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California Dawes

California Dawes is a lover of romance, fantasy, mystery, and the allure of the open road. Her romances are always set in queernorm worlds where complex characters explore the depths of their desires, pursue the truth of their hearts, and sometimes fight some demons along the way.

She lives in the San Francisco area with two highly opinionated cats and the sweetest dog in the universe. When she's not writing swoon-worthy romances, California enjoys RPGs, running, road trips, and good coffee shops.

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Books By California Dawes

Word Count: 105000

Character Identities: Lesbian

Summary: Heart of Temptation is a gritty, sexy, glittering road trip to wild and dusty Temptation Rock, Nevada where three lifelong friends will reunite over mezcal and donuts to battle the forces of evil and find love. It started with one little text: “Milkman’s come home.” Skye Kincaid has ignored a lot of texts in her time, but that particular phrase isn’t one she can just leave on read. She has no choice but to leave her metaphysical supply shop in Los Angeles in the care of her assistant, pack a bag with all her best toys, hop on her motorcycle, and head back to Temptation Rock, Nevada. Her hometown is pretty much the way she remembers it from her childhood in the 80s and 90s: too hot, too dusty, too slow, too many idiots showing off too much butt-crack at the bar. But Temptation Rock has two great things going for it: Skye’s sister, Daisy Kincaid, and her best friend, Sadie Pine. Daisy is the one who sent the text, and she wouldn’t have done so if she hadn’t meant it. Twenty years ago, the three women stumbled upon a dark horror lurking in the shadows of Temptation Rock. The Milkman: a powerful demon wreaking unspeakable havoc in the small quiet town. They put him down, but not before he changed their lives forever, and not for the better. Now, it seems the bloodthirsty demon from Temptation Rock’s past is not as dead as they thought. There are signs that he’s resurfaced, and this time he’s brought backup. But why is anyone’s guess. On top of everything else, sexy FBI agent, Tempest McGuire, keeps showing up at just the wrong moment. Skye and Tempest can't keep their hands off each other, but Tempest has a dark secret that threatens not only Skye's heart, but their plan to thwart the Milkman entirely. They say you can never go home again, and maybe that’s true. But for Skye Kincaid, it seems like home never stops coming for her.

Heart of Temptation - California Dawes - Temptation Rock
Heart of Temptation

California Dawes ...

Pairing: F-F

April 14, 2020

Word Count: 55600

Character Identities: Lesbian

Summary: Two women seeking refuge from trauma on an alien world meet in a storm under the unlikeliest circumstances. At the edge of the galaxy, under the apple boughs, can they reach out and take hold of their happily-ever-after? Thisbe Vandergoss is a London socialite on the run from her controlling family. With all her assets frozen and her friends on Earth just as likely to sell her out than help her out, Thisbe signs up to be a mail-order bride on the lush moon world, Sirona. Shiloh Kerridan left Earth five years ago, seeking to put a galaxy between herself and the people who hurt her. Shiloh has thrown herself into the creation and maintenance of Starfall Ranch, a cozy piece of farmland that boasts juicy apples and the best goats cheese on Sirona. She’s vowed never to let anyone in again, and she certainly has no patience for rich off-worlders who show up on her doorstep unexpectedly. Especially when Thisbe shows up in the middle of a streak of bad luck: her fruit trees have succumbed to disastrous blight, her farm bots keep mysteriously malfunctioning, and a local mining company is breathing down her neck to parcel out her land. If Shiloh’s bad luck keeps up, she’ll have no choice but to sell her beloved farm and sanctuary. Thisbe is determined she won’t let that happen, but will Shiloh open her heart enough to trust again? Starfall Ranch features a f/f romance with steamy scenes, non-binary representation characters, and a queernorm world.

Star Fall Ranch - Temptation Rock
Starfall Ranch

California Dawes ...

Pairing: F-F

October 26, 2019