Weekend Writing Warriors #20!


Hello, all you beautiful people! It’s time once again for me to share some Steeped In Love with you, and following that I have some incredibly exciting news! Read on! 🙂

Continuing from where we left off….

“Your dead aunt won’t what?”

Great-aunt.” She pressed her fingers and thumb together repeatedly to simulate someone yapping in her ear.

“I thought we were having a good time.”

“Yeah, well, unfortunately, I’m like Indiana Jones. Me and snakes don’t mix well.”

“Right, um, I just remembered…I have to go, uh…go get my oil changed, so I’ll see ya.”

Apparently, that was enough crazy talk to spook him from his seat. He didn’t bother shaking her hand. Instead, he plucked a few bills from his wallet, dropped them to the table, and hightailed it toward the door.

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! 

Alright, you ready for my big news? My story, Steeped In Love, won the First Coast Romance Writers ‘Beacon Contest’ in category-length romance!!!!! And not only that, but both the editor and agent who judged the final round requested the manuscript! How cool is that?


I’m still ridiculously giddy about it, and it’s certainly a boost of confidence now that I’ve officially entered the Golden Heart contest! I wish all of you an exciting and productive week ahead! 🙂

27 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #20!”

  1. Charmaine Gordon says:

    I’m totally excited with you, my favorite winner you!!! This is the beginning of something GOOD!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      I think you’re right, my friend! 🙂 Thank you for all your support and positive thoughts! xo

  2. Linda Hamonou says:

    So she is still hearing her dead great-aunt, that’s a bit spooky. I guess if he can’t take that, he might not be who she is looking for. 🙂

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Just bits and pieces of advice that still float around in the back of her mind, that’s all, but enough to spook this poor man out of his seat, which is probably a good thing. 😉 Thanks, Linda!

  3. Christina Ochs says:

    I guess changing oil is the guy equivalent of washing hair. 😀

    Congratulations on the marvelous news! It couldn’t happen to a more deserving person and story. It’ll be exciting to see where this leads.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Haha, must be! 😀

      Aww, Christina, thank you! That means so much to me! *hugs*

    2. Diane Burton says:

      I thought about washing hair, too, Christina. Brilliant minds. 🙂

  4. Amy Braun says:

    Yay! She’s free! 😀 And major congratulations! That’s super exciting! Good luck in the next competition! 🙂

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Yay, indeed! Thank you so much, Amy! I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings! 🙂

  5. Veronica Scott says:

    Congratulations on the contest win and the requests for the manuscript! You have such smooth writing and an excellent ‘voice’ that I’m not surprised. Enjoyed the snippet, yes she does sound crazy if a person doesn’t ‘know’ her! Fun stuff…

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, Veronica! That’s so sweet of you to say, and it means a lot coming from someone as talented as you are! Thank you! 🙂

  6. Botanist says:

    “Me and snakes don’t mix” – way to put someone down! 🙂

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Lol, it would make more sense if you’d read the previous excerpt. There was a snake pattern in her tea leaves. She’s not *that* mean! 😀

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Lol yep. This guy is going bye-bye, but that’s okay! Plenty of other fish in the sea. 😉 Thanks, Angelica!

  7. Carol says:

    For some reason I got the biggest chuckle picturing her making the ‘yapping’ noise with her fingers! This is such an adorable story, and you’re telling it so beautifully, I’m certainly not surprised it won! I couldn’t be more pleased and happy for you! Come on 2017 and shower Julie with awesomeness!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      😀 <--- my face because of you! Thank you so much for everything! You're the best A-M in the entire world! xoxo

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, Elizabeth! He can’t wait to get away from Crazy Lady. lol 😀

  8. Diane Burton says:

    Snakes? LOL She chased off another.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      It’s actually still the same guy, believe it or not. She’s just been chasing him off for several weeks now. 😉 lol. Thanks, Diane!

  9. Caitlin Stern says:


    I’d call him rude for leaving, but I wanted him to go away. She did a pretty good job of chasing him off.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, Caitlin!

      I agree! A first-rate performance! 😀

  10. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Great news about your contest win and MS requests. And to think we knew you when.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Hee! You’re too kind, Ed! Hope the wins keep a’comin’! 🙂

  11. Kim Magennis says:

    Congratulations, Julie! What awesome news. Well done!!!

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