Thursday, May 29, 2014

California Thyme

By: Casey Dawes

Congratulations to "Jane", the winner in Casey's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

The fourth book in my California Romance Series, California Thyme, continues with Mandy’s story. Mandy had appeared in the previous books as a waitress at the Costanoa Grill and a breakfast chef at Sarah’s Inn who wants to start her own catering business. The economy and her lack of marketing skills are keeping her from success, and she’s having trouble making ends meet. In the following excerpt, she considers James’s offer of a catering job. 

A real catering job.

With actors.

“How long is it? What would I need to do? How much would you pay me?”

“The job means pretty much what you think. Long hours over the next two weeks, but you’d get to work for Sally Minor, one of the few women in the movie catering business. She’s an amazing cook in her own right. As for pay, how does fifteen hundred for the two weeks sound?” 

She stood and swept imaginary crumbs off the table. Fifteen hundred dollars? That would be a healthy start toward a new used car. 


She sat down again. “What are the hours? I still have a waitress job and making breakfast here.” 

“Breakfast may be a problem, because you have to be there early for set up, but you’d probably be done by three.”

“Most of my shifts at the grill are nights, so that should work. Saturdays and Sundays may be a problem. Sarah’s got three couples coming in the weekend after next. They need one of our signature breakfasts.” She smiled to mask the churning acid in her stomach.

The money was good. An opportunity to learn something new. And it was only for two weeks.

She glanced at James.

Two weeks around him.

The acid in her stomach increased.

“Let me talk to Sally and see if we can work around weekend mornings,” he said. “You free today?”

“Until three. That’s when my shift starts at the grill.”

He nodded. “You can come over to the location in the morning to meet Sally, if that’s okay with you.” He ate the last bit of bread before standing and heading to the coffee pot.

“I’ll get that.” Mandy started to rise, but he held up his hand. 

“I can pour my own coffee, thanks.” He headed for the door. “After we go to the location, I’ll take you to lunch. I found this great little restaurant in Davenport.”

He walked from the room.

Mandy stared at the open doorway and wondered if she’d lost her mind. 

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May is National Mental Health Month. Mandy needs to deal with these issues as she finds her way to love. Have you known anyone with mental health issues that impacted their relationships?

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  1. I knew someone once who had a family and battled depression. It really did impact the whole family.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Maureen. Your observation is correct--it impacts everyone.

  2. Congrats on the recent release, Casey. I don't personally know anyone with mental health issues and how it affected their relationships.
    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jane! And congratulations on your win.

  3. No, I don't

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  4. I had a brain injury several years ago which ended up being the final straw for my marriage. It had pretty much ended before the injury, but my personality changed a lot after that which helped end the relationship.

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Jo-Anne. I'm sorry to hear about your sad experience. I hope things have looked up since.

  5. Hi Casey! Congrats on your latest release. For me, I haven't personally had anyone in my life or knew anyone that's battled any mental illness.

    ahui55 at gmail dot com

  6. An acquaintance at work had a sibling that was battling depression and I know it was very hard for her family but on a personal level, I've never had any experience dealing with this in my life with anyone close to me.

    thebigbluewall77 (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. It's very difficult to deal with depression in a loved one. Hard to know how to help them best. Thanks for stopping by, Anita.


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