On the verge of turning 40, former Marine Cameron ‘Cam’ Warren didn’t expect to be walking onto a community college campus to spend a year playing music. Instead of enjoying her career, Cam is still mourning the tragic death of her partner and fellow Marine Sharon. Five years have now passed but she is no further forward in dealing with her grief. Cam knows she needs to change so she can heal. Will taking a sabbatical to play the drums allow her to live fully again, connecting her to emotions in ways her autism has always prevented?
Jazz pianist and teacher Laura Clark has had enough of city life on the east coast and yearns for the quiet beauty of Colorado. When a faculty position opens at a small community college in Ft. Collins, she jumps at the chance to start a new life. However, what she couldn’t predict was that one of her star students was about to walk back into her life, 20 years later.
When Cam is introduced to the new jazz ensemble director she is shocked to see her high school music teacher, a thousand miles away from the small town where Ms. Clark first introduced her to jazz. But Cam is no longer a kid and, as their chemistry grows stronger, Cam has to choose which path her life will take – will she choose love or will she choose fear?
Dal Segno is a lesbian romance that shows the power of revisiting the past to create a completely different result. Everything changes the second time around….
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I was lucky enough to get a chance to ask Jax a couple of questions about her book!
Why did you want to write this book, specifically?
It happened accidentally. I’d read a lot of books in the months prior, so lesbian romance was on my mind. One morning I woke up having finally remembered a dream, which was rare since having a kid. The dream was just a snippet of me walking into the office of a dorm and seeing my junior high band teacher there. What stuck out was this feeling of home. Now, I’ve never had a crush on a teacher, but the feeling of home stuck with me. Over the next few days I wondered how someone like me would end up in that situation and the idea of Cam’s back story developed.
I know romance can be a tricky genre to include heartbreak in. I read romance to get away from the harsh realities of our world, like most do. But I also knew there was an opportunity here for me to explore my own grief at the loss of a very dear friend and hopefully create a meaningful story that people would enjoy reading.
I didn’t know how the story would develop except a few moments, and even those moments changed dramatically as I wrote. By the end I was amazed at the journey Cam went on and how it came from the tiniest seed of an idea. I reference that idea in the epilogue which is another little Easter egg.
What do you like best about it?
I like that, as difficult as it was for me to write it, people seem to better understand Cam’s, and thus my own, experience with Autism. That was my biggest concern because the spectrum of Autism is so vast and my experience is relatively minor.
Can you tell the readers something about Dal Segno that they might not know just from reading the book?
In the epilogue there’s reference to a song written on the underside of a bunk bed. This was a very real and very hilarious song performed during one of my last summers at camp. The writing under the bunk is even on one of the videos I made that summer. I don’t know what the readers think about this tidbit, but it amused me. At worst I hope they see it as Cam, and the other jazz camp kids, being weird.
In ten words or less, tell us why we should buy this book?
Enjoy healing and new love through music and nature.
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