Spending the Day with Casey Dawes — Guest Blog and giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Casey will be awarding a bottle of Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir (a wine served in California Homecoming)(US ONLY) OR a $25 Amazon gift certificate (winner’s choice) to a randomly drawn commenter during this tour and her Virtual Reviews Tour, as well as donating $20.00 to Fisher House in honor or memory of a serviceperson of the winner’s choice.

If you were to spend a day with me, what would it be like? That’s an intriguing question.
Right now it’s the end of spring and beginning of summer in Montana where I live. Summer is very short in the north, so we make the most of it. The birds help us along and I’m usually up around six a.m., woken by a flock of noisy robins outside my window and a squeaky, tubby cat demanding her breakfast.
I let my husband slumber while I slowly wake up with a glass of water and a crossword puzzle. Once I’m ready to talk to people, I’ll get my husband up. He’s far too perky for me to handle first thing in the morning!
Once I’ve gotten the shower and breakfast out of the way, I’ll get bread going if we need some. Then it’s upstairs to my woman cave. I have a beautiful space to write, work and quilt. My writing space is at one end of a huge upstairs loft. My window looks out over the Clark Fork River and wildlife regales me: deer, eagles, ospreys, hawks, ducks, a kingfisher, a fox and more. The window is perfect for watching the subtle and not-so-subtle changes of the seasons. Even winter has its beauty with changing clouds, the type of snow and the movements of the river.
I may have business clients to talk with, or consulting business work to do since that’s my main day job. If I’m not doing that, I’ll alternate between writing, marketing, and working on a quilt.
The day flows. Depending on the time of year, I may be working in the garden, canning, or freezing. Sometimes (not often enough) I’ll go to the gym or walk with a friend. On weekends I’ll make a huge batch of something to freeze to eat during the week.
Sometime around five I’ll quit. Perhaps my husband (who also works at home) and I will sit on the back porch with a glass of wine, listen to the river flow and the wind tickle the leaves, and read or quietly discuss our challenges of the day.
After dinner, we’ll watch television and I’ll knit or do handcrafts.
On weekends we may take a road trip. Glacier National Park is a few hours away. Unexplored roads and small towns abound. We’re both camera junkies, so we love to explore and take pictures.
To many people, this may sound like a boring life, but it makes us quite content as a daily routine, and allows me time and space to invent stories and characters like those in California Homecoming.
About the Author: 6_25 AuthorPicAuthor Casey Dawes lives and writes on the bank of the Clark Fork River in Montana with the love of her life and two cats who think they own the joint. To learn more about Casey, visit her website: www.stories-about-love.com.
Twitter: @CaseyDawesAutho

6_25 Cover_California HomecomingWhen Sarah Ladina purchased an old Victorian in Costanoa with plans to turn it into a high-end destination inn, she had no idea life could get so complicated. Well, maybe she did. As an unwed pregnant woman who couldn’t cook, she had her work cut out for her. A good-looking disabled veteran, a doctor who orders modified bed rest, and an ex who’s trying to get back into her life make her wonder if she’ll ever be able to stand on her own and open the inn in time for her mother’s best friend’s wedding.
After returning from duty in the Middle East wounded in both body and spirit, Hunter Evans is in search of employment and a home, but finding a job has been tough and housing doesn’t come cheap in Costanoa, the town that he loves the most on the California Coast. Can he strike a deal with the pretty innkeeper to trade a room for handy work?


  1. Mary Preston says:

    I must say that I do rather like the sound of your day/s. Productive, but still time to breath.


  2. Rita Wray says:

    Montana is so beautiful I can imagine the view from your window.


  3. Thank you for hosting

  4. Thanks for hosting me during this exciting launch of California Homecoming! Mary, you’re absolutely right. Allowing time to breathe during your day is vital. When I worked for corporate America, my day wasn’t like this at all. :-)) Rita, Montana is very beautiful. Have you been to the state?

  5. Thanks so much for sharing the excerpt! I love the sounds of California Homecoming!

  6. momjane says:

    As a former native California, I would love the wine. However, if I win, I would rather the money be sent to the Fisher house in honor of my grandson overseas.

  7. momjane, If you win, we can make that happen! But you need to put down your email address to enter. Thanks! Casey

  8. Sounds like a fun day

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    • When everything goes that way, it is a fun day! Today my sewing machine is acting up and I’m having trouble finishing up the custom quilt I’m doing! :-((

  9. Barbara Elness says:

    Interesting post, and California Homecoming sounds like a great story, I’m looking forward to reading it. 😀

  10. I can imagine how inspiring it would be to write looking out the window into beautiful Montana!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  11. Karen H in NC says:

    Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  12. Thanks for stopping by, Karen! Any time is a good time!

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