author

Writing California Sunset was a journey of several years. The book grew from my life, as most books do. It also grew from my belief that you have to love yourself first in order to get the love you deserve. I hope you enjoy Annie's journey....

California Wine, the second in the California Romance series will be out on Dec. 31, 2012. I'm hard at work on the third book, California Homecoming.

About the Author

All my life I've believed in love, even when everything else going on around me told me I shouldn't. And all my life I've wanted to write. In fact I never quite gave it up.
But my dream to become a fiction writer seemed elusive. Too many things got in the way.  You know how it is-kids, jobs, saving the world. It's exhausting!
Read more about Casey on her website: .

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  • File Size: 764 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Crimson Romance (August 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,142 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Casey Dawes writes and quilts on the Clark Fork River in Missoula, Montana where she spends far too much time watching wildlife from her "woman cave." She shares her peaceful abode with a husband she adores and two cats who think they own the joint.

With the release of "California Sunrise," she's completed her first contemporary romance series. The first four books are available as a set ("California Dreaming") for under $1 for a limited time. The last book in the set, "California Sunrise," is also available.

In her previous "lives" she's been a medical records secretary, stagehand, college professor, junior high teacher on an Indian Reservation, Montessori teacher in Brooklyn, temp in businesses in New York City, a database guru for several fortune 500 companies, business and life coach. She's lived in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New York City, Pennsylvania and California. With these varied careers, four step-children and two boys of her own, she has plenty to write about!

A passionate believer in the healing power of love, Casey knows that anyone can find the love he or she deserves and wants. Her characters can show you how.

She'd love to hear your opinion on any book. Please consider leaving a review on Amazon. Thanks!

If you want to be notified about upcoming releases, please go to and subscribe to the Stories About Love newsletter which comes out about four times a year.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 6, 2012
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From the opening paragraph, the real life drama of California Sunset, a contemporary romance by Casey Dawes draws you in. Spirited, yet deeply conflicted, Annie Gerhard, must leave her beloved Santa Cruz for New Jersey or lose her job. And as a single mother, she can't afford mistakes. Her son, David, angry at her decision to go, gets arrested. Her ex-husband threatens to take David away and the once straight forward life she loves starts crumbling around her. Throw in a gorgeous Montana cowboy turned bookstore owner who's not shy about his interest in Annie and her confusion quickly becomes a life crisis. Can Annie move beyond her self-doubt and troubled past to rediscover herself and the possibilities offered by love? Quick witted, smooth dialogue, woven through elegantly written descriptions of California life; the food, the wine and the ocean, keeps California Sunset entertaining and the characters as real as your best friends.

(Review by Pam B. Morris from a preview copy for no money compensation.)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ReaderHA on August 6, 2012
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Casey Dawes has the gift of language and the amazing ability to create characters that are both relatable and surprising. Annie opitimizes what almost every single mother has to go through--a reproachable ex-husband, a surly teenage son, and a life put on hold. Annie is forced to face the decision whether to follow her heart towards love and her idealistic hopes for the future, or focus on the needs of her son. Which makes the reader wonder--can she have everything? Can she do everything? (Hello, motherhood!)
If you have children, (even of the furry persuasion) this is a story that will have you cheering!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan Samuels Drake on August 6, 2012
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It isn't hard to find many spots in CALIFORNIA SUNSET to resonate. No need to be a single Mom, though that helps. No need to be shoved out of a job, though that helps. Most of all, you might disdain romance fiction because you haven't read any in decades or ever. CALIFORNIA SUNSET will draw you through to the very last page, eager to read Dawes' next literary romance novel--and maybe some by other authors, too.
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

This was an easy read that had both darkness and light throughout. Annie had so many issues in her past that she kept hidden away from everyone and as a result she had severe mood swings and behaviors that she didn’t associate with her upbringing. Some of what she repressed was extremely disturbing. She tried to always be positive but that didn’t always work and at times it just seemed like she was in denial as a result. Her attraction to John, the owner of the bookstore she frequented, kept her running in the opposite direction. Her potential move from California to New Jersey for work made her keep everyone at a distance, even her best friend Elizabeth, as if it was a done deal but was nowhere near that without interviewing and proving she could do the job. The disruptions the potential move was causing to her life and her teenage son’s didn’t seem worth it to me especially when David started hanging out with the wrong crowd, getting into trouble and acting out.

I liked the addition of Carol, the life coach, Patricia, the psychic and her predictions, and Sukesha, the body worker, to the storyline plus Sunshine, John’s assistant and Annie’s aunt that she never knew about. The story played out nicely and there was some closure but it ended too abruptly for me. I would have liked to see a few more chapters or at least an epilogue to show how Annie’s life played out. Knowing that this is book one in the series has me hoping that some of the loose ends will be tied up in book two, California Wine.

This is Dawes debut contemporary romance novel and I look forward to reading the others in the series.
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This book is a romance novel but, as another reviewer said, it is so much more. Annie Gerhard is a single mother with an alcoholic ex-husband, a dysfunctional birth-family and a very difficult job in Silicone Valley. Annie holds life together by taking care of everyone and everything without a thought for herself and her own needs and wants. When the economy takes a downturn and Annie is told that she will be laid off if she doesn't uproot herself and her son and move to New Jersey, she faces a life-changing crisis. With the help of a life coach (therapist), a massage therapist, a best friend, an aunt that she never knew and a new love, Annie takes charge of her own life. I truly enjoyed this book and its descriptions of the California Coast that I know and love and the details of Annie's life both past and present, some of which I could honestly identify with.

I believe that this is Ms. Dawes' first book and, in my opinion, it is excellent. Her characters are believable, likable, easy to identify with and her story unfolds smoothly. I read the book in a little more than one day and couldn't put it down. I have ordered her next book, California Wine for my Kindle and look forward to many more books from this gifted author.
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Annie is the typical single mom; extremely hard working and self-sacrificing. Her one and only priority is a good life for her son. This is put in jeopardy when Annie is told she is to be laid off or the other side of the New Jersey. Annie knows no one and nothing in Jersey, but feels she has to take this job in order to be able to provide for her son.

John needs a change, needs to get away from the daily reminders of his late wife. When he sees the perfect opportunity in buying a bookstore in California, he takes it. He is solely focused on getting his little bookstore back in the black. No time for anything else, that is until he sees Annie in the bookstore.

I really enjoyed this book. While it was a tad predictable, it was also a very easy, enjoyable read. You don't have to be a "single" mom to relate to Annie. Other than the cover, my only reservation with California Sunset is how introspective John is. Perhaps it is a GOOD quality for a man to have, I just don't find it very realistic. I did like his character, other than all the introspection; he knew exactly what he wanted, and went for it.

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