Weekend Writing Warriors #112!

Warriors, I’m back! And, boy, have I got some exciting news! But before I get into all that, here’s another snippet from Learning to Love! 🙂

Continuing from where we left off…

She had a lot to digest, and not just the pies she’d purchased from their unexpected visitor.

“Thanks for the reading, Ms. Deacon, er, Towanda,” she amended as she stood. “I’ll be sure to donate to the food bank.” All who entered Towanda’s tent, even those who entered unintentionally, were expected to make a generous donation to the food bank in exchange for an honest palm reading. And in case you weren’t aware of this tacit agreement, the neon-pink sign that hung near the entrance served as a very bright and colorful reminder. Rebecca donated often to the local food bank, but she’d ensure this week’s box was extra full.

“Wonderful! Ta-ta, darling! Best of luck!”

Rebecca waved goodbye to both women, her bag of pies clutched tight in her fist as she exited the same way she came in.

Here’s the blurb:

Rebecca Ledgerwood is a Physical Education teacher who’s ready to invest some sweat equity into a lasting romance. On a whim, she has her palm read before summer vacation ends, and she’s told she’s an old soul who’ll find happiness with a younger man.

William Whitney leaves an unfulfilling career to pursue teaching and gets placed at Rebecca’s school for his Physical Education practicum. He’s desperate to make a difference, convinced that the choices he made in the past contributed to his younger sister’s death. Kendal High School is nothing like the prep school he attended as a teenager, but he’s determined to make the most of his time there, especially if it makes Rebecca notice him.

Though they come from vastly different backgrounds, there’s an undeniable chemistry that sparks between the two. They resist, as they must, until his practicum ends, but when he’s offered a teaching position at his former prep school, will he take the easy way out, or fight for what’s right in front of him?

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

You ready for that exciting news I mentioned? Here goes…I AM OFFICIALLY THE WINNER OF THE KOBO EMERGING WRITER PRIZE IN ROMANCE!!!!! I’m still in shock, and Dad (my date to the gala) is still sobbing. It’s been such a whirlwind of awesome since then, but here’s a super-cool interview Kobo just posted on their writing blog about moi: Clicky!

I’m in the process of writing a full blog post about the event, so be on the lookout for that. But here’s a collage I made of some of my fave pics from the gala. Yay! Yay! Yay! 😀 Thank you all so very, very much for your continued support on my journey. I’m extraordinarily grateful for this community! xoxo

19 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #112!”

  1. Laurie says:

    That’s a great collage. You will be on this high for a long long time. Enjoy every minute of it.

  2. Charmaine Gordon says:

    You rascal, winning the prize. You know I’m so proud of you, the winner. Major hugs, my friend

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      I DO know, my lovely friend! Your encouragement and belief in me makes me feel like a million bucks! Thank you! xoxo

  3. Veronica Scott says:

    Congratulations on the award! Very exciting. Enjoyed the snippet, love the idea that payment for readings goes to the food bank – terrific idea.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thank you so much, Veronica! You’ve always been in my corner since I joined this community, and I appreciate it more than I can say. *hugs*

  4. Jenna Jaxon says:

    Congratulations on the win! The food bank donation as payment makes Towanda quite the sympathetic character–as if she wasn’t already!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thank you very much, Jenna! Haha, it just makes her all the more endearing, right? I’ve had a lot of fun writing her character. 🙂

  5. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Congratulations on the great new, Julie. From reading your breezy, engaging snippets over the years, I can’t say I’m surprised, though you never know if a person will get the recognition they deserve.
    And to think I knew you when.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks so much, Ed! That really means a lot coming from you. I’ve always enjoyed your writing as well. Don’t worry. I won’t get too big a head to forget my WWW roots. 😉

  6. Diane Burton says:

    Congrats on winning. I read about that on Kobo’s blog and thought it was you! Wow. In your snippet, you reveal a little more about Rebecca’s character. Very nice. Enjoy your success.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thank you, Diane! That was indeed me! 😀 It’s been an awesome whirlwind of excitement since then, and I’m enjoying every minute of it!

  7. Teresa Cypher says:

    I must heap on the praise! Steeped In Love is such a great story–and I do have to get my review up. I agree with Ed–I knew you when!!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      You are always so incredibly kind and generous, Teresa! I appreciate you very much! Thanks for all your support over the years! xo

  8. Nancy Gideon says:

    Woo Hoo! Wonderful news, Julie and I’m so not surprised after reading your weekly snippets and enjoying this book in particular! Congrats! and for some reason, now I want pie.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, thank you, Nancy! That’s so sweet of you to say! Haha, I think my snippets induce pie cravings nearly every week! 😀

  9. Carol says:

    I know you heard me screaming the night you won. I relate to your dad, because there have been so many proud tears shed! Congratulations, and as so many others have already observed, this book was obviously a winner! You did such a phenomenal job on it. I’m so happy that your hard work and talent was given the recognition and reward it so richly deserved! Very nice interview with you, as well! Towanda didn’t need to read your palm to convince me that your writing was going to meet with great success! Congratulations again and again and again!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Of course I heard you screaming! I hope you know how much I love you and treasure your friendship, your continuous support, and your be-leaf in me. You are the cream of the crop, A-M! xoxo

  10. Kate Hill says:

    Congratulations on the award! Enjoyed the excerpt!

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