Weekend Writing Warriors #1!


Hey, hi, hello! Welcome to my new blog, fellow Warriors! Since this is a fresh start for me, I’ll be kicking things off with some snippets from my newest story, Steeped in Love. It’s currently in the hands of several publishers and will hopefully find a home soon! I’ll share the blurb after the excerpt, which starts now!

Coffee creamed and stirred, laptop fired up, and knuckles cracked, Ethan Holtz took a deep breath and waited for inspiration to strike.

And waited.

And waited.

He swigged some coffee, hoping a sudden jolt of caffeine might awaken the creative juices.

Nope. Although, it was a particularly good cup of joe this morning. Not wanting to let the discovery go unappreciated, he raised his mug in salute to Gwyneth, the talented barista. At least someone around here should be appreciated for their work. 

She smiled as she whirled past him, her arms loaded with empty mugs and crumb-filled plates, remnants of delicious pastries that once were. Lord, he wanted a cherry danish, but not yet–not until he cranked out at least the first thousand words.

As promised, here’s the blurb:

Addie Mitchell is a pie-on-the-fly entrepreneur who’s finally ready to settle down in the big, empty house her late great-aunt Edna left to her. Frustrated with her lack of success in romance, Addie turns to another gift her great-aunt passed on to her—the art of reading tea leaves—to aid her in her search for the ideal mate. 

Novelist Ethan Holtz is having a hard time sinking his teeth into his next project, but he finds Addie fascinating. Mainly for her ability to make her dates disappear in fifteen minutes or less. He can’t help but eavesdrop on her dates in the local coffee shop, his writing haven, and soon finds himself taking pointers on what not to do from her failed suitors.

Though her methods seem nothing short of mad, he falls fast and hard for the pixie-haired pie-pusher. She thinks they’re all wrong for each other, but Ethan teams up with the tea leaves to prove they’re so right.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors!

I’ve had a wonderful, rejuvenating week, my friends. I truly needed it. Life threw another curveball my way last week. I won’t go into too much detail, but suffice it to say, I’m single again. And I’m…good with that. I am. It’s been difficult trying to process everything, but now that I’ve had time to mull things over, I know it’s for the best. My family and friends have pulled together once again to help me through the rough patches, and you lovely people are always in my corner too. In addition to these Sunday snippets, I’ll be posting every Wednesday, sharing stories and adventures from my life. I hope you’ll stop by for a visit! I’m on Twitter and Facebook as well, so don’t be shy! 🙂 Wishing you all a terrific week ahead! xo

24 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #1!”

  1. Laurie says:

    The story sounds like it will be very entertaining. I hope it finds a great home.

  2. Kristan Higgins says:

    I love it already! Glad you had a great weekend!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Oh my god. I had to do a double-take! Hi, Kristan! *tries not to giggle like a dork and fails* Thank you so much for visiting! 😀

  3. Margaret Ethridge says:

    I love this story so much. I just know it will find the right home. The blog looks awesome. You are becoming quite the techno-wizard!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, thank you, Mags! You always be-leaf in me! 🙂 Couldn’t have done it without you! xo

  4. Veronica Scott says:

    Love the new website, enjoyed the excerpt, very promising for the new story. Best wishes on the words and sorry to hear life has thrown yet another curveball. HUGS!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thank you so much, Veronica! I really appreciate your support. 🙂 *HUGS back*

  5. Christina Ochs says:

    Hey, love the new digs. Ethan’s work ethic sounds similar to mine- heavily driven by the promise of treats! I love the premise of this story; it sounds like a lot of fun.

    So sorry about your new singlehood, but painful as these things are, they’re usually a blessing in disguise. Still, it would be nice if life would give you a break sometime soon! *hugs*

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      That’s the only way I get work done too, if I have treats to motivate me along the way. 😀 I think you’re absolutely right about this being a blessing in disguise. Things can only go up from here, right? *hugs back*

  6. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I like the new website; less blatant but still promising quirkiness. The change of direction it signals sounds promising.

  7. Botanist says:

    LOL! I think this is a scene that all writers can relate to!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Unfortunately, I think you’re right. lol. Thank you for reading! 🙂

  8. Nancy Gideon says:

    I’m liking this, Julie! Keep us posted on the pub search. We’re routing for you.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, I really appreciate that, Nancy! Thank you so much, and I’ll definitely keep you posted! 🙂

  9. Carol says:

    Loving the premise of this one! So cute! Looking forward to learning more about Addie and Ethan. Fingers crossed that it finds a good home. *Smooches*

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks so much, A-M! I have a feeling I’ll hear some good news soon! *smooches back*

  10. Caitlin Stern says:

    What is it that they say? Something about writing being a battle with the blank page, and sometimes the page wins. Poor guy.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      The page frequently wins with Ethan (and me!), but hopefully he can turn it around. I think something–or someone–might have an influence on that. 🙂 Thanks, Caitlin!

  11. Kim Magennis says:

    Loved this piece, Julie. Your premise is also awesome. Can’t wait to read more.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks so much, Elizabeth! I’m so excited to have a fresh look to go with my fresh books! 😉

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