Weekend Writing Warriors #2!


Greetings and salutations! It’s time once again for me to share a snippet from my most recent completed project, Steeped in Love! I’ll share the blurb after the excerpt, and here goes!

Continuing from where we left off….

He’d been writing at the Cup-A-Cabana coffee shop for a few months now, hoping the change of scenery and the colorful mix of people he observed would help his writer’s block. Until recently, the writing wasn’t the problem. It was the fact that the books he worked so hard on weren’t selling worth a damn. A demoralizing reality, but a reality nonetheless.

He knew he was good. His psychological thrillers were deep and thought-provoking, not only according to him but to several critics. Yet somehow his critical acclaim didn’t translate to commercial success.

Lowering his gaze to the screen, the blank page glared back and the cursor taunted him.

Oh, to hell with it.

Ethan flagged down Gwen and ordered the damn danish.

And here’s le 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!

The 2016 Summer Olympics are here! I am a complete and utter TV junkie when it comes to the Olympics. You will have to physically pry my butt from this chair. Besides the sports, which I’m naturally crazy about, I love the idea of the whole world coming together, celebrating the achievements of incredible athletes who’ve worked their whole lives to get to this point. I love their stories, their struggles, and their triumphs. They’re real people living their dream. It’s inspiring.

One of my best girlfriends from teachers’ college is competing in wrestling for Team Canada. I saw her during the opening ceremonies and shrieked with joy! It’s SO cool actually knowing someone competing, and I think she has a real shot at a medal! Best of luck to my American neighbours, but I’ll be cheering loudest for my Canucks! Have a fabulous week, everyone! 🙂

20 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #2!”

  1. Laurie says:

    I can tell you’ve put a lot of hard work into this story. I wish you much luck with it.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, Mamalu! I appreciate it! I’ve definitely put a lot of time and energy into this baby, and I’m very proud of it. 🙂

  2. Christina Ochs says:

    Ah yes, you’ve summed up one aspect of writer’s block pretty well. And sometimes you just have to eat the danish first. 🙂

    How cool you know someone competing in the Olympics. Best of luck to her!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      You gotta feed your brain! 😉 Thanks so much, Christina!

  3. Botanist says:

    Oh yes. Something most writers will be familiar with!

    And so cool to know someone who’s competing. A few years ago one of the parents at our kids’ school was a gold-medallist from the ’92 Canadian women’s rowing squad. It’s great to see the people behind events like this.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      That’s so cool! I’ve always loved the Olympics, but this one feels a little more special just because I get to see my friend compete. Wish I could trade shoes with her. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Veronica Scott says:

    The Danish sounds good to me too at this point LOL. Enjoying the story – great snippet, so smooth.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Oh, I’m with you! Bring on the danishes! I’m shouting that to my TV, too. They’re always a good-looking group of athletes. lol 😀

  5. Caitlin Stern says:

    What the critics like and what the people like isn’t always the same thing. Smart doesn’t always sell the way mindless entertainment does!
    He deserves that danish, after all that hard (mental) work. 😉

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      You’re so right, Caitlin! I think we all deserve a danish. Danishes for everyone! 😀

  6. Carol says:

    I see what you did there with the teapot picture! Totally commiserating with Ethan – I agree, he should eat the damn danish, whether it’s officially danish day or not!

    Recently I’ve been communicating with someone, and it turns out she lives in Brazil, and actually goes to college right next to one of the Olympic venues. How cool is that? I tell you, this internet thing is awesome!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Hee! I’m glad you noticed the pic. 😀 Damn right, Ethan! Eat the damn danish, damn it!

      You’re so worldly, A-M. Tell your friend hello from me! xo

  7. Ed Hoornaert says:

    A cousin of mine (also a writer and also named Edward, now Edouardo) moved to Brazil when he left the priesthood to marry a nun. True story, I swear. He wants nothing to do with the squeeze and jostle of the Olympics, so he’s renting out his flat for an outrageous profit.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Well, he’s clearly a very smart man! Also, I think his story needs to be written in a book! Get on that, Ed! 😉

  8. Kim Magennis says:

    Such is the life, Julie. Super snippet, love your premise.

  9. Elizabeth Alsobrooks says:

    I am loving this blog and enjoyed the boating tour post too, BTW!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thank you so much, Elizabeth! I’m so happy to hear that!! 🙂

  10. Charmaine Gordon says:

    This blog has a lot of zip, my friend. The story is delightful-tea leaves and all-and may your life brighten the way your new life is enjoying the Olympics. Gold Medal for you.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, thank you, Charmaine! You are sweeter than sweet tea! 🙂

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