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Casey Dawes with Character Interview + Giveaway!

I welcome Casey Dawes to the blog today, a true believer in love and contemporary romance author of the newly released CALIFORNIA SUNSET!  Casey interviews her heroine, Annie, and offers a giveaway of her novel to one lucky commentor!

Divorced mother Annie Gerhard spotted rugged new bookstore owner John Johnson at the worst possible time in her life. Her high tech company is threatening to lay her off if she doesn’t move from California to New Jersey and her 15-year-old son David is causing trouble. The recession has hit Silicon Valley hard and there are no jobs for a middle manager, no matter how good she is at her job, even if she hates it. This is no time for romance, no matter how good the man looks in his jeans.

John has escaped Montana memories of a deceased wife and betraying girlfriend by buying an independent bookstore in California. He’s got bigger problems than falling for a spunky woman with control issues. Keeping a bookstore afloat in a recession and finding a home where he can stable his horse are all he can handle right now.


California Sunset is the story of how Annie works out her problems and rediscovers something important in her life—music. Of course, there’s a little romance going on, too!

Let’s catch up with Annie and find out how she’s doing.

 Annie: How I’m doing? How do you think I’m doing? They…They’re threatening to lay me off…or send me to godforsaken New Jersey!

Casey: Well, I’m sure New Jersey is lovely. In fact, I was born, grew up there and went to Montclair State.

Annie: But my life is here!

Casey: Surely you can find another job.

Annie: You’re kidding. In a recession? I’m going to have to move. I’ve always done what needs doing.

Casey: Finding a new job can be tough. I’ve been laid off a few times, too. How long have you lived in California?

Annie: I moved here from Michigan after high school. I was so in love with Fred. He’s my ex. I didn’t know he was an alcoholic when I followed him here. It got worse after I had David, but I wouldn’t give up my son for all the corn in Iowa. He’s the best thing that ever happened to me. I’ve got to do everything I can to protect him and make sure he goes to a good school. Berkeley would be good.

Casey: How do you think David’s going to take the move?

Annie: He’ll be fine. He’s a good kid. Kid’s are adaptable you know.

Casey: I have two sons. When they were younger I moved them from Pennsylvania to California. The fourteen year old boy wasn’t very happy about it.

Annie: David’s different.

Casey: We’ll see. Say, we heard you met someone new today.

Annie: (sighs) He’s gorgeous. Muscles. Great smile. Great butt. You know what I mean.

Casey: I sure do. Will you see him again?

Annie: Don’t think so. I’m moving…remember?

Casey: You sound determined.

Annie: I have to be. Fred does the best he can, but he’s no financial help.

Casey: What about your family?

Annie: Oh. No. I could never ask them for anything. There’s only my mom back in Michigan. And she’s…well..she’s got her own view of reality.

Casey: Sounds like there’s a lot you’re not saying.

Annie: No use crying over spilt milk. Forward! We’ll be fine. I just wish it could be different. (sighs again) He sure did have a nice butt.

For more info and excerpts, check out Casey’s website at

How about you? Have you ever been laid off from a job?
What did you do?

Leave a comment below and one lucky person will get a copy of California Sunset.

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