Hi! I'm Rachel. I live, work, play, and write in Boston. Massachusetts has always been my home. So, along with roughly everyone else in the state, I attended UMass Amherst and then returned to the city after graduation. I released my first book, Ballardvale Blues, in 2017 and two years later in 2019, my second novel, A Lifestage Soundcheck, is now available.
A LIFE STAGE SOUNDCHECK
If you have a dream, don’t let it go.
Carla Cafaro has loved music from the time she was little. But following the advice her dad gave her as a kid isn’t so easy as an adult. Now twenty-five, Carla is marking time waiting for her life to happen. Caught up in a life of complacency in the same town where she grew up, she has bills to pay, an uninspiring job as a debt collector, weekly family dinners, and one meaningless hookup after another. Worst of all, she hasn’t been able to write a single song lyric in months.
When she meets guitarist Nico, everything she’s always wanted suddenly seems within reach—including the rekindling of her passion for music. But it turns out Nico may not be the answer to all her problems, and before long, everything is spiraling out of control. As the soundtrack of her life plays back the memories of her past, Carla is forced to reexamine what’s really important to her, and decide if she has the courage to change her life… and follow her dreams.
For Addie, Kate, Sam, Jessica, and Danny, college has ended and the future is coming whether they're ready or not. While Addie stands still watching all those around surge blindly toward what they believe to be the right path, thoughts from her four friends creep into her mind and replace her feelings of complacence with doubt. Friendships intertwined in a messy web splinter and slowly break as the warring belief systems of those in their early twenties come to lure the five friends into separate offshoots, forcing Addie to choose a life plan as clear as those who surround her.