Weekend Writing Warriors #16!


Good morning and happy Sunday, my friends! It’s been a crazy week, eh? Well, hopefully a sample of Steeped in Love will help to soothe and calm those of you feeling particularly on edge. At the very least, it’ll be a nice distraction. 🙂

Continuing from where we left off….

He chuckled, leaning in closer, lowering his voice so only she could hear him. “I meant…bedroom activities.”

She nodded like a bobble-head doll because that’s the only thing she could think to do. Her brain screamed, ‘Panic! Code red! Danger, Will Robinson!’ Her blood pressure spiked to Mount Everest heights. But outwardly she was totally calm and cool and collected and…holy hell, when did it get so hot in here?

“What’s your favorite position?” he murmured.

Okay, she hadn’t dated in a while, but from her experience, dates usually passed the thirty minute mark before they took a decidedly sexual turn. And in those cases, maybe a bit of teasing innuendo was thrown into the conversation, then brushed aside as appetizers arrived or drinks were served. Ten minutes with this guy and he already wanted to know if she preferred missionary or doggy-style.

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 spent this weekend catching up with family and spending some quality time with my adorable little nephew who’s way-too-quickly approaching two! Today, Dad and I plan on washing our vehicles together, then I’ll get in one last load of laundry before I head back to Ottawa. What? *whistles innocently* Hopefully, at some point, I’ll squeeze in some writing as well. I have NaNo-ing to do! Wishing you all a positive and productive week ahead! xo

15 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #16!”

  1. Margaret Ethridge says:

    Oh, poor Addie. Yeah, there’s NaNo-ing to do! Hurry up with the washing of things!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      All the laundry has been washed! Nothing stands in my way now! Well, besides the folding. Le sigh.

  2. Veronica Scott says:

    Yup, that guy’s moving wayyyy too fast. Time for her to bail out. Interesting excerpt!

  3. Cindy Amrhein says:

    Excellent excerpt. Love the paragraph on the thoughts rushing through her head. Great “show don’t tell” as they say.

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  4. Charmaine Gordon says:

    Julie, your writing takes this reader into the scene as if, I’m sitting at the next table ready to yell Get the Hell out! Wonderful and I love the way you let us into her head.
    As always, love to you and your Dad. Be well.

  5. Christina Ochs says:

    Oh, I feel Addie’s pain. There’s always that guy! Happy NaNo-ing. 🙂

  6. Naomi Shaw says:

    He’s very forward and a bit too fast. I can’t wait to see how she deals with the situation

  7. Ed Hoornaert says:

    The paragraph describing her reaction to his words is absolutely perfect. I love the light tone yet powerful emotions.

  8. Carol says:

    Run, Addie, run! Can’t wait to hear what Ethan thinks about this latest exchange!
    Just finished up laundry here, too. We’re twinnies! Safe travels back.

  9. Diane Burton says:

    I love her thoughts. LOL Yeah, this guy is moving way too fast. Can’t wait to read what Ethan has to say about this. Enjoy what’s left of the weekend then back to NaNo.

  10. Caitlin Stern says:

    They’re moving at very different speeds. He needs to find someone who’s in the fast lane, too. She’s not the one for him, or vice versa!

    Good luck squeezing in that NaNo writing!

  11. Amy Braun says:

    Well, the creep factor certainly amped up there…

  12. Teresa Cypher says:

    Ha! And is Ethan eavesdropping on this date??? lol Love this snippet. I have a friend who has been online dating for several years, and I have to tell you–this is not very far from how some of her dates go!

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