Love at First Note: The Music Inside the Book

12657436_797790563687230_806852708837214012_oI’m sure you couldn’t tell from the cover and title, but Love at First Note is a pretty musical book. And if I do say so myself, it’s got an incredible playlist. I never could have written a book all about music without the help of my older sister, Emily, who happens to be a professional musician. She answered so many questions and helped me land on the pieces that were just right for Emma and Elliott. She sent me links. She suggested concertos and nocturnes and movements and never hesitated to pull back the curtain on the inner workings of the symphony.

So I’m proud of this playlist. Emily and I worked hard to make sure it was an accurate reflection of my characters down to the  very last note. And so I want to share that playlist with all of you! This is all classical stuff. Great for studying. For writing. For lounging on the grass and staring up at the clouds as they float across a Carolina blue sky. I hope you’ll read the book, then come back and listen! (Even better . . . listen as you read?)

Without further ado: The music of Love at First Note


Now, I can’t pretend like the book is ALL classical, not with Elliott and his rock star edge. After all, what made him famous was “pianos in weird places” a la Piano Guys or William Joseph.

A piano in the middle of a lake? Um, sure. Why not?

Happy reading . . . and Happy Listening!

Greetings! It’s 2015.

I guess technically it’s nearly 2016. I’m not sure where the time has gone. All I know is that every morning I’m dropping my oldest son off at the high school wondering how on earth I ever got here, old enough to have a kid that’s taller than me and only a few years away from being a grown up. I just had a friend tell me having a high schooler doesn’t make me old. It just means I’m in the prime of life. No one told me the prime of life would make me so tired!


Having writer friends is the very best part of attending a writing conference.

So let’s talk writing news, shall we? Last spring I attended the 2015 LDStorymakers Conference where I served as Vice-chair of the conference and worked my tail off. It was, as always, an incredibly rewarding and satisfying experience. I’ve taken the reins as Chair of the 2016 conference which means I’m STILL working my tail off, but also? I’m having so much fun. I love this conference and all the people that attend and feel so, so fortunate that I get to be involved.

We just launched a brand new beautiful website. Would you like to see?

LDStorymakers Conference

Registration opens December 9th if you’re interested in attending. If you aren’t interested in attending, but have any aspiration to be a writer? You should be interested. It’s the best conference ever. Amen.

In book writing news, my publisher just picked up my next manuscript, a lovely romantic comedy called Love at First Note. It’s musical and fun and I’m so excited for everyone to read it. We’re slated for a March release which feels like it’s just around the corner. Care for a little teaser?

Concert violinist Emma Hill has left her high profile career as concertmaster of one of the nation’s premiere symphonies and moved home to Asheville, North Carolina. For a single Mormon girl? Pretty much dating suicide. Of course, Emma has her reasons. But a singles group spanning five hours, ten counties and 13 different wards and it still has less than ten people? Yeah. 

But then Elliott Hart, a pianist famous for crazy YouTube videos and contemporary mash-ups moves in next door. He’s Mormon, at least he’s got that going for him, but Emma is convinced he’s nothing but a giant ego that clearly plays the wrong kind of music. 

Of course, Emma and Elliott have more in common than they first realize. Their connection through music (and kissing) is intense, but dating someone famous brings challenges Emma doesn’t expect.Will sizzling chemistry and a little bit of Rhapsody in Blue be enough to keep her hanging on?

Sounds fun, right? Hopefully I’ll have a cover to share soon!

Coming Soon: Mountains Between Us


Have I told you anything about my next book?

It’s probably time to do so. We’re still a ways out from my release date, but I’m feeling excited about this book today, so let’s talk about it, shall we?

Mountains Between Us

Okay, so I really love this book. It’s another Rose Creek novel in that it’s set in the same town and has a few overlapping characters as The House at Rose Creek, but it’s a still a stand alone novel with all new protagonists. The backdrop for the story is a Rehabilitative Boarding School called Rockbridge Academy nestled deep in the Appalachian Mountains. (those pictured right  up there. Beautiful, right? I love living here. If you’ve never visited Western North Carolina, you should make it your next vacation destination. Trust me. You won’t be disappointed. If you come, call me. We’ll have lunch.)

We were talking about the book, yes?

Here’s the cast of important characters:

Henry: A recently divorced father and English teacher struggling to find his place at a school that challenges his abilities as a teacher and forces him far outside his comfort zone.

Eliza: A licensed clinical counselor that joins the Rockbridge Staff and changes everything for more than one person. (Hint? Henry’s totally one of them.)

Flip: The handsome, outdoorsy wilderness team leader at Rockbridge that falls in love with Eliza and saves the day more than once. (His name is actually Frederick, but everyone calls him Flip.) And did I mention? He was born in Ireland so listening to him talk is a lovely, lovely thing.

There are others… students and directors, fellow counselors and teachers, estranged parents, siblings, and ex-in-laws. There is misunderstanding and fear and forgiveness and love. This book is a romance–more than The House at Rose Creek, for sure. But it’s also a book about finding peace when it’s been missing for a really long time. It’s about family. It’s about overcoming personal challenges. But there IS kissing. So, you know, romance. That scares some people. So consider yourself WARNED.

I’m so very excited to share this book with all of you. The next few months will be fun. Release date is early September so before too long I’ll have a cover to show you. Fun, right?

Thanks for coming along on this journey, guys. I don’t say that often enough. It’s a dream come true to be writing these kinds of bookish posts. And it’s only possible because of lovely friends, fans and readers that, well, READ.

Know what I think?  I think you should go buy a book today. (I bought six this morning. Heh. That will be fun to work into the budget. Interested in what I bought? If you ask in the comments, I’ll totally tell you!)