Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Healing Notes: On Tour with Author Maggie Jaimeson and a Giveaway

 Forgiving yourself is the first step, but helping others forgive may be just too hard.
Rachel Cullen grew up in Scotland with a fiddle in her hand from the age of four. She couldn't imagine life as anything but a musician. When her husband brought her to America she was immediately embraced by the Celtic and Bluegrass communities. But after her divorce, Rachel's life is a mess.

A year of trying to prove to herself that she's woman enough for any man, and then a vicious rape while on tour with the band, leaves Rachel reeling. When she meets Noel Kershaw, an English teacher who is poetry in motion, she is definitely attracted. But he has a young child and he's suffering from his own divorce. The last thing Rachel needs in life is more baggage.

First, Rachel must reconcile who she is, what she wants, and how to get there. Maybe then she'll know how to be a part of the family she's always wanted.

Enjoy an Excerpt from Healing Notes

After she hung up, Rachel stared out at the river behind the house. She had goose bumps along her arms. She could listen to his voice for a long, long time. Why did this man intrigue her so much? Was it just because he didn’t seem interested? Yes, that must be it.  He was safe. He had a kid and he wasn’t interested.  That meant they wouldn’t get involved.

All conversation stopped as she entered the room and the women looked at her in anticipation. She had the urge to say nothing just to be difficult.

“Soooooo, who’s Noel?” Kat took the receiver from her. “I liked his voice. Sounded real sexy.”
Rachel took a deep breath and pasted a nonchalant smile on her face. “Remember the little girl at the last concert who wanted my autograph? Noel is her father.”

“I see.” Theresa drew out the word as an invitation for more.

“It’s not what you think. It turns out the little girl wants fiddle lessons. Since she saw us play, she’s gotten it in her mind that she wants to learn.  He had no idea who to call, so he thought he’d call the main number for the band to find me. He didn’t even think I gave lessons, just that I could make a recommendation.”

“Uh huh,” Michele said, a note of disbelief in her voice.

“But he is cute, right?” Kat insisted. “And you are interested, and something could be going on, right?”


“Ah, come on, Rachel.  How can you not be interested in that voice?”

“It’s just fiddle lessons for the little girl.  The girl is sweet. I’m happy to work with her. As for the father, nothing is going to happen. Believe me.”

The Giveaway 
Maggie will award one autographed cover flat to a randomly drawn commenter at each blog stop. In addition, she will award a $25 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner's choice) as a grand prize to one randomly selected commenter on this tour, and a $25 gift certificate to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner's choice) to a randomly drawn host.  You must leave an email address to be entered into any of the drawings.

Meet the Author
Maggie Jaimeson writes romantic women’s fiction and romantic suspense with a near future twist. She describes herself as a wife, a step-mother, a sister, a daughter, a teacher and an IT administrator. By day she is “geek girl” – helping colleges to keep up with 21st century technology and provide distance learning options for students in rural areas. By night Maggie turns her thoughts to worlds she can control – worlds where bad guys get their comeuppance, women triumph over tragedy, and love can conquer all.

HEALING NOTES is the second book in the Sweetwater Canyon Series of four books.  The final two books will be available in 2013.

Twitter: @maggiejaimeson


  1. Hi M.K. Thanks so much for hosting me on the Super Book Blast. I'm really excited to get this second book in my series out. The final two will be released in 2013, so everyone will want to catch up now. :)

    I'd love to hear from your readers if they prefer their romance to have wounded heroes or heroines? Or both? I know some readers prefer the man to be the strong one, where others want the woman to play that role. I love learning what it is that makes readers want to keep reading.

  2. This book pulled me when I saw the main character was from Scotland--the excerpt did the rest. Thank you for joining us here today Maggie!

    Heroes and Heroines--I personally like it when both have a little spirit and grit. I do like wounded and conflicted heroes, but only when they figure out how to overcome it.

  3. MK, Ah your Scottish roots are showing. :) I absolutely love Scotland. My husband and I were married in Dunoon, so I have a special place in my heart for the highlands in particular.

    I agree with you about showing spirit and grit. Whenever I finish a book I always ask myself if I would be able to keep going under the same odds. I guess that's one reason I write fiction and romance, to keep reminding myself that perseverance will help you win in the end.

  4. Healing Notes sounds like a great read and the cover is lovely.


  5. The Scottish Highlands hold a very special place in my heart. I remember every detail of my time there as though it were yesterday. I'm looking forward to the book Maggie!

  6. Sounds like an intresting book, its going in my to be read book pile.

  7. Ingeborg and Bina Babe, thanks for stopping by and taking a look at Healing Notes. Bina Babe I'm glad to hear this will be part of your TBR pile.

    MK, though my heroine is Scottish and thus the music in this book is reflective of those roots, we don't really get to go to Scotland in the book. However, we may get there in Book 4 (hint, hint).

  8. This sounds good.


  9. Ah, such a tease Maggie, but wise because I'll be looking for Scotland in your next book. Question--If I start with 'Healing Notes' will I be lost or can it be read as a stand-alone? Should I start with the first book?

  10. You can start with any book you like as each stands alone. However, if you start with book 1 you will be following the story chronologically and what is happening in the lives of each band member.

  11. The Grand Prize winner of the $25 gift card is Tore923. Congratulations Tore!

    Because I've had such a great time meeting everyone on this tour, I have decided to award autographed cover flats (one per person) to anyone who has commented during the Book Blast tour. If you wish to have one, please send an email to maggie at maggiejaimeson dot com with the name you would like with the autograph, and your mailing address. They must be sent through the post. If you do not want your name endorsed, in addition to the autograph, then please say so.

    I promise, I will not sell your address to anyone or pepper your mailbox with flyers.