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.
The Sounds of Writing
By Maggie Jaimeson
Many authors write with music in the background. Some choose a particular song that represents the theme or emotion they are tackling that day in their novel. That’s not me. I’m one of those writers who must work in as much silence as possible. Part of that is because I talk to myself while I write and I don’t need additional distractions. Another part of that is that a say the words aloud as I write, and when I edit. I need to hear them—especially dialog. I need to hear if the rhythm and sound are right. Many times, in a tense scene, I’ll actually have to stand up and act out the part. I’ll say the dialog, point my fingers, stomp around the room, stare out the window in silence—whatever my character would be doing at that time. Then I can capture it in writing the body language in the book. In case you haven’t guessed, my learning style is off the charts on the auditory side. I have to work really hard on the visual side. Sound, words, rhythm is what drives my writing.
As the oldest of nine children, I grew up in a house filled with music. My mother played the piano. My father sang in the church choir. I played violin and piano, and once I entered high school I also sang in the church choir. Other siblings took up clarinet, flute, drums. My husband plays acoustic and electric guitar. He plays everything from celtic to blues, and country to rock and roll. He currently plays gigs with two groups—one plays primarily celtic and folk. The other is a four-piece classic rock and roll cover band. Cat House, with the addition of a female vocalist. With all this music surrounding me, I couldn’t help but write about an all women band.
Even though my husband has played gigs as long as I’ve known him—he even jammed at a Ceilidh in Scotland on our honeymoon—he has never been with a band that goes on the road. When I conceived of the Sweetwater Canyon band, I wondered what it would be like to be touring with a band just starting out—an all women band that played folk festivals and county fairs and maybe the occasional bar or club. That is when I was fortunate to hear a Misty River concert. Misty River is a band with four women, two of them mother and daughter. Their tight harmonies blend folk, bluegrass, country, Celtic and original music into a truly America sound. More than that each member is a strong, confident woman in her own right and the band has frequently played for charity events, church events, and has supported their community.
After following them in a couple more local concerts I approached them, explained my idea for a series of romance novels and asked if I could do some interviews. That is when they let me follow them on the road for a couple of weeks as they played a variety of gigs in the Pacific Northwest. I had the opportunity to help sell CDs during an outdoor gig and ride in their motor home (called “Annabelle”). It is that time together, and their willingness to answer an incessant number of questions, that forms the foundational musical background of my novels.
Of course, my characters are NOTHING like the Misty River women. The Misty River women are much more centered in their lives and much more mature in their musicianship, and their romantic relationships, than my fictional Sweetwater Canyon band. But without them, my book would not be as rich in the music, the sights, the sounds, and the rhythms of a group of women who choose to make music together every week.
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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.