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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Spotlight & Excerpt: Healing Notes by Maggie Jaimeson

Today I have an excerpt from Maggie Jaimeson's romantic womens fiction novel, "Healing Notes". Maggie 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.

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Healing Notes

Author: Maggie Jamieson
Publisher: Windtree Press
ISBN: 978-0983594321
Format: paperback, ebook
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Womens Fiction
Length: 360 pages, 468 KB
Release Date: July 26, 2012
Series: Sweetwater Canyon #2
Buying Links:   Amazon    Barnes & Noble

Book Blurb (from author):  

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.


Claire crawled onto a stool on the other side of the island and smiled.  Neither of them talked for several minutes as they listened to the water in the pot heat.

“When I grow up, I’m going to play with Sweetwater Canyon all the time.”

“Are you sure you want to hang out with all us old folks?”

“You’re not all old. Well maybe a little old. But Kat isn’t old.”

Rachel smiled. “That’s true. She’s only seventeen.” And going on twenty-five it seemed sometimes.

“Oh, seventeen? That is old.” Claire put a finger to her lips and furrowed her brow. “How old do I have to be to play in the band all the time?”

“Probably at least eighteen.”

“But, you just said Kat—”

“Kat is different, because her mother plays in the band and can watch her all the time.”

“Well, you can watch me all the time. You can be my mother.”

Rachel gulped.

“Well, can’t you?”

“Can’t she what?” Noel walked in the room and lifted Claire off the chair in a big hug, swinging her around the room. “Can’t she what? She can do anything she wants.”

“See,” Claire leaned forward and looked at Rachel over Noel’s shoulder. “See, even Daddy thinks you can be my mother.”

“Whoa.” Noel set Claire back on the stool. “I’m not sure what I walked in on here.” He sent an accusing glance to Rachel. “You already have a mother, Claire.”

“I know. Not my real mother. My second mother. You know, like my friend, Megan. Her mommy and daddy got divorced and her daddy married a new mommy. So, Megan has two mommies now.  See?  Rachel can be my second mommy. Okay?”


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. You must leave an email address to be entered into any of the drawings.

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  1. Sounds like a really great read. Please enter me in contest. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. love the excerpt. thanks for sharing this new book and author with me :)

  3. Bea, Thank you for spotlighting my book and hosting me on your blog. So far it has been great fun doing this Book Blast and meeting new readers.

    Tore and Kimba, I'm glad the excerpt interests you. You will certainly be entered in the giveaway. I'd love to hear from you, and other readers of this blog, about why you follow this blog. Is it something special about Bea and the books she chooses to review or spotlight? Or is it the way she understands a particular fiction niche? I'm always interested in learning more about readers and how they connect with each other to share their favorite books.

    1. Oh, erm, you all are going to be talking about me? I'll just go curl up on the couch and read until you're done.

      Seriously, I sometimes wonder what other people find appealing or unappealing about teh blog, so I'm looking forward to people's responses.

  4. I enjoyed the excerpt.


  5. Ingeborg thanks for stopping by and continuing to follow the tour.

    Bea, it seems I scared everyone off to talk about you. Either that or they have already told you why they are here. I'll tell you things I noticed right away that made me decide to follow you. First, I love cats and you have one in your header as well as a Paws with a Cause button. Second, all the books and tours you have featured in the right bar look interesting. I like that it's cross genre but nothing at the extremes. This tells me we may have similar tastes in books, so I might like the books you choose to spotlight or review. The fact you have 491 members tells me you must be doing something right to have all those people sign up to follow this blog. Finally, and most importantly, I can read everything in the major postings. The print is nice and big, the layout is easy to follow, and the menu items make sense. Consider me a member.

  6. 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.


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