Weekend Writing Warriors #113!

Hiya, friends! Thanks so much for all your kind messages last week. I’m still pinching myself. 🙂 After my excerpt this week, I’ll share the cover-in-progress I have for Learning to Love. Let me know what you guys think!

Skipping ahead a bit this week so you will eventually meet my hero in this series of snippets…

“Why does it smell like a damn pumpkin patch in here?”

Rebecca Ledgerwood tore her gaze from the computer screen and turned toward the door. Pete’s burly frame barely squeezed through the opening of their shared office. He raised the collar of his shirt over his nose as he stomped over to his desk, as if he preferred his own body odor to the warm, inviting smell of autumn.

Shrugging, she finally answered, “Pumpkin spice air freshener.”

He rolled his eyes. “This is a sickness. You know that, right?”

“Hey, it’s better than the sweaty gym socks alternative.” She was used to the usual unpleasant aromas that came with working in the Phys. Ed. department at Kendal High School, but the boys this semester were a particularly ripe bunch.

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!

Okay, so here’s the cover-in-progress I mentioned earlier, which I’ve placed next to the cover of my first book in the series, Steeped in Love:

What are your thoughts? Any comments/suggestions are welcome! Thanks, all, and have a wonderful week! 🙂

16 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #113!”

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    This woman could do a commercial for Febreze or one of those other air fresheners. As for Pete, maybe he has allergies to scents?

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      I’ll get in touch with the Febreze people and see if we can work something out lol. Pete’s just not a fan of the autumnal scents. 😀 Thanks, Ed!

  2. Nancy Gideon says:

    Love the cover continuity! So inviting and fresh – just like the story lines. LOL on the pumpkin spice. I have an sensitivity to strong scents and autumn is a killer (even though I love those aromas is small doses)!

    1. Laurie says:

      Pumpkin spice is a sickness. Lol. Love the cover. It really draws me in.

    2. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, Nancy! Glad you like the cover! 🙂 I’ve always enjoyed the smells of autumn, but not so much the tastes. Pumpkin pie needs about a pound of whipped cream on it for me to eat it lol.

  3. Veronica Scott says:

    Very effective use of the senses to advance the story and introduce characters. It was kind of like a Fabreze commercial though, Ed’s right LOL! Great snippet…

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, Veronica! I’ll have my people talk to the Febreze people. 😀

  4. Jenna Jaxon says:

    Great use of the sense of smell to set the scene. We all remember what high school gym locker rooms were like. This brought that back with a vengeance! Nice snippet!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      In that case, I apologize lol. Nobody wants to remember that particular smell. 😉 Thanks, Jenna!

  5. Carol says:

    …the boys this semester were a particularly ripe bunch…
    That line brings on the giggles! Yum, can’t wait for pumpkin spice season! Seeing the covers side by side, they look great together. You might even say they’re a great match! (I’ll see myself out now…)

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Haha, no, stay! No one loves a cheesy pun more than me! 😀 I think they look really good side by side, too. Mags keeps telling me I don’t have to decide just yet, but I’m hooked.

  6. Kate Hill says:

    I’ll take the smell of pumpkin spice of that or ripe people any day of the week! Enjoyed the excerpt, and I like both covers!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Lol same here! Thanks for your comment, Kate! I’m happy you like the covers! 🙂

  7. Teresa Cypher says:

    Love that cover! I know your mom is so proud of you!

    Good snippet–the pumpkin mania, lol, and it’s set to descend on the northern hemisphere in only a few weeks. lol

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      That’s so sweet of you to say, Teresa. I know she’d be really proud, too. 🙂

      Lol don’t remind me! I want summer to last another six months!

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