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Healing Notes Book Feature and Giveaway!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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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.


As she reached for the handle, the door opened and a little girl rushed out, maybe six or seven years old, with beautiful long blond hair caught up in a blue denim bow.  She ran to a light blue sedan next to Rachel’s and giggled as she skipped through puddles circling the car. Rachel couldn’t help but smile at the child’s carefree innocence.

After three circles, the girl stopped at the back end of the car, cocked her head and waved two fingers at her. “Hi.”

“Um, hi.” Rachel raised her hand and waved back. “Did you forget somebody? Your mommy maybe?” 

“Claire, I told you to stay close.”

At the sound of the tenor voice beside her, Rachel started.  A man three to four inches taller than her had stepped out. In one hand he held several colorful ribbons attached to a bright pink, heart-shaped helium balloon that read Happy Birthday. He looked toward the car where the child was still giggling. 

The little girl raced back. Skidding to a stop in front of Rachel, they bumped and Rachel teetered slightly toward the wall.

“Careful there.” A weathered hand reached toward her and wrapped around her elbow. His touch was softer than she expected, but her knees still locked, ready to spring if she needed to move fast. He held her up with one hand. Deep brown eyes, emphasized by his full head of short, wavy blonde hair, looked at her then turned toward the girl.”

“Apologize, Claire. You almost knocked her over.” 

“I’m sorry.” A small hand lifted to touch her other arm.

“That’s okay. Really.  I should have been paying more attention.” Rachel smiled and pointed to the balloon. “Latha breith.”

“Excuse me?”

“Oh, I…” She had lapsed into Gaelic.  Something she hadn’t done in public since Kavan left her almost three years ago. “I said ‘Happy Birthday.’”  

Author Bio:

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


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.


  1. JuneA** said...:

    Nice post!

    I would have entered, but I HATE leaving my email on site.

  1. Nice excerpt. Thanks for sharing!

  1. The book sounds wonderful! I can't wait to read it :)

    Thank you for such an awesome giveaway and for sharing an excerpt! :)

    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

  1. June M. said...:

    The book sounds very good. Thanks so much for sharing the blog tour & giveaway.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  1. Thanks to all of you for stopping by and commenting. I'm glad that the book blurb and excerpt have made you consider picking this story up. June A, I do understand about not living your email on sites. Next time I'll use a RaffleCopter form. I've noticed that a lot of people use the "at" and "dot" spelled out. I don't know if that fools spammers or not. But I'd be happy to add you if you want to send me your email privately. You can send it to maggie at maggiejaimeson dot com.

    Good Luck to everyone in the drawings.

  1. pc said...:

    Great excerpt, sounds like a wonderful read! thanks for sharing!

  1. Natasha said...:

    Sounds like a great read!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  1. Beckey said...:

    Thanks for sharing the excerpt about the book... Sounds like it'll be a great read :)


  1. Nancy said...:

    Sounds like s promising read. Thanks for the giveaway.

    nanze55 at hotmail dot com

  1. The excerpt is great- definitely a book I will be looking for! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  1. Jen said...:

    This book sounds amazing and I love the cover. The title contrasts nicely with the rest of the cover.

  1. Sounds like a great read! Great giveaway also

  1. Sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

    drinkshrunkentears at gmail dot com

  1. This sounds really good....thanks for the chance to win :)

  1. 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.

  1. Jen Haile said...:

    I'd love to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

    volta2173 at sbcglobal dot net

  1. Kenia said...:

    Awesome! Thank you for the giveaway! :)

    linda_flor019 [at] hotmail [dot] com